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Stitch Time for Knitters & Crocheters on Zoom

Monday, November 30, 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.  

Virtual Chess Club

Tuesday, December 1, 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 for each session, no fee. Questions? Call (203)762-6336 or email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org

Matthew Shirvell is the instructor for this class. Matthew has been playing chess since he was 3 years old and has been teaching chess for over 5 years.  He currently teaches group and private lessons in Ridgefield, Wilton, West Hartford, Bridgeport, Easton, Weston, Norwalk, South Norwalk, Storrs, and countless other towns.  He teaches new learners as well as experienced tournament players.

Matthew has played in and placed in major USCF tournaments including the 24th Annual Bradley Open (2019) and the 48th Annual Continental Open (2018).  His current USCF rating in 1726.  He also is a USCF tournament director who has helped run events such as the 2020 Connecticut State Grade Championships with over 90 participants.

Matthew Shirvell graduated with a degree in Mathematics and English from the University of Connecticut in 2020.

Zooming Toddler Story Time

Wednesday, December 2, 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

Online Webinar Series - Walking with Dante Through Space and Time with Dr. Gerald Weiss

Thursday, December 3, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Please join us for a 4-week online literature seminar during which Dr. Gerald Weiss will take us on a walk with Dante as he begins his journey in Hell, travels through Purgatory, and ascends to Paradise. Readings packet will be emailed in advance.

No charge for the program. This seminar is made possible with the support of the Literary Series in Memory of Amy Quigley. Advance registration required in order to receive the readings and the Zoom session invitation links. By registering for the first session you will automatically be registered for all four sessions. Please email Michael Bellacosa with any questions at mbellacosa@wiltonlibrary.org.

See registration link for more details.

Virtual Book Club

Saturday, December 5, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

UPDATE: Book Club is now at 3pm.  Author Chris Grabenstein will be joining us!! Are you looking to find new books to read? Are you looking to connect with other kids during this pandemic? If so, you’re in luck! Join Girl Scout Emily Johnson’s Virtual Book Club! The December 5th book is Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein. This book club is open to all students entering grades 4-7, and will meet bi-monthly on Saturdays at 1:00 EST. Sign up below or contact emilyjohnsongoldaward@gmail.com with any questions! 

Poetry in Motion: 2020 and Beyond!

Saturday, December 5, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Grab a drink and a bite to eat and then join us for a virtual Poetry in Motion performance.  For 11 years, Wilton Library ran a poetry and arts-based event for teens. It enabled them to use poetry to express their views, concerns, hopes and dreams before a live audience during two evening performances. Many of those students are now in college, pursuing careers or working on doctoral degrees, but have agreed to reunite for one evening and perform their latest poems....this time about their experiences during 2020 and hopes for the future. 

Registration required and space limited. A zoom link and playbill will be sent prior to the event. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

Teens - Learn to Knit a Winter Hat (Part 1)

Monday, December 7, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Teens in grades 6-12 can learn how to knit and make a winter hat in two weeks! Join us on two consecutive Mondays -- 12/7 & 12/14 from 3:30-5 p.m. Our instructor, Kate Filaski, began knitting over 30 years ago while in college and loves to share her knowledge and get others excited about all the simple, but cool things to make.  If you're new to knitting, please watch the following tutorials before our first session:

Knit Stitch

See registration link for more details.

Ready Readers Live!

Monday, December 7, 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

Tuesday, December 8, 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 closed, no fee. Questions? Call (203)762-6336 or email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org

Matthew Shirvell is the instructor for this class. Matthew has been playing chess since he was 3 years old and has been teaching chess for over 5 years.  He currently teaches group and private lessons in Ridgefield, Wilton, West Hartford, Bridgeport, Easton, Weston, Norwalk, South Norwalk, Storrs, and countless other towns.  He teaches new learners as well as experienced tournament players.

