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Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Jan. 29, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used. Registration Filled.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Jan. 29, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used.  Registration Filled.

I Have a New iPad!

Thursday, Jan. 29, 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Did you receive a new iPad over the holidays or have you decided to buy one in the new year? If you are a bit unsure of where to start, Mary Anne Franco will show you where to begin. She will discuss how to get on the Internet, settings, and apps. NOTE: This class is for iPad/iPhone users. Demonstration-style class. Registration encouraged especially during the winter months.

Magic: The Gathering - A Trading Card Game for Teens

Thursday, Jan. 29, 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Bring your Magic cards and come join others in this wizardry game of chance and skill. For teens in grades 7 - 9.

Children's Beginner Chess

Thursday, Jan. 29, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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 Advanced Chess

Thursday, Jan. 29, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

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.

I Have a New iPad!

Thursday, Jan. 29, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Did you receive a new iPad over the holidays or have you decided to buy one in the new year? If you are a bit unsure of where to start, Mary Anne Franco will show you where to begin. She will discuss how to get on the Internet, settings, and apps. NOTE: This class is for iPad/iPhone users. Demonstration-style class. Registration encouraged especially during the winter months.

Minecraft Club

Saturday, Jan. 31, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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.

(Rescheduled) The Gilded Age: A Familiar but Ambiguous Label for a Period of Rapid Change—Ann Greene

Saturday, Jan. 31, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

The collaboration between the Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society kicks off its 8th season of scholarly lectures with The Gilded Age: Culture and Conflict at the End of the 19th Century. Ann Greene, a faculty member and administrator at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of History and Sociology of Science, returns to deliver her lecture: The Gilded Age—A Familiar but Ambiguous Label for a Period of Rapid Change. Her presentation addresses many probing issues such as is the term Gilded Age a useful description of the era or does it raise more questions than it answers? She has written a book on the energy history of 19th century America, called Horses at Work: Harnessing Power in Industrial America and specializes in Gilded Age environmental, technological and political history.  Reception following the talk. No charge, but donations are always welcomed. Series sponsored by an anonymous donor.

Location: Wilton Library
Lecture sponsor:  Lee Wilson, Wilson Properties
Moderator:  Max Gabrielson

Coding with Khan for 5th and 6th Graders

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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. Limited space. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund.

Introduction to Die Cutting

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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.

Coding with Khan for 7th and 8th Graders

Sunday, Feb. 1, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

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.  Limited space. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund.

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Monday, Feb. 2, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until Wednesday, April 29 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no classes on Feb. 16, 18, 23, April 13 and 15) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Monday, Feb. 2, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

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, ext. 224 or email Jennifer Walker, Teen Services Assistant, at jwalker@wiltonlibrary.org.

Introduction to Soldering

Monday, Feb. 2, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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

Author Talk: Jennifer Robson – After the War is Over

Monday, Feb. 2, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

The international bestselling author of Somewhere in France returns with her sweeping second novel - a tale of class, love, and freedom - in which a young woman must find her place in a world forever changed.  In the follow-up to her much-praised debut, Jennifer Robson brings readers back into the vivid world of Charlotte and Lilly; her exceptional writing and serious knowledge of the time period creates a very real landscape of post-WWI Britain while also weaving in unforgettable characters and a heartwarming love story. Jennifer Robson is the USA Today and #1 Toronto Globe & Mail bestselling author of Somewhere in France. She holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from Saint Antony's College, University of Oxford, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar and an SSHRC Doctoral Fellow. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and young children.  Q& A and book signing will follow the talk.  No charge.  Registration highly recommended

Introduction to Electronic Sewing

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Discover Innovation Station's Singer Futura XL-400 Sewing Machine!  Learn how designs can be printed on fabric, bags and more.  Afterward, you may sign up for an individual session to review the machine basics. 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. 

Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

Look, Listen and Learn

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

The Probate Court and You

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Join the Honorable Anthony J. DePanfilis for a presentation on “The Probate Court and You.” Learn what the probate court does for you and your community. Topics will include decedents estates (wills, taxes); trusts; conservatorships (one of the ways the court assists many of the elderly in the community); commitments (capacity/mental illness; children’s matters: adoption, temporary custody, etc., guardianship of the intellectually disabled.  Q&A following the talk. No charge.  Registration highly recommended. 

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until Wednesday, April 29 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no classes on Feb. 16, 18, 23, April 13 and 15) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

Books for Babies

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

Wonderful Ones and Twos

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

The Way Things Work

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM

This series of programs on Wednesdays in Feberuary will be based on David Macaulay's famous book The Way Things Work, with each of the four sessions centering on a different concept. It will act as an introduction to STEM topics for 1st and 2nd graders to allow them to explore in a hands-on and grades-free setting and will give them a head start before encountering this material in school. Each session will include a short episode from “The Way Things Work” TV series along with activities. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund. Session One: Properties of Water. Grades 1-2, registration required. 

Wilton Library Young Makers Club

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Teens in grades 7-11, join Wilton Library’s Young Makers program, part of the national Young Makers Club, which was started in 2010 as a collaboration between Make, Pixar, and Exploratorium. Makers comprise a community of creative and technical people who help one another bring ideas to life. The Maker movement is all about innovation, invention, imagination and creativity. Maker clubs are growing all over the country and the world in spaces brimming with enthusiasm, passion, encouragement and collaboration.

Be part of our community and work with mentors in our Innovation Station to design and create an open-ended project culminating in the opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event at the end of May. Participants will be introduced to 3D printing, soldering, Arduino, coding, electronic sewing and other tinkering tools with the goal of creating their own self-directed projects. Projects might include electronic wearables, interactive games, furniture, electronic gadgets, motorized design, light-up jewelry, musical instruments, etc.

We encourage any teen from 7th-11th grade who is interested in tinkering, learning and creating to join us. Register for the first session on January 28th to sign up.

Making It Into A Top College: 10 Steps to Gaining Admission to Selective Colleges and Universities

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Howard and Matthew Greene, independent educational consultants and authors of the Greenes’ Guides to Educational Planning book series, will present a seminar for high school students and parents focusing on preparation for college admission. They will discuss the key aspects of a creating a college admission plan, and what’s important for every family to know about trends in college admissions today. Ample time will be provided for questions. Registration highly suggested. 

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Feb. 5, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used. Registration Filled.

