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

Events

Poetry in Motion—Where I Stand

Sunday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 20.
Poetry in Motion, in its eighth year, is Wilton Library’s annual poetry program for teens in grades 7 – 12.  This year’s theme is Where I Stand.  This can be interpreted figuratively or literally. Students are invited to submit original poems (serious or humorous; short or long).  Approximately 35 poems will be selected by a student board for a two-performance event in March 2014 at the library.  Poems will be paired with art, music and/or dance for the live performances.  Poems can be performed by the student poet or by someone else. Submit poems as a Word document to teenpoetry@wiltonlibrary.org by October 20, 2013.  Call Susan Lauricella at 203-762-3950, ext. 243 for information.

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StorytimeTerrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, Sept. 10 through Tuesday, Nov. 12, 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 10 weeks.

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Parenting Book Series: Dr. Susan Bauerfeld

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 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 October is How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough. Reading the book is not required, but it is encouraged and will likely enhance the discussion. No charge. Co-sponsored by Wilton Youth Council, Parent Connection, a member organization of WYC, Wilton Library and United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. Registration strongly encouraged. Additional dates in the series – January 7, 2014 and March 4, 2014.

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StorytimeLook, Listen and Learn

Tuesday, Sept. 10 through Tuesday, Nov. 12, 11 – 11:30 a.m. 
For 3 and 4 years-olds with a caregiver. By interacting with stories, singing songs and acting out finger plays and rhymes, children in this program gain pre-reading skills and learn how to participate in a group setting. This program runs for 10 weeks.

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Literary Littles

Tuesday, Sept. 10 through Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
For independent listeners ages 4 – 5 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 runs for 10 weeks.

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Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 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.    Co-sponsored by the Breast Cancer Survival Center and Wilton Library. Sandwiches, fruits and a beverages will be provided. Please call Nina Marino, at 203-857-7304 with any questions. Registration highly encouraged.

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Mother/Daughter Teen Book Group

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 6:45 – 8 p.m.
Looking for mother and daughter pairs to join Wilton Library’s newly formed teen book group. Meetings will take place monthly throughout the school year to talk, laugh and learn through the love of reading. First group discussion: Chinese Cinderella: the true story of an unwanted daughter by Adeline Yen Mah. Following sign up, a copy of the book will be provided to each mother/daughter pair. For teen girls in grades 6-8. Space is limited. Registration required. Snacks provided.  Dates for the fall:  11/5 and 12/3.

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ESL (English as a Second Language)

Monday, Sept. 30 through Wednesday, Dec. 18 , 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language will begin on Monday, September 30 and will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until December 18 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (Note: no class Oct. 14 or Nov. 27) Testing and registration required.

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AARP Driver Safety Class

Wednesday, Oct. 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.  CT residents only.  Registration required. Program cost: $12 for AARP members; $14 for non-members.  Bring check or cash only.

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Books for Babies

Wednesday, Sept. 11 through Wednesday, Nov. 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. This program runs for 10 weeks.  Caregivers must be present.

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Wonderful Ones and Twos

Wednesday, Sept. 11 through Wednesday, Nov. 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 10 weeks.

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Lego® Club

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 9, 16, & 23, 4 – 5 p.m.
Kids in grades K – 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 served 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.

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Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Sept. 12 through Thursday, Nov. 14, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used. **Please note—in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children’s Library desk and must be returned by August 23. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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Joanna Ecke Fall 2013 Poetry Series

Thursday, Oct. 3, 10, 17 & 24, 10:30 – noon.
Joanna Ecke leads this 4-part Fall Poetry Series exploring various poets and their writing techniques. Poetry packets will be available at the front desk before the seminar begins.  Advance registration required.

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Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Sept. 12 through Thursday, Nov. 14, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used. **Please note—in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children’s Library desk and must be returned by August 23. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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Children’s Beginner Chess

Thursday, Oct. 3 through Thursday, Nov. 21, 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. In-person registration is required, payment due at time of registration.

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Children’s Advanced Chess

Thursday, Oct. 3 through Thursday, Nov. 21, 5 – 6 p.m. CANCELLED
Children in grades 3-7 will get beginner 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. In-person registration is required, payment due at time of registration.

