2013 August — 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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Movie Theater Thursdays

Thursday, Aug. 1 , 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Walt Disney’s classic The Fox and the Hound will be shown. Rated G. 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, Aug. 1, 2 – 4 p.m.
Lilo and Stitch 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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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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An Intimate Evening with Art Garfunkel

Saturday, Aug. 3, 8 p.m.
Join us for an intimate evening of songs, anecdotes, prose and a unique Q&A session – all part of an acoustic rehearsal with Grammy Award-winning Art Garfunkel in Wilton Library’s Brubeck Room. Tickets are $40 per person and may only be purchased on the library’s website. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis for ticket holders only.

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Un-Book Club (Not Just for Readers)

Monday, Aug. 5, 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 Anansi and the Talking Melon retold by Eric Kimmel. Grades 2 and up. Registration required. Sponsored by the Sherman Family Fund.

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Drop-in Summer Crafts

Monday, Aug. 5, 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. Make a small dinosaur of your very own (think Jurassic Park of the ‘90s).   Made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.  Part of the Pages through the Ages summer reading program.

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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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S.A.S.S. (Safety, Awareness & Street Smarts) for Teen Girls

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Heading to college in the fall or sometime in the next few years? Michael Robin, a certified self-defense instructor, leads a fun and informative program on tips and techniques to prevent you from becoming a “target.”  He has taught at the United Nations and on television and worked with groups ranging from Brownie troops to giant corporations.  This unique program is based on Michael’s 15 years of listening to teenagers’ first-hand accounts of what works and what doesn’t. You’ll learn what to look and listen for, how to project confidence, and when to use your voice or move your feet! Recommended for high school students and recent high school graduates. Registration suggested.

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Wonderful Wednesdays – Dinosaurs Rock!

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 3 – 4 p.m.
Come to the Dinosaurs Rock Fossil Adventure at Wilton Library. This is an educational, entertaining and totally hands-on Dinosaur and Fossil Adventure. In this program, kids will get to see an interactive show where they can see and touch cool Jurassic specimens and dig for genuine fossils like a real paleontologist.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund. Grades K and up with caregivers. Registration required. Part of the Pages through the Ages summer reading program.

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Harry Potter Summer School

Thursday, Aug. 8  , 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to go to Hogwarts for a day? You’ll get sorted in your house first, and find out if you end up in Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw?  Take classes in potions and Defense against the Dark Arts!  Enjoy a lunch in the Great Hall and a fascinating animal program, all kinds of games, crafts and an award winning trivia contest at the end of day.

This program is a fundraiser for Wilton Library. Sign up in person- $55.00 per child. For children entering Grades 3-6.

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S.A.S.S. (Safety, Awareness & Street Smarts) for Teen Boys

Thursday, Aug. 8, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Heading to college in the fall or sometime in the next few years? Michael Robin, a certified self-defense instructor, leads a fun and informative program on tips and techniques to prevent you from becoming a “target.”  He has taught at the United Nations and on television and worked with groups ranging from Brownie troops to giant corporations.  This unique program is based on Michael’s 15 years of listening to teenagers’ first-hand accounts of what works and what doesn’t. You’ll learn what to look and listen for, how to project confidence, and when to use your voice or move your feet! Recommended for high school students and recent high school graduates. Registration suggested.

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Dancing through the Decades: Outrageous Dances of the ’90s

Friday, Aug. 9, 3 – 4 p.m.
Come and learn the outrageous dances of the 90′s from Grunge to Hip-Hop. Professional dancer Debra MacDonald  of Wilton Dance Studio will teach kids and parents in an action filled fun program. 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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Summer Music and More Concert Series: In Harmony

Saturday, Aug. 10, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
This is a 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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Drop-in Summer Crafts

Monday, Aug. 12, 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. Make craft ideas from all of the Pages Through the Ages decades.     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, Aug. 12, 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 Around the World on Eighty Legs by Amy Gibson.  Grades 2 and up. Registration required. Sponsored by the Sherman Family Fund.

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Granola, Smoothie & More for Teens

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 3 – 5 p.m.
Fruit Smoothies, Crunchy Granola, and Hummus — learn how to make these and other great snacks; then chow down or go home with a few treats! For teens entering grades 6-12. Space limited. Registration required.  Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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The Guitar Guy

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 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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Meet and Greet with the Disney Princesses

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2 – 4 p.m.
For 2 hours, Wilton Library will become an enchanted kingdom where children can meet and have their pictures taken with their favorite Disney Princesses.  Merida, Aurora, Belle, Mulan, Cinderella, Snow White and, of course, the Fairy Godmother will all be there. Children can make their own autograph booklets so that they can collect the signatures of all the princesses.  Children are encouraged to wear costumes.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.  Under the age of 8, caretakers must remain with children.

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Marshmallow Challenge for Teens

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Make your own marshmallow launcher and then compete against others in distance and target challenges. Prizes awarded. Registration required. For teens entering grades 6-12. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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Movie Theater Thursdays

Thursday, Aug. 15, 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Walt Disney’s classic The Little Mermaid will be shown. Rated G.  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, Aug. 15, 2 – 4 p.m.
Walt Disney’s Classic Beauty and the Beast will be shown. Rated G.  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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Magic by Scott Jameson

Friday, Aug. 16, 3 – 4 p.m.
Scott Jameson presents performances that feature magic, juggling, and other amazing bits of entertainment. Training in gymnastics, dance, and acting has helped him to create performances that are uniquely his own. Magic by Scott Jameson will finish up your summer reading in a magical way. Registration required. Grades K and up with caregivers. Funded by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Tales to TailsTales to Tails

Saturday, Aug. 24, 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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Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception — Martha Burgess

Monday, Aug. 26, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
August brings Martha Burgess to the Weir Farm artist in residency program. Martha creates installation, sculpture, photographs and computer based media. Her work is sometimes considered a reflection upon the process of observing, deciphering and subverting representations and meanings in a shifting, fluid culture. See the registration link for more information. Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library.  Registration suggested.

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Kate Macauley: World Wildlife Fund Volunteer Experience

Monday, Aug. 26, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Kate Macauley will be speaking about her recent 3-month experience in Madagascar with the WWF, a leading international conservation organization. Living outside of Fandriana, Madagascar, in the central eastern part of the country, Kate worked on combating deforestation in rural villages near the rainforest corridor. Kate graduated from Wilton High School in 2007 and from Yale University in 2011 with degrees in economics and environmental engineering.  Registration suggested. See the registration page for more about the speaker.

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