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Wilton Library March Lineup of Events and Activities

Wilton Library

March 2018 Activities

 

 

Thursday, March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 Calling all Entrepreneurs: A Workshop Series on Starting a Business, 8 – 10 a.m. This five-part series helps entrepreneurs discover how to start a business, finance it, market and advertise it and learn how to do business with the state of Connecticut and the federal government. Sessions presented by Lisa Powell and Tanisha Baptiste of the Small Business Administration (SBA). The sessions are as follows: March 1: How to Start Your Own Business including topics such as choosing a business name/structure, licensing, registrations; March 8: ABCs of a Business Plan and Understanding a SWOT Analysis; March 15: How to Finance Your Small Business; March 22: Marketing and Advertising; and March 29: Contracting 101. Attendees may choose to register for one, two, or up to all five sessions individually.  No charge. Co-sponsored by Wilton Library, SCORE Fairfield County, the SBA CT District Office, and Silver Pine Real Estate. The media sponsor is the Wilton Bulletin. Registration strongly encouraged. Register online at www.wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

 

 

 

 

Here's what's happening at Wilton Library in March

Thursday, March 1, 8 &15 Mother Goose on the Loose, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. or 11 – 11:30 a.m. Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years. Lottery registration filled. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, March 1 Enhancing Your Pictures with Photoshop, 2 – 3:30 p.m.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 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. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, March 2 Embroider or Monogram It!, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. In this one-on-one session, let us introduce you to our electronic embroidery machine and personalize an apron, baby’s bib, or golf towel. Aprons are available for $10. All other items are $5+. For 7th graders to adults and 6th graders accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and completed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, March 2, 9, 23 & 30 Movement and Dance for Little Ones, 11 – 11:30 a.m.  Children ages 0-5 years 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. No session 3/16. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; (203) 762-3950.

Friday, March 2 Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!, 4:15 – 5 p.m.  Join us at the Wilton Library to say Happy 114th Birthday to Dr. Seuss! Listen to some of his most famous stories and enjoy a visit from a very tricky Cat with a big striped Hat. There will be crafts and coloring sheets as well. Ages 3 and up, caretakers must stay with children under 8. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6336. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; (203) 762-3950.

Saturday, March 3, 10 & 17 CoderDojo Python Class, 10 – 11 a.m. This coding class for middle-schoolers continues with Nish Wangneo, a sophomore in Wilton High School taking AP Computer Science. Registration filled. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, March 3 Tea with Belle, 2 – 3:30 p.m.  Come to Wilton Library and Be Our Guest for a Tea party with Belle! At this fabulous fundraiser, children will meet and greet the popular Disney Princess, enjoy some scrumptious refreshments and take home a sparkly craft. A wonderful photo opportunity for all! Costumes encouraged. For children ages 4 and up.  $25.00 per child, register and pay at the Children's Library Reference Desk. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Sunday, March 4 & 18 Girls Who Code Club, 1 – 3 p.m.Girls in grades 6-12 are learning how to create mobile apps, games or websites in this continuing program. We're part of a national club that offers project-based activities in a fun and creative environment. Supported by Girls Who Code and the Amadeo Family Fund. Registration filled.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Sunday, March 4 Monogram a Key-chain or Make a Pocket Mirror, 2 – 4 p.m. Monogram a silver disc key-chain or bottle cap opener key-chain using the Cricut, our die cutter and special vinyl. Or learn how to use our new Button Maker to create unique designs, add slogans and go home with a pocket mirror that you have customized. Give the key-chain or mirror as a gift or keep it for yourself. Material fee for the keychain is $4 each; fee for mirror is $1 each. Payable upon arrival. Must have a valid CT Library Card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. For 7th graders through adults and 6th grade students accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Sunday, March 4 Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room—Fred Hersch, 4 – 5:30 p.m. We are thrilled to welcome 12-time Grammy Award-nominated pianist Fred Hersch back to the Brubeck Room. Proclaimed by Vanity Fair ‘the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade,’ Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental and composing skills with significant achievements as an educator, bandleader, collaborator, and recording artist. In addition to multiple nominations for Best Improvised Jazz Solo and Best Album, recent accolades include winning 2016 Jazz Pianist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. His September 2017 solo album Open Book offers some of the finest, most unguardedly emotional solo music that Hersch has ever created in a career unique for its profound poignancy and passion. Also in 2017, Hersch published a companion piece to the album, a bravely confessional memoir entitled Good Things Happen Slowly. Intertwined with his performance, Fred will also be reading some excerpts from his book. Reception following the concert. Suggested donation: $10. Funded by William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer and Chris and Tish Brubeck. Advance registration strongly suggested. CDs and books available for purchase and signing. Pre-registrants should arrive by 3:50 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:50 p.m. if space is available. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, March 5, 12 & 19 More Sign, Say, and Play, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. The Baby Signs® Program continues to teach caregivers and children from 6 months of age to the toddler stage signs for everyday activities so they can communicate before the child can speak fluently.  Each workshop session focuses on one everyday activity. The signs are learned through activities, songs, and a book.  Every participant will go home with a handout.  There are 3 remaining workshop programs.   Please register for each session separately.  Ages 6 mos. to toddlers with caregivers. Register online or call 203-762-6336. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, March 5 Personalize an Acrylic Jewelry Tray, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Learn how to use the Cricut, our die cutter and monogram an acrylic jewelry tray. Makes a great gift! $7 for the tray, payable upon arrival.  Must have a valid CT Library Card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. For 7th graders - adults and 6th graders accompanied by adults willing to learn, too. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; (203) 762-3950.

