LIBRARY LINEUP: Wilmington Library To Hold In-Person Talk On The Infamous Gardner Museum Theft On March 23

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

Adult Programs

Needleworkers at Night
Monday, March 20, 6:30pm
Can’t make it in to Needleworkers during the day? We’ve added new evening sessions on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Bring your knitting, crocheting, quilting, etc. and enjoy a little conversation and camaraderie. Drop in.

Drop-in Tech Help
Tuesday, March 21, 2pm
Wednesday, March 22, 2pm
Saturday, March 25, 2pm
Have a tech question that’s been bugging you? Stop by Drop-in Tech Help.

VIRTUAL Natural Park Service Series: New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park
Wednesday, March 22, 12pm
Enjoy a virtual lunchtime lecture from the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, entitled “Stories from the Whaling Port.” Discover the origins and historical significance of New Bedford’s whaling port. When Quaker merchants moved their whaling businesses from Nantucket to New Bedford, they started a 100-year industry that forever shaped New Bedford’s maritime culture. Learn about a daring arctic rescue in 1897, when ice closed in around 275 whalemen and left them stranded with limited supplies. An earlier version of the U.S. Coast Guard traveled 1,500 miles overland to bring the men food. Time permitting, hear stories about New Bedford’s roles in the Civil War (54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry) and the Underground Railroad. Led by National Park Guide Rufai Shardow.

Author Talk with Stephen Kurkjian
Thursday, March 23, 7pm
Join acclaimed investigative reporter Stephen Kurkjian for a discussion of his book Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled off the World’s Greatest Art Heist. It is a case defined by superlatives – the largest art theft in history, carrying the world’s largest reward offer, longer on the FBI’s list of biggest unsolved art crimes than any other, save one. Two men disguised as Boston Police officers trick their way into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum after midnight, tie up the two night watchmen and make off with an estimated half billion dollars worth of artwork including three works by Rembrandt and a Vermeer masterpiece.

Friday, March 24, 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 Author Talk with Michelle Gallen
Saturday, March 25, 10am
What do you get when you combine a teen anxious to escape her country, a contentious factory environment, and rising political tensions? The answer: Michelle Gallen’s comedic and poignant novel, “Factory Girls.” Join us and fly back to 1994 while hearing about this hilarious and tension-filled story from the author herself.

Youth Programs

Multiplayer Monday
Monday, March 20, 2pm
On Monday afternoons in March and April, the Baldwin Room (the small room in Youth with the comfy chairs) will be reserved for teens in grades 6-12 to use the Nintendo Switch with our projector! Try out the latest games, play with friends, and make new ones. No registration required, just come by if you’re around! Grades 6-12

Completing the College Enrollment Process
Tuesday, March 21, 6pm
Congratulations! After all the hard work, acceptances and financial aid awards have arrived. In this session, Tom O’Hare, Instructor at Pivotal College Years, will review the essential steps to saying yes. Tom will discuss how to compare college offers and answer the Five Critical Parts of a College Match. Tom will also touch on the critical steps families must take to protect their college-bound students. Attendees will examine funding strategies, the appeals process, and tips on the continued hunt for scholarships. The workshop is designed for parents and grandparents of high school seniors, and all considering how to reach their educational goals. The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be. Grades 6-12 and Adults

Animal Shelters and Adoptions
Wednesday, March 22, 6:30pm
Meet Michelle from the Baypath Humane Society, her rescue dog, Lane, and her stuffed dog, Marley, at this educational family event! Learn all about shelters, fostering animals, how to meet a strange dog, how to decide what kind of pet your family should get, and more! All Ages

Drop-in Storytime
Friday, March 24, 10am
Come enjoy this fun indoor storytime that includes books, rhymes, music and movement! Ages 2-6

Drop-in Storytime
Saturday, March 25, 10am
Come enjoy this fun indoor storytime that includes books, rhymes, music and movement! Ages 2-6

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.

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