2012 July — Wilton Library
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Events

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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Patriotic Crafts

Monday, July 2, 10 a.m. – 8 pm
Children of all ages are invited to stop by to make a patriotic craft to take home in celebration of Independence Day.  Caregivers must be present. 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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Caught You Reading: Teen Photo Contest

Monday, July 2 (Submissions are from 7/2 – 7/23).
Catch someone reading and take a photo. We’re looking for fun, creative, artistic and interesting photos. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes awarded. Photos will be hung in the library during the month of August. Drop your 8×10 photo and submission form off at the front desk between July 2nd and July 23rd. Forms available online or at the front desk. For kids entering grades 6 – 12. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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So You Want to Be President

Tuesday, July 3 , 11 – 11:30 am.
Children of all ages are invited to watch this short film of the book So You Want to Be President by Judith St. George, illustrated by David Small. The lives of forty-two presidents are celebrated with humor and flair in this witty political commentary for children. Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Video.  Caregivers must be present with children under 8 and in the building for children under 12.

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Summer Music & More Concert Series-Chance Browne

Thursday, July 5, 5-6:30 pm
Chance Browne and his band return to open the 12th year of outdoor concerts at Wilton Library providing their usual style of funk/blues tunes. Additional dates: Additional dates: July 12 — Nashville Drive; July 19– In Harmony;  July 26– Remember September . Open to the public, concerts and refreshments free. Sponsored by The Village Market. Wine provided by Michael Crystal, founder of the Grand Crew Wine Club.

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Wilton Library’s 68th Annual Summer Show Exhibition Reception

Friday, July 6, 6 – 7:30 pm.
Reception to celebrate more than 50 Wilton artists displaying diverse styles, media, and subjects in this two-month long Annual Summer Show. Exhibit runs through Thursday, August 30th. A portion of the proceeds benefits the library.

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First Saturday Books for Babies

Saturday, July 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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Drop-in Summer Crafts

Monday, July 9 16, 23 &30, 10 am-8 pm
Children of all ages can stop by during regular library hours and make a Medieval-themed craft to take home.  Made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Books for Babies

Tuesday, July 10 through Aug. 14 , 10:15 am-10:45 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.  This is an excellent forum to meet other new parents in the area.  Bring dad too! Caregivers must be present.

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Wonderful Ones and Twos

Tuesday, July 10 through Aug. 14, 11 – 11:30 am.
This program is a sharing time for toddlers and their caregivers. The finger plays, songs, books and activities are selected to introduce children to the library and to story times. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. This program runs for six weeks, July 10 – August 14.

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Literary Littles

Tuesday, July 10 through Aug. 14, 2:15 – 3 pm.
For independent listeners ages 5-8 years-old. This is a story time that provides children with experiences that enrich early literacy. Children will hear stories, watch short films, sing songs, and do a craft. This program runs for six weeks, July 10 – August 14.

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StorytimeLook, Listen and Learn

Tuesday, July 10 through Aug. 14 , 3:15 – 3:45 pm.
For 3 and 4 years-olds with a 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. This program runs for six weeks, July 10 – August 14.

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Yoga for Teens

Tuesday, July 10, 4 – 5 pm.
Teens entering grades 6 through 12 can enjoy themselves with an hour of yoga by instructor Ruthann Horner. Kids are reminded to wear loose clothing and bring yoga mats. Registration suggested.

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Wilton Library Readers

Wednesday, July 11, Noon – 1:30 pm.
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman this month. Group meets second Wednesday of each month (no meeting in December). Bring lunch; beverages will be provided. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org for dates and titles. Advance registration suggested.

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Wonderful Wednesdays—Spring Valley Puppet Theater Presents “Puss In Boots”

Wednesday, July 11, 3 – 3:45 pm.
Children ages 5 and up are invited to join the library for this puppet show of the classic children’s tale Puss in Boots! as part of the Medieval Summer Knights Read program. The Spring Valley Puppet Theater production of Puss in Boots mixes merriment and message in a new approach to this feline favorite. This popular classic features beautifully crafted hand and rod puppets, colorful scenic design and an original script. Michael Graham, Director of the Spring Valley Puppet Theater has been performing since 1966 throughout New England primarily for schools and libraries. He designs and makes his puppets, writes scripts, creates the scenery and does a number of the voices. Registration required. Parents and caregivers must be present. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Reverse Tie Dye for Teens

