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

Events

Poetry in Motion – Breaking the Mold: Submissions

Tuesday, Sept. 2 
“Breaking the Mold,” is a two-performance, poetry and arts event centered around the theme of daring to be different, unique or unconventional! Teens (grade 7 – 12) are invited to submit poetry in keeping with this topic. Submissions accepted September 1 through October 31. Approximately thirty works will be selected for inclusion in the performances. Poems will be paired with music, dance or art in live performances in March 2015. For more information, contact Wilton Library’ s Teen Services Jennifer Walker by phone at 203-762-3950, ext 224, Teen Librarian Susan Lauricella by phone at 203-762-3950, ext 243 or e-mail teenpoetry@wiltonlibrary.org. This program is sponsored by Wilton Library with funding from generous donors.

Lego® Club

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 10, 17 & 24, 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.

Innovation Station Teen Open Session

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 10, 17 & 24, 3 – 6 p.m.
Wilton Library’s new Innovation Station is open to teens ages 13 – 18. Stop in and experiment with Garage Band, iMovie, iPhoto or Final Cut Pro on our iMac; use our Creative Cloud subscription to work with Photoshop, Dreamweaver or Illustrator; create wallets and lanyards with Duct Tape; watch a 3D object being printed or use any of the equipment you’ve been certified on. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form.

Author Talk: Wendy Corsi Staub—The Perfect Stranger: PROGRAM CANCELED

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Wilton Library welcomes New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub for a discussion of her newest novel, The Perfect Stranger. No stranger to thrillers, Wendy explores the world of Internet predators for the second time in this novel in which a group of breast-cancer bloggers must come to terms with the death of a fellow-blogger—who was viciously murdered. A Q & A follows the talk. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration highly encouraged. The program is free of charge.

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Fall Poetry with Judson Scruton

Thursday, Sept. 4, 11, 18 and Friday, Sept. 19, 10:30 – noon.
Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Fall Poetry Series exploring Shakespeare’s Sonnets on September 4, 11, 18 and 19. (note the final date is a Friday).  Judson Scruton, M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry), has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of English at Fairfield University. See the library’s registration link for more details about the speaker. Poetry packet available at front desk one week before seminar begins. No charge for program. Advance registration required.

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Stamford Hospital’s Mobile Facility for Mammography Screening

Friday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wilton Library is teaming up with Stamford Hospital’s Mobile Wellness Program to help bring wellness to where people live, work, play and learn! The coach will be in the front parking lot of the library.  Services offered: Screening Mammography (Women 35-39 years old – schedule a baseline mammogram; Women 40+ years old – schedule an annual mammogram).  The hospital’s mobile service is fully digital, fast, convenient, and private. Insurance is accepted.  To schedule an appointment call 203-276-PINK (7465) and choose option 1.

Robert the Guitar Guy

Friday, Sept. 5, 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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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Sept. 6, 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; no fee.

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Introduction to 3D Printing

Sunday, Sept. 7, 2 – 3 p.m.  
Interested in learning the basics of how to use our new 3D printer, the MakerBot Replicator 2X? If so, join us for a one-hour group demonstration. Afterwards, you can sign up for an individual session and make your own 3D object!  For ages 13 – 113. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop.  Space limited. Registration required. See library website for more details. Once intro class is taken, email innovation@wiltonlibrary.org to schedule one-on-one sessions for 3D printing projects.

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Introduction to 3D Printing

Monday, Sept. 8, 10 – 11 a.m.
Interested in learning the basics of how to use our new 3D printer, the MakerBot Replicator 2X? If so, join us for a one-hour group demonstration. Afterwards, you can sign up for an individual session and make your own 3D object!  For ages 13 – 113. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop.  Space limited. Registration required. Once intro class is taken, email innovation@wiltonlibrary.org to schedule one-on-one sessions for 3D printing projects.

