2014 January — Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road Wilton, CT 06897 Tel: 203-762-3950

Events

Rainbow Loom® Club

Friday, Jan. 3, 10, 17 & 24, 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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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Jan. 4, 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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StorytimeSaturday Stories

Saturday, Jan. 4, 11 & 18, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Take a break from errand running and dropping kids off at sports and enjoy a good story or two. It’s fun for moms and dads to share a Story Time experience with their kids that they might not get to do on weekdays! For ages 3-5 with caregivers.

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Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room – Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato

Sunday, Jan. 5, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Percussionist Colin Stranahan and jazz pianist Glenn Zaleski return to Wilton Library and are joined by bassist Rick Rosato for the library’s first concert of the New Year in this popular jazz series.  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.

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StorytimeTerrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, Jan. 7 through Tuesday, March 18, 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 11 weeks.

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Parenting Book Series: Dr. Susan Bauerfeld

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 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 January  is The Parent App: Understanding Families in the Digital Age by Lynn Schofield Clark. 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. Last date in the series – March 4, 2014.Parenting Book Series: Dr. Susan Bauerfeld

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StorytimeLook, Listen and Learn

Tuesday, Jan. 7 through Tuesday, March 18, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
For 3 and 4 year-olds with caregivers. 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 11 weeks.

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Literary Littles

Tuesday, Jan. 7 through Tuesday, March 18, 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. This program runs for 11 weeks. call-icon1

AARP Driver Safety Class

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 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: $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members.  Bring check or cash only.

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Books for Babies

Wednesday, Jan. 8 through Wednesday, March 19, 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.  The program runs for 11 weeks.

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Wonderful Ones and Twos

Wednesday, Jan. 8 through Wednesday, March 19, 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. The program runs for 11 weeks.

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Wilton Library Readers

Wednesday, Jan. 8, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. Group meets second Wednesday of each month.  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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Electronics Tinkering Workshop for Teens – Registration Filled

Wednesday, Jan. 8, Friday, Jan. 10, Wednesday, Jan. 15 and Friday, Jan. 17 , 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
 Want to learn how to make a blinking night light and other cool electronics? Over the course of four sessions, teens in grades 6-12 get a hands-on introduction to C/C++ programming and the Arduino-based platform.  Afterwards, they get to take home their Arduino and to keep experimenting and creating.  $15 per student for all sessions to help offset costs.  Registration filled.  Sponsored by the Romer Family.

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Lego® Club

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 15, 22 & 29, 4 – 5 p.m.
Kids in grades K and up 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 each week.  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, Jan. 9 through Thursday, March 6, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Thursday, Jan. 9 through Thursday, March 6, 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. There is no session on Feb. 13.

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 starting December 2, 2013 and must be returned by December 23, 2013. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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Free Fiction, Films, and Fugues To Go @ Wilton Library

Thursday, Jan. 9, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
BYOD – Bring your own device and follow along as Melissa Baker demonstrates our free downloadables and streaming media in this demonstration-style class.  You will learn about our downloadable eBooks (OverDrive), downloadable eMagazines (Zinio), streaming movies (IndieFlix), and streaming jazz and classical music (Naxos Music Library), all available 24/7.  There is something for everyone and hours of enjoyment for patrons with Wilton Library cards.  Registration suggested.

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Children’s Beginner Chess

Thursday, Jan. 9 through Thursday, March 6, 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. There is no session on Feb. 13.  In-person registration is required, payment due at time of registration.

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Children’s Advanced Chess CANCELLED

Thursday, Jan. 9 through Thursday, March 6, 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. There is no session on Feb. 13.  In-person registration is required, payment due at time of registration.

