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

Events

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

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Head straight to Evanced to register now!

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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!

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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.

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Dancing through the Decades: Awesome Dances of the ’80s

Friday, Aug. 2, 3 – 4 p.m.
Come and learn some of the awesome dances from the 1980s. Bring your ripped Flashdance shirts and big hair and learn how to dance the Worm and the Moonwalk. Taught by professional dancer Debra MacDonald of Wilton Dance Studio See website registration link for more information about Ms. MacDonald.  Grades K and up, under 8 caretaker should stay in room, over 8 caretaker must stay in the building. Part of the Pages through the Ages Summer Reading Program. Registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Fund for Young Readers.

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Drop-in Fourth of July Crafts

Wednesday, July 3, 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Children of all ages can stop by during regular library hours and make a Patriotic craft to take home. Made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Summer Kick-Off – SOCK HOP!

Saturday, July 6, 6 – 8 p.m.
Let’s go to the Hop! Have you ever wanted to go to a real 1950′s Sock Hop? Come along all you cats and kittens and listen to the rocking sounds of the ’50s!  There will be hula-hoop contests, a ’50s trivia program, and an Elvis look-alike contest.  Enjoy some retro snacks such as candy and root beer floats and look for some fun giveaways too. So put on your saddle shoes and poodle skirts, your Elvis costumes and sunglasses and head on down to the Hop! For grades K and up with caregivers.    Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Drop-in Summer Crafts

Monday, July 8, 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Children of all ages can stop by during regular library hours and make a craft to take home. This week’s craft is about the 1950s.  No program fee; no registration.  The program runs for 6 weeks. Made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.  Part of the Pages through the Ages summer reading program.

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Un-Book Club (Not Just for Readers)

Monday, July 8, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Kids in grades 2 and up are invited to join this un-book club – a time when kids come together to listen to stories and have fun!  A short book of a portion of a longer book will be shared in the club and then children will have the opportunity to play games, make crafts, and participate in fun (and slightly educational) activities that relate to the book.  Bring a friend, win a prize.  All participants will receive a free copy of the book. The book that will be shared this week is The Name of the Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch. Grades 2 and up. Registration required. Sponsored by the Sherman Family Fund.

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Books for Babies

Tuesday, July 9 through Tuesday, Aug. 13, 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. This program runs for six weeks.

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Wonderful Ones and Twos

Tuesday, July 9 through Tuesday, Aug. 13, 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. This program runs for six weeks.

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StorytimeTerrific Tales for Threes

Tuesday, July 9 through Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2:30 – 3 p.m.
Three-year olds and their caregivers will sing songs, listen to stories, and enjoy playtime together while building literacy and social skills.    This program runs for six weeks.

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StorytimeFabulous Fours through Sevens

Tuesday, July 9 through Tuesday, Aug. 13, 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Children ages four through seven are invited to join in some story time fun this summer!  Kids will listen to stories, watch a short film, and make a craft to take home.  This is an excellent way to encourage reading over the summer.    This program runs for six weeks.

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Visiting Author: Vatsala Warrier – Mortal Bonds

Tuesday, July 9 , 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Author Vatsala Warrier comes to Wilton Library to discuss her latest collection of short stories, Mortal Bonds.  Her first collection, Under the Rain Tree, received positive reviews.  She recently won a national award from the Indian Women’s Press Corps, New Delhi for her literary skills.  She received her education in Mumbai and the University of Florida. Registration is suggested.

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Teen Band featuring Grey Rocks

Tuesday, July 9, 8 – 9:30 p.m.
Four Wilton teen musicians — Ryan Amodei, Forest Rappaport, Cole Smith and Wes Wallace – come together for a wonderful musical performance.  Open to teens of all ages, families and friends.  Registration suggested.  Refreshments served. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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AARP Driver Safety Class

Wednesday, July 10, 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.

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The Guitar Guy

Wednesday, July 10, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Children ages 2-6 and 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.  Registration recommended.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Wonderful Wednesdays—Robert Rivest and his World of Mime

Wednesday, July 10, 3 – 4 p.m.
Come and experience the marvelous art of Mime. Robert Rivest is a comic mime artist in the grand tradition of Harpo Marx, Charlie Chaplin and Marcel Marceau. Without saying a word he tells wondrous stories using body language and amazingly expressive gestures. Children and adults will be fascinated by this astoundingly talented artist. Come watch, wonder and interact with Robert Rivest, the Marvelous Mesmerizing Mime.  Grades K and up.  Registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund. Part of the Pages through the Ages summer reading program.

