Wilton Library Summer Reading Program Registration
Now through Aug. 16
The Pages through the Ages Summer Reading Program is now online!
Patrons can use our new summer reader program, Evanced, to register and log their summer reading. Prize coupons can be printed and brought to the library for redemption. Some highlights of the online program are: flexibility by being able to log-on whenever and wherever throughout the summer; convenience of keeping track of reading online and ability to print lists easily (teachers love to see what the kids read over the summer); attractive graphics are engaging and help encourage participation; on-demand access allows vacationing patrons to participate, too. The online program can be accessed from internet-capable computers, laptops, iPads and more. Call the Children’s Library for more information at 203-762-3950, ext. 217.
Find out more about programs and books from our Summer reading Program
Head straight to Evanced to register now!
Teen Advisory Board Meeting
Monday, June 3, 3:45 – 5:15 p.m.
Year-end meeting for the Teen Advisory Board (TAB), for teens in grades 6-12. TAB is a group of teens who work with the library by helping select materials for the teen collection, planning teen events, and more. Newcomers always welcome. Registration is recommended.
Author Talk: Brian Castner – The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows
Monday, June 3, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them in Iraq as the head of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit. His thrilling, heartbreaking, stunningly honest book alternates between two harrowing realities: the terror, excitement, and camaraderie of combat, and the lonely battle against the unshakeable fear, anxiety, and survivor guilt that he—like so many veterans—carries inside. Co-sponsored by Wilton Library and the James B. Whipple American Legion Post 86. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration encouraged.
Hands Only CPR – 2 Steps to Save a Life
Tuesday, June 4 , 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.
Wednesday, June 5, 12, 19 & 26, 4 – 5 p.m.
Kids in grades K thru 4 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 3:45 p.m. the day of the program. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.
Poets by Acclamation with Judson Scruton
Thursday, June 6, 13, 20 & 27, 10:30 a.m. – noon.
Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Summer Poetry Series exploring various poets and their writing techniques on June 6, 13, 20, and 27. Judson Scruton, M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry), has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of English at Fairfield University. Poetry packet available at front desk before seminar begins. No charge for program. Advance registration required.
Author Talk: Andrew McCarthy – The Longest Way Home
Thursday, June 6, 7 – 8:30pm.
Written with absorbing honesty and an irrepressible taste for adventure, The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down is an intimate memoir of self-discovery. In his New York Times Bestseller, award-winning travel writer and actor Andrew McCarthy takes us on a deeply personal journey played out amid some of the world’s most evocative locales. Best known for acting in iconic moves such as Pretty in Pink and St. Elmo’s Fire, McCarthy is also an editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler. He has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Travel+Leisure, among others. Registration required.
The Guitar Guy
Friday, June 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. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.
Louise Flax and Garvin Burke –“Natural Order” Exhibition Reception
Friday, June 7, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Norwalk artist Louise Flax works in colored pencil on cut papers; Greenwich photographer Garvin Burke captures images in color and black and white photography. Both artists pay close attention to the natural world and extract meaning and order from it. Relationships may be simple or complex – all are carefully considered. A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. Reception open to the public. Exhibition runs through June 28.
Meet Wilton’s Own Matt Davies
Saturday, June 8, 11 – noon.
Come and meet Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Matt Davies. This multi-talented Wilton resident will read his new children’s book, Ben Rides On. A boisterously funny tale of a boy, a bully and a bike, Ben Rides On will be enjoyed by all ages and on all levels. Come and show your support for one of Wilton’s most talented artist/authors. Books available for purchase and signing, provided courtesy of Elm Street Books of New Canaan. Registration required.
New Perspectives Film Series—One Night Stand
Saturday, June 8, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
One Night Stand is a funny, intimate, behind-the-scenes journey from the blank page to the live stage, with top Broadway and Hollywood writers, actors, and directors. Rachel Dratch, Cheyenne Jackson, Richard Kind, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and many more, take the challenge to produce four short original musicals, from blank page to live stage, all within 24 hours. Directed by Elisabeth Sperling and Trish Dalton. Ms. Sperling will join Megan Smith-Harris for a discussion following the film. Suggested donation of $5. Refreshments served. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker, Megan Smith-Harris. Registration highly recommended.
