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Corporations are not People

by Jeffrey Clements


Deep Down True
by Wayland Resident Juliette Fay


by Bill McKibben 


A Thousand Acres

by Jane Smiley


Unaccustomed Earth

by Jhumpa Lahiri


What We Know About Climate Change

by Kerry Emanuel


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by Leonard Mlodinow


In the Garden of Beasts
by Erik Larsen 


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by Joshua Foer


Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

by James W. Loewen 


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January 23, 2012



We've made some minor adjustments to the organization of our newsletter to give greater prominence to philanthropic opportunities and events, and to separate out from announcements items that are really events, but are scheduled to occur off into the future - we welcome your feedback!


If you're interested in running for office in this spring's Town elections, nomination papers are available from the Town Clerk's Office.  Details and a list of offices to be elected are available here.


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News from the past week 
  • Selectmen Approve Petitioners' Articles for Warrant. Selectmen Tuesday afternoon voted to submit several petitioners' articles for consideration for inclusion in the 2012 Annual Town Meeting warrant. The articles run the gamut from modifying what goods can be sold at gas stations in Wayland to altering the budget process and makeup of the town's Finance Committee. The Town of Wayland website features descriptions of all articles submitted for inclusion in the warrant and notes that the articles are not in their final order, nor is the warrant finalized. The articles "are subject to nonsubstantive revisions between now and the time the Warrant is finalized."

  • Wayland Resident Volunteers with American Cancer Society Key Gala. Wayland resident Cindy Lombardo is serving as a volunteer committee member to the American Cancer Society's seventh annual Key Gala. Lombardo is helping to coordinate and plan the Key Gala, which raises funds to benefit the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston, a program of the American Cancer Society.

  • Supporters gaining momentum for Wayland Rail Trail. Plans for the 3-mile Wayland section of the Massachusetts Central Rail Trail (MCRT) are chugging along, following the signing of a 99-year lease between the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), the owners of the land, and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), who wish to develop the property for recreation. The lease, which covers 26 miles of the proposed 107-mile MCRT, was signed at the end of December. Often referred to as the "Wayside Trail," this section travels through Waltham, Weston, Wayland, Sudbury, Hudson and Berlin. While the DCR is dedicated to the mission, it does not have the estimated $20 million-plus needed to build the trail. The state agency is hoping to partner with individual towns, the federal and state governments, and local groups in a phased development approach. Locally, the Friends of the Wayland Rail Trail would like to lead the effort by creating a demonstration project to help other towns along the corridor, including Sudbury, Hudson and Berlin, as they move forward.

  • Selectmen Approve Petitioners' Articles for Warrant. Selectmen Tuesday afternoon voted to submit several petitioners' articles for consideration for inclusion in the 2012 Annual Town Meeting warrant. The articles run the gamut from modifying what goods can be sold at gas stations in Wayland to altering the budget process and makeup of the town's Finance Committee. The Town of Wayland website features descriptions of all articles submitted for inclusion in the warrant and notes that the articles are not in their final order, nor is the warrant finalized. The articles "are subject to nonsubstantive revisions between now and the time the Warrant is finalized."

  • Ken Moon Conservation Award given posthumously. The Conservation Commission voted to give the 2011 Ken Moon Conservation Award to Henry "Hank" Norwood posthumously. At the commission's Dec. 1 meeting, Peg Norwood accepted the award for her late husband. The award is bestowed upon a Wayland resident who best exemplifies the ethic of conservation work through action. The honor is given to a citizen who has worked tirelessly to protect Wayland's open spaces and water resources and/or maintain their legacy.

  • Weston and Wayland residents to perform in 'Falstaff'. The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) will presents Verdi's most acclaimed opera, "Falstaff," adapted by Arrigo Boito from Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and scenes from "Henry IV." The performance will take place on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University. Andrew Laven (cello), 16, of Wayland will participate. This lyric comedy tells the story of the clever Falstaff, and his intricate plot to swoon two wealthy wives. Tickets start at $25, and discounted student and senior tickets are available. Call the Sanders Theatre box office at 617-496-2222. For more information about the BYSO visit their website.

