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Wilton Library Holiday Book Sale

Sunday, Dec. 14, 1:00 PM to Sunday, Dec. 21, 5:00 PM

The library’s holiday book sale in the gallery is a seasonal delight. Bargains can be found - most of the items are new or like-new condition, making a terrific opportunity for holiday gift-giving. Items include an immense variety of books, unopened CDs and DVDs, children’s books and a huge assortment of art books. As items are sold, new ones appear daily, thanks to the hard-working book sale volunteers, who always seem to have an un-ending supply of tantalizing offerings. All sales support the library.

Wilton Library Holiday Book Sale

Saturday, Dec. 20, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The library’s holiday book sale in the gallery is a seasonal delight. Bargains can be found - most of the items are new or like-new condition, making a terrific opportunity for holiday gift-giving. Items include an immense variety of books, unopened CDs and DVDs, children’s books and a huge assortment of art books. As items are sold, new ones appear daily, thanks to the hard-working book sale volunteers, who always seem to have an un-ending supply of tantalizing offerings. All sales support the library.

Minecraft Club

Saturday, Dec. 20, 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.

Wilton Library Holiday Book Sale

Sunday, Dec. 21, 1:00 PM to Sunday, Dec. 28, 5:00 PM

The library’s holiday book sale in the gallery is a seasonal delight. Bargains can be found - most of the items are new or like-new condition, making a terrific opportunity for holiday gift-giving. Items include an immense variety of books, unopened CDs and DVDs, children’s books and a huge assortment of art books. As items are sold, new ones appear daily, thanks to the hard-working book sale volunteers, who always seem to have an un-ending supply of tantalizing offerings. All sales support the library.

Holiday Crafts

Sunday, Dec. 21, 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Drop by Wilton Library and make some fun Holiday Crafts! Materials for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Winter Solstice crafts will be available for children to stop in and make something wonderful to celebrate the season

Wilton Library Holiday Book Sale

Monday, Dec. 22, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

The library’s holiday book sale in the gallery is a seasonal delight. Bargains can be found - most of the items are new or like-new condition, making a terrific opportunity for holiday gift-giving. Items include an immense variety of books, unopened CDs and DVDs, children’s books and a huge assortment of art books. As items are sold, new ones appear daily, thanks to the hard-working book sale volunteers, who always seem to have an un-ending supply of tantalizing offerings. All sales support the library.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Monday, Dec. 22, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

American Red Cross is sponsoring a blood drive in Wilton Library’s Brubeck Room. Appointment Hours: 11a.m. – 4 p.m. To sign up, please call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (1.800.448.3543) or go to www.redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins will be accommodated. Please note: Positive ID required at time of donation.

Wilton Library Holiday Book Sale

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

The library’s holiday book sale in the gallery is a seasonal delight. Bargains can be found - most of the items are new or like-new condition, making a terrific opportunity for holiday gift-giving. Items include an immense variety of books, unopened CDs and DVDs, children’s books and a huge assortment of art books. As items are sold, new ones appear daily, thanks to the hard-working book sale volunteers, who always seem to have an un-ending supply of tantalizing offerings. All sales support the library.

Minecraft Club

Saturday, Dec. 27, 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, Dec. 27, 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.

Robert the Guitar Guy

Friday, Jan. 2, 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, Jan. 3, 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.

Electronic Tinkering 4-Part Workshop for Teens

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Want to learn how to make a blinking night light and other cool electronics? Over the course of four sessions, teens in grades 7-12 get a hands-on introduction to C/C++ programming and the Arduino-based platform. Session dates are: Jan. 6, 8, 13 and 15. Registration required. Space limited. Supported in part by the William and Karen Tell Foundation and the Romer Family.

