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

Events

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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Candlelight Concert at the Wilton Congregational Church— Kahane/Swensen/Brey Trio

Sunday, Dec. 1, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
KahaneSwensenBrey was launched in Spring 2012, when three brilliant virtuosi – pianist Jeffrey Kahane, violinist Joseph Swensen, and cellist Carter Brey – reunited following a 25-year hiatus to establish a formally constituted trio.  Their program will include works by Schumann, Mozart, Ravel, and Schoenfeld.  Performances are at the Wilton Congregational Church located at 70 Ridgefield Road, Wilton. A portion of the proceeds benefits Wilton Library. For ticket information call (203) 762-3401 or www.wiltoncandlelightconcerts.org.

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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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StorytimeLook, Listen and Learn

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 10 & 17, 10:15 – 10:45 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.

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Literary Littles

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 10 & 17,  2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
For independent listeners ages 4 – 6 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.

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Scams: Prepare Yourself

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Don McGran, Security Advisor at Fairfield County Bank, will discuss the many current scams that are being employed against citizens in our area. Frauds can occur online, via telephone, in the mail, or in person. Many of these frauds are targeted at the elderly in our community. Don will give tips on how to recognize these scams and prevent falling prey to them. He will also discuss Identity Theft prevention and safe banking practices. Don McGran is a 30-year veteran of the Ridgefield Police Department, retiring at the rank of Major (Deputy Chief) in 2011. He is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University and the FBI National Academy. As Security Advisor at Fairfield County Bank for the past two years, Don is involved on a daily basis with advising customers and staff on the world of financial fraud. Co-sponsored by Fairfield County Bank and Wilton Library. Registration recommended.

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Books for Babies

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 11 & 18 ,  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.

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Wonderful Ones and Twos

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 11 & 18,  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.

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Nifty Gifties

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 4 – 5 p.m.
Tis the season when people everywhere exchange presents and those we love are in our thoughts. Are you stumped on what to get for your Mom or Dad, your brothers and sisters, Grandparents, friends and pets?  Learn to make gifts like beautiful scarves, candy train ornaments or portable game boards that everyone in your family will love to find under the tree!  Grades 2 and up, registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Chris Brubeck and the French Connection featuring Guillaume Saint-James and Didier Ithurssary

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
In his travels the past year, Chris Brubeck met two brilliant musicians who he performed with in France:  Saxophonist Guillaume Saint-James and Didier Ithurssary, on accordi0n.  Chris says: “Guillaume is one of France’s leading saxophonists and composers and Didier is the hippest accordion player you’ll ever hear – think Herbie Hancock, not Lawrence Welk!”  This trio will be joined by an American rhythm section for a special Hot & Cool Jazz concert at Wilton Library.  Chris, Guillaume and Didier will present jazz with a decidedly international flavor performing jazz standards and original compositions.  After one of their concerts in France last year, a question from the audience led Chris and Guillaume to realize that their fathers were both in the area of Normandy during the Summer of 1944.  That was the year of the Allied Liberation of France and jazz was the music that represented the spirit of that new freedom.     Mr. Robert Tate, the Cultural Attache from the US Consolate in France, was in the audience and suggested Chris and Guillaume co-write a symphonic piece to honor their fathers’ generation and commemorate the Allied Liberation of France.  That was the inspiration for their new symphonic work, “Brothers in Arts – 70 Years of Liberty” which will premiere in France in June of 2014 to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day.  At this Wilton Library concert, you will hear the combo’s innovative international collaboration, which will be presented the next night as part of a special performance at the United Nations.   A reception follows the concert.  Registration highly recommended.  Pre-registrants should arrive by 6:50 to be guaranteed seating; waitlisted and walk-ins will be admitted after 6:50 if seats are available.

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Teen Gingerbread Houses

Thursday, Dec. 5, 4 – 5 p.m.
Teens in grade 6-12 bring your imagination and decorating skills to create one of a kind gingerbread houses which will be distributed throughout the community. Enjoy refreshments and the music of the season. Registration required, space is limited. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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Rainbow Loom® Club

Thursday, Dec. 5, 12 & 19, 4 – 5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 6, 13 & 20  4 – 5 p.m.

Swing by the Wilton Library and enjoy some loopy fun. In this hour long session, kids share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the exciting new craft of Rainbow Loom! Bring your own loom and make a bracelet. Whatever level of looming you are on, you can share what you know, or learn from a teammate. Kids teach kids in a fun, freeform, instructional program. Some rubber bands will be provided but supplies are limited. Grades 1 and up. Caregivers should stay in the building. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Wilton Holiday Walk

Friday, Dec. 6, 5 – 7 p.m.
Wilton Library takes part in the annual Wilton Holiday Walk and provides refreshments, a warm, inviting fire in the fireplace and shelter from a cold, winter night. This year, River Road Gallery has its opening reception for the December exhibition at the library during the Holiday Walk. A little something for everyone.

