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

Events

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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Wilson Avenue Loft Artists “Words Matter” Art Exhibition Reception

Friday, June 1, 6 – 7:30 pm.
The June exhibition features 15 artists from the Wilson Avenue Loft Artists group, entitled “Words Matter.” The artists are Britt Bair – Darien, Randi Jane Davis – Ridgefield, Lori Glavin – Darien, Hanneke Goedkoop – Rowayton, Dana Goodfellow – Darien, Ruth Ipe –Wilton, Pamela Lindberg – Darien, Mary Manning – Darien, Nancy McTague–Stock – Wilton, Claudia Mengel – Westport, Elise Mills – Ridgefield, Grace Shanley – Rowayton, Vicki French Smith – Darien, Susan Cutler Tremaine – New Canaan, and Diane Weeks – Darien. Each artist will bring her own unique interpretation of the theme to the exhibit. While many works will include words or letter forms, others are influenced by poetry or prose. The artists work in various media including oils and acrylic, drawings, collage, printmaking and mixed media. Public is invited. Exhibit runs through Friday, June 29th. A portion of the proceeds benefits the library.

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First Saturday Books for Babies

Saturday, June 2 , 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, June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 , 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 June, 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 June, 4 – 6 pm.

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Bringing Vibrancy to Everyday Photos

Sunday, June 3, 1:30-3 pm
Take your everyday photos from drab to fab using Photoshop Elements. Michael Franco will show you how to use enhancing tools such as Brightness and Contrast, Shadows and Highlights, Levels Adjustment, Adjust Hue and Saturation and Unsharp Mask. When all hope is lost, salvage an otherwise throw-away photo with Artistic Filters. This class will be given twice; please register for one session. This is a hands-on class and registration is limited to ten students for each session. To ensure the best learning experience for all, students must arrive no later than ten minutes after the start of class. Students arriving after that time will not be admitted. Basic computer skills, including mouse agility, are required.

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The Five Biggest Mistakes Small Business Owners Make with Social Security

Tuesday, June 5 , 8 – 10 a.m.
Many small business owners have little idea how to optimize their social security. Topics include: does one take more or less income out of the business; should spouses be on the payroll; how to maximize spousal social security; what is the best time to utilize social security, how to integrate social security with other retirement sources. Speaker is David Ceponis, founder and owner of Ceponis Financial Group, started in Wilton.  Co-sponsored by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce and the Wilton Library. Registration begins at 7:30am, followed by a light breakfast. The cost of this event is $10 per person, payable at the door. The first 15 registrants will receive a complimentary copy of The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Social Security.

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Art Adventures

Tuesday, June 5, 3 – 4 pm.
Children in grades 3-5 are invited to join in this weekly art exploration program on Tuesdays in June. Each week, we will learn about an artist or artistic movement then create our own art project inspired by it. Please note that we may get messy with our masterpieces, so please wear appropriate clothing that may get dirty. Registration required, $5 supply fee at the door. Grades 3-5. Sponsored by the Wilton Moms Club.

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Sleepytime Stories

Wednesday, June 6, 13, 20 & 27 , 6 – 6:30 pm.
Come and enjoy sleepy lullabies and stories in your pajamas. Slippers, teddy bears, and blankets are welcome. Ages 2-6, children under the age of 4 must be accompanied by an adult. This program runs for four weeks, June 6, 13, 20, 27.

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Further Poetic Excursions Through the Seasons: Summer –Judson Scruton

Thursday, June 7, 14, 21, & 28 , 10:30 – noon.
Judson Scruton leads this 4-part summer poetry series exploring various poets and their writing techniques on June 7, 14, 21, and 28. Poetry packet available at front desk before seminar begins. No charge for program. Advance registration required.

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Teddy Bear Picnic

Thursday, June 7, 11-11:30 am
Join us for teddy-bearific stories, songs and crafts. Bring your favorite Teddy Bear (or other stuffed animal). Juice and cookies will be served. Ages 3-5 years with parent/caregiver. Registration is required. Made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Explore the Wild Side with Jim Fowler and Daryl Hawk

Thursday, June 7 , 7 – 8:30 pm
Wildlife expert Jim Fowler is one of the world’s best known naturalists and is a professional zoologist; he hosted Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom on television beginning in 1986, after co-hosting with Marlin Perkins for many years. In this appearance, Fowler will share his views on wildlife preservation and conservation initiatives worldwide with fellow longtime member of the Explorers’ Club, Daryl Hawk, who will interview Jim on stage. This is a rare opportunity to see this TV legend in person. Fowler will also show a video of some unforgettable footage in the field. Jim Fowler is the honorary chairman of the Explorers Club, succeeding Sir Edmond Hillary in that role. Fowler’s mission is to affect public attitudes so that they in turn will help protect wildlife habitat and influence appropriate governmental policy. Daryl Hawk is an international documentary photographer and explorer, traveling alone to some of the most remote and isolated places in the world telling stories with his camera. A Wilton resident, Hawk serves as a judge for the Wilton Arts Council Focus Juried Photography Exhibition and lends his talent to teens for the annual Wilton Up Close Photography Workshop and Exhibition. Click on the registration link for details about the speakers. Q&A to follow talk. Registration highly recommended.

