The Guitar Guy
Friday, Jan. 4, 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. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.
Friday, Jan. 4, 11, 18 & 25 , 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Children in grades 1 and up are invited to play video games on the Library’s Wii system any time from 3:30-5 pm. Comfortable seating will be available. Caregivers must remain in the building for children under age 12. The room will be open every Friday as long as there is available staff.
Geometry, Line & Color — Clamage, Michaels & Meagher Art Exhibition Reception
Friday, Jan. 4, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Toby Michaels, Phyllis Clamage and Sandra Meagher showcase their diverse talents in this three-person show. Toby Michaels uses circles and triangular forms to depict imaginary cosmic phenomena; Sandra Meagher depends on line to create semi abstractions in charcoal; and Phyllis Clamage emphasizes the clarity and richness of colors in images based on earth’s natural formations. Exhibition runs through Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. Reception open to the public.
First Saturday Books for Babies
Saturday, Jan. 5, 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.
Overdrive Office Hours
Saturday, Jan. 5, 12, 19 & 26 , 10 – noon.
Just got a new e-reader or smart phone? 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 January, 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.
Jack Frost and Fairy Doll Workshop
Saturday, Jan. 5 , 3 – 4 p.m.
Children ages 4 and up can stop by the Library during the hour to make a fairy doll or Jack Frost doll to take home. Ms. Lesley will help the kids create the dolls using all sorts of fun craft materials including cloth, beads, flowers, and more. Caregivers must remain in the building. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.
Stay at Home/Wilton Library Concert
Sunday, Jan. 6, 2 – 3:30 p.m. EVENT SOLD OUT!
Stay at Home in Wilton and Wilton Library are proud to present ‘The Great American Songbook’ with Dr. Joe Utterback. Dr. Joe is a superb pianist, story teller, composer and recording artist. Performing at music festivals across the country or at Tony Award dinners in New York City, his high-energy jazz piano delights audiences of all ages. He infuses familiar blues, ballads, Broadway and jazz classics with a captivating, dynamic style. He performs hits from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. Join us for an afternoon of fun and stay for the reception.
Monday, Jan. 7 through Feb 25, 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 repeats for 6 sessions. No sessions Jan. 21 or Feb. 18.
Teen Advisory Board Meeting
Monday, Jan. 7 , 3:45 – 5:15 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Newcomers always welcome. Registration is recommended.
Area Author Affair: Elissa Grodin – Physics Can Be Fatal
Monday, Jan. 7 , 6 – 7 p.m.
Wilton resident Elissa Grodin presents her latest novel, an adult mystery entitled Physics Can Be Fatal. Known for her children’s books, this is the first foray into the genre of her favorite authors – writers of the Golden Age of Mystery from the 1920s and 1930s. See the library’s website for more information about the book and the author. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments are served at Area Author Affairs, held to celebrate our local authors. Registration encouraged.
Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes
Tuesday, Jan.8 through Tuesday, Feb. 26 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.
Parenting Book Series: Dr. Susan Bauerfeld
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 10:30 a.m. – noon.
Dr. Susan Bauerfeld, a licensed clinical psychologist, ADHD Coach and mother of three boys, reviews several parenting books over the course of the year chosen for their soundness and relevance to the community. The book for January is Screamfree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool by Hal Edward Runkel. The remaining date is March 12. No charge. Co-sponsored by Wilton Youth Council, Parent Connection, Wilton Library and United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. Registration strongly encouraged.
Look, Listen and Learn
Tuesday, Jan. 8 through Tuesday, Feb. 26 , 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. The program repeats for 8 weeks.
Tuesday, Jan. 8 through Feb 26, 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 repeats for 8 sessions.
Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 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.
LWV/WLA Akhil Amar—America’s Unwritten Constitution
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
The Wilton League of Women Voters and Wilton Library are proud to welcome Akhil Reed Amar, Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale. Professor Amar will be discussing his latest book, America’s Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By which was recently listed by the Washington Post as one of the 50 most notable nonfiction books of 2012. Books will be available for purchase and signing following the talk and Professor Amar will be donating a number of books. Co-sponsored by the Wilton League of Women Voters and Wilton Library. Registration highly recommended.
