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October 2017

Girls Who Code Club

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

If you're a girl in grades 6-12 and want to learn to create mobile apps, games or websites, join Girls Who Code. No experience necessary – just enthusiasm and willingness to try new things! We're part of a national club that offers project-based activities in a fun and creative environment. This is an on-going program where each week builds on skills learned in previous weeks.

We'll meet twice a month on Sundays from October 1, 2017 - June 3, 2018. Sessions are from 1 - 3 p.m. on these dates: October 1 & 15, November 5 & 19, December 3 & 17, January 7 & 21, February 4 & 11, March 4 & 18, April 1 & 15, May 6 & 13 and June 3.  Registration required. A full season's commitment is required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.

Supported by Girls Who Code and the Amadeo Family Fund.

Scanning Slides into Digital Images

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Do you have stacks of old slides and looking for a way to scan them into digital format? If so, come learn how to use our new high resolution slide scanner! It can scan up to 50 slides in one batch. For 7th graders to adults and 6th graders accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form.   Please bring the completed form to the session. Space limited to 2 per session. Registration required.

Embroider or Monogram It!

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

In this one-on-one session, let us introduce you to our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a tea towel, apron, baby’s bib or burp cloth. Aprons are available for $7. All other items are $5. For 7th graders to adults and 6th graders accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too.  Must have a valid CT library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.

Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Weekly drop-in for knitters and crocheters. Make new friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own projects. New to stitching but want to give it a try? We have needles and yarn for you to test out. No registration required. No session Oct. 9.

Ready Readers

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 4:15pm to 5:00pm

Children ages 4 and 5 are invited to join us for this drop-in story time. Each week we will explore different topics such as woodland creatures, transportation, dinosaurs, fairy tales, and more. Children will hear stories, watch short book films, as well as participate in fun activities and crafts. Ages 4 and 5 with caregivers in the building. No registration, no fee. No session October 9.

Wilton Reads - Waiting for Snow in Havana Book Giveaway

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

We welcome all community members to join Wilton Library this fall as we come together to read, discuss and reflect upon Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire for our twelfth Wilton Reads event. Wilton Reads has, for several years, given us an opportunity through fine literature to sharpen our view of ourselves and the world around us. This stunning memoir is a vibrant and evocative look at Latin America from a child’s unforgettable experience as he flees Castro’s Cuba. 200 paperback copies of Waiting for Snow in Havana will be distributed to members of the community free of charge courtesy of Fairfield County Bank on a first-come, first-served basis, one per person, beginning at 10 a.m. while supplies last.

Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 10:15am to 10:45am

Join the 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.

Random Acts of Kindness (RAKtivist) Club for Middleschoolers

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm

“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

We're looking for students in grades 6-8 who would like to join RAKtivists -- a world-wide movement which practices Random Acts of Kindness. On the first or second Tuesday of every month we'll do something nice and think of ways to spread kindness and put smiles on people’s faces. We'll bake cookies for a senior living community, make dog and cat toys for animal shelters, decorate gingerbread houses for local agencies, read to the elderly and more.  

Dates: 10/3, 11/14, 12/5, 1/9, 2/6, 3/6, 4/3, & 5/1. Full season’s commitment is highly encouraged.  Sponsored by the John & Patricia Curran Teen Fund. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. 

Storytime STEM

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 4:15pm to 5:00pm

Children in grades K-2 are invited to join us weekly for a story and various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities. This fun and hands-on program will include a read-aloud of a popular children's picture book along with a correlating STEM craft and activity and a whole group science demonstration. This week's story is Twenty-One Elephants by Phil Bildner, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Supported by the Amadeo Family.  Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6336.

Wilton Reads - Waiting for Snow in Havana Book Giveaway

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

We welcome all community members to join Wilton Library this fall as we come together to read, discuss and reflect upon Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire for our twelfth Wilton Reads event. Wilton Reads has, for several years, given us an opportunity through fine literature to sharpen our view of ourselves and the world around us. This stunning memoir is a vibrant and evocative look at Latin America from a child’s unforgettable experience as he flees Castro’s Cuba. 200 paperback copies of Waiting for Snow in Havana will be distributed to members of the community free of charge courtesy of Fairfield County Bank on a first-come, first-served basis, one per person, beginning at 10 a.m. while supplies last.

How to Respond to an Overdose: Narcan Information and Training Session,

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Please join us for an informational presentation, a demonstration, and a training session on how to acquire and administer Narcan, a lifesaving medication used to block the effects of opioids especially in overdose situations. Local legislators and experts will discuss legislative efforts and other resources to combat the opioid crisis. Free Narcan kits will be distributed courtesy of Silver Hill Hospital.   The program is hosted by CT State Representatives Gail Lavielle and Tom O'Dea, CT State Senator Toni Boucher, and Wilton First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice. It is sponsored by Silver Hill Hospital, Wilton Library, Wilton Youth Council, Wilton Youth Services and Human Services Council.   No charge. Registration is recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334.