Cryptozoology Club

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Each month the Cryptozoology Club will feature a different legendary beast. Kids in grades 3 - 6 will read about them, see film clips that MIGHT be real and talk about whether the creature really exists. January’s creature: BIGFOOT! Join the group as it journeys from Bluff Creek, CA to Connecticut's own Litchfield Hills on the trail of the U.S.'s most famous cryptid. Call it Sasquatch, Skunk Ape or Winsted Wildman, it's a beast with a rep as big as its shoe size. Kids will view film clips, listen to stories, weigh the evidence and decide when they should rely on what they see and read. Snacks will be served-- enough to satisfy any primate's appetite! Registration required, Grades 3-6.

AARP Driver Safety Class

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 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.

Learning About Earth Science

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Did you ever wonder what makes a volcano erupt? Or how snow falls from the sky? Or why thunder is so loud? Or what makes a tornado spin? If you want answers to these questions, come to this program.

Enhancing Focus and Wellness at Work through Mindfulness

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Do you regularly get stressed out at work? Do you ever lose focus in the middle of a meeting or conversation? Today's high pressure workplace can lead to stress, distraction and even burnout. Learn how the practice of mindfulness can help enhance your concentration, mood, and results at work. Andy Lee, a mindfulness business consultant, will introduce you to mindfulness and its benefits, and will teach you simple mental exercises that will help you deal more effectively with workplace challenges. Andy is a senior consultant for the Potential Project and teaches mindfulness in companies in Connecticut and New York. He has studied and practiced mindfulness meditation since 1999 and was trained at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. He also teaches the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program in Fairfield. No charge. Registration highly recommended.

Electronic Tinkering 4-Part Workshop for Teens

Thursday, Jan. 8, 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Want to learn how to make a blinking night light and other cool electronics? Over the course of four sessions, teens in grades 7-12 get a hands-on introduction to C/C++ programming and the Arduino-based platform. Session dates are: Jan. 6, 8, 13 and 15. Registration required. Space limited. Supported in part by the William and Karen Tell Foundation and the Romer Family.

Magic: The Gathering - A Trading Card Game for Teens

Thursday, Jan. 8, 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. 8, 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. 8, 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: Priya Parmar - Vanessa and Her Sister

Thursday, Jan. 8, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

The work of exciting young newcomer Priya Parmar, Vanessa and Her Sister, captures the champagne-heady days of prewar London and the extraordinary lives of sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf. The novel begins in 1905 with the gifted sisters moving to avant-garde Bloomsbury, where they come together with their artist friends to be known as the Bloomsbury Group. Change is taking place not only in London, but also in the lives of Vanessa, the painter and Virginia, the writer, with one always living in the shelter of the other. As the landscape of the group shifts and tragedy and betrayal threaten to destroy the family, Vanessa must decide if it is finally time to protect her own happiness above all else. A former dramaturg and freelance editor, Priya Parmar was educated at Mount Holyoke College, The University of Oxford and The University of Edinburgh. She is the author of one previous novel, Exit the Actress. Priya and her husband split their time between Hawaii and London. Q&A and book signing following the talk courtesy of Elm Street Books. No charge. Registration highly recommended.

Winter Reading Challenge

Friday, Jan. 9, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Join us for a special event, where we will have activities and discussions about the books you've read and the movies you've seen during the December 23 through January 9 book and movie challenge!

Minecraft Club

Saturday, Jan. 10, 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

Saturday, Jan. 10, 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.

Coding with Khan for 5th and 6th Graders

Sunday, Jan. 11, 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. Register for the first event to sign up for all six sessions. Limited space. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund.

Coding with Khan for 7th and 8th Graders

Sunday, Jan. 11, 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. Register for the first event to sign up for all six sessions. Limited space. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund.

