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January 2018

Holiday Book Sale

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 10:00am to Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 5:00pm

The Library's holiday Book Sale in the gallery is a seasonal delight where bargains can be found - featuring a large array of pristine books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks suitable for gift-giving to all ages. This year, the sale includes a diverse collection of classical, jazz, Latin and blues CDs.  All CDs are priced to sell, many are new shrink-wrapped items.  All merchandise is perfect for holiday gift-giving. As items are sold, new ones appear daily. All sales support the library.

Sale opens at noon on November 30 and continues during regular library hours through January 3, 2018. Library closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Embroider or Monogram It!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

In this one-on-one session, let us introduce you to our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a pillow cover, tea towel, apron, baby’s bib or burp cloth. All items range from $5 to $10 each. 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.

Fairfield County Arts Association Winter Collection Art Exhibition/Reception at Wilton Library

Friday, January 5, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

A diverse group of talented artists are featured in Wilton Library's art exhibition this month. The exhibition showcases artists from Fairfield County Arts Association 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 January 25.  A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. 

Embroider a Chef’s Apron

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

In this one-on-one session, let us introduce you to our electronic embroidery machine and embroider or monogram a chef’s apron for the season. $10 fee payable upon arrival. 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—An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

More than ten years have passed since the movie, An Inconvenient Truth was released which documented Al Gore’s fight against climate change.  But what has happened since then?  This sequel addresses how climate changes that were predicted in that movie happened and their very real impact on people and cities.  Follow the progress that Gore’s work and fellow environmentalists have made as well as see the behind the scenes efforts at the United Nation’s 2015 Climate Change Conference. Directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. Winner of three awards: Biografilm Festival 2017: Audience Award, International Competition Critics Choice Documentary Awards 2017: Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary Environmental Media Awards, USA 2017 Documentary Film. 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.   Registration highly recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334.

Girls Who Code Club

Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 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.

Monogrammed Tea Towels

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

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. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.

Create Thank You Cards, Gift Tags & More

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Let us introduce you to our die cutter, the Cricut, and get you started on making your own gift tags, birthday, anniversary or thank you cards and more. 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.   Space limited to 2 per session. Registration required.

Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 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.

Ready Readers

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 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 session Jan. 15.  No registration, no fee.

Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 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, January 9, 2018 - 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, January 9, 2018 - 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 It's Snowing! by Gail Gibbons. Supported by the Amadeo Family.  Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6336.

Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 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.

Author Talk: Joseph Williams—The Sunken Gold

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Librarian, archivist and historian Joseph A. Williams brings the true story of the HMS Laurentic sunk by German mines off the coast of Ireland during the Great War in his book, The Sunken Gold—A Story of World War I, Espionage and the Greatest Treasure Salvage in History. Williams brings this exciting, true tale of undersea diving and naval operations to life, exemplifying human persistence, bravery and patriotism with Lieutenant Commander Guybon C.C. Damant at the helm.  Williams hold master’s degrees in History and Library and Information Science from Queens College.  He worked at the State University of New York Maritime College’s Stephen B. Luce Library which specializes in nautical research. He currently is the Deputy Director of the Greenwich Library.  Q&A will follow the talk. Book signing and purchase will be available courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan. Media Sponsor: GOOD Morning Wilton.  No charge.  Registration highly recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334.

Books for Babies

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 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, January 10, 2018 - 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 : Moonglow

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Moonglow by Michael Chabon 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 – eBooks & eAudiobooks

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

BYOD - Bring your own device and learn how to download free eBooks and eAudiobooks through the 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. Please bring devices, passwords and Wilton Library cards. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6334.

Little STEM Studio

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Children ages 3-5 are invited to join us weekly for a story and various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities. Children and their caregivers will listen to a read aloud of a popular children's picture book and rotate through correlating STEM stations. The story for this program is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault; illustrated by Lois Ehlert.   Registration required, supported by the Amadeo Family. Register online or call 203-762-6336.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 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. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 20, 2017 and must be returned by January 8, 2018. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.  No fee. Call for details (203)762-6336.