Books for Babies

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 10:15am to 10:45am

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. Bring dad too! Caregivers must be present. No registration required.

Wonderful Ones and Twos

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am

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 charge.

Women and Wealth: An Introductory Seminar

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Please join us for an introductory seminar on Women and Wealth.   Women face different challenges when it comes to finances, so understanding what you have and what it means to you is the first step in achieving your financial goals. This seminar will be full of information ranging from simple terms and definitions to investment strategies. Speaker Laurie Stefanowicz, Senior Vice President and Managing Partner at Catamount Wealth Management in Westport, is responsible for working with clients to design financial plans and portfolios that best meet their needs and situation. Prior to joining Catamount, Mrs. Stefanowicz held various sales and marketing positions within the pharmaceutical and sports business industries. She has a BS degree from Vanderbilt University, played professional soccer for the Women's United Soccer Association, and is extremely active in our community. She was recognized as one of Fairfield County's 40 Under 40 and awarded the Women's Choice Award and Five Star Professional. See library’s registration link for more speaker details. No charge. Registration highly recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334.

Make Halloween Cards and More!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Create fun or spooky Halloween cards using our die cutter, the Cricut. Prefer to make a birthday tag or party invite? No problem...we'll do that instead! For 7th graders to adult and 6th graders accompanied by an adult willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form.   Space limited to 2 per session. Registration required.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 10:15am to 10:45am

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years.  Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes.  Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used.  No fee.

Registration Filled.

Fate and Fury, Fact and Fiction in Ovid's Heroides with Dr. Gerald Weiss

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Join Dr. Gerald Weiss as he leads the adult literature seminar: “Fate and Fury, Fact and Fiction in Ovid's Heroides.” The Roman poet Ovid's Heroides (i.e. Heroines) is a collection of 21 fictional letters in Latin verse (elegiac couplets) written by legendary, love-struck mythological heroines to the heroes who have victimized and abandoned them. The letters are the outpourings of females (via a male author) who use a rhetorical style to persuade, plead, praise, condemn, complain, lament, and threaten their lovers in a witty and ironic tone.  We will be reading only four of the letters by legendary women somehow connected to the Trojan War: Oenone writing to Paris; Helen to Paris; Briseis to Achilles (all three characters in Homer's Iliad); and Dido to Aeneas (from Vergil's Aeneid).   Dr. Gerald Weiss earned both a B.A and an M.A. in Classical Languages from St. Louis University.  He pursued graduate studies in Philosophy and Theology at Innsbruck University (Austria) and later at the Gregorian University (Rome, Italy) where he received his Ph.D. While writing his dissertation he taught for a year at the Rome Center of Loyola University of Chicago. See the registration link for more details. No charge for program. Packets will be available at the Circulation Desk one week before the first session begins. Advance registration required. By registering for the first session, attendees will automatically be registered for all four sessions.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years.  Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes.  Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used.  No fee.

Registration Filled.

Children's Beginner Chess

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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, brand 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.  Call 203-762-6336 for details.

Registration Filled.

18th Annual Ladies' Soirée

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Celebrating Women in Literature
Cocktails & hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, 
All proceeds benefit Wilton Library

Admission: $55

Save the Date!  Join us for Wilton Library's signature event for local women, celebrating its 18th successful year!  This year's theme……celebrating women in literature from long ago to today! Catch up with old friends and make new ones.  Enjoy wonderful food from Marly's Bar &Bistro, fantastic silent auction items, and music with Darren Litzie, along with fun opportunities to further support the Library.

Our event chairs are hard at work to create another special evening for you. Proceeds will benefit Wilton Library, allowing us to continue to offer and develop the programs and services that our patrons have come to expect. Sponsors: Bankwell, Wilton Woman's Club; Media sponsor: Wilton Magazine.

Paint it Up!

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Come join us for a fun and relaxing morning. We'll supply the canvas, paints, brushes and a collection of masterpieces to copy and inspire you. No art experience required. Just a desire to pick up a brush, have fun and let your inner self out! For adults, ages 18+. Space limited. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. 

Cupcake Club

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Follow step-by-step instructions to decorate a fancy cupcake! For children ages 6 - 12.  Caregivers must stay with children 8 and under. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6336.

Fence with the Candlewood Fencing Center

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Come to the Wilton Library and learn about the ancient and noble sport of fencing. The Candlewood Fencing Center will be putting on an exhibition and learning workshop. Kids in grades 2 and up will witness a short fencing competition between two National Level athletes. They will learn the rules of fencing and help referee the bout before breaking up into groups to learn the basics of footwork for themselves. Registration required, grades 2 and up. Register online or call 203-762-6336.