Connecticut's Own Concert: The Madera Winds – “Summer in Winter

Sunday, Jan. 11, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The Madera Winds will present “Summer in Winter,” music composed and performed to help warm our souls at this time of the year. The center piece of the concert will be “Summer Music” by Samuel Barber (1910 - 1981); “Sea Shanties” by Malcolm Arnold (1921 - 2006); and “Mississippi Five.” Finally, no summer music program is complete without a John Philip Souza march or two. See the library’s registration link for more information about the music and composers. The Madera Winds, formed in 2012, is a blend of Connecticut Musicians who have performed over the last thirty years in other chamber music groups in Wilton as well as throughout Fairfield County. Ralph Kirmser (oboe) of Wilton and Janet Atherton (clarinet) of Norwalk had been founding members of the Prevailing Winds Quintet since the 1980s. No charge. Registration strongly suggested. Pre-registrants should arrive by 3:50 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:50 if space is available.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Monday, Jan. 12, 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 x224 or email Jennifer Walker, Teen Services Assistant, at jwalker@wiltonlibrary.org.

Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 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.

Parenting Book Series: Dr. Susan Bauerfeld

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

The Parenting Book Series was established to help parents sift through the avalanche of advice that exists in the world of parenting books. In each session, Susan Bauerfeld, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, ADHD Coach, and mother of three boys, will present an overview of a parenting book chosen for its soundness and relevance to the community. Following the presentation, there will be time for questions and discussion. Reading the book is not required but is encouraged and will likely enhance the discussion. The next date in the series is Mar. 24. The book for Jan. 13 is It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by Danah Boyd. No charge. Co-sponsored by Wilton Youth Council, Parent Connection, and Wilton Library. Registration strongly encouraged.

Look, Listen and Learn

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 11:00 AM to 11:30 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.

Electronic Tinkering 4-Part Workshop for Teens

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Want to learn how to make a blinking night light and other cool electronics? Over the course of four sessions, teens in grades 7-12 get a hands-on introduction to C/C++ programming and the Arduino-based platform. Session dates are: Jan. 6, 8, 13 and 15. Registration required. Space limited. Supported in part by the William and Karen Tell Foundation and the Romer Family.

Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 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. Please call Nina Marino, at 203-857-7304 with any questions. Registration highly encouraged.

WGG/WLA Green Speaker Series: Global Climate Change and the American Perspective with Lisa Fernandez

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Global Climate Change: A threat of potentially unprecedented magnitude is viewed from a variety of perspectives by Americans - from entirely dismissive to highly concerned. What do Americans think, feel, do and understand about global warming? Why are there so many diverse perspectives to understanding the science? Where do Wilton residents stand on this issue? Lisa Fernandez, Assistant Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies will briefly review the science, and then delve into summarizing and interpreting the results of her team's public opinion polls that shed light on American perceptions, including detailing 'Global Warming's Six Americas' and the implications of this work for communicating about it with the different audiences. The Green Speaker series is co-sponsored by Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library. No charge. Registration recommended.

Books for Babies

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 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, Jan. 14, 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, Jan. 14, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. 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 under Books.

Free Fiction, Films, and Fugues To Go

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

BYOD - Bring your own device and follow along as Melissa Baker demonstrates our free downloadables and streaming media. You will learn about our downloadable eBooks (OverDrive and One Click), downloadable eMagazines (Zinio), streaming movies (IndieFlix), streaming jazz and classical music (Naxos Music Library) and streaming popular music (Hoopla Digital), all available 24/7 from Wilton Library. There is something for everyone and hours of enjoyment for patrons with Wilton Library cards. Presented by Wilton Library for seniors at the Senior Center, Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton. Registration is suggested.

Learning About Earth Science

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Did you ever wonder what makes a volcano erupt? Or how snow falls from the sky? Or why thunder is so loud? Or what makes a tornado spin? If you want answers to these questions, come to this program.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Jan. 15, 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. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 2014 and must be returned by January 8, 2015. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Jan. 15, 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. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 2014 and must be returned by January 8, 2015. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

Technology Classes – Facebook

Thursday, Jan. 15, 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Do you feel left out because you are not on Facebook? Do you want to explore it before committing to an account? Are you unsure of the computer skills needed to navigate the Facebook and social media world? If you are a baby boomer, senior, or someone who just hasn't had time to devote to the exploration of social media until now, this class is for you. Mary Anne Franco will show you what Facebook is about, how to post photos, find 'friends' and talk about privacy settings. Demonstration-style class. Registration encouraged.

