2014 February 9 — Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road Wilton, CT 06897 Tel: 203-762-3950


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.


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.


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.