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

Events

Cake Pops for Teens

Monday, June 2, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Teens in grades 6 through 12 can drop by to create one-of-a-kind cake pops. No registration required; no fee; while supplies last. Sponsored by the John & Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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StorytimeTerrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, April 8 through Tuesday, June 10, 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. No story time during the week of April 14.

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StorytimeLook, Listen and Learn

Tuesday, April 8 through Tuesday, June 10, 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. No story time during the week of April 14.

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Literary Littles

Tuesday, April 8 through Tuesday, June 10, 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. No story time during the week of April 14.

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Books for Babies

Wednesday, April 9 through Wednesday, June 11, 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. No story time during the week of April 14.   Caregivers must be present.

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Wonderful Ones and Twos

Wednesday, April 9 through Wednesday, June 11, 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. No story time during the week of April 14.

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Lego® Club

Wednesday, June 4, 11, 18 & 25, 4 – 5 p.m.
Kids in grades K and up are invited to join this weekly Lego® Club.  Each session will be based on a new theme such as castles, vehicles, towers and more.  Children will learn about the theme through stories and non-fiction books and then create a Lego® masterpiece from the library’s Lego® collection.  There are 20 spots available for this program on a first come, first served basis each week.  Tickets will be passed out at the Children’s reference desk starting at 3:45 p.m. the day of the program.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Summer Poetry Series with Joanne Ecke

Thursday, June 5, 12, 19 & 26, 10:30 – noon.
Joanna Ecke leads this 4-part Spring Poetry Series exploring Robert Frost’s poetry. Poetry packets will be available at the front desk before the seminar begins. No charge for program. Advance registration required.

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Scenes from Coppelia

Thursday, June 5, 6 – 7 p.m.
Once again, Wilton Library and the Wilton Conservatory of Dance are partnering for a wonderful event for all ages. The talented young dancers will perform scenes from the ballet Coppelia by E. T. A. Hoffmann. This is a great way to introduce a young child to the world of ballet.  A short reception will follow. Registration required; K and up, please register every person separately.

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Your Elevator Speech

Thursday, June 5, 6 – 8 p.m.
SCORE of Fairfield County, Wilton Library, and Wilton Chamber of Commerce present a seminar that will help people to develop a concise, compelling and memorable introduction to enhance your business opportunities. Topics include: the 5 elements of a successful introduction; brand yourself quickly and memorably;

how to pick up on signals from the audience; understanding the importance of establishing and maintaining connections. Speaker:  Stanley Witkow, a SCORE counselor for more than ten years, is the former general counsel of GE Capital IT Solutions. He has been mentoring and providing career counseling since 2008. He helps clients develop compelling stories about themselves and to set achievable goals. Registration required. Visit www.scorenorwalk.org or call SCORE at (203) 831-0065 to register.

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The Guitar Guy

Friday, June 6, 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. Parent and each child must be registered separately. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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“Three Friends: Drawing, Painting, Collage” Art Exhibition Reception

Friday, June 6, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Works created by Deborah K. Flavin, Linda Nemergut, and Barbara Ripps. A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. Exhibition runs through Saturday, June 28th. Reception open to the public. Press Release.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, June 7, 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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Merrilee Mannerly: A Magnificent New Musical

Tuesday, June 10, 4 – 5 p.m.
The Summer Theatre of New Canaan will be presenting scenes from their new production of Merrilee Mannerly: A Magnificent New Musical. Based on the Mom’s Choice Award-winning book by Mary Cashman and Cynthia Whipple, this is a fun and enjoyable way to show your child about manners and music! See the registration link for further details.  Registration required, grades K and up. Please register each person separately.

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Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group

Tuesday, June 10, 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.

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Wilton Library Readers

Wednesday, June 11, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem. 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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Ambler Farm Reads

Wednesday, June 11, 2:15 – 3 p.m.
Children ages 4 – 6 and their caregivers will meet at Ambler Farm to enjoy theme-based stories as well as a nature walk.  Children may check books out at the farm, so make sure to bring your library card.  June’s gathering focuses on chickens  Registration required; no fee.  Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

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Drop-in Father’s Day Crafts

Friday, June 13, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Children of all ages can stop by during regular library hours and make a craft to take home to Dad for Father’s Day. Made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Summer StoryBook Ballet

Fridays, June 13, 20 & 27, 10:15-11 a.m.

StoryBook Ballet is the Signature class at Fleur de Lis Academy. Every dancer is made to feel like a princess or prince as they learn classical ballet concepts with uninhibited creative dance. Each class incorporates storybooks, thematic costumes and special props. Dance games, interactive songs, and coordinated music inspire the dancers in this fanciful ballet class. Classes will be taught by the Director of Fleur de Lis Academy. Girls and boys ages 3-6. Caregiver in the building. Registration required for each individual session.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Author Talk: Jane Green—Tempting Fate; Mary Kay Andrews – Save the Date

Friday, June 13, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
New York Times bestselling authors Jane Green and Mary Kay Andrews stop by Wilton Library for an informal conversation with each other about their latest novels – Tempting Fate (released in March) for Ms. Green and Save the Date (releasing June 3) for Ms. Andrews. Q & A and book signing following the talk. Books available for sale courtesy of Elm Street Books.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, June 14, 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 - Diana Vreeland—The Eye Has to Travel

Saturday, June 14, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL is an intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of one of the most influential women of the twentieth century, an enduring icon who has had a strong influence on the course of fashion, beauty, publishing and culture.  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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Wilton Library Summer Reading Program Registration Week

Tuesday, June 17 through Friday, June 20
Kids can register all summer long for the summer reading program. They will receive prizes for every 10 books or 500 pages they read. The last day for logging summer reading to receive regular prizes is Saturday, Aug. 23. Last day to reach the goal of 60 books/3000 pages and be included in the Awards Ceremony is Friday, Aug. 15.  The theme for the summer reading program is Mythical, Magical Summer Reading.

