LIBRARY NEWS: Library To Hold Programs On Swain Green — Kids Magic Show On June 23; Jazz Concert On June 24

Below is a press release from the Wilmington Memorial Library promoting upcoming programs:

Show Your Support for the Library with a Free WML 150th Lawn Sign

Join in the celebration and be one of the 150 houses in Wilmington to display our 150th Anniversary Yard Sign.  Available now for pick-up at the library.

Library History Fact

Charles W. Swain, a prominent Wilmington citizen who was instrumental in the establishment of the public library, became its first Librarian. He acted as both the Town Treasurer and Town Librarian until 1879.

Adult Programs

Creative Writing Group

Virtual via Zoom

Tuesday, June 22, 7 pm

Learn and apply creative writing tips, tools, and techniques shared by published authors and other writing experts. Open to all who want to improve their creative writing skills and get their work published. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.  If you are interested in attending this event, please email Assistant Director Charlotte Wood at

Well Read Wednesday

Outdoor @ WML

Wednesday, June 23, 10 am

Featured book: The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

Join Library Director Tina Stewart for a discussion  This book group discusses contemporary books, both fiction and non-fiction, led by Library Director Tina Stewart.

Social Justice Book Group

Virtual via Zoom

Wednesday, June 23, 7 p

Featured Book: Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X Kendi.
This group, which will meet the fourth Wednesday of the month, continues the work started with the library’s antiracism series. Instead of discussing the entire book, the group will read a select number of chapters per month to allow for more in depth conversation.  Copies of the book will be available at the library’s main desk.

Vintage Jazz Concert

Outdoor @ Swain Green

Thursday, June 24, 7 pm

Enjoy an evening outdoors listening to jazz music from the Gatsby era! Les Sampou and The Dirty Martinis Jazz Band will entertain you with jazz standards from the 20s and 30s plus a few well-known American Songbook tunes from the 40s for good measure. Be sure to bring your folding chairs or a blanket to sit on. This event is weather dependent.

Youth Programs

Summer Reading Kickoff: Tails, Tricks and Tales: A Magical Summer Reading Show

Outdoor @ Swain Green

Wednesday, June 23 at 6:30 pm

Entertainer extraordinaire Mike Bent will kick off our summer reading program with amazing magic, hilarious comedy, crazy puppets, music, sound effects and riveting storytelling.  Event location: Swain Green. All ages.

The Story of the Jaguar: A Japanese Paper Theater Storytelling Program with STEM Activities

Outdoor @ WML

Thursday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25 at 11 am

Notable Storyteller Yumi Izuyama and STEM+3D Instructor Kendall Inglese present an Arts & Science interpretation of traditional Kamishibai, a unique Japanese tradition. The Story of the Jaguar is based on a challenge a young boy faces with species in the Amazon Forest in Brazil. Fun activities include the species ecosystem in session 1 and adaptation games in session 2. You may attend either or both sessions.  Grades K-5.

Resin Shaker Keychains Crafternoon

Outdoor @ WML

Thursday, June 24, 4 pm

Create cheeky animal-themed shaker charms on keychains using UV resin, dyes, glitter, and baby oil. Grades 4+

Read to Thor

Outdoor @ WML

Friday, June 25, 10 am

Come read to Thor, a beautiful dog who loves to listen to kids read.  Sign up for one 15 minute session per reader.  Thor will be outdoors in the Peggy Kane Reading Garden unless if the weather is inclement. Grades K-4.

Little Movers

Outdoor @ WML

Saturday, June 26 at 10am

Movin’ babies 0-24 months and their caregivers can come get out their energy at this movement and play focused baby program full of songs, rhymes, and dancing on the WML lawn! Ages 0-24 months.


Virtual via Zoom

Saturday, June 26 at 3pm

Interested in finding out more about this fantasy tabletop role-playing game, or looking for a group to play with? Join DM Michaela for a virtual campaign via Zoom every month! Make a Level 5 character on D&D Beyond before playing. Grades 6-8.

Kids Create: Recycled Paper Making

Outdoor @ WML

Saturday, June 26 at 3pm

Reduce, reuse, and recycle by learning how to make homemade paper with the whole family outside the WML! Ages 3+

Baby Time

Outdoor @ WML

Thursday, June 24 at 9:30am

This program of songs, rhymes, games and picture books is for babies under the age of two years and their caregivers. Please bring a blanket or low chairs and something for you and baby to shake (rattles, car keys, bottles full of rice or beans).

Time for Twos

Outdoor @ WML

Thursday, June 24 at 10:30am

This storytime for two year olds includes books, rhymes, music and movement. Please bring something to sit on (blanket or low chairs) and something to shake (rattles, car keys, bottles full of rice or beans).

Summer Reading Program

Enter into raffles for fun wildlife experiences like a Whale Watch, a New England Aquarium Membership, a Crane Beach Parking Permit, and even Drive-In Movie Gift Certificates by completing activity and logging badges! More prizes throughout the Summer Reading Program include a library 150th anniversary cap, a free book, a free ice cream, or a hummingbird feeder! Participate in a scavenger hunt around town, make animal-themed crafts, participate in hands-on wildlife programs! Sign up on Beanstack to get started.

WML Outdoor Programming

Registration is required to ensure social distancing. If inclement weather is forecast, the program may be held virtually on Zoom. Please check out website on the day of the program to confirm location.

WML Virtual Programming

The library continues to offer a variety of virtual events. Please note that registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link. Go to to register or call 978-658-2967.

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