LIBRARY NEWS: Bestselling Author Tess Gerritsen (‘Rizzoli & Isles’) To Speak On July 6 On Zoom

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

Closed for Fourth of July

The library will be closed on Saturday, July 3 and Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day.

Adult Programs

VIRTUAL Fiction Critique Group
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

VIRTUAL Author Talk: An Evening With Tess Gerritsen & Gary Braver
Tuesday, July 6, 7 pm
Join bestselling authors Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver for a discussion of their new suspenseful thriller, Choose Me, in conversation with bestselling author B.A. Shapiro.
A psychological thriller, a whodunit, and a police procedural, complicated with multiple points of view, Choose Me will delight both longtime fans of these celebrated authors and brand-new readers. It’s the story of an affair that leads to murder — but from both the male and female perspectives.

VIRTUAL 50+ Job Seeking Networking Group
Wednesday, July 7, 9:30am
If you are unemployed and actively looking, underemployed, seeking a new career direction, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap, or recently retired and looking for your “Encore Career”, this networking group program is perfect for you. Join us in a professional forum for networking with peers in a safe and comfortable environment conducive to developing new relationships and developing skills and strategies to help in your career transition. This week’s topic self-assessment and transferrable skills.

VIRTUAL Gold Coast History with Old Westbury Gardens
Wednesday, July 7, 2:30 pm
Discover the picture perfect grounds and intricate, inner workings of Westbury House- Long Island, NY’s quintessential Gold Coast Country home at Old Westbury Gardens. The Education team at OWG gives you a behind the scenes peek into the daily task of delivering a high-level lifestyle of luxury in the early 1900’s. Light connections will be drawn to compare the contrived Great American Novel, The Great Gatsby by author F. Scott Fitzgerald, to the reality of early 1900’s life at Westbury House, particularly through the untold narratives of those who lived on and worked the property.

OUTDOOR Pints and Pages
Thursday, July 8, 7 pm
A social book group geared towards readers in their 20’s and 30’s. The group meets on the first Thursday of every other month. The book discussion will be hosted by librarians from the Wilmington and Reading Public Libraries. This month we will meet on the Reading Public Library’s outdoor patio.
Book Selection: The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

Youth Programs

VIRTUAL Among Us Teen Game Night
Tuesday, July 6, 7pm
Join your crewmates in a multiplayer game of teamwork and betrayal over Zoom! Download the free Among Us app, and play in a private match hosted by the WML. Grades 6-12

OUTDOOR Friends & Freeze Pops
Wednesday, July 7, 3pm
Kids in grades 1-3 can join in for a summer of reading! Registered kids will receive a copy of the book and we will read every week together, enjoying a selection of freeze pops along the way. Weekly readings will be held behind the library, next to the Peggy Kane Garden! Please be sure that you can attend all four sessions before registering. Grades 1-3

VIRTUAL Author Visit with Bob Shea
Wednesday, July 7, 6:30pm
Join Bob Shea, award-winning author/illustrator of many funny books including the Dinosaur vs. series, Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great and Ballet Cat for a special program. Bob will take us on a Story Safari a where everyday objects find their story, teach us simple, easy to follow drawing techniques and we will get a sneak peek at his soon-to-be-published book Chez Bob. Grades K-3

VIRTUAL Anime & Manga Meetup
Thursday, July 8, 4pm
Love anime and manga? AMM is for you! Meet over Zoom to watch some animal-themed anime, eat Japanese snacks, and make Soot Sprite pom pom keychains together over Zoom! Register to reserve your take-home kit to pick up the week of the program. All supplies provided except for scissors. Grades 6+

OUTDOOR Read to Thor
Thursday, July 8, 10am
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

Friday, July 9, 4pm
Build with our LEGOs at the same time as other LEGO fans outside the library. At the end, you can share what you made during the time. Ages 5+

Saturday, July 10 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

VIRTUAL Teen Book Club: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
Saturday, July 10, 7pm
Join Lian for a discussion of the thrilling first installment of the A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series by Holly Jackson over Zoom! Pick up a copy of the book in Youth Services beginning June 10. Grades 8-12

OUTDOOR Tails & Tales Storytime: Pet Pals – Dogs & Cats!
Outdoor @ WML
Tuesday, July 6 at 10am
This fun storytime features books, rhymes, and songs. Ages 3-6

Thursday, July 8 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

OUTDOOR Time for Twos
Thursday, July 8 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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