Electronic Tinkering 4-Part Workshop for Teens

Thursday, Jan. 15, 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Want to learn how to make a blinking night light and other cool electronics? Over the course of four sessions, teens in grades 7-12 get a hands-on introduction to C/C++ programming and the Arduino-based platform. Session dates are: Jan. 6, 8, 13 and 15. Registration required. Space limited. Supported in part by the William and Karen Tell Foundation and the Romer Family.

Magic: The Gathering - A Trading Card Game for Teens

Thursday, Jan. 15, 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. 15, 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. 15, 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 – Facebook

Thursday, Jan. 15, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Do you feel left out because you are not on Facebook? Do you want to explore it before committing to an account? Are you unsure of the computer skills needed to navigate the Facebook and social media world? If you are a baby boomer, senior, or someone who just hasn't had time to devote to the exploration of social media until now, this class is for you. Mary Anne Franco will show you what Facebook is about, how to post photos, find 'friends' and talk about privacy settings. Demonstration-style class. Registration encouraged.

Hooray for Winnie the Pooh Day

Friday, Jan. 16, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Come and celebrate the birthday of author A.A. Milne and his most enduring creation, Winnie the Pooh! There will be story time, a movie, music and special games like 'Pin the tail on Eeyore' and the 'Hop like a Tigger' race. Bring your own teddy bear and make him a scarf to keep him warm! You can also guess how many gummy bears can fit in a honey pot! Drop in, no registration required. Ages 3 and up suggested.

Minecraft Club

Saturday, Jan. 17, 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.

Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room: Bucky Pizzarelli, John Cutrone and Jerry Bruno

Saturday, Jan. 17, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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

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

Sunday, Jan. 18, 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

Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 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, Jan. 20, 11:00 AM to 11:30 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.

Tuesday Book Buzz

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 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.

Nifty Nutmeggers Book Club

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM

Children in grades 3 through 5 are invited to join Wilton Library’s new Nutmeg book club. The Nutmeg Book Award is a program designed for kids in the state of Connecticut.  Each year children have the opportunity to read ten carefully chosen books and then vote for their favorite in May.  There are two levels for children: Elementary (grades 2-4) and Intermediate (grades 4-6).  In this club kids can choose to read one of the assigned monthly books or all two or three.  We will come together to discuss the books, have snacks, play games, and do other fun book-related activities.  This month's book choices are The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt (Elem.), Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett (Elem.), Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods (Inter.) and White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan (Inter.) This program is a partnership between Wilton Library and Cider Mill School.  Registration required; no fee.

ESL (English as a Second Language) Registration & Testing

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Registration and placement testing for ESL classes will take place at Wilton Library on Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 9:30AM - 11:00AM. Please note that the ESL class at Wilton Library is for the multi-level student. Class size is limited and will be determined by Placement Testing. Classes are open to Wilton, Westport and Weston residents only. Class testing and registration will be conducted by Westport Continuing Education. Just walk in to take the test! The classes will be held twice-weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30AM-11:30AM starting on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at Wilton Library.

Books for Babies

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 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, Jan. 21, 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 Word

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 11:15 AM

Our newest instructor, Michael Bellacosa, shows how to create and format a basic document in Word 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.

Learning About Earth Science

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Did you ever wonder what makes a volcano erupt? Or how snow falls from the sky? Or why thunder is so loud? Or what makes a tornado spin? If you want answers to these questions, come to this program.

Technology Classes - Basic Word

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Our newest instructor, Michael Bellacosa, shows how to create and format a basic document in Word 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, Jan. 22, 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. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 2014 and must be returned by January 8, 2015. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Jan. 22, 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. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 2014 and must be returned by January 8, 2015. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

I Have a New PC!

Thursday, Jan. 22, 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Did you receive a new PC 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, browsers, and the file structure of your computer. NOTE: This class is for PC users. Apple products will be discussed in a different class. Demonstration-style class. Registration encouraged especially in the winter months.