Books for Babies
Wednesday, Jan. 9 through Wednesday, Feb. 27 , 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. The program repeats for 8 weeks. Caregivers must be present.
Wonderful Ones and Twos
Wednesday, Jan. 9 through Wednesday, Feb. 27, 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 repeats for 8 weeks.
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 16, 23 & 30 , 4 – 5 p.m.
Each week different materials will be available for children in grades K through 5 to make any creation they choose. This is the perfect opportunity for children to innovate, communicate, and express themselves in a free-form environment. Some materials that may be available are Legos®, arts and crafts materials, model cars, Lego Technics®, science kits, and more. Grades K-5 with caregivers in the building. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.
AARP Driver Safety Class
Saturday, Jan. 12, 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.
Saturday, Jan. 12, 19 & 26 , 10 – noon.
Minecraft is an online computer game unlike any other. It is a creative game. Worlds made out of individual blocks are generated. In these unique worlds players can build anything, mine anything, create anything, and interact with other players. The only limit is your imagination. A server for the Wilton Library has been set up with a virtual world where the Minecraft community in Wilton can meet. Minecraft enthusiasts are welcome to join the Minecraft Computer Club on Saturday mornings between 10- noon to discuss and play everything Minecraft in the Children’s Library. Ages 8 and up.
Please note: Minecraft is a subscription-based, online game. Players must bring their own laptop and create their own account.
Gone in 60 Seconds Book Club
Saturday, Jan. 12, 3 – 4 p.m.
Is it possible to write and perform a 60-second version of a great book? Find out as we re-tell our own high-octane versions of the best in children’s literature. Participants will pick the most important scenes, characters and lines and then speed-read through the finished product. Will we beat the buzzer? Expect fast talk, quick thinking and lots of laughter. What’s more, once we’ve learned how to edit, analyze, compromise and communicate, we’ll use technology to enhance our literary skills by creating an animated mini-movie trailer of one of our 60 second extravaganzas. The book this month is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Grades 4-6, children under 12 must have a caregiver in the building. Sponsored by the Sherman Family Fund.
New Perspectives Film Series: Thunder Soul
Rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
The New Perspectives Film Series kicks off the new year with Thunder Soul, an exuberant documentary that was the audience winner at SXSW in Austin, HotDocs in Toronto, the Los Angeles Film festival, and the Dallas International Film festival. Presented by Jamie Foxx, Thunder Soul follows the extraordinary alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band, who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old “Prof,” their beloved band leader who broke the color barrier and transformed the school’s struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s. 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.
Connecticut’s Own: The Connecticut Little Symphony
Sunday, January 13, 4 – 5 p.m.
Wilton Library welcomes The Connecticut Little Symphony, a group of professional musicians from Connecticut and New York, who have formed a small chamber music ensemble, truly a ”Little Symphony” to enrich Fairfield County with stellar performances of captivating chamber music. The following musicians will perform works by Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Thuille: Maxim Pakhomov, piano; Jane Shelly, flute; Dorothy Darlington, oboe; Janet Atherton, clarinet, Ray Guier, horn; Rosemary Dellinger, bassoon. Registration strongly suggested. Attendees are asked to arrive by 3:50 p.m. to be seated prior to the start of the music.
Exam Time Study Rooms for Wilton High School Students
Monday, Jan. 14 through Thursday, Jan. 17, 12 – 5 p.m.
Quiet study space on the second floor of the library will be available from 12 to 5 each day for students to study for mid-term exams. Students may also book individual study rooms until 8 p.m. each evening by calling Wilton Library’s reference librarians at 203-762-3950, ext. 211.
Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room – Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato
Sunday, Jan. 5, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Percussionist Colin Stranahan and jazz pianist Glenn Zaleski return to Wilton Library and are joined by bassist Rick Rosato for the library’s first concert of the new year in this popular jazz series. See registration link for more information. Reception following the concert. 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 3:50 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:50 p.m. if space is available.
WLA/LWV – Reel Mondays: U.S. Healthcare –The Good News
Monday, Jan. 14 , 7 – 9:30 p.m.