Matthew has played in and placed in major USCF tournaments including the 24th Annual Bradley Open (2019) and the 48th Annual Continental Open (2018).  His current USCF rating in 1726.  He also is a USCF tournament director who has helped run events such as the 2020 Connecticut State Grade Championships with over 90 participants.

Matthew Shirvell graduated with a degree in Mathematics and English from the University of Connecticut in 2020.

Is the ACT or SAT Best for Me?

Tuesday, December 8, 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.

Restoring The Norwalk River: Working to Mediate 200 Years of Negative Impacts

Tuesday, December 8, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Please join us for our latest program in a series of talks focused on how we can all help protect and restore our rivers and streams.

No charge. Co-sponsored  by Wilton Library, Mianus Chapter of Trout UnlimitedNorwalk River Watershed Association, and Wilton Land Conservation Trust. Online registration required in order to receive the Zoom invitation link. Please register with Trout Unlimited here.

Zooming Toddler Story Time

Wednesday, December 9, 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: Floating Bridge, by Alice Munro

Wednesday, December 9, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Online via Zoom, professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses "Floating Bridge," by Alice Munro, a short story featured in Munro's book, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.  "Floating Bridge" was originally published in the July 31, 2000 issue of The New Yorker and can be found online at: https://archives.newyorker.com/newyorker/2000-07-31/flipbook/064/ (must be a New Yorker subscriber to access the archive).  A printed copy of the story may also be obtained at our drive thru window. 

Feel free to munch your lunch while we discuss the story.  Group meets second Wednesday of each month through June.

Must have a Zoom account.  An email link will be provided to all registrants before the meeting.

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

Live with the Beardsley Zoo

Wednesday, December 9, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Tune in for a fun filled and informative program with the Beardsley Zoo! They will be doing a Live Stream program on "What Makes Animals Different", complete with a Surprise Animal Ambassador!For kids grades K and up. This is a Zoom program, registration is required. A link to the program will be sent the morning of.Questions? Email Lesley Keogh at lkeogh@wiltonlibrary.org

The Cookbook Connection: A Virtual Recipe Swap

Wednesday, December 9, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

It’s the holidays! Everyone has at least one favorite cookie, dish or drink enjoyed yearly. Join us on Zoom for a virtual “show and tell” and sharing of your traditional recipes. 

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

Police Officer Story Time

Thursday, December 10, 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.

Stitch Time for Knitters & Crocheters on Zoom

Monday, December 14, 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.  

Teens - Learn to Knit a Winter Hat (Part 2)

Monday, December 14, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Teens in grades 6-12 can learn how to knit and make a winter hat in two weeks! Join us on two consecutive Mondays -- 12/7 & 12/14 from 3:30-5 p.m. Our instructor, Kate Filaski, began knitting over 30 years ago while in college and loves to share her knowledge and get others excited about all the simple, but cool things to make.  If you're new to knitting, please watch the following tutorials before our first session:

Knit Stitch

Ready Readers Live!

Monday, December 14, 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, December 15, 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

Virtual Chess Club

Tuesday, December 15, 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 for each session, no fee. Questions? Call (203)762-6336 or email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org

Matthew Shirvell is the instructor for this class. Matthew has been playing chess since he was 3 years old and has been teaching chess for over 5 years.  He currently teaches group and private lessons in Ridgefield, Wilton, West Hartford, Bridgeport, Easton, Weston, Norwalk, South Norwalk, Storrs, and countless other towns.  He teaches new learners as well as experienced tournament players.

Matthew has played in and placed in major USCF tournaments including the 24th Annual Bradley Open (2019) and the 48th Annual Continental Open (2018).  His current USCF rating in 1726.  He also is a USCF tournament director who has helped run events such as the 2020 Connecticut State Grade Championships with over 90 participants.

Matthew Shirvell graduated with a degree in Mathematics and English from the University of Connecticut in 2020.

