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Poetry in Motion – Breaking the Mold: Submissions

Tuesday, Sept. 2 
“Breaking the Mold,” is a two-performance, poetry and arts event centered around the theme of daring to be different, unique or unconventional! Teens (grade 7 – 12) are invited to submit poetry in keeping with this topic. Submissions accepted September 1 through October 31. Approximately thirty works will be selected for inclusion in the performances. Poems will be paired with music, dance or art in live performances in March 2015. For more information, contact Wilton Library’ s Teen Services Jennifer Walker by phone at 203-762-3950, ext 224, Teen Librarian Susan Lauricella by phone at 203-762-3950, ext 243 or e-mail teenpoetry@wiltonlibrary.org. This program is sponsored by Wilton Library with funding from generous donors.

Introduction to Electronic Sewing

Monday, Sept. 22, 10 – 11 a.m.
Discover Innovation Station’s Singer Futura XL-400 Sewing Machine.  Learn how designs can be printed on fabric, bags and more.  Once intro class is taken, email innovation@wiltonlibrary.org to schedule one-on-one sessions to print a design of your choice. For ages 13-113.  Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 3 students per session.  Registration required.

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Coding with Khan for Teens

Monday, Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
This is a continuation of a 10-week online computer science learning program for teens introduced in July sponsored by Bridgewater Associates, an investment management firm, and Wilton Library.  Students continue learning and coding with Khan Academy’s online program while at home or at the library. The Bridgewater mentors will be available through email and act as virtual tutors.  Registration filled.  Sponsored by Bridgewater Associates and Wilton Library.

Introduction to Soldering

Monday, Sept. 22, 4 – 5 pm.  
Interested in learning the basics of soldering? If so, join us for a one-hour session where we’ll create a blinking pin for you to wear.  For ages 13-113.  Must have a valid CT library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Please bring the completed form to the workshop.  Space limited to 5 students per session. Registration required.

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Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception: Michele Schuff

Monday, Sept. 22, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
September brings Michele Schuff to the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program. Schuff’s work over the last several years has examined the perception of time and how we measure life’s passing.  Most recently she has begun to cast encaustic: the three dimensional figures create a pattern or measure; incremental changes in color reveal the pulse or sound of the work.  Thematically the three-dimensional forms have come to symbolize loss, longing, and the desire to move past the cycle of life and death.  Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. No charge. Registration suggested.

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StorytimeTerrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 16, 23 & 30, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Join Wilton 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. This program runs through Nov. 11.

Senior Center Book Discussion: Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology About Birds

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 11 – noon.
Judson Scruton leads a discussion of Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology About Birds.  Bright Wings, through its combination of poetry and lovely illustrations, is described in the Minneapolis Star Tribune as ‘An intelligent assembly of poems that take us places where prose cannot go…. This little book is a reminder that everything important about birds can’t be found in guide books or scientific papers.’  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.

StorytimeLook, Listen and Learn

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 16, 23 & 30, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
For 3 and 4 year-olds with caregivers. By interacting with stories, singing songs and acting out finger plays and rhymes, children in this program gain pre-reading skills and learn how to participate in a group setting. No registration, no fee. This program runs through Nov. 11.

Nifty Nutmeggers Book Club

Tuesday, Sept. 23 , 3 – 4 p.m.
Children in grades 4 and 5 are invited to join Wilton Library’s new Nutmeg book club. The Nutmeg Book Award is a program designed for kids in the state of Connecticut. Each year children have the opportunity to read ten carefully chosen books and then vote for their favorite in May. There are two levels for children: Elementary (grades 2-4) and Intermediate (grades 4-6). In this club kids can choose to read one of the assigned monthly books or all two or three. We will come together to discuss the books, have snacks, play games, and do other fun book-related activities. This month’s book choices are Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts (Elem.) and Spy School by Stuart Gibbs (Inter.) This program is a partnership between Wilton Library and Cider Mill School. Registration required; no fee.

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Literary Littles

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 16, 23 & 30, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
For independent listeners ages 4 – 6 years. This is a story time that provides children with experiences that enrich early literacy. Children will hear stories, watch short films, sing songs, and do a craft. No registration, no fee. This program runs through Nov. 11.

WGG/WLA Green Speaker Series: Martin von Hildebrand with Daryl Hawk

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Martin von Hildebrand will present his talk on ‘The Heart of the Amazon: Indigenous People of Columbia and their Role in Conservation.’ He will then be interviewed by international documentary photographer Daryl Hawk. A lifelong Colombian Amazon advocate and the founder of Fundacion Gaia Amazonas, Hildebrand has worked with the indigenous people to restore their traditional rights to their land and re-educated them on managing and conserving their territories.  The Green Speaker series is co-sponsored by Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library.  No charge.  Registration recommended.

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Books for Babies

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 17, 24, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
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.  No registration, no fee.  Caregivers must be present. This program runs through Nov. 12.

Wonderful Ones and Twos

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 17, 24, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
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 fee. This program runs through Nov. 12.

Free Fiction, Films, and To Go from Wilton Library

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
BYOD – Bring your own device and follow along as Melissa Baker demonstrates our free downloadables and streaming media.  You will learn about our downloadable eBooks (OverDrive), downloadable eMagazines (Zinio), streaming movies (IndieFlix), and streaming jazz and classical music (Naxos Music Library), all 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. The last session in this series is Oct. 22. Registration is suggested.

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Ambler Farm Reads

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2:15 – 3 p.m.
Children ages 4-6 are invited to join Wilton Library in a visit to Ambler Farm.  Caregivers and children will 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 September the focus will be seeds.  Registration required, no fee.  Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Additional dates:  Oct. 29 pumpkins; Nov. 12 animals preparing for winter.