  • Wayland High counselor always put students first . His door was always open - and so was his heart. Such are the memories of Wayland High School guidance counselor Jim Griffin, who died Sunday of pancreatic cancer. He was 47 and had been working at the school for 11 years. "In the five years I have had the pleasure of working with him," said Principal Pat Tutwiler, "he never had a bad day. I'm certain that he did, but no one would have known." His students were always at the core of his professional life.

  • Highest, lowest median incomes in Mass.. Wayland, with a 2009 median income of $152,574 ranks 10th in income among Massachusetts cities and towns.

  • Wayland Council on Aging co-director retires. A familiar face has been missing from the Wayland Council on Aging since mid-month with the departure of co-director JoAnn Kunz, who has held the position - which she shares with colleague Julie Secord - for 11 years. A resident of Medfield, Kunz said she began to make the decision to leave last winter when the 17-mile commute became too much of a hassle. She realized she had "a bug to do something new and completely different." She gave her notice in October to colleagues, the Council on Aging board, and town officials; her retirement is effective as of Jan. 18.

  • Wayland's Median Income Among Top 10 in State. Wayland ranks as the community with the 10th highest median income in the state, according to a Boston.com report. With a 2009 median income of $152,574, Wayland ranks behind No. 9 Concord, which has a median income of $157,538, and ahead of No. 11 Lexington, which has a median income of $152,052.

  • Building Committee, Selectmen Talk DPW Facility Warrant Articles. The Permanent Municipal Building Committee Wednesday night voted to support three articles for the 2012 Annual Town Meeting Warrant related to a new Public Works facility in Wayland. The PMBC's support came the night after Wayland's Board of Selectmen voted to submit the three articles for inclusion in the warrant.

  • Wayland selectmen turn attention to potential new DPW facility. Looking ahead to possibly building a new Department of Public Works (DPW) facility, the Board of Selectmen voted to add three articles to the upcoming annual Town Meeting warrant related to the proposal. The first is a resolution to designate a parcel of town-owned property on River Road as the site for the future facility. The second and third, both placeholders for now, involve appropriation of $750,000 for the design of the new facility, and $12.75 million for the construction, respectively. Although there is uncertainty as to whether the board would actually support the latter two articles, Selectmen Steve Correia urged their inclusion as placeholders.

  • Four Things You Missed at the ELVIS 2.0 Meeting. Wayland's Electronic Voting Implementation Subcommittee 2.0 continues to work toward bringing electronic voting to Wayland's town meetings on a permanent basis. Last week, the group met to discuss steps to take leading up to and at the upcoming April Town Meeting to ensure electronic voting will be offered going forward rather than on a town-meeting-by-town-meeting basis. Electronic voting at the coming Annual Town Meeting will be funded by a $30,000 appropriation from the Finance Committee's discretionary funds.

  • Whats going on with Habitat for Humanity project in Wayland?. Last spring Town Meeting approved the transfer of 3 acres of land on Stonebridge Road so that Habitat for Humanity can build two duplexes. While work has been going on behind the scenes, you probably haven't heard anything about the project since then and are wondering what's going on. What has happened?

  • Videographer for New England Conservatory worked for cultural elite, had criminal past. Peter E. Benjamin, the registered sex offender hired by renowned conductor Benjamin Zander to tape performances by a New England Conservatory youth orchestra, was a beloved figure among Boston's cultural elite more than two decades ago, when he was routinely hired to produce photographs and videos for institutions such as the Boston Ballet, the Opera Company of Boston, the American Repertory Theater, and the Boston Red Sox. But in the early 1990s when Benjamin was in his 50s, the picture changed. He was sentenced to five years in state prison after pleading guilty to charges of rape and sexual abuse. Among the allegations: that he secretly videotaped himself having sex with three male teens, one of whom was abused by Benjamin during a two-year period beginning in 1990, when the boy was 13. Evidence seized from Benjamin's home, then in Wayland, included videotapes of the three teens, along with "a box of photographs containing hundreds of photographs of numerous naked boys approximately age 8 to 15 . . . performing sexual acts upon one another,'' according to prosecutors.

