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Events

Poetry in Motion – Breaking the Mold: Submissions

Extended through November 14th
“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 November 14th. 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.

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.

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.

Destroy Your Hard Drive

Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Are you looking to get rid of your old computer, but worried about all the personal information stored on it? Let Wilton Library’s Robotics team take care of it! This is a team fundraiser.  $20 per computer. They’ll destroy your hard-drive while you wait. No registration necessary.

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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Demo for “Boneless Computing”

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2 – 3 p.m.
Ever wondered what’s inside of a computer? How is everything put together? What functions do all of those parts perform?  Join Dale Cates, WLA’s Systems Administrator while he demonstrates how to assemble all the computer components up to BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) — the stage right before the operating system starts.  For ages 13 – 113. Limited space. Registration required.

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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).

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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Author Talk: Jack Cavanaugh – Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside

Monday, Nov. 3, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Jack Cavanaugh, a Wilton resident and veteran sportswriter whose work has appeared most notably on the sports pages of The New York Times, returns to Wilton Library to discuss his latest endeavor, Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside: World War II, Army’s Undefeated Teams, and College Football’s Greatest Backfield Duo. Heisman Trophy winners Glenn Davis and Felix Blanchard – renowned during their playing days at West Point as ‘Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside’ – were the best-known college football players in the country between 1944 and 1946, and Army was the nation’s top-ranked team under legendary coach Red Blaik. Cavanaugh takes readers through the three national championship seasons as well as dramatic changes that took place in sports and most notably college football in the wake of WWII. Q&A and book signing following the talk. Books available for purchase courtesy of Elm Street Books.  Registration highly recommended.

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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.

Alzheimer’s Informational Panel

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7 – 9 p.m.
In support of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, Wilton Library hosts an informational panel and discussion. Topics include how to communicate with an Alzheimer’s patient, information on the medical, legal and financial implications of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Panel includes an experienced family caregiver.  Moderator: Tania Paparazzo, MSW – Southwestern Regional Director, Connecticut Alzheimer’s Association. Panelists: Alan Radin MD – Internist, Geriatrician and Medical Director of Wilton Meadows Rehabilitation and Health Care Center; Lyn Eliovson – Elder Care Attorney, founder and principal of the Law Offices of Eliovson &  Tenore in Fairfield; Danielle Ancona – Therapeutic Recreation Director, Dementia Care Coordinator & Community Outreach, Wilton Meadows Rehabilitation and Health Care Center; Robin Roscillo – representing family members and discussing her personal story. No charge. Co-sponsored by the CT Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Wilton Meadows and Wilton Library. Registration recommended.

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Women in the Bible with Gerald Weiss

Thursday, Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13 & 20, 10:30 – noon.
Join Dr. Gerald Weiss as he takes a new look at the stories of fascinating women in the Hebrew Bible from a literary perspective.  We will attempt to reread these stories from the feminine perspective to the extent that that is possible.  Since most of the stories were written by men in a patriarchal society, we will look at the intent of the narrator/writer and his original audience and how his message might be viewed today in a different context. Dr. Gerald Weiss earned both a B.A and an M.A. in Classical Languages from St. Louis University. See the library’s website for more details.  No charge for program. Packets will be available at the circulation desk one week before the first session begins.  Session dates are Thursdays, October 30, November 6, 13 and 20.  Advance registration required.

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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.

Introduction to 3D Printing

Thursday, Nov. 6, 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 to 12 students per session. Registration required.

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Author Talk: Dana Cowin – Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen

Thursday, Nov. 6, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
An uproarious, inspiring cookbook from the longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, in which the first lady of food spills the secret of her culinary ineptitude, while learning-finally-to cook, side-by-side with some of the greatest chefs working today, from David Chang to Alice Waters to Thomas Keller. Hilarious and heartwarming, encouraging and instructional, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen showcases Cowin’s plentiful cooking mistakes, inspiring anyone who loves a good meal but fears its preparation. Featuring gorgeous full color photography, it is an intimate, hands-on cooking guide from a fellow foodie and amateur home chef, designed to help even the biggest kitchen phobics overcome their reluctance, with delicious results. Q&A and book signing will follow the talk. Books available for purchase courtesy of Elm Street Books. No charge for program.  Registration highly recommended.

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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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“Tweets & More” — Erin Nazzaro Art Exhibition Reception

Friday, Nov. 7, 6 – 7:30 p.m. 

Local artist Erin Nazzaro, known for her vibrant colors, has been experimenting with a quieter palette and subtle compositions. The exhibition runs through Friday, November 28th.  A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. In support of Wilton Library, Erin has selected several paintings of which 100% of the proceeds would go to the library.  Reception open to the public.

