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

Events

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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Norwalk Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, March 1, 10 – 11 a.m.
Children ages 3-10 and their families get to experience hands-on participation with brass instruments.   Advance registration suggested. Norwalk Symphony Orchestra

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, March 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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Flu Shot Clinic at Wilton Library

Saturday, March 1, 10 am – noon.
Flu shots are available to anyone age six years and older. Persons under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No appointment needed, first-come, first-served. Please wear sleeves that roll up easily. Cost is $40 payable by cash or check. Medicare Part B, Anthem and Aetna accepted as payment. Bring your insurance card with you. Sponsored by Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County.

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Dr. Seuss Celebration!

Saturday, March 1, 2 – 2:45 p.m.
Join the Children’s Library in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  Children will listen to some of their favorite stories, and make a craft.  Bring your camera because the Cat in the Hat will be visiting too!  Children in grades K and up with a caregiver in the building.  Registration required, no fee.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Dr. Seuss Celebration!

Saturday, March 1, 3 – 3:45 p.m.
Join the Children’s Library in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  Children will listen to some of their favorite stories, and make a craft.  Bring your camera because the Cat in the Hat will be visiting too!  Children in grades K and up with a caregiver in the building.  Registration required, no fee.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room – Henry Butler

Saturday, March 1, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Award-winning pianist Henry Butler takes to the Brubeck Room stage performing his rich amalgam of jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues, and R&B music, which is as excitingly eclectic as that of his New Orleans birthplace. Blind since birth, he has been arranging, composing and performing professionally since he was twelve. 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. Accommodations provided by Hilton Garden Inn, Norwalk.

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

Sunday, March 2, 4 – 5:30 p.m. 
“The Rise and Fall of the Connecticut Textile Industry – Jamie Eves.”

This is the 3rd lecture in the Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society series “American Made – The Industrial Revolution in Connecticut.”   Jamie Eves will trace the reasons for the rise and decline of Connecticut’s textile industry, its connections to other Connecticut industries, and its ramifications for the future.

Jamie Eves is the Executive Director of the Windham Textile and History Museum and has a Ph. D. in History from the University of Connecticut.   See the registration link for speaker details.

The remaining lectures are as follows (please note the location of each lecture):
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 sponsor is Bankwell in Wilton.  Lecture sponsors: Kathleen and Bill Brennan. The moderator is Max Gabrielson.  Registration required.

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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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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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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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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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Parenting Book Series with Dr. Susan Bauerfeld

Tuesday, March 4, 10:30 – 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 March is No: Why Kids – of All Ages – Need to Hear it and Ways Parents Can Say It by Dr. David Walsh, Ph.D.   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.

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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

Matters of the Heart: A Forum on Heart Disease

Tuesday, March 4, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Wilton Library, Wilton Family Y and RVNA present a free forum on heart disease and the latest advances in treatments, medications, research and development.

Panelists include Dr. Michael L. Dewar, Cardio-Thoracic surgeon and Assistant Clinical Professor of Cardiac Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine, who will address the newest surgical techniques; Robert Bepko, Jr., Director of Professional Services for Norwalk Hospital, who will discuss the latest research and development in cardiac care; and Martha Bryce, Nurse and Heart Champion, who will discuss her own experience from the patient’s point of view.

The moderator is President and CEO of Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association (RVNA) Theresa Santoro. All participants receive a free ‘Try the Y’ pass! RVNA and Wilton Family Y will offer Free Blood Pressure Screenings, as well as Heart Healthy snacks at the library from 6:00pm- 7:00 p.m. prior to the forum.

