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

Events

First Saturday Books for Babies

Saturday, Dec. 1, 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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Holiday Book Sale

Saturday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 23 (Mondays through Thursdays, 10 – 8; Fridays 10 – 6; Saturdays, 10 – 5, Sundays 1- 5).
The library’s holiday book sale in the gallery is a seasonal delight. Bargains can be found – most of the items are new or like-new condition, making a terrific opportunity for holiday gift-giving. Items include books, unopened CDs and DVDs, children’s books and a huge assortment of art books. As items are sold, new ones appear daily, thanks to the hard-working book sale volunteers, who always seem to have an un-ending supply of tantalizing offerings. All sales support the library. Open during regular library hours through Dec. 23

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“C. Sperry Andrews III—Landscape Artist” Art Exhibition Reception

Sunday, Dec. 2 , 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Selected works of landscape artist C. Sperry Andrews III will be on exhibit at Wilton Library in December. The collection features the late artist’s paintings and drawings from his 1950s to 1980s period. Captured images from Weir Farm, Block Island and New York State in oil, watercolors, pencil and pastels will be on display. Some of the artworks will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. Reception open to the public. Exhibit runs through Friday, Dec. 28.

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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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Hanukkah Crafts

Monday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Children of all ages can stop by the library and make a Hanukkah craft to take home.

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Teen Advisory Board Meeting

Monday, Dec. 3 , 4 – 5 p.m.
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join us for our 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 for first time attendees or by emailing Marissa Antosh, Youth Services Assistant, at mantosh@wiltonlibrary.org. Newcomers always welcome. Registration is recommended.

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Area Author Affair: Mark Rubinstein – MAD DOG HOUSE

Monday, Dec. 3 , 6 – 7 p.m.
A practicing psychiatrist turned author, Mark Rubinstein will address his new novel, Mad Dog House, and the relationship between psychiatry, fantasy and fiction. Mark Rubinstein grew up in Brooklyn, New York, near Sheepshead Bay. As an attending psychiatrist at New York Presbyterian Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Cornell, he taught psychiatric residents, psychologists, and social workers while practicing psychiatry. Books will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan. Mark will donate his proceeds from the sales of his book to PAWS in Norwalk, a no-kill shelter dedicated to finding dogs and cats permanent homes.  Light refreshments are served at Area Author Affairs, held to celebrate our local authors. Registration encouraged.

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Mother Goose Time

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 11 & 18 , 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Mother Goose Time is a themed story time for children ages 1-4. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used.

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StorytimeFascinating Fairy Tales

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 11 & 18, 2:15 – 3 p.m.
Children ages 4-6 are invited to join the library for a Folk Tale and Fairy Tale-themed story time. Children can hear stories, watch short films, and participate in fairy tale-themed activities. This program is for independent listeners with a caregiver in the building. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Author Talk: Robert H. Steele—The Curse: Big Time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
With political insight as a former Connecticut Congressman, author Robert Steele crafts a compelling story in The Curse, involving a Native American’s tribal chief, a shadowy Miami billionaire, venal politicians and Providence mobsters, as they all descend on a small Connecticut town to build a casino. Q&A follows talk. Books available for purchase and signing. Registration recommended.

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Author Talk: Robert H. Steele—The Curse: Big Time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town

Books for Babies

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 12 & 19 , 10:15 – 10:45 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. This is an excellent forum to meet other new parents in the area. Caregivers must be present.

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StorytimeMother Goose Time

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 12 & 19 , 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Mother Goose Time is a themed story time for children ages 1-4. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used.

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Art Adventures

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 12 & 19 , 4 – 5 p.m.
Each week, children in grades 3-5 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 collected at the door. Grades 3-5. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Middlemarch: Book Discussion with Bill Ziegler

Thursday, Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m. – noon.
Bill Ziegler will lead a discussion of George Eliot’s Middlemarch. Copies of the book will be available in the Book Club book area for advance reading. The film of the same name will be shown in three parts in the Brubeck Room from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, Thursday, Dec. 13 and Friday, Dec. 14, with brief Q&As following the film. Participants may bring brown bag lunches and the library will provide coffee, tea, water and chips. Registration highly recommended.

