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Events

Nutmeg Book Award Voting

April 10 – 30
Drop by the Teen Room April 10 – 30 and cast a ballot for your favorite 2014 Nutmeg Book. There will be a drawing for a gift certificate at the end of the voting period.

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ESL (English as a Second Language)

Wednesday, Jan. 29 through Wednesday, April 28, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Twice-weekly classes in English as a Second Language will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 29 and will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until April 28 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There will be no class the weeks of Feb. 17-21 and April 14-18) Testing and registration required.

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Whodunit? Book Club

Monday, April 21, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Children in grades 2 and 3 will meet and discuss mystery books as a group. The book for April is Tuesday by David Wiesner, a Caldecott Medal award winner.  Snacks will be provided with fun detective activities.   Parents and guardians must remain in the Library.  Sponsored by the Steve and Alison Sherman Family Fund.

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Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception: Layla Luna

Monday, April 21, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
April brings Layla Luna to the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program. Ms. Luna makes drawings and paintings that explore our relationship with nature. While at Weir Farm, she will continue to work on her current project, The Specimen Experiment, which addresses habitat conservation and the direct impact we have on nature. Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. Registration suggested.

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StorytimeTerrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, April 8 through Tuesday, June 10, 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 story time during the week of April 14.

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Senior Center Book Discussion: Stoner

Tuesday, April 22, 11 a.m. – noon.
Miwako Ogasawara  will lead a discussion of Stoner by John Williams The New York Times Book Review describes this novel as “something rarer than a great novel–it is a perfect novel, so well told and beautifully written, so deeply moving, that it takes your breath away.” Group meets 4th Tuesday of each month through May. Call the Senior Center for details and to register at 203-834-6240. Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton.

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StorytimeLook, Listen and Learn

Tuesday, April 8 through Tuesday, June 10, 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 story time during the week of April 14.

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Literary Littles

Tuesday, April 8 through Tuesday, June 10, 2:15 – 3:00 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 story time during the week of April 14.

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Teen Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 22, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join a monthly Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting.  TAB is a group of teens who  work with the library by helping select materials for the teen collection, planning teen events, and more. Input from the board helps to create a better library for all teens.  Newcomers always welcome! Newcomers can fill out an application and bring it to the meeting or fill them out there.  Registration is recommended. Call for details (203)762-3950 x224 or email Tracey Morgan, Teen Services Assistant, at tmorgan@wiltonlibrary.org. Next meeting:  May 20.

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Author Talk: Andrew Gross – Everything to Lose

Tuesday, April 22, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Bestselling author Andrew Gross visits Wilton Library to discuss his latest thriller, Everything to Lose. A down-on-her-luck woman witnesses a horrible car accident uncovering a dead body with a bag of money which sets things in motion during the chaotic and tragic days of Hurricane Sandy. Andrew Gross is the author of the New York Times and international bestsellers No Way Back, 15 SecondsEyes Wide Open, The Blue Zone, The Dark Tide, Don’t Look Twice, and Reckless. He is also coauthor of five number one bestsellers with James Patterson, including Judge & Jury and Lifeguard. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Books available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration highly recommended.

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Books for Babies

Wednesday, April 9 through Wednesday, June 11, 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 story time during the week of April 14.   Caregivers must be present.

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Wonderful Ones and Twos

Wednesday, April 9 through Wednesday, June 11, 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 story time during the week of April 14.

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Lego® Club

Wednesday, April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 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.

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SCORE:  Simple Steps for Starting Your Business – Self Assessment & Business Plan

Wednesday, April 23, 6 – 8 p.m.
Thinking about starting your own business? Or are you just starting but are having trouble getting it off the ground? SCORE’s new Simple Steps for Starting Your Business is designed to avoid start-up pitfalls and put you on the road to success. The series schedule is Wednesdays.  Check-in begins at 5:30pm. Co-sponsored by Fairfield County SCORE, Wilton Library and Wilton Chamber of Commerce.

Registration required. Visit  www.scorenorwalk.org and click on Workshops.

The series continues with:

April 30:  Marketing Strategy
May 7: Marketing Implementation
May 14:  Financial Planning & Reporting
May 21:  Funding Sources/Conversations with Entrepreneurs.

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Mother Goose on the Loose

Thursday, April 10 through Thursday, May 29, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Thursday, April 10 through Thursday, May 29, 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 March 17, 2014 and must be returned by April 7, 2014. Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot.

