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Upcoming Events

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, March 4, 11:00am - 11:30am

Children ages 6 months to 2 years old will enjoy a fun storytime with music, puppets, picture books and nursery rhymes. Registration is required and space is limited. Registrants will receive an email link to the Zoom meeting the morning of the program. For more details email Mrs. Keogh at lkeogh@wiltonlibrary.org

Virtual Beginner Chess

Thursday, March 4, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Kids in Kindergarten through High School are invited to join this virtual chess class.  Each week students will learn new strategies and then pair up using Chess.com to practice playing. Students must create a chess.com username prior to the start of class. Registration is required, the fee is $80 for an eight week session. Payment must be made at the time of registration Questions? Call (203)762-6336 or email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org

Is the ACT or SAT Best for Me?

Thursday, March 4, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Starting to think about college entrance exams, but not sure whether to take the SAT or ACT … or if you even need to take one at all? Join us to learn about the purpose and the differences between the two. 

Topics covered:Breakdown of each exam by topic & timeWhat are “good scores” to aim for?Determining the exam YOU should takeThe optional essaysSending your scores: score history vs. score choiceTest-optional, test blind, and test flexible universities When should you start testing? The session will be run by test prep advisor & college counselor, Priyanka Shingala of Let’s Talk College, LLC. The program is especially relevant to current sophomores, juniors and their parents; however, anyone interested is welcome to join. 

Must have access to Zoom and registration required. A link will be sent the morning of the program.

Wilton Go Green - Be A Part Of Nature, Not Apart From Nature

Thursday, March 4, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Please join us for an informative session where you'll learn about conservation projects you can undertake on your own property to assure that we have healthy wildlife habitats, that our rivers and brooks provide clean drinking water, and that it’s not only possible to work at the level of our own backyards to effect great change in the larger landscape, but, in fact, it’s essential if we are to reverse the environmental threats we face.

Presenter Donna Merrill’s work in environmental conservation spans more than two decades.  A Wilton resident for 36 years, she’s served as Executive Director of the Wilton Land Conservation Trust, as a Wilton Conservation Commissioner, and, under a grant from the US Forest Service, conceived of the Pollinator Pathway, brought it to Wilton in 2017, and has helped the Pathway expand to 240 municipalities across 5 states with no end in sight.

No charge. Sponsored by Wilton Library and Wilton Go Green. Online registration required in order to receive the Zoom invitation link. Register with Wilton Go Green here.

Zooming Child-Adult Zentangle Fun in Color

Friday, March 5, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Calling all artists and doodlers!  If you love to draw or doodle, but think you aren’t a good artist, this is the program for you.  Using a few simple steps and techniques, anyone can learn to create beautiful artwork in a relaxing atmosphere. So join us and share some time with your favorite grown-up!  

Whether or not you joined us for previous classes, this program is for you!  We will be doing different tangles and this class will work equally well for first-timers and those who have a bit more experience.  What's more, this time we will be working in color!

For children in grades 3-6 with a participating adult.  Registration is required. Please register all attendees, including both adults and children.  Participants will be contacted to pick up supplies a few days before the program.  The Zoom link will be distributed by the morning of March 5. Register online.  Please note: supplies and space are limited. We ask that patrons register only if you are sure you can attend.  Email alilienharper@wiltonlibrary.org with any questions.    

Stitch Time for Knitters & Crocheters on Zoom

Monday, March 8, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Drop-in Zoom session for crafters of all skill levels. Show off your latest creation, seek advice, and chat about anything while working on your own projects. Registration is required. Once you are registered, we'll email you the Zoom link. Please feel free to email cbenjamin@wiltonlibrary.org with any questions.  

Ready Readers Live!

Monday, March 8, 4:15pm - 4:45pm

Children ages 4-6 are invited to join in some story time fun! We will read two stories and have some chat time. Registration is required and space is limited. Registrants will receive an email link to the Zoom meeting shortly before the program. Email contact for questions  aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org

College Q&A with Matthew Greene

Monday, March 8, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Join educational consultant, Matthew Greene, for a live Q&A session. We'll have a discussion about testing, deferring admission and the latest updates on the college scene.  Come prepared with questions.

