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

Events

Poetry in Motion
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Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Oct. 15
Poetry in Motion is an annual program for teens in grades 6 – 12. This year’s theme is REWIND, PAUSE, FAST FORWARD. Students are invited to submit original poems (serious or humorous; short or long) about the past, present and/or future. Approximately 35 poems will be selected for a two-performance event in March 2013 at the library. Poems will be paired with art, music and/or dance for the live performances, as well as published in a commemorative book. Submit poems to teenpoetry@wiltonlibrary.org by October 15, 2012. Call Susan Lauricella at 203-762-3950 x.243 for information.

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Teen Advisory Board Applications

Tuesday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Oct. 1.
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join the new Teen Advisory Board. TAB is a group of teens who work with Wilton Library by helping select materials for the teen collection, planning teen events, and more! Your help allows us to make the library better for you and your friends. An introductory meeting on October 1, from 4 – 5 p.m. will allow us to get to know you and start planning for the year ahead.   Click here to register for the meeting.  TAB applications are available in the Teen Library starting Tuesday, September 4th or by emailing Marissa Antosh, Youth Services Assistant.

Click here for the TAB application.

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ESL (English as a Second Language)

Wednesday, Sept. 19 through Wednesday, December 12, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Twice-weekly ESL classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday, September 19 through Wednesday, December 12 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There are no classes on Monday, Oct. 8 and Wednesday, Nov. 21.) Testing and registration required (Tuesday, Sept. 11, 9:30 a.m. at Wilton Library).

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Literary Littles

Monday, Sept. 10 through October 22, 2:15 – 3 pm.
For independent listeners ages 4-6 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 6 weeks – September 10 – October 22; there is no session on Sept. 17 in observance of Rosh Hashanah.

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Teen Advisory Board Meeting

Monday, Oct. 1, 4 – 5 p.m.
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join us at our first Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting. TAB is a group of teens who work with the library by helping select materials for the teen collection, planning teen events, and more. Applications are available online, by emailing Marissa Antosh, Youth Services Assistant, at mantosh@wiltonlibrary.org or at the first meeting. Registration is recommended.

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125th State District Meet the Candidates Forum

Monday, Oct. 1, 7 – 8 p.m.
The Wilton League of Women Voters and the Wilton Library will co-sponsor a Q&A session with the candidates for the 125th district of State House of Representatives. The candidates are: David Bedell, Green Party, Tom O’Dea, Republican Party and Mark Robbins, Democratic Party. This event is not a debate; it is a facilitated Q&A providing an opportunity for the audience to ask questions of the candidates and for the candidates to differentiate themselves through their responses. We will begin the event at 7 pm with the moderated question and answer session led by Catharine Kempson, President of the Wilton League of Women Voters. Registration encouraged.

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StorytimeTerrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, Sept. 4 through Tuesday, October 23 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 — September 4 – October 23.

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StorytimeLook, Listen and Learn

Tuesday, Sept. 4 through Oct. 23 , 11:00 – 11:30 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 8 weeks – September 4 – October 23.

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Literary Littles

Tuesday, Sept. 4 through October 23, 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 8 weeks – September 4 – October 23.

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Overdrive Office Hours

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 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 October, from 4 – 6 p.m. 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 October, 10 a.m. – noon.

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Connecting with Your Kids: Learning the Language of Teens Part II

Rescheduled to Thursday, December 6
Tuesday, Oct. 2 , 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Barbara Greenberg, Ph.D. returns to Wilton to talk with parents about this challenging subject after she was so well received in December 2011. In Part II of this presentation, Barbara will give parents practical strategies and ways to talk with teens in their own language. Dads are encouraged to attend, too. Dr. Barbara Greenberg is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of teens and their families. Barbara is the co-author of Teenage as A Second Language – A Parent’s Guide to Becoming Bilingual. Copies of her book will be available for sale and signing after the presentation. Parent Connection is a member organization of Wilton Youth Council. Visit www.wiltonyouth.org or call 203-834-6241 for more information. This program is co-sponsored by Wilton Youth Council, Wilton Library and United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. Registration recommended.