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A World above the World – The Fourteen Colored Mountain with Daryl Hawk

Thursday, Jan. 9, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
International documentary photographer Daryl Hawk will give a special photography presentation and lecture based on his most recent expedition to the remote Northwest Frontier of Argentina this past April. Hawk embarked on a 3,000 mile journey across the Altiplano Plateau and over the spectacular 18,000 foot plus Andean mountain range where Argentina, Bolivia and Chile meet. The native people survive in one of the most remote, high altitude, bewitching landscapes on earth. Known as Collas, these inhabitants of the region maintain ancient traditions giving thanks to Mother Earth. Mr. Hawk will share his discoveries, stories, and important lessons from the nonstop adventures he experienced everyday on this enlightening journey. He will also discuss his style, philosophy, and various techniques he uses when photographing subject matter. Hawk is also a travel writer and lecturer whose articles and photographs often appear in magazines worldwide. He has been featured several times on NBC’s Today Show and Fox 5 television. He is a member of the Explorers Club, the Royal Geographical Society and the Professional Photographers Association.  See the library’s registration link for more information about the speaker. Co-sponsored by Wilton Arts Council and Wilton Library. Registration recommended.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Jan. 11, 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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Connecticut’s Own Concert: Madera Winds Quintet

Sunday, Jan. 12, 4 – 5 p.m.
The Madera Winds, formed in 2012, is a blend of Connecticut musicians who have performed over the last thirty years in other chamber music groups in Wilton as well as throughout Fairfield County. Ralph Kirmser (Oboe) of Wilton and Janet Atherton (Clarinet) of Norwalk had been founding members of the Prevailing Winds Quintet since the 1980s. Rosemary Dellinger (Bassoon) has been the bassoonist for the Connecticut Little Symphony and teaches Spanish at Cider Mill School in Wilton. Rounding out this new quintet are John Harley (Horn) who has been a member of the Norwalk Symphony since 1976 and John Vandenberg (Flute) who recently moved here from the Netherlands where he was the founding member of the Bourdon Wind Quintet.  The Madera Winds will perform the woodwind quintet of Carl Nielsen.  This quintet is considered by many to be the finest piece of music written for this combination of instruments.  They will also perform Aires Tropicales by Paquito D’Rivera, Cuban jazz clarinetist and composer.  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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Area Author Affair: Carol Cottrill – The French Twist

Monday, Jan. 13, 6 – 7 p.m.
Healthy eating habits start with positive thoughts about food.  The New Year is a perfect time to embrace a lifestyle of healthy eating and weight management.  Join Carol Cottrill for a discussion of her book The French Twist and hear about why the American ‘diet craze’ is so harmful. Tips on meal-time awareness, eating for nutrition, portion control, and the value of real vs. processed foods are just a few of the takeaways.  Carol Cottrill is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and author of The French Twist: Twelve Secrets of Decadent Dining and Natural Weight Management.  See the registration link for speaker details. Books available for purchase by Elm Street Books. Light refreshments are served at Area Author Affairs, held to celebrate our local authors. Registration encouraged.

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The Guitar Guy

Monday, Jan. 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.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 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 beverages will be provided. Please call Nina Marino, at 203-857-7304 with any questions. Registration highly encouraged. Additional dates in 2014:  Feb. 11, March 11, April 8, May 13.

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Grab Bag Book Club

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Come and discuss a brand new best selling children’s book! The book for January will be Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody, a new retelling of the Robin Hood legend by the author of Powerless. Healthy snacks will be provided as well as a book-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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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Jan. 18, 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—Paul Williams Still Alive

Saturday, Jan. 18, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Paul Williams was a megastar singer/actor/songwriter in the ‘70s with Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe Awards lavished on him. He wrote many #1 song hits, starred in a Brian DePalma movie, yet who is he and what has he been doing? This documentary by Filmmaker Stephen Kessler is a wistful musical journey that will re-introduce a new generation to Williams’ soulful classics. 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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The Australian Haydn Quartet Concert

