2013 March — Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road Wilton, CT 06897 Tel: 203-762-3950

Events

The Guitar Guy

Friday, March 1, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Children ages 2-6 with their caregivers 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. Robert has been a guest at Wilton Library many times before and always gives an enjoyable performance. Sure to be great fun for the family! This program will take place the first Friday of each month through June. Registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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First Saturday Books for Babies

Saturday, March 2, 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, March 2, 10 a.m. – 2 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.  Registration required. Program cost: $12 for AARP members; $14 for non-members.  Bring check or cash only. Connecticut residents only.

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 Minecraft Club

Saturday, March 2, 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.  Registration required.

Please note: Minecraft is a subscription-based, online game. Players must bring their own laptop and create their own account.

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Dr. Seuss Crafts

Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Children of all ages can stop by the Library to make a Dr. Seuss craft to take home. Happy birthday Dr. Seuss!

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Read Across America Day

Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dr. Seuss’ birthday is also Read Across America Day! Kids of all ages can stop by the Library and tell the Library staff member at the Children’s desk all about their favorite book, and they will receive a special reading certificate. Kids caught reading IN the library on Saturday and will also get a special prize. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Story Time with the Cat in the Hat

Saturday, March 2, 11 – 11:45 a.m.
Meet the Cat in the Hat in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday! Children ages 3 and up are invited to hear some stories told by the loveable Cat in the Hat. A craft will also be made. Perhaps Thing One and Thing Two will join us…? Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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How To Look Like a Greek Goddess

Sunday, March 3, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Teens in grades 6 – 12 learn about the ancient art of hair braiding and the Caryatid hairstyles found on the maiden statues in the Athenian Acropolis. A short documentary will be shown and then Dr. Katherine Schwab will give a presentation while professional hair stylist, Milexy Torres, demonstrates braiding techniques and provides tips on how to create this at home. Registration suggested. Sponsored by The Cropper Family.

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Wilton Candlelight Concerts at Wilton Congregational Church— Stephen Hough, Pianist

Sunday, March 3, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Acclaimed pianist Stephen Hough will perform works by Chopin, Brahms, and Schumann, as well as one of his own compositions. 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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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.

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Teen Advisory Board Meeting

Monday, March 4, 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 emailing Tracey Morgan, Teen Services Assistant, at tmorgan@wiltonlibrary.org. Newcomers always welcome. Registration is recommended.

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Poetry in Motion: Meet and Greet

Monday, March 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Poetry in Motion performers can enjoy pizza and get to know the other students performing in the poetry event. Talk about the upcoming program, get questions answered and make new friends. Registration suggested.

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Wilton Clergy Association Lecture Series: How Can this Generation Speak to the Next about Violence in Society?

Tuesday, March 5, 12 & 19, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
In the aftermath of Sandy Hook, this 3-part lecture series sponsored by the Wilton Clergy Association, the Wilton Interfaith Action Committee (“WI-ACT”) and Wilton Library addresses longer term answers/solutions to violence in our communities.

Featured topics are:
March 5Creating a Common Space in Community Where Issues of Violence Can Be Addressed with Dr. Steven Marans, Harris Professor in the Yale Child Study Center and Director of the Trauma Service of the Yale Medical Group, and Carrie Epstein, MSW, Assistant Clinical Professor in the Yale Child Study Center.
March 12Shaping Perspectives: Police and the Broadcast Media – What Potential Shooters and the Public Observe with News 12 News Director/Anchor Tom Appleby, Redding Police Chief Doug Fuchs (Newtown first responder) and Wilton Police Captain John Lynch.
March 19Finding a Way Forward with a panel composed of Rabbi Leah Cohen of Temple B’nai Chaim, the Rev. Mary Grace Williams, Rector of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, and Imam Dr. Kareem Adeeb of the Islamic Institute and Chair of the Interfaith Council of Western Connecticut, moderated by Steve Hudspeth.

Registration highly recommended.

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Poetry in Motion Rehearsals

Wednesday, March 6, Thursday, March 7, Wednesday, March 13, Wednesday, March 20, 4 – 7 p.m.
Rehearsals for Poetry in Motion performance. Snow date: Thursday, March 14.

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 Nice to Meet You: Critter Encounter

Wednesday, March 6, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Children ages 3-4 are invited to meet some live animals. Earthplace of Westport will join us for a show and tell of some of their rescued animals. Children will meet five live teaching animals and learn where they come from, what they eat, and what makes them unique. Registration required. Ages 3-4 with a caregiver. Sponsored by the Dibner Family Science Fund.

