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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.