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

Children

Critter Encounter

Wednesday, April 16, 2 – 3 p.m.
Come to a fun and educational program with Earthplace’s Critter Encounter!  A naturalist from Earthplace will be bringing a reptile, bird, amphibian and mammal to visit the Wilton Library. Children will learn all sorts of interesting facts about our friends in Nature.  Registration required, grades K and up.  Children under 8 must stay with caregivers; 8 to 12 year olds must have caregivers remain in the building.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Lego® Club

Wednesday, April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 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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Grab Bag Book Club

Wednesday, April 16, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Come and discuss a brand new best selling children’s book! The book for The book for April will be Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy By Karen Foxlee. This luminous retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s story “The Snow Queen” will appeal to lovers of fantasy. 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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Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, April 10 through Thursday, May 29, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Thursday, April 10 through Thursday, May 29, 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 March 17, 2014 and must be returned by April 7, 2014. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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A Peek Into Poetry

Thursday, April 17, 4 – 5 p.m.
In recognition of April as National Poetry Month, the Children’s Library will present four programs celebrating the art and enjoyment of poetry. Children will be introduced to various forms of poetry; they will be encouraged to read poetry out loud, and to write their own poetry to share with the class, if they wish.   At the final session on Thursday, April 24th, Alan Katz, a renowned local poet, will be our guest. Parents are welcome to attend along with their children. Grades 2 through 4, registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Easter Egg Hunt

Friday, April 18, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
What are all these eggs doing in the Children’s Library? Pick up an Easter Egg Hunt list from the Children’s Reference Desk to help you keep track of all the eggs. Try to spot all ten!

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Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
What are all these eggs doing in the Children’s Library? Pick up an Easter Egg Hunt list from the Children’s Reference Desk to help you keep track of all the eggs. Try to spot all ten!

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, April 19, 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, April 21, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Children in grades 2 and 3 will meet and discuss mystery books as a group. The book for April is Tuesday by David Wiesner, a Caldecott Medal award winner.  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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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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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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A Peek Into Poetry

Thursday, April 24, 4 – 5 p.m.
In recognition of April as National Poetry Month, the Children’s Library will present four programs celebrating the art and enjoyment of poetry. Children will be introduced to various forms of poetry; they will be encouraged to read poetry out loud, and to write their own poetry to share with the class, if they wish.   At the final session on Thursday, April 24th, Alan Katz, a renowned local poet, will be our guest. Parents are welcome to attend along with their children. Grades 2 through 4, registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Wilton Library’s Annual Gigantic Book Sale Fundraiser

Saturday, April 26 through Tuesday, April 29.
Saturday, April 26: 7 – 9 a.m. Early Buyers with $15 admissions fee, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. free to public.
Sunday, April 27: noon – 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Rare books, silent auction.  Check out the Silent Auction highlights.
Monday, April 28: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. books ½ price.
Tuesday, April 29: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. $5 per bag.

Press Release
Features more than 70,000 items sorted in more than 50 categories – mysteries, gardening, travel, and science fiction; gently used, new, collectible, rare books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape and CDs. On Saturday, the Rotary Club of Wilton will sell hot dogs and sodas at lunchtime. Proceeds benefit the library.  PLEASE NOTE:  THE LAST DAY WE ARE ABLE TO ACCEPT BOOK DONATIONS BEFORE THE BOOK SALE IS FRIDAY, APRIL 11.  WE WILL RESUME TAKING BOOK DONATIONS ON FRIDAY, MAY 16.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, April 26, 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, April 26, 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.  Registration is required.

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Children’s Beginner Chess

Thursday, May 1 through Thursday, June 19, 4 – 5 p.m.
Children in grades 1-7 will get beginner chess instruction from Christopher Potts, an instructor, tournament player and US Chess Federation certified tournament director.  In this program, new players will learn: the history and rules of the game; basic checkmate themes and patterns; basic strategy and tactics. 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.

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Children’s Advanced Chess

Thursday, May 1 through Thursday, June 19 , 5 – 6 p.m.
Children in grades 3-7 will get beginner chess 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.

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The Guitar Guy

Friday, May 2, 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. Parent and each child must be registered separately. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Free Comic Book Day

Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The first Saturday of May is Free Comic Book Day, a program for kids that love comics.  Come to the Children’s Reference Desk in the Wilton Library to receive a free comic to take home. Generously provided by Newtown’s Cave Comics, a fun and interesting variety of reading material will be available. It is also the 75th Anniversary of Batman! A comic trivia test featuring the Dark Knight and others will also be available for those who want to test their superhero trivia skills.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, May 3, 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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Frogs, Bugs and Animals

Saturday, May 3, 2 – 3 p.m.
Come to the Wilton Library for a fun filled program with Jason from Green Meadows Farm! He will be bringing a bunch of loveable creatures, including bugs, frogs, hedgehogs, bunnies and Feathers the Fluffiest Chicken in the World.  Jason will teach the children about frogs and bugs and then everyone will get to pat the animals. The audience will all join in for a version of the ‘Chicken Dance’ with Feathers, finishing up with a giant balloon!  Grades K and up, registration required. Parent must register self and each child separately. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Wilton Schools Fine and Performing Arts (FAPA) Exhibit Opening Reception

Monday, May 5, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Join us in a celebration of the Wilton Schools’ Fine and Performing Arts Exhibition at the Wilton Library featuring over 400 works from students in kindergarten through 12th grade on exhibit throughout the library. During the reception, student musical performances will also take place in the Brubeck Room. Refreshments served. The exhibit will run from May 5 – May 29.

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Author Talk: Amanda Kingloff – Project Kid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun

Tuesday, May 6, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Children ages 6 and up and their caregivers can join us for a “crafternoon” with Amanda Kingloff, former lifestyle director of five years for Parents Magazine and author of Project Kid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun (April 2014).  Amanda will guide the way to making beautiful paper carnations, made of just tape, straws and cupcake liners! Ages 6 and up with caregivers.  Registration required for each individual child. Books for sale and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books.

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Ambler Farm Reads

Wednesday, May 7, 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.  During the month of May the focus will be on bees.  Registration required.  Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.  Program runs through June.

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Pokemon Game and Swap

Wednesday, May 7, 14, 21 & 28, 4 – 5 p.m.
Do you love Pokemon? Do you collect the cards and swap them with friends? Are you a master at playing the game? Do you know every one of the 718 Pokemon characters from Pikachu to Squirtle? Then the Pokemon Game and Swap program at the Wilton Library is for you!  Once a week in May come and play and swap with other Pokemon fans. Grades 2 and up, caretakers must remain in the building.

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Mother’s Day Crafts

Friday, May 9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Come to the Wilton Library and make a special craft for Mother’s Day. Fun and easy crafts with directions are available to make and show Mom how much you love and appreciate her.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.  Caregivers must remain with children.

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Norwalk Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, May 10, 10 – 11 a.m.
Children ages 3-10 and their families get to experience hands-on participation with percussion instruments.   Advance registration suggested. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road,Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; (203) 762-3950.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, May 10, 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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Grab Bag Book Club

Wednesday, May 14, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Come and discuss a brand new bestselling children’s book! The book for May will be The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand by Jen Swann Downey. This is a time travelling story about your average sword-swinging, karate-chopping, crime-fighting Ninja Librarians. 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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Minecraft Club

Saturday, May 17, 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, May 19, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Children in grades 2 and 3 will meet and discuss mystery books as a group. The book for May is From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L.Konigsburg.  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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Minecraft Club

Saturday, May 24, 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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Minecraft Club

Saturday, May 31, 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 Tails

Saturday, May 31, 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.  Registration is required.

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