Children’s Events — Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road Wilton, CT 06897 Tel: 203-762-3950

Children

Pumpkin Hunt

Wednesday, Oct. 29 – Friday, Oct. 31
For three days only see the Wilton Library’s Children’s Library transformed into a ghoulish wonderland during regular library hours. Do you have keen eyesight? Maybe you can spot all ten hidden pumpkins!  On Halloween day stop by for Drop-in Halloween Crafts from 10am-5pm, showings of It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown! at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and Halloween Face Painting from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Children’s Intermediate Chess

Thursday, Oct. 2 through Thursday, Nov. 20, 4 – 5 p.m.
Children in grades 3-7 will get instruction from Christopher Potts, an instructor, tournament player and US Chess Federation certified tournament director.  In this program, advanced players will: review the basics; learn more advanced strategy and tactics; learn optimal opening and endgame play; gain an appreciation for the vital importance of making and carrying out sound plans. Time will be provided for students to play games and put the classroom lessons into practice.  Program fee is $80 per student for all eight meetings.  In-person registration is required, payment due at time of registration.

Halloween Movie: It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

Friday, Oct. 31 , 10:30 – 11 a.m. and 2:30 – 3 p.m. 
Come and watch the classic movie ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!’

Halloween Face Painting

Friday, Oct. 31 , 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
Come to the Children’s desk at Wilton Library between 11 a.m. and 1p.m. on Halloween and get your face painted! You can be spooky or funny – whatever you like. No registration; no fee; ages 2 and up.

Minecraft Club

Saturday, Nov. 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; no fee.

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STEAM Team! Renewable Energy

Monday, Nov. 3, 10 & 17, 3:15 – 5 p.m.
Children ages 10-12 will learn about renewable energy sources in this three-week program.  We will explore the history of energy consumption as well as the reasons for pursuing renewable energy sources.  The group will explore solar, water, and wind power using K’Nex Education® Kits.  These programs will be inquiry based; children will have the opportunity to formulate questions based on their natural curiosity and then find answers and conclusions based on the hands-on exploration of each topic. What is STE(A)M education?  The concept of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) programming is an initiative to encourage children in the United States to take an interest in the sciences.  STEM (now STEAM – A for arts) has come to the forefront in the American education system.  The Children’s Library’s goal is to offer STEM programming that allows children the time and means to explore science concepts in a fun, relaxed environment. Ages 10-12.  Registration required, no fee.  Sponsored by the Amadeo Family Fund.15

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Camp Half-Blood Fun-raiser

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
This fall 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 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! Book drawing part of the fun; lunch included.  Pinocchio Pizza of Wilton will be donating the pizzas.  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 in grades 3 through 6.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rainbow Loom

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 12 & 19, 4 – 5 p.m.
Swing by the Wilton Library and enjoy some loopy fun. In this hour long session, kids share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the exciting new craft of Rainbow Loom®! Bring your own loom and make a bracelet. Whatever level of looming you are on, you can share what you know, or learn from a teammate. Kids teach kids in a fun, freeform, instructional program. Some rubber bands will be provided but supplies are limited. Grades 1 and up. No registration required. Caretakers must stay in the building.

Robert the Guitar Guy

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

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Nov. 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; no fee.

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Monster Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Kids want adventure – and they will have one in the Monster Hunt, where they find and capture a lurking monster! Kids track down books containing hidden clues that will lead everyone to the monster’s secret lair. All participants have their own clues and proceed at their own pace, so that everyone succeeds, and everyone is rewarded with their very own monster detective badge!  Grades 2 and up.  Registration required, no fee. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Ambler Farm Reads

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 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 November the focus will be on animals preparing for winter.  Registration required; no fee.  Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Nov. 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; no fee.

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Norwalk Symphony Orchestra–Woodwinds

Saturday, Nov. 15, 11 – noon.
The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra presents Holiday Music from Around the World. Our resident wind quintet will give an interactive presentation of carols, pop tunes and other holiday music from every corner of the globe.  A highlight will be selections from Handel’s Messiah. The presentation will be followed by an instrument petting zoo in which children will have the opportunity to play the recorder and learn how to make a sound on the flute. For children ages four to ten and their families.   Registration required.   Next dates: Feb. 28, 2015—brass; May 9, 2015—percussion.

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Thanksgiving Story Time

Saturday, Nov. 15 , 3 – 3:45 p.m.
Come to the Wilton Library for a special Thanksgiving Story Time! Hear some Thanksgiving stories and see a short film. Ages 4 and up. No registration; no fee.

Nifty Nutmeggers Book Club

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 3 – 4 p.m.
Children in grades 3 through 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 Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Stewart (Elem.), Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000 by Eric Wight (Elem.), and Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George (Inter.)This program is a partnership between Wilton Library and Cider Mill School.  Registration required; no fee.

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Intro to Robotics with Lego Mindstorms

Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 – noon.
Enter the exciting world of robotics! This will be a hands-on class where students in grades 5 – 7 will learn to program a robot using the easy-to-learn yet powerful EV3 programming software. Students program a robot to navigate an obstacle course and complete various challenges that teach the fundamentals of computer programming along with mathematical concepts in a fun and exciting way. Students will work in pairs and a laptop and a robot will be provided to each pair.  Students in grades 5-7. Taught by Vladimir Mariano, President of the Fairfield County Makers Guild.  Limited space and registration required. No programming experience necessary.  Sponsored by the Amadeo Family Fund.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Nov. 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; no fee.

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Tales to TailsTales to Tails

Saturday, Nov. 22, 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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Thanksgiving Crafts

Sunday, Nov. 23, 1 – 4:30 p.m.
Come to Wilton Library and make some cool crafts to take home for Thanksgiving! There will be turkey place settings, coloring sheets, place mats and pilgrim hats to help make your Thanksgiving all the more special. No registration; no fee.

Coding with Khan for 5th and 6th Graders

Sunday, Nov. 23 , 2 – 3 p.m.
Students in grades 5-6 interested in learning the basics of coding, can join us for six sessions (11/23, 12/7, 12/14, 1/11/15, 1/25/15 & 2/1/15). Two high school computer science students will work with the group and guide them through various online coding programs. Registration is required. Limited space. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund.

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Critter Time with the Beardsley Zoo

Monday, Nov. 24, 2 – 3 p.m.
Come to the Wilton Library for a fun and educational program with the Beardsley Zoo! Their Zoomobile will be bringing five animals for kids to interact with and learn about. Can you guess which animals they will be? Grades K and up, registration required. Sponsored by the Amadeo Family Fund.

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Nutcracker Ballet

Monday, Nov. 24, 6 – 7 p.m.
Come to a special Holiday performance by the Wilton Conservatory of Dance! They will be performing highlights from the Nutcracker Ballet by Peter Tchaikovsky. You don’t have to travel to see a wonderful performance by talented local ballerinas.  Short reception to follow performance. Grades K and up. Registration required; no fee.

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Day-After Thanksgiving Movie

Friday, Nov. 28, 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Planes – Fire and Rescue will be shown. Rated PG; 84 minutes. Snacks will be served. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver, children under 12 must have caregivers in the building. No registration; no fee.

Day-After Thanksgiving Movie

Friday, Nov. 28, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Maleficent will be shown. Rated PG; 96 minutes. Snacks will be served. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver, children under 12 must have caregivers in the building. No registration; no fee.

Minecraft Club

Saturday, Nov. 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; no fee.

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