2012 April — Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road Wilton, CT 06897 Tel: 203-762-3950

Events

Aspects of Poetry: Discussion and Readings by Bill Ziegler

Sunday, April 1, 3-4:30 pm
Bill Ziegler has titled this program ‘Aspects of Poetry’. He will discuss the elements of the genre. Having in mind Robert Frost’s observation that free verse is like playing tennis without a net, he will emphasize the significance of form. To illustrate his talking points, he will read relevant poems he and others have written. April is National Poetry Month. To observe the beginning of that event and learn more about form in poetry, come to this lively and informative session. Registration required.

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ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Wednesday, February 1 through Wednesday, April 25, 9:30-11:30 am
Twice-weekly classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages begin Monday, January 30 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until April 25th at the Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. Testing and registration required (Placement testing at Wilton Library, Wednesday, January 18, from 9:30-11:30 am).

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Literary Littles

Monday, April 2 through May 21, 2:15-3 pm
For independent listeners ages 4-6 years. Story time that provides children with experiences that enrich early literacy with stories, short films, songs and crafts. No registration. Program runs for 8 weeks.

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Area Author Affair: John Lambo-MELANIE

Monday, April 2, 6-7 pm
Melanie Safka (known by millions simply as Melanie) was the first woman to perform at The Woodstock Music Festival in the summer of 1969. Now, more than 40 years later, the first comprehensive Melanie biography is finally available. Melanie, The First Lady of Woodstock by John Lambo is filled with never before seen photos documenting Melanie’s life from childhood to present day. This ambitious biography finally recognizes Melanie for her immense talent and humanitarian spirit. A lifelong fan, local author John Lambo spent many hours in research here at Wilton Library. He was determined to respect her privacy, while documenting both the ups and downs of her career. Come prepared to guess where Melanie performed locally several years ago! Books will be available for purchase as well as signing by the author. Light refreshments are served at Area Author Affairs, held to celebrate our local authors. Registration encouraged.

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StorytimeTerrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesdays, April 3 through May 22, 10:15-10:45 am
Join Wilton Library for 2 and 3-year old story time. Children and their caregivers will sing songs, listen to stories, and enjoy playtime together while building literacy and social skills. The program runs 8 weeks. No registration.

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Home Energy Workshop – CANCELLED

Tuesday, April 3, 10:30-noon.
Learn how a Home Energy Solutions assessment is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce energy bills. Find out how to qualify for a free Income Eligible program to make one’s home more comfortable and less expensive to live in. Residents of Wilton, Westport, Ridgefield and Weston are encouraged to attend. This event is hosted by the Wilton Library and the Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge. For further information, please contact Stacy Stone at sstone@ctenergychallenge.com or call 860-372-4406.

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StorytimeLook, Listen and Learn

Tuesdays, April 3 through May 22, 11-11:30 am
For 3 and 4 years olds with parent/caregiver. By interacting with stories, singing songs and acting out finger plays and rhymes, children in this program gain pre-reading skills and learn how to participate in a group setting. The program runs 8 weeks. No registration.

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OverDrive Volunteers ‘Office Hours’

Tuesday, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 4-6 pm
People who want to get started with downloading e-books and audiobooks from the library to their personal devices now have a little help with Wilton Library’s Overdrive Volunteers. Office hours are Tuesdays in April, from 4-6 pm Patrons are asked to bring their personal devices (smartphones, Kindles, Nooks, etc.) and their Wilton Library card to receive personal hands-on attention. Additional hours: Saturdays in April, 10 am-noon. No reservations needed.

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Women’s Wellbeing: The Second Half of Your Life!

Tuesday, April 3, 7-8:30 pm
Kelley Connors, MPH, is founder of Real Women on Health, an online community and radio host, and voice for midlife women. Kelley shares information and inspiration around women’s wellbeing related to genetics, lifestyle, and relationships as cornerstones for women’s wellbeing. She looks forward to a dynamic discussion with attendees designed to empower women to be their own best health and wellness advocates. She is a member of the Go Red for Women Corporate Council in Fairfield County. Additional details about the speaker available through Registration link.  Registration recommended.

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Wilton Reads: State of Wonder Free Book Distribution

Wednesday April 4, 2012 10:00 am until supply is exhausted.

There will be a distribution of 100 free copies of “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett (1 per person, please).

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Books for Babies

Wednesday, April 4 through May 23, 10:15 am-10:45 am
We will sing and play and enjoy gentle stories geared for babies under 12 months old. This is an excellent forum to meet other new parents in the area. Program runs 8 weeks. No registration. Caregivers must be present.