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Wilton Library’s 14th Annual Ladies’ Soirée

Thursday, Oct. 3, 7 – 9 p.m.
Wilton Library’s Ladies’ Soirée fundraiser promises lots of fun, food and friends along with wonderful items to bid on in the Silent Auction.  Tickets available for purchase at $50 each. The library will close at 6 p.m. for the event. For reservations: Sue Sullivan, 203-762-3950, ext. 241; ssullivan@wiltonlibrary.org. Sponsors: Wilton Dental Associates – Dr. & Mrs. Strait, People’s United Bank, Catherine and Ed Romer and Wilton Magazine.

Visit our 14th Annual Ladies’ Soirée page for more information and to order tickets
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The Guitar Guy

Friday, Oct. 4, 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. Additional dates:  Nov. 1 and Dec. 13.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 – noon.
Kids ages 8 and up are invited to join Wilton Library’s Minecraft Computer Club.  A server for Fairfield County 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 to discuss and play everything Minecraft at Wilton Library.  Please note: Minecraft is a subscription-based, online game.  Players must bring their own laptop and create their own account.  To be added to the Fairfield County server you must visit the Children’s Desk with a valid library card to be registered.  Registration required.

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The Victorian Novel: Approaching 200 Years Old But Still Relevant with Mark Schenker

Saturday, Sept. 21, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
In two unique lectures on the relevance of the great Victorian novels to today’s readers, Mark Schenker, Dean of Academic Affairs in Yale College, will examine the social and psychological issues that confronted the Victorians and that continue to engage us in the 21st century.  These include class and gender, social responsibility and personal freedom, and the religious sensibility in an increasingly secular age. Each session is a one hour talk, followed by a Q&A. Wine and cheese will be served until 5:30pm following the talks for those who wish to stay for refreshment and discussion with each other. This original lecture series has been generously sponsored by an anonymous donor. Registration highly recommended.

Please register separately for each program:

September 21:  novels of the early Victorian period (1837-1870), especially those by Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, and Emily Brontë

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October 5: late Victorian period (1870-1901) and novels by Anthony Trollope, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy.

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Connecticut’s Own Concert: Connecticut Composers, Inc.: A Concert of Music

Sunday, Oct. 6, 4 – 5 p.m.
Works by six composer-members of Connecticut Composers – Stan Kaplan, Elizabeth Austin, Frank Vasi, Ryan Jesperson and two long-time residents of Wilton, Elizabeth Lauer and Eugenie Rocherolle – will be performed by such diverse ensembles as saxophone and piano, saxophone quartet, solo clarinet, and solo voice and piano.  Included will be settings of the poetry of Carl Sandburg and musical evocations of New York and New Orleans and the flight of Icarus from Greek mythology. Registration strongly suggested. Pre-registrants should arrive by 3:50 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:50 if space is available.

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WLA/Garden Club Speaker: Margaret Roach – The Backyard Parables

Monday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m.
Margaret Roach, after 15 years at Martha Stewart Living and a decade each at Newsday and The New York Times, now writes the nationally acclaimed blog A Way to Garden and is author of the 2011 corporate-dropout memoir, And I Shall Have Some Peace There, about walking away from ‘success’ for a quieter life lived closer to nature.  Her newest book, The Backyard Parables (published January 2013) blends garden memoir and how-to advice. Co-sponsored by the Wilton Garden Club and the Wilton Library.   Books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration encouraged.

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Stock Market Game for Teens

Monday, Sept. 30 through Monday, Dec. 9, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Interested in how the stock market works? Join SMG (The Stock Market Game), a simulated marketplace played by teens all around the world. Working in teams of 2 or more, the teams will be given $100,000 in virtual cash and then build a portfolio, do research, evaluate stocks, trade common stocks and mutual funds, and more.  Tracey Morgan, a former Senior Trader of foreign exchange derivatives will be running this nine week program — Mondays, from 9/30-12/2.  Note: The first session will last 1½ hours. All others will be one hour.  For teens in grades 7-12.  Registration filled.