Recommended for high school juniors and seniors and their parents. Registration is required and space is limited. Must have a Zoom account. An email link will be provided to all registrants the morning of the event.  Questions? Please email slauricella@wiltonlibrary.org.

Virtual Chess Club - Intermediate

Tuesday, March 9, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Kids in Kindergarten through High School are invited to join this virtual chess class.  Each week students will learn new strategies and then pair up using Chess.com to practice playing. Students must create a chess.com username prior to the start of class. Registration is required, the fee is $80 for an eight week session. Payment must be made at the time of registration. Questions? Call (203)762-6336 or email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org

The Cookbook Connection: A Virtual Recipe Swap

Tuesday, March 9, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Fettuccine, Ramen, Orzo, Udon, Gnocchi, Macaroni and more! We love oodles of noodles! Join us to share your favorite noodle recipe.  Virtually “show and tell” or just come for the chat. 

Registration is required and space is limited. Must have a Zoom account. An email link will be provided to all registrants the morning of session. Questions? Please email slauricella@wiltonlibrary.org.

Zooming Toddler Story Time

Wednesday, March 10, 10:30am - 11:30am

Join us for an interactive zoom story time geared especially for toddlers aged 1-3.  Children and their caregivers will have fun listening to stories, singing songs, learning rhymes, and doing movement activities, all while building literacy skills.  Registration is required for each date, and a zoom link will be sent out the day before the program.  For more details or if you have any questions, email Miss Amy at alilienharper@wiltonlibrary.org

Wilton Library Readers: Lost Children Archive, by Valeria Luiselli

Wednesday, March 10, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Using Zoom, professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Lost Children Archive, by Valeria Luiselli this month.  Space limited and registration required.  Must have a Zoom account.  An email link will be provided to all registrants before the meeting.

Wilton Library Readers group meets the second Wednesday of each month through June. Feel free to munch your lunch while we discuss the book!

Questions?  Please email kzeibak@wiltonlibrary.org.

Wilton Reads - Celebrating Diversity

Wednesday, March 10, 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Children ages 4 through 7 are invited to join in this story time. Each week we will share picture books that represent a variety of cultural backgrounds. Kids will have a chance to explore these "window" books, where they can learn about someone else's life that may be different from their own. Children will hear the stories, have a discussion, and do an activity. Participants will receive a free copy of one of the books. Registration required - space is limited, no fee. Zoom links will be sent out shortly before the start of the program. Sponsored by Kim and Mike Healy. Questions? Email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org

Of Violence and Valor: Four Lectures on The Iliad

Wednesday, March 10, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Please join us as Yale's Mark Schenker returns to Wilton Library with a 4-part virtual lecture series on Homer’s epic poem The Iliad. As a companion series to the Library program that Mark presented last June on The Odyssey, his lectures will again concentrate on the poem as a literary work of art, and will consider also how it contrasts and harmonizes with The Odyssey as a masterpiece that engages both the destructive force of rage and the enduring power of civilization.

No charge for the program. This lecture is made possible with the support of the Literary Series in Memory of Amy Quigley. Advance registration required. Register online in order to receive the Zoom session invitation link; those on the "wait-list" will receive a YouTube live-stream link. Please note: you will automatically be registered for all four session in the series. Please email Michael Bellacosa at mbellacosa@wiltonlibrary.org with any questions.

See registration link for more details.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, March 11, 11:00am - 11:30am

Children ages 6 months to 2 years old will enjoy a fun storytime with music, puppets, picture books and nursery rhymes. Registration is required and space is limited. Registrants will receive an email link to the Zoom meeting the morning of the program. For more details email Mrs. Keogh at lkeogh@wiltonlibrary.org

Virtual Beginner Chess

Thursday, March 11, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Kids in Kindergarten through High School are invited to join this virtual chess class.  Each week students will learn new strategies and then pair up using Chess.com to practice playing. Students must create a chess.com username prior to the start of class. Registration is required, the fee is $80 for an eight week session. Payment must be made at the time of registration Questions? Call (203)762-6336 or email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org

WLA/WHS Scholarly Series: Connecticut Creativity: Vision + Imagination + Inspiration - Lynn Caponera and Dr. Jonathan Weinberg

Thursday, March 11, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

The World of Maurice Sendak: a Virtual Tour of the Maurice Sendak House and Studio – Lynn Caponera and Dr. Jonathan Weinberg

In the 14th year of the collaboration between Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society, the scholarly lecture series will focus on the theme of “Creativity in Connecticut”. In this presentation, Lynn Caponera and Dr. Jonathan Weinberg will discuss the world of the famous illustrator, author, and Ridgefield resident, Maurice Sendak.