Personalized Wine Bottle Stoppers

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Monogram or personalize wine bottle stoppers using the Cricut, our die cutter and special vinyl. Give as a hostess gift or use at home! $8 for two stoppers, payable upon arrival.   For 7th graders - adults and 6th graders accompanied by adults willing to learn, too.Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form.   Please bring the completed form to the session. Space limited to 2 per session. Registration required.

Candlelight Concert at the Wilton Congregational Church—Juilliard String Quartet

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Wilton Candlelight Concerts opens its 70th anniversary season with the Juilliard String Quartet in a program of works by Haydn, Dvořák, and Bartók. The Strad noted their “exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement, and taut ensemble.” Concert held at 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.

Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:15am to 10:45am

Join the 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.

Storytime STEM

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 4:15pm to 5:00pm

Children in grades K-2 are invited to join us weekly for a story and various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities. This fun and hands-on program will include a read-aloud of a popular children's picture book along with a correlating STEM craft and activity and a whole group science demonstration. This week's story is The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf by Mark Teague.  Supported by the Amadeo Family.  Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6336.

Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Post-treatment breast cancer survivors are invited to join in this monthly support group led by Nina Marino, LCSW. Nina was the Clinical Director for 15 years of the former Breast Cancer Survival Center and is a breast cancer survivor.  Please email Nina at Cancersurvival2@aol.com with any questions. Registration highly encouraged.

Books for Babies

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 10:15am to 10:45am

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. Bring dad too! Caregivers must be present. No registration required.

Wonderful Ones and Twos

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am

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 charge.

Wilton Library Readers : After Rain

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses After Rain by William Trevor this month. Group meets second Wednesday of each month (no meeting in December). Bring lunch; beverages will be provided. For a complete listing of meetings and titles, visit our Wilton Readers page. Advance registration suggested.

Free Downloads – Online Learning

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

BYOD - Bring your own device and follow along as Melissa Baker demonstrates how to use the library’s free online learning services (Lynda.com and Transparent Language), which are 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 required. Register online or call 203-762-6334.

Ambler Farm Reads

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 2:15pm to 3:00pm

Children ages 2-4 are invited to join Wilton Library in a visit to Ambler Farm. Caregivers and Children ages 2 – 4 with their caregivers meet at Ambler Farm to enjoy theme based stories as well as a nature walk. Children may check books out at the farm, so make sure to bring your library card! During the month of October, the focus will be on pumpkins. Registration required; no fee. Register online or call 203-762-6336.

11 Author Talk: H.W. Brands - The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

From master storyteller and historian H. W. Brands comes the riveting story of how President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur squared off to decide America's future in the aftermath of World War II.   The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. The General vs. the President vividly evokes the making of a new American era. H. W. Brands holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin. A New York Times bestselling author, his books include Traitor to His Class, Andrew Jackson, The Age of Gold, The First American, and TR. Traitor to His Class and The First American were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Q&A will follow the talk. See library’s registration link for more details.  No charge. Book signing and purchase will be available courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan.  Registration highly recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334. 

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 10:15am to 10:45am

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years.  Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes.  Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used.  No fee.

Registration Filled.

Autumn Poetry with Judson Scruton: Islands in the Autumn Sun

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Autumn Poetry Seminar Series exploring the poetry of islands. In keeping with Wilton Library’s focus on Cuba this fall with its Wilton Reads program, our poetry seminar will focus on Islands, both literal and metaphoric. From John Donne’s “No Man Is An Island” to Cuban-exile poet Richard Blanco’s “The Island Within,” and from Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, “Crusoe in England,” and “The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket.” Additionally, we will discuss island related poems by Seamus Heaney, and Derek Walcott.

Judson Scruton, M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry), has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of English at Fairfield University.

Poetry packets available at front desk one week before the seminar begins. No charge for the program. Advance registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6334. See registration link for more program and speaker details.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years.  Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes.  Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used.  No fee.

Registration Filled.

Scanning Slides into Digital Images

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Do you have stacks of old slides and looking for a way to scan them into digital format? If so, come learn how to use our new high resolution slide scanner! It can scan up to 50 slides in one batch. For 7th graders to adults and 6th graders accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form.   Please bring the completed form to the session. Space limited to 2 per session. Registration required.

Children's Beginner Chess

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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, brand 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.  Call 203-762-6336 for details.

Registration Filled.

WLA/SCORE - Time Management: Client Handling and Management

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

SCORE of Fairfield County, Wilton Library, and the Wilton Chamber of Commerce present a seminar that will teach small business owners how to handle their clients. In this fast-paced, entertaining program, you will learn the secrets of successful client management, including: choosing the clients you want and need; how to spot deadbeats, time vampires and other undesirable clients; managing client expectations; and so much more.