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Aspects of the Short Story with Bill Ziegler *POSTPONED – DATE TBD*

Thursday, March 7, 14, 21 & 28, 10:30 – noon.
Bill Ziegler will again lead his popular four-part series of short stories on March 7, 14, 21 and 28. Participants read and discuss a variety of short stories that illustrate the characteristics of the genre and provide a basis for critical evaluation. The stories will be available at the circulation desk before the seminar begins. Advance registration is required.

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Children’s Beginner Chess

Thursday, Feb. 7 through Thursday, March 28, 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. Registration filled.

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The Hobbit: The Game

Thursday, March 7, 4 – 5 p.m.
Saddle your pony and sharpen your battleaxe — it’s time for tabletop adventure! Armed with imaginations as large as Middle Earth, participants will play the parts of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield or one of the dozen dwarves in pencil-and-paper role play action. Reenact the journeys of Bilbo and company, or go ‘off-map’ entirely and blaze your own trail. Add in Bombur-sized snacks and you have all the ingredients for a tale that the bards will tell for an Age. Just remember to steer clear of cobwebs, and if a troll asks you to stay for lunch, say “no!” Grades 4-6 with a caregiver in the building. Registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Children’s Advanced Chess

Thursday, Feb. 7 through Thursday, March 28, 5 – 6 p.m.
Children in grades 1-7 will get advanced 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. Registration filled.

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Design the Second Half of Your Life: Kelley Connors

Thursday, March 7, 7 – 8:30 p.m. POSTPONED TO 3/14
Ready to see new possibilities and design the second half of your life? Join Kelley Connors, MPH, for an interactive and informative evening. Kelley will empower you with the resources to explore designing the second half of your life and introduce you to women who are now reinvigorated as they journey forward. An interactive discussion will follow so come ready to exchange and explore with us! Kelley Connors, MPH, is a women’s health advocate especially for women over 50. She is an on-line radio show host with Real Women on Health, a Huffington Post50 blogger, a member of the AARP Kitchen Cabinet of Caregivers and a marketing consultant for healthcare companies. Registration strongly encouraged.

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Children’s Garden Club

Friday, March 8 and Friday, March 22, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Children in grades K and up are invited to join this weekly Garden Club! Throughout the spring, summer, and fall we will plan, plant, tend, and eat fruits and vegetables in our raised-bed garden. During the month of March we will meet to plan our garden and prepare for springtime planting. This is a fun activity for the whole family. Please contact the head of the Children’s Library, Andrea Falkner, for more information and to sign up for the program: afalkner@wiltonlibrary.org or (203)762-3950 x225.

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“The Colors of Julie Leff” Art Exhibition Reception

Friday, March 8, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
This one-woman show by Weston artist Julie Leff features an array of oil paintings including florals and abstracts. The works are unified by Ms. Leff’s use of bright color. A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. Reception open to the public. The show runs through April 2.

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 Minecraft Club

Saturday, March 9,  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.  Registration required.

Please note: Minecraft is a subscription-based, online game. Players must bring their own laptop and create their own account.

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Gone in 60 Seconds Book Club

Saturday, March 9, 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 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. Grades 4-6, children under 12 must have a caregiver in the building. Sponsored by the Sherman Family Fund.

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International Women’s Day Celebration: Head over Heels in Saudi Arabia with Maisah Sobaihi

Saturday, March 9, 7 – 9 p.m.
“Head Over Heels In Saudi Arabia” is a fun, light-hearted play that touches on a variation of topics concerning Saudi Arabia. This performance addresses many of the questions raised about Saudi Arabia with specific reference to Saudi women. By day, Dr. Maisah Sobaihi is an assistant professor at the King Abdul-Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and is currently Counselor at the Saudi Arabian Mission to the United Nations. She is best known, however, for her work in theatre and the arts across the kingdom, and is widely respected as a contemporary voice for women. See website for more speaker details. Q&A follows the performance. Reception features traditional foods of Saudi Arabia. Registration is required.

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WHS/WLA Matthew Warshauer: Andrew Jackson—Hero or Despot at Wilton Historical Society

Sunday, March 10, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Professor Matthew Warshauer returns to the area to shed some light on the 7th President of the United States Andrew Jackson. Was he a masterful politician who ushered in a new era of democratic politics or a loose cannon with no vision for the American republic. In his latest book, Andrew Jackson in Context, Prof. Warshauer examines differing perspectives on the subject. Warshauer has been a popular guest speaker in two previous Wilton Historical Society/Wilton Library scholarly lecture series. He is a Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University and author of Andrew Jackson and the Politics of Martial Law. See the registration page below for speaker details. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration essential. Co-sponsored by the Wilton Historical Society and Wilton Library.