Wednesday, July 11, 3 – 5 pm.
Come UN-dye with us! Bring a dark colored cotton t-shirt and see how you can transform it with a bleach pen and your imagination! Scribble, write, doodle and draw on your shirt, then see how it un-dyes. Please note: This project includes the use of bleach, so don’t wear your favorite outfit just in case. Participants will need to provide their own dark colored cotton t-shirt. Registration required. For students entering grades 6-12. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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Book Buzz Jr.—Grades 1 – 2

Thursday, July 12, 3 – 4 pm.
Children entering grades 1-2 are invited to join in this summer book club. Kids should bring a book or two that they have read to discuss with others. The format of this program is informal, but a few activities will be included. Snacks will also be provided. The librarians will also talk about some of their favorite summer reads. Caregivers must remain in the building.

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Book Buzz Jr.—Grades 3-5

Thursday, July 12, 4 – 5 pm.
Children entering grades 3 – 5 are invited to join in this summer book club.  Kids should bring a book or two that they have read to discuss with others.  The format of this program is informal, but a few activities will be included.  Snacks will also be provided.  The librarians will also talk about some of their favorite summer reads.  Caregivers must remain in the building.

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Summer Music & More Concert Series-Nashville Drive

Thursday, July 12, 5-6:30 pm
Nashville Drive brings a contemporary country sound to Wilton Library’s Summer Music & More Concert Series which is in its 12th season.  Additional Summer Music & More Concert dates: July 19—In Harmony;  July 26—Remember September.  Open to the public, concerts and refreshments free. Sponsored by The Village Market. Wine provided by Michael Crystal, founder of the Grand Crew Wine Club.

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Medieval Movies

Friday, July 13, 10:15 – noon.
Tangled (PG) will be shown. Snacks will be provided. All ages with caregivers.

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Friday Flick

Friday, July 13, 2 – 3:45 pm.
The Adventures of Tintin (PG) will be shown. Snacks will be provided. All ages with caregivers.

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Writing Detective Stories for Teens

Friday, July 13, 3 – 5 pm.
Join Josh Berk, author of two great teen novels — Guy Langman: Crime Scene Procrastinator and Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin. In this interactive workshop, you’ll talk about great detective stories and get lots of fun tips for writing your own mystery before brainstorming and writing the first chapter together. For teens entering 6th – 12th grade. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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Reel Mondays: DIVE!

WINNER of 20 Awards in Festivals Worldwide!
Monday, July 16, 7-9 pm
DIVE! is the final offering in a new series of quarterly, thought-provoking documentaries brought to you on Monday evenings (hence, ”Reel Mondays”) by the League of Women Voters and Wilton Library. Inspired by a curiosity about society’s careless habit of sending good, edible food straight to landfills, the multi award-winning documentary DIVE! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles’ supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food – resulting in an eye-opening documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action. Discussion following the film led by Becky Bunnell. Refreshments served. Co-sponsored by the Wilton League of Women Voters and Wilton Library. Registration recommended.

Click here to view the trailer.

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Reel Mondays: Dive!

Monday, July 16, 7 – 9:30 pm.
Dive! is the final offering in a new series of quarterly, thought-provoking documentaries brought to you on Monday evenings (hence, ”Reel Mondays”) by the League of Women Voters and Wilton Library. Every year, Americans throw away 96 billion pounds of food – 263 million pounds a day. Inspired by a curiosity about society’s careless habit of sending good, edible food straight to landfills, the multi award-winning documentary Dive! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles’ supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food – resulting in an eye-opening documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action. Winner of 20 awards in festivals worldwide. Discussion following the film led by Becky Bunnell. Refreshments served. Co-sponsored by the Wilton League of Women Voters and Wilton Library. Registration recommended.

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Tuesday Book Buzz

Tuesday, July 17, 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 but not required. Additional dates: Aug. 21, Sept. 18.

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OverDrive Volunteers ‘Office Hours’

Tuesday, July 17, 24, 31 , 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 Saturdays in July, 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: Saturdays in July, 10 am-noon.

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A Visit to Ambler Farm

Wednesday, July 18, 2 – 2:45 pm.
Agriculture played an important role in daily life during the middle ages. Children ages 4 and up and their caregivers are invited to Ambler Farm to learn about the life cycle of plants as well as the importance of animals such as bees and sheep. Registration required. Sponsored by Ambler Farm. Part of the library’s Medieval Summer Knights Read summer reading program.