Fun with Lynn Lewis

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Come to Wilton Library and see popular entertainer Lynn Lewis. There will be songs and dancing for all. She will bring a special friend so that kids can play with him and participate in all the fun!  Registration required, ages 2-6. Register online or call 203-762-6336.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 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. **Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting December 20, 2017 and must be returned by January 8, 2018. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.  No fee. Call for details (203)762-6336.

Enhancing Your Pictures with Photoshop

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 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.

Simply Calligraphy

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 4:15pm to 5:00pm

Calligraphy is the art of forming beautiful symbols by hand. While it is a style of handwriting, the aim is to produce an 'art' reaction by developing skills involving touch, pressure and hand movement. Learn the beauty of the handwritten word! Registration required; children will be registered for all 3 classes. For grades 4-6. Register online or call 203-762-6336.

New Life for Old Videos

Friday, January 12, 2018 - 10:00am 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. Equipment cannot accommodate 8mm tapes.  Register online or call 203-762-6342.

Movement and Dance for Little Ones

Friday, January 12, 2018 - 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!  Drop in. No registration required.

Scanning Slides into Digital Images

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

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!

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

In this one-on-one session, let us introduce you to our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a pillow cover, tea towel, apron, baby’s bib or burp cloth. All items range from $5 to $10 each. 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.

Monogram an Acrylic Jewelry Tray

Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Learn how to use the Cricut, our die cutter and monogram an acrylic jewelry tray. Makes a great holiday gift! $6 for the tray, 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. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.

Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters

Monday, January 15, 2018 - 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.

Scanning Slides into Digital Images

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

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.

Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 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, January 16, 2018 - 4:15pm to 5:00pm

hildren 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 Immi's Gift by Karin Littlewood. Supported by the Amadeo Family.  Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6336.

Etch Glass Coffee Mugs

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Learn how to use the Cricut, our die cutter and etch one or two glass coffee mugs to give someone or use yourself! $5 per glass to offset costs, 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. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.

Books for Babies

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 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, January 17, 2018 - 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.

Little STEM Studio

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Children ages 3-5 are invited to join us weekly for a story and various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities. Children and their caregivers will listen to a read aloud of a popular children's picture book and rotate through correlating STEM stations. The story for this program is Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin; illustrated by James Dean.   Registration required, supported by the Amadeo Family. Register online or call 203-762-6336.

Author Talk: Sujata Massey – The Widows of Malabar Hill: A Mystery of 1920s Bombay

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Inspired in part by the woman who made history as India’s first female attorney, The Widows of Malabar Hill is a richly wrought story of multicultural 1920s Bombay as well as the debut of a sharp and promising new sleuth. Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father’s law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a legal education from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes women’s legal rights especially important to her.  One particular case catches her attention and now it is her responsibility to figure out what really happened to three women on Malabar Hill.  Sujata Massey was born in England to parents from India and Germany, was raised mostly in St. Paul, Minnesota, and lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Her novels have won the Agatha and Macavity awards and been finalists for the Edgar, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark prizes.  Q&A will follow the talk.  No charge.  Registration highly recommended. Book signing and purchase will be available courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan.  Media Sponsor: Good Morning Wilton. See library’s registration link for more details. Register online or call 203-762-6334.

Simply Calligraphy

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 4:15pm to 5:00pm

Calligraphy is the art of forming beautiful symbols by hand. While it is a style of handwriting, the aim is to produce an 'art' reaction by developing skills involving touch, pressure and hand movement. Learn the beauty of the handwritten word! Registration required; children will be registered for all 3 classes. For grades 4-6. Register online or call 203-762-6336.

Movement and Dance for Little Ones

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 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!  Drop in. No registration required.

Cupcake Club

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 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.

Wilton Library’s 1st Mini Golf Fundraising Event Presented by Bankwell

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Join us for a fun day for all, adults and children alike
All proceeds benefit Wilton Library

Admission: $5 per person (both adult and children)

Save the Date!  Join us for Wilton Library's first ever Mini Golf in the stacks fundraiser.  A fun-filled day for all ages.  Stay tuned for more detail and information. Proceeds will benefit Wilton Library, allowing us to continue to offer and develop the programs and services that our patrons have come to expect. Sponsorship and In-Kind donations now being accepted. Contact Robin Axness at 203-762-6323 or raxness@wiltonlibrary.org for more information.

