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

Events

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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Atmospheric Landscape Paintings by William McCarthy

Friday, Feb. 1 through Saturday, March 1
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.  A portion of the proceeds benefits the library.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Feb. 1, 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.Handheld devices are not recommended because they run a Minecraft app that does not work with the same server.  To be added to the Fairfield County server you must visit the Children’s Desk with a valid library card to be registered. Caretakers must sign in their child with staff member. If the child is not present and signed in by 10:10, the place may be given to a waitlisted child. Caretakers must remain in the building.   Registration required.

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Mommy and Baby Yoga

Saturday, Feb. 1, 10:15 – 11 a.m.
It’s Take Your Child to the Library Day and we have something for everyone! Come to Mommy and Baby Yoga! Sign up your 6 week to pre-crawler baby for a fun time of Yoga with Chiara Rose. Additional dates:  02/8 and 15.  Registration required.

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Star Wars Visit

Saturday, Feb. 1, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Are you strong in the force? Are you ready to battle against the Dark Side? If you are a true Jedi Master, come to the Wilton Library to meet  the Connecticut 501st Garrison. Multiple characters from the Star wars Universe will be available to meet and greet their fans. A wonderful opportunity for photo-ops! Children may dress in costume if they wish. An out-of-this world opportunity to take your child to the library.

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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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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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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

College Talk with the Greenes

Monday, Feb. 4, 7 – 8:30 p.m. POSTPONED UNTIL FEBRUARY 10
Topic:  “Changes in the College Admissions Process: What Every Family Should Know About Planning and Paying for College Today.” Educational consultants Howard and Matthew Greene will discuss recent trends in college admissions, and what matters most in the college admissions process. How can parents and students navigate the college admissions landscape today in a positive and productive way, with less stress, more enjoyment, and the right priorities? Families are encouraged to attend together, and the program will be geared toward students in 9th through 11th grades. Registration recommended.

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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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Pokemon Game and Swap

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 4 – 5 p.m.
Do you love Pokemon? Do you collect the cards and swap them with friends? Are you a master at playing the game? Do you know every one of the 718 Pokemon characters from Pikachu to Squirtle? Then the Pokemon Game and Swap program at the Wilton Library is for you!  Once a week in February come and play and swap with other Pokemon fans. Grades 2 and up, caretakers must remain in the building.

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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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The Bible as Literature with Gerald Weiss – POSTPONED

Thursday, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 & 28, 10:30 – noon.
Dr. Gerald Weiss will look at the Hebrew Bible from the perspective of its literary character in this 4-part series.  Using selected passages from this ‘anthology’ of books, we will examine the different narrative genres, its stylistic forms, and its prose and poetry.  Whatever one’s religious orientation or beliefs about the Bible, if nothing else, it remains one of the greatest literary works of all time and can be appreciated as such. Dr. Weiss earned a B.A. and an M.A. in Classical Languages from St. Louis University. He received his PhD. at Gregorian University in Rome. See registration link for more speaker details.  Advance registration required.

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The Guitar Guy

Friday, Feb. 7, 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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Rainbow Loom® Club

Friday, Feb. 7, 14, 21 & 28, 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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Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room – Harvie S Kenny Barron Duo

Friday, Feb. 7, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Bassist Harvie S returns to Wilton Library’s popular concert series this time with pianist Kenny Barron. Harvie S has been an inimitable presence in jazz since the 1970s and has appeared on hundreds of recordings including classic dates with pianist Steve Kuhn, vocalist Sheila Jordan, and his own many varied ensembles. He is an award winning bassist, composer, arranger, educator and producer. Kenny Barron’s unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms is what inspired The Los Angeles Times to name him ‘one of the top jazz pianists in the world.’    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 7:20 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 7:20 p.m. if space is available.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Feb. 8, 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.  Handheld devices are not recommended because they run a Minecraft app that does not work with the same server.  To be added to the Fairfield County server you must visit the Children’s Desk with a valid library card to be registered. Caretakers must sign in their child with staff member. If the child is not present and signed in by 10:10, the place may be given to a waitlisted child. Caretakers must remain in the building.  Registration required.

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Mommy and Baby Yoga

Saturday, Feb. 8, 10:15 – 11 a.m.
It’s Take Your Child to the Library Day and we have something for everyone! Come to Mommy and Baby Yoga! Sign up your 6 week to pre-crawler baby for a fun time of Yoga with Chiara Rose. Additional date:  02/15.  Registration required.

