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

Events

The Guitar Guy

Friday, Nov. 1, 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. Next month:  Dec. 13.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Adair Burlingham Memorial Lecture: Jock Reynolds – The Yale Art Gallery’s Recent Renovation, Expansion and Reinstallation

Friday, Nov. 1 , 7 – 8:30 p.m. 
Jock Reynolds, Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, will be the speaker at the annual Adair Burlingham Memorial Lecture. The lecture was established in 2007 in memory of the wife of Charles Burlingham, the grandson of the Impressionist artist Julian Alden Weir, and the current president of the Weir Farm Art Center. Mr. Reynolds will speak about Yale Art Gallery’s recent renovation, expansion and reinstallation.  When founded by John Trumbull in 1832, the gallery occupied a single small building in the heart of Yale’s Old Campus.  Now over 180 years later, the major renovation and expansion is complete, and with more than 4,000 works of art, the permanent collection galleries have been fully reinstalled. Please see the library’s registration link for more information about the speaker and Weir Farm.  Registration recommended. The Center and Wilton Library will co-sponsor a trip to New Haven to see the new Art Gallery on Tuesday, November 19th.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Nov. 2, 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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Yoga Kids

Saturday, Nov. 2, 3 – 4 p.m.
After a long morning kicking a soccer ball or wielding a lacrosse stick, kids need a good way to relax and wind down. Chiara Rose teaches Yoga Kids, a fun and playful program that incorporates a non-competitive atmosphere. Participants will be taught breathing techniques that will help on and off the field and stretching that helps prevent sports injuries. Ages 8-12, registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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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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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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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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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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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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Author Talk: Lynn Adler – Celebrate 100: Centenarian Secrets to Success in Business and Life

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Author Lynn Peters Adler, J.D. brings inspiration to life with her book, Celebrate 100, based on interviews and stories of more than 500 Centenarians.  With their personal anecdotes that encompass the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, two World Wars, the Space Age, the Digital Age and the 9/11 tragedy, Adler distills the wisdom from aging storytellers. Lynn Adler is the founder of National Centenarian Awareness Project, founded in 1989 and is a Centenarian Expert and Older Adults Advocate. Books available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books.

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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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Fall Poetry with Judson Scruton

Thursday, 7, 14, & 21, 10:30 – noon.
Judson Scruton continues this Fall Poetry Series exploring various poets and their writing techniques. 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 registration link for speaker details. Poetry packet available at front desk before seminar begins. No charge for program. 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 Wine Tasting Benefit & Restaurant Showcase

Thursday, Nov. 7, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Please join us for a delightful evening benefiting Wilton Library.  $50 per person allows you to sample wines from around the world and thanks to New Canaan Wine Merchants, you’ll learn as you sip! Tasting notes and an overview will add to the evening’s enjoyment, as will delicious hors d’oeuvres provided by some of the area’s finest restaurants chosen to complement the wines. The restaurants and catering establishments include Barcelona, Bianco Rosso, Cactus Rose Restaurant & Tequila Bar, La Dame du Fromage, Little Pub of Wilton, Luca’s Ristorante Italiano, Market to Table, Portofino Restaurant & Bar and Wave Hill Breads. First 125 people to purchase tickets will be admitted. Purchase online or at Library’s Circulation Desk. Note that 10% of all sales resulting from the evening (for which free delivery is available) will benefit the Library as well.

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12 x 6—A Showcase of 6 Wilton Artists Art Exhibition Reception

Friday, Nov. 8, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Six Wilton artists were asked to provide twelve of their works each thereby displaying the breadth and depth of their talent.  The exhibition highlights their diverse styles, media choices and subject matter. The artists are Gini Fischer, Robin Heit, Terrence Lallak, Jeff Lavaty, Day Shields and Erasmo Signore.  The exhibition runs through Saturday, Nov. 30.  A portion of the proceeds benefits the library.