Author Talk: Lisa Huff - Kid Chef Bakes: The Kids Cookbook for Aspiring Bakers

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Cookbook author and Wilton resident, Lisa Huff, will be discussing her life experiences and how she started in cooking, recipe development, and food photography. She'll also be discussing how her cookbook, Kid Chef Bakes, came about. Kid Chef Bakes is a collection of 75+ recipes and contains numerous baking tutorials and tips for all ages. Lisa Huff is a freelance recipe developer, food photographer, and food writer as well as the owner of the popular website and blog, Snappy Gourmet. Her recipes have won many awards over the years and she has worked with many well-known food brands, PR companies, and publications. Q&A will follow the talk as will book signing. Food samples and cookie decorating will also be available. Grade K through adults. Registration recommended. Book sales provided by Elm Street Books of New Canaan. Register online or call 203-762-6336.

Girls Who Code Club

Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 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.

Embroider a Chef’s Apron

Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

In this one-on-one session, let us introduce you to our electronic embroidery machine and embroider or monogram a chef’s apron for the season. $10 fee payable upon arrival. 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, January 22, 2018 - 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.

Ready Readers

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 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 session Jan. 15.  No registration, no fee.

Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 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: Brideshead Revisited

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Michael Hess will lead a discussion of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited which tells the story of middle-class narrator Charles Ryder’s involvement with and observations of the aristocratic, Catholic, and somewhat dysfunctional Flytes family between the world wars. Brideshead Castle is the setting for a nostalgic story that is not so much a commentary on class relations but is more about the conflicts of religious faith and societal values in our daily lives. Although it takes place almost a century ago, there are many parallels with our changing social mores and personal etiquette in the 21st century. Waugh deploys the razor-sharp dialogue characteristic of his more satirical writing, but the novel is more a meditation on the nature of grace and an elegy for the aristocratic lifestyle that was destined to fade along with the British Empire. And several of the leading characters are unforgettable, especially Aloysius, Sebastian's Teddy bear. In a double review in The Atlantic, Ben Heineman said: 'Downton Abbey is entertainment…Brideshead Revisited is art.'
 
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, January 23, 2018 - 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 Little Granny Quarterback by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson; illustrated by Michael Chesworth. Supported by the Amadeo Family.  Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6336.

Paint it Up!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 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.

Books for Babies

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 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, January 24, 2018 - 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.

Little STEM Studio

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Children ages 3-5 are invited to join us weekly for a story and various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities. Children and their caregivers will listen to a read aloud of a popular children's picture book and rotate through correlating STEM stations. The story for this program is Shape Capers by Cathryn Falwell.   Registration required, supported by the Amadeo Family. Register online or call 203-762-6336.

Parent Information Series--How to Raise Successful Kids Without Over-Parenting

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Join us for the second presentation in the Wilton Youth Council Parent Information Series 2017-2018.   We will start by watching Julie Lythcott-Haims’s popular TED Talk on parental expectations and unconditional love. The video will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Tracey Masella. Tracey will help us understand how to stop over-parenting and help our children develop resilience. We will discuss how to create a safe and effective family frame in which children learn to manage their lives effectively. 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 203-762-6334.

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

Scanning Slides into Digital Images

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 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.

Simply Calligraphy

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 4:15pm to 5:00pm

Calligraphy is the art of forming beautiful symbols by hand. While it is a style of handwriting, the aim is to produce an 'art' reaction by developing skills involving touch, pressure and hand movement. Learn the beauty of the handwritten word! Registration required; children will be registered for all 3 classes. For grades 4-6. Register online or call 203-762-6336.

Ask the Medical Experts—Be Your Best You in 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

In the continuing series “Get Well, Stay Well,” a health and wellness literacy series presented by Wilton Library, Norwalk Hospital, and the Western Connecticut Health Network, this program will allow attendees to meet with four medical professionals individually and privately to ask about any health or wellness issues that are on their minds.