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StorytimeMother Goose Time

Thursday, Dec. 6, 13 & 20 , 1:30 – 2 p.m.
Mother Goose Time is a themed story time for children ages 1-4. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used.

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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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Middlemarch: Film Screening and Discussion with Bill Ziegler—Part 1

Friday, Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
This week Part 1 of the film version of Middlemarch will be shown in the Brubeck Room from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a brief Q&A following the film. This session follows a discussion of the book led by Bill Ziegler on December 6th. Part 2 of the film will be viewed on December 13th and Part 3 on December 14th. Viewers are invited to bring a brown bag lunch to eat during or after the film and we’ll provide coffee, tea, water and chips! Please note that copies of the book will be available in the Book Club book area for advance reading. Registration highly recommended. *Registering for Part 1 will also register you for Parts 2 and 3.*

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The Guitar Guy

Friday, Dec. 7 , 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, no fee. 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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Hanukkah Story Time

Friday, Dec. 7, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Children ages 4 and up are invited to join us for a Hanukkah-themed story time. Batya Diamond will tell stories, sing songs, play games, and more. Children can also make a craft and enjoy a snack. This is a fun program for everyone to learn about Hanukkah! Registration required. Co-sponsored by The Wilton Jewish Center and Wilton Library.

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Wilton Holiday Walk

Friday, Dec. 7 , 5 – 7 p.m.
Wilton Library takes part in the annual Wilton Holiday Walk and provides refreshments, a warm, inviting fire in the fireplace and shelter from a cold, winter night. A little something for everyone.

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Wilton Library’s Annual Friends Holiday Party

Sunday, Dec. 9 , 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Wilton Library Association trustees host this annual holiday get-together. The public is welcome. Please RSVP by December 3 to 203-762-3950, ext. 270 or sign up below.

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Area Author Affair: Susan Schaller – JFK’s Secret Doctor

Monday, Dec. 10, 6 – 7 p.m.
JFK’s Secret Doctor tells a thrilling story of adventure and a historic medical career. Set against the grand panorama of twentieth century world events, it captures the remarkable life and spirit of climber and medical visionary Hans Kraus (1905 -1996) who was also John F. Kennedy’s back specialist. Susan Schaller (who writes as Susan E. B. Schwartz) is a freelance writer and contributes regularly to national adventure and sports magazines, including Outside, Climbing, Rock and Ice, and Runner’s World. An American Alpine Club Literary Committee member and former board member, Schwartz is a rock climber, scuba instructor, shipwreck divemaster, and marathoner. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments are served at Area Author Affairs, held to celebrate our local authors. Registration encouraged.

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Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Class

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7 – 8 p.m.
Mindfulness is being fully aware and at peace in the present moment, without judgment or strife. It is a tool – one that is accessible at anytime and anyplace – to free oneself from the trap of reactive living and tendency of the mind to dwell on the past and worry about the future. In this workshop, Andy Lee will introduce you to simple and effective mindfulness practices, including meditation that will help you cultivate awareness in your daily life. Andy has studied and practiced mindfulness meditation for over 12 years and conducts Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programs and free meditation classes in Fairfield and Westchester counties. Join us to reset yourself before the December holidays. Registration highly recommended.

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

Tuesday, Dec. 11 , 7 – 8:30 p.m. Cancelled
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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Art Adventures

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 12 & 19 , 4 – 5 p.m.
Each week, children in grades 3-5 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 collected at the door. Grades 3-5. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Gingerbread for Teens

Wednesday, Dec. 12 , 4 – 5 p.m.
Teens in grades 6-12 have gingerbread men and women just waiting to be decorated. Teens can listen to holiday tunes and have fun being creative. Registration required. Space limited.  Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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Mythology Book Club for Kids

Wednesday, Dec. 12 , 5:30 – 6:30 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 December is Akhenaten Adventure by Philip Kerr. Caregivers must remain in the building for children under 12. Registration required. Sponsored by the Sherman Family Fund.