Winter Poetry: Judson Scruton

Thursday, Feb. 5, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Poetry Series exploring “The Rape of the Lock” by Alexander Pope.   Judson Scruton, M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry), has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. In his career as an educator, Judson has also directed publications, communications, public relations and development at a variety of educational institutions in the U.S. and UK, including the Newberry Library in Chicago. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of English at Fairfield University.   Poetry packet available at the Circulation Desk one week before seminar begins. No charge for program. Advance registration required. By registering for the first session, you will automatically be registered for all four sessions.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Feb. 5, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used.  Registration Filled.

Introduction to Digital Scanning

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Discover Innovation Station's Digital Scanner.  Learn how to scan photos, slides and negatives and then convert them into digital pictures. 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. 

Children's Beginner Chess

Thursday, Feb. 5, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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 Advanced Chess

Thursday, Feb. 5, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

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.

Author Talk: Doug & Betty Jones - The Music in My Life by Betty Jones

Thursday, Feb. 5, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Wilton resident Betty Jones was past the age of 40 when she ventured in to the world of opera. She has performed with the Boston Opera Company, New York City Opera, San Francisco, Chicago Lyric, Seattle, Chautauqua, Washington, etc., as well as companies in Italy, Germany and England. During Betty's career, she has sung many of the principal soprano roles including Aida, Tosca, Turandot, Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Leonore (Fidelio), Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera), Senta (Der Fliegende Hollander), Odabella (Attila), Eva (Die Meistersinger), Abigaille (Nabucco), plus various roles in the complete Wagner Ring Cycle. Mother of two and grandmother of three, she lives in Wilton, Connecticut where in 2014 she and her husband, Eugene D. Jones, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. No charge.  Registration highly recommended. 

Introduction to Die Cutting

Friday, Feb. 6, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

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.

Robert the Guitar Guy

Friday, Feb. 6, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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.

Minecraft Club

Saturday, Feb. 7, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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.

Take Your Child to the Library Day—The Future of the Monarch Butterfly

Saturday, Feb. 7, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Saturday February 7th is “Take Your Child to the Library Day!” Animal Embassy of Stamford will talk about the incredible life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly and learn about the challenges and threats faced by this beautiful insect. We will also discover the vibrant colors and patterns of several live Animal Ambassadors. Program supported by the Amadeo Family Fund.  Grades K and up, registration required. 

Focus on Photography

Saturday, Feb. 7, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

The Wilton Arts Council is hosting a photography workshop for novice photographers with a view to appeal to youth and high school students (however novices of all ages are welcome). The purpose of the event is to engage the audience in open discussion around photographic techniques and how these impact a photograph.  Since the Wilton Arts Council's Focus Photography Exhibit is scheduled for March 2015, one of the judges for Focus ’15 will be on hand to provide some ideas on what they look for in a photo contest. The workshop will be hosted by Dean Price of the Wilton Arts Council.  Registration suggested.

Introduction to 3D Printing

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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.

Take Your Child to the Library Day—Frozen Sing-Along

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2:00 PM to 3:45 PM

Come and celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day by watching the all time popular movie Frozen (rated PG) and singing along with Anna and Elsa and Olaf! Kids can sing and enjoy blue sno-cones.  Children are also welcome to come in costume. Registration required, ages 3 and up. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver, children under 12 must have a caregiver in the building. Supported by the Coyle Family Young Reader Fund. 

Introduction to Tinkercad 3D Design

Saturday, Feb. 7, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

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, have a valid CT library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form on file. Limited space. Registration required.

New Perspectives Film Series: Sound and Fury

Saturday, Feb. 7, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Sound and Fury documents one family's struggle over whether or not to provide two deaf children with cochlear implants, devices that can stimulate hearing. Viewers are introduced to one of the most controversial issues affecting the deaf community. Cochlear implants may provide easier access to the hearing world, but what do the devices mean for a person's sense of identity with deaf culture? Sound and Fury was a 2001 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature.  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. 

Drop-in Valentine Crafts

Sunday, Feb. 8, 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Come to the Wilton Library and make a Valentine for someone you love! Craft materials will be available so that children can make original Valentines to give for the Holiday. Drop in, no registration required, all are welcome. 

Introduction to Electronic Sewing

Sunday, Feb. 8, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Discover Innovation Station's Singer Futura XL-400 Sewing Machine!  Learn how designs can be printed on fabric, bags and more.  Afterward, you may sign up for an individual session to review the machine basics. 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. 

Coding with Khan for 5th and 6th Graders

Sunday, Feb. 8, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Students in grades 5 – 6 interested in learning the basics of coding, can join us for six sessions (2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/22 & 3/29). Two high school computer science students will work with the group and guide them through various online coding programs. Registration required. Limited space. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund. 

Coding with Khan for 7th & 8th Graders

Sunday, Feb. 8, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Students in grades 7 – 8 interested in learning the basics of coding, can join us for six sessions (2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/22 & 3/29). Two high school computer science students will work with the group and guide them through various online coding programs. Registration required. Limited space. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund. 

A Gilded Life: Mark Twain – Brent Colley

Sunday, Feb. 8, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

In this second lecture of the 8th annual collaboration between Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society on The Gilded Age: Culture and Conflict at the End of the 19th Century,” Brent M. Colley will deliver a talk entitled, “A Gilded Life: Mark Twain.” Mark Twain's life is perceived by many as a 'charmed life' but the reality is the rags to riches story of the most widely recognized author/humorist the world has ever known is not as 'charmed' as one might think. Join us for a discussion of Mark Twain's life and the challenges he faced and overcame throughout the course of his lifetime.

Brent Colley is a native of Redding and a Resident Scholar of Redding's Mark Twain Library. Now living in Sharon, he is President of the Sharon Historical Society and Sharon's First Selectman. He is an authority on Mark Twain and a popular speaker on Twain and on the history of this area of Connecticut.

Location: Wilton Historical Society
Lecture sponsor: Lila and Buck Griswold
Moderator: Steve Hudspeth

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Monday, Feb. 9, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until Wednesday, April 29 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no classes on Feb. 16, 18, 23, April 13 and 15) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

Introduction to Soldering

Monday, Feb. 9, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

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.  

VHS-DVD Conversion

Monday, Feb. 9, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Looking for a way to convert your old home videos from VHS to DVD? If so, we're happy to teach you. Please be aware that conversion time is one-to-one.  A two hour tape requires two hours to convert.  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. Registration required. 