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AARP Driver Safety Class

Saturday, June 9, 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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Art Adventures

Tuesday, June 12, 3 – 4 pm.
Children in grades 3-5 are invited to join in this weekly art exploration program. Each week, we will learn about an artist or artistic movement then create our own art project inspired by it. Please note that we may get messy with our masterpieces, so please wear appropriate clothing that may get dirty. Registration required, $5 supply fee at the door. Grades 3-5. Sponsored by the Wilton Moms Club.

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Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group

Tuesday, June 12 , 6-8 pm
The Breast Cancer Survival Center, a Fairfield county non-profit, has been holding support groups, retreats and candle lightings for post-treatment survivors for the past 12 years. Please call Nina Marino, LCSW, Clinical Director of The BCSC, at 203-857-7304 with any questions. To learn more about the BCSC visit www.breastcancersurvival.org Co-sponsored by the Breast Cancer Survival Center and Wilton Library. Registration highly encouraged.

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The Causes of the First World War: Mark Albertson

Tuesday, June 12 , 7 – 8:30 pm.
World War I is the most important event in human history in the last 97 years with machine guns, submarines, airplanes, poison gas, motorized transport, the tank and flamethrower all having been introduced in modern warfare. Mark Albertson is a historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and has been a member of the US Naval Institute for more than 25 years. His talk will begins with the French Revolution, which turned loose a litany of movements that would work through the 19th century to undermine the regal system of Europe: Liberalism, Democracy, Republicanism, Secularism, Socialism, Nationalism, the rise of the middle class and also the rich, who came to replace the nobility, and the snowballing of the Industrial Revolution. Registration suggested.

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Wilton Library Readers: The Starboard Sea

Wednesday, June 13, 12-1:30 pm.
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont this month. Group meets second Wednesday of each month (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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Ambler Farm Reads

Wednesday, June 13 , 2:15-3 pm
Children ages 4-6 are invited to join Wilton Library in a visit to Ambler Farm. Caregivers and children will meet at Ambler Farm to enjoy theme based stories as well as a nature walk. Children may check books out at the farm, so make sure to bring your library card! The June visit focuses on flowers and bees. Registration required. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

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Home Energy Basics: Part II, Deeper Savings

CANCELLED
Wednesday, June 13 , 7 – 8:30 pm.

This free workshop is for homeowners who have had their Home Energy Solutions visit and are ready to continue on to deeper savings. Presented by the Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge and Wesson Energy, this workshop will provide a personalized experience for attendees, based on the results of their Home Energy Solutions visit. Sponsored by the Wilton Energy Commission, Wesson Energy, Wilton’s Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, and Wilton Library.

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Teddy Bear Picnic

Thursday, June 14, 6:30-7 pm
Join us for teddy-bearific stories, songs and crafts. Bring your favorite Teddy Bear (or other stuffed animal). Juice and cookies will be served. Ages 3-5 years with parent/caregiver. Registration is required. Made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Author Talk: Francine Du Plessix Gray – The Queen’s Lover

Thursday, June 14, 7 – 8:30 pm.
Historical fiction of the highest order, The Queen’s Lover reveals the untold love affair between Swedish aristocrat Count Axel Von Fersen and Marie Antoinette. Francine du Plessix Gray has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker and is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction, including Simone Weil, At Home with the Marquis de Sade: A Life, Rage and Fire, Lovers and Tyrants, and Soviet Women. She is most recently the author of the memoir Them: A Memoir of Parents. She lives in Connecticut. Books available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books in New Canaan. Registration recommended.

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The Guitar Guy

Friday, June 15 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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New Perspectives Film Series: Buck

Saturday, June 16 , 7:30 – 9:30 pm.
BUCK, a richly textured and visually stunning film, follows Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. A real-life “horse-whisperer”, he eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment. Cindy Meehl founded Cedar Creek Productions, LLC in 2008. The film company has traveled from North Carolina, on to Tacoma Washington, France, Wyoming, California, Montana and Texas to film the legendary Buck Brannaman. His exceptional and profound horsemanship skills drove Cindy to create her first documentary. She thought it was a story that had to be told and an inspirational message that would benefit people whether they had a horse or not. Cindy lives in Redding, CT. Both Cindy and her editor, Toby Shimin, will join us for a discussion led by Megan Smith-Harris following the screening. 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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Wilton Library’s 117th Friends of the Library Annual Meeting

Sunday, June 17 , 4 – 6 pm.
A brief business meeting will include the election of our new trustees and officers, a celebration of those who are retiring from our Board of Trustees, and the presentation of awards for Wilton Library’s outstanding volunteer and staff person of the year. Following the General Meeting and Election of Officers is a talk by Gina Barreca, professor of English and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut. She will speak about Transitions. Reception following the meeting and talk. Open to the public. Registration encouraged.

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Tuesday Book Buzz

Tuesday, June 19, 11 – noon.
There will be a Book Buzz conversation moderated by one of Wilton Library’s reference librarians. Participants are encouraged to come and chat about one of their most recent favorite reads or just listen to what others recommend. Registration suggested.