Wilton Library Association’s 118th Friends of the Library Annual Meeting
Sunday, June 9, 4 – 6 p.m.
A brief business meeting will include the election of our new trustees and officers, a celebration of those who are retiring from our Board of Trustees, and the presentation of awards for Wilton Library’s outstanding volunteer and staff person of the year. Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Matt Davies will be the featured speaker after the general meeting. The Wilton resident will discuss the importance of libraries, his political cartooning and his new children’s book, Ben Rides On. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Reception following the meeting and the guest speaker. Open to the public. Registration encouraged.
Teddy Bear Picnic
Tuesday, June 11, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Join us for teddy-bearific stories, songs and crafts. Bring your favorite Teddy Bear (or other stuffed animal). Juice and cookies will be served. Ages 3-5 years with parent/caregiver. Registration is required. Made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.
Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group
Tuesday, June 11, 6 – 8 p.m.
A monthly support group for post-treatment cancer survivors is 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. No charge. 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.
Wilton Library Readers
Wednesday, June 12, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain. Group meets second Wednesday of each month. Bring lunch; beverages will be provided. Advance registration suggested.
Ambler Farm Reads
Wednesday, June 12, 2:15 – 3 p.m.
Children ages 4-6 and their caregivers 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 make sure to bring your library card! June is about chickens. Registration required. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.
Lotus Flower Lantern Craft Workshop
Wednesday, June 12, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Members of The Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project will be on hand to help attendees make a lovely lotus flower lantern using colorful paper and wire frames. Participants can choose the color of their lotus flower. A short documentary film on Korean artistic tradition will be shown as an introduction to the aesthetics of Korea, and traditional Korean refreshments will be served. Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project (KSCPP) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to raising awareness of Korean history and culture. Registration required to allow for purchasing of supplies.
Author Talk: Turney Duff – The Buy Side
Thursday, June 13, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
The Buy Side: A Wall Street Trader’s Tale of Spectacular Excess shows vividly — and sometimes shockingly — the day-time rewards and night-time temptations of making a living on the Street. Former trader Turney Duff’s true account is a high-adrenaline journey into a culture where drugs, sex, and millions in trading commissions are never enough. Turney Duff began working on Wall Street in 1994, and his career included stints at Morgan Stanley, the Galleon Group, Argus Partners, and J.L. Berkowitz. See registration link for more details. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration encouraged.
Flag Day Celebration
Friday, June 14, 4 – 5 p.m. Come celebrate Flag Day with this interactive program offered by the James B. Whipple American Legion Post 86. Post 86 is generously donating an American Flag for Wilton Library’s Brubeck Room. Post 86 representatives will host a brief dedication ceremony followed by an interactive flag etiquette program. Children and adults will learn the history of the American flag, what it means to respect the flag, how to display a flag, proper disposal of a flag, and how to fold the American flag. Participants will have a chance to practice folding the flag as well as receive a small American flag to take home! Adults and children in grades 1-5. Please register in advance.
Drop-in Father’s Day Crafts
Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Children of all ages can stop by during regular library hours and make a craft to take home to Dad for Father’s Day. Made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.
Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room – Amina Figarova Sextet
Saturday, June 15, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Composer and pianist Amina Figarova has toured extensively concentrating on an all-original repertoire for almost 18 years. The Amina Figarova Sextet has triumphed at the main stage of the Newport Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; has performed in Chicago, Detroit, Paris, Amsterdam, and New York. Her 12th album, titled Twelve, celebrates jazz as an international music and New York City as a locale where jazz gypsies may feel most at home. 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 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.
Whodunit? Book Club: CANCELED
Monday, June 17
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 May is The 100-Year-Old Secret by Tracy Barrett. 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.
Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception: Kathy Liao
Monday, June 17, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
June brings Kathy Liao to the Weir Farm artist in residency program. Kathy’s creativity is fueled by a sense of play and an excitement for the unique visual language of paint. Through direct observation, her work is developed through an exploration of lines, shapes, and color through the visceral act of painting, scraping and collaging materials. Having spent her childhood in Taiwan, she is strongly influenced by her dual Chinese and Japanese heritage. Her work is a medium for her to revisit and gain new understanding from her immigration experience. See registration link for more details about the artist. Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. Registration suggested.
Tuesday Book Buzz
Tuesday, June 18, 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. This is last session until fall. Registration suggested.