See registration link for more details.

Visit with Elizabeth Cady Stanton for Women's History Month

Friday, March 12, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

In honor of Women's History Month, Wilton Library will be hosting a virtual program with Elizabeth Cady Stanton. One of the Founding Mothers of the Women's Suffrage Movement, Elizabeth Cady Stanton will tell her story and answer questions from the audience.

Children and Adults can register and will be sent a Zoom Link on the day of the program.

Registration required, questions email lkeogh@wiltonlibrary.org

Wilton Reads - Teen Book Giveaway

Monday, March 15, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

In support of Wilton Reads 2021, we are offering teens in grades 8-12 a limited number of free copies of The Black Friend: On Being A Better White Person by Frederick Joseph. Many thanks to Kim and Mike Healy for sponsoring this initiative. Teens can pick up their complimentary copy at our drive thru window beginning on Monday, March 15th at 3 p.m. and every afternoon that week while supplies last.

Questions? Call teen services at 203-762-6342 or email teen@wiltonlibrary.org. 

Wilton Reads - Teen Book Giveaway

Tuesday, March 16, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

In support of Wilton Reads 2021, we are offering teens in grades 8-12 a limited number of free copies of The Black Friend: On Being A Better White Person by Frederick Joseph. Many thanks to Kim and Mike Healy for sponsoring this initiative. Teens can pick up their complimentary copy at our drive thru window beginning on Monday, March 15th at 3 p.m. and every afternoon that week while supplies last.

Questions? Call teen services at 203-762-6342 or email teen@wiltonlibrary.org. 

Virtual Chess Club - Intermediate

Tuesday, March 16, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Kids in Kindergarten through High School are invited to join this virtual chess class.  Each week students will learn new strategies and then pair up using Chess.com to practice playing. Students must create a chess.com username prior to the start of class. Registration is required, the fee is $80 for an eight week session. Payment must be made at the time of registration. Questions? Call (203)762-6336 or email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org

Divorce 101 with Price Financial Group

Tuesday, March 16, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Please join us for an informative online session covering the main issues you need to understand and handle in the context of the divorce process. Whether you are contemplating a separation or divorce, or are in the midst of negotiating a settlement, divorce financial planning can be critical to helping to ensure these and other important considerations are adequately addressed. During this webinar, we will discuss:

  • Setting lifestyle goals and learning how to attain them
  • The importance of retirement planning
  • Risk management and insurance
No charge. Online registration required to receive the Zoom invitation link. FYI: Zoom screen names can be changed to, for example, initials and cameras can be set to off during the session.

Our speaker, Hollis Hardiman, is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) who firmly believes in building a support team of divorce professionals including attorneys, mediators, and therapists that can help her clients make the best decisions during these emotional times. As a child of divorced parents, Hollis witnessed firsthand the consequences when sound financial decisions are not made. Hollis is certified in both mediation and collaborative divorce which allows her to help her clients understand their short- and long-term settlement options.

Wilton Reads - Teen Book Giveaway

Wednesday, March 17, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

In support of Wilton Reads 2021, we are offering teens in grades 8-12 a limited number of free copies of The Black Friend: On Being A Better White Person by Frederick Joseph. Many thanks to Kim and Mike Healy for sponsoring this initiative. Teens can pick up their complimentary copy at our drive thru window beginning on Monday, March 15th at 3 p.m. and every afternoon that week while supplies last.

Questions? Call teen services at 203-762-6342 or email teen@wiltonlibrary.org. 