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Coding with Khan for Teens

Monday, Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
This is a continuation of a 10-week online computer science learning program for teens introduced in July sponsored by Bridgewater Associates, an investment management firm, and Wilton Library.  Students continue learning and coding with Khan Academy’s online program while at home or at the library. The Bridgewater mentors will be available through email and act as virtual tutors.  Registration filled.  Sponsored by Bridgewater Associates and Wilton Library.

StorytimeTerrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 16, 23 & 30, 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 registration, no fee. This program runs through Nov. 11.

Create a TV Show for Public Access Television

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Rich Turcsany, Cablevision’s public access coordinator, will present a lecture on what you need to know to create a public access television show.  Mr. Turcsany has over 26 years of experience in cable television production and operations.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Emerson College in Boston.  Topics to be discussed include: community access channels offered on cable TV; how to produce your own Public Access TV show (or submit one for cablecast); review of the public access training program; Q&A.  No charge for program.  Advance registration suggested.

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StorytimeLook, Listen and Learn

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 16, 23 & 30, 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 registration, no fee. This program runs through Nov. 11.

WLA/WGG:  Recycling, Insulation, Lightbulbs & Lunch

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 12 – 2 p.m.
Come to an interactive seminar led by Laurel Kohl,  Energy Technical Specialist for Education and Training at The Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern CT University.  Laurel will engage the audience in a lively discussion about living in a more environmentally responsible way and be available for questions.  Learn about the CT Green LEAF Schools program which helps create a healthy, productive environment for students and for teachers.  A light lunch will be served.  Registration highly recommended.

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Literary Littles

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 16, 23 & 30, 4 – 4:45 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 registration, no fee. This program runs through Nov. 11.

Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 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: Oct. 14 & Nov. 11.

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Introduction to Soldering

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 6 – 7 p.m.
Interested in learning the basics of soldering? If so, join us for a one-hour session where we’ll create a blinking pin for you to wear.  For ages 13-113.  Must have a valid CT library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Please bring the completed form to the workshop.  Space limited to 5 students per session.  Registration required.

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AARP Driver Safety Class

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest classroom driver safety course 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. There are no written or driving tests – classroom only.  NY residents: please contact your insurance carrier to confirm they will accept a Connecticut State class certificate.  Registration required. Program cost: $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members. Bring check or cash only to the session.

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Books for Babies

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 17, 24, 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 registration, no fee.  Caregivers must be present. This program runs through Nov. 12.

Wonderful Ones and Twos

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 17, 24, 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 registration, no program fee. This program runs through Nov. 12.

Wilton Library Readers

Wednesday, Sept. 10, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses The Gift of Rain by Twan Eng Tan. Group meets second Wednesday of each month through June (except December).  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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Making the Break from Employee to Consulting

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 6 – 8 p.m.
This presentation will revolve around the 8 P’s of consulting success: Prepare, Phantasize, Plan, Productize, Promote, Perform, Persist, re-Phantasize.

Participants will learn how to: assess if you are ready to be an independent management consultant; describe how to go about setting up your consulting practice; detail the key elements of a marketing plan for your practice, articulate messages from management consulting that are valuable for those staying with corporate employment.  This class will be taught by Zuhair Suidan, the principal of Suidan Associates, a marketing, strategic planning and business development management consultancy.  He has taught Strategic Marketing and Strategic Management courses as part of the University of Connecticut and Fairfield University MBA and School of Business programs.  Check-in begins at 5:30pm.

SCORE is a non-profit organization that helps individuals start a new business or grow their existing business. Co-sponsored by Fairfield County SCORE, Wilton Library and the Wilton Chamber of Commerce. Visit www.scorenorwalk.org or call SCORE at (203) 831-0065 with any questions and to register. Registration required.

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Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Sept. 11 through Thursday, Nov. 13, 10:15 – 10:45 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.