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Art Adventures

Tuesday, June 19, 3 – 4 pm.
Children in grades 3-5 are invited to join in this weekly art exploration program. Each week, we will learn about an artist or artistic movement then create our own art project inspired by it. Please note that we may get messy with our masterpieces, so please wear appropriate clothing that may get dirty. Registration required, $5 supply fee at the door. Grades 3-5. Sponsored by the Wilton Moms Club.

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Author Talk: The Lifeboat – Charlotte Rogan

Tuesday, June 19 , 7 – 8:30 pm.
The Lifeboat: A Novel is a page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes. Charlotte Rogan‘s first novel has garnered many favorable reviews. An old criminal law text and her childhood experiences among a family of sailors provided inspiration for The Lifeboat. See registration page for author details. Books available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan. Registration encouraged.

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

Tuesday, June 19, 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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Wilton High School Film Festival

Wednesday, June 20, 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
Wilton High School Video Production students have assembled the best of their video projects to be viewed by the public. Teacher Ken Boehm will be screening and giving out awards for video programs from the fall and spring of this school year.  Advance registration is suggested. Co-sponsored by Wilton High School and Wilton Library.

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Teddy Bear Sleepover

Friday, June 22 , 4 – 4:45 pm.
Children ages 4-7 are invited to bring their teddy bears (and other stuffed animals) to this ‘sleepover.’ Children and their stuffed animals will sing songs, hear stories, and make a craft. The bears will then be left overnight at the library for a sleepover! At 10 am on Saturday the children can pick up their bears and see what mischief they got in to! Registration required. All stuffed animals should be ones the children can sleep without for the night. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Teen Summer Reading Program

Monday, June 25 through Saturday, August 11.
Teens entering grades 6 through 12 can sign up for the summer reading program. Each week, kids can come in, record their books they have read and enter their names into a weekly raffle. Kids can fill in more information to get a 2nd raffle ticket. Kids participating in 4 of the 7 weeks are eligible for the grand prize. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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Wilton Library’s Medieval Summer Knights Read Summer Reading Program

Now through Wednesday, Aug. 22.
Children of all ages are invited to register for the summer reading program, Medieval Summer Knights Read. During our summer program kids and families can enjoy crafts, story times, large group programs, and small group programs as well as movies. For our Knights Read Challenge, kids are encouraged to read 40 picture/early reader books or 4,000 pages over the summer and keep a reading log of their age appropriate books. Those who complete the quest will be knighted by the Royal Court at the festival at the end of the summer. Knights will receive a T-shirt. Registration required in-person. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund, Subway of Wilton, The Toy Chest, and Golf Quest.

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Wilton Library’s Summer Reading Kick-Off Week!!

Monday, June 25 through Friday, July 6.
Children of all ages are invited to stop by the library between Monday, June 25 and Friday, July 6 to register for the summer reading program, Medieval Summer Knights Read. During this registration period all participants will receive a raffle ticket for their choice of Lego® Kingdom: King’s Castle or a family four pack to Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ. Two of each item will be raffled off. During our summer program kids and families can enjoy crafts, story times, large group programs, and small group programs as well as movies. Kids are encouraged to read as much as possible over the summer and will receive prizes at certain benchmarks. Registration required in-person. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund and Medieval Times.

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Weir Farm Artist-in Residence Exhibition/Reception: Lili Chin

Monday, June 25, 6 – 7:30 pm.
June brings Lili Chin to the Weir Farm artist in residency program. Lili works with many materials to create her works. While at Weir Farm, she plans to create an installation that will involve ”a series of animations and sculptures that reference ‘impossible’ aspects of faith found in biblical stories” presented abstractly. She juxtaposes various materials, such as thread, fabric, and ceramics to examine their versatile functions.  Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. Registration suggested.

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Red Cross Babysitting Training

Waitlist Only
Tuesday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 27, 10 am – 1 pm.
This is a 2-day workshop conducted by the Red Cross for students ages 11-15. Upon completion of the course, all students will receive a babysitting certification. Cost of $85.00 due before class. To register, call Susan L. at 203-762-3950 x243. (Registration cannot be done online.) Once placed on the list, the patron must send an $85.00 check made out to the Wilton Library to Susan in order to hold the spot. Maximum of 12 per class. Students should bring drinks &/or snacks to the class.

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Art Adventures

Tuesday, June 26, 3 – 4 pm.
Children in grades 3-5 are invited to join in this weekly art exploration program. Each week, we will learn about an artist or artistic movement then create our own art project inspired by it. Please note that we may get messy with our masterpieces, so please wear appropriate clothing that may get dirty. Registration required, $5 supply fee at the door. Grades 3-5. Sponsored by the Wilton Moms Club.

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BooZoo Visit!

Saturday June 30, 11:-11:30 am.
Our friend BooZoo from Stepping Stones Museum visits the library to host a story time for kids ages 2-5.  Children will hear stories, interact with BooZoo, and make a craft to take home.  Don’t forget your cameras!  Ages 2-5 with caregivers.  Registration required.  Sponsored by Stepping Stones Museum for Children.

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