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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.

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.

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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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.

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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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.

What’s in Your Genes? Breast and Ovarian Cancer Panel Discussion

Tuesday, Sept. 30 , 6:30 – 8 p.m. 
Join us for a panel discussion on how family history affects your risk for breast and ovarian cancer in honor of National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week (September 28 – October 4).  Presenters are:  Jeanne Capasse, MD, Breast Surgeon, Boris Goldman, MD, Plastic Surgeon, Adam Ofer, MD, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Rachel Giliotti, Coordinator, Connecticut Chapter of FORCE, Marina Zinger Richeson, Coordinator, Connecticut Chapter of FORCE.

No charge. Co-sponsored by the Connecticut Chapter of FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), the Avery Center for Obstetrics & Gynecology, Norwalk Hospital, Wilton Family YMCA and Wilton Library.  Registration highly recommended.

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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).

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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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.

3D Printing for Kids (Ages 8 and 9)

Wednesday, Oct. 1 or 8, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Kids ages 8 and 9 are invited to learn about 3D printing.  This session is a demo of our MakerBot Replicator 2.  Kids will learn new technology language as well as see the process of printing a 3D object.  There will be discussion of the practical use of 3D printers and problem solving. This session will be repeated on October 8.  Registration required; no fee.  Caregivers must remain in the building.

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Innovation Station Teen Open Session

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 4 – 5:30 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.

Ben Van Vechten Seminar: Drama & Death on the Nile in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra

Thursday, Oct. 2 and Friday, Oct. 3, 10:30 – noon.
Ben Van Vechten returns to Wilton Library for a special 2-day seminar exploring Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Copies of the selections will be available at the front desk one week before the seminar begins. This program is made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor. There is no charge for the program but advance registration is required.

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Children’s Beginner Chess

Thursday, Oct. 2 through Thursday, Nov. 20, 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.

Children’s Intermediate Chess

Thursday, Oct. 2 through Thursday, Nov. 20, 5 – 6 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.

Robert the Guitar Guy

Friday, Oct. 3, 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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Introduction to 3D Printing

Sunday, Oct. 5, 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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Liz Walker – Choosing a Sustainable Future

Sunday, Oct. 5, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Liz Walker, is the author of Choosing a Sustainable Future and co-founder of EcoVillage in Ithaca, NY. Over the last two decades, EcoVillage at Ithaca has grown from a compelling vision to the reality of a bustling village of 100 households which share a strong sense of community, three organic farms, green buildings and extensive solar displays.  Students, researchers and the public come to visit from all over the world.  Liz will discuss the work that EcoVillage does in creating a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, how and why it was created, and how it serves as a resource and educational center for people near and far.  She will also share sustainability success stories from the surrounding county, as described in her book.    Co-sponsored by Wilton Congregational Church, Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library.  Registration suggested.

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Introduction to Soldering

Monday, Oct. 6, 10 – 11 a.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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Wilton Reads: Silent Film Screening with John Mucci on Piano

Monday, Oct. 6, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Stay at Home Wilton and Wilton Library are pleased to present Speedy, an Oscar-nominated silent film from 1928 starring Harold Lloyd.  Speedy, filmed in New York City, is the story of Harold ‘Speedy’ Swift, a man whose obsession with baseball causes him to lose job after job.   Some of the footage was shot with hidden cameras due to Harold Lloyd’s popularity at the time.  Hilarity ensues in this fun film, which even has a bravura cameo appearance by Babe Ruth.  Theatre pianist Professor John Mucci, whose scores capture this bygone era with total accuracy, will provide live musical accompaniment on the piano for an authentic 1920s cinema experience. This program is a part of our month-long Wilton Reads 2014 Ragtime Program. Co-sponsored by Stay at Home Wilton and Wilton Library.   Registration recommended.

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Squishy Circuits for Kids

Monday, Oct. 6, 3 – 3:45 p.m.
Children ages 10-12 are invited to learn about electric circuits using our new Squishy Circuit kits!  Squishy circuits are a fun way to play, invent, and learn science concepts with electricity.  Using conductive and insulating dough similar to Play-doh, kids can be creative while learning about electric circuitry.

Registration required. Please register children only. Sponsored by the Amadeo Family Fund.