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Spring Poetry with Judson Scruton

Thursday, April 10, 17 & 24 & May 1, 10:30 a.m. – noon.
Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Spring Poetry Series exploring various poets and their writing techniques. 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. See library’s registration link for speaker details. Poetry packet available at front desk before seminar begins.  Advance registration required.

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A Peek Into Poetry

Thursday, April 24, 4 – 5 p.m.
In recognition of April as National Poetry Month, the Children’s Library will present four programs celebrating the art and enjoyment of poetry. Children will be introduced to various forms of poetry; they will be encouraged to read poetry out loud, and to write their own poetry to share with the class, if they wish.   At the final session on Thursday, April 24th, Alan Katz, a renowned local poet, will be our guest. Parents are welcome to attend along with their children. Grades 2 through 4, registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Wilton Library’s Annual Gigantic Book Sale Fundraiser

Saturday, April 26 through Tuesday, April 29.
Saturday, April 26: 7 – 9 a.m. Early Buyers with $15 admissions fee, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. free to public.
Sunday, April 27: noon – 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Rare books, silent auction.  Check out the Silent Auction highlights.
Monday, April 28: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. books ½ price.
Tuesday, April 29: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. $5 per bag.

Press Release
Features more than 70,000 items sorted in more than 50 categories – mysteries, gardening, travel, and science fiction; gently used, new, collectible, rare books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape and CDs. On Saturday, the Rotary Club of Wilton will sell hot dogs and sodas at lunchtime. Proceeds benefit the library.  PLEASE NOTE:  THE LAST DAY WE ARE ABLE TO ACCEPT BOOK DONATIONS BEFORE THE BOOK SALE IS FRIDAY, APRIL 11.  WE WILL RESUME TAKING BOOK DONATIONS ON FRIDAY, MAY 16.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, April 26, 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.

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Tales to TailsTales to Tails

Saturday, April 26, 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.  Registration is required.

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SCORE:  Simple Steps for Starting Your Business – Marketing Strategy

Wednesday, April 30, 6 – 8 p.m.
SCORE’s new Simple Steps for Starting Your Business is designed to avoid start-up pitfalls and put you on the road to success.  Check-in begins at 5:30pm. Co-sponsored by Fairfield County SCORE, Wilton Library and Wilton Chamber of Commerce.

Registration required. Visit  www.scorenorwalk.org and click on Workshops.

The series continues with:

May 7: Marketing Implementation
May 14:  Financial Planning & Reporting
May 21:  Funding Sources/Conversations with Entrepreneurs.

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WGG/WLA Green Speaker Series: Chasing Ice Film Screening

Wednesday, April 30, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet. The documentary has received more than 30 awards, including the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation’s 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award.   A panel discussion will follow the film: ‘How are the Wilton faith communities responding to climate change?’ featuring Rev. Dr. Arnold Thomas – Wilton Congregational Church, Rev. Shannon White – Wilton Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Mary Grace Williams – Wilton Episcopal Church.  The Green Speaker series is co-sponsored by Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library. Registration recommended.

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Children’s Beginner Chess

Thursday, May 1 through Thursday, June 19, 4 – 5 p.m.
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, 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.  Program fee is $80 per student for all eight meetings.  In-person registration is required, payment due at time of registration.

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Children’s Advanced Chess

Thursday, May 1 through Thursday, June 19 , 5 – 6 p.m.
Children in grades 3-7 will get beginner chess instruction from Christopher Potts, an instructor, tournament player and US Chess Federation certified tournament director.  In this program, advanced players will: review the basics; learn more advanced strategy and tactics; learn optimal opening and endgame play; gain an appreciation for the vital importance of making and carrying out sound plans. Time will be provided for students to play games and put the classroom lessons into practice.  Program fee is $80 per student for all eight meetings.  In-person registration is required, payment due at time of registration.

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Author Talk: Maggie Shipstead – Astonish Me

Thursday, May 1, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Maggie Shipstead, author of the prize-winning debut novel, Seating Arrangements, comes to Wilton Library to discuss her latest endeavor, Astonish Me.    Ms. Shipstead takes the reader inside the passionate and political world of ballet. Maggie is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. Registration highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan.

