LIBRARY NEWS: Kids Animal Show On Swain Green On July 12; NPR’s Maureen Corrigan Talks ‘Great Gatsby’ On July 15

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

Adult Programs

OUTDOOR Pints and Pages

Thursday, July 8, 7 pm

Location: Reading Public Library’s outdoor patio

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.

Book Selection: The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

OUTDOOR How to do the Charleston

Tuesday, July 13, 7 pm

Location: Swain Green

Enjoy the great outdoors while having a little fun, getting a little exercise, and learning how to do the dance of the Roaring Twenties, the Charleston.  Led by dance instructor Rachel Oettinger.

VIRTUAL Author Talk: 111 Places in Boston That You Must Not Miss                           

Wednesday, July 14, 7 pm

Faneuil Hall is fine and the duck boats are just dandy, but if you want to go beyond the Boston of brochures and get to the heart of this mysterious, charming old metropolis, you have to dig deep and be willing to get a little weird. 111 Places in Boston That You Must Not Miss is a guidebook with a twist: one that takes you far off the beaten path — and the Freedom Trail — to explore a side of the city that’s offbeat, unexpected, and completely fascinating for visitors and locals alike.

VIRTUAL NPR’s Maureen Corrigan on the Enduring Power of The Great Gatsby                       

Thursday, July 15, 7 pm

Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR’s radio program Fresh Air and author of the book So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures, will discuss why The Great Gatsby has come to be viewed as the “Great American Novel.”

This event is made possible through CARES Act funding to Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Youth Programs


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 Writing Workshop: Get Real with the 3Cs

Monday, July 12, 3-4:30 pm

Join Amazon bestselling author Chris Boucher in this throwback writing workshop! No Zoom, no computers, and hosted outdoors behind the library! Attendees will learn to: identify the 3 Cs (Character, Conflict and Context) that bring stories to life, apply the 3Cs in planning their own story, and develop an original scene based on them. Attendees will also receive a notebook and signed copy of Chris’ book. Grades 6-12

OUTDOOR Animal Adventures: Mammal Mania at Swain Green

Monday, July 12 at 6:30pm

Location: Swain Green

Come visit with a variety of mammals from Animal Adventures.  You may meet a ring-tailed lemur, chinchilla, ferret, hedgehog and hairless rat and learn a lot about them. Ages 3+

OUTDOOR Totoro Pillows Crafternoon

Thursday, July 15, 4 pm

Sew a tiny Totoro of your very own, complete with a leaf hat, using felt, fiber fill, and a needle and thread. You’ll learn the running and backstitches.  Grades 4+

OUTDOOR All About Sharks!

Saturday, July 17 at 10am

This special shark storytime for preschoolers will feature books about sharks and a shark activity. Ages 3-5

Owl Pellet Dissection

Saturday, July 17 at 3pm

Would you like to discover firsthand what owls eat?  We will be dissecting owl pellets and may see fur, bones, and teeth that the owl could not digest and spit up.  Grades 3-7. This event is made possible through CARES Act funding to Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

OUTDOOR Tails & Tales Storytime: Pets Galore!

Outdoor @ WML

Tuesday, July 13 at 10am

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


Thursday, July 15 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 15 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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