Lost & Found


Cat Missing from Draper/Glezen Area.   


Dawlish is a 4 year old, male, short hair tabby cat. He went missing from his Draper Rd residence near Glezen Ln on 1/5. He's very affectionate with his owner but scared of strangers so he may try to hide. He's generally better with women than men. He was wearing a blue collar with silver paws prints on it. We miss him very much. If you have any information please call Kathryn at 214-457-3925 (cell) or 508-358-1040 (home). For a larger image, click here or on the picture of the cat.


If there are any updates to this listing, they will be posted here.



PhilanthropyPhilanthropy, Fundraising & Volunteering

How you can help...     


February is COA Food Drive Month for the Parmenter Food Pantry.  Please bring in any items you would like to donate and place them in the decorated box at the COA. Needed items include canned fruits, vegetables and soups. Also needed is cereal, tea, pasta, pasta sauce, canned tuna,  peanut butter, paper goods (including toilet paper and paper towels).  


Wayland Resident Volunteers with American Cancer Society Key Gala. Wayland resident Cindy Lombardo is serving as a volunteer committee member to the American Cancer Society's seventh annual Key Gala. Lombardo is helping to coordinate and plan the Key Gala, which raises funds to benefit the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston, a program of the American Cancer Society. The Key Gala begins at 6pm on Thursday, March 29, at Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. The Key Gala Late Night Party begins at 9pm, special priced tickets are available for the Late Night Party. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Melanie Barton or visit gala.acsevents.org/key.


Becoming a tutor of English. Have you ever thought about tutoring someone in English? Most people who decide to become tutors are thinking of the good it can do, helping others become more proficient in English and better able to cope with employment, landlords, schools or the medical profession. But then they discover the rewards, the satisfaction that comes as progress is made and a relationship develops that enriches both learner and tutor. Tutors often speak of their pleasure in learning about another culture and their greater appreciation for the challenges facing those who are adapting to ours. Because of the constant demand for tutoring, all available tutors are now working with students, and the next tutor-training course has been scheduled. Program director Ginny Steel is currently enrolling prospective tutors for the five-session course that starts on February 29. The class will meet in the Raytheon Room at the Wayland Library on five consecutive Wednesday mornings, from 9:30 - 12:30. No prior knowledge of a foreign language is needed, just an openness to other cultures and the desire to share your knowledge of English. The training is free, although it is necessary to purchase a textbook for about $20. For more information or to enroll in the tutor-training course, you can email Ginny Steel or call her at 508-358-7517.


newsletterYoga Reaches Out was founded in 2009 by Wayland resident Sarah Gardner. The Yoga Reaches Out 2012 Yogathon will benefit Children's Hospital Boston and Africa Yoga Project. It is a day long event at Gillette Stadium's Field House in Foxboro, MA on Sunday, May 6, 2012. Featured presenter will be the internationally known teacher and best-selling author Baron Baptiste along with many talented yoga teachers from all over New England. $25 registration fee and raise a minimum of $250. All levels welcome! For details and more information, please visit: www.yogareachesout.org For questions or sponsorship information, please email laurin@yogareachesout.org. 



Golden Tones seek your support. A holiday musical message from Golden Tones chorus: 

"Deck the halls with rafters ringing, with our jolly songs for ev'ry crowd.  Help us carry on our program, with resounding voices clear and loud..."