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Wonderful Ones and Twos with Caregivers

Wednesday, April 4 through Wednesday, May 23, 11-11:30 am
This program is a sharing time for 1 and 2 year olds and their caregivers. The emphasis is on books, with some songs and puzzles. Program runs 8 weeks. No registration.

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Lego® Club

Wednesday, April 4, 11, 18 & 25, 4-5 pm
Kids in grades 3 and up will learn about a theme through stories and non-fiction books and then create a Lego masterpiece from the library’s Lego collection. There are 20 spots available for this program on a first come, first served basis. Tickets will be passed out at the Children’s reference desk starting at 3:45 pm the day of the program. This program runs for 4 sessions – April 4, 11, 18, 25. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Spring Poetry Series with Judson Scruton

Thursday, April 5, 10:30-noon.
Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Spring Poetry Series exploring various poets and their writing techniques. Poetry packets will be available at the front desk before the seminar begins. Advance registration required.

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Author Talk: Common Courage – Daniel Kinley

Thursday, April 5, 7-8:30 pm
Author Dan Kinley has had an interest in history since he was a boy. He received a BA in history from the College of Wooster in Ohio and in the 1980s, he became involved in historical re-enactments, deepening his understanding of the daily struggle early Revolutionary War fighters endured. Dan has elected to tell the story of these courageous men through the tale of one Timothy Percival, an ordinary farmer from Connecticut who experienced four campaigns in the wilderness of northern New York during the French and Indian War. With 15 peaceful years as a farmer following the war, he volunteered to fight again during America’s War for Independence. Dan will discuss the story of Timothy Percival dressed as he would for a historical re-enactment. Q&A following the talk. Books available for purchase and signing. Registration is recommended.

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First Saturday Books for Babies

Saturday, April 7, 9:30-10 am
Bring your wonderful baby to this infant friendly program at the Wilton Library! We will sing and play and enjoy gentle stories geared for babies under 12 months old on the first Saturday of each month before the library opens. This is an excellent forum to meet other new parents in the area. Bring dad too! Registration suggested.

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OverDrive Volunteers ‘Office Hours’

Saturday, April 7, 14, 21 & 28, 10 am-noon
People who want to get started with downloading e-books and audiobooks from the library to their personal devices now have a little help with Wilton Library’s Overdrive Volunteers. Office hours are Saturdays in April, from 10 am – noon. Patrons are asked to bring their personal devices (smartphones, Kindles, Nooks, etc.) and their Wilton Library card to receive personal hands-on attention. Additional hours: Tuesdays in April, 4 – 6 pm No reservations needed.

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Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group

Tuesday, April 10, 6-8 pm
Health expert, media expert, consultant and author Samantha Heller, MS RD CDN, will discuss ”Everyday Choices That Can Help You Beat Cancer” for this month’s session which is open to the public. She is a registered dietitian, certified dietitian/nutritionist and exercise physiologist with a dual Master of Science degree in nutrition and applied physiology from Teachers’ College, Columbia University. Currently the Clinical Nutrition Coordinator at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT, Samantha is the author of the popular book Get Smart:  Samantha Heller’s Nutrition Prescription for Boosting Brain Power and Optimizing Total Body Health.  Co-sponsored by the Breast Cancer Survival Center and Wilton Library. Registration highly encouraged.

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Elder Care: Laurie Giles

Tuesday, April 10, 7-8:30 pm
Laurie Giles’ Laurie Giles will talk about the legal issues involved in elder care, and will answer questions following the talk during a brief Q&A. Her specialty and topic is of pressing and deep importance to many who are faced with a gradual or even sudden decline of one or more parents and find the caregiver confused and overwhelmed by the bewildering legal and elder care maze. Laurie Giles is a preeminent elder care attorney and subject matter expert, a Huffington Post blogger, tenured law professor in Boston, and practice leader throughout Fairfield County. Laurie has written several books about family law (the ‘What Now?’ series) and presented at leading international law conferences. Additionally, she appears regularly on TV – most recently approached by the Oprah Network, OWN — and contributes articles to the New York Times, Women Magazine, and the Connecticut Post. Registration suggested.

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Wilton Library Readers: Cold Mountain

Wednesday, April 11, noon-1:30 pm
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. Group meets second Wednesday of each month from September through May (no meeting in December). Bring lunch; beverages will be provided. For a complete listing of meetings and titles, visit our Wilton Readers page. Advance registration suggested.