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Books for Babies

Wednesday, Sept. 5 through Oct. 24 , 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.   Caregivers must be present.  This program runs weekly through October 24.  Please note: in observance of Yom Kippur there will be no session on September 26.

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Wonderful Ones and Twos

Wednesday, Sept. 5 through Wednesday, Oct. 24, 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 toy time. This program runs through October 24.  Please note: in observance of Yom Kippur there will be no session on September 26.

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Lego® Club for Littles

Wednesday, Sept. 5  – October 31, 4-5 pm
Kids in grades K-2 are invited to join this weekly Lego® Club.  Each session will be based on a new theme such as castles, vehicles, towers and more.  Children will learn about the 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 serve basis.  Tickets will be passed out at the Children’s reference desk starting at 3:45pm the day of the program.  This program runs for 8 sessions- September 5 – October 31.  Please note: there is no session on Wednesday, September 26 in observance of Yom Kippur.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Wilton, My Take

Wednesday, Oct. 3 & 17, 4 – 5 p.m.
Wilton, My Take is a photographic/journalistic experience for kids in grades 8 through 12. This first and second photographic excursions explore Wilton Town Center. Students will set out with their notebooks and cameras to capture their thoughts and impressions. Group meets for 1/2 hour to discuss elements of photography and writing and then heads outdoors. Rain date: Thursday, Oct. 18 and Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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Wilton Reads: The Buddha in the Attic with Susan Boyar

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Wilton Library’s Fall 2012 selection for our community reads program, Wilton Reads, is Julie Otsuka’s latest work, The Buddha in the Attic, a gorgeous novel by the celebrated author of When the Emperor Was Divine that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. Julie Otsuka has written a spellbinding novel about identity and loyalty, and what it means to be an American in uncertain times. Ms.Otsuka will be at Wilton Library to discuss her work on October 21st, at 4:00pm. Join Susan Boyar, professional book discussion leader, for a discussion of this work prior to Julie Otsuka’s appearance on October 21. Registration recommended.

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Joanna Ecke Fall 2012 Poetry Series

Thursday, Oct. 4, 11, 18 & 25, 10:30 – noon.
Joanna Ecke leads this 4-part Fall Poetry Series exploring various poets and their writing techniques. Poetry packet will be available at the front desk before the seminar begins. Advance registration required.

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Children’s Beginner Chess

Thursday, Oct. 4 through Thursday, Nov. 29, 4 – 5 p.m.
Children in grades 1-7 will get beginner chess instruction from Christopher Potts, an instructor, tournament player and US Chess Federation certified tournament director. In this program, new players will learn: the history and rules of the game; basic checkmate themes and patterns; 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. Please note- no class on Thursday, Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving. In-person registration is required, payment due at time of registration.

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Children’s Advanced Chess

Thursday, Oct. 4 through Thursday, Nov. 29, 5 – 6 p.m.
Children in grades 1-7 will get beginner chess instruction from Christopher Potts, an instructor, tournament player and US Chess Federation certified tournament director. In this program, advanced players will: review the basics; learn more advanced strategy and tactics; learn optimal opening and endgame play; 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. Please note- no class on Thursday, Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving. In-person registration is required, payment due at time of registration.

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Make Your College Essay Stand Out!

Thursday, Oct. 4, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Professional writer and college adjunct professor Gary Santaniello shows teens what college admissions directors are looking for, how to mine personal histories, extra-curricular activities and other experiences for material that will make essays stand out, and then how to structure essays for maximum impact. There will be plenty of time for questions. Registration suggested since space is limited. Parents welcome. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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Alison Jones: No Water No Life with Daryl Hawk

Thursday, Oct. 4, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
You think of water only when the well is dry. (African proverb) Alison M. Jones is a conservation photographer who has documented ecosystems and their management for over 20 years in Africa and the Americas. She founded No Water No Life in 2006 to raise public awareness of freshwater issues by combining the powers of photography and science. Alison will share her knowledge of North American and African watersheds and freshwater resources with documentary photographer, Daryl Hawk, who will interview her on stage. She will also be showing still photos and videos from these watershed areas. Granted an honorary Masters Degree in Photography from Brooks Institute, Jones is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photography. Daryl Hawk has lived in Wilton for 26 years and grew up on the water in Westport. As a professional photographer for 30 years, he has championed and raised awareness for numerous environmental and conservation causes his entire career. Co-sponsored by Norwalk River Watershed Association and Wilton Library. Q&A to follow talk. Registration highly recommended.

