150th Logo with building
Free Will Baptist Society Old Town Hall

Old Town Hall

The first public library was established by vote of Town Meeting on February 18, 1871. The library opened in the rear room of the Town Hall on July 1, 1871.

Charles Swain, the first WML Librarian

Charles Swain

Charles W. Swain was the first head librarian followed by twelve librarians serving this position in the last 150 years.

Interior of the Old Library

Interior of the Old Library

View a collection of library photos through the years. Add your photos and share your memories of how the library impacted your life!

150th Anniversary Logo Coloring Sheet

Coloring Sheet

Print the coloring sheet and color the 150th logo. Drop it off in the Youth Services Department for display.

Join in the celebration and be one of the 150 houses in Wilmington to display our 150th Anniversary Yard Sign.  Available for pick up at library beginning June 14.

The Great Gatsby Book CoverAs part of the 150th anniversary celebration, the library is sponsoring a town wide reading of The Great Gatsby. Copies available at  at the library and for download on Hoopla or Overdrive.  Join us for related events.

Brad and Susu with Website Award

Brad and Susu with Website Award

We are proud of the many awards that library has received the past few years. Check out the listing from 1999 to present.

Be one of the first 150 kids to sign up for this year’s summer reading program and receive a baseball cap with the 150th Anniversary logo. Adults may also get a 150th cap when they sign up for the summer reading program as long as supplies last.

WML Friends LogoRenew your membership or join  the Friends of the Library by June 30 and  be entered into a drawing to win restaurant gift certificates valued at $150.

Squeezebox Stompers Playing the Bash

Squeezebox Stompers

WML’s annual Summer Bash on Friday August 13 will feature live music, children’s events and a photo opportunity in front of a large 150th Library Anniversary sign. Plus free cookies for all.

Library dedication ceremony - Memorial Day, 1969

Library dedication ceremony – Memorial Day, 1969

Watch the re-dedication ceremony that was be held on Sunday May 30, 2021 that honored the four servicemen who died in the Vietnam War and rededicate the library to all from Wilmington who gave their lives service to our country.