The RVNA will offer free non-fasting cholesterol screenings from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5 at the Wilton Family Y. Appointment required – please call the RVNA at 203-438-5555, ext. 1005 to book.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A. 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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Awesome Origami

Wednesday, March 5, 4 – 5 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to create amazing Origami? This intricate Japanese art form has been around for thousands of years. Come to Wilton Library and let staff member Shayna Simpson show you how to make a box, a crane and maybe something else!  No prior experience required. Registration required, Grades 2 and up. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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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 Guitar Guy

Friday, March 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; no fee.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Children’s Garden Club

Friday, March 7, 4 – 5 p.m.
Children in grades K and up are invited to join this weekly Garden Club!  Throughout the spring, summer, and fall we will plan, plant, tend, and eat fruits and vegetables in our raised-bed garden.  During the month of March we will meet to plan our garden and prepare for springtime planting.  This is a fun activity for the whole family!  Please contact the head of the Children’s Library, Andrea Falkner, for more information and to sign up for the program: afalkner@wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-3950 x225.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, March 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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Schmitty the Weather Dog

Saturday, March 8, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Author Elly McGuire, Ron the Weatherman and Schmitty the Weather Dog visit Wilton Library courtesy of Elm Street Books. In her new book, Schmitty the Weather Dog, Schmitty leaps into action to help her two-legged Dad become a TV weatherman. Schmitty shows that it doesn’t matter what size you are or what people say about you; you can do anything if you put your mind to it. There will be a reading, weather chat, a rousing sing-a-long and Schmitty will also shake hands. Books on sale with author signing. Grades K and up. Under 8, caretakers must stay with children; over 8, caretakers must remain in the building. Registration suggested.

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Candlelight Concert at the Wilton Congregational Church—David Shifrin, Clarinet, with the Amphion String Quartet

Sunday, March 9 , 4 – 5:30 p.m. 
Eminent clarinetist David Shifrin will be joined by the Amphion String Quartet in a program including Wolf’s Serenade and clarinet quintets by Mozart and Brahms, perennial favorites of chamber music lovers. 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.

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Music Appreciation 101: The Music in the Words with Allen Brings

Tuesday, March 11, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Composer and pianist Allen Brings provides an understanding of how composers have put music to words and how profoundly these practices move and influence us. Allen Brings is a composer and pianist and is the Vice President of Connecticut Composers, Inc., a non-profit organization of composers living in or having ties to Connecticut.  Mr. Brings also will be conducting a class on Tuesday, March 25: The Elements of Music Then and Now. No charge. Registration encouraged.

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Teen Advisory Board Meeting

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

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Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group

Tuesday, March 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.  No charge. 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: April 8, May 13.

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Mountaineer Robert Mads Anderson with Daryl Hawk

Tuesday, March 11, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Mountaineer, author, explorer, advertising guru and motivational speaker Robert Mads Anderson led the first and only successful ascent on Mount Everest’s Kangshung Face, completed without oxygen or Sherpa support, before going on to solo ascend the remaining six of the world’s seven summits. His previous adventure took him to the North Pole in a Russian biplane. Join us as Robert Mads Anderson is interviewed by international documentary photographer and fellow Explorers Club member Daryl Hawk. With photos and first person video, Robert will tell the tale of starting last year in Antarctica in an avalanche, ascending an unclimbed peak and making a rapid ascent to the top of the continent. No charge. Registration recommended.

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AARP Driver Safety Class

Wednesday, March 12, 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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Wilton Library Readers

Wednesday, March 12, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. 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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Soaptastic Fun

Wednesday, March 12, 4 – 5 p.m.
Did you ever wonder how soap and lotions are made? Come to Wilton Library for some soaptastic fun! Catherine Romer, the owner of Nod Hill Soap in Wilton, will show you how to make some wonderful, all natural soaps and lotions. Grades 2 and up. No charge. Registration required.

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Five Building Blocks of Growth for Your Small Business: “Building a Winning Plan for Growth.”

Wednesday, March 12, 6 – 8 p.m.
This session shows how a business can evaluate its business strategy by estimating the financial value of that strategy: what are the projected revenues, profits and cash flow. It will also cover how those projections can be executed in the form of a business plan.

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 workshop is:

March 26: Tools to Improve Your Business: Lower Your Costs and Increase Your Customers’ Satisfaction.