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The Guitar Guy

Friday, Oct. 5, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Children ages 2-6 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. Ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Registration recommended. This program will take place the first Friday of each month through January. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Generations: Paintings and Photography Exhibition Reception

Friday, Oct. 5, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Ed MacEwen, his daughter, Bonnie MacEwen Sailer, and his granddaughter, Jesse Sailer, combine their forces and talents for a robust exhibition of art and photography. Ed and Bonnie have collaborated on numerous murals within Wilton Library in addition to their own works; Jesse won first and second prize in the youth division of the Wilton Arts Council’s Focus ’11 Photography Exhibition. Exhibit runs through Tuesday, Oct. 30. A portion of the proceeds benefits the library. Reception open to the public.

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First Saturday Books for Babies

Saturday, Oct. 6, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
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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 AARP Driver Safety Class

Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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. No written or driving tests; classroom only. Lunch break from 12 – 1 p.m. Registration required. Program cost: $12 for AARP members; $14 for non-members. Bring check or cash only.

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Visions and Versions of America: Three Views from Fiction – Mark Schenker

Saturday, Sept. 15, Sept. 29 & Oct. 6, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
In this presidential election year, we are reminded that the federalist philosophy reflected in the Electoral College system envisions an America that is not a single homogenized nation but an amalgam of states and regions. In three lectures on American fiction, Mark Schenker, Yale College Dean of Academic Affairs, will consider how the geographical and cultural aspects of Northern New England, the Deep South, and the American West enrich and complicate our national identity. Each session will consist of a one hour talk, followed by a Q&A. Wine and cheese will be served. The lecture series has been generously sponsored by an anonymous donor. Registration highly recommended. Please register separately for each program in the series.

Series dates and topics:


Sept 15 Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896)
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Sept 29 William Faulkner, Absalom! Absalom! (1936)
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Oct 6 Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian (1985)
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Overdrive Office Hours

Saturday, Oct. 6, 13, 20 & 27 , 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 October, from 10 – 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 October, 4 – 6 p.m.

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Wilton Reads: The Buddha in the Attic with Joanna Ecke

Wednesday, Oct. 9 , 10:30 – noon.
Wilton Library’s Fall 2012 selection for our community reads program, Wilton Reads, is Julie Otsuka’s latest work, The Buddha in the Attic, a gorgeous novel by the celebrated author of When the Emperor Was Divine that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. Julie Otsuka has written a spellbinding novel about identity and loyalty, and what it means to be an American in uncertain times. Ms.Otsuka will be at Wilton Library to discuss her work on October 21st, at 4:00pm. . Join Joanna Ecke, a graduate of Smith College with a doctorate in literature from Duke University, for a daytime discussion of this work prior to Julie Otsuka’s appearance on October 21. Registration recommended.

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Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group

Tuesday, Oct. 9 , 6 – 8 p.m.  
A monthly support group for post-treatment cancer survivors will be held at Wilton Library. The Breast Cancer Survival Center, a Fairfield county non-profit, has been holding support groups, retreats and candle lightings for the past 12 years. To learn more about the BCSC visit www.breastcancersurvival.org.  Co-sponsored by the Breast Cancer Survival Center and Wilton Library. Sandwiches, fruit and a beverage will be provided. Please call Nina Marino, at 203-857-7304 with any questions. Registration highly encouraged.

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

Tuesday, Oct. 9 , 7 – 8:30 p.m.
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 p.m.; class begins promptly at 7:30. Registration required.

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Wilton Library Readers

Wednesday, Oct. 10, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht. Group meets second Wednesday of each month (no meeting in December). Bring lunch; beverages will be provided. Advance registration suggested. Click here for a complete listing of meetings and titles.

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Ambler Farm Reads

Wednesday, October 10 , 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 caregivers are reminded to bring library cards.  During the month of October the theme is Pumpkins; November 14 “Harvest Bounty.”  Registration required.  Children must be accompanied by caregivers.  This program runs through November; register for each session separately.