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Area Author Affair: Todd Wood – Currency

Monday, March 11, 6 – 7 p.m.
Connecticut author Todd Wood weaves a compelling tale of the America’s founding fathers who built the country’s early economic structure with a modern-day hero, Connor Murray. Connor is thrust into a world shaped as much by greed, betrayal and violence as it is by heroism, loyalty, love and the quest for personal peace. Wood is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, flew as a helicopter pilot in Desert Storm and has been an international bond trader. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is encouraged.

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Parenting Book Series: Dr. Susan Bauerfeld

Tuesday, March 12, 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 March is That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life by Ana Homayoun. No charge. Co-sponsored by Wilton Youth Council, Parent Connection, Wilton Library and United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. Registration strongly encouraged.

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Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group

Tuesday, March 12, 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 Clergy Association Lecture Series: How Can this Generation Speak to the Next about Violence in Society?—Part II

Tuesday, March 12 & 19 , 7 – 8:30 p.m.
In the aftermath of Sandy Hook, this 3-part lecture series sponsored by the Wilton Clergy Association, the Wilton Interfaith Action Committee (“WI-ACT”) and Wilton Library addresses longer term answers/solutions to violence in our communities.

Part II’s focus is  Shaping Perspectives: Police and the Broadcast Media – What Potential Shooters and the Public Observe with News 12 News Director/Anchor Tom Appleby, Redding Police Chief Doug Fuchs (Newtown first responder) and Wilton Police Captain John Lynch.

The final segment is March 19Finding a Way Forward with a panel composed of Rabbi Leah Cohen of Temple B’nai Chaim, the Rev. Mary Grace Williams, Rector of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, and Imam Dr. Kareem Adeeb of the Islamic Institute and Chair of the Interfaith Council of Western Connecticut, moderated by Steve Hudspeth.

Registration highly recommended.

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Wilton Library Readers

Wednesday, March 13, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell. Group meets second Wednesday of each month. Bring lunch; beverages will be provided. Advance registration suggested. For a complete listing of meetings and titles, visit our Wilton Library Readers page.

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Slither and Swim: Reptiles and Amphibians

Wednesday, March 13, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Children in grades K-2 are invited to meet some live animals. Earthplace of Westport will join us for a lesson about reptiles and amphibians. Children will learn about snakes, lizards, frogs and more in this hands-on program. Registration required. Grades K-2 with caregivers in the building. Sponsored by the Dibner Family Science Fund.

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The Hobbit: The Game

Thursday, March 14, 4 – 5 p.m.
Saddle your pony and sharpen your battleaxe — it’s time for tabletop adventure! Armed with imaginations as large as Middle Earth, participants will play the parts of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield or one of the dozen dwarves in pencil-and-paper role play action. Reenact the journeys of Bilbo and company, or go ‘off-map’ entirely and blaze your own trail. Add in Bombur-sized snacks and you have all the ingredients for a tale that the bards will tell for an Age. Just remember to steer clear of cobwebs, and if a troll asks you to stay for lunch, say “no!” Grades 4-6 with a caregiver in the building. Registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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 Minecraft Club

Saturday, March 16, 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.  Registration required.

Please note: Minecraft is a subscription-based, online game. Players must bring their own laptop and create their own account.

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New Perspectives Film Series: TRIAL BY FIRE: Lives Re-Forged with Director/producer Megan Smith-Harris

Saturday, March 16, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Come see the film the L.A. Times calls ‘gripping’ and ‘emotionally potent,’ that Leonard Maltin chose for his prestigious Cinematic Arts Series and that Real Screen dubbed ‘A must-see!’ After opening in New York this summer, ‘TRIAL BY FIRE: Lives Re-Forged’ has screened across the country and is finally coming home to Wilton, CT where filmmakers Megan Smith-Harris and Bill Harris both live and work. With heart and grace, ‘TRIAL BY FIRE: Lives Re-Forged’ chronicles the journeys of inspirational burn survivors and celebrates their extraordinary courage as they reclaim their destinies by first embracing – and then achieving – new dreams.

Join director Megan Smith-Harris and special guests Emmy award-winning Executive Producer, Bill Harris and Emmy Award-winning editor, Jeff Reilly for a spirited Q&A following the screening. A reception for the filmmaker and her guests will follow the screening. Suggested donation of $5. Refreshments served. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker, Megan Smith-Harris. Registration highly recommended.

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St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

Sunday, March 17, 1 – 5 p.m.
Children of all ages can drop-in and make a St. Patrick’s Day craft to take home.

