LIBRARY LINEUP: Irish Songs & Stories with Kate Chadbourne on March 17; Minute Madness Reading Competition Has Begun

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

Adult Programs

Streaming Services and Other Alternatives to Cable
Monday, March 13, 7pm
Do you want to know what’s the deal with all these streaming services you keep hearing about? Come join Technology Librarian Brad McKenna as he presents alternatives to cable such as Netflix and the library. While not all free, the alternatives will save you quite a bit of money every month.

VIRTUAL Travel Through Ireland
Monday, March 13, 7pm
An Ireland Travelogue just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! Loaded with exciting pictures, videos, and historical information, Dana Zaiser’s presentation will focus on his 2017 “Castles and Manors” trip to Ireland. The visit includes stops at the Rock of Cashel, Ring of Kerry, Kylemore Abbey, Phoenix Park, and the Irish Potato Famine Museum, among others. And what trip to Ireland would be complete without a tour of the Guinness brewery. Erin go Bragh!

Cookin’ the Books
Tuesday, March 14, 12pm
If you love to cook and enjoy talking about food and sharing recipes then this group is for you. Pick up a copy of the cookbook (or find a recipe from the book online), register on the library events calendar and record your recipe. Bring your dish to the meeting and enjoy sampling everyone’s dishes! The featured cookbook for March is Ripe Figs by Yasmin Khan.

Drop-in Tech Help
Tuesday, March 14, 2pm
Wednesday, March 15, 2pm
Saturday, March 18, 2pm
Have a tech question that’s been bugging you? Stop by Drop-in Tech Help.

VIRTUAL 50+ Job Seekers
Wednesday, March 15, 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!

VIRTUAL National Park Services: Boston African American National Historic Site
Wednesday, March 15, 12pm
Enjoy a virtual lunchtime lecture from the Boston African American National Historic Site, entitled “Explore the Black Heritage Trail.” The Black Heritage Trail showcases residences and community buildings associated with a Black community that thrived on, and near, the north slope of Beacon Hill before, during, and after the American Civil War. Throughout that time, this community struggled and organized for equal rights and access to equal education. Community members championed the movement to abolish slavery and even housed freedom seekers on their journey along the Underground Railroad. Led by National Park Ranger Shawn Quigley.

Friday, March 17, 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.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish Songs and Stories
Friday, March 17, 2:30pm
Kate Chadbourne is a singer, harper, and storyteller, an award-winning songwriter and poet, a scholar and teacher of Irish language and folklore with a PhD from Harvard, and a beloved performer at venues throughout New England.

VIRTUAL Poetry Circle
Saturday, March 18, 9:15am
Do you enjoy writing poetry? Want input on your work? If so, this group is for you. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials in advance. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras. If you are interested in attending this event, please email the Adult Services Librarian at Please include the title of the program in the subject heading. This event will be held over Zoom. You will receive an invite from the presenter prior to the program date.

Youth Programs

Switch it Up! Video Game Club
Monday, March 13, 3:45pm
Love video games? Love Nintendo Switch? Come to this once-a-month video game club to play your favorite Switch games with friends! Grades 1-5

Lil Bookworms Book Club
Monday, March 13, 6:30pm
This book club is for students in Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2, and features books, reading comprehension and an activity. Grades K-2

Family Craft Night: Women’s History Month Suncatchers
Wednesday, March 15, 6:30pm
We’re taking inspiration from women that have made history for this month’s craft! Create a beautiful suncatcher and add an image or quote from a woman that empowers you! Ages 3+

Read to Brandie
Thursday, March 16, 6pm
Come read to Brandie, a loveable dog that loves to listen to kids read! Sign up for one 15 minute session per family. Siblings and caregivers are welcome. Grades K-5

Drop-in Storytime
Friday, March 17, 10am
Come enjoy this fun indoor storytime that includes books, rhymes, music and movement! Ages 2-6

Board Game Jam
Saturday, March 18, 11am
Come have some pizza (!!!) and take on the challenge of making your own board game. This is a hands-on, introductory collaborative session. Grades 6-12

Saturday, March 18, 3pm
Interested in finding out more about this fantasy tabletop role-playing game, or looking for a group to play with? Join us for a virtual campaign via Zoom every month with DM Mike! Please register using the email address where you’d like to receive the Zoom invitation (no school emails, please). You will receive the Zoom invitation via email at least an hour before the program begins. You will need to register for an account on D&DBeyond before playing. Please email us at with any questions. Grades 6-8

Additional Information

Minute Madness
It’s tournament time! This year’s Minute Madness competition will be fierce. Can you help us out-read 20 other Massachusetts libraries? Starting March 1st, log your reading as we fight for a spot in the Championship. Books, audiobooks, graphic novels, magazines and newspapers all count towards our total. The competition ends on April 5. See website for details.

Book Store Next Door
The Book Store Next Door is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 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.

Friends of the Library Jewelry Sale
The Friends of the Library are accepting jewelry donations for this year’s Donated Jewelry Sale. All proceeds go to supporting the library. The jewelry sale is scheduled for Friday, March 31st from 5pm to 8pm and Saturday, April 1st from 9am to 2pm. Stop by and freshen up your bling!

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 to register or call 978-658-2967.

Minute Madness (2)

Minute Madness is back! Log your reading on Beanstack and help us win the competition! Books, audiobooks, graphic novels, magazines and newspapers all count toward reading minutes. See our website for details!

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