Lego Club

Monday, Feb. 9, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Kids in grades K and up are invited to join the Lego® Club.  Sessions will be based on a new theme such as castles, vehicles, towers and more.  Children will learn about the theme through stories and non-fiction books and then create a Lego® masterpiece from the library’s Lego® collection.  A great time for all!   There are 20 spots available for this program on a first come first serve basis.  Tickets will be passed out at the Children's reference desk starting at 3:45pm the day of the program.    Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund. 

Introduction to Tinkercad 3D Design

Monday, Feb. 9, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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, have a valid CT library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form on file. Limited space. Registration required.

Area Author Affair: Laurie Klein—Photographing the Female Form with Digital Infrared

Monday, Feb. 9, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Laurie Klein elevates the female nude to ethereal levels through the use of digital infrared (IR) photography. Using IR-modified cameras, she designs scenes of her models in evocative natural settings that transform them into fairies, nymphs, and goddesses. For many years Laurie has been mentoring young people in order to give them the encouragement to follow their creative dreams. Today, she is recognized mostly for her signature infrared photography. Her work is held in private collections and museums. She is sought after for her exclusive commissions and extraordinary photographic workshops. Ansel Adams was one of her heroes and mentors. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. No charge.  Registration highly recommended.

Make a Candy Stand for Valentine's Day

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Looking for a fun and easy craft? Drop by our Innovation Station between 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and make your own cake or candy stand (while supplies last). For ages 18+. No registration needed.

Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

Look, Listen and Learn

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

Cryptozoology Club

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Grab a snorkel and an open mind... this month the Cryptozoology Club goes overboard in search of the Loch Ness Monster.  We'll sort through sightings, pore over photographs and offer our own theories about the world's most famous lake monster.  Come enjoy stories, film clips, spirited conversation and enough snacks to satisfy a Plesiosaur. We're going to need a bigger boat! Registration required, Grades 3-6. 

Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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.

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until Wednesday, April 29 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no classes on Feb. 16, 18, 23, April 13 and 15) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

VHS-DVD Conversion

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Looking for a way to convert your old home videos from VHS to DVD? If so, we're happy to teach you. Please be aware that conversion time is one-to-one.  A two hour tape requires two hours to convert.  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. Registration required. 

Books for Babies

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

Wonderful Ones and Twos

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

Wilton Library Readers

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. Group meets second Wednesday of each month through June. Bring lunch; beverages will be provided. Advance registration suggested. For a complete listing of meetings and titles, visit our Wilton Library Readers page.

Free Downloads - eBooks and Audiobooks

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

BYOD - Bring your own device and follow along as Melissa Baker demonstrates our free downloadable eBooks and audiobooks.  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 strongly suggested.    

The Way Things Work

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM

This series of programs on Wednesdays in Feberuary will be based on David Macaulay's famous book The Way Things Work, with each of the four sessions centering on a different concept. It will act as an introduction to STEM topics for 1st and 2nd graders to allow them to explore in a hands-on and grades-free setting and will give them a head start before encountering this material in school. Each session will include a short episode from “The Way Things Work” TV series along with activities. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund. Session Two: Properties of Static Electricity. Grades 1-2, registration required. 

Wilton Library Young Makers Club

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Teens in grades 7-11, join Wilton Library’s Young Makers program, part of the national Young Makers Club, which was started in 2010 as a collaboration between Make, Pixar, and Exploratorium. Makers comprise a community of creative and technical people who help one another bring ideas to life. The Maker movement is all about innovation, invention, imagination and creativity. Maker clubs are growing all over the country and the world in spaces brimming with enthusiasm, passion, encouragement and collaboration.

Be part of our community and work with mentors in our Innovation Station to design and create an open-ended project culminating in the opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event at the end of May. Participants will be introduced to 3D printing, soldering, Arduino, coding, electronic sewing and other tinkering tools with the goal of creating their own self-directed projects. Projects might include electronic wearables, interactive games, furniture, electronic gadgets, motorized design, light-up jewelry, musical instruments, etc.

We encourage any teen from 7th-11th grade who is interested in tinkering, learning and creating to join us. Register for the first session on January 28th to sign up.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Feb. 12, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used. Registration Filled.

Winter Poetry: Judson Scruton

Thursday, Feb. 12, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Poetry Series exploring “The Rape of the Lock” by Alexander Pope.   Judson Scruton, M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry), has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. In his career as an educator, Judson has also directed publications, communications, public relations and development at a variety of educational institutions in the U.S. and UK, including the Newberry Library in Chicago. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of English at Fairfield University.   Poetry packet available at the Circulation Desk one week before seminar begins. No charge for program. Advance registration required. By registering for the first session, you will automatically be registered for all four sessions.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Feb. 12, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used.  Registration Filled.

Technology Classes - I Have a New Mac!

Thursday, Feb. 12, 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Did you receive a new Mac over the holidays or have you decided to buy one in the new year?  If you are a bit unsure of where to start, Mary Anne Franco will show you where to begin.  She will discuss how to get on the Internet, settings, and apps.  NOTE:  This class is for MacBook and iMac users.  Demonstration-style class.  Registration encouraged. 

Children's Beginner Chess

Thursday, Feb. 12, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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 Advanced Chess

Thursday, Feb. 12, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

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, Feb. 12, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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.

Technology Classes - I Have a New Mac!

Thursday, Feb. 12, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Did you receive a new Mac over the holidays or have you decided to buy one in the new year?  If you are a bit unsure of where to start, Mary Anne Franco will show you where to begin.  She will discuss how to get on the Internet, settings, and apps.  NOTE:  This class is for MacBook and iMac users.  Demonstration-style class.  Registration encouraged. 

Minecraft Club

Saturday, Feb. 14, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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.

Introduction to Tinkercad 3D Design

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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, have a valid CT library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form on file. Limited space. Registration required.

Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room: Gerald Clayton & Dayna Stephens Duo

Sunday, Feb. 15, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Having last seen him in January of 2008, Wilton Library is pleased to welcome Gerald Clayton back to the Brubeck Room. Over eight years, three albums as a leader, several studio projects as a sideman, and countless live performances worldwide, pianist/composer Gerald Clayton has established himself as a leading figure in an up-and-coming generation of jazz artists.  With this performance, he brings internationally-renowned saxophonist/composer/educator Dayna Stephens. Dayna has also proven himself a master of composition and arrangement, a highly acclaimed band leader, and an in-demand side man for contemporary jazz masters such as Kenny Barron, Al Foster, Idris Mohammed, Taylor Eigsti, a Brubeck Room alum, and Roy Hargrove. 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 3:50 p.mm to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:50 p.m. if space is available. 