**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 July 2014 and must be returned by August 28, 2014. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Sept. 11 through Thursday, Nov. 13, 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. **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 July 2014 and must be returned by August 28, 2014. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

Book Buzz

Thursday, Sept. 11, 6 – 7 p.m.
Looking for something good to read next? Bring a friend and join the Book Buzz conversation moderated by Lauren McLaughlin and Karen Zeiback, two of Wilton Library’s knowledgeable librarians, on the second Thursday evening of each month through December. 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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Author Talk: Janet Barrett – They Called Her Reckless

Thursday, Sept. 11, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Author and horsewoman Janet Barrett shares the heart-warming story of Reckless, a wily Korean pony, that carried ammunition up steep hills to the front lines during the Korean War. Reckless was a courageous and indomitable warhorse who stood with her buddies for two years during the Korean War, saving many lives, raising spirits, and winning the love and respect of all who knew her.From the moment she heard about Reckless, Janet Barrett knew she would write this book. Her experiences as a horsewoman gave her a particular appreciation of the tight bond that developed between Reckless and her fellow Marines, from which the story springs. Co-sponsored by the James B. Whipple American Legion Post 86 and Wilton Library. Books will be available for purchase and signing.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Legion Post 86 and Wilton Library.  Registration encouraged.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Sept. 13, 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; no fee.

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New Perspectives Film Series: Finding Vivian Maier

Saturday, Sept. 13, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Finding Vivian Maier is a critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny who took over 100,000 photos and secreted them away in storage lockers. Her work is now regarded as one of the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel. Suggested donation of $5. Refreshments served. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker, Megan Smith-Harris.

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Introduction to 3D Printing

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2 – 3 p.m.  
Interested in learning the basics of how to use our new 3D printer, the MakerBot Replicator 2X? If so, join us for a one-hour group demonstration. Afterwards, you can sign up for an individual session and make your own 3D object!  For ages 13 – 113. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop.  Space limited. Registration required. See library website for more details. Once intro class is taken, email innovation@wiltonlibrary.org to schedule one-on-one sessions for 3D printing projects.

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Introduction to Electronic Sewing

Monday, Sept. 15, 10 – 11 a.m.
Discover Innovation Station’s Singer Futura XL-400 Sewing Machine.  Learn how designs can be printed on fabric, bags and more.  Once intro class is taken, email innovation@wiltonlibrary.org to schedule one-on-one sessions to print a design of your choice. For ages 13-113.  Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 3 students per session.  Registration required.

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Book Buzz

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 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 through December. 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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Introduction to Digital Scanning

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1 – 2 p.m.
Discover Innovation Station’s Digital Scanner.  Learn how to scan photos and what the scanner can do. For ages 13-113.  Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 3 students per session.  Registration required.

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Author Talk: Philippa Gregory—The King’s Curse

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
#1 New York Times Bestselling author Philippa Gregory visits Wilton Library to discuss her latest novel, The King’s Curse, the next volume of the Cousins’ War series. The Starz Network show, The White Queen, is based on these works. The King’s Curse follows Henry VIII’s stratospheric rise to power through the story of deposed royal Lady Margaret Pole. Gregory offers a revolutionary new portrait of the best-known king in history, recasting Henry as an abuser, serial killer, and war criminal. This dark and haunting novel also suggests a decline in mental health leading to a policy of murderous tyranny. A Q&A follows the talk. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. There is no program charge. Registration highly encouraged for this popular author. Pre-registrants should arrive by 6:50 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 6:50 p.m. if space is available.

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ESL (English as a Second Language) Registration & Testing

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Registration and placement testing for ESL classes will take place at Wilton Library. Please note that the ESL class at Wilton Library is for the multi-level student. Class size is limited and will be determined by Placement Testing. Classes are open to Wilton, Westport and Weston residents only. Class testing and registration will be conducted by Westport Continuing Education. Just walk in to take the test. The classes will be held twice-weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. starting on Monday, Sept. 29 at Wilton Library.