Speaker: Attorney, author, syndicated columnist, speaker, television personality and humorist, Cliff Ennico has helped more than 15,000 small businesses get off the ground over the past 37 years.  A former Wall Street lawyer and business development consultant, Cliff is the author of sixteen books on entrepreneurship and small business success.

Register online, and visit fairfieldcounty.score.org or call SCORE at (203) 831-0065 with any questions. Check-in begins at 5:30pm. Registration required. No charge.

Movement and Dance

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are invited to join a fun time of moving, grooving, jumping, shaking, singing and playing instruments. A great Friday morning work-out! No registration required.

Let's Make Something! with TinkerCAD

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

3D Computer Design: Learn how to use TinkerCAD, a free online Computer Aid Design program, to make a simple 3D puzzle! For ages 8-12 only. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6336.

G&B Cultural Center Art Exhibition at Wilton Library

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

A talented group of area artists from G & B Cultural Center showcase their works in Wilton Library’s art exhibition this month. The exhibition features more than 30 artists who work in a variety of media including watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, graphics, mixed media, drawings, photography and sculpture with subject matter encompassing figures, portraits, still life, abstracts, botanicals, landscapes and more. Reception free and open to the public. Exhibition runs through November 9.  A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.

Embroider or Monogram It!

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

In this one-on-one session, let us introduce you to our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a tea towel, apron, baby’s bib or burp cloth. Aprons are available for $7. All other items are $5. For 7th graders to adults and 6th graders accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too.  Must have a valid CT library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.

New Perspectives Film Series—The Buddy System

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

The documentary The Buddy System captures the respective journeys of David, a sweet, affectionate 7-year-old with autism and Buddy, a 10-month-old Golden Retriever as both boy and dog learn and grow together. The film reveals how a dog really does make a difference in the life of a child with autism.  It also showcases Patty Dobbs Gross, a pioneer in the field of breeding and training autism assistance dogs, as well as her adult son, Dan Gross, who was one of the first recipients of an autism service dog in the world. This uplifting documentary, the result of a three-year effort largely funded by local Wiltonians, was made by the Wilton-based Emmy award-winning filmmaking team of Megan Smith-Harris and Bill Harris. Winner Best Film in the Short Category at AutFest 2017, Orange, CA. See registration link for details. Suggested donation: $5. Refreshments served. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A will follow the film including members of the cast and crew as well as Patty Dobbs Gross, Dan Gross, and one of their beautiful autism assistance dogs.   Registration highly recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334.

Girls Who Code Club

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

If you're a girl in grades 6-12 and want to learn to create mobile apps, games or websites, join Girls Who Code. No experience necessary – just enthusiasm and willingness to try new things! We're part of a national club that offers project-based activities in a fun and creative environment. This is an on-going program where each week builds on skills learned in previous weeks.

We'll meet twice a month on Sundays from October 1, 2017 - June 3, 2018. Sessions are from 1 - 3 p.m. on these dates: October 1 & 15, November 5 & 19, December 3 & 17, January 7 & 21, February 4 & 11, March 4 & 18, April 1 & 15, May 6 & 13 and June 3.  Registration required. A full season's commitment is required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.

Supported by Girls Who Code and the Amadeo Family Fund.

STEM Club for Middleschool Students

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join our new STEM club to experiment, learn and have fun. We'll explore Magnetic Slime, Virtual Reality, 3-D Design & Printing, LED Origami, Soldering, Arduino, C++ Programming, Non-Newtonian Fluids and Instant Ice Cream. Meetings will be from 2 – 4 p.m., once a month on the second or third Sunday. Students will be notified of the next month's date one month ahead. For students in grades 6-8. No experience necessary, but must be willing to make a monthly commitment. Registration required. Sponsored by the Amadeo Family. Register online or call 203-762-6342.

Children's Debut Authors: In Conversation + Autograph Party

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Kids of all ages, families, and aspiring authors are invited to this fantastic middle-grade (ages 8 - 12) author event.  Join us for an interactive panel with five of publishing's most promising authors.  Come hear about their books and experiences being first-time authors.  There will be time for Q&A and book signings.  Snacks will be served. Authors are Jake Burt, Alyson Gerber, Jodi Kendall, Melissa Roske, and Karina Yan Glaser. See the library’s link for more details about the authors.  Drop-in, no fee.  Book signing and purchases provided by Elm Street Books of New Canaan.

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Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Weekly drop-in for knitters and crocheters. Make new friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own projects. New to stitching but want to give it a try? We have needles and yarn for you to test out. No registration required. No session Oct. 9.

Flu Shot Clinic at Wilton Library

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Flu shots are available to anyone age four years and older. Persons under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No appointment needed, first-come, first-served, no waiting. Please wear sleeves that roll up easily. Cost of the flu shot is $42 payable by cash or check or it can be billed directly to Aetna, Anthem, Connecticare, Fallon, Harvard Pilgrim, Healthy Ct, Multi Plan, Unicare, Wellcare or Medicare Part B. Bring your insurance card with you.   HIGH DOSE vaccine ($65) is available to persons age 65 or older who would like it instead of the regular dose vaccine.   Sponsored by Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. For more information, call the Flu Info-line at 203-834-6341, extension 444.

