Vokes Theater History, Frieda McFadden: Wayland Library Week

WAYLAND, MA – Here’s what’s happening at the Wayland Library the week of June 3, 2024.


The Hidden History of Black Boston
Commemorate Juneteenth by delving into the rich stories of Black Boston neighborhoods and pivotal locations, events, and figures. Award-winning educator Joel Mackall leads a conversation that will wander from the eras of Faneuil Hall and Long Wharf to the vibrant communities that thrived in Beacon Hill in the early Republic, and South End and Roxbury in the early 20th century. This program is not recorded. Registration required. Sunday June 2 at 2:30 PM

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Evening book group
Foster by Claire Keegan. A child is taken by her reckless father to live with relatives on a farm, without knowing when or if she will be brought home again. She finds an affection and warmth she has never known and begins to blossom. But there is something unspoken in this new, well-maintained household, and summer must come to an end. In person and online. Contact [email protected] for more information. Monday June 3 at 7pm

Great presenters: John Barrett
The President of the Vokes Theater offers history and stories from Wayland’s own 120-year-old jewel box of a playhouse. John Barrett has worked at Curry College since 1997, where he is chairman and senior lecturer in communications. In addition to teaching courses in the theater concentration, he is also the technical director of all Curry Theater productions and occasionally directs. In person and online. Register. Tuesday June 4 at 7:30 PM

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Finishing touch: demystifying the hospice
What exactly is hospice, and what is it not? In the final program of a three-part series, a panel of social workers, nurses and hospice volunteers will discuss the concerns of patients, caregivers, friends and loved ones about what can be a difficult, scary topic. Sponsored by the Wayland Council on Aging, the Parmenter Foundation and the library. Register. Meeting in the Library and online. Wednesday, June 5 at 2 p.m

Research the history of your home
Whether your home is 20 or 150 years old, genealogy professional Marian Pierre-Louis will teach you how to find deeds, chain a deeds, and find other sources of information such as U.S. federal census records. Learn some tricks to get the most out of your home history research. This lecture is suitable for both beginners and those who have some research experience. Presented by the Wayland Historical Commission and the Wayland Free Public Library. Live and online. Register. Saturday, June 6 at 7:00 PM

Listening room for music exchange
If it’s the second Tuesday of the month, it has to be Open Mic Night at the Library! Settle into one
take a seat in our beautiful Round Room and enjoy the slightly amplified efforts of whoever is brave
souls have signed up to share their music. Or come a little earlier and register yourself to play as a couple
or three digits. Co-sponsored by Arts Wayland. Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00 PM

Biodiversity and evolution
Elizabeth Sherman, professor emerita at Bennington College, discusses the explanation for the diversity of life on Earth: evolution, the most important unifying concept in all of biology. Evolution allows us to understand the history of our planet and the history of us. And it helps us predict the consequences of ongoing environmental degradation. Register. Thursday, June 13 at 7:00 PM

Virtual Author’s Speech: Frieda McFadden and The Housemaid look on
In the latest installment of the Housemaid series, Millie Calloway is finally free from caring for other people’s homes and has a home of her own. The neighborhood seems perfect for raising her children. Why then is she warned: ‘Beware of the neighbors’? Physician and bestselling author McFradden talks about this latest book and others. Register. Thursday, June 13 at 8:00 PM

Afternoon book group
Nita Prose’s maid. Contact [email protected] for more information. Friday June 14.

We need your input! Take our community survey
As we strive to meet the changing needs of our community, we need your insights to guide our strategic planning for the library. Your feedback is critical to helping us understand what you value most about our services and what improvements you would like to see. The survey only takes 5-10 minutes and closes on June 15. We would like to hear from you.



Our 2024 Summer Reading Program Read, Renew, Repeat begins June 18 with a magic show by Scott Martell. Other program highlights include Andrew Silver’s one-man circus, live animals with Joy from Joys of Nature, a performance by Peter and the Wolf, a family concert with Rolie Polie Guacamole, as well as many fun crafts and STEM challenges. Starting June 10, kids can track their reading results online or on paper logs to earn tickets for prizes. Highlights of the teen program include a henna workshop, DIY pride knots, yarn bombing and Mexican metal tools. Teens can also track their reading habits to earn tickets for prizes.
Register online for the Children’s Summer Reading Program and the Teen Summer Reading Program at
The Massachusetts Statewide Summer Library Program is funded by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Additional funding for Wayland’s Summer Reading program came from the Friends of the Wayland Public Library, the Wayland Cultural Council and the Arthur Ashley Williams Foundation.