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Author Talk: Nelson DeMille—The Quest

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Number 1 New York Times bestselling author, Nelson DeMille, comes to Wilton Library to discuss The Quest, a suspenseful, romantic heart-pounding adventure.  The book was originally released in 1975; DeMille has now entirely rewritten it and greatly expanded the work with new characters and a new ending.  The tale begins with a dying priest, a secret about the Holy Grail and a quest for the 2,000 year old legend. Nelson DeMille is the author of seventeen acclaimed novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Night Fall, Plum Island, The Gate House and most recently, The Panther, and New York Times bestsellers Wild Fire, The Gold Coast, and The General’s Daughter. We are pleased to acknowledge Wilton’s James B. Whipple American Legion Post 86 as part of this special event.  Mr. DeMille is a Paid-Up-for-Life member of The American Legion having served in Vietnam as a U.S. Army first lieutenant.  Q&A following the talk. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration required.

The library will be closing at 5 p.m. in preparation for this popular author.

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Wilton Library Readers

Wednesday, Oct. 9, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Life After Life by Kate Atkinson . Group meets second Wednesday of each month (no meeting in December). 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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Ambler Farm Reads

Wednesday, October 9, 2:15 – 3 p.m.
Children ages 3-5 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.  During the month of October the focus will be on pumpkins.  Registration required.  Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.  Program runs through November.

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Wine Tasting Class: Sunny Tuscany

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Do you know your Chianti from your Cabernet?  Unsure what to order off the wine list at a restaurant?  Come to one or both of Wilton Library’s wine tasting classes designed, in part, to prepare you for the library’s Annual Wine Tasting Event in November.  Jeff Barbour, Owner of New Canaan Wine Merchants and a Wilton Library trustee, will take participants on a mini wine tour of Tuscany on Wednesday, Oct. 9 and of Napa Valley on Wednesday, Oct. 23.  See the library’s registration link for speaker details. Tickets are $25 per person and class size is limited to 40 people. A portion of your ticket will benefit the library, and attendees at either wine class will receive $5 off the Annual Wine Tasting Event on Thursday, Nov. 7!  Sign up for both classes or just one, and learn all you need to know to get a grip on a good Gamay or a sip of a spectacular Sauvignon!  Please register in person at the Circulation Desk or by calling 203-762-3950 ext. 213.

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“A World of Color” – Paintings by John Maurer

Friday, Oct. 11, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Colorist John Maurer’s exhibition features paintings from his travels, which takes him mostly abroad. His work is based on impressionism/expressionism but like his travels, takes him other places, too.  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 October 30.

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AARP Driver Safety Class

Saturday, Oct. 12, 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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Norwalk Symphony Orchestra for Kids

Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 – 11 a.m.
Children ages 3-10 and their families get to experience hands-on participation with woodwind instruments from musicians with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra. There will be a flute and an oboe and children will be able to play on a recorder. Additional dates include: Nov. 30 strings, March 1, 2014 brass and May 10, 2014 percussion instruments. Advance registration suggested.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 – noon.
Kids ages 8 and up are invited to join Wilton Library’s Minecraft Computer Club.  A server for Fairfield County 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 to discuss and play everything Minecraft at Wilton Library.  Please note: Minecraft is a subscription-based, online game.  Players must bring their own laptop and create their own account.  To be added to the Fairfield County server you must visit the Children’s Desk with a valid library card to be registered.  Registration required.

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Tuesday Book Buzz

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 11 – noon.
Looking for something good to read next? Bring a friend and join the Book Buzz conversation moderated by Lauren McLaughlin and Melissa Baker, two of Wilton Library’s knowledgeable librarians, on the third Tuesday of each month. Participants are encouraged to come and chat about their most recent favorite reads or just listen to what others recommend.  Pick up new pre-publication books when available. Hear about upcoming books being released and be the first to reserve them at the library. Get the inside scoop on upcoming author visits.    Registration suggested. Additional dates: Nov. 19, Dec. 17.

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Grab Bag Book Club

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Come and discuss a brand new best selling children’s book! The book for October will be The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett: An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger. Healthy snacks will be provided as well as a Star Wars Craft.  Registration required.  Grades 3 and up.  Parents and guardians must be in the building. Sponsored by the Steve and Alison Sherman Family Fund.