Wilton Reads - Celebrating Diversity

Wednesday, March 17, 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Children ages 4 through 7 are invited to join in this story time. Each week we will share picture books that represent a variety of cultural backgrounds. Kids will have a chance to explore these "window" books, where they can learn about someone else's life that may be different from their own. Children will hear the stories, have a discussion, and do an activity. Participants will receive a free copy of one of the books. Registration required - space is limited, no fee. Zoom links will be sent out shortly before the start of the program. Sponsored by Kim and Mike Healy. Questions? Email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org

Of Violence and Valor: Four Lectures on The Iliad

Wednesday, March 17, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Please join us as Yale's Mark Schenker returns to Wilton Library with a 4-part virtual lecture series on Homer’s epic poem The Iliad. As a companion series to the Library program that Mark presented last June on The Odyssey, his lectures will again concentrate on the poem as a literary work of art, and will consider also how it contrasts and harmonizes with The Odyssey as a masterpiece that engages both the destructive force of rage and the enduring power of civilization.

No charge for the program. This lecture is made possible with the support of the Literary Series in Memory of Amy Quigley. Advance registration required. Register online in order to receive the Zoom session invitation link; those on the "wait-list" will receive a YouTube live-stream link. Please note: you will automatically be registered for all four session in the series. Please email Michael Bellacosa at mbellacosa@wiltonlibrary.org with any questions.

See registration link for more details.

Police Officer Story Time

Thursday, March 18, 10:00am - 10:30am

Children ages 2 and up are invited to join Wilton Police Officers for an interactive story time on Zoom. You must have an account with Zoom. Registration for this program is required, and we will send you a link to the meeting via email. For questions email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org.

Wilton Reads - Teen Book Giveaway

Thursday, March 18, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

In support of Wilton Reads 2021, we are offering teens in grades 8-12 a limited number of free copies of The Black Friend: On Being A Better White Person by Frederick Joseph. Many thanks to Kim and Mike Healy for sponsoring this initiative. Teens can pick up their complimentary copy at our drive thru window beginning on Monday, March 15th at 3 p.m. and every afternoon that week while supplies last.

Questions? Call teen services at 203-762-6342 or email teen@wiltonlibrary.org. 

Virtual Beginner Chess

Thursday, March 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Kids in Kindergarten through High School are invited to join this virtual chess class.  Each week students will learn new strategies and then pair up using Chess.com to practice playing. Students must create a chess.com username prior to the start of class. Registration is required, the fee is $80 for an eight week session. Payment must be made at the time of registration Questions? Call (203)762-6336 or email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org

CT Poetry Society Workshop - Online Zoom Meeting

Friday, March 19, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Please join us online for the next CT Poetry Society workshop using Zoom. All that's required is the willingness to share some poetry that you have written by reading it aloud to the group. Poets should email a copy of their poems to Ray Rauth at rayrauth@optonline.net. He will distribute the poems to the group shortly before the session. To facilitate discussion, space is strictly limited to just 15 attendees.

No charge but online registration is required. We will email you an invitation link shortly before the event.

Wilton Reads - Teen Book Giveaway

Friday, March 19, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

In support of Wilton Reads 2021, we are offering teens in grades 8-12 a limited number of free copies of The Black Friend: On Being A Better White Person by Frederick Joseph. Many thanks to Kim and Mike Healy for sponsoring this initiative. Teens can pick up their complimentary copy at our drive thru window beginning on Monday, March 15th at 3 p.m. and every afternoon that week while supplies last.

Questions? Call teen services at 203-762-6342 or email teen@wiltonlibrary.org. 

2021 March Madness Library Chess Tournament

Saturday, March 20, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Several Connecticut libraries will battle over the chessboard on 3/20/2021! Up to 10 libraries will all compete with a championship as their objective. Students from these libraries have been practicing relentlessly with professional chess coaches. The matches will be played through Chess.com. The winner of this tournament will receive a chess trophy so that it can be displayed in their library. Participants must be members of our Chess Club.  If you would like the link to view this tournament please email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org.

Ready Readers Live!

Monday, March 22, 4:15pm - 4:45pm

Children ages 4-6 are invited to join in some story time fun! We will read two stories and have some chat time. Registration is required and space is limited. Registrants will receive an email link to the Zoom meeting shortly before the program. Email contact for questions  aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org

Firefighter Story Time Live

Tuesday, March 23, 10:00am - 10:30am

Children ages 2 and up are invited to join Wilton Fire Fighters for an interactive story time on Zoom. You must have an account with Zoom. Registration for this program is required, and we will send you a link to the meeting via email. For questions email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org

Poetry Discussion with Janet Krauss: The Poetry of Mary Oliver

Tuesday, March 23, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Please join us as Janet Krauss leads a discussion of a selection of poems by Mary Oliver. A readings packet will be emailed in advance of the program.

