Local — Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road Wilton, CT 06897 Tel: 203-762-3950

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Wilton Library

Optelec Reader

The Library has an Optelec reader that, with magnification and adjustments for color and contrast, allows vision-impaired patrons to read books and magazines they would not otherwise be able to enjoy. Added to ADA-approved signage, improved building access for handicapped individuals, a wheelchair, a supply of magnifyiers on hand at the Reference Desk, and an extensive large-print collection, it represents a commitment to serve well the older adult patron population.

Home Delivery Service

The At Your Service: At Home program lets you or someone you care for enjoy the services of the Library without the trip. Whether it’s books or magazines to read or audiobooks for listening, we can mail them to you. When you’re done, simply return them in the special pouch provided, postage paid and worry-free.

Those who are unable to get to the Library should call 762-3950 x238 and speak with our Head of Circulation, Karen Zeibak, to arrange to have the Library “come to them.”

Senior Center Book Group

The Senior Center Book Group was begun in 1978 as a Wilton Library-sponsored outreach program, meeting monthly from fall through spring in what was then the “headquarters” of the Wilton Adult Center in the basement of Center School. Seed money donated by the Wilton Presbyterian Church initially funded the project, making possible the purchase of multiple copies of each month’s discussion book. Eventually, in the early 1980s, the funding of the program was taken over by the Town.

The Library coordinates and administers the program, selecting discussion titles with input from discussion leaders who include Library staff members and volunteer guest leaders from the community.

Discussions are now held at the Senior Center in Comstock Community Center at 11:00 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of September, October, January, February, March and April. They are followed by a delicious light lunch prepared by volunteers. Lunch reservations can be made by calling 834-6240 in advance of the program ($3.00 donation for lunch is requested).

The Book Group welcomes the participation of any senior citizen of Wilton. Members are urged to read the selected book in advance and to come to meetings prepared for lively, informal discussion. No fee is charged, and copies of each book selected for discussion may be borrowed, usually for 2 weeks, from the Circulation Desk at the Wilton Library. Program schedules and selections are publicized each month in the local press, on the Library’s website, in its newsletter, and in the Senior Center newsletter Corridors. Titles cover a wide range of reading genres, tastes and interests, with works of history, travel, biography, contemporary fiction and older classics represented in each year’s selections.

For further information, call the Wilton Library at 762-3950, or contact Lizabeth Doty, Senior Activities Coordinator for the Town of Wilton, at 834-6240.

Commission on Social Services

The Commission on Social Services works to create and maintain a supportive community environment for the residents of Wilton. It acts in an advisory capacity to the Board of Selectmen, the Department of Social Services, and to other agencies and organizations providing human services within the Town. The Commission serves to identify the present and anticipate the emerging needs for social services in Wilton and, when appropriate, make recommendations to meet those needs.

The nine member Commission meets monthly to address matters concerning programs and budgets of Town-supported departments and agencies, long-range planning, updates on recent activities involving the youth and elderly populations, evaluating needs and the sharing of information with the Selectmen. With the large growth projections anticipated in the population age 75+ in Town, the Commission is addressing the impact on Social Service programs. Accordingly, the Commission on Social Services is currently studying the possibility of building additional affordable housing similar to Ogden House and creating a full-time senior center. It supported the establishment of Trackside, the Wilton teen center.

During the year, the Commission reviewed budgets and heard presentations of all Social Service organizations that receive financial support from the Town. In addition to continued roundtable forums, each Commissioner acts as a liaison to individual agencies. This enables the Commission to establish a basis for a close working relationship with those agencies providing human services within the Town.

Catherine Pierce directs the Department of Social Services. Additional staff include Lauren Hughes (Coordinator, Senior Services), Lizabeth Doty (Coordinator, Senior Activities), Colleen Fawcett (Coordinator, Youth Services) and Allyson Cussen (Counselor, Youth Services).

In addition to advocacy, Social Services provides crisis intervention, short-term counseling and information and referral on a wide variety of issues. Youth Services works closely with the schools and the Wilton Youth Council on non-academic family issues, providing prevention and education as well as intervention. Senior Services works with the Senior Council as well as seniors and their families in providing information about services to keep older people safe and independent in their homes. When alternative situations are needed, information is also available on different kinds of housing options.

The Department also operates the Senior Center, and publishes two newsletters, one on senior issues (Corridors) and one on youth issues (the Wilton Youth Council Family Newsletter). The Senior Center and related activities for the elderly population in our community continued to see active participation.

The Dial-a-Ride program runs out of the Parks and Recreation Department and continues to provide a vital and necessary link to our community for the elderly and handicapped. For medically certified disabled residents, Town-to-Town (through the Norwalk Transit District) provides inter-town van service for medical appointments. Over 500 trips from Wilton to Norwalk were made in 2006.

FISH (Feel I Should Help), an all-volunteer organization, also drives Wilton residents for medical appointments to surrounding towns.

The Senior Council, chaired by Barbara Newland, holds their Senior Community Day in June. Held at Cider Mill School, it is well attended by Wilton Seniors who are provided with information, entertainment and opportunity to socialize with their neighbors.

The Youth Council promotes and coordinates youth-related activities within town. Their effective Youth-to-Youth program, Peervention, and the quarterly flyer are but a few of their efforts. Banana Splits, a support group for children of divorce, is now offered by Wilton Youth Services.

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (R.S.V.P.), organized by Del Overby, gives Wilton residents over the age of 55 an excellent opportunity to offer their skills, time, and talent to community and non-profit agencies. Over 85 volunteers are on the current roster.

The Board of Selectmen appoints the members of the Commission on Social Services for a two-year term. Current Members can be found at http://www.wiltonct.org/departments/socialservices/index.html.