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Friday Flick

Friday, Dec. 6, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Children ages 2-5 are invited to this book and movie pairing.  We will read a story and watch the accompanying Weston Woods animated adaptation.  This week we will read and watch Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems.  Caregivers must accompany children.

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River Road Gallery Art Exhibition—“got art?”

Friday, Dec. 6, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
River Road Gallery is mounting an exhibition at Wilton Library and at its own gallery in December. The exhibition, entitled, “got art?,” features the original art of Anda Styler, Ron Landis, Ming Feng, Sandy Garvin, Alain Picard, Ed Martinez, Lisa Joyce Hill, Ed Hicks Deborah Chabrian and Ed MacEwen. The show also includes limited edition prints by John Harris, Edward Gordon and Christopher Blossom. Wilton Library’s reception is during the Wilton Holiday Walk and is free and open to the public.  The exhibition runs through Thursday, Jan. 16.  A portion of the proceeds benefits the library.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Dec. 7, 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 and the club welcomes the enthusiasts.

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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Nutcracker Ballet

Saturday, Dec. 7, 4 – 5 p.m.
Come to a special Holiday performance by the Wilton Conservatory of Dance! They will be performing highlights from  the Nutcracker Ballet by Peter Tchaikovsky. You don’t have to travel to see a wonderful performance by talented local ballerinas.  Short reception to follow performance. Registration and ticket required.

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Wilton Library’s Annual Friends Holiday Party

Sunday, Dec. 8, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Wilton Library Association trustees host this annual holiday get-together. The public is welcome. Please RSVP by December 3 to 203-762-3950, ext. 270 or register below.

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Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception: Natalie Camou

Monday, Dec. 9, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
December brings Natalie Camou to the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program.  In her work, Natalie seeks to disrupt the politically useful binary of the ‘good immigrant’ versus the ‘bad immigrant.’ Through photography she explores the dimensions of the immigrant experience to show a complexity of networks, families, and individuals impossible to filter through values of ‘good’ and ‘bad.’  She hopes to experiment with different ways of creating an intimate space that challenges the viewer’s understanding of immigration.  Natalie’s goal is to have an installation that leaves the viewer thinking of immigrant life beyond the context of ‘good’ and ‘bad,’ instead appreciating the everyday roles they play as friends, neighbors and peers. Currently she is a Research Photographer at the University of Almeria in Spain.  Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. Registration suggested.

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Keep Your Holidays Happy: Strategies for Reducing Holiday Stress–PROGRAM POSTPONED TO 12/17/13

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 12 – 1 p.m.
Rev. Karen Judd will help identify what holiday stressors are and how to create constructive strategies to deal with them.  You can set the tone for your holiday season.  Decide what kind of experience you want it to be and set out to make it happen!  Rev. Karen S. Judd, LCSW is a graduate of the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, and Columbia University School of Social Work. For over eight years, she has served as a member of the hospice and palliative care staff for Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. See registration link for more speaker details.  Registration recommended.  Program repeats on Dec. 17, 7 – 8 p.m.

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Breaking Code: Create What’s Behind Angry Birds and Other Fun Apps – A One-Hour Entertaining Lesson in Coding

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1 – 6:30 p.m.
Wilton Library is joining Computer Science Education Week, a national movement to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). One-hour “lessons” in coding will be given throughout the afternoon for adults and children 6 years and up at the following intervals: 1 – 2 p.m., 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., 4 – 5 p.m. and 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Participants can bring their own devices and sit in on any of the sessions. A short introduction to the online class will be given at the start of each hour. Attendees can participate at their own speed on their own devices, or use one of the computers set up by the library expressly for this purpose.

Registration is required so that the library knows how many computers are needed each hour.

Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 9 – 15, 2013 is sponsored by Computing in the Core, a non-partisan advocacy coalition and Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to growing computer programming education. Join us for an hour of fun as we peek behind the coding curtain together! We encourage kids and parents, friends, or anyone with a “How’d they do that?” curiosity.

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Grab Bag Book Club

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Come and discuss a brand new best selling children’s book! The book for December is Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney. Healthy snacks will be provided as well as a Wimpy Kid related activity.  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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Colonial Christmas

Thursday, Dec. 12, 6 – 7 p.m.
Come and find out how Christmas was celebrated in Colonial times! The Wilton Library is partnering with the Wilton Historical Society to bring this fascinating historical program to the children of Wilton. One of the members of the Wilton Historical Society will give a talk about Colonial Christmas customs, and there will be a craft, refreshments and activities. Kindergarten and up. Registration required. Caregivers should remain with children under 8. For 8 and older, caregivers should remain in the building.