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Middlemarch: Film Screening and Discussion with Bill Ziegler—Part 2

Thursday, Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Part 2 of the film version of Middlemarch will be shown in the Brubeck Room with a brief Q&A following the film. This session follows a discussion of the book led by Bill Ziegler on Dec. 6. Part 3 of the film will be viewed on Friday, Dec. 14.  Viewers are invited to bring brown bag lunches to eat during or after the film and the library will provide coffee, tea, water and chips.  Please note that copies of the book will be available in the Book Club book area for advance reading.  Registration highly recommended.

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An Italian Christmas

Thursday, Dec. 13 , 6 – 7 p.m.
Come to an Italian Christmas program- Buon Natale! There will be activities, games, crafts, stories and Italian goodies to eat. Children will learn about La Befana – The Christmas Witch as well as other Italian Christmas customs and traditions. Refreshments may include- pasta, fruit, pastries, cookies, Panettone, and antipasto. Please note – some food products may contain nuts. Children ages 4 and up with a caregiver. Registration required.

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Middlemarch: Film Screening and Discussion with Bill Ziegler—Part 3

Friday, Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The final portion of the film version of Middlemarch will be shown in the Brubeck Room with a brief Q&A following the film. This session follows a discussion of the book led by Bill Ziegler on Dec. 6. Viewers are invited to bring brown bag lunches to eat during or after the film and the library will provide coffee, tea, water and chips.  Please note that copies of the book will be available in the Book Club book area for advance reading.  Registration highly recommended.

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A Visit with Santa Claus

Sunday, Dec. 16 , 1 – 5 p.m.
Children of all ages are invited to stop by and visit with Santa at our holiday book sale. Santa will be available for pictures from 1-3 and 3:30-5 pm. Caregivers must be present.

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Good Reads, Great Kids

Monday, Dec. 17, 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 Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse by George Selden. 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: Carmelo Midili

Monday, Dec. 17, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
December brings Carmelo Midili to the Weir Farm artist in residency program. He has been using abandoned paintings on canvas to create sculptures Through his work, Carmelo likes to give homage to failure. He likes to engage the public to honor the importance of failing and taking risks in life. In this particular case, he explores the importance of the artist to fail at painting. Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library.  Registration suggested.

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Tuesday Book Buzz

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 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.

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Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Class

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 7 – 8 p.m.
Mindfulness is being fully aware and at peace in the present moment, without judgment or strife. It is a tool – one that is accessible at anytime and anyplace – to free oneself from the trap of reactive living and tendency of the mind to dwell on the past and worry about the future. In this workshop, Andy Lee will introduce you to simple and effective mindfulness practices, including meditation that will help you cultivate awareness in your daily life. Andy has studied and practiced mindfulness meditation for over 12 years and conducts Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programs and free meditation classes in Fairfield and Westchester counties. Join us to reset yourself before the December holidays. Registration highly recommended.

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Art Adventures

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 12 & 19 , 4 – 5 p.m.
Each week, children in grades 3-5 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 collected at the door. Grades 3-5. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Celtic Christmas treeChristmas Crafts

Saturday, Dec. 22 , 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Children of all ages are invited to stop by the library and make a Christmas craft to take home.

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Kwanzaa Crafts

Wednesday, Dec. 26 , 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Children of all ages are invited to stop by the library and make a Kwanzaa craft to take home.

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Day After Christmas Movie

Wednesday, Dec. 26 , 2 – 3:30 p.m.
The Polar Express (G) will be shown. Children under 8 must have a caregiver present; children under 12 must have a caregiver in the building.

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