Ready Readers

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 4:15pm to 5:00pm

Children ages 4 and 5 are invited to join us for this drop-in story time. Each week we will explore different topics such as woodland creatures, transportation, dinosaurs, fairy tales, and more. Children will hear stories, watch short book films, as well as participate in fun activities and crafts. Ages 4 and 5 with caregivers in the building. No registration, no fee. No session October 9.

Parent Information Series--Civility: Teaching Children Respect, Tolerance and Empathy in a Complicated World

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Join us for the first presentation in the Wilton Youth Council Parent Information Series 2017-2018.   Do you ever feel overwhelmed and confused raising children in this complicated, dynamic world?  This workshop will empower you to take charge as a parent and a role model.   You will learn how to mentor your children, regardless of their ages, as they learn to be positive self-advocates while building life-skills around respect, tolerance and empathy. Speaker: Alicia Farrell, Ph.D, Cognitive Psychologist and founder of Clearview Consulting. This presentation is appropriate for parents with children of all ages. Sponsored by Wilton Youth Council, Wilton Youth Services, Wilton Library, Weston Youth Services, and Weston Library. Registration recommended.  Register online or call 2003-762-6334.

Future dates:
Jan. 24, 2018: How to raise successful kids without over-parenting

March 20, 2018: Managing Media: What to do, how to do it and why it’s important.

Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:15am to 10:45am

Join the 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.

Storytime STEM

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 4:15pm to 5:00pm

Children in grades K-2 are invited to join us weekly for a story and various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities. This fun and hands-on program will include a read-aloud of a popular children's picture book along with a correlating STEM craft and activity and a whole group science demonstration. This week's story is Pumpkin Hill by Elizabeth Spurr, illustrated by Whitney Martin. Supported by the Amadeo Family.  Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6336.

Author Talk: Denise Kiernan - The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Author Denise Kiernan visits Wilton Library to discuss her latest book, The Last Castle. This true story of the Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. The Last Castle is the unique American story of how the largest house in America flourished, faltered, and ultimately endured to this day. Denise Kiernan’s previous book, The Girls of Atomic City, is a New York Times bestseller. Kiernan has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many more publications. She has also worked in television and has been a featured guest on NPR’s Weekend Edition, PBS NewsHour, and MSNBC’s Morning Joe.   Q&A will follow the talk.  No charge.  Book signing and purchase will be available courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan. Registration highly recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334.

Books for Babies

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 10:15am to 10:45am

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. Bring dad too! Caregivers must be present. No registration required.

Wonderful Ones and Twos

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am

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 charge.

Wilton Candidate Forum—P&Z Commission

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Wilton League of Women Voters, Wilton Library Association, and GOOD Morning Wilton co-sponsor a forum to meet candidates for the Planning & Zoning Commission, one of three contested offices in the November municipal election. The forum follows a modified town hall format moderated by an out-of-town League moderator who will present questions submitted by the public to all candidates. Additional details may be found on the registration page. Registration suggested.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 10:15am to 10:45am

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years.  Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes.  Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used.  No fee.

Registration Filled.

Autumn Poetry with Judson Scruton: Islands in the Autumn Sun

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Autumn Poetry Seminar Series exploring the poetry of islands. In keeping with Wilton Library’s focus on Cuba this fall with its Wilton Reads program, our poetry seminar will focus on Islands, both literal and metaphoric. From John Donne’s “No Man Is An Island” to Cuban-exile poet Richard Blanco’s “The Island Within,” and from Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, “Crusoe in England,” and “The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket.” Additionally, we will discuss island related poems by Seamus Heaney, and Derek Walcott.

Judson Scruton, M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry), has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of English at Fairfield University.

Poetry packets available at front desk one week before the seminar begins. No charge for the program. Advance registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6334. See registration link for more program and speaker details.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years.  Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes.  Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used.  No fee.

Registration Filled.

Children's Beginner Chess

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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, brand 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.  Call 203-762-6336 for details.

Registration Filled.

Wilton Candidate Forum—Board of Selectmen and Board of Education

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:15pm

The Wilton League of Women Voters, Wilton Library Association, and GOOD Morning Wilton co-sponsor a forum to meet candidates for the Board of Selectmen and Board of Education, two of three contested offices in the November municipal election. The forum will follow a modified town hall format moderated by an out-of-town League moderator who will present questions submitted by the public to all candidates.Additional details may be found on the registration page. Registration suggested.