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Controlling your E-mail Inbox:

Robin Roscillo and Fredd Fishman
Wednesday, April 11, 7-8:30 pm
Robin Roscillo will be providing easy and practical information on how to set up e-mail inboxes so users don’t waste time trying to find important information. Joining Robin is Fredd Fishman, who will provide the technology expertise during the talk and the Q&A. Robin Roscillo, founder of Back Office Solutions, is an efficiency coach and speaker. Fredd Fishman, founder of Everything IT, has more than fifteen years in the IT field. His focus is on small business. Q&A following the presentation. Registration recommended.

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Spring Poetry Series with Judson Scruton

Thursday, April 12, 10:30-noon.
Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Spring Poetry Series exploring various poets and their writing techniques. Poetry packets will be available at the front desk before the seminar begins. Advance registration required.

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Draw On! with Mr. Skip

Thursday, April 12, 4-5 pm
Children in grades K-2 are invited to this hands-on drawing class with Mr. Skip! Skip Ploss is the author and illustrator behind the books “If Picasso were a Fish” and “Holy Mackerel” among others, the Sharpie behind many hallway bulletin boards at Miller-Driscoll and artistic talent behind Mildred, the school’s new mascot. Draw with Mr. Skip is an hour’s worth of time exploring and creating characters using a black pen and the blank side of a sheet or more of recycled library paper. Part of Aldrich Museum’s annual Draw On! program. Registration is closed. Caregivers must remain in the building.

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Wilton Volunteer Ambulance CorpsHands Only CPR-2 Steps to Save a Life

Thursday, April 12, 7-8:30 pm
All are welcome(*) to this free one-hour class sponsored by the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Wilton Library. (*) Must be a Wilton resident or working for a Wilton business, a minimum of 18 years old and ‘able-bodied’ to perform chest compressions while on one’s knees. Registration begins at 7 pm; class begins promptly at 7:30. Registration required.

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Children’s Garden Club

Friday, April 13, 20 and 27, 4-5 pm
Children in grades K and up are invited to join this weekly Garden Club. Throughout the spring, summer, and fall we will plan, plant, tend, and eat fruits and vegetables in our raised-bed garden. During the months of April and May we will meet to plant our garden. This is a fun activity for the whole family. Please contact the head of the Children’s Library, Andrea Falkner, for more information and to sign up for the program: afalkner@wiltonlibrary.org or (203)762-3950 x225.

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Wilton Arts Council Focus ’12 Photography Exhibition Reception

Friday, April 13, 6-7:30 pm
Reception for the artists exhibiting in the Wilton Arts Council Focus ’12 Juried Photography Exhibition, an annual exhibition featuring artists using a variety of photography media. Exhibition runs through April 28. A portion of the proceeds benefits the library. Reception open to the public.

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Fur, Fins and Feathers

Saturday, April 14, 3-4 pm
Fur, Fins, and Feathers is the newest WLA book club for kids in grades 4 through 6. On the second Saturday of each month, we will focus on a book, classic or contemporary, about animals. This month’s selection is White Star: A Dog on the Titanic by Marty Crisp. Sam, a young passenger, and Star, a smart and energetic Irish setter, struggle to survive the sinking of the great ocean liner exactly one hundred years ago this month. This thrilling tale was a recent Intermediate Nutmeg Nominee. Club includes discussion, snacks, and activities. Come with a friend or make a new one. There is no charge, but registration is required. This program is sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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New Perspectives Film Series:

Herb & Dorothy
Saturday, April 14, 7:30-9:30 pm
HERB & DOROTHY tells the extraordinary story of Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. From the early 1960s, they began collecting works from what became world-renowned painters including Sol LeWitt, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Chuck Close, Robert and Sylvia Plimack Mangold, and Lawrence Weiner. After 30 years of and more than 2,000 pieces stored in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment, they gave almost their entire collection to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. HERB & DOROTHY is directed by first time filmmaker Megumi Sasaki. The film received the Golden Starfish Award for the Best Documentary Film and Audience Award from the 2008 Hamptons International Film Festival. Suggested donation of $5. Refreshments served. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by Ms. Smith-Harris. Registration highly recommended.

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Connecticut’s Own: Connecticut Composers, Inc.

Sunday, April 15, 4-5 pm
Members of Connecticut Composers, Inc. are featured in this concert with performances by Elizabeth Lauer, Frank Vasi, Margaret Collins Stoop, Allen Brings and John Alan Rose with soprano soloist Sing Rose. Former Wiltonian Eugenie Rocherolle will have her composition, Century Music, performed as well. See registration link for additional information on the composers and their compositions. Performance begins promptly at 4 pm Registration highly recommended.