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The Guitar Guy

Friday, May 2, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Children ages 2-6 and their caregivers are invited to a fun performance by Robert the Guitar Guy.  Robert uses music, props, movement, and dance to entertain children and their grown-ups.  Registration recommended. Parent and each child must be registered separately. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Free Comic Book Day

Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The first Saturday of May is Free Comic Book Day, a program for kids that love comics.  Come to the Children’s Reference Desk in the Wilton Library to receive a free comic to take home. Generously provided by Newtown’s Cave Comics, a fun and interesting variety of reading material will be available. It is also the 75th Anniversary of Batman! A comic trivia test featuring the Dark Knight and others will also be available for those who want to test their superhero trivia skills.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, May 3, 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.

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Frogs, Bugs and Animals

Saturday, May 3, 2 – 3 p.m.
Come to the Wilton Library for a fun filled program with Jason from Green Meadows Farm! He will be bringing a bunch of loveable creatures, including bugs, frogs, hedgehogs, bunnies and Feathers the Fluffiest Chicken in the World.  Jason will teach the children about frogs and bugs and then everyone will get to pat the animals. The audience will all join in for a version of the ‘Chicken Dance’ with Feathers, finishing up with a giant balloon!  Grades K and up, registration required. Parent must register self and each child separately. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Wilton Go Green Festival 2014

Sunday, May 4, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Come join your Wilton neighbors and other green-minded friends at the fourth Wilton Go Green Festival – May 4th from 11 to 4 on the Wilton Town Green and at the Wilton Library. The event showcases individuals, non-profit organizations, and businesses that offer ideas or products that are in keeping with Wilton Go Green’s mission of educating the community in achieving a culture of conservation and environmental sustainability. Please visit www.wiltongogreen.org for more information. Sponsors, exhibitors and activities to be announced.

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Wilton Schools Fine and Performing Arts (FAPA) Exhibit Opening Reception

Monday, May 5, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Join us in a celebration of the Wilton Schools’ Fine and Performing Arts Exhibition at the Wilton Library featuring over 400 works from students in kindergarten through 12th grade on exhibit throughout the library. During the reception, student musical performances will also take place in the Brubeck Room. Refreshments served. The exhibit will run from May 5 – May 29.

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Author Talk: Amanda Kingloff – Project Kid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun

Tuesday, May 6, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Children ages 6 and up and their caregivers can join us for a “crafternoon” with Amanda Kingloff, former lifestyle director of five years for Parents Magazine and author of Project Kid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun (April 2014).  Amanda will guide the way to making beautiful paper carnations, made of just tape, straws and cupcake liners! Ages 6 and up with caregivers.  Registration required for each individual child. Books for sale and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books.

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Ambler Farm Reads

Wednesday, May 7, 2:15 – 3 p.m.
Children ages 4 – 6 and their caregivers 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 May the focus will be on bees.  Registration required.  Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.  Program runs through June.

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Pokemon Game and Swap

Wednesday, May 7, 14, 21 & 28, 4 – 5 p.m.
Do you love Pokemon? Do you collect the cards and swap them with friends? Are you a master at playing the game? Do you know every one of the 718 Pokemon characters from Pikachu to Squirtle? Then the Pokemon Game and Swap program at the Wilton Library is for you!  Once a week in May come and play and swap with other Pokemon fans. Grades 2 and up, caretakers must remain in the building.

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SCORE:  Simple Steps for Starting Your Business—Part 3

Wednesday, May 7, 6 – 8 p.m.
SCORE’s Simple Steps for Starting Your Business is designed to avoid start-up pitfalls and put you on the road to success. The series continues with May 7: Marketing Implementation; May 14:  Financial Planning & Reporting; May 21:  Funding Sources/Conversations with Entrepreneurs.  Check-in begins at 5:30pm. Co-sponsored by Fairfield County SCORE, Wilton Library and Wilton Chamber of Commerce. Registration required. Visit www.scorenorwalk.org and click on Workshops.

Mother’s Day Crafts

Friday, May 9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Come to the Wilton Library and make a special craft for Mother’s Day. Fun and easy crafts with directions are available to make and show Mom how much you love and appreciate her.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.  Caregivers must remain with children.