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Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project

Saturday, Feb. 8, 1 – 3 p.m.
The Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project is a not-for-profit organization that was formed to promote Korean history and culture to the wider world. The program will include the viewing of a DVD about Korean history and culture along with a demonstration of the traditional Korean wedding ceremony in beautiful traditional costume. Following the program, traditional homemade Korean foods will be served. Please note that children age 10 and up may attend. See registration link for more info. Registration highly recommended.

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Guitar for Kids

Saturday, Feb. 8, 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.

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New Perspectives Film Series—Koch

Saturday, Feb. 8, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Former Mayor Ed Koch was the quintessential New Yorker. First-time filmmaker (and former Wall Street Journal reporter) Neil Barsky has crafted an intimate and revealing portrait of this intensely private man, his legacy as a political titan, and the town he helped transform from 1978 to 1989. The tumult of his three terms included a fiercely competitive 1977 election; an infamous 1980 transit strike; the burgeoning AIDS epidemic; landmark housing renewal initiatives; and an irreparable municipal corruption scandal. Through candid interviews and rare archival footage, Koch thrillingly chronicles the personal and political toll of running the world’s most wondrous city in a time of upheaval and reinvention.   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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Valentine’s Day Crafts

Sunday, Feb. 9, 1 – 4:30 p.m.
Come to Wilton Library and make a special valentine for someone you love! Lollipop valentine mice and classic red hearts on doilies will be available for kids to make Valentine creations. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Reader’s Fund.

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Wilton Historical Society/Wilton Library – Scholarly Series: American Made: The Industrial Revolution in Connecticut – Walter Woodward at Wilton Library

Sunday, Feb. 9, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
“Leaving Connecticut, Shaping America.”

This collaboration between Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society kicks off its 7th season with “American Made – The Industrial Revolution in Connecticut.”    Between 1780 and 1830, tens of thousands of Nutmeggers left the state to ‘begin the world anew’ in places like Pennsylvania, Vermont, western New York, and especially, the Connecticut Reserve of what is now Ohio. In the process, they took the culture of their home state with them, and gave the nation a strong and indelible Connecticut character. Walter Woodward returns to Wilton to discuss the reasons behind Connecticut’s massive outmigration, the distinctive attributes of the people who chose to leave, and the very serious concerns their removal raised for those they left behind.

Walter Woodward is a State Historian of Connecticut, Associate Professor of History, University of Connecticut, author of Prospero’s America: John Winthrop, Jr., and Alchemy, and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606-1676 (2010).

The remaining lectures are as follows (please note the location of each lecture):
February 23 at the Wilton Historical Society: “The Erie Canal, A Mule Named Sal, and the Industrialization of America”—Dr. Ann Greene
March 2 at the Wilton Historical Society: “The Rise and Fall of the Connecticut Textile Industry”— Jamie Eves
March 16 at Wilton Library: “Silicon Valley of the 19th Century”—William Hosley
March 30 at the Wilton Historical Society: “The Dawn of Innovation”—Charles Morris.

Reception following the talk.  Series and lecture sponsors to be announced.  The moderator is Steve Hudspeth.  Registration required.

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Stock Market Game for Teens

Monday, Feb. 10 through Monday, April 7, 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 individually or in teams of two, you’ll 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 02/10-04/07. No class on 02/17. First class meets from 4-5:30 p.m. All other classes meet from 4-5 p.m. For teens in grades 7-12. Registration required.

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Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.
A monthly support group for post-treatment cancer survivors is held at Wilton Library. The Breast Cancer Survival Center, a Fairfield county non-profit, has been holding support groups, retreats and candle lightings for the past 12 years. To learn more about the BCSC visit www.breastcancersurvival.org.  Co-sponsored by the Breast Cancer Survival Center and Wilton Library. Sandwiches, fruits and beverages will be provided. Please call Nina Marino, at 203-857-7304 with any questions. Registration highly encouraged. Additional dates in 2014: March 11, April 8, May 13.

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Wilton Library Readers

Wednesday, Feb. 12, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses The Dinner by Herman Koch. 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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Grab Bag Book Club

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Come and discuss a brand new best selling children’s book! The book for February will be Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman, Newbery Award winning author. 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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Five Building Blocks of Growth for Your Small Business: Strategic Marketing: Finding, Attracting, and Keeping the Right Customers.