Innovation Day

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Discover, Dabble, Do-It-Yourself at Wilton Library’s annual Innovation Day! Join us for a festival of making, creating and demonstrating. Explore, Try, Learn and Have Fun! Test out virtual reality, snap circuits and Makey Makey; light up an apron with LEDs; make jewelry, gift tags and button pins; check out a telescope; watch 3-D printing; see our Hovercraft in motion; get a Henna or spray tattoo and more! Then grab a snack from one of the food trucks parked outside. The day is free! Certain activities will have a nominal fee to offset costs.

Wilton History Film Screening: Hear It From Those Who Lived Here!

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Please join us for a trip down memory lane as we screen the 2002 documentary film about Wilton’s history produced 15 years ago on the 200th anniversary of the town’s separation from Norwalk in 1802. When Wilton was a farm town with one-room schools, unpaved roads, swimming in the river, and the Great Flood of 1955. A number of long-time residents, some with family histories going back to the 17th and 18th centuries, were interviewed in a significant oral history project. These recordings were then excerpted and combined with historical photographs and footage to create this wonderful film. Narrated by David and Maureen Canary with music by Chris and Dave Brubeck, the film follows Wilton’s path from its early roots through two world wars, the Depression, a major hurricane and a flood, and into the post-WW2 period of growth. We’ll see how Wiltonians worked, played and thrived in a rural farming town that became a major suburban community. The screening will be hosted by Bob and Carol Russell and will include recognition of some of the still living oral history participants from the 2002 project as well as remembrances of those no longer with us. No charge. Registration recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334.

New Life for Old Videos

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Do you have a box of old home videos? Wish you could still watch some of those funny or touching family moments? If so, come learn how to convert them to DVDs. For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too! Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 1 student per session. Registration required. This is for home videos only and conversion time is one-to-one.

Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Weekly drop-in for knitters and crocheters. Make new friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own projects. New to stitching but want to give it a try? We have needles and yarn for you to test out. No registration required. No session Oct. 9.

Ready Readers

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 4:15pm to 5:00pm

Children ages 4 and 5 are invited to join us for this drop-in story time. Each week we will explore different topics such as woodland creatures, transportation, dinosaurs, fairy tales, and more. Children will hear stories, watch short book films, as well as participate in fun activities and crafts. Ages 4 and 5 with caregivers in the building. No registration, no fee. No session October 9.

Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception: Liz Leggett

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

October brings Liz Leggett to the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program. Liz's paintings utilize the landscape and natural world as a foundation and departure point for her artistic exploration of the space between abstraction and representation where forms and images are suggested but left open for a multitude of interpretations and meanings. Her technical practice is open to material accidents, the paint encouraged to fall where it may, allowing spontaneous forms to take shape. To Liz, this artistic process emulates nature's power and omnipresence and the fine balance of human existence within the natural world.   See registration link for details. Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. No charge. Registration suggested. Register online or call 203-762-6334. 

Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 10:15am to 10:45am

Join the 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.

Senior Center Book Discussion: Louisa—The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Barbara Jones will lead a discussion of Louisa—The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams by Louisa Thomas which presents an intimate biography of Louisa Catherine Adams, the wife of John Quincy Adams and the only foreign-born First Lady until Melania Trump.  This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month from September through May, excluding December.  Call the Senior Center for details and to register at 203-834-6240. Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton.

Storytime STEM

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 4:15pm to 5:00pm

Children in grades K-2 are invited to join us weekly for a story and various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities. This fun and hands-on program will include a read-aloud of a popular children's picture book along with a correlating STEM craft and activity and a whole group science demonstration. This week's story is Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi. Supported by the Amadeo Family.  Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6336.

Personalized Wine Bottle Stoppers

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Monogram or personalize wine bottle stoppers using the Cricut, our die cutter and special vinyl. Give as a hostess gift or use at home! $8 for two stoppers, payable upon arrival.   For 7th graders - adults and 6th graders accompanied by adults willing to learn, too.Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form.   Please bring the completed form to the session. Space limited to 2 per session. Registration required.

Wilton Reads—Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy, Book Discussion with Susan Boyar

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses our Wilton Reads selection, Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire. This program is part of Wilton Library’s Wilton Reads 2017 Waiting for Snow in Havana event. Beverages will be provided.  No charge. Registration recommended. Author Talk with Carlos Eire is Wednesday, November 8, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Register online or call 203-762-6334.

Monogrammed Tea Towels

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

In this one-on-one session, let us introduce you to our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a tea towel. For 7th graders to adults and 6th graders accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too.Must have a valid CT library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. $5 per towel payable upon arrival. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  

Books for Babies

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 10:15am to 10:45am

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. Bring dad too! Caregivers must be present. No registration required.

Wonderful Ones and Twos

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am

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 charge.