Sunday, January 19, 4 to 5 pm
The Australian Haydn Quartet is a period instrument group specializing in chamber music and string orchestral music of the classical era.  They will present a program of classical string quartet pieces played in period style – meaning on original instruments in the style intended by the composers. At the heart of The Australian HaydnEnsemble is a core of remarkably talented, enthusiastic, and dynamic permanent members, each of whom is a specialist in historical performance practice. Their collaboration of highly experienced artists results in a powerful strength of tone, a delicacy of execution and breaths vitality into works of the Classical and early Romantic Period. They aim to present creative programs, re-igniting the personalities and life philosophies of the composers that existed behind the music both known and unknown in a 21st-century context. The Ensemble brings together a wealth of expertise of first class Period and Modern ensembles and orchestras from all over the world.   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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Tuesday Book Buzz

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 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: Feb. 18, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17.

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Teen Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 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. Additional meetings:  Feb. 18, March 11, April 22, May 20.

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ESL (English as a Second Language) Registration & Testing

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 9:30 – 11 a.m.: POSTPONED TO 1/27/14, 9:30-11 AM
Registration and placement testing for ESL classes will take place at Wilton Library on Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Please note that the ESL class at Wilton Library is for the multi-level student. Class size is limited and will be determined by Placement Testing. Classes are open to Wilton, Westport and Weston residents. Class testing and registration will be conducted by Westport Continuing Education. Just walk in to take the test. Classes will be held twice-weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. starting on Wednesday, Jan. 29  at Wilton Library.

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Five Building Blocks of Growth for Your Small Business: Assessing Your Business: How Well Does It Run?

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 6 – 8 p.m.
This workshop is the first in a series of five sessions designed to help you analyze and grow your small business. This session will cover an assessment of tools that scores how well your business operates and provides an analysis of what you can do to improve business performance. You will learn: how the assessment tool works; comparison of other businesses that have used the tool; how to apply the tool to your business, how SCORE can help you utilize the tool.  Speaker:  John Harmon, Managing Director of Adulant Consulting Services which advises small and medium-size businesses on strategies for growth and operating excellence.  He also serves as a SCORE counselor.  Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by Fairfield County SCORE, Wilton Library and the Wilton Chamber of Commerce.

Registration required: Visit www.scorenorwalk.org and click on Workshops.

The remaining workshops in this series are:

Feb. 12: Strategic Marketing: Finding, Attracting and Keeping the Right Customers
Feb. 26: How to Succeed at Sales
March 12: Building a Winning Plan for Growth
March 26: Tools to Improve Your Business: Lower Your Costs and Increase Your Customers’ Satisfaction.

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WGG/WLA Green Speaker Series: Alison Nicholls with Daryl Hawk

Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Alison Nicholls is an Artist inspired by Africa.  Her Conservation Sketching Expeditions allow her to visit African conservation projects, sketch on site and learn about their work conserving endangered species, educating the next generation of conservationists and reducing incidents of human-wildlife conflict.  In this lecture, illustrated with field sketches, studio paintings and video, Alison will discuss her work as an artist in Africa and will explain how she turns a complex conservation issue into a finished painting.  She will also discuss the work of the Painted Dog Conservation project in Zimbabwe and the African People & Wildlife Fund in Tanzania. Alison Nicholls is a member of the Explorers Club, Artists for Conservation, the Salmagundi Club and the Society of Animal Artists.  The US Department of State used her work to promote the ‘Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking’ initiative and her work has been exhibited at the Botswana Mission to the United Nations in Manhattan.  Alison will be interviewed by international documentary photographer Daryl Hawk. See the library’s registration link for more information about the speaker. This Green Speaker talk is co-sponsored by Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library.  Registration recommended.