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Mythology Book Club for Kids

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Children in grades 3-5 will read a book on a mythological theme and discuss it in this monthly book club. Snacks will be provided and an activity or craft will be made. The book for the month of October is Hades by George O’Connor. Caregivers must remain in the building for children under 12. Registration required, no fee. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Author Talk – John Barricelli – The Seasonal Baker

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
John Barricelli of the SoNo Baking Company in Norwalk returns to Wilton Library to discuss his latest cookbook, The Seasonal Baker. In The Seasonal Baker, he brings everyday baking with fruits and vegetables within reach for home cooks, offering 135 sweet and savory recipes for all seasons. John Barricelli is the owner and chef of the SoNo Baking Company & Cafés in South Norwalk and Westport. Q&A, book sales and signing following the talk. Book sales by Elm Street Books of New Canaan. Registration highly recommended.

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Business Smarts Series: Control Your Email Inbox – So It Doesn’t Control You

Thursday, Oct. 11, 8 – 10 a.m.
In this interactive session, using Outlook, Robin Roscillo will provide easy and practical information on how to set up your e-mail inbox so you stop wasting valuable time and how to make it a routine that you can follow every day. The same tricks can be performed on other e-mail platforms. Topics include: how to set up and manage inbox e-mails; how to instantly capture contacts; how to create sub-directories; how to file and find customers’ info, their vendors and finances. Presenter: Robin Roscillo is founder of Back Office Solutions and is an efficiency coach and speaker. Co-sponsored by Wilton Library, Fairfield County SCORE, and Wilton Chamber of Commerce. Registration starts at 7:30 AM – light breakfast will be served. $10.00 per session – cash or check. Next Business Smarts date: Oct. 16 SEO and Social Media – A Love Affair, Joel (Yoav) Burger.

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Helping Hands Day!

Saturday, October 13 , 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Children of all ages are invited to come to the library for this all-day touch-a-truck program. Wilton EMS, the Fire Department, and the Police Department will join us at various times with their vehicles and will also give short presentations for the children. This is a fun way for kids to learn about emergency services in our community. Don’t forget your cameras!

The schedule is as follows:
Ambulance – 10 a.m. –12 p.m.
When Do We Call 911? Presentation – 11 a.m.
Police Car – 12 – 2 p.m.
Officer Friendly Visits – 1 p.m.
Fire Truck – 2 – 4 p.m.;
Fire Safety for Kids – 2:30 pm.

This program is made possible through a partnership with the Police Department, Fire Department, and the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

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When Do We Call 911?

Saturday, Oct. 13, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Children of all ages are invited to meet a member of Wilton’s Volunteer Ambulance Corps. The EMS volunteer will talk to kids about Emergency Medical Services helping in emergencies.

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Officer Friendly Visits

Saturday, Oct. 13, 1 – 1:30 p.m.
Children of all ages are invited to meet Officer Friendly and learn about the Police Department.

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Fire Safety for Kids

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2:30 – 3 p.m.
Children of all ages are invited to meet a fireman and learn about fire safety.

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New Perspectives Film Series: Capturing the Friedmans

Saturday, Oct. 13, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Capturing the Friedmans is a documentary film directed by Andrew Jarecki. It focuses on the 1980s investigation of Arnold and Jesse Friedman for child molestation and how a community reacts to charges that might be questionable. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 2003. Suggested donation of $5. Refreshments served. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker, Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration highly recommended.

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WLA/WHS – Scholarly Series: A Star Spangled Nation: The War of 1812—Causes and Impact of the War – Matthew Warshauer

Sunday, Oct. 14, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
The collaboration between the Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society kicks off its 6th season with A Star-Spangled Nation: The War of 1812. Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University, joins us to give us an overview on the war, including politics pre- and post- war, its overall impact, and Andrew Jackson’s controversial contributions that brought him into the national spotlight. Warshauer is most recently the author of Andrew Jackson in Context (2011), part of a series on American Presidents published by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. (New York).  Reception following the talk. No charge, but donations always welcomed. Series sponsored by Wilton Bank. Program sponsored by Leland Wilson, Wilson Properties, LLC. The moderator is Steve Hudspeth. Registration essential.