Magic: The Gathering - A Trading Card Game for Teens

Thursday, Jan. 22, 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. 22, 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. 22, 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.

The Winter Show—Six Women Artists Art Exhibition Reception

Friday, Jan. 23, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Six area artists who have shown one or two piece in previous Wilton Library art shows feature many more of their works in this exhibition creating an exciting display of various subjects, styles and medium. A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. Reception open to the public. Exhibition runs through Feb. 27.

Minecraft Club

Saturday, Jan. 24, 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

Saturday, Jan. 24, 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.

Coding with Khan for 5th and 6th Graders

Sunday, Jan. 25, 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. Register for the first event to sign up for all six sessions. Limited space. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund.

Coding with Khan for 7th and 8th Graders

Sunday, Jan. 25, 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. Register for the first event to sign up for all six sessions. Limited space. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund.

Candlelight Concert at the Wilton Congregational Church – Empire Brass

Sunday, Jan. 25, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

The Empire Brass enjoys an international reputation as North America's finest brass quintet, renowned for its brilliant virtuosity and the unparalleled diversity of its repertoire. Their concert will offer a taste of this diversity, with works by Byrd, Susato, Bach, Beethoven, Gershwin, Copland, and Bernstein. All performances are on Sunday afternoons at the Wilton Congregational Church located at 70 Ridgefield Road, Wilton. A portion of the proceeds benefits Wilton Library. For ticket information call (203) 762-3401 or www.wiltoncandlelightconcerts.org.

Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception: Benisse Lester

Monday, Jan. 26, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

January brings Benisse Lester to the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program. Ms. Lester’s paintings will depict the grounds and interior of Weir Farm celebrating and honoring the beauty and heritage of the farm and J. Alden Weir. The work will be primarily in plein air and directly from the subject material incorporating still life and figures. 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, Jan. 27, 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, Jan. 27, 11:00 AM to 11:30 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.

Senior Center Book Discussion: The Spirit Level

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Richard Duffee will lead a discussion of The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett. This complex book provides groundbreaking research and stunning conclusions about this country income gap between the richest and poorest. 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, Jan. 28, 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, Jan. 28, 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, Jan. 28, 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.

Learning About Earth Science

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Did you ever wonder what makes a volcano erupt? Or how snow falls from the sky? Or why thunder is so loud? Or what makes a tornado spin? If you want answers to these questions, come to this program.

Wilton Young Makers Club

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Teens in grades 7-11, join our youth maker 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. We'll meet from the end of January until the end of May on the following dates: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20 & 5/30. Sponsored by the Amadeo Family Fund. Registration required.

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. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 2014 and must be returned by January 8, 2015. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 2014 and must be returned by January 8, 2015. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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.

Introduction to Tinkercad 3D Design

Saturday, Jan. 31, 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.

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. Register for the first event to sign up for all six sessions. Limited space. Supported by the Amadeo Family Fund.

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. Register for the first event to sign up for all six sessions. 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).

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

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.

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.

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. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 2014 and must be returned by January 8, 2015. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 2014 and must be returned by January 8, 2015. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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.

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).

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

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.

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).

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.

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. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 2014 and must be returned by January 8, 2015. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 2014 and must be returned by January 8, 2015. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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.

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

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.

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.

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. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 2014 and must be returned by January 8, 2015. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 2014 and must be returned by January 8, 2015. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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.

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

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

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.

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).

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.

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. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 2014 and must be returned by January 8, 2015. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 2014 and must be returned by January 8, 2015. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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.

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

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.

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.

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. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 2014 and must be returned by January 8, 2015. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 2014 and must be returned by January 8, 2015. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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

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.

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.

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. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 2014 and must be returned by January 8, 2015. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 2014 and must be returned by January 8, 2015. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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

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.

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.

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. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 2014 and must be returned by January 8, 2015. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 2014 and must be returned by January 8, 2015. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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