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Flu Shot Clinic at Wilton Library

Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Flu shots are available to anyone age three years and older. Persons under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Flu shots will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no appointments. Please wear sleeves that roll up easily. Cost of the flu shot is $40 payable by cash or check. Medicare Part B, Anthem and Aetna accepted as payment. Bring your insurance card with you.  Pneumonia vaccine is available to persons age 65 or older who have never received this vaccine. The cost of the pneumonia vaccine is $80 and it is billable to Medicare Part B.

Sponsored by Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. For more information, call the Flu Hotline at 203-834-6341, extension 444.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Nov. 9, 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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Yoga Kids

Saturday, Nov. 9, 3 – 4 p.m.
After a long morning kicking a soccer ball or wielding a lacrosse stick, kids need a good way to relax and wind down. Chiara Rose teaches Yoga Kids, a fun and playful program that incorporates a non-competitive atmosphere. Participants will be taught breathing techniques that will help on and off the field and stretching that helps prevent sports injuries. Ages 8-12, registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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New Perspectives Film Series—Stories We Tell

Saturday, Nov. 9, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
This award-winning documentary by Sarah Polley examines the relationship between the director’s parents, including a revelation that she is the product of an extramarital affair.  Told in recreated Super-8 home movie fashion, Stories We Tell explores family secrets in an inventive way. 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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Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 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, 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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WLA & Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County present: Let’s Talk: Adult Children and Their Parents

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Don’t miss this informative presentation hosted by Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County and the Wilton Library with guest speaker Shannon White, author of the new book, The Invisible Conversations with Your Aging Parents. This program and panel discussion will offer practical advice to adult children and their parents on how to communicate effectively about sensitive and important issues such as living arrangements, healthcare concerns, money, grief, memory loss, the ability to drive, living wills, advanced directives and much more. Panelists will include experts in elder law, healthcare, social work, end-of-life and dementia care. Registration recommended.

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Wilton Library Readers

Wednesday, Nov. 13, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Tenth of December by George Saunders. 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, Nov. 13, 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 November the focus will be on “preparing for winter.”  Registration required.  Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.  Program runs through November.

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Grab Bag Book Club

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Come and discuss a brand new best selling children’s book! The book for October will be House of Hades by Rick Riordan. Healthy snacks will be provided as well as a mythology-themed 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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James Mapes – Conquering Stress: The Power of Vision and Other Survival Skills

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
James Mapes, speaker and best-selling author speaks about his newest CD program, Patient Pre-Op/Post-Op Healing Therapy™.  In this groundbreaking, interactive program, James utilizes his three decades of experience as clinical hypnotist, NLP practitioner, medical facilitator and a personal excellence coach as well as his own personal experience with open-heart surgery. In this interactive program, James will highlight the importance of “Five Keys to Living an Exceptional Life” as an adjunct to a faster recovery from surgery: Making friends with reality; attitude; creating a support system; expressing gratitude and creating a strong vision of the future.  He will give suggestions to help people reduce fear and anxiety – instill a feeling of calmness, manage negative stress and improve immune function to reduce pain and create a healing consciousness for quicker surgical recovery. See library’s registration link for more details.  Registration recommended.

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Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception: Karl Staven

Thursday, Nov. 14, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
November brings Karl Staven to the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program. As an animator who has made more than 25 films over the past 25 years using a variety of techniques, Karl finds himself interested in photographically exploring natural space. By stitching together multiple views over time, finding patterns in close and distant objects, and moving through space in non-traditional paths, a different experience can be created with reality as the brush. Karl is on sabbatical from his full-time animation teaching position at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. Registration suggested.