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Teen Iron Chef Challenge

Wednesday, July 18, 3 – 5 pm.
Love food? Like competing in teams?  Think you’re creative?  Then join our Iron Chef Competition.  Work in teams and battle three challenges using healthy and farm fresh ingredients.  Maximum of four per team. Come as a team or be put on one. Prizes awarded. For teens entering grades 6-12.  Registration required. No cost.  Co-sponsored by Ambler Farm.  Additional funding made possible by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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Punk Rock Indie Concert by Suns (for Teens of all ages)

Wednesday, July 18, 8 – 9:30 p.m.
Join us for a concert by Suns, a punk rock Indie band. Four friends — Will Ponturo, Will Rutledge, Peter Katz and Billy Indelicato — began playing music together at Joel Barlow High School in Redding. Now in college, they just released their second album called ‘The Engine Room.’ Open to the public. Concert and refreshments free. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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Felted Soap Craft for Teens

Thursday, July 19 , 3 – 5 pm.
Transform a bar of soap and some wool into a soap + washcloth in one! Teens will use colored wool fibers to create a covered bar of soap that can be used again and again, then reused once the soap is gone. Wool is slightly antibacterial and felts into a scrubby surface. It also absorbs water, making a great washcloth.
For teens entering grades 6-12. Registration required.

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Leather Armor Crafting Demonstration

Thursday, July 19, 4 – 5 pm.
Children entering grades 3-5 are invited to join Wilton Library for this interesting crafting demonstration. Todd Silber, master leather worker of Warlords Crusade Leather Armory, will discuss and demonstrate the art of leather armor making. Leather armor was commonly used in the middle ages to protect warriors during battle. Warlords Crusade Leather Armory will also display many items that can be purchased at this event. Registration required. Adults are also welcome to attend. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund. Part of the library’s Medieval Summer Knights Read summer reading program.

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Summer Music & More Concert Series-In Harmony

Thursday, July 19, 5-6:30 pm
In Harmony, a vocal oldies group, returns to Wilton Library for its fifth year. The Summer Music & More Concert Series is in its 12th year at the library.  Join the fun at this indoor/outdoor concert.  Last date in the series:  July 26—Remember September.  Open to the public, concert and refreshments free. Sponsored by The Village Market. Wine provided by Michael Crystal, founder of the Grand Crew Wine Club.

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Medieval Movies

Friday, July 20, 10:15 – noon.
A Kid in King Arthur’s Court (PG) will be shown. Snacks will be provided. All ages with caregivers.

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Friday Flick

Friday, July 20, 2 – 3:45 pm.
Jack and Jill (PG) will be shown. Snacks will be provided. All ages with caregivers.

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OverDrive Volunteers ‘Office Hours’

Saturday, July 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 July, 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 July, 4 – 6 pm.

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Wilton Library’s Summer Sidewalk Book Sale

Saturday, July 21, 10 am – 4 pm.
Wilton Library will sell gently used books for great beach/vacation reading during Wilton’s Sidewalk Sale and Street Fair.

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Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room

Saturday, July 21, 7:30 – 9 pm.
Winner of DownBeat and Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano awards, Bill Cunliffe has performed with jazz greats such as Buddy Rich, Ray Brown, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, and Art Farmer. The Grammy-nominated composer’s arrangements have been performed by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Illinois Philharmonic, and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Reception following the concert. CDs available for purchase and signing. Suggested donation: $10. Funded by William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer and Chris & Tish Brubeck. Advance registration strongly suggested. Pre-registrants should arrive by 7:20pm to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 7:20pm if space is available.

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Caught You Reading: Teen Photo Contest

Final day for submissions 7/23.
Catch someone reading and take a photo. We’re looking for fun, creative, artistic and interesting photos. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes awarded. Photos will be hung in the library during the month of August. Drop your 8×10 photo and submission form off at the front desk by July 23rd. Forms available online or at the front desk. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception: Leona and Richard Frank

Monday, July 23 , 6 – 7:30 pm.
July brings Leona and Richard Frank to the Weir Farm artist in residency program. As spousal artists, they enjoy supporting each other’s individual creative endeavors, but they also frequently collaborate on interpretations of natural environments. Their goal is to eventually produce a book displaying their personal visions of the same environments, depicted in their field of choice – painting and drawing for Leona and photography for Richard.
Weir Farm will be one of these collaborative efforts, interpreting their surroundings in their own personal way. In a recent collaboration, Richard’s photographs depicted sculptural rock formations, dramatically defined by strong sunlight, for example, while Leona focused on painting the bountiful and vibrant wildflowers in Outer Island, in the Thimble Islands. We look forward to viewing some of their works depicting their different points of view of Weir Farm.
Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. Registration suggested.