Wilton Reads—Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy, Book Discussion with Susan Boyar

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses our Wilton Reads selection, Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire. This program is part of Wilton Library’s Wilton Reads 2017 Waiting for Snow in Havana event. Beverages will be provided.  No charge. Registration recommended. Author Talk with Carlos Eire is Wednesday, November 8, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Register online or call 203-762-6334.

Wilton Reads—90 Miles to Havana-Children’s Book Discussion

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Kids in grades 5 - 7 are invited to join this book discussion as part of the Wilton Reads program. The book selected is 90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis. Registrants will receive a free copy of the novel to read before the program. In 90 Miles to Havana Julian and his brothers flee from Cuba to Miami in 'Operation Pedro Pan'. Once in Miami they soon find that things were not as they hoped. Julian must be courageous and grow up quickly if he is to overcome his struggles. This is a coming-of-age story inspired by real events from the author's life. Kids will have the opportunity to participate in the discussion and some activities. Cuban sandwiches will be provided by Craft 14.   Registration required; space is limited to ten participants. No fee. The free books are sponsored by Fairfield County Bank.  Books available Sept. 25. Register online or call 203-762-6336.

Paint it Up!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Come join us for a fun and relaxing evening. We'll supply the canvas, paints, brushes and a collection of masterpieces to copy and inspire you. No art experience required. Just a desire to pick up a brush, have fun and let your inner self out! For adults, ages 18+. Space limited. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. 

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 10:15am to 10:45am

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years.  Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes.  Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used.  No fee.

Registration Filled.

Autumn Poetry with Judson Scruton: Islands in the Autumn Sun

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Autumn Poetry Seminar Series exploring the poetry of islands. In keeping with Wilton Library’s focus on Cuba this fall with its Wilton Reads program, our poetry seminar will focus on Islands, both literal and metaphoric. From John Donne’s “No Man Is An Island” to Cuban-exile poet Richard Blanco’s “The Island Within,” and from Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, “Crusoe in England,” and “The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket.” Additionally, we will discuss island related poems by Seamus Heaney, and Derek Walcott.

Judson Scruton, M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry), has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of English at Fairfield University.

Poetry packets available at front desk one week before the seminar begins. No charge for the program. Advance registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6334. See registration link for more program and speaker details.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years.  Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes.  Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used.  No fee.

Registration Filled.

Enhancing Your Pictures with Photoshop

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Finished scanning in your photos, but want to learn some basic tips on enhancing them? This introductory session will get you started. For 7th graders - adults and 6th graders accompanied by adults willing to learn, too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form.   Please bring the completed form to the session.  Registration required.

Children's Beginner Chess

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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, brand 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.  Call 203-762-6336 for details.

Registration Filled.

WLA/SCORE – Income Tax Strategies for Your Small Business

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

SCORE of Fairfield County, Wilton Library, and the Wilton Chamber of Commerce present a seminar that will help small business owners to get a head start with their year-end planning for 2017 taxes due in 2018. Tax Advisor Tom Figgatt will return again to SCORE to review important aspects of your tax strategies. This workshop will include topics such as: year-end retirement strategies; maximizing depreciation with Section 179; a review of Schedule C deductions; substantial penalties that should be avoided; the role of independent contractor vs employee; how your accountant can guide you with overall business planning as well as income taxes; and, getting ready to use the right tax entity for 2018.

Speaker Thomas Figgatt is a tax advisor and an accountant who helps his clients file income taxes, minimize their tax burdens, and successfully navigate a tax audit. His MBA is from Harvard Business School.

Register online at fairfieldcounty.score.org or call SCORE at (203) 831-0065 with any questions. Check-in begins at 5:30pm. Registration required. No charge.

Wilton Reads - Back into the Heart of Cuba with Daryl Hawk

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

In the spring of 2016 and again in 2017 explorer and international documentary photographer Daryl Hawk embarked upon an unprecedented 2,700-mile circumnavigation of Cuba. One of the few Americans granted unrestricted access to Cuba, Hawk was able to capture the perennially colorful city streets. What he discovered was the heartbeat sustaining this Communist-ruled province: its people. The resulting photographs depict a people and place both lost in time and on the cusp of change. In his engaging storytelling style Hawk will share vivid photographs from both trips, his first-hand experiences, and insightful reflections into a country straddling decay as well as renewal and the open-hearted enterprising people who carry out Cuba’s evolution. For the past thirty years Daryl Hawk has explored some of the most remote and isolated places in the world telling stories with his camera. A photographer, travel writer, lecturer, and explorer whose articles and photographs appear in national magazines and publications worldwide, Hawk has traversed the globe helping people realize that there is more that draws us together than drives us apart. He is a member of the Explorers Club, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a member of the Professional Photographers Association. See library’s registration link for more speaker details. No charge. Registration recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334. This program complements the library’s Wilton Reads selection, Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire.

Movement and Dance

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are invited to join a fun time of moving, grooving, jumping, shaking, singing and playing instruments. A great Friday morning work-out! No registration required.

