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  • Posted on 04/12/2012 - 3:07pm

    We have been proud to host 5 School Nights at the library this spring.  Over 500 people have attended these evening open houses which featured raffle drawings, a scavenger hunt, and guest readers.  Many thanks to the school principals, teachers, librarians, and reading specialists for making the evenings such a success.  

     View photos from School Nights:

    Boutwell Early Childhood Center

    Wildwood Early Childhood Center

    Woburn Street School

    West Intermediate School

    North Intermediate School

  • Posted on 04/12/2012 - 10:56am

    Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Poetry Contest.  This year's theme was animals,inspiring over 200 poems. Winners and honorable meniton recipients are invited to Poetry Night on Tuesday, April 25 to read their poems and receive prizes and certificates. Thank you to our judges: Peggy Kane, President, Friends of the Library, Kate Burnham, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, and Barbara Raab, Children's Librarian.


    Poetry Winners

    Kindergarten – Grade 1 Category


    By Kellen Warren

    Penguins live in igloos that are cold,

    In the Arctic they eat fish we are told.

    The dads stay with their eggs,

    Holding them with their feet and legs.


    Grade 2 -3 Category


    By Ryan Garrant


    The owl lays silently in a tree.

    Silently, the mouse creeps slowly on the woodland floor.

    On silent wings, the owl flies towards thy mouse, flap, flap, flap... but never heard.

    Suddenly the mouse breaks the stillness of the night.

    Eeeek!  sadly, it is too late.

    The owl then flies silently into the night.


    Grade 4-5 Category

    The Poem of the Bad Dog

    By Gianna Misiraca


    Don’t want to fetch sticks,

    Don’t want to sit for my owner,

    I steal food from the fridge

    And take the printer toner.

    I’m the worst dog of all,

    I don’t follow rules,

    I won’t do tricks,

    Those are for fools.

    I’m a realy picky dog,

    I’ll only eat treats,

    But I am so loveable

    I can’t be beat!


    Middle School Category


    By Kathryn Rohleder


    Small and shiny

    Swimming in circles

    Never finding the end

    of the imaginary maze

    The tiny turtle tired out



    The tiny turtle

    submerges in the

    clay colored water


    The tiny turtle was gone like

    a mysterious phantom

    in the shadows of the night


    High School Category

    Paradox with Legs

    By Amy Lynn Warner


    You frighten me, so.

    I scream, I screech, I squeal

    and yet you move not.

    You're in the corner waiting to make your move,

    I'm running out the door calling for help.

    You fearless creature, you.

    You wretched beast.

    If you were another, I would not mind.

    I rather anything but you.

    You and your eight limbs to torture society.

    I only have passion and hopes for life, and

    yet you make me go against all I stand for.

    My morals twist, my body horrid,

    all because of a stupid little spider.


    Adult Category

    The Zookeeper’s Symphony

    By Christine Blaisdell


    On a Saturday night, when the zookeeper’s keys

    Have locked the front gates with a click and a squeeze,

    The hippos let go a most watery moan

    And the toucans catch hold of the rich overtone.

    The primates percuss, snapping fingers and toes,

    While the elephant inhales and lifts its great nose.

    In the dim light of a thin crescent moon,

    A trill, a crescendo, a riotous tune

    The peacocks conduct with an arrogant flare,

    Coaxing a growl from the lone polar bear.

    The zebras create a fine washboard effect

    Rubbing their stripes side to side, neck to neck.

    A smart pair of meerkats barks up the scale;

    A young leopard whines while chasing its tail.

    Up on the high ground, some old mountain goats

    Bleat several sweet bars of staccato notes.

    Then, an African lion adds a deep roar

    To the rippling sounds of the sleepy sloth’s snore.

    The zookeeper smiles as she hangs up her keys,

    Then, humming along, plays the spoons on her knees.