The remaining lectures are as follows, from 4 – 5:30 p.m. (please note location of each lecture):
November 4 at the Wilton Historical Society Native Americans in the War – David Koch
January 27 at the Wilton Library The War Connecticut Hated – Walter Woodward
February 24 at the Wilton Historical Society – Naval Power and the Lasting Effects of the War – Glenn Gordinier

See a synopsis of all the lectures in the series

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Wilton Candlelight Concerts at Wilton Congregational Church—Windscape Wind Quintet

Sunday, Oct. 14 , 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Windscape has won a unique place for itself as a vibrant, ever-evolving group of musical individualists. According to Classical Voice of North Carolina, the group’s playing is “knowledgeable, musically impeccable and breathtakingly beautiful.” All performances are on Sunday afternoons at the Wilton Congregational Church located at 70 Ridgefield Road, Wilton. A portion of the proceeds benefits Wilton Library. For ticket information call 203-762-3401 or visit www.wiltoncandlelightconcerts.org.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children“Dare To Read” Book Discussion for Teens–Cancelled

This program has been cancelled
Monday, Oct. 15 , 4 – 5 p.m.

Read one of three eerie books and then come share your thoughts while dining on ‘Death by Chocolate’ and other creepy treats. Books are: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs; A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness; This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel. For teens in grades 6-12. Registration required. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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WLA/LWV – Reel Mondays!—Gasland

Monday, Oct. 15, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Series of quarterly, thought-provoking documentaries brought to you on Monday evenings (hence, ”Reel Mondays”) by the League of Women Voters and Wilton Library. Gasland is a revealing exposé of what happens to towns that embark on “fracking” to gain access to natural gas. Discussion will be led by Bucky Bunnell, co-founder of Wilton Go Green.  Refreshments served. Co-sponsored by the Wilton League of Women Voters and Wilton Library. Registration recommended.

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Business Smarts Series: SEO and Social Media – A Love Affair

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 8 – 10 a.m.
Joel Burger showcases a real case study demonstrating how to increase targeted traffic to a site; devising a plan with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of visitors and increasing their engagement. See how SEO and Social Media can be married to each other and do wonders for your business. Topics covered: improving your website and blog’s effectiveness through keyword placement, header tags, text modifiers and proper distribution; linking strategy – making sure you benefit through increased traffic; integrated web marketing – using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs and email blasts to connect often with relevant information; “push” and “pull” strategies; measuring success with Google Analytics and more. Joel (Yoav) Burger has been in marketing and advertising for the last 25 years with traditional and online outlets including Switchboard.com and HealthCentral.com. He launched J3 Web Marketing in 2011 specializing in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Social Media, and Web Development. Co-sponsored by Wilton Library, Fairfield County SCORE, and Wilton Chamber of Commerce. Registration starts at 7:30 AM – light breakfast will be served. $10.00 per session – cash or check.

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Tuesday Book Buzz

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 11 – noon.
There will be a Book Buzz conversation moderated by one of Wilton Library’s reference librarians on the third Tuesday of each month. 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: Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.

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 Horror Film Fest for Teens

Friday, Oct. 19, 4:30 – 8 p.m.
Come get spooked with a double feature of horror films. Watch the classic zombie film, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and then see Daniel Radcliffe (a.k.a. Harry Potter) starring in THE WOMAN IN BLACK.

Pizza and Zombie Fingers served. For teens in grades 6-12. Registration suggested. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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 Thrill the World Rehearsal at Wilton Family Y

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2 – 4 p.m.
Join Wilton Library for its third annual Thrill the World simultaneous dance event in which we participate with countries around the world dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. For ages 10 to 110. Participants must attend one of 4 rehearsals before the world simultaneous dance event.

Rehearsal dates:
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2 – 4 p.m. at Wilton Family Y;
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 – 4 p.m. at the Y;
Monday, Oct. 22, 6 – 8 p.m. at Wilton Library;
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the library.

See registration details on the Oct. 27 date. Co-sponsored by Wilton Library and the Wilton Family Y. $5 per participant registration fee offsets costs and is payable at the first rehearsal attended.

