Hosting programs at the library is one of our favorite things to do. Since the building is currently closed, we want to make sure that #wakefieldconnects from home! We’ll be recording and posting various programs from our homes to yours. Some events will be recorded and available on demand. Others will be live, with registration and attendance required. Check out our upcoming and previous programs below. If you’ve got any suggestions, reach out to us at email@wakefieldlibrary.org. We’d love to hear from you! Remember to use #wakefieldconnects and tag the library if you want to share your thoughts on social media.

Using Side Door Service. 7/8/20. LIVE EVENT. Click here to register. As we move through our phased reopening, July brings us to Phase 3. We are now doing “Side Door Service” so you can borrow materials and pick them up at our Avon Street entrance. Learn how to use our catalog to find what you want, request it, and schedule a pickup day and time. Registration required. 

Story Times for KidsEvery Tuesday. Recorded and available on demand. We’ve got story times and crafts to keep the kids educated and entertained! Join a different librarian every week on Tuesday. Available on our Facebook and YouTube channel.

Summer Author Chat: Hunting Whitey with Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge. 8/4/20. LIVE EVENT. Click here to register. Join authors Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge as they read from and talk about their new book. Registration required.

Summer Author Chat: Hid From Our Eyes with Julia Spencer-Fleming. 7/28/20. LIVE EVENT. Click here to register. The new Julia Spencer-Fleming mystery is here, and it’s a standout.  Upstate New York police chief Russ Van Alstyne and Episcopalian priest Clare Fergusson are figuring out how to take care of their newborn son as they manage their own fraught careers, at the start of Spencer-Fleming’s HID FROM OUR EYES.  In the midst of this, the body of a young woman is found in a situation similar to  not one but two local cold cases… Registration required.

Summer Author Chat: The Railroad Photography of Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg. 7/21/20. LIVE EVENT. Click here to register. Author Tony Reevy presents his new book on the railroad photography of Wakefield native Lucius Beebe (grandson of the man after which this building is named) and Charles Clegg. Bon vivant, railroad historian, pioneering food critic, chronicler of New York’s cafe society, and noted newapaperman, Lucius Beebe (1902-66) was an American original. In 1938, with the publication of High Iron: A Book of Trains,  he transformed the world of railroad-subject photography forever by inventing the railroad picture book genre. He, alongside his creative and life-partner, Clegg, produced an outstanding and diverse portfolio of mid-twentieth century railroad-subject photographs. Registration required.

Crafts w/ Casey – Castle Pencil Holder. 7/20/20. Recorded and available on demand. Let’s make castles out of toilet paper rolls, bonus – it can be used to hold stuff! Supplies: Paper towel roll, Toilet Paper rolls, Paints/Markers/etc., Scissors, Glue/tape, Colored paper, Cardboard, Optional: Toothpick

Summer Author Chat: Friends and Strangers with J. Courtney Sullivan. 7/14/20. LIVE EVENT. Click here to register. Join author J. Courtney Sullivan for a virtual author talk about her most recent book. She’ll present a reading and be interviewed by Robin Young. Signed copies of the book are available from Haley Booksellers. Registration required.

Crafts w/ Casey – Cork Sail Boats. 7/13/20. Recorded and available on demand. We’re going to make actual floating sail boats using corks as our base! Supplies: 3 Corks,, 2 Rubberbands, Popsicle stick, Nail or something small and sharp, Felt/Foam/Paper, Scissors. Optional: colored paper and glue

Crafts w/ Casey – Raised Salt Painting. 7/6/20. Recorded and available on demand. We’re going to be making the classic Raised Salt Painting craft! Supplies: Paint Brush, Glue, Paper, Salt, Liquid Water Coloring OR diluted food coloring.

Crafts w/ Casey – Hummingbird Feeders and Baby Planters. 6/29/20. Join us for two simple crafts! We’ll be making homemade Hummingbird Feeders out of little mason jars (and talking about ingredients for the food!) and also making little planters out of toilet paper rolls (that you can plant right in the ground later). Supplies: Small mason jar (with top parts), Hammer, Nail, Sharpie/paint, Toilet Paper Roll, Scissors, Dirt. Optional: Hummingbird Food, Something to hang them (twine, pipe cleaners, etc.).

Crafts with Casey – Tree Bottle Painting. 6/22/20. Recorded and available on demand. We’ll be making no fail trees using paint and soda bottles! Supplies needed: Clean soda bottle or any bottle with a similar bottom, Paint (at least two colors), Plate for paint, Paper, Paintbrush.

