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Library Programs

The best way to get information about our current programs is through our Calendar of Events, which describes all our programs in detail.

The Wayland Library offers several programs that are either ongoing throughout the year or recur at approximately the same time each year. These programs are described below:


The library purchased a 3D printer and in 2014 started offering some workshops to teach people how to design 3D objects. Useful support documents and online tutorials were provided as well at this link.


Every spring we present a three-part series of lectures on Shakespeare, conducted by Professor Helen Whall of the College of the Holy Cross, in which three plays are read and discussed.  The Friends of the Wayland Library sponsor this free series. The 2014 Spring Shakespeare Series Schedule will be announced soon.



At least once a year, the library offers a slide/lecture art appreciation series with museum lecturer and docent Judy Schurgin. In recent years Judy has spoken on Women Artists, the Early Modernists, Spanish Art, the Italian Renaissance, and the Impressionists. 


Frank Smith, former head of Classics and Modern Languages at Wayland High School, offers an annual lecture series on the classics.



For over thirty years, a group of adults have been meeting one Friday a month at noon for a reading discussion meeting. Currently the members rotate turns in facilitating the discussion and providing refreshments.

A list of titles to be considered each year is available at the library.  Members either purchase their own copies or read copies acquired by the library on interlibrary loan.

For more information about this group, please call Kathy Powers, Assistant Director. 


The library provides one of the most successful Poetry Workshops in the Metrowest area. Twice a month, about 20 individuals meet to read and discuss their work, often with constructive critiquing of each other's writing.

Every fall the group brings in a special speaker, usually a well-known published poet. In the spring, members perform, reading from their best work, on a Sunday in April. The public is always invited to this day.


Starting in January or February, meeting approximately every three weeks on Friday mornings, through June, a group of adults gather in the Raytheon room to discuss current social, political, economic, and philosophical issues. 

Sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, which provides a set of topics and guidelines for study, the group consists of adult men and women who enjoy serious, thought-provoking discussions. 

If you are interested, call the library to be put in touch with the Great Decisions group coordinator.


Since 1990 the library has been training adults to become volunteer ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) tutors. 

Further information


Each year the Gossels Fund for Human Dignity supports a program at the Library. The Gossels Fund was established by the Gossels families "to foster and augment programs and activities that will encourage people to respect, treasure, and protect the rights of all human beings to live in dignity, freedom, and peace," and our annual Gossels Program seeks to support the mission of the fund by presenting a program that encourages the audience to reflect on issues of human dignity.


History of Flooding in Wayland

On the afternoon of Sunday, February 13, 2011, Tom Sciacca and Sally Newbury presented a program at the library about historical flooding in Wayland. You can watch the video by following this link.


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New Subjects,
New Groups

The library is always interested in responding to the community's needs. While we have traditionally focused on programs relating to literature, the arts, humanities, and current affairs, we are interested in supporting a wide variety of programs. Contact us and let us hear your suggestions.


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Holiday Open House

Every December on a Sunday, the library participates in the Town Center Holiday Open House, which includes the Heard House (Wayland Historical Society), the Depot, First Parish Church and other buildings. The library offers a professional family entertainer for children and a decorated hospitality table courtesy of the Friends of the Library.