LIBRARY NEWS: Shakespeare Programs Set For Aug. 5 (Author Visit), Aug. 10 (Workshop), & Aug. 12 (Outdoor Play)

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 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

Intimated by Shakespeare? Fear not! The Library and the Brown Box Theatre Project can help.
Participate in a “page to stage” workshop to get a better feel for Much Ado About Nothing and its characters before the performance on Swain Green on Thursday. You will get a sense of what it takes for a theatre troupe to bring the play to life!

VIRTUAL Much Ado About Shakespeare: A page to stage workshop        

Tuesday, August 10, 7 pm

This hour-long workshop, led by a Brown Box Theatre teaching artist, will give a basic introduction to Shakespeare’s play Much Ado about Nothing. Participants will get a brief rundown of the plot and characters, and then dive into specific text selections from the show. The teaching artist will discuss Shakespeare’s rhythm and meter and then encourage participants to perform the words themselves. The workshop will end with a brief Q&A about the play.

OUTDOOR Shakespeare on the Swain Green: Much Ado About Nothing

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.

VIRTUAL The Greatest Sitcoms of All Time

Wednesday, August 11, 7 pm

Join author and pop culture historian Martin Gitlin for a presentation on his book, The Greatest Sitcoms of All Time, via Zoom. Martin Gitlin is the only author to actually rank the best of the best sitcoms created, including “I Love Lucy,” “All in the Family,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Cheers,” “Seinfeld,” “Frasier” and “Modern Family.” He will show funny snippets from those shows and others, challenge patrons with sitcom trivia (including identifying cool theme songs!), discuss the criteria he used to rank the greatest sitcoms ever and talk about how sitcoms have evolved over the decades in humor, presentation and content.

Youth Programs

OUTDOOR Family Craft Night: “Etching” with Styrofoam!

Wednesday, August 22 at 6:30pm

Join us for the last Family Craft Night of the summer and create with the whole family.

OUTDOOR End of Summer Reading 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: Friends of the Rainforest Floor

Tuesday, August 10 at 10am

Location: Outdoor @ WML

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


Thursday, August 12 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 12 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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