Haunted Chamber

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 2:30pm to 5:30pm

Can you survive the Wilton Children's Library's Haunted Chamber? Proceed with caution through a nightmarish room filled with slimy touch buckets, creepy obstacles, and scary storytellers. Enter the Haunted Chamber if you dare any time between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Need to gather your courage before entering the Haunted Chamber? No problem! There will also be a Pumpkin Search & Find game, a jack-o-lantern felt board, and coloring sheets set up in the Children's Library. Enter the Haunted Chamber if you dare! Walk in - no fee required. Suggested for first grade and up.

Make Fun Buttons

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Learn how to use our new Button Maker and create unique designs, add slogans and go home with a few fun buttons! Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Please bring the completed form to the workshop.  For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too! Registration required. 

Tales to Tails

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

ROAR's (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) Therapy Dog Program will be bringing a therapy dog to be read to by children.  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 look forward to reading. As they improve their literacy skills, they’re not just learning how to read, they’re learning to love to read!  Children must read independently to participate in this program.  No program charge, registration is required.  Register online or call 203-762-6336.

(Not) Just for Kids—Orchestra Music Families

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra (Not) Just For Kids program is a lively, fun and interactive program designed to be educational as well as entertaining. Members of the orchestra demonstrate their instruments, play for the children, and answer questions in hour long presentations. Throughout the season presentations are made for all instrument families: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. All programs end with attendees having a chance to hold and try to play a beginning level instrument in the 'Petting Zoo.' 

Series schedule on Saturdays: Oct. 28 - Orchestra Music Families!; Dec. 9 - Celebrate with Horns! – Brass; Feb. 3, 2018 - Sounds from the Heart – Strings; March 10, 2018 - Tap! Bang! Boom! – Percussion; May 12, 2018 – Soft and Sweet – Winds.

No charge. Registration recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6336.

Hot & Cool Jazz: The Paquito D’Rivera Ensemble

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Cuban-born Paquito D'Rivera defies categorization. The winner of fourteen GRAMMY Awards in both jazz and classical categories, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer and performer. His works embrace the world he has experienced and he moves “effortlessly among jazz, Latin and Mozart.” Performing on clarinet and saxophone, he will be joined by Alon Yavnai on piano, Zach Brown, contrabass and Arturo Stable, percussion. Please see registration link for more details.  Informal reception follows the concert. CDs and his books will be available for purchase.  Suggested donation: $10. Funded by William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer and Chris and Tish Brubeck.

Advance registration strongly suggested. Pre-registrants should arrive by 7:20 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 7:20 p.m. if space is available. Register online or call 203-762-6334.

Halloween Crafts

Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Come to the Wilton Library and make a creepy craft (or two) just in time for Halloween! Drop in, no registration required. 

Scanning Slides into Digital Images

Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Do you have stacks of old slides and looking for a way to scan them into digital format? If so, come learn how to use our new high resolution slide scanner! It can scan up to 50 slides in one batch. For 7th graders to adults and 6th graders accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form.   Please bring the completed form to the session. Space limited to 2 per session. Registration required.

Bringing Your Photo Albums into the Digital Age

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Planning a family reunion or anniversary party? Gather up your old photos, slides and negatives and we'll show you how to turn them into digitized images. Then email or take those images home with you on a thumb-drive to create event mementos. For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too.   Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 2 students per session.  Registration required. 

Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Weekly drop-in for knitters and crocheters. Make new friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own projects. New to stitching but want to give it a try? We have needles and yarn for you to test out. No registration required. No session Oct. 9.

Ready Readers

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 4:15pm to 5:00pm

Children ages 4 and 5 are invited to join us for this drop-in story time. Each week we will explore different topics such as woodland creatures, transportation, dinosaurs, fairy tales, and more. Children will hear stories, watch short book films, as well as participate in fun activities and crafts. Ages 4 and 5 with caregivers in the building. No registration, no fee. No session October 9.

Wilton Reads – Cuban History with Professor Ariel Mae Lambe

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Dr. Lambe will provide context for readings on the Cuban Revolution by presenting a summary survey of Cuban history from the 1860s through the 1950s, covering Cuba's three wars of independence, U.S. intervention in the island country following the Spanish American War, the republican or neocolonial period of the first half of the twentieth century, and ending with the revolution during the 1950s.  Lambe received her B.A. in history from Yale and her Ph.D. in history from Columbia University in New York City. She teaches Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. history at UConn's Waterbury Campus. Her book in progress examines antifascism as a popular political movement in Cuba during the 1930s.  See library’s registration link for more details. This program is part of Wilton Library's Wilton Reads 2017 Waiting for Snow in Havana event. A Q& A session will follow the talk. Registration highly recommended. There is no charge for the program. Register online or call 203-762-6334.

Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 10:15am to 10:45am

Join the 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.

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