Introduction to Digital Scanning

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Discover Innovation Station's Digital Scanner.  Learn how to scan photos, slides and negatives and then convert them into digital pictures. 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. 

Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

Look, Listen and Learn

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

Tuesday Book Buzz

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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. 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 especially during the winter months. 

Books for Babies

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

Wonderful Ones and Twos

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

Technology Classes - Basic Excel

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Our newest instructor, Michael Bellacosa, shows how to create and format a basic spreadsheet in Excel 2007 in this free class. Basic computer skills including mouse proficiency required. Advance registration required. Class limited to 16 students. Note: To insure the best learning experience for all, latecomers will not be seated ten minutes past the posted start time. 

The Way Things Work

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM

This series of programs on Wednesdays in Feberuary will be based on David Macaulay's famous book The Way Things Work, with each of the four sessions centering on a different concept. It will act as an introduction to STEM topics for 1st and 2nd graders to allow them to explore in a hands-on and grades-free setting and will give them a head start before encountering this material in school. Each session will include a short episode from “The Way Things Work” TV series along with activities. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund. Session Three: Gears. Grades 1-2, registration required. 

Wilton Library Young Makers Club

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Teens in grades 7-11, join Wilton Library’s Young Makers program, part of the national Young Makers Club, which was started in 2010 as a collaboration between Make, Pixar, and Exploratorium. Makers comprise a community of creative and technical people who help one another bring ideas to life. The Maker movement is all about innovation, invention, imagination and creativity. Maker clubs are growing all over the country and the world in spaces brimming with enthusiasm, passion, encouragement and collaboration.

Be part of our community and work with mentors in our Innovation Station to design and create an open-ended project culminating in the opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event at the end of May. Participants will be introduced to 3D printing, soldering, Arduino, coding, electronic sewing and other tinkering tools with the goal of creating their own self-directed projects. Projects might include electronic wearables, interactive games, furniture, electronic gadgets, motorized design, light-up jewelry, musical instruments, etc.

We encourage any teen from 7th-11th grade who is interested in tinkering, learning and creating to join us. Register for the first session on January 28th to sign up.

Technology Classes - Basic Excel

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Our newest instructor, Michael Bellacosa, shows how to create and format a basic spreadsheet in Excel 2007 in this free class. Basic computer skills including mouse proficiency required. Advance registration required. Class limited to 16 students. Note: To insure the best learning experience for all, latecomers will not be seated ten minutes past the posted start time. 

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Feb. 19, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used. Registration Filled.

Winter Poetry: Judson Scruton

Thursday, Feb. 19, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Poetry Series exploring “The Rape of the Lock” by Alexander Pope.   Judson Scruton, M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry), has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. In his career as an educator, Judson has also directed publications, communications, public relations and development at a variety of educational institutions in the U.S. and UK, including the Newberry Library in Chicago. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of English at Fairfield University.   Poetry packet available at the Circulation Desk one week before seminar begins. No charge for program. Advance registration required. By registering for the first session, you will automatically be registered for all four sessions.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Feb. 19, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used.  Registration Filled.

Introduction to Die Cutting

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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.

Children's Beginner Chess

Thursday, Feb. 19, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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 Advanced Chess

Thursday, Feb. 19, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

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.

WGG/WLA Green Speaker Series: George Schaller with Daryl Hawk

Thursday, Feb. 19, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Field biologist and naturalist George Schaller will discuss some of the most important wildlife species facing possible extinction. The speaker will make a presentation as well as be interviewed by Daryl Hawk, Wilton resident and international photographer. Mr. Schaller is vice president of Panthera and senior conservationist of the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York. He has traveled the globe, and with his wife Kay, have studied and helped protect animals as diverse as mountain gorillas, giant pandas, jaguars and Tibetan antelope. See registration link for speaker details.  The Green Speaker series is co-sponsored by Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library.  No charge.  Registration recommended. 

Introduction to Soldering

Friday, Feb. 20, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

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.  

AARP Driver Safety Class

Saturday, Feb. 21, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

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.

Minecraft Club

Saturday, Feb. 21, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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.

Introduction to 3D Printing

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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.

Introduction to Tinkercad 3D Design

Saturday, Feb. 21, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

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, have a valid CT library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form on file. Limited space. Registration required.

Intro to Robotics with Lego Mindstorms

Sunday, Feb. 22, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Enter the exciting world of robotics! This will be a hands on class where students will learn to program a robot using the easy to learn yet powerful EV3 programming software. Students will learn how to 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. 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. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund.

Coding with Khan for 5th and 6th Graders

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Students in grades 5 – 6 interested in learning the basics of coding, can join us for six sessions (2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/22 & 3/29). Two high school computer science students will work with the group and guide them through various online coding programs. Must have registered for the first session. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund. 

Robotics & C Programming for Teens

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

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 will learn how to 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. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund.

Coding with Khan for 7th & 8th Graders

Sunday, Feb. 22, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Students in grades 7 – 8 interested in learning the basics of coding, can join us for six sessions (2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/22 & 3/29). Two high school computer science students will work with the group and guide them through various online coding programs. Must be registered for the first session. Limited space. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund. 

Race Relations and Politics in the Gilded Age – James Goodman

Sunday, Feb. 22, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Although race relations dominate the study of antebellum America, the Civil War, and Reconstruction through 1877, it tends to disappear in the Gilded Age, especially in the popular versions of the Gilded Age history. It shouldn't, for we can't understand the U.S. in the Gilded Age without understanding what was going on between black people and white people in the wake of Reconstruction. Nor - if we jump from the end of the first Reconstruction to the beginning of the second (imagining that beginning in 1954 or 1955) - can we understand where we are today. In this third lecture of the 8th annual collaboration between Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society on “The Gilded Age: Culture and Conflict at the End of the 19th Century,” Professor James Goodman will present a lecture on “Race Relations and Politics in the Gilded Age.

James Goodman is a professor of History and Creative Writing at Rutgers University, Newark. He writes on the non-fiction side of the fertile borderland between history and fiction, though every now and then (and more than every now and then in the minds of some of his readers) he wanders across the line. He is the author of short stories, essays, book reviews, and three books, Stories of Scottsboro, Blackout, and But Where is the Lamb?

Location: Wilton Library
Lecture sponsor: Chris and Dan Delmar
Moderator: Max Gabrielson

Introduction to 3D Printing

Monday, Feb. 23, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

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.