BeebeFlicks. 6/17/20. Recorded and available on demand. Join Brigid, Jeff, Alyssa T, Casey, and Annie as they give a round up of what they’ve been watching while safe at home. Discussed today: Pose, Little Fires Everywhere, Shirley, Charlie’s Angels, Frozen 2, Avatar: The Last Airbender. Stay tuned to the end for a surprise!

Crafts with Casey – Paper Rainbows. 6/15/20. Recorded and available on demand. Join us on Facebook Live at 10am. This week we’re making paper rainbows! Supplies needed: Different color paper (at least 6 colors), Cotton Ball, Scissors, Ruler, Stapler/tape/glue.

The Traveling Librarian Goes to the Greek Mani. 6/15/20. Recorded and available on demand. Join Jeff Klapes, the Traveling Librarian, for another of his popular armchair travel presentations. This series highlights travel photography and stories and travel tips about destinations around the world. This month we’ll be going back to the Peloponnese in Greece, focusing on a little known area called the Mani peninsula. The Mani is wild, rocky, barren, and mountainous, but has a wealth of villages bristling with stone tower houses, as well as countless Byzantine churches, olive groves, and deserted hidden coves for swimming.

Beebe Book Buzz. 6/10/20. Recorded and available on demand. Another virtual book buzz! Join Karen, Alyssa, Beth, and Brigid as they talk about what they’ve been reading.

Crafts with Casey – Clothes Pins Dragonflies. 6/8/20. Recorded and available on demand. This week we’re going to make clothes pins dragonflies! Supplies needed: Clothes pin, Pipe cleaners or colored paper, Sharpies/markers/paint, and optional: Googly eyes

BeebeFlicks. 5/28/20. Recorded and available on demand. Join Brigid, Jeff, Alyssa T, Casey, and Annie as they give a round up of what they’ve been watching while safe at home. Discussed today: Never Have I Ever, Normal People, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Leverage, Miracle Workers, Schitt’s Creek. Stay tuned to the end for a surprise!

Beebe Book Buzz: 5/19/20. Recorded and available on demand. Another virtual book buzz! Join Karen, Jackie, Beth, and Brigid as they talk about what they’ve been reading.

Crafts with Casey – Soda Bottle Bird Feeders. 5/18/20. Recorded and available on demand. This week we’re going to make bird feeders out of soda bottles! Supplies needed: Soda Bottle (any size from 12oz to 20oz), Plastic or Wooden Spoons, Scissors/Exacto Knife/Box Cutter, Birdseed, wire for hanging.

Waterfalls of the White Mountains. 5/13/20. Recorded and available on demand. Join author Bruce Bolnick for a tour of some of the most beautiful waterfalls in New Hampshire, selected from his book “Waterfalls of the White Mountains”, now out in its 3rd edition. Bruce will give you hiking tips, history, and nature guidance of waterfalls that are easily accessible, and some that are off the beaten track.

Crafts with Casey – Paper Plate Dinos. 5/11/20. Recorded and available on demand. We’re making chubby stegosauruses out of paper plates and then decorating them! Supplies needed: Paper plate (any kind, the cheapest kind is best), Scissors, Glue or tape, Markers/Sharpies/crayons, Paper (printer paper is best for color but any kind works.)

Crafts with Casey – Star Wars Craft. 5/4/20. Recorded and available on demand. To celebrate Star Wars Day (May the 4th), we’ll be making X-wing starfighters out of toilet paper rolls! Supplies needed: Toilet paper roll, Scissors, Paint/Sharpies/Markers, and Craft Sticks/Popsicle Sticks/similarly shaped cardboard.

The Traveling Librarian Goes to Budapest. 4/17/20. Recorded and available on demand. Jeff Klapes, the Traveling Librarian, takes you on an armchair tour of historic Budapest, Hungary, the “Paris of the East”.

Beebe Book Buzz: 4/30/20. Recorded and available on demand. Another virtual book buzz! Join Karen, Jackie, and Alyssa as they talk about what they’ve been reading. All books are available via Hoopla or Overdrive.

Crafts with Casey – Egg Cartons. 4/27/20. Recorded and available on demand. This week we’re going to make birds out of egg cartons! Join us for both owls and penguins plus some other animal ideas! Supplies needed: One or more egg cartons (one should be enough), Paint/sharpies/markers, Optional: googly eyes and other decorations.

BeebeFlicks. 4/24/20. Recorded and available on demand. Join Brigid, Jeff, and Alyssa T as they give a round up of what they’ve been watching while safe at home.