Your generous support, Wayland citizens and music lovers, has helped the Golden Tones chorus carry on its mission for 23 years!  They bring joyful music to where it is needed in the community.  This month they will perform 10 holiday concerts for seniors who no longer get out and about.  Experience their music yourself - visit www.goldentones.org and enjoy their latest videos! They need your help to continue this outreach; please consider adding Golden Tones to your holiday gift list.  You can donate online from their home page, or send your tax-deductible gift, payable to Golden Tones, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778.  Look for the Golden Tones in your neighborhood, supporting our senior community and showing younger generations that older people can do extraordinary things! 


Wayland Community Fund Resources Strained: Additional Support Needed to Provide Aid to Local Families. Since 1997, the Wayland Community Fund has been helping Wayland residents in need with utility payments, rent, food, medical bills, and other basic expenses, quietly and confidentially. "Due to the economic downturn and the resultant steady increase in requests for help, the Fund is in danger of running out of money long before the end of the fiscal year," says Chairman Michael Patterson. "So we are appealing to our fellow Wayland residents to help support our neighbors in need. Letters to all Wayland residents will go out this month, and we hope that the community will respond generously to assist those neighbors who are having a tough time." Started with a bequest from Suzanne Leavitt, and supported by contributions from Wayland residents, the non-profit Fund is staffed by five volunteers, has no administrative or overhead costs, and receives no tax revenues or public funds. It pays bills; it does not provide cash. Since its inception, the Wayland Community Fund has granted more than $330,000 in assistance. Contributions can be sent to the Wayland Community Fund c/o Treasurer/Collector's Office, Wayland Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778. More information is available online here. Click on Wayland Community Fund. 


MeetingsUpcoming Meetings  
See the Town Website's Calendar online here.  Check there for the latest updates, as meetings noted below could have been updated since we captured them on January 20. 


Meetings for the upcoming weeks.  [Note: all meetings are at Town Building unless otherwise noted.]  

Monday, January 23

  • Council on Aging, 5:30pm.  Agenda includes: Feasibility Study Update, Joint Meeting of Library Trustees and COA Board, Economic Development Committee Housing Proposal Presentation, Committee Board Reports on BayPath and Property Tax Relief  
  • Board of Assessors, 6:45pm.  Agenda includes: ATM Article Hearing, warrant article review/recap, FY12 abatements, FY13 Interim, full measure and list  
  • Board of Selectmen, 6:45pm.  Agenda includes: Approve submission of Statement of Interest to Massachusetts School Building Authority for Middle School roof replacement
  • ATM Warrant Article Hearing (run by Finance Committee) 7pm.  This hearing is held to facilitate public discussion and understanding of the articles submitted for Annual Town Meeting in conformance with Wayland's By-laws. The public is encouraged to attend. For non-standard articles, the Finance Committee expects at least one member of each sponsoring board or a petitioner to attend the hearing to present a brief synopsis of the article and be available for questions from the Finance Committee and the public.  The text of all warrant articles is available here.
  • Permanent Municipal Building Committee, 7pm.  Agenda includes attending the ATM Warrant Article Hearing.
  • School Committee, 7pm.  The School Committee will present its recommended operating budget to the Finance Committee.  Agenda includes approval to submit statement of interest to MSBA for Middle School Roof replacement funding, budget discussion.
  • Personnel Board, 7pm.  After public comment, the Personnel Board agenda includes an executive session, and then vacation carryover requests, Children's Librarian starting wage and FY13 Wage Charts.
  • Board of Public Works, 7pm.  Consideration of Public Records Request, Attend the Annual Town Meeting article hearing.
  • Board of Health, 7:30pm.  Agenda includes: Agenda includes Animal Keeping Permit (56 Orchard Lane) - variance for existing fence location, discussion of larvicide application restrictions in Great Meadows Wildlife Preserve

Tuesday, January 24

  • Dudley Advisory Committee, 7pm.  Agenda includes Town Planner report on Affordable Housing Costs, ongoing discussion of criteria and best use of land.
  • Zoning Board of Appeals, 8:20pm.  Agenda includes 28 York Rd., 1 Glover Rd., 9 Pemberton Rd and 76 Oxbow Rd.