Outdoor story time for babies and toddlers with Ms. Abby
Our Baby & Toddler Program is moving outside! Weather permitting, we will meet outside on the green lawn. Please register. Tuesday, June 11 and 18 at 10:30 am

Music, story, fun! with Mrs. Janet
Join Ms. Janet for a musical story. She brings her ukulele, rainbow bells and dolls! We meet in the Children’s Room. For children from birth to 4 years, with caregivers. Please register. Thursday June 6, June 13, June 20 and June 27 at 10:30 am

Movement with small beats
Join Little Beats for 30 minutes of music, movement and fun! For children from 1 to 5 years, with caregiver. Register HERE. Friday, June 14 at 10:30 am

Storywalk Kickoff at Hannah Williams Playground
Join Ms. Pam and Ms. Jodi (from Family ACCESS Community Connections) at the Hannah Williams Playground to celebrate the opening of the Story Walk of Bugs! Insects! Insects! by Bob Barner. Come by between 10:30 and 11:30 am, take the story walk, do a treasure hunt and make a craft! From 3 years, with caregiver. Register HERE. Saturday June 15.


Art club for children
Art Club is for children in groups 2 to 5 who like to draw and paint! This club, led by Wayland parent Emily Kristofek, meets on the first Monday of every month. In this session we paint amazing waves! Using markers and paint pens, we layer aquatic shades to create a realistic and splashy piece to take home. For children in groups 2 to 5. Registration required. Register HERE. Monday June 3 at 4:00 PM

Lego club
Children will make fantastic creations from Lego. This month’s theme is Awesome Bridges. We’ll meet in the Raytheon Room. From 5 years, with caregivers. Register HERE. Wednesday June 5 at 3:30 PM

Build it! Marble Run
Let your imagination run wild and build a marble track with blocks and recyclable materials together with Ms. Stephanie! We provide ping pong balls to use for marbles. From 4 years, with caregiver. Register HERE. Wednesday, June 12 at 3:30 PM

Kick-off summer lecture with magician Scott Martell
The Wayland Public Library’s summer reading program kicks off with Scott Martell’s Family Magic Show. All ages will enjoy comedy, surprises and of course – magic!! Register HERE. Tuesday June 18 at 3:30 PM

Celebrate the summer solstice!
Celebrate the longest day of the year and the start of summer! Learn how to do the yoga sun salutation pose, listen to stories about the summer solstice, and make a flower crown. Takes place on the lawn. From 4 years, with caregiver. Register HERE. Thursday, June 20 at 3:30 PM


Henna workshop for teenagers
This workshop takes an unconventional approach to the ancient art form. Teens start by learning the henna cone and then draw patterns, such as flowers, leaves and vines, on a canvas. Teenagers are also welcome to draw with their own hands. All materials are provided. Local teenager Niyathi Srinivasan from Henna for Humanity will lead this workshop. For teenagers from group 6. Register HERE. Thursday, June 10 at 4:00 PM

Pizza study evening for teenagers during exam week
Wayland high school students! Feed your brain while studying with your friends in the library! Pizza will be served at 5:30 p.m. Snacks are served throughout the evening. Especially for you, the library remains open until 10 p.m. We hope you pass your exams and projects. Wednesday June 12 and Thursday June 13.

DIY Pride Buttons
Make your own Pride buttons to celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month! Use our ready-made images or create your own hand-drawn designs. For teenagers from group 6. We meet in the Teen Loft. Register HERE. Thursday, June 20 at 4:00 PM


Conversation with Kids Comic Advocate Carol Tilley and comic artist Jonathan Todd
Comics scholar Carol Tilley and comics artist Jonathan Todd will discuss the intersection of children’s comics, libraries and education.

This program is aimed at teachers, librarians and parents who want to do more to integrate comics and graphic novels into the school curriculum. This program is also for anyone who loves graphic novels! Afterwards, refreshments and books will be available for purchase in the Ronde Zaal.
Carol Tilley is an associate professor at the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences. Carol, a former high school librarian, teaches classes primarily to people who plan to work as youth services librarians. Carol is also a comics scholar, studying the intersection of comics, librarians, and children, especially in the mid-20th century. She has been a jury member for three major comics prizes (the Eisners, the Ringos and the Lynd Ward Prize) and is a former president of the Comics Studies Society, an international scientific organization. In addition to teaching about comics and researching comics history, Carol also speaks to librarians, scientists, and others about the value of comics and their power to transform the lives of young readers.
Jonathan Todd, co-founder of the Boston Kids’ Comics Fest, is a local artist, writer and teacher whose most recent graphic novel Timid was published by Scholastic this spring.

Attend in person or via Zoom. Register HERE. Sunday June 9 at 2:30 PM

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