Crafts with Casey – Nature Collages. 4/20/20. Recorded and available on demand. Join Casey as she crafts live on Facebook at 2pm every Monday. All crafts are family friendly! On Monday, April 20th, we’ll be making nature collages with natural materials.

The Traveling Librarian Goes to Istanbul. 4/17/20. Recorded and available on demand. Jeff Klapes, the Traveling Librarian, takes you on an armchair tour of the historic and cosmopolitan city of Istanbul. At the juncture of East and West, Istanbul has great street life, food, markets, and sumptuous architecture from many different eras.

Beebe Book Buzz: 4/14/20. Recorded and available on demand. Another virtual book buzz! Join Karen, Jackie, and Brigid as they talk about the difficulty of reading during the pandemic and what has been taking them away. All books are available via Hoopla or Overdrive.

Crafts with Casey – Folded Flowers. 4/13/20. Recorded and available on demand. Join Casey as she crafts live on Facebook at 2pm every Monday. All crafts are family friendly! On Monday, April 13th, get some colored paper together and make folded flowers.

The Traveling Librarian Goes to Malta. 4/12/20. Recorded and available to watch on demand. Jeff Klapes, the Traveling Librarian, takes you on an armchair tour of an off-the-beaten-path destination, the Maltese Islands. With several thousand years of history and influenced by many different cultures, Malta is a fascinating place at the crossroads of the Mediterranean.

Searching the eCollection from Home (Tutorial). 4/9/20. Recorded and available to watch on demand. Looking for eBooks and audiobooks with the Noble Catalog? Here’s how to get all of our e-resources at the top of your search results.

DIY Poetry. 4/8/20. Recorded and available to watch on demand. Celebrate National Poetry Month with librarians Karen and Alyssa, as they walk you through five easy poetry prompts for the whole family. No experience required. All you have to do is bring your creativity and a love of words.

Crafting w/ Casey – Toilet Paper Rolls: 4/6/20. Recorded and available to watch on demand. Join Casey as she crafts live on Facebook at 2pm every Monday. All crafts are family friendly! On Monday, April 6th, gather your toilet paper rolls! We’ll be creating cute animals (or not so cute) out of toilet paper rolls using scissors, paints or sharpies and more.

The Traveling Librarian Goes to Cornwall: 4/4/20. Recorded and available to watch on demand. Join Jeff Klapes, the Traveling Librarian, for another of his popular armchair travel presentations. This series highlights travel photography and stories and travel tips about destinations around the world. This time we’ll be going to Cornwall, in the extreme southwest of England, with quaint fishing villages, atmospheric moors, castles and country homes, and a craggy and dramatic coastline.

Beebe Flicks: 4/3/20. Recorded and available to watch on demand. Chat with Brigid and Jeff of our Reference Dept and Casey of our Youth Dept. about what they’re watching on TV and streaming.

Beebe Book Buzz. 3/30/20. Recorded and available to watch on demand. Beebe Library’s first virtual Book Buzz! Join Karen, Alyssa, and Beth as they talk about the titles they’re enjoying while social distancing. Karen talks The Bear by Andrew Krivak, Beth talks The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish, and Alyssa talks Temporary by Hilary Leichter. All books available on either Hoopla or Overdrive (Libby).

Crafts w/ Casey – Bottle Caps:  3/30/20. Recorded and available to watch on demand. Join Casey as she crafts live on Facebook at 2pm every Monday. All crafts are family friendly! On Monday, March 30th, we’re crafting with bottle caps! Bring your paints or sharpies, your hot glue, and more to create magnets and/or pins out of bottle caps!

The Traveling Librarian Goes to Devon: 3/25/20. EDIT: Sound fixed! Recorded and available to watch on demand. Join Jeff Klapes, the Traveling Librarian, for another of his popular armchair travel presentations. This series highlights travel photography and stories and travel tips about destinations around the world. This month we’ll be going to Devon, in the southwest of England, with quaint fishing villages, atmospheric moors, castles and country homes, the fascinating towns of Exeter, Plymouth, and Torquay, and a beautiful and dramatic coastline.

Libby (Tutorial): 3/25/20. Recorded and available to watch on demand. Did you know that your library card actually gives you access to every eCollection in Massachusetts? If you’re having trouble finding available titles in the NOBLE collection, watch this video to sign up for each Massachusetts library consortium. Questions? Email us at email@wakefieldlibrary.org

Crafts w/ Casey – Wine Corks: 3/23/20. Recorded and available to watch on demand. friendly! Feeling all alone? Paint some new friends! Try this family friendly craft to keep the whole household busy. All you need is some paint and some old wine corks.