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Literary Littles

Monday, March 18 through Monday, May 20, 2:15 – 3 p.m.
For independent listeners ages 4-6 years. 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 ten weeks.

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Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception: Corwin Levi

Monday, March 18, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
March brings Corwin Levi to the Weir Farm artist in residency program. March brings Corwin Levi to the Weir Farm artist in residency program. Corwin’s artwork is about finding invisible phenomena in human experience and making them visible. He will be making new pieces specifically responding to the community of Weir Farm rather than abstract investigations into the hidden world. Instead of being art that could exist anywhere, it will be art exposing the magic of Weir Farm specifically. Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. Registration suggested.

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StorytimeTerrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, March 19 through Tuesday, May 21, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
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. This program runs for ten weeks.

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Tuesday Book Buzz

Tuesday, March 19, 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 dates: Apr. 16, May 21 and June 18.

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StorytimeLook, Listen and Learn

Tuesday, March 19 through Tuesday, May 21, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
For 3 and 4-year-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 ten weeks.

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Wilton Clergy Association Lecture Series: How Can this Generation Speak to the Next about Violence in Society?—Part III

Tuesday, March 19, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
In the aftermath of Sandy Hook, this 3-part lecture series sponsored by the Wilton Clergy Association, the Wilton Interfaith Action Committee (“WI-ACT”) and Wilton Library addresses longer term answers/solutions to violence in our communities.

The last installment focuses on Finding a Way Forward with a panel composed of Rabbi Leah Cohen of Temple B’nai Chaim, the Rev. Mary Grace Williams, Rector of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, and Imam Dr. Kareem Adeeb of the Islamic Institute and Chair of the Interfaith Council of Western Connecticut, moderated by Steve Hudspeth.

Registration highly recommended.

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Books for Babies

Wednesday, March 20 through Wednesday, May 22, 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. This program runs for ten weeks. Caregivers must be present.

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Wonderful Ones and Twos

Wednesday, March 20 through Wednesday, May 22 , 11 – 11:30 a.m.
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.

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Computer Class (Hands-On): Getting Started—Basic Excel 2007

Wednesday, March 20 , 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Mary Anne Franco shows how to create and format a basic spreadsheet in Excel 2007 in this free, hands-on class. Basic computer skills, including mouse proficiency, required. Advance registration required. Class limited to 10 students. To insure the best learning experience for all, latecomers will not be seated ten minutes past the posted start time. (This same class is offered on Thursday, March 21, from 6 – 7:30 p.m.).

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Eyes, Ears, and Feet: How Animals Use Their Senses

Wednesday, March 20, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Children ages 3-4 are invited to meet some live animals. Earthplace of Westport will join us for a lesson about animal senses. Together we will count a spider’s eyes, find a frog’s circular ears, discover what snake smell with, and much more. This program is a great way for children to meet different animals and practice important skills like counting, and shape recognition. Registration required. Ages 3-4 with a caregiver. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Newbery Club

Wednesday, March 20, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Children in grades 4-6 are invited to join our newest book club! This book club will introduce children to Newbery Award winning books. Once a month we will meet and discuss one of these classics. The book for March’s discussion is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which won the Newbery in 2009. Read the book and spend a fun hour at the Library with crafts, questions, snacks, and activities. Registration required. Sponsored by the Sherman Family Fund.

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Simple Steps for Starting Your Business with SCORE

Wednesday, March 20 & 27, April 3, 10 & 17, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
People thinking of starting their own businesses or having trouble getting them of the ground have a 5-part series developed by SCORE – “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business” is designed to avoid start-up pitfalls and puts businesses on the road to success.  The first session on March 20 provides an opportunity to discover what starting a business is all about – the challenges, requirements, choices. The follow-on sessions cover the planning tools necessary to build a successful business. March 20—Self Assessment; March 27—Developing Your Business Plan;April 3—Marketing Planning; Wednesday, April 10—Financial Planning; April 17—Funding & Next Steps. No charge. Check in begins at 5:15 p.m. Registration required. By registering for first, attendees will be registered for all 5 sessions.  Co-sponsored by Fairfield County SCORE and Wilton Library.