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Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Monday, Oct. 6, 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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Wilton Reads: Bus Trip to The Morgan Library & Museum

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
With Wilton Reads selection of Ragtime and J.P Morgan a featured historical figure, a trip to The Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan is planned.  A complex of buildings in the heart of New York City, The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. In 1924 J. P. Morgan, Jr. gave his father’s extraordinary library to the public.  The cost of the trip is $50.00 for seniors and $55.00 for adults which includes admission, a one hour docent tour of the highlights and architecture of the museum, and transportation in a comfortable bus.  Attendees will have 2-1/2 hours to explore the museum and have lunch on their own.  The bus leaves the library promptly at 9:00 am and will return by approximately 4:30 pm.  Payment with registration must be complete by Friday, September 26th.  Refunds will be provided only if your space is filled.  The museum trip is part of our Wilton Reads 2014 Ragtime Program. Registration for the trip can be completed by calling 203-762-3950, ext. 213 or stopping by the Circulation Desk.

Wilton Library Readers

Wednesday, Oct. 8, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. 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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3D Printing for Kids (Ages 8 and 9)

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Kids ages 8 and 9 are invited to learn about 3D printing.  This session is a demo of our MakerBot Replicator 2.  Kids will learn new technology language as well as see the process of printing a 3D object.  There will be discussion of the practical use of 3D printers and problem solving. This session will be repeated on October 8.  Registration required; no fee.  Caregivers must remain in the building.

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Wilton Reads: Ragtime with Joanna Ecke

Thursday, Oct. 9, 10:30 – noon.
The 2014 selection for our community reads program, Wilton Reads, is E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime. Ragtime was written in 1975 by 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. Join Joanna Ecke, a graduate of Smith College with a doctorate in literature from Duke University, for a daytime discussion of this work.  Refreshments will be provided by the library with tea and cookies from the ragtime era.  Please see the library’s website for more details and sponsorships.  Registration recommended.

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Book Buzz

Thursday, Oct. 9, 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.   Registration suggested.

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Introduction to 3D Printing

Thursday, Oct. 9, 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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Wilton Reads: Dmitri Wright: A Talk on New American Impressionism

Friday, Oct. 10, 5 – 6 p.m.
“The Color of Light in Natural, Post and Transcendent Impressionism”  October’s artist, Dmitri Wright, will give a presentation on his Color Theory and Light Experiments as they relate to the science and poetry of Impressionism. Images of his artworks will serve as examples for his talk. His lecture will augment his exhibition with Bobbi Eike Mullen and will proactively engage the audience during the presentation. Q & A following the talk. This program is part of the Wilton Reads 2014 Ragtime Program.

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New American Impressionism – Bobbi Mullen & Dmitri Wright Art Exhibition Reception

Friday, Oct. 10, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
NEW AMERICAN IMPRESSIONISM is an exhibit of contemporary works by two recognized artists, both affiliated with Weir Farm National Historic Site. Bobbi Eike Mullen and Dmitri Wright will be exhibiting at the Wilton Library through Thursday, October 30th. These impressionists’ works of landscapes near and far, familiar and foreign, remembered or imagined are the focus of this exhibit. A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. Reception open to the public.

Minecraft Club

Saturday, Oct. 11, 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: City Winds Trio Plays Ragtime

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2 – 3 p.m.
The City Winds Trio, a distinguished musical group, will present a program of Ragtime music for children, as part of our Wilton Reads 2014 Ragtime program. Come and hear live music, just as it might have sounded a hundred years ago. Registration required, grades K and up.

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New Perspectives Film Series:  Blackfish

Saturday, Oct. 11, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.  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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Introduction to 3D Printing

Sunday, Oct. 12, 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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Children’s Movie—Nightmare Before Christmas

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1 – 2:15 p.m.
Nightmare Before Christmas will be shown. Rated PG. Snacks will be served. Ages 6 and up suggested. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver, children under 12 must have a caregiver in the building. No charge and no registration needed. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 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.   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 date:  Nov. 11.

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Introduction to Soldering

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 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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Wilton Reads: Toni McKeen, Genealogist – The Immigrant Experience

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Join Genealogist Toni McKeen for a discussion of genealogy and the Immigrant Experience.  We will cover the reasons for leaving Europe, how the immigrants got from their towns to the main ports, their experience on the ship as they crossed the Atlantic, the process at Ellis Island, and the problems facing the immigrants in their new country.  This program is a part of our month-long Wilton Reads 2014 Ragtime Program.  Toni has been engaged in genealogy for almost 30 years, tracing all aspects of her family tree. Toni is on a mission to expose as many people as possible to the fun, excitement, and importance of tracing their own genealogy. See website for more details. Registration recommended.