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AARP Driver Safety Class

Saturday, Nov. 16, 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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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Nov. 16, 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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Yoga Kids

Saturday, Nov. 16, 3 – 4 p.m.
After a long morning kicking a soccer ball or wielding a lacrosse stick, kids need a good way to relax and wind down. Chiara Rose teaches Yoga Kids, a fun and playful program that incorporates a non-competitive atmosphere. Participants will be taught breathing techniques that will help on and off the field and stretching that helps prevent sports injuries. Ages 8-12, registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room – Fred Hersch

Sunday, Nov. 17, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Jazz pianist, composer and five-time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch performs for Wilton Library’s popular jazz series.  Vanity Fair proclaimed him, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so.” 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 3:50 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:50 p.m. if space is available.  Hotel accommodations provided by Hilton Garden Inn, Norwalk.

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Whodunit? Book Club

Monday, Nov. 18, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Children in grades 2 and 3 will meet and discuss mystery books as a group. The book for November is The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner.  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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Area Author Affair: Lee DeMilo – Italian for Tourists: Mauro and Carla Bianchi’s Trip to Italy

Monday, Nov. 18 , 6 – 7 p.m.
Lee DeMilo is the author of the e-book series, Italian for Tourists: Mauro and Carla Bianchi’s Trip to Italy (with audio). Readers follow the journey of an Italian-American couple that travels to Italy for the first time. They will learn the Italian language in a written and audio format that is fun, practical, effective and useful in daily situations through a series of real life scenarios. Lee teaches Italian privately and at local schools’ adult education programs and even trains the sales force of a Fortune 500 marketing company. See registration link for more author details. Light refreshments are served at Area Author Affairs, held to celebrate our local authors. Registration encouraged.

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Bus Trip to Yale Art Gallery

Tuesday, Nov. 19 , 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
As a follow-up to the Adair Burlingham Memorial Lecture on Nov. 1, a trip to visit the Yale Art Gallery in New Haven is planned. The cost of the trip is $30 per person and includes a personalized guided tour of the gallery highlighting the renovations, and bus transportation to and from the Yale Art Gallery.  After the tour, attendees will have 3 hours free time for more gallery exploration or lunch on one’s own. The bus will leave the Library promptly at 9:30 a.m. and will return by approximately 4 p.m.  Payment with registration must be completed by Tuesday, Nov. 12.  The museum trip is co-sponsored by Wilton Library and Weir Farm.  To register, please call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 or visit the Circulation Desk.

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Tuesday Book Buzz

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

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Teen Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 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:  Dec. 17.

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WLA/Wilton Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series: Health Care Reform and You

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Systems expert Randi Oster brings her expertise to the area of Health Care Reform.  With people asking so many questions about the new healthcare reform, Randi has put her talents into empowering loved ones with the skills and knowledge to navigate the changes in health care.  See library registration link for more information about the speaker. Sponsored by Wilton Library and Wilton Chamber of Commerce. Registration recommended.

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Ambler Farm Pumpkin Warriors

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7 – 8 p.m.
Ambler Farm has entered a team in the “Punkin Chunkin” World Championships. The 10 students are known as the ”Ambler Farm Pumpkin Warriors”  and have traveled to Delaware to compete in the great pumpkin throwing contest that is aired on Thanksgiving night.  The youth team is competing in the 17 and under trebuchet category. A trebuchet is a version of the catapult that uses a counterweight to propel the arm.  The team has been working on the trebuchet for 2 years and finally has the chance to compete as last year’s trip was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. Come learn about their machine, the competition and the results of this amazing trip. Grades 1 and up with a caregiver.  Sponsored by Ambler Farm.

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WGG/WLA Green Speaker Series: A Dummy’s Guide to Home Energy Upgrades—Part 2

Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library are sponsoring a second session on ways to make your home more energy efficient and comfortable.  Part 2 covers Understanding Your Energy Efficiency Solutions: How to Choose the Right Products.  Homeowners have many questions about ways to save energy while keeping their homes comfortable — what are the differences in lighting, insulation, windows, what works best for saving energy, what tax credits are available — are just some of them.   Representatives from Next Step Living, a residential energy efficiency company and State of Connecticut approved HES vendor, will be presenting answers to those questions.  Wilton residents will provide testimonials about their experiences, products used, successes, and monies saved. Registration suggested.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Nov. 23, 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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Destroying Your Hard Drive

Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Are you looking to get rid of your old computer, but worried about all the personal information stored on it? Let Wilton Library’s Robotics team take care of it! This is a team fundraiser.  $20 per computer. They’ll destroy your hard drive while you wait.