Zooming Toddler Story Time

Wednesday, December 16, 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

Zentangle Art Workshop: Zooming with Amy

Wednesday, December 16, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Join Amy, Wilton Library's certified Zentangle instructor, as she guides us through a fun and relaxing Zentangle session.  This meditative art form uses simple steps to teach practitioners how to create beautiful patterns. Suitable for anyone who doesn't believe they can draw, as well as experienced artists!  For adults and teens, ages 13+. 

Supplies needed: * White tile (3.5" square), Micron 01 Black Pen or Micron PN Black Pen, Mini Graphite Pencil, & Tortillon. -- OR -- * Use what you have from home -- Heavyweight paper cut into a 4x4" square, a fine point black pen (not ballpoint), a soft pencil and smudging tool (or a rolled up pointed cone of soft paper or your fingers).

See registration link for more details.

Zooming Hanukkah Hoopla: Stories and Fun!

Thursday, December 17, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us, alongside special guest Cantor Harriet Dunkerley from Temple B’nai Chaim, on Zoom for a fun afternoon all about the festival of lights.  You will learn about the holiday, hear stories, do a craft and get the opportunity to see a variety of menorahs.  If you have a menorah at home, feel free to have it on hand to share. Registration required.  Once you are registered you will be contacted to pick up your kit containing craft supplies and some fun Hanukkah treats.  Zoom link will be sent out by the day of the program. For children in grades Kindergarten and up. 

CT Poetry Society Workshop - Online Zoom Meeting

Friday, December 18, 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.

Christmas History and Crafts

Friday, December 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for a Zoom Christmas program featuring Father Reggie Norman of Our Lady of Fatima Church. He will talk about the history of Christmas and what it means to us all. Then children grades K and up, will make a Christmas Craft.Registration required. Children can pick up the craft kits at our drive thru window. Links will be sent the morning of the program.Questions? email Lesley Keogh at lkeogh@wiltonlibrary.org

Virtual Book Club

Saturday, December 19, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Are you looking to find new books to read? Are you looking to connect with other kids during this pandemic? If so, you’re in luck! Join Girl Scout Emily Johnson’s Virtual Book Club! This book club is open to all students entering grades 4-7, and will meet bi-monthly on Saturdays at 1:00 EST. Sign up below or contact emilyjohnsongoldaward@gmail.com with any questions! 

Ready Readers Live!

Monday, December 21, 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

Tuesday, December 22, 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 closed, no fee. Questions? Call (203)762-6336 or email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org

Matthew Shirvell is the instructor for this class. Matthew has been playing chess since he was 3 years old and has been teaching chess for over 5 years.  He currently teaches group and private lessons in Ridgefield, Wilton, West Hartford, Bridgeport, Easton, Weston, Norwalk, South Norwalk, Storrs, and countless other towns.  He teaches new learners as well as experienced tournament players.

Matthew has played in and placed in major USCF tournaments including the 24th Annual Bradley Open (2019) and the 48th Annual Continental Open (2018).  His current USCF rating in 1726.  He also is a USCF tournament director who has helped run events such as the 2020 Connecticut State Grade Championships with over 90 participants.

Matthew Shirvell graduated with a degree in Mathematics and English from the University of Connecticut in 2020.

Zooming Toddler Story Time

Wednesday, December 23, 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

Inspired Mime Movements for 2021

Monday, December 28, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

As we all look forward to the New Year of 2021 for peace and healing, patrons can join Robert Rivest, noted mime, for an inspirational workshop on Zoom.  He will show relaxation techniques and how some of the simplest movements can bring joy.This is a Zoom program. Registration required. On the day of the program, links will be send to join. For Children and Parents.

Questions? Email Lesley Keogh at lkeogh@wiltonlibrary.org

Wilton Library Readers: Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo

Wednesday, January 13, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Using Zoom, professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo 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 Library Readers: Here We Are, by Graham Swift

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

Using Zoom, professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Here We Are, by Graham Swift 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 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 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 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.