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 Thrill the World Rehearsal at Wilton Family Y

Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 – 4 p.m.
Join Wilton Library for its third annual Thrill the World simultaneous dance event in which we participate with countries around the world dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. For ages 10 to 110. Participants must attend one of 4 rehearsals before the world simultaneous dance event.

Rehearsal dates:
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2 – 4 p.m. at Wilton Family Y;
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 – 4 p.m. at the Y;
Monday, Oct. 22, 6 – 8 p.m. at Wilton Library;
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the library.

See registration details on the Oct. 27 date. Co-sponsored by Wilton Library and the Wilton Family Y. $5 per participant registration fee offsets costs and is payable at the first rehearsal attended.

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Wilton Reads: THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC by Julie Otsuka

Sunday, Oct. 21, 4 – 6 p.m.
The Fall 2012 Wilton Reads selection for the community read is acclaimed author Julie Otsuka’s The Buddha in the Attic. It is a gorgeous novel that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as ”picture brides” nearly a century ago. In language that has the force and the fury of poetry, Julie Otsuka has written a singularly spellbinding novel about the American dream. The Buddha in the Attic was a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award in Fiction and winner of the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction. She is the author of the acclaimed novel, When the Emperor was Divine, and a recipient of the Asian American Literary Award, the American Library Association Alex Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship. She will be awarded the Grodin Fine Writers Award when she visits Wilton Library. She lives in New York City. Books available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan. Registration essential.

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 Good Reads, Great Kids

Monday, Oct. 22, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Children in grades 2 and 3 and their parents will have the opportunity to meet and discuss books as a group in this monthly book club. For this session children are invited to bring a book that they have read recently to talk about in this group setting. In addition to personal selections, we will all discuss the book Chocolate Fever by Robert Smith. Snacks will be provided and a craft will be made. Grades 2 and 3; parents and guardians must be present. Sponsored by the Sherman Family Fund.

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Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception: Roxanne Faber Savage

Monday, Oct. 22 , 6 – 7:30 p.m.
October brings Roxanne Faber Savage to the Weir Farm artist in residency program. A multidisciplinary artist, Roxanne relies on printmaking as her primary art form. With her prints and drawings Roxanne layers and exposes, revealing a keen interest in the subjects of birds, energy, powerlines paired with a passion for handling tactile materials and the joys of working with an etching press. Roxanne earned her BFA, (drawing) from Pratt Institute and an M.S. Ed. (full scholarship) from Queens College. She lives and works in Connecticut and New York City. Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. Registration suggested.

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 Thrill the World Rehearsal at Wilton Library

Monday, Oct. 22, 6 – 8 p.m.
Join Wilton Library for its third annual Thrill the World simultaneous dance event in which we participate with countries around the world dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. For ages 10 to 110. Participants must attend one of 4 rehearsals before the world simultaneous dance event.

Rehearsal dates:
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2 – 4 p.m. at Wilton Family Y;
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 – 4 p.m. at the Y;
Monday, Oct. 22, 6 – 8 p.m. at Wilton Library;
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the library.

See registration details on the Oct. 27 date. Co-sponsored by Wilton Library and the Wilton Family Y. $5 per participant registration fee offsets costs and is payable at the first rehearsal attended.

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Senior Center Book Discussion: And Furthermore

Tuesday, Oct. 23 , 11 a.m. – noon.
Maureen Canary will lead a discussion of And Furthermore by Dame Judi Dench. Group meets 4th Tuesday of each month from September through May, excluding December. Call the Senior Center for details and to register at 834-6240. Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton.

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Internet Safety Seminar

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force and the Wilton Teen PeaceWorks team up with the Wilton Library to sponsor an Internet Safety Seminar. With the rapid growth of all forms of electronic communication, protecting children and seniors from on-line threats is more important than ever. Speakers are: Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo; Rich Ross, School Resource Officer, Wilton Police Department; Matt Hepfer, Director, Wilton Technology Department. Co-sponsored by the Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force, Wilton Teen PeaceWorks and Wilton Library. Registration suggested.