Wednesday, January 25

Thursday, January 26



Pelham Island Road Bridge to temporarily close beginning February 15. The Pelham Island Road Bridge will be being closed from February 15 until somtime in November 2012, town officials said. Through traffic will not be possible. The one-lane temporary bridge which crosses the Sudbury River and connects the towns of Wayland and Sudbury is being reconstructed. The new bridge, which will cost around $2.3 million, will have a replicated arch structure, similar to the existing bridge, according to construction documents. The bridge rail will be a concrete Texas style rail, also similar to the existing rail type. Minor roadway improvements will eliminate drainage problems. For DPW documents on Pelham Island, click here.


Arts/Wayland's Photos in Phebruary Exhibit. Arts/Wayland is happy to announce its second annual photography exhibit, Photos in Phebruary. The exhibit will run throughout the month of February, at the Wayland Library. The show's reception will be hosted on Sunday, February 12th, from 2pm to 4pm. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact artnews@artswayland.com or visit www.artswayland.com


Call for Nominations for 2012 Lydia Maria Childs Award. The Wayland Public Ceremonies Committee has traditionally brought to the Town's Annual Meeting, under Article 1, the names of citizens and/or volunteer organizations to be recognized for their contributions to the Town's governance, to our community's quality of life, or to serving important needs among our townspeople. In 2009 this honor was named the Lydia Maria Child for outstanding citizenship. Maria was a national heroine for abolition, equality and human rights who resided in Wayland in the mid nineteenth century. In response to citizen request, any resident may submit nominations for this award. The candidate nominated may be a resident or local group, an organization or an employee of the town. The Public Ceremonies Committee invites all Wayland residents to offer nominations for this honor. Each candidate is given serious deliberation. For consideration this year a nomination must be received by March 1, 2012. For complete details, click here.


Council on Aging Newsletter.  Click here for information on:

  • Warm Up Wednesday Luncheons (January 25 and Feb 8).  These are followed by presentations (State Circuit Breaker and Property Tax Relief on January 25 and Creating a Novel with Julie Fay on February 8)
  • Friday Movie Matinee, 12:30.  Moneyball on January 27 and Crazy, Stupid Love on February 10.
  • COA Food Drive Month for Parmenter Food Pantry 

2012 Open Burning Permits now available on line at town's website. Open Burning in Massachusetts is regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and enforced by the local Fire Department. Open burning season runs from January 15 to May 1, 2012. A valid permit obtained from the local fire department is required. The Fire Chief reserves the right to deny open burning on any day due to weather or environmental conditions. The Wayland Fire Department is now accepting open burning permit applications on line via the Town of Wayland website (click here). Residents will find a link to the registration page both on the Fire department page as well as the site's home page. There is no cost for the burn permit. After a successful first year of our online Burn Permit registration, we believe you will find the online system an easy way to obtain and use your open burning permit. The fire department will continue to offer the traditional walk-in registration for those that do not have computer access.


CPC Mainstone Appraisal documents available at the Library. The Community Preservation (CPC) recently had a firm do an appraisal of Mainstone Farm in connection with a proposed purchase of a conservation restriction on a large portion of the property. The appraisal is a substantial document that the Town has paid for with CPA funds. It is available in the Library for residents to review.


Come swim at the Wayland Community Pool! Now offering...swimming and diving lessons, swim team, masters swimming, triathlon training, family and lap swim, water exersize and more... (Introduction to scuba coming soon!)  Year round and seasonal passes available.  Visit waylandcommunitypool.org for more details.

