LIBRARY NEWS: Kids Animal Show On Swain Green On June 28; Learn To Make Gatsby-Worthy Cocktails On June 29

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

Wilmington’s first public library opened in the rear room of the old town hall, now the Arts Center, on July 1, 1871. In 1890, the library relocated to the Center Schoolhouse, now the 4th of July Building where it remained for almost 80 years.

Adult Programs

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.

WCTV Live: Cookin’ the Books

Monday, June 28, 2:30 pm

Join Library Associate Lisa Crispin as she talks about and demonstrates recipes from the cookbook Rice by Michael Twitty.  Shown live on WCTV on Comcast 9 / Verizon 37 and online at (Don’t forget to press the Play icon to start the live stream).

Speakeasy Cocktails

Virtual via Zoom           

Tuesday, June 29, 7 pm                                                                 

Cocktails were the “bee’s knees” in the Roaring Twenties and Sam Treadway, co-owner of backbar in Somerville, MA, will teach us to make Gatsby-worthy craft cocktails from home.

Fiction Critique Group

Virtual via Zoom

Saturday, July 3, 9:15 am

Love writing fiction? Whether you are drafting a short story or a novel, joining our Critique Group is a great opportunity to meet other writers and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. Open to all experience levels writing in all genres. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras. If you are interested in attending this event, please email Assistant Director Charlotte Wood at

Youth Programs

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


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

Wildlife Encounters: Global Tour Encounter at Swain Green

Outdoor @ Swain Green

Monday, June 28 at 6:30pm

Join us on an imaginary safari around the world.  Meet animals whose ancestors lived in a variety of habitats and places around the world and discover their amazing adaptions and environmental contribution . Ages 3+

Virtual Author Visit with Loree Griffin Burns 

Virtual via Zoom

Tuesday, June 29, 6:30pm 

Meet scientist, author, and teacher Loree Griffin Burns over Zoom! Loree will talk about her newest book, You’re Invited to a Moth Ball, and inspire the audience to host their own nighttime moth-collecting event, as well as give insight into what it’s like to be a scientist.  Grades 4-8 

Virtual Family Craft Night: Notebook Making

Virtual via Zoom

Wednesday, June 30 at 6:30pm

For this month’s virtual family craft night, we are going to get our bookmaking on and make some pocket-size notebooks! Use it for drawing, journaling, or to jot down your big ideas! Grades K+

Tails & Tales Storytime: Backyard Friends – Birds!

Outdoor @ WML

Tuesday, June 29 at 10am

This fun storytime features books, rhymes, and songs. Ages 3-6

Baby Time

Outdoor @ WML

Thursday, July 1 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). Ages 0-2

Time for Twos

Outdoor @ WML

Thursday, July 1 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). Age 2

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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