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Art Smart: Mondrian Masterpieces

Thursday, March 13 , 3 – 4 p.m.
Children in grades 3 – 5 can join in this fun art class to make their very own masterpiece. Betsy Huffman will teach the children about Mondrian’s early 20th century artistic style and then the children can get creative with the red, blue, and yellow hues.  After the masterpieces are complete, the artwork will hang in an art show during Wilton Library’s annual Beyond Words event to benefit the Library. Registration required (children only), no fee.  Caregivers must remain in the building for children under the age of 12. For more information about Beyond Words, please visit the library’s Beyond Words page.

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Art Smart: Mondrian Masterpieces

Thursday, March 13, 4 – 5 p.m.
Children in grades PreK-2 can join in this fun art class to make their very own masterpiece. Betsy Huffman will teach the children about Mondrian’s early 20th century artistic style and then the children can get creative with the red, blue, and yellow hues.  After the masterpieces are complete, the artwork will hang in an art show during Wilton Library’s annual Beyond Words event to benefit the Library. Registration required (children only), no fee.  Caregivers must remain in the building for children under the age of 12. For more information about Beyond Words, please visit the library’s Beyond Words page.

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Children’s Garden Club

Friday, March 14, 4 – 5 p.m.
Children in grades K and up are invited to join this weekly Garden Club!  Throughout the spring, summer, and fall we will plan, plant, tend, and eat fruits and vegetables in our raised-bed garden.  During the month of March we will meet to plan our garden and prepare for springtime planting.  This is a fun activity for the whole family!  Please contact the head of the Children’s Library, Andrea Falkner, for more information and to sign up for the program: afalkner@wiltonlibrary.org or 203-762-3950 x225.

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Wilton Arts Council Focus ’14 Art Exhibition Reception

Friday, March 14, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Reception for the photographers exhibiting in the Wilton Arts Council Focus ’14 Juried Photography Exhibition, an annual exhibition featuring artists using a variety of photography media. Exhibition runs through March 29. A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. Reception open to the public.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, March 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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New Perspectives Film Series—Trash Dance

Saturday, March 15, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks and in the men and women who pick up trash. On an abandon airport strip one night only, she creates a “dance” of men and machines – a stunningly beautiful and moving performance.  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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Saint Patrick’s Day Crafts

Sunday, March 16, 1 – 4:30 p.m.
Come and celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with a handmade craft! Rainbows with pots of gold and green carnations for bouquets will be available for kids who love crafts. Drop in, no registration required. Under 8 caretaker must stay with child, over 8 caretaker must stay 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 – William Hosley at Wilton Library

Sunday, March 16, 4 – 5:30 p.m. 
“Silicon Valley of the 19th Century – William Hosley”

This is the 4th lecture in the Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society series “American Made – The Industrial Revolution in Connecticut.”   William Hosley will present a picture show and lecture on Connecticut’s contribution to the Industrial Revolution. The Connecticut Valley became America’s first high-tech industrial corridor – the vanguard of a technology-based revolution that changed the world of work, producing guns, typewriters, sewing machines, bicycles, automobiles and more using machines.

William Hosley, the principal of Terra Firma Northeast, is an independent scholar, cultural resource consultant, planner, writer and photographer. He was formerly Director of the New Haven Museum and Connecticut Landmarks and prior to that, curator and exhibition developer at Wadsworth Atheneum.    See the registration link for speaker details.

The remaining lecture is March 30 at the Wilton Historical Society: “The Dawn of Innovation”—Charles Morris.

Reception following the talk.  No charge, but donations are always welcomed.  Series sponsor is Bankwell in Wilton.  Lecture sponsor: Lee Wilson, Wilson Properties. The moderator is Steve Hudspeth.  Registration required.

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Irish Music with Bill Devlin

Monday, March 17, 4 – 5 p.m.
Come to Wilton Library to hear authentic Irish music with Bill Devlin. Bill Devlin (wooden flute, whistle) has studied with traditional Galway flute player Jack Coen of the Bronx. He has been performing with the Shamrogues of Fairfield, Conn. for the past fourteen years. Appropriate and enjoyable for young and old, come celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with us! Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund. Grades 1 and up. No charge. Registration recommended.