Athletic Concussion Policy Under Review by School Committee. The Wayland School Committee is reviewing the Athletic Concussion Policy (JJIF). If you would like to review the current and proposed wording of this policy, the policy is posted online (or available from the Superintendent's office in the Wayland Town Building). Wayland residents and other interested parties are encouraged to offer oral and/or written comments and reactions to the School Committee regarding the proposed policy changes. At a future meeting, it is the intent of the School Committee to take action on Policy JJIF. All School Committee meetings begin at 7pm in the School Committee Room on the second floor of the Town Building and are open to the public. The School Committee reviews all of its policies annually and periodically writes new ones or revises existing ones. For more information concerning these changes call Superintendent Paul Stein at 508-358-3763.


Annual Town Meeting and Town Election Process.  Key dates include:

  • Tuesday, January 17 at 4:30pm - deadline for submission of articles at Selectmen's Office
  • Monday, January 23 at 7pm - Finance Committee article hearing, Town Building
  • Wednesday, February 15 at 4pm - deadline for submission of sponsor's and petitioner's comments for publication in ATM Warrant
  • Tuesday, February 14 at 4pm - last day for candidates to submit nomination papers for offices contested at town election
  • Wednesday, February 15 at 4pm - deadline for submission of sponsor's and petitioner's comments for publication in ATM Warrant
  • Wednesday, March 14 - last day to register to vote in town election 
  • Tuesday, March 20 or Wednesday, March 21 - postal delivery of 2012 Annual Town Meeting Warrant
  • Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30pm - Annual Town Meeting Warrant Hearing, Large Hearing Room in Town Building
  • Tuesday, April 3 - Annual Town Election - polls open 7am-8pm. 
  • Monday, April 9 at 7:30pm - Annual Town Meeting begins, Middle School gymnasium
A complete schedule of Annual Town Meeting and Annual Town Election activities and events is posted online here. The Town will post town meeting-related documents as each becomes available. You can also find links and background information for major projects destined for this or future town meetings at the quick link on the left-hand side of the home page entitled Projects Destined for Town Meeting 


Value Line Investment Survey Online. Attention Wayland investors! The library now has an online subscription to Value Line Investment Survey, accessible to Wayland residents in the library or at home with a Wayland library card number. Value Line Investment Survey is a comprehensive source of information and advice on approximately 1,700 stocks, more than 90 industries, the stock market, and the economy. To find this resource, go to waylandlibrary.org and click on "Research Databases."


Access-My-Library App. Adroid and Apple device users can get free, unlimited access to the authoritative Gale periodical and reference resources we subscribe to by downloading the AccessMyLibrary app. It offers content from current magazines, journals, encyclopedias, how-to guides, and much more.


Language Learning App. And while we are on the subject of mobile apps, Apple users can take advantage of the library's Mango Languages subscription and learn languages on the go by using Mango Mobile Library Edition. The app gives access to all the Mango language courses offered through our library. It's available for free from the iTunes store.


Madhubani Painting Exhibit.  In January, the Raytheon Room contains an exhibit of paintings on fabric/paper by artist Sunanda Sahay based on an ancient Indian folk art tradition. 



newsletterPegasus Summer Program Announcements:  New Pool and New TV Studio in Town; Great Amenities for Pegasus 2012, Programming Dates Expanded to Seven Weeks in 2012.  Mark your calendars now for summer fun. Pegasus will start on Monday, June 25, and continue until Friday, August 10. That's seven weeks of a soaring summer experience for preschool through Entering Grade Seven children. This year's location is Happy Hollow School. We'll be swimming at the beautiful, new Wayland Community Pool just minutes away from Happy Hollow School.Registration information will be available in December and distributed to all families. Watch for programming details. New in 2012: a new specialty area for Grades 1 -5: "Web Design" For complete details, click here.    