No charge for the program. Advance registration required. Register online in order to receive the Zoom session invitation link and readings packet. Please email Michael Bellacosa at mbellacosa@wiltonlibrary.org with any questions.

See registration link for more details.

Virtual Chess Club - Intermediate

Tuesday, March 23, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Kids in Kindergarten through High School are invited to join this virtual chess class.  Each week students will learn new strategies and then pair up using Chess.com to practice playing. Students must create a chess.com username prior to the start of class. Registration is required, the fee is $80 for an eight week session. Payment must be made at the time of registration. Questions? Call (203)762-6336 or email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org

Zooming Toddler Story Time

Wednesday, March 24, 10:30am - 11:30am

Join us for an interactive zoom story time geared especially for toddlers aged 1-3.  Children and their caregivers will have fun listening to stories, singing songs, learning rhymes, and doing movement activities, all while building literacy skills.  Registration is required for each date, and a zoom link will be sent out the day before the program.  For more details or if you have any questions, email Miss Amy at alilienharper@wiltonlibrary.org

Wilton Reads - Celebrating Diversity

Wednesday, March 24, 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Children ages 4 through 7 are invited to join in this story time. Each week we will share picture books that represent a variety of cultural backgrounds. Kids will have a chance to explore these "window" books, where they can learn about someone else's life that may be different from their own. Children will hear the stories, have a discussion, and do an activity. Participants will receive a free copy of one of the books. Registration required - space is limited, no fee. Zoom links will be sent out shortly before the start of the program. Sponsored by Kim and Mike Healy. Questions? Email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org

Long-Term Care Insurance with the CT Partnership for Long-Term Care

Wednesday, March 24, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Please join us for an informative presentation on securing long-term care insurance with the assistance of the Connecticut Partnership for Long Term Care, a program of the state's Office of Policy and Management.

You have a 401k or IRA, a diversified investment portfolio, a retirement nest egg. You’ve thought of everything – except for how to protect these assets should you need long-term care. It’s a fact: Just one year in a Connecticut nursing home can cost more than $166,000. And Medicare and health insurance may only cover a fraction of these costs. If you’re 40 or older, long-term care insurance approved by the State’s Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care could be part of your retirement plan. They’re affordable and provide asset protection, protect against inflation, and – most important – give you peace of mind through your retirement years.

See registration link for more details.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, March 25, 11:00am - 11:30pm

Children ages 6 months to 2 years old will enjoy a fun storytime with music, puppets, picture books and nursery rhymes. Registration is required and space is limited. Registrants will receive an email link to the Zoom meeting the morning of the program. For more details email Mrs. Keogh at lkeogh@wiltonlibrary.org

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Virtual Beginner Chess

Thursday, March 25, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Kids in Kindergarten through High School are invited to join this virtual chess class.  Each week students will learn new strategies and then pair up using Chess.com to practice playing. Students must create a chess.com username prior to the start of class. Registration is required, the fee is $80 for an eight week session. Payment must be made at the time of registration Questions? Call (203)762-6336 or email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org

WLA/WHS Scholarly Series: Connecticut Creativity: Vision + Imagination + Inspiration - Kathleen Maher

Thursday, March 25, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

The Greatest Showman – Fiction vs Fact! The REAL Story Behind the REEL Story! – Kathleen Maher

In the 14th year of the collaboration between Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society, the scholarly lecture series will focus on the theme of “Creativity in Connecticut”. In this lecture, Kathleen Maher will captivate guests with an engaging journey through key elements in the P.T. Barnum movie The Greatest Showman and will share numerous bits and pieces of history that will “set the record straight.”

See registration link for more details.

Spring Fairy Workshop

Friday, March 26, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Kids entering grades K – 5 are invited to join a Zoom craft session.  Make a Spring Fairy Doll! Registration is required for each child participating.  Once you are registered, you will receive notification when your craft kit is ready for pick-up at our drive-thru window. Supplies you will need at home are: colored tape, glue and scissors. Please note: supplies and space are limited. We ask that patrons register only if you are sure you can attend. Questions? Email lkeogh@wiltonlibrary.org

Ready Readers Live!