Head straight to Evanced to register now!

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Tuesday Book Buzz

Tuesday, June 17, 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.

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Teen Summer Reading

Friday, June 20 through Friday, August 15th
The Teen Summer Reading Program is underway now, and ends on Friday August 15th.  Weekly, teens entering grades 6-12 can access EVANCED, the online program to record the number of pages read.  There will be a weekly drawing for $10 gift certificates. The end-of-summer grand prize will be a $100 AmEx Gift Card.  For more details, stop by Teen Services or call 203-762-3950, ext. 243.

Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

Head to Evanced to register now!

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Grab Bag Book Club

Wednesday, June 18, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Come and discuss a brand new bestselling children’s book! The book for June will be Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done by Stephan Pastis. 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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Author Talk: Lisa See – China Dolls

Thursday, June 19, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
The New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Lisa See, will be visiting Wilton Library to introduce her latest novel, China Dolls. China Dolls is set in the ‘Chop Suey Circuit’ of San Francisco right before World War II and follows three girls from very different backgrounds who find themselves competing at the same audition for showgirl roles at San Francisco’s exclusive ‘Oriental’ nightclub, the Forbidden City. China Dolls is Lisa See’s ninth book, including Peony in Love and Shanghai Girls, for which she has received international acclaim for her great skill at rendering the intricate relationships of women and the complex meeting of history and fate. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books of New Canaan. No charge for the program. Registration highly recommended.

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Teddy Bear Picnic

Friday, June 20, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Join us for teddy-bearific stories, songs and crafts.  Bring your favorite Teddy Bear (or other stuffed animal).  Juice and cookies will be served. Ages 3-5 years with parent/caregiver. Registration is required, there is no program fee.  Made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, June 21, 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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Ian Harleman Jazz Camp Rising Musicians’ Performance

Sunday, June 22, 5:00 – 7 p.m.
The Ian Harleman Rising Musicians’ Scholarship was created as a tribute to the memory of Ian Harleman, a lover of music, people and life. The Scholarship was established as a result of the outpouring of generosity and love from friends and family, in memory of Ian. Its mission is to educate, entertain and inspire middle school and high school students who are passionate about music. This is the second year that the scholarship supported weekly music lessons for deserving students. Their lessons have prepared them to perform with other students and young adults in the Brubeck Room. A reception follows the performance. Registration is required. Seating is limited.

Students interested in applying for the scholarship should submit an application.

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Whodunit? Book Club

Monday, June 23, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Children in grades 2 and 3 will meet and discuss mystery books as a group. The book for June is The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog by John Erickson.  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: Anneliese Vobis

Monday, June 23, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
June brings Anneleise Vobis to the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program.  Anneleise co-founded the Science Species Lab, an institute whose proficiencies range from the microscopic to the transnational. They construct synthetic landscapes that investigate this unique period of American culture and global consumption. Each artist in the lab creates a sensory experience of an otherworldly landscape that evolves and changes throughout the duration of the exhibition, inviting viewers to engage with the work by meandering, investigating, and experiencing these staged environments.  At Weir Farm, Anneleise will transform recycled 100% sheep wool sweaters to hybrid organisms via the Shibori method of felting materials. Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. No charge. Registration suggested.

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Free Fiction, Films, and Fugues To Go from Wilton Library

Wednesday, June 25 , 1 – 2:30 p.m.  
BYOD – Bring your own device and follow along as Melissa Baker demonstrates our free downloadables and streaming media. You will learn about our downloadable eBooks (OverDrive), downloadable eMagazines (Zinio), streaming movies (IndieFlix), and streaming jazz and classical music (Naxos Music Library), all available 24/7 from Wilton Library. There is something for everyone and hours of enjoyment for patrons with Wilton Library cards. Presented by Wilton Library for seniors at the Senior Center, Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton. Sessions will be offered the fourth Wednesday of the month through October. Registration suggested. Call the Senior Center at 203-834-6240 to register.

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Camp Half-Blood Fun-raiser

Thursday, Aug. 7, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. POSTPONED.  New Date TBA.
This summer a mysterious glowing symbol will appear above your head that will confirm what you’ve always secretly known – you are the child of a Greek god. Join other half-bloods at the Wilton library for a summer camp like no other! Based on the acclaimed children’s series Percy Jackson and the Olympians written by Rick Riordan, this day camp will include all the training a growing half-blood needs to survive ancient Greek monsters in our modern world. You’ll be claimed by a Greek god, solve a prophecy foretold by the Oracle of Delphi, make your way through the Labyrinth, and much more!   This program is a fundraiser for the Children’s Library. Registration in person. Payment must be made at time of registration. $55.00 per child. For children going into Grades 3 thru 6.

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Fairy Doll Workshop

Friday, June 27, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Children ages 5 and up are invited to stop by the Children’s Library to make a Fairy Doll.  Mrs. Keogh will be available to show kids how to create their own unique fairy out of a variety of craft materials.  Parental guidance is suggested. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, June 28, 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, June 28, 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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