Lego Club

Monday, Feb. 23, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Kids in grades K and up are invited to join the Lego® Club.  Sessions will be based on a new theme such as castles, vehicles, towers and more.  Children will learn about the theme through stories and non-fiction books and then create a Lego® masterpiece from the library’s Lego® collection.  A great time for all!   There are 20 spots available for this program on a first come first serve basis.  Tickets will be passed out at the Children's reference desk starting at 3:45pm the day of the program.    Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund. 

Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception: Rachel Bacon

Monday, Feb. 23, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

February brings Rachel Bacon to the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program. Rachel will prepare an exhibition using family letters spanning the 20th century and four generations. The exhibition will chart a single lifespan and reflect the tremendous changes in documentation and communication we have experienced over the years. Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. No charge. Registration suggested.

Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

Look, Listen and Learn

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

Senior Center Book Discussion: The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The Senior Center group will discuss The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency by James Tobin. In this thoughtful and moving book, Tobin tells the story of how polio changed Franklin Roosevelt and made him the extraordinary person and president he became.  This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month through May. Call the Senior Center for details and to register at (203) 834-6240. Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton.

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until Wednesday, April 29 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no classes on Feb. 16, 18, 23, April 13 and 15) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

Introduction to 3D Printing

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

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.

Books for Babies

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

Wonderful Ones and Twos

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

The Way Things Work

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM

This series of programs on Wednesdays in Feberuary will be based on David Macaulay's famous book The Way Things Work, with each of the four sessions centering on a different concept. It will act as an introduction to STEM topics for 1st and 2nd graders to allow them to explore in a hands-on and grades-free setting and will give them a head start before encountering this material in school. Each session will include a short episode from “The Way Things Work” TV series along with activities. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund. Session Four: Pressure. Grades 1-2, registration required. 

Wilton Library Young Makers Club

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Teens in grades 7-11, join Wilton Library’s Young Makers program, part of the national Young Makers Club, which was started in 2010 as a collaboration between Make, Pixar, and Exploratorium. Makers comprise a community of creative and technical people who help one another bring ideas to life. The Maker movement is all about innovation, invention, imagination and creativity. Maker clubs are growing all over the country and the world in spaces brimming with enthusiasm, passion, encouragement and collaboration.

Be part of our community and work with mentors in our Innovation Station to design and create an open-ended project culminating in the opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event at the end of May. Participants will be introduced to 3D printing, soldering, Arduino, coding, electronic sewing and other tinkering tools with the goal of creating their own self-directed projects. Projects might include electronic wearables, interactive games, furniture, electronic gadgets, motorized design, light-up jewelry, musical instruments, etc.

We encourage any teen from 7th-11th grade who is interested in tinkering, learning and creating to join us. Register for the first session on January 28th to sign up.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Feb. 26, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used. Registration Filled.

Winter Poetry: Judson Scruton

Thursday, Feb. 26, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Poetry Series exploring “The Rape of the Lock” by Alexander Pope.   Judson Scruton, M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry), has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. In his career as an educator, Judson has also directed publications, communications, public relations and development at a variety of educational institutions in the U.S. and UK, including the Newberry Library in Chicago. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of English at Fairfield University.   Poetry packet available at the Circulation Desk one week before seminar begins. No charge for program. Advance registration required. By registering for the first session, you will automatically be registered for all four sessions.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Feb. 26, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used.  Registration Filled.

Technology Classes – LinkedIn

Thursday, Feb. 26, 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Are you planning to get your business networking in order?  Do you want to have access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that will help you present yourself in the best possible light?  Join Mary Anne Franco who will show you what LinkedIn is about, how to create a profile and look for jobs.  Demonstration-style class.  Registration encouraged.

Children's Beginner Chess

Thursday, Feb. 26, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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 Advanced Chess

Thursday, Feb. 26, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

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.

Technology Classes – LinkedIn

Thursday, Feb. 26, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Are you planning to get your business networking in order?  Do you want to have access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that will help you present yourself in the best possible light?  Join Mary Anne Franco who will show you what LinkedIn is about, how to create a profile and look for jobs.  Demonstration-style class.  Registration encouraged.

Minecraft Club

Saturday, Feb. 28, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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.

Tales to Tails

Saturday, Feb. 28, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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.

Norwalk Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, Feb. 28, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Space has long been a source of inspiration for music of all kinds, and the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra is also inspired! Join us as our resident brass quartet plays the theme from Star Wars and several musical treatments of the planets.  Ages 4 to 10, Registration required.

Coding with Khan for 5th and 6th Graders

Sunday, Mar. 1, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Students in grades 5 – 6 interested in learning the basics of coding, can join us for six sessions (2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/22 & 3/29). Two high school computer science students will work with the group and guide them through various online coding programs. Must have registered for the first session. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund. 

Coding with Khan for 7th & 8th Graders

Sunday, Mar. 1, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Students in grades 7 – 8 interested in learning the basics of coding, can join us for six sessions (2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/22 & 3/29). Two high school computer science students will work with the group and guide them through various online coding programs. Must be registered for the first session. Limited space. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund. 

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Monday, Mar. 2, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until Wednesday, April 29 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no classes on Feb. 16, 18, 23, April 13 and 15) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, Mar. 3, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

Look, Listen and Learn

Tuesday, Mar. 3, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Wednesday, Mar. 4, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until Wednesday, April 29 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no classes on Feb. 16, 18, 23, April 13 and 15) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

Books for Babies

Wednesday, Mar. 4, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

Wonderful Ones and Twos

Wednesday, Mar. 4, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

Wilton Library Young Makers Club

Wednesday, Mar. 4, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Teens in grades 7-11, join Wilton Library’s Young Makers program, part of the national Young Makers Club, which was started in 2010 as a collaboration between Make, Pixar, and Exploratorium. Makers comprise a community of creative and technical people who help one another bring ideas to life. The Maker movement is all about innovation, invention, imagination and creativity. Maker clubs are growing all over the country and the world in spaces brimming with enthusiasm, passion, encouragement and collaboration.

Be part of our community and work with mentors in our Innovation Station to design and create an open-ended project culminating in the opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event at the end of May. Participants will be introduced to 3D printing, soldering, Arduino, coding, electronic sewing and other tinkering tools with the goal of creating their own self-directed projects. Projects might include electronic wearables, interactive games, furniture, electronic gadgets, motorized design, light-up jewelry, musical instruments, etc.

We encourage any teen from 7th-11th grade who is interested in tinkering, learning and creating to join us. Register for the first session on January 28th to sign up.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Mar. 5, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used. Registration Filled.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Mar. 5, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used.  Registration Filled.

Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room: Julian Lage

Saturday, Mar. 7, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Julian Lage is an American guitarist, composer & arranger living in NYC. Often categorized as a jazz musician, his music is rooted in both traditional & acoustic forms. In addition to his own quintet he has recorded with Gary Burton, David Grisman, Eric Harland, Anthony Wilson, Martin Taylor (a Hot & Cool alum), Joshua Bell & Yoko Ono. See website for details. Suggested donation: $10. Funded by William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer and Chris & Tish Brubeck. Reception follows the concert. CDs will be available for purchase and signing. Advance registration strongly suggested. Pre-registrants should arrive by 7:20 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 7:20 p.m. if space is available.

Coding with Khan for 5th and 6th Graders

Sunday, Mar. 8, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Students in grades 5 – 6 interested in learning the basics of coding, can join us for six sessions (2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/22 & 3/29). Two high school computer science students will work with the group and guide them through various online coding programs. Must have registered for the first session. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund. 

Coding with Khan for 7th & 8th Graders

Sunday, Mar. 8, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Students in grades 7 – 8 interested in learning the basics of coding, can join us for six sessions (2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/22 & 3/29). Two high school computer science students will work with the group and guide them through various online coding programs. Must be registered for the first session. Limited space. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund. 

How the Other Half Lives—Bonnie Yochelson

Sunday, Mar. 8, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Part of The Gilded Age: Culture and Conflict at the End of the 19th Century.

In 1890, Jacob A. Riis published How the Other Half Lives, a best-selling book that revealed the horrific conditions of New York's slums, which were the worst in the world. A Danish-born immigrant, Riis was a charismatic writer and speaker who engaged the conscience of his readers while entertaining them. He stumbled upon the innovative idea of using photographs to enhance his message. Author of a dozen books and hundreds of articles, Riis traveled the country giving illustrated lectures until his death in 1914. Join us for a fresh interpretation of Riis' contribution to social reform and photographic history by Bonnie Yochelson, art historian and independent curator, in the fourth lecture in the 8th annual collaboration between Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society.

Bonnie Yochelson was formerly Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Museum of the City of New York, which holds the Jacob A. Riis Collection of Photographs. Among her books are Alfred Stieglitz New York (2010) and Berenice Abbott: Changing New York, The Complete WPA Project (1997). She is currently preparing a complete catalogue of the Jacob A. Riis Collection of Photographs and is organizing an accompanying exhibition with the Library of Congress, which holds the Jacob A. Riis Papers. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from New York University and is on the faculty of the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Location: Wilton Library
Lecture sponsor: Elaine Tai-Lauria and Phil Lauria
Moderator: Steve Hudspeth

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Monday, Mar. 9, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until Wednesday, April 29 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no classes on Feb. 16, 18, 23, April 13 and 15) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, Mar. 10, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

Look, Listen and Learn

Tuesday, Mar. 10, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Wednesday, Mar. 11, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until Wednesday, April 29 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no classes on Feb. 16, 18, 23, April 13 and 15) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

Books for Babies

Wednesday, Mar. 11, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

Wonderful Ones and Twos

Wednesday, Mar. 11, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

Wilton Library Young Makers Club

Wednesday, Mar. 11, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Teens in grades 7-11, join Wilton Library’s Young Makers program, part of the national Young Makers Club, which was started in 2010 as a collaboration between Make, Pixar, and Exploratorium. Makers comprise a community of creative and technical people who help one another bring ideas to life. The Maker movement is all about innovation, invention, imagination and creativity. Maker clubs are growing all over the country and the world in spaces brimming with enthusiasm, passion, encouragement and collaboration.

Be part of our community and work with mentors in our Innovation Station to design and create an open-ended project culminating in the opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event at the end of May. Participants will be introduced to 3D printing, soldering, Arduino, coding, electronic sewing and other tinkering tools with the goal of creating their own self-directed projects. Projects might include electronic wearables, interactive games, furniture, electronic gadgets, motorized design, light-up jewelry, musical instruments, etc.

We encourage any teen from 7th-11th grade who is interested in tinkering, learning and creating to join us. Register for the first session on January 28th to sign up.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Mar. 12, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used. Registration Filled.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Mar. 12, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used.  Registration Filled.

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Monday, Mar. 16, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until Wednesday, April 29 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no classes on Feb. 16, 18, 23, April 13 and 15) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, Mar. 17, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

Look, Listen and Learn

Tuesday, Mar. 17, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Wednesday, Mar. 18, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until Wednesday, April 29 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no classes on Feb. 16, 18, 23, April 13 and 15) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

Books for Babies

Wednesday, Mar. 18, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

Wonderful Ones and Twos

Wednesday, Mar. 18, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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 for 10 weeks.

Wilton Library Young Makers Club

Wednesday, Mar. 18, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Teens in grades 7-11, join Wilton Library’s Young Makers program, part of the national Young Makers Club, which was started in 2010 as a collaboration between Make, Pixar, and Exploratorium. Makers comprise a community of creative and technical people who help one another bring ideas to life. The Maker movement is all about innovation, invention, imagination and creativity. Maker clubs are growing all over the country and the world in spaces brimming with enthusiasm, passion, encouragement and collaboration.

Be part of our community and work with mentors in our Innovation Station to design and create an open-ended project culminating in the opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event at the end of May. Participants will be introduced to 3D printing, soldering, Arduino, coding, electronic sewing and other tinkering tools with the goal of creating their own self-directed projects. Projects might include electronic wearables, interactive games, furniture, electronic gadgets, motorized design, light-up jewelry, musical instruments, etc.

We encourage any teen from 7th-11th grade who is interested in tinkering, learning and creating to join us. Register for the first session on January 28th to sign up.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Mar. 19, 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used. Registration Filled.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Mar. 19, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used.  Registration Filled.

Coding with Khan for 5th and 6th Graders

Sunday, Mar. 22, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Students in grades 5 – 6 interested in learning the basics of coding, can join us for six sessions (2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/22 & 3/29). Two high school computer science students will work with the group and guide them through various online coding programs. Must have registered for the first session. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund. 

Coding with Khan for 7th & 8th Graders

Sunday, Mar. 22, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Students in grades 7 – 8 interested in learning the basics of coding, can join us for six sessions (2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/22 & 3/29). Two high school computer science students will work with the group and guide them through various online coding programs. Must be registered for the first session. Limited space. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund. 