Monday, March 29, 4:15pm - 4:45pm

Children ages 4-6 are invited to join in some story time fun! We will read two stories and have some chat time. Registration is required and space is limited. Registrants will receive an email link to the Zoom meeting shortly before the program. Email contact for questions  aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org

Virtual Chess Club - Intermediate

Tuesday, March 30, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Kids in Kindergarten through High School are invited to join this virtual chess class.  Each week students will learn new strategies and then pair up using Chess.com to practice playing. Students must create a chess.com username prior to the start of class. Registration is required, the fee is $80 for an eight week session. Payment must be made at the time of registration. Questions? Call (203)762-6336 or email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org

Zooming Toddler Story Time

Wednesday, March 31, 10:30am - 11:30am

Join us for an interactive zoom story time geared especially for toddlers aged 1-3.  Children and their caregivers will have fun listening to stories, singing songs, learning rhymes, and doing movement activities, all while building literacy skills.  Registration is required for each date, and a zoom link will be sent out the day before the program.  For more details or if you have any questions, email Miss Amy at alilienharper@wiltonlibrary.org

Wilton Reads - Celebrating Diversity

Wednesday, March 31, 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Children ages 4 through 7 are invited to join in this story time. Each week we will share picture books that represent a variety of cultural backgrounds. Kids will have a chance to explore these "window" books, where they can learn about someone else's life that may be different from their own. Children will hear the stories, have a discussion, and do an activity. Participants will receive a free copy of one of the books. Registration required - space is limited, no fee. Zoom links will be sent out shortly before the start of the program. Sponsored by Kim and Mike Healy. Questions? Email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org

Of Violence and Valor: Four Lectures on The Iliad

Wednesday, March 31, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Please join us as Yale's Mark Schenker returns to Wilton Library with a 4-part virtual lecture series on Homer’s epic poem The Iliad. As a companion series to the Library program that Mark presented last June on The Odyssey, his lectures will again concentrate on the poem as a literary work of art, and will consider also how it contrasts and harmonizes with The Odyssey as a masterpiece that engages both the destructive force of rage and the enduring power of civilization.

No charge for the program. This lecture is made possible with the support of the Literary Series in Memory of Amy Quigley. Advance registration required. Register online in order to receive the Zoom session invitation link; those on the "wait-list" will receive a YouTube live-stream link. Please note: you will automatically be registered for all four session in the series. Please email Michael Bellacosa at mbellacosa@wiltonlibrary.org with any questions.

See registration link for more details.

Wilton Reads - Spring Poetry with Judson Scruton: Natasha Trethewey - Experiencing Prejudice In the American South

Thursday, April 1, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Please join us for a four-week online seminar series led by Judson Scruton on the poetry of this year's Wilton Reads author and poet Natasha Trethewey whose poetry often reflects her experiences growing up with prejudice and miscegenation [i.e. mixed-race marriage and families].

Natasha Trethewey is a 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and the 2020 author of a widely-acclaimed memoir— Memorial Drive. In her five poetry collections she explores her own mixed-race experiences growing up in Mississippi and Georgia as well as other mixed-race women’s experiences in earlier times. Blending free verse and traditional forms she creates vivid, powerful portraits of women’s lives. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards for her poetry including a Guggenheim, a Rockefeller, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She was the U.S. Poet Laureate (2012-2014). She is currently the Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University.

See registration link for more details.

Wilton Reads - Book Discussion - Memorial Drive

Tuesday, April 6, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar for an evening discussion of Wilton Library's Wilton Reads 2021 selection, Memorial Drive, by Natasha Trethewey via Zoom.    

"A chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy." (from publisher's website)

A Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants before the program.

Questions?  Please contact Karen Zeibak at kzeibak@wiltonlibrary.org

Wilton Reads - Book Discussion - Memorial Drive

Wednesday, April 7, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Join professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar for a midday discussion of Wilton Library's Wilton Reads 2021 selection, Memorial Drive, by Natasha Trethewey via Zoom.   Feel free to munch your lunch while we discuss the book. 

"A chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy." (from publisher's website)

A Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants before the program.