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Getting Started: iPad for the Neophyte

Thursday, Oct. 17, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Mary Anne Franco shows how to use an iPad in this free, demonstration-style class. Learn how to download and use apps and find apps for fun, entertainment, social networking, reading, and more. Registration suggested.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 – noon.
Kids ages 8 and up are invited to join Wilton Library’s Minecraft Computer Club.  A server for Fairfield County 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 to discuss and play everything Minecraft at Wilton Library.  Please note: Minecraft is a subscription-based, online game.  Players must bring their own laptop and create their own account.  To be added to the Fairfield County server you must visit the Children’s Desk with a valid library card to be registered.  Registration required.

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New Perspectives Film Series: Child of Giants

Saturday, Oct. 19, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
The documentary, Child of Giants, tells an alternate history to that depicted in the iconic images of photographer Dorothea Lange and the painter of the Southwest, Maynard Dixon – an intimate family history defined by choices made between family and art, and the effect of those choices on generations to come.  This is the story of Daniel Rhodes Dixon, the son of two icons of the American art world.  Suggested donation of $5. Refreshments served. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker, Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration highly recommended.

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Candlelight Concert at the Wilton Congregational Church—Julliard String Quartet

Sunday, Oct. 20, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Candlelight Concerts opens its 66th season with the Juilliard String Quartet including its newest member, violist Roger Tapping, in a program of works by Beethoven, Berg, and Brahms.  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 www.wiltoncandlelightconcerts.org.

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Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception: Julie Anne Mann

Monday, Oct. 21, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
October brings Julie Anne Mann to the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program. The majority of Ms. Mann’s work is composed from natural materials and/or settings, using their inherent qualities to exemplify or allude to parallels found in human nature.  Julie Anne plans to continue this practice at Weir Farm using the landscape and elements at hand to explore the ground’s relationship with flora.  Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library.   Registration suggested.

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Senior Center Book Discussion: The Gift of Rain

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m. – noon.
Melissa Baker leads a discussion of The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng. Described by The London Times Literary Supplement as, “A powerful first novel about a tumultuous and almost forgotten period of history, The Gift of Rain is a war novel with a personal odyssey at its heart, one that complicates the stark lines of right and wrong during wartime –¦drawing the reader into a web of divided loyalties.   Group meets 4th Tuesday of each month through May (no meeting in December). Call the Senior Center for details and to register at 203-834-6240. Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton.

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Teen Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join a monthly 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. Input from the board helps to create a better library for all teens.  Newcomers always welcome! Newcomers can fill out an application and bring it to the meeting or fill them out there.  Registration is recommended. Call for details (203)762-3950 x224 or email Tracey Morgan, Teen Services Assistant, at tmorgan@wiltonlibrary.org. Next meeting:  Nov. 19.

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Wine Tasting Class: Napa Valley

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Do you know your Chianti from your Cabernet?  Unsure what to order off the wine list at a restaurant?  Come to one or both of Wilton Library’s wine tasting classes designed, in part, to prepare you for the library’s Annual Wine Tasting Event in November.  Jeff Barbour, Owner of New Canaan Wine Merchants and a Wilton Library trustee, will take participants on a mini wine tour of Tuscany on Wednesday, Oct. 9 and of Napa Valley on Wednesday, Oct. 23.  See the library’s registration link for speaker details. Tickets are $25 per person and class size is limited to 40 people. A portion of your ticket will benefit the library, and attendees at either wine class will receive $5 off the Annual Wine Tasting Event on Thursday, Nov. 7!  Sign up for both classes or just one, and learn all you need to know to get a grip on a good Gamay or a sip of a spectacular Sauvignon!  Please register in person at the Circulation Desk or by calling 203-762-3950 ext. 213.

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Getting Started: Basic Computers for the Absolute Beginner

Thursday, Oct. 24, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Mary Anne Franco shows how to use a computer in this free, basic hands-on class. Familiarity with a keyboard and mouse will be helpful. Class limited to 10 students. Registration required.

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Getting Started: Basic Computers for the Absolute Beginner

Thursday, Oct. 24, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Mary Anne Franco shows how to use a computer in this free, basic hands-on class. Familiarity with a keyboard and mouse will be helpful.  Class limited to 10 students. Registration required.