From Civil War to Revolution: The Rapid Industrialization of America and the Challenges We Still Face - Matthew Warshauer

Sunday, Mar. 22, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

In this final lecture of the 8th annual collaboration between Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society, Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University, will explore the remarkable and fast-paced changes to American life in the aftermath of the Civil War. Mass production during the conflict caused the nation to travel from the edge of industrialization to full blown industrial revolution. The nature of work changed drastically, as did home life, as millions moved from farm to city. Was it the Gilded Age or industrialized poverty? What was government's role and responsibility in this new economy? How much should government then and now be involved in the nation's economic future?

Dr. Warshauer received his B.A. in history from Central Connecticut State University and completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies at Saint Louis University. He joined the faculty at CCSU in the fall of 1997, and has served as editor of Connecticut History from 2003 to 2011. In 2007, Dr. Warshauer won the Connecticut State University Trustees Research Award, and in 2012 the Association for the Study of Connecticut History Bruce Fraser Award in Public History and the New England History Teacher's Association's prestigious Kidger Award for distinguished research and innovative teaching. His publications include: Connecticut in the American Civil War, Andrew Jackson in Context, and Inside Connecticut and the Civil War: Essays on One State's Struggles.

Location: Wilton Historical Society
Lecture sponsor: Kathleen and Bill Brennan
Moderator: Max Gabrielson

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Monday, Mar. 23, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until Wednesday, April 29 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no classes on Feb. 16, 18, 23, April 13 and 15) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Wednesday, Mar. 25, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until Wednesday, April 29 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no classes on Feb. 16, 18, 23, April 13 and 15) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

Wilton Library Young Makers Club

Wednesday, Mar. 25, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Teens in grades 7-11, join Wilton Library’s Young Makers program, part of the national Young Makers Club, which was started in 2010 as a collaboration between Make, Pixar, and Exploratorium. Makers comprise a community of creative and technical people who help one another bring ideas to life. The Maker movement is all about innovation, invention, imagination and creativity. Maker clubs are growing all over the country and the world in spaces brimming with enthusiasm, passion, encouragement and collaboration.

Be part of our community and work with mentors in our Innovation Station to design and create an open-ended project culminating in the opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event at the end of May. Participants will be introduced to 3D printing, soldering, Arduino, coding, electronic sewing and other tinkering tools with the goal of creating their own self-directed projects. Projects might include electronic wearables, interactive games, furniture, electronic gadgets, motorized design, light-up jewelry, musical instruments, etc.

We encourage any teen from 7th-11th grade who is interested in tinkering, learning and creating to join us. Register for the first session on January 28th to sign up.

Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room: Ali Ryerson Trio

Friday, Mar. 27, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

With a career spanning over four decades, jazz flutist Ali Ryerson consistently ranks among the top flutists in the DownBeat Jazz Poll. Ryerson has released nearly two-dozen albums as leader or co-leader on major jazz labels and has recorded and performed with jazz greats such as Stephane Grappelli, Red Rodney, Roy Haynes, Hubert Laws, Art Farmer, Kenny Barron, Frank Wess, and Joe Beck. Don Friedman on piano and David Finck on bass will be joining her on stage.  See website for details. Suggested donation: $10. Funded by William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer and Chris & Tish Brubeck. Reception follows the concert. CDs will be available for purchase and signing. Advance registration strongly suggested. Pre-registrants should arrive by7:20 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 7:20 p.m. if space is available.

Coding with Khan for 5th and 6th Graders

Sunday, Mar. 29, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Students in grades 5 – 6 interested in learning the basics of coding, can join us for six sessions (2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/22 & 3/29). Two high school computer science students will work with the group and guide them through various online coding programs. Must have registered for the first session. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund. 

Coding with Khan for 7th & 8th Graders

Sunday, Mar. 29, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Students in grades 7 – 8 interested in learning the basics of coding, can join us for six sessions (2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/22 & 3/29). Two high school computer science students will work with the group and guide them through various online coding programs. Must be registered for the first session. Limited space. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund. 

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Monday, Mar. 30, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until Wednesday, April 29 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no classes on Feb. 16, 18, 23, April 13 and 15) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Wednesday, Apr. 1, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until Wednesday, April 29 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no classes on Feb. 16, 18, 23, April 13 and 15) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

Wilton Library Young Makers Club

Wednesday, Apr. 1, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Teens in grades 7-11, join Wilton Library’s Young Makers program, part of the national Young Makers Club, which was started in 2010 as a collaboration between Make, Pixar, and Exploratorium. Makers comprise a community of creative and technical people who help one another bring ideas to life. The Maker movement is all about innovation, invention, imagination and creativity. Maker clubs are growing all over the country and the world in spaces brimming with enthusiasm, passion, encouragement and collaboration.

Be part of our community and work with mentors in our Innovation Station to design and create an open-ended project culminating in the opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event at the end of May. Participants will be introduced to 3D printing, soldering, Arduino, coding, electronic sewing and other tinkering tools with the goal of creating their own self-directed projects. Projects might include electronic wearables, interactive games, furniture, electronic gadgets, motorized design, light-up jewelry, musical instruments, etc.

We encourage any teen from 7th-11th grade who is interested in tinkering, learning and creating to join us. Register for the first session on January 28th to sign up.

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Monday, Apr. 6, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until Wednesday, April 29 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no classes on Feb. 16, 18, 23, April 13 and 15) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Wednesday, Apr. 8, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until Wednesday, April 29 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no classes on Feb. 16, 18, 23, April 13 and 15) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

Wilton Library Young Makers Club

Wednesday, Apr. 8, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Teens in grades 7-11, join Wilton Library’s Young Makers program, part of the national Young Makers Club, which was started in 2010 as a collaboration between Make, Pixar, and Exploratorium. Makers comprise a community of creative and technical people who help one another bring ideas to life. The Maker movement is all about innovation, invention, imagination and creativity. Maker clubs are growing all over the country and the world in spaces brimming with enthusiasm, passion, encouragement and collaboration.

Be part of our community and work with mentors in our Innovation Station to design and create an open-ended project culminating in the opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event at the end of May. Participants will be introduced to 3D printing, soldering, Arduino, coding, electronic sewing and other tinkering tools with the goal of creating their own self-directed projects. Projects might include electronic wearables, interactive games, furniture, electronic gadgets, motorized design, light-up jewelry, musical instruments, etc.

We encourage any teen from 7th-11th grade who is interested in tinkering, learning and creating to join us. Register for the first session on January 28th to sign up.