Questions?  Please contact Karen Zeibak at kzeibak@wiltonlibrary.org

Wilton Reads - Celebrating Diversity

Wednesday, April 7, 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Children ages 4 through 7 are invited to join in this story time. Each week we will share picture books that represent a variety of cultural backgrounds. Kids will have a chance to explore these "window" books, where they can learn about someone else's life that may be different from their own. Children will hear the stories, have a discussion, and do an activity. Participants will receive a free copy of one of the books. Registration required - space is limited, no fee. Zoom links will be sent out shortly before the start of the program. Sponsored by Kim and Mike Healy. Questions? Email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org

Wilton Reads - Spring Poetry with Judson Scruton: Natasha Trethewey - Experiencing Prejudice In the American South

Thursday, April 8, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Please join us for a four-week online seminar series led by Judson Scruton on the poetry of this year's Wilton Reads author and poet Natasha Trethewey whose poetry often reflects her experiences growing up with prejudice and miscegenation [i.e. mixed-race marriage and families].

Natasha Trethewey is a 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and the 2020 author of a widely-acclaimed memoir— Memorial Drive. In her five poetry collections she explores her own mixed-race experiences growing up in Mississippi and Georgia as well as other mixed-race women’s experiences in earlier times. Blending free verse and traditional forms she creates vivid, powerful portraits of women’s lives. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards for her poetry including a Guggenheim, a Rockefeller, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She was the U.S. Poet Laureate (2012-2014). She is currently the Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University.

See registration link for more details.

WLA/WHS Scholarly Series: Connecticut Creativity: Vision + Imagination + Inspiration - Emily Gifford

Thursday, April 8, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Gillette and Holmes: Theatrical Innovation from Connecticut to London and Back Again – Emily Gifford

In the 14th year of the collaboration between Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society, the scholarly lecture series will focus on the theme of “Creativity in Connecticut”. In this lecture, Emily Gifford will explore William  Gillette, a colorful Connecticuter whose contributions to global popular culture have persisted for over a century.

See registration link for more details.

Wilton Reads - Interfaith Panel - Finding success: Women clergy share their experiences

Tuesday, April 13, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Please join us for a special Wilton Reads interfaith clergy discussion moderated by Our Lady of Fatima Pastor Father Reggie Norman.

Wilton is a unique town in that the majority of our religious leaders are women. Many have overcome discrimination and hardships to fulfill their vocations. A panel of our local clergy will discuss their experiences and how their ministries impact the daily lives of their congregations during this difficult time. Attendees are invited to send their questions prior to the program so they may be addressed by the panel.

Our clergy panelists:

  • Rev. Dr. Anne Coffeman, Sr. Pastor, Wilton Congregational Church
  • Cantor Harriet Dunkerley, Cantor, Educator, Lead Clergy, Temple B'nai Chaim
  • Golnar Rassi, Muslim Community Representative
  • Rev. Shannon White, Pastor, Wilton Presbyterian Church
  • Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach, Rector, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
  • Caroline Smith, Pastor, Wilton Baptist Church

  • Rev. Fr. Reggie Norman (Moderator) Pastor, Our Lady of Fatima Church
No charge. Online registration required to receive the Zoom invitation link. Questions about the program: email mbellacosa@wiltonlibrary.org. To submit questions for the panel in advance of the program, please email eventquestions@wiltonlibrary.org.

Wilton Library Readers: The Jane Austen Society, by Natalie Jenner

Wednesday, April 14, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Using Zoom, professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses The Jane Austen Society, by Natalie Jenner this month.  As this is a story about Jane Austen's works, please also come prepared to discuss your favorite Jane Austen book.  Space limited and registration required.  Must have a Zoom account.  An email link will be provided to all registrants before the meeting.

Wilton Library Readers group meets the second Wednesday of each month through June. Feel free to munch your lunch while we discuss the book!

Questions?  Please email kzeibak@wiltonlibrary.org.

Wilton Reads - Gospel, Soul, and Motown: the Transmutation of Rock with Dr. Gil Harel

Wednesday, April 14, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Please join us for a Wilton Reads program centered on the musical environment of Trethewey's life growing up in the 1970s. There are numerous references in Memorial Drive to the music and musicians of that period including Curtis Mayfield. Marvin Gaye and iconic groups such as The Jackson Five. Dr. Gil Harel will take us on a tour of several of the genres of popular music of that era.

