LIBRARY NEWS: 50 Rappers Who Changed The World On August 4, The Truth About Shakespeare On August 5

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

WML Outdoor Programming

Registration is required for outdoor programs at If inclement weather is forecast, the program may be held virtually on Zoom or inside the library.  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.

Summer Reading Prizes

We currently have over 400 participants in our Summer Reading Program! Kids, Teens, and Adults can sign up and get prizes for reading. Adults just have to register and read one book and get a free WML 150th Anniversary cap! Program runs through August 13. Prizes are available while supplies last.

Adult Programs

VIRTUAL Boats Against the Current: The Honeymoon Summer of Scott and Zelda

Thursday, July 29, 7 pm

Author and historian Richard Webb shares his book, Boats Against the Current: The Honeymoon Summer of Scott and Zelda, the companion to the newly released documentary, Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story, which explores the story behind the iconic American novel, The Great Gatsby. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald honeymooned for five months in the summer of 1920 in a modest gray house in Westport, Connecticut. It was an experience that had a more profound impact on both of their collective works than any other place they lived.

VIRTUAL 50+ Job Seeking Networking Group

Wednesday, August 4, 9:30 am

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. Each meeting features a new topic. Meetings include a presentation and hands-on workshop on topics relevant to career transition, guest speakers, access to hiring managers, small group breakout rooms to network, and 1-on-1 coaching guidance. This week’s topic (August 4) is Developing A Resume: Part #1.

VIRTUAL 50 Rappers Who Changed the World                           

Wednesday, August 4, 7 pm

One of the most mainstream music styles today, rap was born centuries ago in West Africa with historians who used to tell stories of the past over the beat of a drum. But it wasn’t until the 1970s in New York that rapping as we know it was born and began to flourish. Join author Candace McDuffie for a presentation on her new book, 50 Rappers Who Changed the World: A Celebration of Rap Legends, which profiles some of the genre’s biggest influencers, from the 1970s until the present day.

VIRTUAL North by Shakespeare

Thursday, August 5, 7 pm

Join author Michael Blanding as he discusses his latest book North by Shakespeare: A Rogue Scholar’s Quest for the Truth Behind the Bard’s Work, which tells the story of self-taught scholar Dennis McCarthy’s quixotic quest to prove that many of Shakespeare’s plays are based on earlier source plays written by the courtier and translator Sir Thomas North.

VIRTUAL Fiction Critique Group

Saturday, August 7, 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

Mark your Calendars for Shakespeare on the Swain Green!

Thursday, August 12, 7:30 pm

Location: Swain Green

Roll out your blankets and lawn chairs on the Swain Green for a live performance of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing from the Brown Box Theatre Project. Funded in part by a grant from the Wilmington Arts Council which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council.

Youth Programs

VIRTUAL College Essay Bootcamp

Tuesday, August 3, 7 pm

Don’t miss this opportunity to get a head start on your college application process! Developing a powerful personal essay is a crucial part of the college application process. This Bootcamp via Zoom provides tools and techniques to reduce your stress and increase your confidence, so you produce the strongest personal statement possible. 

Incoming High School Seniors Only 

OUTDOOR Punch Needle Embroidery 

Thursday, August 5, 4 pm 

Learn the art of punch needle embroidery and create a tiny masterpiece using a punch needle, yarn, embroidery hoop, and Aida cloth. Participants will keep their needle, too! 

OUTDOOR DIY Dog Toys & Cat Castles

Friday, August 6, 3-4:30 pm

Opt to make a sturdy dog toy out of braided fleece and a tennis ball or a regal cat castle out of cardboard boxes and other craft supplies for your favorite furry family members! Dog toys can instead be donated to the Lowell Humane Society Animal Care Drive. All Ages

INDOOR All You Can Read Buffet

Wednesday, August 11 from 2-5 pm

This popular event returns!  Bring something cozy to lounge on and read away the afternoon.  We will provide lots of snacks and have pizza at the end. 

Mark your Calendars for the Summer Bash!

Friday, August 13, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Location: Swain Green

Celebrate the end of summer with an all-ages party on the Swain Green. Bring blankets or lawn chairs but be ready to stand up and dance! A DJ will play a variety of songs for all ages. Dinner is available to purchase from food trucks. Children’s games, balloon twisting, and more!

OUTDOOR Tails & Tales Storytime: Creatures of the Rainforest Canopy

Tuesday, August 3 at 10am

Location: Outdoor @ WML

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

 OUTDOOR Baby Time

Thursday, August 5 at 9:30am

Location: Outdoor @ WML

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 chair 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, August 5 at 10:30am

Location: Outdoor @ WML

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

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