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Band—Grey Rocks

Friday, May 9 Teen, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Grey Rocks Band is playing for fresh water! Band members Cole Smith, Ryan Amodei, Wes Wallace and Forest Rappaport, in conjunction with Wilton High School’s Interact Club, want to raise funds to purchase Life Straws. A life straw filters polluted water, allowing a person to drink safely. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults. On Monday, May 5th, they will be on sale at Wilton High School during the lunch waves. Remaining tickets may be purchased at Wilton Library’s front desk beginning on Tuesday, May 6th.  Proceeds go directly the purchase of Life Straws and will be distributed to needy areas worldwide by Americares.

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Norwalk Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, May 10, 10 – 11 a.m.
Children ages 3-10 and their families get to experience hands-on participation with percussion instruments.   Advance registration suggested. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road,Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; (203) 762-3950.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, May 10, 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.

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Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception: Markus Baenziger

Monday, May 12, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
May brings Markus Baenziger to the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program.  During his residency at Weir Farm, Markus plans to complete a group of two to three small scale sculptures.  Forms that he observes in nature will inspire the sculptures. Fabricated with industrial materials and combined with man-made found objects, the works intend to reflect on our complex and often contradictory relationship with nature, where our utopian perception of nature collides with our ambitions.   Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. Registration suggested.

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Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group

Tuesday, May 13, 6 – 8 p.m.
A monthly support group for post-treatment cancer survivors is held at Wilton Library. The Breast Cancer Survival Center, a Fairfield county non-profit, has been holding support groups, retreats and candle lightings for the past 12 years. To learn more about the BCSC visit www.breastcancersurvival.org.  No charge. Co-sponsored by the Breast Cancer Survival Center and Wilton Library. Sandwiches, fruits and beverages will be provided. Please call Nina Marino, at 203-857-7304 with any questions. Registration highly encouraged.

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Author Talk: David McCullough, Jr. – You Are Not Special: And Other Encouragements

Tuesday, May 13, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
With a commencement speech that went viral, David McCullough, Jr. comes to the library to expound on his thoughts with regard to a generation that should be rolling up their sleeves and digging in.  A high school teacher for 26 years who has taught more than 4,500 students, McCullough notes how he has witnessed, in growing numbers, teenagers becoming ever more preoccupied with success-often at the expense of important formative experience. Taking on entitled students, helicopter parents, questionable educational goals, club sports, college prep courses and other symptoms of privilege, You Are Not Special examines the intense pressure that today’s teenagers have to excel. Although opportunities are plenty, high school students today are so afraid of failure that they miss the opportunity to make-and learn from-mistakes.   After his controversial speech, David McCullough appeared on and/or was interviewed by such media outlets as CNN, NBC Nightly News, CBS This Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered, ABC News, Boston Herald, Boston Globe, and Time Magazine.  Registration highly recommended.  Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan.

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AARP Driver Safety Class

Wednesday, May 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The AARP Driver Safety Program is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. This single session, four hour course covers the normal changes in vision, hearing and reaction time associated with ageing and provides practical techniques on how to adjust to these changes, along with learning to operate vehicles more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment.  No written or driving tests; classroom only.  NY residents: please contact your insurance carrier to confirm they will accept a Connecticut State class certificate. Registration required. Program cost: $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members.  Bring check or cash only.

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Wilton Library Readers

Wednesday, May 14, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Group meets second Wednesday of each month.  Bring lunch; beverages will be provided. Advance registration suggested. For a complete listing of meetings and titles, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org and click on Wilton Library Readers in Quick Links.

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Grab Bag Book Club

Wednesday, May 14, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Come and discuss a brand new bestselling children’s book! The book for May will be The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand by Jen Swann Downey. This is a time travelling story about your average sword-swinging, karate-chopping, crime-fighting Ninja Librarians. Healthy snacks will be provided as well as a book-related activity.  Registration required.  Grades 3 and up.  Parents and guardians must be in the building. Sponsored by the Steve and Alison Sherman Family Fund.

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SCORE:  Simple Steps for Starting Your Business—Part 4

Wednesday, May 14, 6 – 8 p.m.
SCORE’s Simple Steps for Starting Your Business is designed to avoid start-up pitfalls and put you on the road to success. The series continues with May 14:  Financial Planning & Reporting; May 21:  Funding Sources/Conversations with Entrepreneurs.  Check-in begins at 5:30pm. Co-sponsored by Fairfield County SCORE, Wilton Library and Wilton Chamber of Commerce. Registration required. Visit www.scorenorwalk.org and click on Workshops.