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Wonderful Wednesdays—Medieval Lute with Harris Becker

Wednesday, July 25, 3 – 4 pm.
Join us as we welcome Harris Becker, lutenist, to the Brubeck Room. The lute was a popular instrument in the Medieval era, and Mr. Becker will perform as well as inform us about this unique instrument and music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Mr. Becker will also be accompanied by a vocalist who will share a variety of music from the Middle Ages. Ages 5 and up. Caregivers must be present for children under age 8 and in the building for children under age 12. Adults are also invited to join us for this unique program which is part of the Medieval Summer Knights Read program. Registration required.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Teens Make Movies with Xtranormal

Wednesday, July 25, 3 – 5 pm.
Teens learn to use Xtranormal to create a computer animated movie about the Wilton Library, a favorite book, DVD or CD. Finished movies will be put on the library’s website. For teens entering grades 6-12. Registration required.

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Solar Energy Workshop

Wednesday, July 25, 7 – 9 pm.
The Wilton Library, Wilton Go Green, and Wilton’s Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge are hosting a free solar workshop. Designed to help unleash the energy saving potential in your home, solar professions provide advice on current residential opportunities and incentives. Registration is required for this event.

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Firefly Jar Craft for Teens

Thursday, July 26, 3 – 5 pm.
Remember catching fireflies at dusk? We’ll recreate those glowing jars with glow-in-the-dark paint. Now you can enjoy summer nights all year long with your own softly glowing firefly jar. Registration required. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund. For teens entering grades 6-12.

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Kids Knit!

Thursday, July 26, 4 – 5:30 pm.
Knitting has been around for centuries, and the first knitting trade guild was founded in 1527 (the Late Middle Ages) in France. In this interactive workshop, children will learn the basics of knitting including casting on, the knit stitch, and binding off. Materials will be provided. Shirley Spencer, President of the Candlewood Valley Knitting Guild, will lead the workshop. In addition to teaching, Ms. Spencer designs and writes knitting patterns. Registration required. Ages 8 and up. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund. Please sign up each child individually. Please do not sign up caregivers.

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Summer Music & More Concert Series-Remember September

Thursday, July 26, 5-6:30 pm
The Summer Music & More Concert Series is in its 12th year at the library.  Join the fun for this year’s last indoor/outdoor concert.  Remember September is a Connecticut-based Indie Rock Band that brings to mind the musical diversity of The Allman Bros. and Dave Matthews Band with a unique presentation that is all their own. Winner of the Fairfield County Weekly’s Best Indie Rock Band in 2010 and 2011, they have performed throughout the East Coast with renowned acts, including Train, Chicago, Randy Travis and many others. Visit www.rememberseptemberband.com for more info. Open to the public, concert and refreshments free. Sponsored by The Village Market. Wine provided by Michael Crystal, founder of the Grand Crew Wine Club.

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Medieval Movies

Friday, July 27, 10:15 – noon.
Robin Hood (PG) will be shown. Snacks will be provided. All ages with caregivers.

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Friday Flick

Friday, July 27, 2 – 3:45 pm.
The Secret World of Arrietty (PG) will be shown. Snacks will be provided. All ages with caregivers.

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Tales to TailsTales to Tails

Saturday, July 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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An Afternoon with Charles Keating & Family

Sunday, July 29, 3 – 5 pm.
Join us for a glorious afternoon of music, mirth, poetry and just plain fun, all performed by an extended family of artists and benefitting the Wilton Library. Shakespearean actor Charles Keating and his wife and sons bring their own love of theater and music to the Brubeck Room stage. Recognized by many for his movies and TV work, Emmy Award-winning Keating performs his lifelong collection of songs, poetry verse and other diddies with a repertoire from Dylan Thomas to the Beatles. Informal reception follows the performance. Tickets are $25 per person and benefits the library.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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Yoga for Teens

Tuesday, July 31, 4 – 5 pm.
Teens entering grades 6 through 12 can enjoy themselves with an hour of yoga by instructor Ruthann Horner. Kids are reminded to wear loose clothing and bring yoga mats. Registration suggested.

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