Flu Shot Clinic at Wilton Library

Saturday, Nov. 8, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Flu shots are available to anyone age three years and older. Persons under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No appointment needed, first-come, first-served, no waiting. Please wear sleeves that roll up easily. Cost of the flu shot is $40 payable by cash or check. Medicare Part B, Anthem and Aetna accepted as payment. Bring your insurance card with you. Pneumonia vaccine is available to persons age 65 or older who have never received this vaccine. The cost of the pneumonia vaccine is $80 and it is billable to Medicare Part B.  Sponsored by Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. For more information, call the Flu Info-line at 203-834-6341, extension 444.

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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New Perspectives Film Series: Tim’s Vermeer

Saturday, Nov. 8, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography? Spanning eight years, Jenison’s adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and even to Buckingham Palace to see a Vermeer masterpiece in the collection of the Queen. The epic research project Jenison embarks on is as extraordinary as what he discovers. A Penn & Teller Film, produced by Penn Jillette.  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 Volunteer Fair

Sunday, Nov. 9, 1 – 4 p.m.
Wilton Newcomers, Wilton Woman’s Club and Wilton Library invite you to a Volunteer Fair. Over 25 non-profit Wilton based organizations will be on hand to discuss the services they provide and the various volunteer opportunities they offer. From environmental and nature to health and well-being, these organizations span a wide variety of interests. Open to adults and teens in grade 8-12.  No registration necessary. For more information contact: Karen Danvers, 203-762-3950, ext. 247.

Special Film Screening: Every Three Seconds

Sunday, Nov. 9, 7 – 8:30 pm
In a society where materialism reigns, what is the real secret to happiness?  Award-winning filmmaker Daniel Karslake (For the Bible Tells Me So) (the first film ever screened in our New Perspective Documentary Series) tells the unforgettable stories of five regular folks – a boy, a college student, a thirty-something and two seniors – whose lives went from ordinary to extraordinary based on one simple decision – to engage.   Each chose action over apathy, and in the process, each one has had a significant and lasting impact on two of the most challenging, yet solvable, issues  of our time, hunger and extreme poverty.   Every Three Seconds is about doing well by doing good – about changing the world and changing your own life in the process. Director Daniel Karslake will participate in a Q&A moderated by Wilton Magazine Editor Megan Smith-Harris following the film. The Wilton community has had a hand in the making of this film over the last five years as there have been several successful fundraisers held here in addition to a session for Middlebrook students (current Juniors at Wilton High School). Wilton resident and Executive Producer, Jeanne Robertson will host a brief reception after the film and discussion. We are proud to premier the film locally to thank the community. Registration highly recommended.

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Introduction to 3D Printing

Monday, Nov. 10, 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 to 12 students per session. Registration required.

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Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Monday, Nov. 10, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to Wilton Library’s monthly Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting.  TAB is a group of teens who work with the library by helping select materials for the teen collection, planning teen events, and more. Your help allows us to make the library better for you and your friends.  Newcomers always welcome! If this is your first time coming to TAB, please fill out an application (can be accessed online) and bring it with you.  Applications will also be available at the meeting. Registration is recommended. Call for details (203)762-3950 x224 or email  Jennifer Walker, Teen Services Assistant, at jwalker@wiltonlibrary.org.

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Dr. Susan Bauerfeld: Plug in to Your Kids

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Dr. Susan Bauerfeld presents “Plug in to Your Kids: A Calm, Connected Approach to Managing Media.” Most parents did not grow up in media saturated environments like we have today. This workshop will consist of 1) an educational presentation about the neurobiological mechanisms underlying anxiety/worry/fear and how they adversely impact most parents’ approach to media use and 2) time and tools for each participant to begin working on their own family media management plan. Participants will be encouraged to spend some time exploring and reflecting on their own thoughts and feelings about media and media use.  The focus will be on how to develop perspectives and skills that teach and model self-regulation as well as foster the development of effective media management strategies. Susan Bauerfeld, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, Parent Coach, ADHD Coach, and mother of three boys. No charge. Co-sponsored by Wilton Youth Council, Parent Connection and Wilton Library. Registration strongly encouraged.

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Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.
A monthly support group for post-treatment cancer survivors is held at Wilton Library. The Breast Cancer Survival Center, a Fairfield county non-profit, has been holding support groups, retreats and candle lightings for the past 12 years. To learn more about the BCSC visit www.breastcancersurvival.org.  No charge. Co-sponsored by the Breast Cancer Survival Center and Wilton Library. Sandwiches, fruits and beverages will be provided. Please call Nina Marino, at 203-857-7304 with any questions. Registration highly encouraged.