Introduction to Soldering

Thursday, Sept. 18, 11 – noon.  
Interested in learning the basics of soldering? If so, join us for a one-hour session where we’ll create a blinking pin for you to wear.  For ages 13-113.  Must have a valid CT library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Please bring the completed form to the workshop.  Space limited to 5 students per session. Registration required.

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Introduction to 3D Printing

Thursday, Sept. 18, 6 – 7 p.m.
Interested in learning the basics of how to use our new 3D printer, the MakerBot Replicator 2X? If so, join us for a one-hour group demonstration. Afterwards, you can sign up for an individual session and make your own 3D object!  For ages 13 – 113. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop.  Space limited. Registration required. Once intro class is taken, email innovation@wiltonlibrary.org to schedule one-on-one sessions for 3D printing projects.

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Awesome Autumn Book Sale

Friday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 21
Friday 12 – 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.

Everyone is covered in this fundraiser – from tots to teens in the Brubeck Room to a full Book Cellar featuring a large assortment of items in more than 50 categories – mysteries, gardening, travel, and science fiction; gently used, new, collectible, rare books, DVDs, CDs, books on CDs. Sunday everything is half-priced.

Minecraft Club

Saturday, Sept. 20, 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; no fee.

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Introduction to Electronic Sewing

Sunday, Sept. 21, 2 – 3 p.m.
Discover Innovation Station’s Singer Futura XL-400 Sewing Machine.  Learn how designs can be printed on fabric, bags and more.  Once intro class is taken, email innovation@wiltonlibrary.org to schedule one-on-one sessions to print a design of your choice. For ages 13-113.  Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 3 students per session.  Registration required.

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Introduction to Electronic Sewing

Monday, Sept. 22, 10 – 11 a.m.
Discover Innovation Station’s Singer Futura XL-400 Sewing Machine.  Learn how designs can be printed on fabric, bags and more.  Once intro class is taken, email innovation@wiltonlibrary.org to schedule one-on-one sessions to print a design of your choice. For ages 13-113.  Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 3 students per session.  Registration required.

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Introduction to Soldering

Monday, Sept. 22, 4 – 5 pm.  
Interested in learning the basics of soldering? If so, join us for a one-hour session where we’ll create a blinking pin for you to wear.  For ages 13-113.  Must have a valid CT library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Please bring the completed form to the workshop.  Space limited to 5 students per session. Registration required.

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Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception: Michele Schuff

Monday, Sept. 22, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
September brings Michele Schuff to the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program. Schuff’s work over the last several years has examined the perception of time and how we measure life’s passing.  Most recently she has begun to cast encaustic: the three dimensional figures create a pattern or measure; incremental changes in color reveal the pulse or sound of the work.  Thematically the three-dimensional forms have come to symbolize loss, longing, and the desire to move past the cycle of life and death.  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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Senior Center Book Discussion: Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology About Birds

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 11 – noon.
Judson Scruton leads a discussion of Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology About Birds.  Bright Wings, through its combination of poetry and lovely illustrations, is described in the Minneapolis Star Tribune as ‘An intelligent assembly of poems that take us places where prose cannot go…. This little book is a reminder that everything important about birds can’t be found in guide books or scientific papers.’  This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month from September through May, excluding December. Call the Senior Center for details and to register at (203) 834-6240. Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton.

Nifty Nutmeggers Book Club

Tuesday, Sept. 23 , 3 – 4 p.m.
Children in grades 4 and 5 are invited to join Wilton Library’s new Nutmeg book club. The Nutmeg Book Award is a program designed for kids in the state of Connecticut. Each year children have the opportunity to read ten carefully chosen books and then vote for their favorite in May. There are two levels for children: Elementary (grades 2-4) and Intermediate (grades 4-6). In this club kids can choose to read one of the assigned monthly books or all two or three. We will come together to discuss the books, have snacks, play games, and do other fun book-related activities. This month’s book choices are Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts (Elem.) and Spy School by Stuart Gibbs (Inter.) This program is a partnership between Wilton Library and Cider Mill School. Registration required; no fee.

