LIBRARY LINEUP: History Of Chocolate In Massachusetts On Feb. 2; Library Launching New “Bookends” Book Club

WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.

Adult Programs

INDOOR Drop-in Tech Help
Tuesday, January 31, 2pm
Wednesday, February 1, 2pm
Saturday, February 4, 2pm
Have a tech question that’s been bugging you? Stop by Drop-in Tech Help.

VIRTUAL 50+ Job Seekers
Wednesday, February 1, 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! Remember, 85% of jobs are found through networking!

INDOOR Massachusetts Chocolate History
Thursday, February 2, 7pm
Most of us know the story of the Boston Tea Party. But did you know that when the colonists stopped drinking tea due to taxation they instead turned to drinking chocolate? Infamous American patriot Paul Revere even crafted dedicated drinking chocolate pots that can be seen on view at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Boston and the state of Massachusetts have many historical connections to chocolate that continue on from that point in time, including being the home of the very first chocolate factory in North America, the first roadside retail confectionary operation, and the first forays into commercial white chocolate production. We’re the birthplace of a number of classic and beloved desserts and treats and the resting place of the famed Fannie Farmer, who lent her amazing recipes developed at the Boston Cooking School to the world through her iconic cookbook and was the inspiration for the nostalgic candy company of the similar name. Learn more about our sweet history with this fascinating program. This program will be hosted by Cocoa Beantown.

INDOOR Needleworkers
Friday, February 3, 10am
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.

VIRTUAL Fiction Critique Group
Saturday, February 4, 9:15am
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 Adult Services Librarian Erin Driscoll at adultservices@wilmlibrary.org.

Youth Programs

INDOOR Wilmington Community Playgroup
Monday, January 30, 10am
The Community Teamwork Family Resource Network is here for weekly playgroup sessions! Join us for our community playgroup where we will work on Early Literacy skills and much, much more! Ask us about any resources we can help provide for you and your family. Registration is for this day only. For more Community Playgroups, register for each date you’re available to attend. Ages 0-6

INDOOR Board Game Design
Tuesday, January 31, 6:30pm
Would you like to understand how to design your own board game? Over the course of several sessions we’ll learn a process together while you work on your projects at home. Bring your game to life! Grades 7-12

INDOOR Lil Bookworms Book Club
Wednesday, February 1, 3:45pm
This book club is for students in Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2, and features books, reading comprehension and an activity. Siblings welcome. Grades K-2

INDOOR Middle School Book Club
Thursday, February 2, 3:30pm
Middle School Book Group is back! We will be reading Answers in the Pages by David Levithan for our February meeting. Copies will be available at the Youth Desk for checkout prior to the meeting; come by to grab one! You can also read along with an eBook on Libby. Grades 6-8

INDOOR LEGO Building
Thursday, February 2, 3:45pm
Build with LEGOs at the same time as other LEGO fans at the library. At the end you can display what you made! Grades K-5

INDOOR Drop-In Storytime
Friday, February 3, 10am
Come enjoy this fun indoor storytime that includes books, rhymes, music and movement! Ages 2-6

INDOOR Hunting for College Scholarships
Saturday, February 4, 11am
Tom O’Hare, an independent college advisor and Director of Partnership Programs from Pivotal College Years database, will offer strategies for hunting for scholarships, aimed at current 11th and 12th graders and their families, but open to all. Grades 6-12

Additional Information

Book Store Next Door Winter Hours

The Book Store Next Door will be closed on Wednesdays in January and February.

Friends of the Library Jewelry Sale

The Friends of the library will be accepting jewelry donations beginning Tuesday, November 1st. The next jewelry sale is scheduled for March 31st and April 1st, 2023.

Museum Passes

The library has discounted passes to your favorite Massachusetts museums, attractions, and state parks. Find the full list on our website!

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 no longer required for vaccinated patrons while visiting the library.

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 wilmlibrary.org to register or call 978-658-2967.

New Book Group

The library has a new book club, Bookends! Stop by to discuss contemporary fiction and nonfiction books with Library Associate Rebecca Lowe every fourth Monday. February’s featured book is The Body by Bill Bryson.

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