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Atmospheric Landscape Paintings by William McCarthy Art Reception

Friday, Jan. 24, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Artist William McCarthy creates atmospheric landscapes entirely from memory and imagination.  Using thumbnail sketches to inform and guide, the oil-based images spring forth with vibrancy and color harmony to create a sense of place in time with the ever changing atmosphere.  The reception is free and open to the public. A portion of the proceeds benefit the library. The exhibition runs through Saturday, March 1.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Jan. 25, 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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Tales to TailsTales to Tails

Saturday, Jan. 25, 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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Candlelight Concert at the Wilton Congregational Church—Marc-André Hamelin, Piano

Sunday, Jan. 26, 4 – 5:30 p.m. 

An adventurous and original musician, Marc-André Hamelin will offer a program of works by Schubert and Medtner, as well as his own composition, Barcarolle. The Washington Post noted that Hamelin’s ‘technical facility is breathtaking’ and that ‘his sensitivity is superb.’ 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 (203) 762-3401 or visit www.wiltoncandlelightconcerts.org.

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Whodunit? Book Club

Monday, Jan. 27, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Children in grades 2 and 3 will meet and discuss mystery books as a group. The book for January is Regarding the Fountain by Kate Klise.  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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Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception: MaryEllen Hackett

Monday, Jan. 27, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
January brings MaryEllen Hackett to the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program. While in residence at Weir Farm, MaryEllen will complete a series of new gouache paintings and wood block prints from observations while at Weir Farm. The block prints will be printed by hand at the studio and then printed in an edition after the residency at the Center for Book Arts in New York.  As a park ranger, MaryEllen has a lot of time in some of the most iconic landscapes in the world. But her connection and inspiration come from finding her personal place in the public landscape. The role of artists in the National Parks has been a passion of hers and she loves to talk about the importance of slowing down and slowly observing a place through drawing and painting. Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. Registration suggested.

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Reel Mondays: The Money Lobby

Monday, Jan. 27, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
The Wilton League of Women Voters and Wilton Library present  ‘The Money Lobby‘ in the second in this season’s series of provocative documentary films.  The focus is on the influence of money on U.S. elections in light of the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United that allowed unlimited contributions from Political Action Committees (PACs and Super PACs).    The discussion that will follow the showing promises to be a lively one, as the film is indeed “provocative” not only for its content but for its source, Press TV, a state-funded subsidiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).  Come decide for yourself and then join the discussion. Refreshments served. Donations are welcome. Co-sponsored by the Wilton League of Women Voters and Wilton Library.

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Senior Center Book Discussion: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m. – noon.
Karen Tatarka will lead a discussion of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.  Featured by the New York Public Library as ‘One of the books of the Century,’ this novel remains a beloved classic half a century after it was first published. 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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ESL (English as a Second Language)

Wednesday, Jan. 29 through Wednesday, April 28, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 29 and will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until April 28 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no class the weeks of Feb. 17-21 and April 14-18) Testing and registration required.

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Basic Internet for the Absolute Beginner

Thursday, Jan. 30, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Mary Anne Franco introduces the Internet in this demonstration-style class.  Learn about browsers, searching, fun and informative websites and more.  You may bring your laptop or device of choice and follow along.  Registration suggested.

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Winter 2014 Reading Olympics

Friday, Jan. 31 through Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
You don’t need to put on ice skates and ear muffs to join Wilton Library’s Olympic Games. In celebration of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the library challenges young readers to finish two books within three weeks, or three books, or even five books! We will have our own Awards Ceremony on February 22. So ski, snowboard, or skate your way over to the Children’s Library and sign up! Read a lot, visit often, and fill in your reading log. For independent readers.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Chinese New Year

Friday, Jan. 31, 4 – 5 p.m.
Come and celebrate Chinese New Year at the Wilton Library! 2014 marks the Year of the Horse. Chinese Astrology says that people born in a Horse Year are wise, talented and perceptive. They are highly independent and like to perform. There will be Chinese stories, entertainment and crafts and the program will finish with a dragon parade around the library. Registration required, Grades K and up. Under 8 years old, caregivers must stay with child. For children over 8 years old, caregivers must remain in the building.

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