    Honorable Mention Poems


    Kindergarten-Grade 1

    Giraffes by Carly Thayer

    All Monkeys by Keira Rice


    Grade 2-3

    Dolphins by Sonny Rebeiro

    Pandas by Jessi Ding


    Grade 4-5

    The Legend of the Ocean by Aidan Briere

    Bald Eagle by Ali Rana


    Middle School

    Frogs by Tyler Ward

    One Moose Standing Strong by Brendan Daly


    High School

    Animals are We by Mei Lu Barnum

    When You Walk in the Forrest by Julia Ferraro



    To an Undaunted Doe by Sr Mildred A. Rothwell OSF

    New Jersey Road by M Barbara Duris



  • Posted on 04/11/2012 - 5:58pm

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    This account of the Massachusetts Bay Colony is respectful and sarcastic, reverent and flippant. Sarah Vowell has a deep interest not just in the order of events, but in the hows and whys behind them; she examines Governor John Winthrop’s journals in great detail, and her efforts to understand his and the other Puritans’ motivations are unflagging. However, she’s not above poking fun at some of their more ridiculous beliefs and petty squabbles. For those whose knowledge of this early era of U.S. history consists of hazy memories of grade-school Thanksgiving plays, The Wordy Shipmates is a great refresher course, and Vowell is an entertaining teacher who strives to connect past to present. The audiobook is also excellent, with Vowell narrating and an additional cast for voices such as John Winthrop and Anne Hutchinson.

  • Posted on 04/11/2012 - 10:03am

    First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.   As part of the celebraton, we would like you tell us why the library is important to you. Just click on the link in the banner on our home page. Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a new job, a parent looking for free activities for children or a student searchin for information for a homework assignment, we want you to know you are important to use and we are here for you. 

    Tina Stewart
    Library Director

  • Posted on 04/07/2012 - 3:41pm

     TitleRelease Date
    Into The Abyss4/10/2012
    King of Devil's Island4/10/2012
    Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol4/17/2012
    The Last Rites of Joe May4/17/2012
    Crime After Crime4/24/2012
    The Innkeepers4/24/2012
    Young Goethe In Love4/24/2012

  • Posted on 04/04/2012 - 7:06pm

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    The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – And How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World  is a real-life detective story where the detective is hunting down not a criminal but the cause of a disease. The “detectives” in this page-turner are Reverend Henry Whitehead and Dr. John Snow, who together investigate the outbreak of cholera in London in 1854. The way that they solve the case using mapping techniques is fascinating; Snow proved that the spread of the disease was due to contaminated drinking water, not a "miasma" in the air.

  • Posted on 04/03/2012 - 5:45pm

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    A retelling of Jane Eyre set in Scotland in the 1950s and ‘60s, The Flight of Gemma Hardy is at once familiar and fresh. At first the story keeps so close to the original it seems that only the names have been changed, but at the character grows, so does the story; by the time the author really begins to depart from Charlotte Bronte’s original, the reader - whether a devotee of Jane Eyre or not - is on board. Gemma is a bit more outspoken and willing to stand up for herself than Jane is, though like Jane, she's often in the unenviable position of being the person with the least power no matter where she goes - her uncle's house, her boarding school, her job as an au pair in the far-flung Orkney Islands of Scotland. Margot Livesey has done a wonderful job of honoring Jane Eyre while also creating something lively and new.

  • Posted on 04/03/2012 - 1:01pm

    There will be lots of great bargains during the month of April when the Friends of the Library Book Store Next Door celebrates its 5th anniversary.   Starting April 4, and continuing until the end of the month, you can buy a non-fiction book and get one free. Starting April 11, all non-fiction and children’s books will be buy one and get one free. Starting April 25, everything in the Book Store Next Door is on sale-buy one, get one free! Everyone who stops by the store on Saturday, April 28 will get a special treat while they last. The Book Store Next Door is open on Wednesdays from 10 am to 4 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.

  • Posted on 04/02/2012 - 1:01pm

    Annette Mattaliano was the winner of the Friends of the Library Girl Scout Cookie Gift Basket.  This gift basket raised over $900 which will help fund many of the events offered by the Wilmington Memorial Library.  Thanks to everyone who bought a raffle ticket.

  • Posted on 03/27/2012 - 7:35pm

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    From the author of A Northern Light and The Tea Rose comes another sweeping work of historical fiction. Andi, a senior at a prestigious Brooklyn high school, is suffering in the aftermath of her brother’s death, her mother’s breakdown, and her father’s absence; music is the only thing that matters to her. When her father checks her mother into an institution and drags Andi to Paris with him over winter break, she is furious – but then she discovers the journal of Alexandrine, who lived during the French Revolution, and becomes caught up in her story. This entangling of past and present is common enough in historical novels, but Donnelly creates a wholly original, unpredictable work – a page-turner for teens and adults alike.