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3D Printing for Kids (Ages 10-12)

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Kids ages 10-12 are invited to learn about 3D printing.  This session is a demo of our MakerBot Replicator 2.  Kids will learn new technology language as well as see the process of printing a 3D object.  There will be discussion of the practical use of 3D printers and problem solving. This session will be repeated on October 22 and 29.  Registration required, no fee.  Caregivers must remain in the building.

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Wilton Reads: Book Discussion with Susan Boyar

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
The 2014 selection for our community reads program, Wilton Reads, is E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime. Ragtime was written in 1975 by 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.

Join Susan Boyar, professional book discussion leader, for an evening discussion of this work. Refreshments will be provided by the library with tea and cookies from the ragtime era.  Registration recommended.

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Drop-in Pumpkin Decorating for Teens

Thursday, Oct. 16 , 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 
Teens in grades 6-12 can stop by the Innovation Station and decorate a pumpkin (while supplies last) for Halloween. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Fund.

Alzheimer’s: Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
The Alzheimer’s Association’s workshop provides attendees with an understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s and what to do if they or someone they know has signs of the disease. A video and a guided discussion led by Connecticut Alzheimer’s Association’s Tania Paparazzo, MSW, Southwestern Regional Director are part of the presentation. No charge. Co-sponsored by the CT Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and Wilton Library. Registration recommended.

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Introduction to Die Cutting

Friday, Oct. 17, 10 – 11 a.m.
Interested in learning how to use the Cricut Explore, an electronic cutting machine and software for cards, scrapbooks and more? 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. Registration required.

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Wilton Reads: Genealogy for Kids

Friday, Oct. 17, 4 – 5 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to move to a new land that was totally unfamiliar?  Come to Genealogy for Kids where noted Genealogist Toni McKeen will give a simplified lecture about what it would have been like for a child to travel on a ship with their parents, come to a new land, and tell about their experiences in the new country, including learning a new language, and tasting new foods. This program is part of the Wilton Reads 2014 Ragtime Program. See registration link for speaker details. Registration required, grades 2 and up.

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AARP Driver Safety Class

Saturday, Oct. 18, 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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Minecraft Club

Saturday, Oct. 18, 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–Strings

Saturday, Oct. 18, 11 – noon.
Join the musicians from the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and learn about the String section of the Orchestra. Our resident string quartet will give an interactive presentation for children ages four to ten and their families. The presentation will be followed by an instrument petting zoo in which the children will have the opportunity to play the violin, viola or cello with a symphony member. Registration required.   Watch for additional dates and registration:  Nov. 15—woodwinds; Feb. 28, 2015—brass; May 9, 2015—percussion.

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Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room: Pianist Bill Charlap

Saturday, Oct. 18, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
After seven years we are happy to welcome Bill Charlap back to the Brubeck Room. One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with many leading artists of our time, ranging from jazz masters Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis to singers Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand.  See website for details.  Reception following the concert. Suggested donation: $10. Funded by William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer and Chris & Tish Brubeck. Hotel accommodations courtesy of Hilton Garden Inn, Norwalk.  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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Introduction to Digital Scanning

Sunday, Oct. 19, 2 – 3 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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Wilton Reads – Screening of Ragtime

Sunday, Oct. 19, 3 – 6 p.m.
James Cagney and Elizabeth McGovern, Mary Steenburgen and Mandy Patinkin are some of the actors leading the cast of Ragtime (1981) directed by Milos Forman. The drama depicting 1900s New York was nominated for 8 Oscars; won 3. At the time, movie critic Roger Ebert wrote, “Ragtime” is a loving, beautifully mounted, graceful film that creates its characters with great clarity.”

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Introduction to 3D Printing

Monday, Oct. 20, 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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Wilton Reads: Ragtime Crafts

Monday, Oct. 20, 3 – 5 p.m.
Come to the Wilton Library and make a Ragtime craft. This program is part of the Wilton Reads 2014 Ragtime Program. There will be family trees to fill out and decorative paper cuttings like people made in the early 20th Century. Coloring sheets will be available as well. Drop in and make a special craft.

Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception: Julie Anne Mann

Monday, Oct. 20, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
October brings Julie Anne Mann to the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program. The majority of Ms. Mann’s work is composed from natural materials and/or settings, using their inherent qualities to exemplify or allude to parallels found in human nature.  Julie Anne plans to continue this practice at Weir Farm using the landscape and elements at hand to explore the ground’s relationship with flora. Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library.  Registration suggested.

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Book Buzz

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 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.   Registration suggested.

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Wilton Reads:Wilton at the Turn of the Century with Bob Russell

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Wilton Historian and former First Selectman Bob Russell explores what Wilton in the early 1900s.  This program is part of the Wilton Reads 2014 Ragtime Program. Co-sponsored by the Wilton Historical Society.

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Introduction to Electronic Sewing

Wednesday, Oct. 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.  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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Free Fiction, Films, and Fugues To Go from Wilton Library

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 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. Registration is suggested. Register on the library’s website.

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3D Printing for Kids (Ages 10-12)

Wednesday, Oct.  22, 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Kids ages 10-12 are invited to learn about 3D printing.  This session is a demo of our MakerBot Replicator 2.  Kids will learn new technology language as well as see the process of printing a 3D object.  There will be discussion of the practical use of 3D printers and problem solving. This session will be repeated on October 29.  Registration required, no fee.  Caregivers must remain in the building.

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Introduction to Electronic Sewing

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 6 – 7 p.m.
Discover Innovation Station’s Singer Futura XL-400 Sewing Machine.  Learn how designs can be printed on fabric, bags and more.  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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Wilton Reads Reception

Friday, Oct. 24, 6 – 8 p.m.
Join us as we immerse ourselves in all things turn of the century based on our Wilton Reads community reading of Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow.  For this culminating event, enjoy refreshments and cocktails, ragtime music by the New Orleans Beatniks, dance demonstrations by Walter Schalk School of Dance students, and antique Model T and Model A Fords on display and more. Caterers for the event are: Barcelona SoNo, Bartaco, Bianco Rosso, Bistro 7, Little Pub, Marly’s, Wave Hill Breads and Wilton Pizza.
Sponsors of this year’s Wilton Reads program include: Sun Products, Wilton Woman’s Club, Fairfield County Bank, Stay at Home Wilton, Wilton Historical Society and media sponsor, Wilton Magazine. Reception free and open to all.

Minecraft Club

Saturday, Oct. 25, 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 Tails

Saturday, Oct. 25, 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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Introduction to Electronic Sewing

Sunday, Oct. 26, 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.  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–Brentano String Quartet

Sunday, Oct. 26, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. The London Independent called their playing “passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding.” Their program will include works by Mozart, Bartok, and Schubert. 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 www.wiltoncandlelightconcerts.org.

Introduction to Digital Scanning

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 10 – 11 a.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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Senior Center Book Discussion: Yes, Chef

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 11 – noon.
Melissa Baker will lead a discussion of Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson with Veronica Chambers.  As an adopted Ethiopian boy who grew up learning from his Swedish grandmother, his memoir is “a love letter to food and family in all its manifestation.” 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, Oct. 28, 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 Sidney and Sydney: Third Grade Mix-up by Michele Jakubowski (Elem.), Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs by Michaela Muntean (Elem.), and Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry (Inter.) This program is a partnership between Wilton Library and Cider Mill School.  Registration required.

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Ambler Farm Reads

Wednesday, October 29, 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 October the focus will be on pumpkins.  Registration required, no fee.  Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Last date:  Nov. 12 animals preparing for winter.

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Ambler Farm Reads

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 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 October the focus will be on pumpkins.  Registration required, no fee.  Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Last date:  Nov. 12 animals preparing for winter.

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3D Printing for Kids (Ages 10-12)

Wednesday, Oct.  29, 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Kids ages 10-12 are invited to learn about 3D printing.  This session is a demo of our MakerBot Replicator 2.  Kids will learn new technology language as well as see the process of printing a 3D object.  There will be discussion of the practical use of 3D printers and problem solving. This session will be repeated on October 29.  Registration required, no fee.  Caregivers must remain in the building.

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Introduction to Digital Scanning

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6 – 7 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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Introduction to Die Cutting

Thursday, Oct. 30, 10 – 11 a.m.
Interested in learning how to use the Cricut Explore, an electronic cutting machine and software for cards, scrapbooks and more? 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. Registration required.

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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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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.

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.

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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 October the focus will be on animals preparing for winter.  Registration required, no fee.  Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

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