The program is a 'Health Fair' style with separate stations for each of the four medical professionals: Dr. Ruth Christoforetti, MD, a family medicine physician with Western Connecticut Medical Group; Dana Fulton, MSPT, clinical specialist, Outpatient Rehabilitation Services of Norwalk Hospital/Western Connecticut Health Network; Dr. Thomas Ayoub, MD, obstetrician/gynecologist and Chief of the Norwalk Hospital Medical Staff; and Esla Amin-Lewis, a nurse midwife with Norwalk Hospital's Nurse Midwifery Service. After brief opening comments by Wilton Library Trustee and MD Saras Nair, who was previously Chairman of the Pathology Department at Norwalk Hospital, each of our medical professionals will introduce him or herself and then attendees can individually visit one, two, three or all four of the health and wellness info stations.

See library’s registration link for details. No charge for the program. Registration recommended.

Movement and Dance for Little Ones

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 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!  Drop in. No registration required.

Scanning Slides into Digital Images

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

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.

Tales to Tails

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 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.

Embroider or Monogram It!

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

In this one-on-one session, let us introduce you to our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a pillow cover, tea towel, apron, baby’s bib or burp cloth. All items range from $5 to $10 each. 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 Life for Old Videos

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

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. Equipment cannot accommodate 8mm tapes.  Register online or call 203-762-6342.

WLA/WHS Scholarly Series: Yankee Innovators: Steamships to Silicon Chips—John Laurence Busch

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

In the 11th year of the collaboration between the Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society, the scholarly lecture series will focus on the theme of 'Yankee Innovation: Steamships to Silicon Chips'. Independent historian and author John Laurence Busch will kick off the series by using his deep knowledge of early steamship technology to address the interaction of humankind with technological innovation. His presentation is based upon his book, Steam Coffin: Captain Moses Rogers and The Steamship Savannah Break the Barrier. John Laurence Busch is an independent historian who focuses upon the interaction between humanity and technology, with a particular specialization in the first generation of steam-powered vessels. See the library’s registration link for more details on the speaker and the topic.

Additional dates and topics in the series:
February 11 at Wilton Library—Shooting the Moon: Space Technology, Earthbound Nature, and the New Left During the Vietnam War - Neil Maher, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University
February 25 at the Wilton Historical Society— Leading the Helicopter Industry into the 21st Century - Andrew Driver, Sikorsky Aircraft
March 18 at the Wilton Historical Society— Faster, Smaller, Greener: How Semiconductor Lithography Enables Innovations All Around Us - Chip Mason, ASML Fellow.

Reception following the talk. No charge but donations are always welcomed. Series sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Friends of Louise Herot. This lecture sponsored by an anonymous donor. The moderator is Steve Hudspeth. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6334. 

Enhancing Your Pictures with Photoshop

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

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.

Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 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.

Ready Readers

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 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 session Jan. 15.  No registration, no fee.

Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 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. 

WLA/SCORE –Easy Ways to Launch an International Business

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 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 launch an international business. If you are already operating a domestic business, you are in a good position to launch an international one. Areas of interest: how to identify and evaluate online marketplaces, foreighn distributors and foreign partnerships; pros and cons of mthods of doing business internationally; lessons from a case study. 

Speaker Dorcia Carrillo is an alumna of Loyola College - Maryland and Quinnipiac University School of Law. Dorcia began her career in international trade for a Fortune 50 defense contractor where she drafted and reviewed hundreds of export authorization requests that were adjudicated by the Departments of State and Commerce. She currently manages her own law practice in New York and lives with her husband in Norwalk, Connecticut where she is a member of the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce.

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.

Embroider a Chef’s Apron

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

In this one-on-one session, let us introduce you to our electronic embroidery machine and embroider or monogram a chef’s apron for the season. $10 fee payable upon arrival. 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.

Books for Babies

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 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, January 31, 2018 - 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.

Author Talk: Marie Benedict—Carnegie’s Maid

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Lawyer and novelist Marie Benedict discusses her historical novel, Carnegie’s Maid, when she visits Wilton Library. Irish immigrant Clara Kelley is hired to work in one of Pittsburgh’s grandest households. Although working for an icy mistress who rules her sons, Clara has an uncanny understanding of business. With captivating insight and heart, Carnegie's Maid tells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie's transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world's first true philanthropist. Q&A will follow the talk. Book signing and purchase will be available courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan. Media Sponsor: GOOD Morning Wilton.  No charge.  Registration highly recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334.

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