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Tuesday Book Buzz

Tuesday, March 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.  No charge. Registration suggested. Additional dates: April 15, May 20, June 17.

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Cyberbullying: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Tuesday, March 18, 11 am – 1 pm. 
What is cyberbullying? How does it work? How can parents effectively respond? What are current school policies on cyberbullying? Join us for an informative discussion with local experts on the issues surrounding cyberbullying. Presenters are Jo Ann Freiberg, Ph.D., Educational Consultant for the State of Connecticut, Department of Education; Matt Hepfer, Director of Technology, Wilton Public Schools; and Charles A. Smith, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, Wilton Public Schools. No charge. Registration suggested. Co-sponsored by Wilton Youth Council, Wilton Library, Wilton Public Schools and United Way of Coastal Fairfield County.

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Grab Bag Book Club

Wednesday, March 19, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Come and discuss a brand new best selling children’s book! The book for The book for March will be From Texas With Love by Dan Gutman. In this follow up to his series The Genius Files, twins Pepsi and Coke take a long strange trip through some of the weirdest places in America. Fans of Dan Gutman’s rowdy humor will enjoy the discussion. 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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Calling All Cupcake Connoisseurs

Wednesday, March 19, 4 – 5 p.m.
Are you Crazy for Cupcakes? Are you Fond of Frosting? If so, come to Wilton Library, where staff member Shayna Simpson will help you get on board with the Current Craze for Cupcakes! You will be able to create a ducky cupcake and an alien and more! And even better, you get to take them home! Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund. Grades 2 and up.  Registration required.

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 Recycle It! Art

Thursday, March 20, 4 – 5 p.m.
Children in grades 2-4 are invited to do some eco-crafting with Batik Paper. Batik paper is made using crayons and paint to design an interesting art project. We will melt down some of our old crayons to make new ones then design our creations.This program is part of the Aldrich Museum’s Draw On! program. Registration required. Grades 2-4 with caregivers in the building.

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Poetry in Motion—Where I Stand (SOLD OUT)

Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Poetry in Motion—Where I Stand is a two-performance, poetry and arts event created by teens in grades 7 through 12. Receptions follow each evening’s performance. Tickets: $5 SOLD OUT. Snow date: Sunday, March 23, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, March 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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Whodunit? Book Club

Monday, March 24, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Children in grades 2 and 3 will meet and discuss mystery books as a group. The book for March is The Mystery of Meerkat Hill by Alexander McCall Smith.   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: Elizabeth Lazeren

Monday, March 24, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
March brings Elizabeth Lazeren to the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program.   Elizabeth graduated from the Hartford Art School and instructed students of art for 22 years.  She is best known for her richly depicted marine paintings that have a solitary and sublime melancholy. At Weir Farm she aims to explore a different landscape – woodland and field scenes, tree & brush forms, forest spaces and freshwater estuaries. Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. Registration suggested.

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Reel Mondays: The Invisible War

Monday, March 24, 7 – 9:30 p.m. 
The Wilton League of Women Voters and Wilton Library present The Invisible War in the third in this season’s series of provocative documentary films.  This is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best-kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. Profoundly moving, the film follows the stories of several idealistic young servicewomen who were raped and then betrayed by their own officers when they courageously came forward to report. The film is so powerful it has already helped change military policy.  Jennifer McNamara, President of Wilton’s Domestic Violence Task Force, will introduce the film and moderate the discussion afterwards.  Refreshments served. No charge, although donations are welcome. Co-sponsored by the Wilton League of Women Voters and Wilton Library.