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6 – 8 p.m.
Topic: “Strategic Marketing: Finding, Attracting, and Keeping the Right Customers.”   This workshop is the second in a series of five sessions designed to help you analyze and grow your small business. This session will examine how to make marketing more effective by finding and attracting profitable customers that are the best fit with a company’s value proposition.   You will learn: the impact of industry structure on marketing; segmentation—how to segment your customer base and what to do with it; defining customer needs and a company’s competitive advantages; branding and marketing messages; channel selections and tactics.   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 5:30pm. 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. 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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Area Author Affair: A Konstantin – A Red Boyhood: Growing Up Under Stalin

Wednesday, February 12, 6-7:30 PM

A Konstantin writes about his harrowing tale growing up in the Soviet Union during Stalin’s regime and surviving the struggles of refugees after that conflict.  He eventually made it to Germany where he graduated from the Technical University of Munich and then immigrated to the US.  He continued his engineering studies at Columbia and founded PDC International Corporation in 1968.  Mr. Konstantin will be interviewed by local filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris.   Registration encouraged.

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Riverside Reptiles Returns!

Thursday, Feb. 13, 3 – 4 p.m. NEW DATE:Monday, March 3, 4-5 p.m.
Explore the wonderful world of reptiles and amphibians in this engaging program. Meet various examples from these two similar, yet different groups of animals. Learn about their natural history and the importance of their conservation. You will also have a chance to pet a lizard, stare into the eyes of a huge toad, and touch a giant python. Grades K and up, sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund. Registration required.

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Valentine Crafts and Snacks for Teens – POSTPONED

New Time: Friday, Feb. 14, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Teens grades 6 – 12 come make a craft to keep or give to someone special on Valentine’s Day. Refreshments will be provided. Registration required, space is limited. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Feb. 15, 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.  Handheld devices are not recommended because they run a Minecraft app that does not work with the same server.  To be added to the Fairfield County server you must visit the Children’s Desk with a valid library card to be registered. Caretakers must sign in their child with staff member. If the child is not present and signed in by 10:10, the place may be given to a waitlisted child. Caretakers must remain in the building.   Registration required.

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AARP Driver Safety Class

Saturday, Feb. 15, 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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Mommy and Baby Yoga

Saturday, Feb. 15, 10:15 – 11 a.m.
It’s Take Your Child to the Library Day and we have something for everyone! Come to Mommy and Baby Yoga! Sign up your 6 week to pre-crawler baby for a fun time of Yoga with Chiara Rose. Additional dates:  02/8 and 15.  Registration required.

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Tuesday Book Buzz

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

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Teen Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 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:  March 11, April 22, May 20.

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Connecticut’s Own Concert: Folie À Deux

Friday, Feb. 21, 7 – 8 p.m. 
New York City-based violists Nora Krohn and Nick Revel return to Wilton Library for their engaging program, Folie à Deux. Nick Revel is a graduate of Wilton High School and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Nora Krohn, a native of Baltimore, MD and a graduate of Brown University and SUNY Purchase, plays regularly with theRidgefield Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic, and DiCapo Opera. The duo will be performing works for two violas. Registration strongly suggested. Pre-registrants should arrive by 6:50 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 6:50 if space is available.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Feb. 22, 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. Handheld devices are not recommended because they run a Minecraft app that does not work with the same server.  To be added to the Fairfield County server you must visit the Children’s Desk with a valid library card to be registered. Caretakers must sign in their child with staff member. If the child is not present and signed in by 10:10, the place may be given to a waitlisted child. Caretakers must remain in the building.  Registration required.

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Tales to TailsTales to Tails

Saturday, Feb. 22, 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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Winter 2014 Reading Olympics Awards

Saturday, Feb. 22, 3 – 4 p.m.
In celebration of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia, the library challenged young readers to finish two, three or even five books within three weeks.  All of the kids who answered the Winter 2014 Reading Olympic Challenge will receive medals for their reading accomplishments. Crafts will follow in the Children’s Craft Room (3:30 – 4:30 p.m.) Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Winter 2014 Reading Olympics Crafts