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Drop-in Springtime Crafts

Monday, April 16, 10 am-8 pm
Children of all ages are invited to stop by the library to create a springtime craft to take home. No registration. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Book Buzz

Tuesday, April 17 Tuesday, 11-noon
There will be a Book Buzz conversation moderated by one of Wilton Library’s reference librarians on the third Tuesday of every month. Participants are encouraged to come and chat about one of their most recent favorite reads or just listen to what others recommend. Additional dates for the series: May 15, and June 19. Registration suggested but not required.

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Mythology Club for Kids

Wednesday, April 18, 6:30-7:30 pm
Each month children in grades 3-5 will read a book on a mythological theme and discuss it. Snacks will be provided and an activity or craft will be made. The book for the month of April is Takeshita Demons by Cristy Burne. Caregivers must remain in the building for children under 12. Registration required. Sponsored by the Sherman Family Fund.

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Spring Poetry Series with Judson Scruton

Thursday, April 19, 10:30-noon.
Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Spring Poetry Series exploring various poets and their writing techniques. Poetry packets will be available at the front desk before the seminar begins. Advance registration required.

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Vacation Week Movie: The Muppets

Thursday, April 19, 10:30 am-noon
The Muppets will be shown. Rated PG. Snacks will be served. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver, children under 12 must have a caregiver in the building. No registration needed. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Vacation Week Movie: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked

Thursday, April 19, 2-3:30 pm
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked will be shown. Rated PG. Snacks will be served. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver, children under 12 must have a caregiver in the building. No registration needed. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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The Guitar Guy

Friday, April 20, 11-11:30 am
Children ages 2-6 with caregivers are invited to a fun performance by Robert the Guitar Guy. Robert uses music, props, movement, and dance to entertain children and their grown-ups. Registration recommended. This program is the third Friday of each month April through June. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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AARP Driver Safety Class

Saturday, April 21, 10 am – 3 pm
The AARP Driver Safety Program is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. This single session, four hour course covers the normal changes in vision, hearing and reaction time associated with ageing and provides practical techniques on how to adjust to these changes, along with learning to operate vehicles more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. There are no written or driving tests – classroom only. The class consists of both a morning and afternoon session – both sessions must be attended. There will be a one hour lunch/errand break from 12:00PM – 1:00PM. Registration required. Program cost: $12 for AARP members; $14 for non-members. Bring check or cash only to the morning session.

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Earth Day Author Talk: American Canopy – Eric Rutkow

Sunday April 22, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Like many of us, historians have long been guilty of taking trees for granted. Yet the history of trees in America is no less remarkable than the history of the United States itself – from the majestic white pines of New England, which were coveted by the British Crown for use as masts in navy warships, to the orange groves of California, which lured settlers west. In fact, without the country’s vast forests and the hundreds of tree species they contained, there would have been no ships, docks, railroads, stockyards, wagons, barrels, furniture, newspapers, rifles, or firewood. No shingled villages or whaling vessels in New England. No New York City, Miami, or Chicago. No Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, or Daniel Boone. No Allied planes in World War I, and no suburban sprawl in the middle of the twentieth century. America – if indeed it existed – would be a very different place without its millions of acres of trees.

”AMERICAN CANOPY marks the debut of an uncommonly gifted young historian and writer. Ranging across four centuries of history, Eric Rutkow shows the manifold ways in which trees–and woodland–and wood–have shaped the contours of American life and culture. And because he has managed to build the story around gripping events and lively characters, the book entertains as much as it as informs. All in all, a remarkable performance!”

– John Demos, Samuel Knight Professor of History at Yale University, and author of Entertaining Satan, winner of the Bancroft Prize in American History, and The Unredeemed Captive, which was a finalist for the National Book Award

Eric Rutkow, a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, has worked as a lawyer on environmental issues. He splits his time between New York and New Haven, Connecticut, where he is pursuing a doctorate in American history at Yale. American Canopy is his first book.

Books available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books in New Canaan. Registration recommended.

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Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence

Exhibition/Reception: Pam Rogers
Monday, April 23, 6-7:30 pm
April brings Pam Rogers to the Weir Farm artist in residency program. Pam Rogers’s art examines the conceptual evolution of relationships. This on-going exploration is realized in two-dimensional works on paper and three-dimensional installation work using plant materials, handmade paper, and pigments from soil, minerals and plants. Born in Boulder, Colorado, Pam earned her MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design (GA) and a BA in Art History from Wellesley College (MA), where she served as the Curator of Visual Resources. Her work is influenced by advanced studies in Anthropology, Art History and Botanical Illustration. Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. Registration suggested.