SCORE: Lending Options for Small Businesses
Tuesday, June 18 , 6 – 8 p.m.
Fairfield County SCORE, Wilton Library and the Wilton Chamber of Commerce present: The Process of Securing a Loan: What Should You Do? What Should You Expect? Attendees will learn about lending criteria of banks; loan application information; lending agencies in CT; and strategies in seeking loans. Speakers are John Harmon, Managing Director of Adulant Consulting Services; Bob Polito, Sr. VP, Webster Bank and Buck Harris, VP of Development, Connecticut Community Investment Corporation (CTCIC). Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m. Advance registration at www.scorenorwalk.org and click on Workshops. Registration is $10 per person payable at the door.
Author Talk: Glennon Doyle Melton—Carry On Warrior
Tuesday, June 18, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Glennon Doyle Melton is the inspired creator of Momastery.com, the online community in which she wrote an essay entitled, “Don’t Carpe Diem” about resisting pressure to enjoy every moment of parenthood. The essay went viral, the end result being her new book, Carry On, Warrior, in which her honesty, humorous voice and empowering message shines through. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration strongly recommended.
Wilton Library Summer Reading Program Registration Week
Friday, June 21 through June 28, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Come to Wilton Library and sign up for Summer Reading during regular library hours. The Summer Reading Program is now online. Patrons can use our new summer reader program, Evanced, to register and log their summer reading. Prize coupons can be printed and brought to the library for redemption. This program offers our patrons flexibility for the summer reading program. We hope that by making the program more convenient we will see more participation and enthusiasm for reading. Some highlights of an online program are: flexibility by being able to log-on whenever and wherever throughout the summer; convenience of keeping track of reading online and ability to print lists easily (teachers love to see what the kids read over the summer); attractive graphics are engaging and help encourage participation; on-demand access allows vacationing patrons to participate, too. The online program can be accessed from internet-capable computers, laptops, iPads and more. Visit the library on Friday to sign-up or learn more about it – and find out what the theme is for the summer.
Teen Summer Reading
Friday, June 21 through Friday, August 16th
This year our summer reading program is online. Teens entering grades 6-12 can use Evanced to register and log their summer reading. Weekly raffle and prizes awarded. On vacation? At camp? Can’t get off the couch? No problem! This program allows teens to log-on whenever and wherever throughout the summer. All that’s needed is internet access! All prizes must be picked up at the Wilton Library.
Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.
Head to Evanced to register now!
AARP Driver Safety Class
Saturday, June 22, 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. CT residents only. Registration required. Program cost: $12 for AARP members; $14 for non-members. Bring check or cash only.
Tales to Tails
Saturday, June 22, 11 – noon.
ROAR’s (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) Therapy Dog Program will be bringing therapy dogs to the library for children to read to them. The use of trained therapy dogs in reading programs can result in children who feel comfortable reading out loud, read more often, attempt more difficult books, and actually look forward to reading. Children must read independently to participate in this program. Registration is required.
Red Cross Babysitting Training
Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
FULL – WAITLIST ONLY
2-day workshop conducted by the Red Cross for students ages 11-15. Upon completion of the course, all students will receive a babysitting certification. Cost of $90.00 due before class. To register, call Susan L. at 203-762-3950 x243. (Registration cannot be done online.) Once placed on the list, the patron must send a $90.00 check made out to the Wilton Library to Susan in order to hold the spot. Maximum of 12 per class. Students should bring drinks &/or snacks to the class.
Wilton Library’s 69th Annual Summer Show Exhibition
Now through Aug. 30
More than 50 Wilton artists display their diverse styles, media, and subjects in the second month of the annual Summer Show. Exhibit runs through Friday, August 30th. A portion of the proceeds benefits the library.
Ian Harleman Rising Musicians’ Performance
Saturday, June 29, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
The Ian Harleman Rising Musicians’ Fund was created as a tribute to the memory of Ian Harleman, a lover of music, people and life. The Fund was established as a result of the outpouring of generosity and love from friends and family, in memory of Ian. Its mission is to educate, entertain and inspire middle school and high school students who are passionate about music. This past year the fund supported weekly drum lessons for three deserving students. Their lessons have prepared them to perform with other students and young adults at the Wilton Library on June 29th. A reception follows the performance. Registration is required as seating is limited.