Saturday, Feb. 22, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
After children have received their Winter 2014 Reading Olympics Award, they can make special Olympics crafts to take home! Children under 8, must be accompanied by a care-giver, over 8, care-giver must remain in the building. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Wilton Historical Society/Wilton Library – Scholarly Series: American Made: The Industrial Revolution in Connecticut – Ann Greene at the Wilton Historical Society

Sunday, Feb. 23 , 4 – 5:30 p.m. 
“The Erie Canal, A Mule Named Sal, and the Industrialization of America” 

This collaboration between Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society continues its 7th season with “American Made – The Industrial Revolution in Connecticut.”  Americans often remember the Erie Canal as an engineering marvel of the early 19th century. However, in this second lecture of the annual collaboration between the Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society on American Made: The Industrial Revolution in Connecticut, Dr. Ann Greene will discuss the long history of the canal which offers a window into the long history of industrialization, including the energy and environmental history of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Ann Greene is a faculty member and administrator at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of History and Sociology of Science.  She has written a book on the energy history of 19th century America, called Horses at Work: Harnessing Power in Industrial America and specializes in Gilded Age environmental, technological and political history.

The remaining lectures are as follows (please note the location of each lecture):
March 2 at the Wilton Historical Society: “The Rise and Fall of the Connecticut Textile Industry”— Jamie Eves
March 16 at Wilton Library: “Silicon Valley of the 19th Century”—William Hosley
March 30 at the Wilton Historical Society: “The Dawn of Innovation”—Charles Morris.

Reception following the talk.  Series and lecture sponsors to be announced.  The moderator is Steve Hudspeth.  Registration required.

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Whodunit? Book Club

Monday, Feb. 24, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Children in grades 2 and 3 will meet and discuss mystery books as a group. The book for February is Chet Gecko: The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse by Bruce Hale.   Snacks will be provided with 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: Ernest Lopez

Monday, Feb. 24, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
February brings Ernest Lopez to the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program. As an interdisciplinary artist, Lopez works in a variety of media utilizing mass media images, commercial objects, and text to comment on aspects of relationships between individuals and society. Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. Registration suggested.

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Senior Center Book Discussion: The Guns of August

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m. – noon.
David Ostergren will lead a discussion of The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman.  August, 2014, marks the hundredth anniversary of the start of World War I.  This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic dealing with the first month of the war is considered one of the finest works of history written by an American in the 20th Century.  Group meets 4th Tuesday of each month through May. Call the Senior Center for details and to register at 203-834-6240. Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton.

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Video Games: Creating a Family Plan

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 10:30 – noon. POSTPONED TO WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Are you looking for some guidance on establishing healthy limits in gaming?  Join us as Dr. Eric Schleifer talks to parents about the effects of video games on children and how to create a plan for managing video game usage.  Dr. Schleifer received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Gordon F. Derner Center for Psychoanalytic Studies at Adelphi University, where he wrote his dissertation on the long and short-term effects of video games on children. He has worked as a clinician at the Child Guidance Center in Stamford and as an Adjunct Professor for Psychology at Brooklyn College teaching Developmental Psychology to graduate students. Dr. Schleifer currently has a private practice in Stamford serving children, adolescents, and their families.  Registration strongly encouraged. Co-sponsored by Wilton Youth Council’s Parent Connection, Wilton Library and United Way of Coastal Fairfield County.

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Five Building Blocks of Growth for Your Small Business: How to Succeed at Sales

Wednesday, Feb. 26 , 6 – 8 p.m.
This workshop is the third in a series of five sessions designed to help you analyze and grow your small business. This session will examine how to make marketing more effective by finding and attracting profitable customers that are the best fit with a company’s value proposition. You will learn: the impact of industry structure on marketing; segmentation—how to segment your customer base and what to do with it; defining customer needs and a company’s competitive advantages; branding and marketing messages; channel selections and tactics.

Speaker: Brian Baxendale has 20 years B2B experience selling hardware, systems software and services. He also serves as a SCORE counselor. Check-in begins at 5:30pm. 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 are:

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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Author Talk: Patty Chang Anker – Some Nerve

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy the inspiring and inspired talk of author Patty Chang Anker, who set out to be a better role models for her daughters and by conquering her fears ended up embracing life.  In her new book, Some Nerve, Ms. Anker interviews teachers, therapists, coaches and clergy to impart practical advice and profound wisdom, along with sharing her humor and infectious exhilaration when discussing her own triumphs. Books available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration encouraged.

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