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Music Appreciation 101: The Elements of Music Then and Now with Allen Brings

Tuesday, March 25, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Composer and pianist Allen Brings provides an understanding of melodies and how they are used.  While melodic styles have changed, sometimes radically, during the past 1500 years, whether it is used by itself or in combination with other lines to create harmony, melody has not changed its fundamental nature during that time.  How a melody is designed depends on many factors, and several of these will be illustrated during the class. Allen Brings is a composer and pianist and is the Vice President of Connecticut Composers, Inc., a non-profit organization of composers living in or having ties to Connecticut.  See library’s website for more details.  No charge. Registration encouraged.

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Senior Center Book Discussion: Heart of Darkness and Other Tales

Tuesday, March 25, 11 a.m. – noon.
Charles Safford  will lead a discussion of Heart of Darkness and Other Tales by Joseph Conrad..  Since it was published in 1899, the novel has been variously published and translated into many languages and in 1998 was rated by Modern Library as one of the hundred best novels of 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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Book Discussion Group: Elizabeth Strout’s “The Burgess Boys” with Susan Boyar

Wednesday, March 26, 10:30 – noon.
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses The New York Times bestseller The Burgess Boys by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout in advance of her author talk appearance at Wilton Library on Thursday, April 10, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Advance registration suggested for both the book discussion and the author talk.

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Miniatures a la Mode

Wednesday, March 26, 4 – 5 p.m. 
Calling all kids who are mad about miniatures! Come to Wilton Library and learn how to make some high end dollhouse furniture. Staff member Lesley Keogh will show you how to create beds, tables and sofas to help furnish the dollhouse of your dreams. Grades 2 and up. No charge. Registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Five Building Blocks of Growth for Your Small Business: “Tools to Improve Your Business: Lower Your Costs and Increase your Customers’ Satisfaction”

Wednesday, March 26, 6 – 8 p.m. 
This final session will cover cost reduction. Drawing from the discipline of Lean and Six Sigma, there are a number of simple cost-reduction methods which are appropriate for small businesses.

Speakers:  John Harmon and Andy Jawlik.  Harmon is 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. Jawlik is Managing Director of Jawlik and Associates, LLC which provides consulting and training in process and quality improvement. He is a Lean Six Sigma black belt and he draws on experience from IBM as a process executive. He is currently writing a book, The Most Confusing Statistical Concepts in Lean Six Sigma. He is also a SCORE business 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.

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WGG/WLA Green Speaker Series: The City Dark Film Screening

Thursday, March 27, 7 – 8:30 pm.
The City Dark is a feature documentary about the loss of night. After moving to NYC from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks a simple question – do we need the stars? – taking him from Brooklyn to Mauna Kea, Paris, and beyond. Featuring stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, The City Dark is the definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars. The Green Speaker series is co-sponsored by Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library. No charge. Registration recommended.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, March 29, 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, March 29, 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.  No program charge, registration is required.

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

Sunday, March 30, 4 – 5:30 p.m. 
“The Dawn of Innovation – Charles Morris”  

This is the 5th and final lecture in the Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society series “American Made – The Industrial Revolution in Connecticut.”   In The Dawn of Innovation: The First American Industrial Revolution, Mr. Morris shows us that the platform for America’s spectacular growth spurt was built in the first half of the century.    The War of 1812 jump started the great New England cotton mills, the iron centers in Connecticut and Pennsylvania and the forges around the Great Lakes.  Mr. Morris will present an overview of the book and its arguments with special emphasis on Connecticut’s own Eli Whitney.

Charles R. Morris has written fourteen books, including The Cost of Good Intentions, one of the New York Times’ Best Books of 1980, The Coming Global Boom, a New York Times’ Notable Book of 1990, The Tycoons, a Barrons’ Best Book of 2005, and The Trillion Dollar Meltdown, a New York Times’ Notable Book of the Year 2008. See the registration link for speaker details.

Reception following the talk.  No charge, but donations are always welcomed. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Elm Street Books.  Series sponsor is Bankwell in Wilton.  Lecture sponsors: Lila and Buck Griswold. The moderator is Steve Hudspeth.  Registration required.

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