In this documentary, former Washington Post correspondent T. R. Reid explores the cost disparities of healthcare and examples of some successful models being used in the U.S.
A discussion follows the film with host moderator Elaine Abrams, RN, MPH, community health coordinator at Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County, President-Elect of the CT Public Health Association and a public health advocate for 30 years. Refreshments served. Co-sponsored by the Wilton League of Women Voters and Wilton Library. Registration recommended.
Tuesday Book Buzz
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 11 – noon.
Looking for something good to read next? Bring a friend and join the Book Buzz conversation moderated by Lauren McLaughlin and Melissa Baker, two of Wilton Library’s knowledgeable librarians, on the third Tuesday of each month. Participants are encouraged to come and chat about their most recent favorite reads or just listen to what others recommend. Pick up new pre-publication books when available. Hear about upcoming books being released and be the first to reserve them at the library. Get the inside scoop on upcoming author visits. Registration suggested especially during winter months but not required. Additional first quarter dates: Feb. 19; March 19.
ESL (English as a Second Language) Registration and Placement
Wednesday, January 16. 11 , 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Registration and placement testing for ESL classes will take place at Wilton Library on Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Please note that the ESL class at Wilton Library is for the multi-level student. Class size is limited and will be determined by Placement Testing. Classes are open to Wilton, Westport and Weston residents. Class testing and class registration will be conducted by Westport Continuing Education. Just walk in to take the test. The classes will be held twice-weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. starting on Monday, Jan. 28.
Wilton, My Take—Framing
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Students in Wilton, My Take frame their photographs for the exhibit in February.
Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception: Kathi Smith
Wednesday, Jan. 16 , 6 – 7:30 p.m.
January brings Kathi Smith to the Weir Farm artist in residency program. Kathi recently began a series of memory/place paintings focusing on Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia. The work hovers between representation and abstraction. She will continue her work at Weir Farm. Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. Registration suggested.
Author Reading for Kids
Thursday, Jan. 17 , 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Children ages 3 through 7 and their caregivers are invited to join us for a book reading by author Linda Petrie Bunch. Linda will share her book A Snow Day for Hannah as well as a short video. Hannah is Ms. Petrie Bunch’s Bernese Mountain Dog. The book contains a wonderful story in rhyme accompanied by pictures. Linda Petrie Bunch is a self-published author from Colorado. Petrie Bunch works with several community organizations and enjoys photography and making documentaries. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books.
Author Talk: Karen Engelmann—The Stockholm Octavo
Thursday, Jan. 17, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Karen Engelmann’s dazzling debut, The Stockholm Octavo, is set during Stockholm’s opulent Golden Age and brilliantly interweaves history, romance and intrigue, in which one man’s fortune holds the key to a nation’s precarious fate. Engelmann spent nine years in Malmo, Sweden working for companies like IKEA where the idea of this book grew to life. She is the 2011 winner of the American Scandinavian Society Cultural Award Grant. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration encouraged.
Author Talk: Hoda Kotb – Ten Years Later
Friday, January 18, 7-8:30 pm.
New York Times bestselling author and beloved Today show co-anchor tells the incredible stories of people who, when faced with impossibly challenging or tragic life situations, persevere — and even thrive — and asks, What if you, facing a game-changing event or decision right now, could see ten years into the future? Ten Years Later is a firsthand testament to the enduring power of the human spirit. Through inspirational life stories, Hoda shows how adversity can unleash our best qualities: resilience, perseverance, gratitude, empathy, and creativity. This book will inspire you to believe in the future, no matter how dark the present, and tap into the ability to reach your highest potential. Hoda Kotb was named co-anchor of the fourth hour of Today in August 2007. She has also been a Dateline NBC correspondent since April 1998 and is a New York Times bestselling author for her book, Hoda. The three-time Emmy winner also won the prestigious 2006 Peabody Award, the 2003 Gracie Award, and the 2002 Edward R. Murrow Award. She resides in New York City.
Registration required. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books.