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Tales to TailsTales to Tails

Saturday, Nov. 23, 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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Thanksgiving Crafts

Sunday, Nov. 24, 1 – 5 p.m.
Children of all ages are invited to stop by the library and make a Thanksgiving craft to take home. Create Turkey centerpieces, coloring sheets and placemats for Thanksgiving Dinner. Caregivers should accompany children under 8 years old and should remain in the building for children 8 years and older.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Red Cross Babysitting Training

Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26, 2  – 5 p.m. CANCELLED

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 $100.00 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 $100.00 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.

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Thanksgiving Story Time

Monday, Nov. 25, 2:15 – 3 p.m.
Children ages 4 – 7 can enjoy hearing stories about the holiday and watching a short film. Caregivers should remain in the building.

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Author Talk: John O’Hurley–The Perfect Dog

Monday, Nov. 25, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Some people know him as J. Peterman from the Seinfeld show; others know him as the host of The National Dog Show Presented by Purina that airs each year on Thanksgiving Day; more may know his voice from his voiceover work, including SpongeBob Square Pants; and his steps may be recognized by “Dancing with the Stars” aficionados. However one is familiar with him, John O’Hurley shouldn’t be missed and he is at Wilton Library on Nov. 25 with his new book, The Perfect Dog. Posed as a question from his young son at last year’s dog show as to what is the perfect dog, the book is O’Hurley’s loving answer to that question. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration is highly recommended due to limited seating.

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Holiday Book Sale

Tuesday, Nov. 26 through Monday, Dec. 23
Mondays through Thursdays, 10 – 8; Fridays 10 – 6; Saturdays, 10 – 5, Sundays 1- 5

The library’s holiday book sale in the gallery is a seasonal delight. Bargains can be found – most of the items are new or like-new condition, making a terrific opportunity for holiday gift-giving. Items include books, unopened CDs and DVDs, children’s books and a huge assortment of art books. As items are sold, new ones appear daily, thanks to the hard-working book sale volunteers, who always seem to have an un-ending supply of tantalizing offerings.   All sales support the library.

Sale opens at noon on Nov. 26 and continues during regular library hours through Dec. 23. Library closed Thursday, Nov. 28 for Thanksgiving.

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Senior Center Book Discussion: The Sea Wolf

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 11 a.m. – noon.
Ray Rauth leads a discussion of The Sea Wolf by Jack London. This psychological adventure novel was first published in 1904. London is said to have been attacking Nietzche’s “superman” philosophy in writing this book.  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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Celebrate Hanukkah!

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Come and celebrate Hanukkah! Staff member Shayna Simpson will show children how to play the Dreidel game and make a special Hanukkah craft. Gelt will be won and a traditional blessing said and received. For Kindergarten and up, registration requested. Caregivers should accompany children under 8; caregivers must remain in the building for children 8 and up.

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Day After Thanksgiving Movie

Friday, Nov. 29, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
The summer movie hit Turbo will be shown. Rated PG.  Healthy snacks will be served. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver, children under 12 must have a caregiver in the building.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Day After Thanksgiving Movie

Friday, Nov. 29, 2 – 3:45 p.m.
Walt Disney’s Monsters University will be shown. Rated G.  Healthy snacks will be served. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver, children under 12 must have a caregiver in the building. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Norwalk Symphony Orchestra for Kids

Saturday, Nov. 30, 10 – 11 a.m.
Children ages 3-10 and their families get to experience hands-on participation with string instruments from musicians with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra. There will be a violin and cello. Additional dates include: March 1, 2014 for brass and May 10, 2014 for percussion instruments. Advance registration suggested.

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