2014 February 12 — 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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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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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, 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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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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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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