- Virtual Author Conference: Hernan Diaz and Trust. Diaz’s latest novel delves into the mystery behind a 1920s magnate’s wealth and the repercussions over the years of a novel based on his life. Hernan Diaz’s two novels have been translated into more than twenty languages. His first, in the distance, was a Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Prize finalist. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Granta, Playboy, The Yale Review, McSweeney’s and elsewhere. Register for the webinar (Zoom account not required). Tuesday, September 27 at 4 p.m.
- The opening of China and the Sino-American experience. In conjunction with our ONE Read by Gish Jen’s Thank you, Mr. Nixon (see below), Karen Teoh, Ph.D., will contextualize some of the historical themes of Jen’s stories: the Cultural Revolution, the reopening of China to the West, emigration to the United States and Hong Kong , anti-Asian racism and the political relationship between America and China. Dr. Teoh has taught at Stonehill College, Bowdoin College and Northeastern University, and is now a research associate at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Register to attend in person or via Zoom. Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m.
- ONE Read discussion group. Join Librarian Courtney Michael to discuss Thank you, Mr. Nixon by Gish Jen, as part of the MetroWest Readers Fest ONE Read. Check metrowestreadersfest.org for news and events, culminating in “An Evening with Gish Jen” (see below). Register to discuss. Tuesday, October 4 at 7 p.m.
- An evening with Gish Jen. Best-selling author Gish Jen will be at Goodnow Library in Sudbury to read and discuss her latest book, Thank you, Mr. Nixon, a collection of eleven short stories that “take stock of the fifty years that have passed since the opening of China and its unexpected effects on the lives of ordinary people”. The event is part of the MetroWest Readers Fest ONE Read, a program sponsored by 24 area libraries, including Wayland. Check metrowestreadersfest.org for information. Register to attend in person or virtually. Thursday, October 6 at 7 p.m.
- The challenge of democratic legitimacy. Widespread allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election have been thoroughly debunked, but persist. What are the roots of these notions, what is the impact on our trust in the system and what is the effect of such mistrust on our democracy? Join Rachael V. Cobb, Ph.D., president and associate professor of government at Suffolk University, online to discuss these issues that have plagued us historically, but especially in recent years. Register. Friday, October 7 at 10 a.m.
- Need for ESOL tutors. It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak a foreign language or have never taught before. Once you’ve completed the library-sponsored training course, you’re ready for what could be a wonderfully rewarding relationship. This fall’s course will take place on Zoom from 6-9 p.m. on five consecutive Wednesdays, starting October 12. The course is free but requires a $40 textbook. For more information or to register, contact Ginny Steel at 508-358-7517 or [email protected].
FOR BABIES, TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS
- Outdoor storytime with Mrs. Leslie. Join Mrs. Leslie outside for story time! Children and their caregivers will listen to stories, sing songs and perform fun rhymes and moves. We will meet on the lawn behind the library. In case of bad weather, we will hold story time in the children’s room. For babies to preschoolers, with caregivers. You can register here or from our online events calendar. Tuesdays, September 27 , October 4, October 11, October 18and October 25 at 10.30 a.m.
- Outdoor storytimes with Mrs. Pam. Join Mrs. Pam outside for stories, songs, puppets and activities. We will meet on the lawn behind the library. For children from 2.5 to 5 years old accompanied by an adult. You can register here or from our online events calendar. Thursdays, October 13, October 20and October 27 at 10.30 a.m.
- Story time with Obie the dog. Children will listen to dog stories and have the chance to visit Obie, a beautiful Samoyed. Obie will be accompanied by his owner Helen. We will meet in the Raytheon room. From 3 years old, accompanied by an adult. Please register HERE or from our online events calendar. Thursday, October 6, at 10.30 a.m.
FOR ELEMENTARY CHILDREN.
- Make a Mobile Nature with Mrs. Elise. Using pine cones, leaves, twigs and other natural materials, children will create beautiful fall mobiles. The program will take place outdoors. All materials provided. From 4 years old, accompanied by an adult. Please register HERE or from our online events calendar. Wednesday 28 September, at 3.30 p.m.
- Lego club. Children will make fabulous Lego creations. This month we are going to work together to create a city out of legos. We will meet in the Raytheon room. From 5 years old, with accompanying persons. Please register HERE or from our online events calendar. Wednesday 5 October, at 3.30 p.m.
- Critters. How do you move if you have no legs? Whistle without using your mouth? Eating using an integrated straw? Joy Marzolf of Joys of Nature will lead this live animal program featuring insects and other creepy critters, including Rosy the tarantula. From 4 years old, with accompanying persons. Please register HERE or from our online events calendar. Wednesday, October 12 at 4:15 p.m.
- Pokemon Card Trading Day. Children are invited to a Pokémon card trading day at the library. Come with cards you are ready to trade! We will meet on the green lawn behind the library. For ages 7 to 11. Please register HERE or from our online events calendar. Wednesday, October 19 at 4:00 p.m.
- 4th/5e Quality book club. This month we will discuss Save Winslow by Sharon Creech. We’ll meet at the Teen Loft. For questions or to obtain a copy of the book, please email Pam at [email protected]. For 4e and 5e graders. Please register HERE or from our online events calendar. Wednesday 19 October, at 7 p.m.
- Magic the Gathering for teens. Teens! Play Magic the Gathering with your friends! Bring your own magic cards or use ours. Experienced players and beginners welcome. For teens in grades 6 and up. Please register. Fridays, October 14 and October 28at 4:30 p.m.
- Girls who code. Girls will learn basic and more advanced coding to build websites, create graphics, and design games. The fall session meets every Monday, from October 17 to January 23 (except school holidays) from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and will be led by Wayland parents and other volunteers. For girls in grades 6-12. GWC’s mission is to help close the gender gap in technology fields. Please register HERE or from our online events calendar.
- Teen advisory council meeting. Teens! We want to hear from you! What kinds of library programs would you like? What do you expect from your public library? Please come to our first Teen Advisory Council meeting of the year and let us know. There will be free advance copies of books and treats! We’ll meet at the Teen Loft. Please register HERE or from our online events calendar. Thursday, October 20 at 4:00 p.m.