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Wild Card Wednesdays

Wild Card Wednesdays is where you'll find random fun things to learn and see!

All of these ideas are curated and brought to you by Alyisha Wasilewski (a.k.a Miss Alyisha)!


Wild Card Wednesdays, May 20, 2020

Looking to connect with other bookworms? Download Litsy (for free)! Litsy is available both as a phone app & as a website. Visit your App Store or use this link!

If Goodreads & Instagram had a baby, it would be Litsy. Write a review, post a picture, or transcribe your favorite quote(s) from your current read. Join readers who are as passionate as you! 

A social app at heart, Litsy is at its best when you join up with others. From book talks, to bookish pen pals, to snail mail gift exchanges, Litsy can be a true Reader’s Paradise.

Need suggestions for people to follow? Check-out @MrBook, @Avanders, @Soubhiville, @Eyelit, @cinfhen, @BarbaratheBibliophage, & @ReadOrDieRachel.

Hashtag your post #LitsyWelcomeWagon (to be warmly greeted by the kindest community on the internet). Follow @LitsyHappenings. And kick it off by looking up some of your favorite (or least favorite) books & leaving comments!

Good luck & enjoy!

Wild Card Wednesdays, May 13, 2020

Need a distraction for your anxious, busy mind? Or maybe just a quick, stay-at-home version of "dinner & a movie"?

Whether you're looking for a cartoon for the kiddos, a horror film for after they go to sleep, or an opportunity to learn something new, Short of the Week offers a healthy collection of bite-sized films for all ages!

The highlighted (17 minute) documentary, “L.A. Roll” is about a community searching for its sense of place when the local roller rink shuts down. Plus, its dance/skate team has got MOVES! 

We’re all missing our favorite places right now...but don’t worry! Virtually or in-person, the Library will always be "where the community connects." We hope to see your faces soon!


Wild Card Wednesdays, May 6, 2020

This week's suggested resource is:

DIY Watercolor Prints

Sick of staring at your walls? Make gorgeous, frame-worthy, watercolor prints using basic materials (Crayola markers, paper, water, & ziplock bags).


Wild Card Wednesdays, April 29, 2020

This week's suggested resource is:

Favorite Poem Project: "Make Believe" by Jaswinder Bolina

Ordinary people perform their favorite poems aloud; in this video, dance-choreographer Dahlia Nayar reads "Make Believe" by Jaswinder Bolina. If you're feeling inspired, record your own & share it with us!

Wild Card Wednesdays, April 22, 2020

This week's suggested resource is:

Selected Shorts: Safe Distance (with Guest Host: Levar Burton)

Celebrities read short stories aloud, performed live, on-stage at Symphony Hall in NYC.


Wild Card Wednesdays, April 15, 2020

This week's suggested resource is:

Bon Appetit darling, Claire Saffitz, attempts to make a gourmet version of one of the most popular, survivalist, apocalypse-ready foods known to man: Instant Ramen. Binge-watch all her episodes (especially those featuring Pringles, Oreos, Gushers, & Peeps)!

Wild Card Wednesdays, April 8, 2020

This week's suggested resource is:

DIY Mini Shadow Box Tutorial: Tiny Moth Shadow Box

Providence-based maker, Thistle Thistle, shows you how to create a tiny shadow box inspired by nature.


Wild Card Wednesdays, April 1, 2020

This week's suggested resource is:

Virtual Disney rides!

Try a whole variety of rides in the first person perspective, from multiple Disney theme parks.


Wild Card Wednesdays, March 25, 2020

This week's suggested resource is:

Wondering what the trending game is today? Competitive marble racing! Lose your marbles over some of these photo finishes.
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