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WGG/WLA Green Speaker Series: Martin von Hildebrand with Daryl Hawk

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Martin von Hildebrand will present his talk on ‘The Heart of the Amazon: Indigenous People of Columbia and their Role in Conservation.’ He will then be interviewed by international documentary photographer Daryl Hawk. A lifelong Colombian Amazon advocate and the founder of Fundacion Gaia Amazonas, Hildebrand has worked with the indigenous people to restore their traditional rights to their land and re-educated them on managing and conserving their territories.  The Green Speaker series is co-sponsored by Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library.  No charge.  Registration recommended.

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Free Fiction, Films, and To Go from Wilton Library

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 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. The last session in this series is Oct. 22. Registration is suggested.

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Ambler Farm Reads

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2:15 – 3 p.m.
Children ages 4-6 are invited to join Wilton Library in a visit to Ambler Farm.  Caregivers and children 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!  During the month of September the focus will be seeds.  Registration required, no fee.  Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Additional dates:  Oct. 29 pumpkins; Nov. 12 animals preparing for winter.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Sept. 27, 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; no fee.

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Wilton Reads Book Giveaway: Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The 2014 selection for Wilton Library’s community reads program, Wilton Reads, is the modern American classic Ragtime, by E.L. Doctorow, one of America’s most accomplished and acclaimed living writers. Ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and the First World War and is part of the Modern Library collection of the 100 best novels of all time. Courtesy of Fairfield County Bank, 100 copies of Ragtime will be distributed free on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. in the library Gallery. Several programs are in the works for October to bring the community together to celebrate and discuss this great novel.

Tales to TailsTales to Tails

Saturday, Sept. 27, 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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Introduction to Electronic Sewing

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2 – 3 p.m.
Discover Innovation Station’s Singer Futura XL-400 Sewing Machine.  Learn how designs can be printed on fabric, bags and more.  Once intro class is taken, email innovation@wiltonlibrary.org to schedule one-on-one sessions to print a design of your choice. For ages 13-113.  Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 3 students per session.  Registration required.

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Candlelight Concert at the Wilton Congregational Church

Sunday, Sept. 28, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Candlelight Concerts opens its 67th season with a return visit by acclaimed pianist Marc-André Hamelin, playing works by Field, Debussy, and Beethoven, plus two of his own compositions.     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 visit www.wiltoncandlelightconcerts.org.

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Monday, Sept. 29, 9:30 – 11:30 p.m.
Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Monday, September 29 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until December 15 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no class on Oct. 13) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Sept. 17, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

Introduction to Digital Scanning

Monday, Sept. 29, 1 – 2 p.m.
Discover Innovation Station’s Digital Scanner.  Learn how to scan photos and what the scanner can do. For ages 13-113.  Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 3 students per session.  Registration required.

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Parenting Book Series: Dr. Susan Bauerfeld

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 10:30 – noon.
The Parenting Book Series was established to help parents sift through the avalanche of advice that exists in the world of parenting books. In each session, Susan Bauerfeld, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, ADHD Coach, and mother of three boys, will present an overview of a parenting book chosen for its soundness and relevance to the community. Following the presentation, there will be time for questions and discussion. Reading the book is not required but is encouraged and will likely enhance the discussion. The series will take place on three Tuesdays: Sept. 30, Jan. 13 and Mar. 24, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. The book for September 30 is Mindset by Carol Dweck.  No charge. Co-sponsored by Wilton Youth Council, Parent Connection, and Wilton Library. Registration strongly encouraged.

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Introduction to Digital Scanning

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1 – 2 p.m.
Discover Innovation Station’s Digital Scanner.  Learn how to scan photos and what the scanner can do. For ages 13-113.  Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 3 students per session.  Registration required.

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