Save the Date


Wayland Wellness Summit, Sunday, March 18.  The first Wellness Summit is being planned for all adults and Middle and High School Students in the Wayland Community.  A variety of topics will be presented, including nutrition, concussion-related risks, sexuality, managing stress, preparing teens for college life, information regarding alcohol and marijuana, social host laws, marijuana legislation, in-control driving, and toxins in personal products, among others.  Complete details will be posted on WaylandCares' website, www.waylandcares.org, and registration will be open in January.  This program is sponsored by WaylandCares, The Friends of Wayland Youth and Family Services, Wayland Public Schools, and the Board of Health.


newsletterGreat Decisions
. The next meeting of the Great Decisions group will be on Friday, February 17, at 9:15am, and the topic under discussion will be Middle East Realignment. The popular revolts and upheaval of the Arab Spring have radically changed the face of the Middle East. What lies ahead for the Middle East's transition to democracy? What are the prospects for the governments that have held out in this new order? With many longtime U.S. allies ousted, how will the U.S. recalibrate its relations with the new regimes?  



Acupuncture 101: At the next Great Presenters program on Tuesday, February 7, at 7:30pm, Janine Agoglia will talk about the what, the why, and the how of acupuncture. Find out why people are turning to acupuncture more frequently to battle a whole host of acute and chronic health problems. How can sticking needles in the body actually make someone feel better? Janine will tell us about the basic theories of acupuncture and what happens in the body when the needles go in. Feel free to bring questions. Janine is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist who has worked at Integrative Therapeutics in Natick since 2003.


Upcoming Book Groups:  The Library's Evening Book Group will be discussing Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany on Monday, February 6, at 7pm. The next meeting of the Noontime Book Group is at noon on Friday, February 10, and the book to be discussed is A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley.

Spotlight on Wayland Police Department: On Sunday, February 19, at 2 p.m. in the library's Raytheon Room, Wayland Police Chief Bob Irving will give a presentation on the history of the Wayland Police Department. Sponsored by the Wayland Historical Society.

Frank Smith: Boccaccio and His Age: Thursday afternoon, March 1, will mark the start of a six-week course with Frank Smith. He will take us to Italy in the 1300's, the century of transition from the medieval era to the dawn of the Renaissance. Attendees are encouraged to read The Decameron by Boccaccio (Penguin Classics, 2nd edition, translated by G.H. McWilliams). You may sign up at Circulation Desk in February.

Needlework/Handwork Group: The group's next monthly meeting will be on Thursday, February 9, from 10-11:30am. This is a group, facilitated by Ann Moses, that meets monthly in the library's Raytheon Room. The group is for people to work on needlework and handwork projects together.   

EventsEvents & Happenings


View our online calendar.

Upcoming Events: 


Tuesdays in January, Tuesday Morning Storytime, Wayland Library, 10:30-11am. Morning storytimes continue most Tuesdays for ages 0-5. However Storytime will take a break over the last week of December and the first week of January. Our interactive program encourages learning, socialization, and fun! Registration is not required. We ask that parents and care givers participate in the storytime activities with their children. For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at 508-358-2308. 


Tuesday, January 24, Campaign Finance Reform Forum, Ephraim Curtis Middle School (Sudbury), 7:30pm. Jeff Clements, a Concord attorney and author of a new book, "Corporations Are Not People" (with a foreward by Bill Moyers), will discuss the history of campaign finance reform, the impact of "Citizens United," and ways people can work to change the influence of money on elections and legislation. The presentation, "For Sale: Money and Elections after 'Citizens United,'" will be at Ephraim Curtis Middle School, 22 Pratts Mill Road, Sudbury. The League of Women Voters of Sudbury is sponsoring the presentation. For more details, click here.


Wednesday, January 25, E-READER E-VENING, Wayland Library, 7-9pm.  
Matt Amory, computer specialist and reference librarian, will demonstrate locating, downloading, reading, listening to, and returning e-content on a variety of devices. Feel free to bring your own device, though we may not have time to work through all questions.  Location: Raytheon Room


Thursday, January 26, Brain Injury Presentation, Loker School, 7pm. The Claypit Hill and Happy Hollow/Loker PTOs invite you to a presentation by The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts. Please join us to learn more about the new concussion law in Massachusetts and what you can do to protect your elementary-aged child. The presentation by the Brain Injury Association will cover the law, its implementation, the role of parents, coaches and teachers, and the effects of brain injuries on children. An expert will be available to answer questions. We hope you will join us in gathering more information about this important topic. Please contact president@claypithillpto.org with any questions.