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Lego® Club

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 10, 17 & 24, 4 – 5 p.m.
Kids in grades K and up are invited to join this weekly Lego® Club.  Each session will be based on a new theme such as castles, vehicles, towers and more.  Children will learn about the theme through stories and non-fiction books and then create a Lego® masterpiece from the library’s Lego® collection.  There are 20 spots available for this program on a first come, first served basis each week.  Tickets will be passed out at the Children’s reference desk starting at 3:45 p.m. the day of the program.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

Innovation Station Teen Open Session

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 10, 17 & 24, 3 – 6 p.m.
Wilton Library’s new Innovation Station is open to teens ages 13 – 18. Stop in and experiment with Garage Band, iMovie, iPhoto or Final Cut Pro on our iMac; use our Creative Cloud subscription to work with Photoshop, Dreamweaver or Illustrator; create wallets and lanyards with Duct Tape; watch a 3D object being printed or use any of the equipment you’ve been certified on. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Sept. 11 through Thursday, Nov. 13, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. 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 July 2014 and must be returned by August 28, 2014. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, Sept. 11 through Thursday, Nov. 13, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, move to music, and learn nursery rhymes. Mother Goose on the Loose is a research-based program intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills in an active and fun environment. 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 July 2014 and must be returned by August 28, 2014. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

Minecraft Club

Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 – noon.
Kids ages 8 and up are invited to join Wilton Library’s Minecraft Computer Club.  A server for Fairfield County has been set up with a virtual world where the Minecraft community in Wilton can meet and the club welcomes the enthusiasts. Please note: Minecraft is a subscription-based, online game.  Players must bring their own laptop and create their own account.  Handheld devices are not recommended because they run a Minecraft app that does not work with the same server.  To be added to the Fairfield County server you must visit the Children’s Desk with a valid library card to be registered.  Caretakers must sign in their child with staff member. If the child is not present and signed in by 10:10, the place may be given to a waitlisted child. Caretakers must remain in the building.   Registration required; no fee.

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Wilton Reads Book Giveaway: Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The 2014 selection for Wilton Library’s community reads program, Wilton Reads, is the modern American classic Ragtime, by E.L. Doctorow, one of America’s most accomplished and acclaimed living writers. Ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and the First World War and is part of the Modern Library collection of the 100 best novels of all time. Courtesy of Fairfield County Bank, 100 copies of Ragtime will be distributed free on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. in the library Gallery. Several programs are in the works for October to bring the community together to celebrate and discuss this great novel.

Tales to TailsTales to Tails

Saturday, Sept. 27, 11 – noon.
ROAR’s (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) Therapy Dog Program will be bringing therapy dogs to the library for children to read to them.  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 actually look forward to reading. Children must read independently to participate in this program.  No program charge, registration is required.

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Introduction to Electronic Sewing

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2 – 3 p.m.
Discover Innovation Station’s Singer Futura XL-400 Sewing Machine.  Learn how designs can be printed on fabric, bags and more.  Once intro class is taken, email innovation@wiltonlibrary.org to schedule one-on-one sessions to print a design of your choice. For ages 13-113.  Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 3 students per session.  Registration required.

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Candlelight Concert at the Wilton Congregational Church

Sunday, Sept. 28, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Candlelight Concerts opens its 67th season with a return visit by acclaimed pianist Marc-André Hamelin, playing works by Field, Debussy, and Beethoven, plus two of his own compositions.     All performances are on Sunday afternoons at the 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 visit www.wiltoncandlelightconcerts.org.

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Monday, Sept. 29, 9:30 – 11:30 p.m.
Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language begin on Monday, September 29 and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until December 15 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no class on Oct. 13) Testing and registration required (testing date is Wednesday, Sept. 17, 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Wilton Library).

Introduction to Digital Scanning

Monday, Sept. 29, 1 – 2 p.m.
Discover Innovation Station’s Digital Scanner.  Learn how to scan photos and what the scanner can do. For ages 13-113.  Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 3 students per session.  Registration required.

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Parenting Book Series: Dr. Susan Bauerfeld

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 10:30 – noon.
The Parenting Book Series was established to help parents sift through the avalanche of advice that exists in the world of parenting books. In each session, Susan Bauerfeld, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, ADHD Coach, and mother of three boys, will present an overview of a parenting book chosen for its soundness and relevance to the community. Following the presentation, there will be time for questions and discussion. Reading the book is not required but is encouraged and will likely enhance the discussion. The series will take place on three Tuesdays: Sept. 30, Jan. 13 and Mar. 24, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. The book for September 30 is Mindset by Carol Dweck.  No charge. Co-sponsored by Wilton Youth Council, Parent Connection, and Wilton Library. Registration strongly encouraged.

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Introduction to Digital Scanning

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1 – 2 p.m.
Discover Innovation Station’s Digital Scanner.  Learn how to scan photos and what the scanner can do. For ages 13-113.  Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 3 students per session.  Registration required.

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Ambler Farm Reads

Wednesday, October 29, 2:15 – 3 p.m.
Children ages 4-6 are invited to join Wilton Library in a visit to Ambler Farm.  Caregivers and children will 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.  Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Last date:  Nov. 12 animals preparing for winter.

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Ambler Farm Reads

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2:15 – 3 p.m.
Children ages 4-6 are invited to join Wilton Library in a visit to Ambler Farm.  Caregivers and children will 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 animals preparing for winter.  Registration required, no fee.  Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

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