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Monday, Apr. 20, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until Wednesday, April 29 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no classes on Feb. 16, 18, 23, April 13 and 15) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Wednesday, Apr. 22, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until Wednesday, April 29 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no classes on Feb. 16, 18, 23, April 13 and 15) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

Wilton Library Young Makers Club

Wednesday, Apr. 22, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Teens in grades 7-11, join Wilton Library’s Young Makers program, part of the national Young Makers Club, which was started in 2010 as a collaboration between Make, Pixar, and Exploratorium. Makers comprise a community of creative and technical people who help one another bring ideas to life. The Maker movement is all about innovation, invention, imagination and creativity. Maker clubs are growing all over the country and the world in spaces brimming with enthusiasm, passion, encouragement and collaboration.

Be part of our community and work with mentors in our Innovation Station to design and create an open-ended project culminating in the opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event at the end of May. Participants will be introduced to 3D printing, soldering, Arduino, coding, electronic sewing and other tinkering tools with the goal of creating their own self-directed projects. Projects might include electronic wearables, interactive games, furniture, electronic gadgets, motorized design, light-up jewelry, musical instruments, etc.

We encourage any teen from 7th-11th grade who is interested in tinkering, learning and creating to join us. Register for the first session on January 28th to sign up.

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Monday, Apr. 27, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until Wednesday, April 29 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no classes on Feb. 16, 18, 23, April 13 and 15) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Wednesday, Apr. 29, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until Wednesday, April 29 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no classes on Feb. 16, 18, 23, April 13 and 15) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

Wilton Library Young Makers Club

Wednesday, Apr. 29, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Teens in grades 7-11, join Wilton Library’s Young Makers program, part of the national Young Makers Club, which was started in 2010 as a collaboration between Make, Pixar, and Exploratorium. Makers comprise a community of creative and technical people who help one another bring ideas to life. The Maker movement is all about innovation, invention, imagination and creativity. Maker clubs are growing all over the country and the world in spaces brimming with enthusiasm, passion, encouragement and collaboration.

Be part of our community and work with mentors in our Innovation Station to design and create an open-ended project culminating in the opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event at the end of May. Participants will be introduced to 3D printing, soldering, Arduino, coding, electronic sewing and other tinkering tools with the goal of creating their own self-directed projects. Projects might include electronic wearables, interactive games, furniture, electronic gadgets, motorized design, light-up jewelry, musical instruments, etc.

We encourage any teen from 7th-11th grade who is interested in tinkering, learning and creating to join us. Register for the first session on January 28th to sign up.

Wilton Library Young Makers Club

Wednesday, May. 6, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Teens in grades 7-11, join Wilton Library’s Young Makers program, part of the national Young Makers Club, which was started in 2010 as a collaboration between Make, Pixar, and Exploratorium. Makers comprise a community of creative and technical people who help one another bring ideas to life. The Maker movement is all about innovation, invention, imagination and creativity. Maker clubs are growing all over the country and the world in spaces brimming with enthusiasm, passion, encouragement and collaboration.

Be part of our community and work with mentors in our Innovation Station to design and create an open-ended project culminating in the opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event at the end of May. Participants will be introduced to 3D printing, soldering, Arduino, coding, electronic sewing and other tinkering tools with the goal of creating their own self-directed projects. Projects might include electronic wearables, interactive games, furniture, electronic gadgets, motorized design, light-up jewelry, musical instruments, etc.

We encourage any teen from 7th-11th grade who is interested in tinkering, learning and creating to join us. Register for the first session on January 28th to sign up.

Wilton Library Young Makers Club

Wednesday, May. 13, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Teens in grades 7-11, join Wilton Library’s Young Makers program, part of the national Young Makers Club, which was started in 2010 as a collaboration between Make, Pixar, and Exploratorium. Makers comprise a community of creative and technical people who help one another bring ideas to life. The Maker movement is all about innovation, invention, imagination and creativity. Maker clubs are growing all over the country and the world in spaces brimming with enthusiasm, passion, encouragement and collaboration.

Be part of our community and work with mentors in our Innovation Station to design and create an open-ended project culminating in the opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event at the end of May. Participants will be introduced to 3D printing, soldering, Arduino, coding, electronic sewing and other tinkering tools with the goal of creating their own self-directed projects. Projects might include electronic wearables, interactive games, furniture, electronic gadgets, motorized design, light-up jewelry, musical instruments, etc.

We encourage any teen from 7th-11th grade who is interested in tinkering, learning and creating to join us. Register for the first session on January 28th to sign up.

Wilton Library Young Makers Club

Wednesday, May. 20, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Teens in grades 7-11, join Wilton Library’s Young Makers program, part of the national Young Makers Club, which was started in 2010 as a collaboration between Make, Pixar, and Exploratorium. Makers comprise a community of creative and technical people who help one another bring ideas to life. The Maker movement is all about innovation, invention, imagination and creativity. Maker clubs are growing all over the country and the world in spaces brimming with enthusiasm, passion, encouragement and collaboration.

Be part of our community and work with mentors in our Innovation Station to design and create an open-ended project culminating in the opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event at the end of May. Participants will be introduced to 3D printing, soldering, Arduino, coding, electronic sewing and other tinkering tools with the goal of creating their own self-directed projects. Projects might include electronic wearables, interactive games, furniture, electronic gadgets, motorized design, light-up jewelry, musical instruments, etc.

We encourage any teen from 7th-11th grade who is interested in tinkering, learning and creating to join us. Register for the first session on January 28th to sign up.

Wilton Library Young Makers Club

Saturday, May. 30, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Teens in grades 7-11, join Wilton Library’s Young Makers program, part of the national Young Makers Club, which was started in 2010 as a collaboration between Make, Pixar, and Exploratorium. Makers comprise a community of creative and technical people who help one another bring ideas to life. The Maker movement is all about innovation, invention, imagination and creativity. Maker clubs are growing all over the country and the world in spaces brimming with enthusiasm, passion, encouragement and collaboration.

Be part of our community and work with mentors in our Innovation Station to design and create an open-ended project culminating in the opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event at the end of May. Participants will be introduced to 3D printing, soldering, Arduino, coding, electronic sewing and other tinkering tools with the goal of creating their own self-directed projects. Projects might include electronic wearables, interactive games, furniture, electronic gadgets, motorized design, light-up jewelry, musical instruments, etc.

We encourage any teen from 7th-11th grade who is interested in tinkering, learning and creating to join us. Register for the first session on January 28th to sign up.

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