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Intro to Quilting: Learn How To Piece A Star Quilt Square

Wednesdays, Oct 1, 15, and November 12, 10 am-Noon
Interested in learning the basics of quilting? Want to help create a quilt which will be hung in the Wilton Library? Nine people will work together on this joint project over the course of six weeks and three instructional sessions (10/1, 10/15 & 11/12 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.). Session 1: You’ll receive a history of quilting before being given a star kit and then learn how to piece a block together. Before the next session, schedule a time in our Innovation Station to finish piecing your square. Session 2: Using your assembled square, you’ll learn how to quilt it and assemble all pieces, including the border. Before the next session, schedule a time in our Innovation Station to finish quilting your square. Session 3: Learn how to bind a quilt and see the finished product. Led by Cynthia Biagiotti, a former teacher and avid quilter with over 20 years experience working with a local quilt group and the Nutmeg Quilters Guild. Registration required. Must be able to commit to all three sessions and completing your square in the allotted time frame. Please bring a pair of scissors. All other materials provided.

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AARP Driver Safety Class

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 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 by cash or check only: $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members.

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Wilton Library Readers

Wednesday, Nov. 12, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses The Post Office Girl by Stefan Zweig. 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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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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Author Talk:  Patricia Cornwell – Flesh and Blood

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Wilton Library is proud to be Ms. Cornwell’s first and only stop in the Northeast and one of only four appearances in the entire country for the launch of her newest novel, Flesh and Blood (releasing November 11).  The #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers the next enthralling thriller in her high-stakes series starring Kay Scarpetta – a complex tale involving a serial sniper who strikes chillingly close to the forensic investigator herself. Due to the popularity of this author, the purchase of the book, Flesh and Blood, is your ticket to the event. The ticket price is $30 and includes one hardcover copy of Flesh and Blood and one seat at the event.  A portion of the book sales, as always, will benefit Wilton Library. One seat per book purchase. All ticket purchases are non-refundable. Books will be distributed at check-in beginning at 6 p.m. the night of the event.  Additional books will be available for purchase courtesy of Elm Street Books. There will be a book signing after the talk. The presentation will be a Q&A with this renowned author – please come prepared with your questions and be ready to win some giveaways. Ticket purchase required – MasterCard and Visa ONLY.   In preparation for this popular author, the library will be closing at 5 p.m.

Please click here to purchase your book and seat at this special author event!

Book Buzz—Evening Edition

Thursday, Nov. 13, 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 Zeibak, 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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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.

Survivors Swing Band

Saturday, Nov. 15, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Join the seven members of the Survivors Swing Band for a musical tour of the dance band swing era of the 1920′s – 1940′s. The members of the Survivors Swing Band are all ‘seasoned’ jazz musicians who, upon retirement from the workplace found themselves with a lot of time on their hands and energy to spare. Suggested donation of $10. Registration strongly suggested. Pre-registrants should arrive by 7:20 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 7:20 if space is available.

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Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception: Kim Henry

Monday, Nov. 17 , 6 – 7:30 p.m. 
November brings Kim Henry to the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program. Ms. Henry is interested in the landscape within a landscape – the microcosm that is revealed on closer inspection: the world that emerges from the surface of a pool, the cavern at the foot of a tree trunk, the forest growing in a patch of grass, or the glacier advancing across a frozen puddle. At Weir Farm she aims to ‘zoom in,’ to focus on subtleties in color and textural details that capture the essence of nature in a more abstract way and reveal the landscape within a landscape.  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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Book Buzz

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 11 – noon.
Looking for something good to read next? Bring a friend and join the Book Buzz conversation moderated by Lauren McLaughlin and Melissa Baker, two of Wilton Library’s knowledgeable librarians, on the third Tuesday of each month 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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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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Daryl Hawk – Ladakh: Land of High Passes

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Recently, international documentary photographer and Wilton resident, Daryl Hawk, embarked on a 3,200 mile solitary journey across the kingdom of Ladakh in northern India and the region of Kashmir.  He will present a slide show and lecture detailing his nonstop day to day adventures, discoveries, and valuable lessons learned on this incredibly spiritual journey through this last Shangri-la. Hawk will discuss his style, philosophy, and various techniques he uses when photographing subject matter.  For the past 25 years, Daryl Hawk has traveled to some of the most remote and isolated places in the world telling stories with his camera. He has been featured several times on NBC’s Today Show and Fox 5 television. He is a member of the Explorers Club, the Royal Geographical Society and the Professional Photographers Association and has authored three books. See the library’s website for more information. This talk is co-sponsored by Wilton Arts Council and Wilton Library. No charge. Registration recommended.

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Maximizing Social Security Benefits

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
When to collect Social Security may be the single most important decision you make when it comes to your retirement. There are a number of common mistakes people make when signing up for benefits and to make it even harder, the rules keep changing. This is a great opportunity to understand key concepts before applying for Social Security. Several little-known strategies may boost lifetime benefits & increase retirement income by tens of thousands. Please see registration link for more details about the subject and speakers. Our speakers will be Michael Alimo and David Weyner, both financial services advisors. No charge. Registration recommended.