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 Thrill the World Rehearsal at Wilton Library

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Join Wilton Library for its third annual Thrill the World simultaneous dance event in which we participate with countries around the world dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. For ages 10 to 110. Participants must attend one of 4 rehearsals before the world simultaneous dance event.

Rehearsal dates:
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2 – 4 p.m. at Wilton Family Y;
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 – 4 p.m. at the Y;
Monday, Oct. 22, 6 – 8 p.m. at Wilton Library;
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the library.

See registration details on the Oct. 27 date. Co-sponsored by Wilton Library and the Wilton Family Y. $5 per participant registration fee offsets costs and is payable at the first rehearsal attended.

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Wiggle & Giggle with Dawny Dew

Thursday, Oct. 25, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Children ages 6 months – 2 years-old with their caregivers are invited to this fun music program with Dawny Dew. Miss Dawn sings nursery songs, uses puppets, and performs finger plays for children. Children will have a chance to dance, sing, move and play in this entertaining program. Registration required.

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Author Talk: Stephen Carter – The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln

Thursday, Oct. 25, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
From the author of the best sellers The Emperor of Ocean Park and New England White, an electrifying, provocative new novel that asks the question: what would have happened had Lincoln not been assassinated? Stephen Carter’s new novel takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865–only to be charged with overstepping his Constitutional authority during the Civil War, and faced with impeachment. Books available for purchase and signing. Registration recommended.

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Haunted HouseThe Haunted Library

Friday, October 26, 7-9 pm
Do you dare take a walk through the haunted library?  Children ages 6 -10 are invited to drop in any time between 7 and 9 pm to join in the spooky, spine tingling after-hours library experience.  Ghoulish snacks will be served and ghostly games will be played.  $5 per child at the door. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Drop-in Halloween Crafts

Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Children of all ages can stop by during regular library hours and make a craft to take home. Made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Thrill the World—Simultaneous World Dance Event

Saturday, Oct. 27, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Join Wilton Library for its third annual Thrill the World simultaneous dance event in which we participate with countries around the world dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. For ages 10 to 110. Dance begins at 2 p.m. sharp on Oct. 27; final rehearsal begins at 1:30 p.m. Come in zombie/ghoulish makeup and costume. Reception with healthy snacks to follow the dance. Each participant must attend at least one of 4 rehearsals before the world simultaneous dance event.

Rehearsal dates:
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2 – 4 p.m. at Wilton Family Y;
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 – 4 p.m. at the Y;
Monday, Oct. 22, 6 – 8 p.m. at Wilton Library;
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the library.

This is a fun, infectious dance/exercise/feel good event. Weather permitting, we will be dancing outside as the Wilton Chamber Halloween parade walks by, otherwise the event will take place in the Brubeck Room. Co-sponsored by Wilton Library and the Wilton Family Y. Visit YouTube to see the fun (http://www.youtube.com/ search for Thrill the World). Join with friends. Registration required.  $5 per participant registration fee offsets costs and is payable at the first rehearsal attended. Please note that the time for this event is dictated by worldwide event organizers and the library’s East Coast time zone.

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Connecticut’s Own: Folie à Deux

Sunday, Oct. 28, 4 – 5 p.m.
Fà2 (Folie à Deux): A psychological condition where two individuals in a close relationship share the same fantastical delusion. New York City based violists Nora Krohn and Nick Revel first engaged in this viola delusion in June 2012 in the living room of their apartment in Queens. Although the viola duo instrumentation is rare and repertoire is scarce, Nick and Nora continue their mission of discovering and performing unheard and under-appreciated works. Their goal is to commission living composers, one day turning the viola duo delusion into a viable instrumentation. Nick Revel is a graduate of Wilton High School and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Nora Krohn, a native of Baltimore, MD and a graduate of Brown University and SUNY Purchase, plays regularly with the Chelsea Symphony, Ridgefield Symphony, Chappaqua Orchestra and Allentown Symphony. The duo will be performing works for two violas. No charge. Registration highly recommended.

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 AARP Driver Safety Class

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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.  No written or driving tests; classroom only.  Lunch break from 12 – 1 p.m.   Registration required. Program cost: $12 for AARP members; $14 for non-members.  Bring check or cash only.

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