Wilton Candlelight Concerts at Wilton Congregational Church—Bradley Brookshire, Harpsichordist, and Anthony Roth Costanzo, Countertenor
Sunday, Jan. 20 , 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Bradley Brookshire is a noted performer and conductor of early music, whose playing has been praised by the New York Times for its ‘fine technical aplomb, backed by wonderful musicality, personality and wit.’ According to the Boston Globe, Anthony Roth Costanzo’s interpretations are ‘pure-voiced and uncommonly sensitive.’ 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.
Senior Center Book Discussion: The Rector of Justin
Tuesday, Jan. 22 , 11 a.m. – noon.
William Ziegler will lead a discussion of The Rector of Justin by Louis Auchincloss. This novel, published in 1964, is considered by many to be the greatest achievement of Louis Auchincloss. Group meets 4th Tuesday of each month through May. Call the Senior Center for details and to register at 834-6240. Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton.
Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room—Bucky Pizzarelli, John Cutrone and Jerry Bruno
Saturday, Jan. 26 , 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Join us for an evening of some of your favorite jazz pieces performed by three veterans of the music business: Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar, Jerry Bruno on bass and John Cutrone on drums. Find out more about the musicians on the registration page. 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 7:20 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 7:20 p.m. if space is available.
WLA/WHS – Scholarly Series: A Star Spangled Nation: The War of 1812—The War Connecticut Hated—Walter Woodward
Sunday, Jan. 27, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
In this third lecture of the annual collaboration between the Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society focusing on The War of 1812, A Star-Spangled Nation, Walter Woodward will discuss The War Connecticut Hated: the political impact of the war, especially on Connecticut. Walter Woodward is a State Historian of Connecticut, Associate Professor of History, University of Connecticut, author of Prospero’s America: John Winthrop, Jr., Alchemy, and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606-1676 (2010) and the recent article: “The War Connecticut Hated” published in Connecticut Explored.
This lecture is held at Wilton Library.
The remaining lecture is February 24 at the Wilton Historical Society – Naval Power and the Lasting Effects of the War – Glenn Gordinier.
Reception following the talk (at the Library). No charge, but donations always welcomed. Series sponsored by Wilton Bank. Program sponsored by Bill and Kathleen Brennan. The moderator is Max Gabrielson. Registration essential.
ESL (English as a Second Language)
Monday, January 28 through Wednesday, April 24, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Cancelled
Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language will begin on Monday, January 28th and will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until April 24th at the Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no classes on Feb. 18th, Feb. 20th, April 15th and April 17th.) Testing and registration required. Testing takes place at Wilton Library from 9:30 – 11 a.m. on Jan. 16.
Whodunit? Book Club
Rescheduled: Monday, Feb. 4, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Kids in grades 2 and 3 are invited to join this mystery book club. Children will have the opportunity to meet and discuss mystery books as a group. The book for January is Saxby Smart in the Curse of the Ancient Mask and Other Case Files by Simon Cheshire. Snacks will be provided, along with fun detective activities. Grades 2 and 3. Parents and guardians must be in the Library. Sponsored by the Sherman Family Fund.
Computer Class: Getting Started – Facebook for the Faint of Heart
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
If you are a baby boomer, senior, or someone who just hasn’t had time to devote to the exploration of social media until now, this class is for you. Mary Anne Franco will show you what Facebook is about, how to post photos, message your “friends,” find “friends” and talk about privacy settings. Demonstration-style class. Registration suggested.
WGG/WLA Green Speaker Series/Film: Switch
Thursday, Jan. 31, 7 – 9 p.m.
Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library partner together to screen the environmental film, Switch, a narration about the sweeping transition from coal and oil to the energies of tomorrow – fossil, nuclear and renewable. The documentary also focuses on the changing energy conversation – looking at practical realities and encouraging a balanced understanding, as well as the changing way the world uses energy. Dr. Scott Tinker takes viewers on a journey through the world’s leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels. In the end, he lays out a path to our energy future that is both surprising and remarkably pragmatic. For more information about the Switch Energy Project visit www.switchenergyproject.com/. Discussion following the film will be moderated by Becky Bunnell, co-founder of Wilton Go Green. The film screening and discussion is co-sponsored by Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library. Registration recommended.