LIBRARY LINEUP: Library Announces ‘Minute Madness’ Reading Competition; Celebrates Women’s History Month With Virtual Programs

Below is a press release from the Wilmington Memorial Library:

Minute Madness All-Ages Reading Challenge – Help Us Read Our Way to the Championship!

Brought to you from the same library who won Reading Rivals (us), there is a new reading competition on the horizon! Starting on March 1, join us for “Minute Madness” as we try to out-read other MA libraries until the championship round on March 22. Sign up now on the Beanstack app or pick up a paper log from the library so you don’t miss the action.

Minute Madness

Adult Programs

INDOOR Drop-In Tech Help

Monday, March 7, 7pm
Tuesday, March 8, 1pm
Wednesday, March 9, 2pm

Have a tech question that’s been bugging you? Stop by Drop-in Tech Help.

VIRTUAL Women Painters Through the Centuries

Monday, March 7, 2:30pm

During this presentation, we will view the works of the court painter to Elizabeth I, the drama of Artemisia Gentileschi, the glamour of Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, the maternal work of Mary Cassatt, the boldness of Georgia O’Keeffe, and more. You will have a better understanding of the tremendous contribution made by women artists over the past five centuries. Presented by Martha Chiarchiaro, founder of Seeing History, who brings history to life through art and has been doing so for more than 30 years.

VIRTUAL Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt — Two Halves Of A Whole

Tuesday, March 8, 2pm

Explore the relationship of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, one of America’s foremost “Power Couples” as it transitions from a secret engagement, to a marriage in crisis, to a powerful political partnership. Led by Jeffrey Urbin, Education Specialist at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.

VIRTUAL Georgia O’Keeffe, Photographer An Addison Gallery Tour

Wednesday, March 9, 2pm

Tour the exhibition with Lisa Volpe, associate curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and author of Georgia O’Keeffe, Photographer.

VIRTUAL Making Mardi Gras

Thursday, March 10, 7pm

From jewelry fit for a queen and the bold feathers of Black Masking Indians to parade throws and house floats, Lydia Blackmore will explain the creative elements of the “Greatest Free Show on Earth.”

INDOOR Needleworkers

Friday, March 11, 10am – 12pm

This is a social group for those who do any kind of needle craft. Bring your knitting, crocheting, quilting, etc. and enjoy a little conversation and camaraderie—drop in. Everyone is welcome!

VIRTUAL Irish Beers and Ballads

Saturday, March 12, 2pm

Join acclaimed seanchaí (Irish storyteller) & singer, Helena Byrne, and beer expert, Seán Fitzmaurice as they take you on a spectacular tour across the Irish landscape to explore some of Ireland’s finest traditions; music, storytelling & great beer!

Used Jewelry Donations Being Accepted

In preparation for the Friends Gently Used Jewelry Sale on April 8 & 9, the library will be collecting donations of your used jewelry now through March 18. Please drop off donations at the front desk. We appreciate your support!

Youth Programs

INDOOR Wilmington Community Playgroup

Monday, March 7, 10am

The Community Teamwork Family Resource Network is back for a weekly playgroup! Due to the pandemic, seating is limited. Ages 1-3

VIRTUAL Near & Far Book Group

Wednesday, March 9, 6:30pm

Kids & Grandparents! If you’re missing your loved ones that live far away, join our book group and enjoy books together virtually! Each month, we’ll read one book together as a group, have some fun discussions and then families will have a chance to break off into groups and read a book or two together. Ages Preschool-5th Grade

INDOOR Crafternoon: Woven Yarn Decor

Thursday, March 10, 3:45pm

In this month’s Crafternoon, we’ll experiment with weaving and making woven yarn hangings. Grades 4-8

INDOOR Kids Create: Youth Art Month

Saturday, March 12, 3pm

Celebrate Youth Art Month by learning about two different artists with differing artistic styles. Choose your favorite style and create your own inspired masterpiece! Grades K-5

WML In-Person Programming

Registration is required for most in-person programs. Please check our website on the day of the program to confirm location. Masks are required required inside Town buildings regardless of vaccination status. 

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.

Book Store Next Store, 183 Middlesex Ave.

Open Saturdays only in January & February, 10am – 4pm
Shop discount books! Paperbacks for $1 and hardcovers for $2.
The Book Store is staffed by volunteers from the Friends of the Library and all proceeds help support library programs.

How has the library helped you during the pandemic?

We want to hear from you…How do you benefit from library services while living through the COVID pandemic? Did you use curbside pickup? Discover downloadable audiobooks? Fall in love with virtual storytimes? Email your stories to or stop by the library to tell a staff member.

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