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.
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.
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.
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.
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.