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Tie Dye for Teens

Wednesday, July 10, 4 – 5 p.m.
Tie Dye never goes out of style! Teens get the chance to experiment with tie dye and create a unique t-shirt. It’s a messy task, so please wear old clothes. For students entering grades 6-12. Registration required. Please specify T-shirt size (Adult Small, Medium or Large). Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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Movie Theater Thursdays

Thursday, July 11, 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Walt Disney’s classic Lady and the Tramp will be shown. Rated PG.  Healthy snacks will be served. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver; children between 8 and 12 must have a caregiver in the building. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Movie Theater Thursdays

Thursday, July 11, 2 – 4 p.m.
Back to the Future will be shown. Rated PG.  Healthy snacks will be served. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver; children between 8 and 12 must have a caregiver in the building.   Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Summer Music and More Concert Series: Chance Browne

Thursday, July 11, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Chance Browne and his band return to open the 13th year of concerts at Wilton Library providing their usual style of funk/blues tunes.

Additional dates: July 18—The Bernadettes –disco, Motown; July 25—Echoes of Sinatra with Steve Kazlauskas; Saturday, Aug. 10, 7 p.m. special performance by In Harmony, bringing their rousing style of vocal oldies from the ’50s & ’60s.

Open to the public, concerts and refreshments free.  Concerts take place in the Brubeck Room, rain or shine.  Sponsored by The Village Market. Wine provided by Michael Crystal.

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Dancing through the Decades: Dances from the Nifty ’50s

Friday, July 12, 3 – 4 p.m.
Come and learn some of the cool dances from the 1950s. Taught by professional dancer Debra MacDonald, you’ll have a great time rocking dances like the Hully Gully, the Stroll and the Bunny Hop!  Ms. MacDonald joins Wilton Dance Studio with 25 years of ballet and theater experience. See website registration link for more information about Ms. MacDonald.  Grades K and up, under 8 caretaker should stay in room, over 8 caretaker must stay in the building. Part of the Pages through the Ages Summer Reading Program. Registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Fund for Young Readers.

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ArtWilton Library’s 69th Annual Summer Show Exhibition Reception

Friday, July 12, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Reception to celebrate more than 50 Wilton artists displaying diverse styles, media, and subjects in this two-month long Annual Summer Show. Exhibit runs through Friday, August 30th. A portion of the proceeds benefits the library. call-icon1

Drop-in Summer Crafts

Monday, July 15, 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Children of all ages can stop by during regular library hours and make a craft to take home. This week’s craft is about the 1960s.  The program runs for 6 weeks. Made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.  Part of the Pages through the Ages summer reading program.

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Un-Book Club (Not Just for Readers)

Monday, July 15, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Kids in grades 2 and up are invited to join this un-book club – a time when kids come together to listen to stories and have fun!  A short book of a portion of a longer book will be shared in the club and then children will have the opportunity to play games, make crafts, and participate in fun (and slightly educational) activities that relate to the book.  Bring a friend, win a prize.  All participants will receive a free copy of the book. The book that will be shared this week is Masterpiece by Elise Broach. Grades 2 and up. Registration required. Sponsored by the Sherman Family Fund.

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Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception—Lisa Gabrielle Russell

Monday, July 15 , 6 – 7:30 p.m.
July brings Lisa Gabrielle Russell to the Weir Farm artist in residency program.  Motivated by a desire to comprehend issues of being and existing, Lisa’s abstract art work is based on analysis of the interactive nature of light, space, and form. At Weir, she will immerse herself in the landscape, looking for nature formations: clusters of rock formations, tree/branch configurations, and various plant groupings. She will choose locations that present a variety of color combinations with various degrees of complex layers. She will observe and analyze these motifs, working directly from nature, to extract color and form relationships.  Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library.  Registration suggested.

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WLA/LWV – Reel Mondays—Hot Coffee

Monday, July 15, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Hot Coffee reveals what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque woman who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald’s, while exploring how and why the case garnered so much media attention, who funded the effort and to what end.  Moderated by Attorney Larry Reilly. Since graduating from law school with honors in 1989, Larry has worked exclusively as a civil trial lawyer.  He works for both plaintiffs and defendants in business litigation, but in medical malpractice and personal injury cases now works exclusively for injured plaintiffs.   He is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, The American Association for Justice, the New York State Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, and the Judicature Society.  See website registration link for more details on speaker. Refreshments served. Co-sponsored by the Wilton League of Women Voters and Wilton Library. Registration recommended.