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Author Talk: Patricia Wells – The French Kitchen Cookbook

Thursday, Oct. 24, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
With The French Kitchen Cookbook, culinary legend Patricia Wells invites home cooks into her life in France, making the fresh and delicious recipes from her popular classes available to fans who dream of experiencing their own gastronomic adventure in the world’s culinary capital.     Patricia Wells is a journalist, author, and teacher who runs the popular cooking school At Home with Patricia Wells in Paris and Provence. She has won four James Beard Awards and the French government has honored her as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, recognizing her contribution to French culture.   See library’s registration link for more information about the author.   Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration encouraged.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 – noon.
Kids ages 8 and up are invited to join Wilton Library’s Minecraft Computer Club.  A server for Fairfield County 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 to discuss and play everything Minecraft at Wilton Library.  Please note: Minecraft is a subscription-based, online game.  Players must bring their own laptop and create their own account.  To be added to the Fairfield County server you must visit the Children’s Desk with a valid library card to be registered.  Registration required.

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Tales to TailsTales to Tails

Saturday, Oct. 26, 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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The Haunted Library

Saturday, Oct. 26, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Do you dare take a walk through the haunted library?  Children ages 6-10 are invited to drop in any time between 7:30 and 9 p.m. to join in the spooky, spine tingling after-hours library experience.  Ghoulish snacks will be served and ghostly games will be played. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Drop-in Halloween Crafts

Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 – 5 p.m.
Children of all ages can stop by during regular library hours and make a Halloween craft to take home. Made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Whodunit? Book Club

Monday, Oct. 28, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Children in grades 2 and 3 will meet and discuss mystery books as a group. The book for October is Bunnicula by James Howe.  Snacks will be provided, and we will also have fun detective activities!   Parents and guardians must remain in the Library.  Sponsored by the Steve and Alison Sherman Family Fund.

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Reel Mondays: Fashion Victims & Walking Merchandise

Monday, Oct. 28, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Two thought-provoking films kick off this year’s series of quarterly documentaries on Monday nights sponsored by the Wilton League of Women Voters and Wilton Library.  Walking Merchandise exposes the tragic story of middle-school-aged Chinese children trafficked to the United States.  Fashion Victims examines the real cost of cheap clothes and human labor from Bangladesh’s sweatshops. Rev. Shannon White of the Wilton Presbyterian Church will be the moderator for the evening.  See registration link for more details on the films. Refreshments served. Co-sponsored by the Wilton League of Women Voters and Wilton Library. Registration recommended.

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WGG/WLA Green Speaker Series: A Dummy’s Guide to Home Energy Upgrades—Part 1

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library co-sponsor this talk that helps homeowners discover how energy upgrades pay for themselves through lowered energy bills, tax incentives, rebates and low-cost financing. Speaker: Marge Kelly, Senior Program Administrator for CL&P/Yankee Gas.   Wilton families will provide testimonies of their own personal ROI audits and energy efficient upgrades. Testimonial speakers will be Richard Creeth and Peter Wrampe, members of the Wilton Energy Commission. Participants can meet certified Home Energy Solutions vendors from 6:30 – 7 p.m. and again from 8:30 – 9 p.m.  Part 2 takes place on Thursday, Nov. 21.   Registration suggested.

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Pumpkin Decorating–PROGRAM FULL

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 4 – 5 p.m.
Children ages 3-10 are invited to decorate a pumpkin for Halloween.  Supplies such as paint, stickers, and decals will be provided as well as a small pumpkin.  Kids may even win ribbons in categories such as most creative, silliest, and scariest!  Space is limited and registration is required. **Please sign up children INDIVIDUALLY to ensure they receive a pumpkin.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Scare Off! (A Story Scare-a-Thon)

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 4 – 5 p.m.
What could be more fun on a dark October day than to listen to scary stories? Staff members Lesley Keogh and Michael Robin will tell their favorite tales of horror to kids, Grades 3 and up. Do you DARE to attend?  Registration required, parents and guardians must stay in the building.

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Hair-Raising Halloween Costume Contest

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 4 – 5 p.m.
It’s a Halloween Costume Contest at Wilton Library! Come to the library and wear your costume! Will you be the scariest? Or the frilliest? Or the funniest? Everyone gets a special certificate for participating. All ages welcome. Children under 8 must be accompanied by caregivers. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Fall Poetry with Judson Scruton

Thursday, Oct. 31, 10:30 – noon.
Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Fall Poetry Series exploring various poets and their writing techniques on Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14 and 21. 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. See library’s registration link for speaker details. Poetry packet available at front desk before seminar begins. Advance registration required.

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