With the ascendancy of rock music in the mid-20th century, many sub-genres emerged reflecting particular musical elements connected to culture and geography. Among the most compelling of these are the styles intertwined with African-American musicians and producers of this period, including Gospel, Soul, and Motown. Often eschewing the simplicity of traditional rock and roll, songs from these idioms typically evince nuanced chord progressions, incisive rhythms, complex and layered harmony, and a bold, improvisational singing approach that is often cited as reflecting consciousness and pride in being black. Here we will discuss important artists including Curtis Mayfield, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, as well as iconic groups such as the Temptations, the Four Tops, and the Jackson Five.

See registration link for more details.

Wilton Reads - Spring Poetry with Judson Scruton: Natasha Trethewey - Experiencing Prejudice In the American South

Thursday, April 15, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Please join us for a four-week online seminar series led by Judson Scruton on the poetry of this year's Wilton Reads author and poet Natasha Trethewey whose poetry often reflects her experiences growing up with prejudice and miscegenation [i.e. mixed-race marriage and families].

Natasha Trethewey is a 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and the 2020 author of a widely-acclaimed memoir— Memorial Drive. In her five poetry collections she explores her own mixed-race experiences growing up in Mississippi and Georgia as well as other mixed-race women’s experiences in earlier times. Blending free verse and traditional forms she creates vivid, powerful portraits of women’s lives. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards for her poetry including a Guggenheim, a Rockefeller, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She was the U.S. Poet Laureate (2012-2014). She is currently the Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University.

See registration link for more details.

Wilton Reads - Author Talk: Natasha Trethewey: Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir

Thursday, April 15, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Join us for a virtual author talk by Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey, author of Wilton Reads 2021 pick Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir at 6:00 on Thursday, April 15.  Trethewey will be in conversation with Wiltonian Megan Smith-Harris.  A Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants before the program. 

In her memoir, the author chronicles her life growing up as a “child of miscegenation” in Mississippi, and how her life was impacted by her mother’s death during a horrific crime in 1985. 

See registration link for more details.

Wilton Reads - Anatomy of Race Relations: The Way Forward

Tuesday, April 20, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Please join us for a Wilton Reads panel discussion in which four Wilton community members will discuss race relations in America and explore ways in which to make further progress on this critical issue. Our panel will include: Adrienne Reedy, currently a member of Wilton’s Police Commission; Kelly Weldon, Director of Foundations in Faith for the Bridgeport Diocese; Bill Harris, adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University and Director of the SHU Community Theatre; and, Chris Brubeck, musician and composer of jazz and classical music. The discussion will be moderated by writer/filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris, the founder and Executive Director of the Fairfield Film Festival.

No charge. Online registration required in order to receive the Zoom invitation link. Attendees will be able to submit questions for a moderated Q&A period following the panel discussion.

Wilton Reads - Spring Poetry with Judson Scruton: Natasha Trethewey - Experiencing Prejudice In the American South

Thursday, April 22, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Please join us for a four-week online seminar series led by Judson Scruton on the poetry of this year's Wilton Reads author and poet Natasha Trethewey whose poetry often reflects her experiences growing up with prejudice and miscegenation [i.e. mixed-race marriage and families].

Natasha Trethewey is a 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and the 2020 author of a widely-acclaimed memoir— Memorial Drive. In her five poetry collections she explores her own mixed-race experiences growing up in Mississippi and Georgia as well as other mixed-race women’s experiences in earlier times. Blending free verse and traditional forms she creates vivid, powerful portraits of women’s lives. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards for her poetry including a Guggenheim, a Rockefeller, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She was the U.S. Poet Laureate (2012-2014). She is currently the Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University.

See registration link for more details.

Wilton Library Readers: Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi

Wednesday, May 12, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Using Zoom, professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi this month.  Space limited and registration required.  Must have a Zoom account.  An email link will be provided to all registrants before the meeting.

Wilton Library Readers group meets the second Wednesday of each month through June. Feel free to munch your lunch while we discuss the book!

Questions?  Please email kzeibak@wiltonlibrary.org.

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