Love Towles, Minecraft: Wayland Library Week | September 25, 2023

WAYLAND, MA — Here’s what’s happening at the Wayland Library during the week of September. 25, 2023.



Welcome to our new director, Christopher Lindquist
Chris has been a professional librarian since 1989 and has held leadership positions in Barnstable, Westfield, and Northborough, MA, as well as Farmington, CT. It says, “The Wayland Free Public Library combines everything I was looking for in my next position, including a talented and well-trained staff, a Library with rich historical roots, and a forward-thinking community that clearly treasures its Library and is proud of she. in its distinguished history.” You can say hello to Chris at an open house on October 15 or stop by any Thursday morning during his shift at the reference desk.

Investigating slavery in colonial Sudbury
Colonial Sudbury, which comprised the modern towns of Wayland and Sudbury, included some people who resided there against their will. Investigating their lives is a challenging task for all communities. Jane Sciacca will share methods she has found useful in illuminating the names, identities and stories of people in Wayland and Sudbury who did not receive “All the Freedoms Other Cities Have.” Sciacca, a retired national park interpretive ranger who worked at Minute Man and Boston National Historical Parks and Longfellow National Historic Site, has been a member of the Wayland Historical Society for 46 years, nine as president. In person. Record. Tuesday, September 26 at 7 p.m.

Virtual Author Talk: Amor Towles
The author of bestsellers such as The Rules of Civility, A Gentleman in Moscow, and The Lincoln Highway discusses his work and his process. Record. Wednesday, September 27 at 8 p.m.

Minecraft for the Atari generation
Are you worried about your children’s obsession with Minecraft? Experienced player (and library staff member) Julian Butcher explores the game’s origins, history, and goals, as well as its creative and educational possibilities. He learns how to safely guide his children’s adventures in Minecraft and discover useful resources to continue researching and having fun as a family. In person and via Zoom. Record. Thursday, September 28 at 7 p.m.

Take the case
Our display case in the lower lobby, outside the Children’s Room, will be available over the next few months. Maybe it’s time you showed the world your snuff box collection. Or the memories of World War II that his grandfather left behind. Or there is a fascinating historical figure whose story you think needs to be told. If you would like to discuss an exhibit or exhibit, please write to us at

Art Installation: Lace Tree
Over the next two months, the tree in front of our parking lot door will bear beautiful and unusual fruit: antique, antique lace preserved in cement. It is the work of Framingham artist Pam Bonaguide of Tall Tales and Curiosity Studio. She loves and collects old things, which she considers gifts from the past. Although these lace pieces may have similar patterns, techniques, or threads, each one is as individual as the women who made them.

South Asian Heritage Survey
The purpose of this survey is to document the experience of Wayland residents of South Asian descent, whether born in India or elsewhere, for the Wayland Library’s local history collection. Complete the survey by October 8. As a thank you for answering our questions, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Soul of India Restaurant. Please contact if you have any questions.

Get a library card and win a prize! (Maybe!)
September is library card enrollment month. Next time you’re at the Library, pick up some free tickets at the Circulation Desk or the Children’s Room. Give them to friends who don’t have a card. When they sign up for a card and turn in the ticket, both you and they will be entered to win a gift certificate to our Friends Book Sales Room. Take as many entries as you want. Maybe you’ll make new friends!



Outdoor Baby and Toddler Story Time with Mrs. Carly
This story time encourages early literacy and caregiver-child interactions with lively songs and rhymes, bouncing, books, and body awareness. Best for babies and toddlers, with caregiver.
Weather permitting, we will meet outdoors on the green grass. Please register. Tuesday September 26, October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24 and October 31 at 10:30 am

Story Time with Mrs. Pam
Join Ms. Pam for stories, songs, puppets and activities. For ages 2.5 to 5 years with an adult. We will meet in the Children’s Room. Please register. Thursday, September 28, October 5, October 12, October 19 and October 26 at 10:30 a.m.

Story time with Obie the dog
Children will hear dog stories and have the opportunity to visit Obie, a beautiful Samoyed. Obie will be accompanied by his owner Helen. From 3 years old, with an adult. Please register HERE. Thursday, October 5, at 10:30 a.m.

Sing, move and count!
Jodi Levin of Family ACCESS Community Connections will lead children in songs and movements, and share a story! For ages 0 to 3 years. Please register HERE. Wednesday, October 18, at 9:30 a.m.

Movement with small rhythms
Join Little Beats for 30 minutes of music, movement and fun! For ages 1 to 5 years, with caregiver. Please register HERE. Friday, October 20, at 10:30 a.m.

Storywalk: A perfect day
Walk through the history of A Perfect Day by Lane Smith, installed by recent WHS graduate Erica O’Donnell at Wayland Community Gardens, 60 Old Sudbury Road, Wayland. This storywalk is perfect for preschool children, with their caregivers. Go on a scavenger hunt at the library, encourage your child to find the items as you read the story together, and return the scavenger hunt to the library to receive a sticker. (Erica set up the tour as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project.)

Spin Art with Ms. Elise
Children will make colorful spinning pictures with Ms. Elise. Weather permitting, we will meet outside on the green grass. From 4 years old, with caregivers. Please register HERE. Wednesday, September 27, at 3:30 p.m.

Pokémon Card Trading Day
Children are invited to a Pokémon card trading day at the library. Come with cards you’re willing to trade! For ages 7 to 11 years. Sign up here. Thursday, September 28 at 4:00 p.m.

Lego Club
Children will make fabulous creations with Legos. This month’s theme is haunted houses. We will meet in the Raytheon Room. From 5 years old, with caregivers. Please register HERE. Wednesday, October 4, at 3:30 p.m.

Spooky Story Crafts
Have you ever been afraid of your underwear? Or were you surprised by a sinister vegetable? Jasper Rabbit Yes! Join us as we read about Jasper Rabbit’s spooky encounters and make some SPOOKY crafts inspired by his stories. For children 5 years and older, with their caregivers. Please register HERE. Wednesday, October 11, at 3:30 p.m.

Read a story; Solve a problem: bats!
Ms. Wendy will read stories about bats and children will brainstorm what makes a good home for a bat. Children will then build model bat houses using a variety of recycled materials and craft supplies. For ages 5 years and up. Please register HERE. Wednesday, October 18, at 3:30 p.m.

4th and 5th Grade Book Club
This month we will talk about Stuntboy, meanwhile about Jason Reynolds. We’ll meet at the Teen Loft. If you have questions or would like a copy of the book, please email Pam at For 4th and 5th grade students. Please register HERE. Wednesday, October 18, at 7:00 p.m.

spooky story time
Join Ms. Carly for some semi-spooky stories and not-so-scary songs and rhymes. Crafts to follow! Best for babies up to 5 years old, with caregiver. We will meet in the Children’s Room. Please register HERE. Saturday, October 21 at 10:30 a.m.


Teen Crafts: Creepy Luminaries
Teenagers! How to make a spooky decoration to light up dark nights. All supplies will be provided, including battery operated candles. For teenagers from 6th grade onwards. We’ll meet at the Teen Loft. Please register HERE. Thursday, October 19, at 4:00 p.m.


Singing as a family with Julie Stepanek
Local musician Julie Stepanek will have the whole family singing chants, call and response, and other catchy songs. She’ll bring her ukulele! From 3 years old, with caregiver. Weather permitting, we will meet outside on the grass. Please register HERE. Saturday, September 30 at 11 a.m.

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