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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
A World above the World: Daryl Hawk Photography Presentation & Lecture
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional meetings: Feb. 18, March 11, April 22, May 20.
ESL (English as a Second Language) Registration & Testing
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
Tales 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.
Guitar for Kids
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2 – 3 p.m.
Guitarists Nick Cutroneo and Daniel Hartington, both performers nationally and internationally, will present a concert and demonstration of classical guitar music. Through music from varying genres and time periods, Cutroneo and Hartington will show the impressive scope of the guitar’s range and capabilities. The concert will feature works for solo guitar and guitar duo. In addition to the performance, there will be a brief demonstration of the basic techniques of the instrument with the opportunity for interested children to try playing the guitar. Registration recommended.
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.’ 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 (203) 762-3401 or www.wiltoncandlelightconcerts.org.
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.