Thursday, January 26, League of Women Voters presents: Sustaining Wayland's Drinking Water, Wayland Town Building, 7:30pm.   Wayland has always been proud of its drinking water. But in recent years our water has been criticized by many residents. What happened? Is it getting better or worse? What can we do to insure an adequate supply of safe, good-tasting, and clean water? We'll hear from three distinguished speakers with international, regional and local expertise in water matters as we learn about water supply sustainability for Wayland: Janot Mendler de Suarez, 

Alison Field-Juma and Tom Sciacca.  Questions from those attending the forum will be welcomed during and after the panelists' presentations. For complete details, click here.


Sunday, January 29, 10th Annual Summer Camp Fair, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, 11am-2pm. 80+ camps offering information on day, overnight and travel programs for students in grades K-12. Parents and students can meet and speak with representatives from these camps offering unique programs including travel, community service, arts, sports, academic enrichment and traditional camp options. Admission is free.  Bring the Family.  Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School is located at 390 Lincoln Rd., Sudbury. For additional information, visit www.sudburycampfair.org


Monday, January 30, Navigating the Path to Independence: A Speaker Series for Adults with Disabilities and Their Families -- How to Find Jobs that Work for People with Disabilities, Wayland Library, 7pm. Barbara Bissonnette, C.E.C. will explain how long-term vocational success for individuals with disabilities, particularly disabilities that are not obvious to others, requires an atypical approach to career research and employment preparation. Bissonnette, who specializes in career development coaching for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, as well as other disabilities. She will share examples from client cases that illustrate how careful career planning, self-awareness, and an understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act can lead to sustained employment.  Seminars will run from 7-8:30 PM at the Library on the last Monday of each month. For information on the compete series, click here.

Wednesday, February 1, Health Care Forum, Sudbury Town Hall, 7pm. State Representative Tom Conroy invites area residents to join him for a Health Care Forum. The forum will provide participants an opportunity to learn about health care reform proposals being considered at the state level, as well as an opportunity to share their perspectives and ask questions. Topics to be covered include health care cost containment, single payer, quality enhancement, information management, prevention efforts, and national health care reform. As Vice Chair of the Health Care Financing Committee, Representative Conroy has been actively engaged in health care issues at the State House and is working with his colleagues in the legislature to create a new health care reform bill to reduce health care costs and improving quality of care. For more information, or to submit questions in advance, please email State Representative Tom Conroy (or phone: 617-722-2430). 


Wednesday, February 1, Wayland High School Solo and Chamber Concert, Wayland High School, 7:30pm. Please join us for the first performance on the new Wayland High School Auditorium's "Main Stage" on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 7:30pm. The annual WHS Solo and Chamber Concert will feature chamber ensembles including the Honors Concert Choir, Honors Sinfonia Orchestra with cello soloist, Andrew Laven, and many others. Free and open to the public. Come enjoy the new space and acoustics while selections are performed by some of Wayland's finest young talent!


Saturday, February 4 (rescheduled from January 7), SVT Cross Country Ski outing around Memorial Forest in Sudbury, 11am-1pm.  Led by SVT Land Protection Specialist Susan Crane. (This is the same outing originally offered in early January and re-scheduled due to lack of snow). The extensive and varied trail system of old-woods roads through forests and wetlands at the Memorial Forest makes it accessible to all kinds of nature lovers with little impact on the natural resources. Bring your skis and get in some great outdoor winter exercise. This program is weather dependent - dependent on snow that is. This program is designed for experienced cross country skiers. Participants must provide their own equipment. Registration required. Members: Free, Non-Members: $10. Register at www.svtweb.org/events-calendar or call 978-443-5588. 


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