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Tinker Time for Teens

Thursday, Nov. 20, 1 – 5 p.m.
Want to learn how to print a phone case, earrings or figurine? Test out circuitry? Make gift cards? Electronically embroider a t-shirt? Stop in during our open Tinker Time for Teens and check out our: 3D Printer, Arduino kits, Soldering Equipment, Die Cutter, Duct Tape Crafts, Electronic Sewing Machine, Snap &Squishy Circuits and 3D Doodler Pen. For Middlebrook students (ages 13+) and high school students. No registration necessary, but please bring a signed Innovation Station Form.

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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Intro to Robotics for Teens

Saturday, Nov. 22, 1 – 3 p.m.
Enter the exciting world of robotics! This will be a hands-on class where students will learn to program a robot using ROBOTC – the premiere robotics programming language for educational robotics and competitions. ROBOTC is a C-Based Programming Language with an Easy-to-Use Development Environment. 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 robot will be provided to each pair. For students in grades 8-12. 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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Introduction to 3D Printing

Saturday, Nov. 22, 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 to 12 students per session. Registration required.

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Introduction to Tinkercad 3D Design

Saturday, Nov. 22, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Have you already taken our Intro to 3D Printing class and looking for more? Let us introduce you to Tinkercad, an easy-to-use tool for creating your own digital designs with our 3D printer. For ages 13-113. Must have already attended the Intro to 3D Printing, have a valid CT library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form on file. Limited space. Registration 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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Author Talk: Jon Katz – Saving Simon

Sunday, Nov. 23, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
It was a call from an animal control officer about a neglected donkey named Simon that set off a chain of events, forever changing New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz’s outlook on mercy and compassion. In his latest heartwarming and heartrending memoir, Saving Simon, Jon examines the depths of the human-animal bond with his trademark grace, strength and skill. Simon taught Jon the true significance of compassion and how to open up ‘not just to [Simon], not just to animals, but to the human experience. Jon Katz has written twenty-six books, including works of nonfiction, novels, short stories, and books for children; he is also a photographer. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Rolling Stone, and the AKC Gazette, and has worked for CBS News, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. See registration link for more details. Q&A and book signing following the talk courtesy of Elm Street Books.  No charge.  Registration highly recommended.

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Coding with Khan for 7th and 8th Graders

Sunday, Nov. 23, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Students in grades 7 – 8 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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Tinker Time for Teens

Monday, Nov. 24, 1 – 5 p.m.
Want to learn how to print a phone case, earrings or figurine? Test out circuitry? Make gift cards? Electronically embroider a t-shirt? Stop in during our open Tinker Time for Teens and check out our: 3D Printer, Arduino kits, Soldering Equipment, Die Cutter, Duct Tape Crafts, Electronic Sewing Machine, Snap &Squishy Circuits and 3D Doodler Pen. For Middlebrook students (ages 13+) and high school students. No registration necessary, but please bring a signed Innovation Station Form.

Red Cross Babysitting Training

Monday, Nov. 24 and Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1:30 – 5 p.m. 

This is a 2-day workshop conducted by the Red Cross for students ages 11-15. Upon completion of the course, all students will receive a babysitting certification. Cost of $85.00 due before class. To register, call Susan L. at 203-762-3950 x243. (Registration cannot be done online.) Once placed on the list, the patron must send a check in the amount of $85 made out to Wilton Library to Susan in order to hold the spot. Maximum of 12 per class. Students should bring drinks &/or snacks to the class.

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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Senior Center Book Discussion: All Quiet on the Western Front

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 11 – noon.
Ray Rauth will lead a discussion of All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.   As we in 2014 observe the hundredth anniversary of the start of World War I, this classic novel of WWI, written from the German perspective, demands to be read.  The book does not focus on the heroic stories of war but gives a view of the conditions in which the soldiers find themselves and which they must endure. 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.

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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Connecticut’s Own Concert: The Madera Winds

Sunday, Jan. 11, 4 – 5 p.m.
The Madera Winds, formed in 2012, is a blend of Connecticut Musicians who have performed over the last thirty years in other chamber music groups in Wilton as well as throughout Fairfield County. This is a return engagement for this talented group. No charge. Registration strongly suggested. Pre-registrants should arrive by 3:50 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:50 if space is available.

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Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room: Derek Smith, John Cutrone and Jerry Bruno

Saturday, Jan. 17, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Join us for an evening of some of your favorite jazz pieces performed by three veterans of the music business: Derek Smith on piano, John Cutrone on drums and Jerry Bruno on bass. See website for details.  Reception following the concert. CDs available for purchase and signing. Suggested donation: $10. Funded by William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer and Chris & Tish Brubeck. Advance registration strongly suggested. Pre-registrants should arrive by 7:20pm to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 7:20pm if space is available.

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