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Marion Grodin – Standing Up: A Memoir of a Funny (Not Always) Life

Thursday, Dec. 12, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Marion Grodin, daughter of funnyman and Wilton resident Charles Grodin, writes a hilarious memoir of a Hollywood childhood, teenage years of drugs and sex, and sober adult life on the stand-up circuit. She shares her experiences and her message that life can be very good when you kick the habit. She started her career as a staff writer for two network sitcoms and was later hired by 20th Century, to whom she sold six screen plays and has been working as a comedian for the past 15 years. Books available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books.  Registration encouraged.

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The Guitar Guy

Friday, Dec. 13, 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: Monday, January 13, 2014.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Dec.14, 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 and the club welcomes the enthusiasts.

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—Sound and Fury

Saturday, Dec. 14: FILM CANCELED DUE TO SNOW
Sound and Fury documents one family’s struggle over whether or not to provide two deaf children with cochlear implants, devices that can stimulate hearing. Viewers are introduced to one of the most controversial issues affecting the deaf community. Cochlear implants may provide easier access to the hearing world, but what do the devices mean for a person’s sense of identity with deaf culture? Sound and Fury was a 2001 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature.  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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Whodunit? Book Club

Monday, Dec. 16, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Children in grades 2 and 3 will meet and discuss mystery books as a group. The book for December is The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base.  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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Tuesday Book Buzz

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 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: January 21, 2014.

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Teen Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 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:  January 21, 2014.

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Keep Your Holidays Happy: Strategies for Reducing Holiday Stress

Tuesday, December 17
NOTE THAT BOTH SESSIONS ARE CANCELED.  Rev. Karen Judd will help identify what holiday stressors are and how to create constructive strategies to deal with them.  You can set the tone for your holiday season.  Decide what kind of experience you want it to be and set out to make it happen!  Rev. Karen S. Judd, LCSW is a graduate of the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, and Columbia University School of Social Work. For over eight years, she has served as a member of the hospice and palliative care staff for Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. The two sessions are identical; sign up for one session.  See registration link for more speaker details.  Registration recommended.

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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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Nifty Gifties

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 4 – 5 p.m.
Tis the season when people everywhere exchange presents and those we love are in our thoughts. Are you stumped on what to get for your Mom or Dad, your brothers and sisters, Grandparents, friends and pets?  Learn to make gifts like beautiful scarves, candy train ornaments or portable game boards that everyone in your family will love to find under the tree!  Grades 2 and up, registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Friday Flick

Friday, Dec. 20, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Children ages 2-5 are invited to this book and movie pairing.  We will read a story and watch the accompanying Weston Woods animated adaptation.  This week we will read and watch How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen and Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss.  Caregivers must accompany children.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Dec. 21, 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 and the club welcomes the enthusiasts.

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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Santa Paws

Saturday, Dec. 21, 11 a.m. – noon.
What could be cuter than a child’s first picture with Santa? A picture taken with Santa Paws! Santa Paws is a trained therapy dog from ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue), who will be wearing a Santa costume and be accompanied by some of his canine elves. A wonderful opportunity for a holiday photo-op! Due to the nature of this program, it will start promptly at 11:00 a.m. and end at noon. Tickets will be given out 15 minutes before the program and the first 30 families will be guaranteed a spot. If time permits, it may be possible to accommodate other families. NOTE: In-person registration 15 minutes before the program begins.

In the spirit of the season, families are encouraged to bring a donated item for the shelter. Acceptable items include chew toys, cat and dog toys and collars.

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Christmas Crafts

Sunday, Dec. 22, 1 – 5 p.m.
Come to the Library and make a Christmas Craft. Materials for creating ornaments, coloring sheets and Charlie Brown Christmas trees will be available. Children under 8 must be accompanied by caregivers; 8 and older caregivers must remain in the building.  Sponsored by Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Day After Christmas Movie—Planes

Thursday, Dec. 26, 10:15 – noon.
The summer movie hit Planes will be shown. Rated PG.  Healthy snacks will be served. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver; children 8 and older must have a caregiver in the building. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Day After Christmas Movie—The Wizard of Oz

Thursday, Dec. 26, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
The classic family movie The Wizard of Oz will be shown. Rated G.  Healthy snacks will be served. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver; children 8 and older must have a caregiver in the building. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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