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Ben Van Vechten Seminar: Literary Half-and-Half

Thursday, May 15 and Friday, May 16 , 10:30 – noon.
Ben Van Vechten returns to the Wilton Library for a special 2-day seminar entitled Literary Half-and-Half on May 15 and 16. Copies of the selections will be available at the front desk before the seminar begins. This program is made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Advance registration is required.

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American Red Cross Blood Drive

Thursday, May 15, 1 – 6:30 p.m.
Give the gift of life and donate blood.  Appointments hours 1 – 6:30 p.m. To sign up call 1 800 GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit www.redcrossblood.org.  Walks-ins will be accommodated. Please note: Positive ID required at time of Donation.

Minecraft Club

Saturday, May 17, 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.

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Whodunit? Book Club

Monday, May 19, 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Children in grades 2 and 3 will meet and discuss mystery books as a group. The book for May is From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L.Konigsburg.  Snacks will be provided with fun detective activities.   Parents and guardians must remain in the Library.  Sponsored by the Steve and Alison Sherman Family Fund.

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Reel Mondays: Ai Weiwei:  Never Sorry

Monday, May 19, 7 – 9:30 p.m.  
The Wilton League of Women Voters and Wilton Library present Ai Weiwei:  Never Sorry in the last of this season’s series of provocative documentary films. China’s political activist and artist, Ai Weiwei’s story is a compelling one.   An outspoken critic of China’s repressive legal system, he  has been censored, arrested, and beaten, but through his effective use of social media and his art he has won international admiration and support for himself and for his message.  Directed and produced by Alison Klayman, a journalist, and Adam Schlesinger, a director.  Refreshments served. No charge, although donations are welcome. Co-sponsored by the Wilton League of Women Voters and Wilton Library.

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Tuesday Book Buzz

Tuesday, May 20, 11 – noon.
Looking for something good to read next? Bring a friend and join the Book Buzz conversation moderated by Lauren McLaughlin and Melissa Baker, two of Wilton Library’s knowledgeable librarians, on the third Tuesday of each month. Participants are encouraged to come and chat about their most recent favorite reads or just listen to what others recommend.  Pick up new pre-publication books when available. Hear about upcoming books being released and be the first to reserve them at the library. Get the inside scoop on upcoming author visits.  Registration suggested. Last date for season: June 17.

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Teen Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 20, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join a monthly Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting.  TAB is a group of teens who work with the library by helping select materials for the teen collection, planning teen events, and more. Input from the board helps to create a better library for all teens.  Newcomers always welcome! Newcomers can fill out an application and bring it to the meeting or fill them out there.  Registration is recommended. Call for details (203)762-3950 x224 or email Tracey Morgan, Teen Services Assistant, at tmorgan@wiltonlibrary.org.

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SCORE:  Simple Steps for Starting Your Business—Part 5

Wednesday, May 21,  6 – 8 p.m.
SCORE’s Simple Steps for Starting Your Business is designed to avoid start-up pitfalls and put you on the road to success. The series finishes with   Funding Sources/Conversations with Entrepreneurs.  Check-in begins at 5:30pm. Co-sponsored by Fairfield County SCORE, Wilton Library and Wilton Chamber of Commerce. Registration required. Visit www.scorenorwalk.org and click on Workshops.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, May 24, 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.

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Senior Center Book Discussion: First Lady of the Confederacy – Varina Davis’s Civil War

Tuesday, May 27, 11 a.m. – noon.
Barbara Jones will lead a discussion of First Lady of the Confederacy – Varina Davis’s Civil War  by Joan Cashin.  As the wife of Jefferson Davis, Varina Davis was referred to as “First Lady” of the Confederacy.  However, her loyalties were conflicted and she was criticized in print for her doubts about the Confederacy’s ability to win the war. She was a complex woman, highly educated, considered by her peers as one of the great conversationalists of her time.   Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton.

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WGG/WLA Green Speaker Series: Gaelin Rosenwaks with Daryl Hawk

Wednesday, May 28, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Marine scientist, explorer and photographer Gaelin Rosenwaks will be interviewed by international documentary photographer Daryl Hawk.  The Green Speaker series is co-sponsored by Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library. Registration recommended.

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Minecraft Club

Saturday, May 31, 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.

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Tales to Tails

Saturday, May 31, 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.  Registration is required.

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