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Dessert Wars for Teens

Tuesday, July 16, 3 – 5 p.m.
Teams of 3-4 kids will bring their imaginations and innovative skills to the chef’s table to create one-of-a-kind desserts! Each team will create three desserts from a basket of basic ingredients, as well as a variety of other foods and decorations from the ‘pantry’ in which to dazzle and delight our panel of judges.  Entries will be judged on taste, creativity and presentation. Teamwork is a must! For students entering grades 6-12. Limited space. Registration required. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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Wonderful Wednesdays – Space Exploration

Wednesday, July 17, 3 – 4 p.m.
Space Exploration simulation with Connecticut’s Discovery Museum. The 1960s were a time of change and discovery. The movement to explore outer space that started then was a giant leap forward for the world of science. In this program, the Discovery Museum will show how astronauts work and live in the extreme environment of outer space. Demonstrating life in space on rockets, travel and the moon, children will be astounded by this program.  Grades K-8, registration required. For children under 8, caretakers should remain in the program; over 8, caretakers should stay in the building. Sponsored by the Sherman Family Fund. Part of the Pages through the Ages summer reading program.

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Teen Movie Double Feature

Wednesday, July 17, 4 – 8 p.m.
Have you ever seen a Mel Brooks film?  He’s the king of comic parodies! Join us for two of his classics, “Men in Tights” and “Young Frankenstein.”  Pizza served. For teens entering grades 6-12. Registration suggested. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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Movie Theater Thursdays

Thursday, July 18, 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Walt Disney’s classic 101 Dalmatians will be shown. Rated PG.  Healthy snacks will be served. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver; children between 8 and 12 must have a caregiver in the building.   Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Movie Theater Thursdays

Thursday, July 18, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Escape from Planet Earth will be shown. Rated PG.  Healthy snacks will be served. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver; children between 8 and 12 must have a caregiver in the building.   Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Summer Music and More Concert Series: The Bernadettes

Thursday, July 18, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
The Bernadettes return to Wilton Library’s summer concert series with their lively style of disco and Motown.  Additional dates: July 25—Echoes of Sinatra with Steve Kazlauskas; Saturday, Aug. 10, 7 p.m. special performance by In Harmony, bringing their rousing style of vocal oldies from the ’50s & ’60s.  Open to the public, concerts and refreshments free.  Concerts take place in the Brubeck Room, rain or shine.  Sponsored by The Village Market. Wine provided by Michael Crystal.

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Dancing through the Decades: Groovy Dances of the ’60s

Friday, July 19, 3 – 4 p.m.
Come and do the dances of the 1960s! Get your groove on with moves like the Monkey and the Jerk, and the always popular Twist.  Professional dancer Debra MacDonald will teach kids and parents in an action filled fun program. Ms. MacDonald joins Wilton Dance Studio with 25 years of ballet and theater experience. See website registration link for more information about Ms. MacDonald.  Grades K and up, under 8 caretaker should stay in room, over 8 caretaker must stay in the building. Part of the Pages through the Ages Summer Reading Program. Registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Fund for Young Readers.

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Wilton Library’s Summer Sidewalk Book Sale

Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wilton Library will sell gently used books in pristine condition for great beach/vacation reading during Wilton’s Sidewalk Sale and Street Fair.

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Drop-in Summer Crafts

Monday, July 22, 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Children of all ages can stop by during regular library hours and make a craft to take home. This week’s craft is about the 1970s.  The program runs for 6 weeks. Made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.  Part of the Pages through the Ages summer reading program.

Un-Book Club (Not Just for Readers)

Monday, July 22, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Kids in grades 2 and up are invited to join this un-book club – a time when kids come together to listen to stories and have fun!  A short book of a portion of a longer book will be shared in the club and then children will have the opportunity to play games, make crafts, and participate in fun (and slightly educational) activities that relate to the book.  Bring a friend, win a prize.  All participants will receive a free copy of the book. The book that will be shared this week is My Dog May Be a Genius by Jack Prelutsky. Grades 2 and up. Registration required. Sponsored by the Sherman Family Fund.

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Scavenger Hunt for Teens

Tuesday, July 23, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Hunt through the stacks, search the computer and test your book, movie and music knowledge in a Scavenger Hunt throughout the Library.  Teams of students will compete to see who can figure out all the clues first! Pizza, drinks and dessert will be served. For students entering grades 6-12. Registration required. Space limited. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Fund.

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Wonderful Wednesdays – Bubbleology

Wednesday, July 24, 3 – 4 p.m.
Come and explore Keith Michael Johnson’s  Secret World of Bubbles! Watch state of the art soap bubble sculptures-some bigger than bathtubs, others are fog-filled spinning geometric shapes. Learn the science of how bubbles work and what bubbles can do and how to continue the experiments on your own at home. You’ll never think of bubbles the same way again.  Grades K and up. Under the age of 8, caretakers should stay in the room; over the age of 8, caretakers should remain in the building. Registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Reader Fund. Part of the Pages through the Ages summer reading program.