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Good Reads, Great Kids

Monday, April 23, 6:15-7 pm
Children in grades 2 and 3 and their parents will have the opportunity to meet and discuss books as a group. In celebration of National Poetry Month we will all discuss the book Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer. Snacks will be provided and a craft will be made. Parents and guardians must be present. Sponsored by the Sherman Family Fund. Registration required.

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Senior Center Book Discussion:

Scoop
Tuesday, April 24, 11 am-noon
Miwako Ogasawara will lead a discussion of Scoop by Evelyn Waugh. Group meets 4th Tuesday of each month through May. Call the Senior Center for details and to register at 834-6240. Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton.

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Spring Poetry Series with Judson Scruton

Thursday, April 26, 10:30-noon.
Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Spring Poetry Series exploring various poets and their writing techniques. Poetry packets will be available at the front desk before the seminar begins. Advance registration required.

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Poetry In Motion 2012 – The video

Forty-five talented teens performed, sang, danced, played music, or did the artwork/photography for Poetry in Motion: Tell Us What You Know. Watch a video from the March 24, 2012 performance which took place in Wilton Library’s Brubeck Room.

Click here for the video: Poetry In Motion 2012

Children’s Beginner Chess

Thursday, April 26 through Thursday, June 14, 4-5 pm
Children in grades 1-7 are invited to join the Children’s Library Chess Club instructed by Christopher Potts, a US Chess Federation certified tournament director and scholastic chess instructor. In this program, those brand new to chess will learn: the history and rules of the game, basic checkmate themes and patterns, and basic strategy and tactics. Time will be provided for students to play games and put the classroom lessons into practice. Program fee is $80 per student for all eight meetings, for children in grades 1-7. Registration required.

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Children’s Advanced Chess

Thursday, April 26 through Thursday, June 14, 5-6 pm
Children in grades 3-7 are invited to join the Children’s Library Chess Club instructed by Christopher Potts, a US Chess Federation certified tournament director and scholastic chess instructor. In this program, more advanced students will review the basics, learn more advanced strategy and tactics, learn optimal opening and endgame play, and gain an appreciation for the vital importance of making and carrying out sound plans. Time will be provided for students to play games and put the classroom lessons into practice. Program fee is $80 per student for all eight meetings, for children in grades 3-7. Registration required.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Annuities

Thursday, April 26, 7-8:30 pm
With pensions and Social Security becoming increasingly unreliable incomes, personal investments are becoming a larger source of retirement income. One common source of investment income is through annuities. James Hawley from Nationwide will talk about the history of annuities and the three types of annuities – variable, fixed and immediate. He will complete his talk with a presentation on preparing for retirement, the risk factors involved, and how annuities address these factors by providing a lifelong income. James Hawley has been in the financial services industry for 18 years. He received his MBA from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and his BBA from Western Connecticut State University. Jim holds Series 6, 63, and Life Insurance licenses. This talk is part of an ongoing financial seminar series organized by Wiltonian Steve Sherman – VP/PM, MSSB. Registration suggested.

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Wilton Library’s Annual Gigantic Book Sale Fundraiser

Saturday, April 28 through Tuesday, May 1
Saturday, April 28: 7-9 am Early Buyers with $15 admissions fee, 9 am-5 pm free to public, Sunday, April 29: noon-5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, silent auction; Monday, April 30: 10 am-5 pm books ½ price; Tuesday, May 1: 10 am-2 pm $5 per bag. Features more than 75,000 items sorted in more than 50 categories-mysteries, gardening, travel, and science fiction; gently used, new, collectible, rare books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape and CDs. On Saturday, the Rotary Club of Wilton will sell hot dogs and sodas at lunch. Proceeds benefit the library.

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Tales to TailsTales to Tails

Saturday, April 28, 11-noon.
ROAR’s (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) Therapy Dog Program will be bringing therapy dogs to the library for children to read to them. The use of trained therapy dogs in reading programs can result in children who feel comfortable reading out loud, read more often, attempt more difficult books, and actually look forward to reading. Children must read independently to participate in this program. Registration is required.

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Using Windows Live Movie Maker

Sunday, April 29, 1:30-3 pm
In this demonstration-style class, Michael Franco will show you how to make slideshows with music using Windows Live Movie Maker. This is a great tool for special occasions—birthdays, anniversaries, weddings or even to advertise your business. Make those special times even more special!

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