Director's Blog

  • Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 - 1:50pm

    Wilmington Memorial Library offers you an opportunity to honor or memorialize beloved family members and friends by a making a gift to the library in their names. Details and a donation form are available here.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 2:17pm

    The library is sponsoring Food for Fines from October 9 until November 21. You may clear any fines on your account by bringing in nonperishable food items to help supply the Wilmington Food Pantry. In the spirit of Food for Fines, it is recommended that the value of the food items be close to the amount of fines on your card.  

  • Posted on Monday, October 1, 2012 - 9:34am

    New doors and windows will be installed at the library during the month of October. On Monday, October 1, please note that patrons will not be able to use the front entrance to the library while the new doors are being installed. At the end of the week, the back entrance will be closed while the new back doors are being installed. Following installation of the doors, the installation of the new windows will begin.

  • Posted on Friday, September 28, 2012 - 10:02am

    The Friends of the Library have put together a gift basket filled with a variety of items for Patriots fans including two tickets to the Patriots versus Houston Texans game on Monday, December 10, at 8:30. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 and can be purchased at the main desk.  All proceeds benefit the library. Winner will be drawn on November 1.

  • Posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 - 10:20am

    The library received 18 entries in the Wilmington Through Art Contest demonstrating incredible artistic talent. The three judges from the Wilmington Arts Council, Jane Crane, Marge Elia and Jean Chang, commented on the challenge of having to select the winners. The following are the winning entries:

    First place: Autumn Path-Silver Lake by Philip Mackenzie

    Second Place: The Gazebo on the Common by Angela Wang

    Third Place: Wildwood Street Barn by Maureen Thorpe

    Honorable Mention: The Jonathan Buck House by May DiPietro.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 9:41am

    Stop by to see eighteen beautiful paintings depicting images of Wilmington that have been entered in the Wilmington Through Art Contest. The paintings will be on display through Saturday, September 22 when Wilmington Arts Council judges will select first, second and third place winners.

    Here's a few samples. Stop by the library or visit our Flickr page to see more!

  • Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012 - 2:25pm

    This year's Community Fair features the Town of Wilmington Information Table with representatives from various Town Departments on hand to answer questions. The Town Clerk's staff will be availabe to register voters. Town Manager Michael Caira and Assistant Manager Jeff Hull will be there from 10:30 am to 12 noon giving residents the opportunity to wish Mr. Caira well in his retirement and meet Mr. Hull, Wilmington’s newly appointed Town Manager.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 2:42pm

    We hope that many local artists will be submitting entires in the Wilmington Through Art Contest. Please click the above link for contest rules. Artists may bring their work to the library with the completed entry form by September 15.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 2:40pm

    In celebration of Wilmington’s 282nd anniversary of incorporation on September 25, 1730,  the library is sponsoring “Wilmington Through Art Contest.”  Entries must be hand produced art work and must represent Wilmington. Examples are Town Common, Silver Lake, town buildings, historical sites, etc.  Click here for application.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 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