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Animated Movie Workshop for Teens

Wednesday, July 24, 3 – 5 p.m.
Teens entering grades 6-12 learn how to make animated movies online using Xtranormal. Space limited. Registration required.

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Movie Theater Thursdays

Thursday, July 25, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Walt Disney’s classic Honey I Shrunk the Kids will be shown. Rated PG.  Healthy snacks will be served. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver; children between 8 and 12 must have a caregiver in the building.   Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Movie Theater Thursdays

Thursday, July 25, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Return to Nim’s Island will be shown. Rated PG.  Healthy snacks will be served. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver; children between 8 and 12 must have a caregiver in the building.   Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Summer Music and More Concert Series: Echoes of Sinatra with Steve Kazlauskas

Thursday, July 25, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Steve Kazlauskas brings his Echoes of Sinatra performance to Wilton Library’s summer concert series.  Additional date: Saturday, Aug. 10, 7 p.m. special performance by In Harmony, bringing their rousing style of vocal oldies from the ’50s & ’60s.  Open to the public, concerts and refreshments free.  Concerts take place in the Brubeck Room, rain or shine.  Sponsored by The Village Market. Wine provided by Michael Crystal.

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Dancing through the Decades: Disco Dances of the ’70s

Friday, July 26, 3 – 4 p.m.
Come and enjoy Dancing through the Decades as a professional dancer teaches kids and grownups some Disco moves from the 1970s. Debra MacDonald joins Wilton Dance Studio with 25 years of ballet and  theater experience. See website registration link for more information about Ms. MacDonald.  Grades K and up, under 8 caretaker should stay in room, over 8 caretaker must stay in the building. Part of the Pages through the Ages Summer Reading Program. Registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Fund for Young Readers.

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Tales to TailsTales to Tails

Saturday, July 27, 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.

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Drop-in Summer Crafts

Monday, July 29, 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Children of all ages can stop by during regular library hours and make a craft to take home. This week’s craft is about the 1980s.  The program runs for 6 weeks. Made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.  Part of the Pages through the Ages summer reading program.

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Un-Book Club (Not Just for Readers)

Monday, July 29, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Kids in grades 2 and up are invited to join this un-book club – a time when kids come together to listen to stories and have fun!  A short book of a portion of a longer book will be shared in the club and then children will have the opportunity to play games, make crafts, and participate in fun (and slightly educational) activities that relate to the book.  Bring a friend, win a prize.  All participants will receive a free copy of the book. The book that will be shared this week is Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise. Grades 2 and up. Registration required. Sponsored by the Sherman Family Fund.

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Author Talk: Barbara Reich – Secrets of an Organized Mom

Monday, July 29, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Organizing guru Barbara Reich offers a life-changing program for one’s life and home. In her Secrets of an Organized Mom, she highlights four easy steps that can be applied to any organizing project: 1. Purge; 2. Design; 3. Organize; and 4. Maintain. Combining the humor of a sympathetic friend and the no-nonsense advice of a true type-A personality, Reich offers clever, appealing solutions that are genuinely achievable for everyone. Barbara has appeared on the Today show and has been featured in The New York Times, New York Post, and Real Simple, among other publications. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration encouraged.

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Teen Chef Challenge

Tuesday, July 30, 3 – 5 p.m.
Teams of 3-4 kids will bring their imaginations and innovative skills to the chef’s table during three different rounds — appetizer, main dish and dessert. Each team will have a basket of required foods as well as a pantry of add-ons to select from. A panel of judges will announce the winner of each round, as well as the overall Champion. Entries will be judged on taste, creativity and presentation. Teamwork is a must! For students entering grades 6-12. Limited space. Registration required. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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Beardsley Zoo Conservation Program

Wednesday, July 31, 3 – 4 p.m.  
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo visits the Wilton Library. Children in grades K and up and their caregivers experience a unique opportunity to meet and touch some of the live animal ambassadors and rare animal artifacts, as well as learn about local conservation and citizen science efforts from the zoo’s very own teen volunteers, The Conservation Discovery Corps. Funded by the Sherman Family Fund.   Registration required.

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Duct Tape for Teens

Wednesday, July 31, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Learn how to transform colored and patterned duct tape into a wallet, purse, tie and more! For teens entering grades 6-12. Space limited. Registration required.  Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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