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The Hobbit: The Game

Thursday, March  21, 4 – 5 p.m.
Saddle your pony and sharpen your battleaxe — it’s time for tabletop adventure! Armed with imaginations as large as Middle Earth, participants will play the parts of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield or one of the dozen dwarves in pencil-and-paper role play action. Reenact the journeys of Bilbo and company, or go ‘off-map’ entirely and blaze your own trail. Add in Bombur-sized snacks and you have all the ingredients for a tale that the bards will tell for an Age. Just remember to steer clear of cobwebs, and if a troll asks you to stay for lunch, say “no!” Grades 4-6 with a caregiver in the building. Registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Poetry in Motion Dress Rehearsal

Thursday, March 21, 4 – 6 p.m.
Dress rehearsal for kids in grades 6 – 12 participating in the two-night Poetry in Motion performance, March 22 and 23.

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Computer Class (Hands-On): Getting Started—Basic Excel 2007

Thursday, March 21, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Mary Anne Franco shows how to create and format a basic spreadsheet in Excel 2007 in this free, hands-on class. Basic computer skills, including mouse proficiency, required. Advance registration required. Class limited to 10 students. To insure the best learning experience for all, latecomers will not be seated ten minutes past the posted start time. (This same class is offered on Wednesday, March 20, from 12:30 – 2 p.m.)

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Poetry in Motion—Rewind, Pause, Fast Forward

Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Both Evenings SOLD OUT

Poetry in Motion— Rewind, Pause, Fast Forward is a two-performance, poetry and arts event created by teens in grades 6 through 12. Receptions follow each evening’s performance. Books will be available for purchase. Tickets: $5. Snow date: Sunday, March 24, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

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 Minecraft Club

Saturday, March 23, 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.  Registration required.

Please note: Minecraft is a subscription-based, online game. Players must bring their own laptop and create their own account.

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Tales to TailsTales to Tails

Saturday, March 23, 11 a.m. – noon.
ROAR’s (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) Therapy Dog Program brings 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. As they improve their literacy skills, they’re not just learning how to read, they’re learning to love to read! Children must read independently to participate in this program. Registration is required.

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Whodunit? Book Club

Monday, March 25, 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 March is The Hardy Boys Secret Files: Trouble at the Arcade by Franklin Dixon. 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.

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Senior Center Book Discussion: An American Tragedy

Tuesday, March 26, 11 a.m. – noon.
Karen Tatarka leads a discussion of An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser. The movie  A Place in the Sun, was based on this bestselling novel. 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.

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Computer Class: Getting Started—Basic Computers for the Absolute Beginner

Wednesday, March 27, 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 computers until now, this class is for you. Mary Anne Franco will demonstrate what you need to know. Desktop versus laptop, file structure, types of programs, and more will be discussed. Demonstration-style class. Registration suggested.

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Food Chain: Critter Encounter

Wednesday, March 27, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Children in grades K-2 are invited to meet some live animals. Earthplace of Westport will join us for a lesson about animals and the food chain. Relationships between life forms and how each species plays a specific role in maintaining balance in its own ecosystem, we learn why every living and nonliving thing is so important. Live animals of all kinds will help us trace the path of energy from the sun all the way to our own bodies. Registration required. Grades K-2 with caregivers in the building. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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The Hobbit: The Game

Thursday, March 28, 4 – 5 p.m.
Saddle your pony and sharpen your battleaxe — it’s time for tabletop adventure! Armed with imaginations as large as Middle Earth, participants will play the parts of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield or one of the dozen dwarves in pencil-and-paper role play action. Reenact the journeys of Bilbo and company, or go ‘off-map’ entirely and blaze your own trail. Add in Bombur-sized snacks and you have all the ingredients for a tale that the bards will tell for an Age. Just remember to steer clear of cobwebs, and if a troll asks you to stay for lunch, say “no!” Grades 4-6 with a caregiver in the building. Registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Author Talk: Margot Berwin – The Scent of Darkness: POSTPONED (NEW DATE TBA)

Thursday, March 28 , 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Bestselling author Margot Berwin discusses her latest novel, The Scent of Darkness – a magical, seductive novel about the power of scent and what happens when a perfume renders a young woman irresistible to everyone around her. “A bewitching, wildly imaginative novel steeped in the mythology of perfume, Scent of Darkness seduces the reader’s every sense.” Margot Berwin is the author of the best-selling novel, Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire. Her work has been translated into nineteen languages. She earned her MFA from the New School in 2005 and lives in New York City. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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Cheesy Games for Teens

Friday, March 29, 2 – 4 p.m.
Remember all those classic board and card games you used to play? Candyland, Apples to Apples, Sorry, Parcheesi, Chutes & Ladders, Boggle and Spit. Here’s your chance to see if you’ve still got the skills. Teens in grades 6-12 compete and play for raffle tickets that may be redeemed for prizes. Light refreshments served. Registration recommended. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund. Program developed by the Teen Advisory Board (TAB).

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