Monday, March 5, 12, 19 & 26 Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters, 1 – 2:30 p.m.  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. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, March 5 & 12 Ready Readers, 4:15 – 5 p.m.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 Feb. 19.  No registration, no fee. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, March 6 & 13 Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. 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. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, March 6 Experience 3-D Printing, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. This one-on-one session introduces you to the basics of 3-D printing and teaches you how to use our printer, the Makerbot Replicator 2x. Registration required. For 7th graders - ADULT and 6th grade students accompanied by an adult 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.Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; (203) 762-3950.

Tuesday, March 6 Random Acts of Kindness (RAKtivist) Club for Middleschoolers, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. 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. Additional dates: 4/3 & 5/1. Sponsored by the John & Patricia Curran Teen Fund. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, March 6 Storytime STEM, 4:15 – 5 p.m. 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 Lucky O'Leprechaun by Jana Dillon. Supported by the Amadeo Family.  Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6336. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, March 7 Embroider a Chef’s Apron, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. In this one-on-one session, let us introduce you to our electronic embroidery machine and embroider or monogram a chef’s apron. $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.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, March 7 & 14 Books for Babies, 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. Bring dad too! Caregivers must be present. No registration required. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, March 7 & 14 Wonderful Ones and Twos, 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 charge. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, March 7, 14, 21 & 28 Little STEM Studio, 3 – 4 p.m. 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. Registration required, supported by the Amadeo Family. Register online or call 203-762-6336. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, March 7 Cyber Security Essentials, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Do you know how to protect your identity and your assets? Credit monitoring and credit freezes are just the beginning. Are you vulnerable to phishing, social engineering, and data breaches? This informative and eye-opening seminar will educate you to know what to look for, and it will teach you how to protect yourself from cyber-attacks that can wreak havoc with your identity and steal your money. Speaker Don McGran is a 30-year veteran of the Ridgefield Police Department where he retired at the rank of Major. He is now the Security Advisor for Fairfield County Bank. Sponsored by Wilton Library and Fairfield County Bank. Registration recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, March 8 Scanning Slides into Digital Images, 2 – 3:30 p.m. 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 through adult or 6th graders accompanied by an adult 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.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, March 9 New Life for Old Videos, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  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. $1 fee for the DVR-R.  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. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, March 9 Let's Make Something with TinkerCAD , 4 – 4:45 p.m. 3D Computer Design: Learn how to use TinkerCAD, a free online Computer Aid Design program, to make a simple 3D puzzle! For ages 8-12 only. Registration is required. Register online or call 203-762-6336. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, March 9 Wilton Arts Council Focus ’18 Photography Exhibition Reception, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Reception for the photographers exhibiting in the Wilton Arts Council Focus ʼ18 Juried Photography Exhibition, an annual exhibition featuring artists using a variety of photography media. Exhibition runs through March 29. A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. Reception and awards presentation open to the public. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; (203) 762-3950.

Saturday, March 10 through Saturday, March 17 Help Locate Liam the Library Leprechaun! From March 10 to St. Patrick's Day, children will be able to look for Liam the Library Leprechaun all over Wilton Library! Every day Liam will be in a new location somewhere in the library and children will find him and tell us about it. Great opportunities for a funny photo!

No registration required. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; (203) 762-3950.

Saturday, March 10 AARP Driver Safety Class, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation's first and largest classroom driver safety course 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 aging 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. There are no written or driving tests - classroom only. Program cost by cash or check only: $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; (203) 762-3950.

Saturday, March 10 Monogrammed Baby Bibs, 2 – 4 p.m. Let us introduce you to our embroidery machine and personalize a baby's bib. $5 per bib, payable upon arrival. For 7th graders through adult or 6th graders accompanied by an adult 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.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, March 10 (Not) Just for Kids - Tap! Bang! Boom! – Percussion,3 – 4 p.m. The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra (Not) Just For Kids program is a lively, fun and interactive program designed to be educational as well as entertaining. Members of the orchestra demonstrate their percussion instruments, play for the children, and answer questions in this hour-long presentation. All programs end with attendees having a chance to hold and try to play a beginning level instrument in the 'Petting Zoo.' Last date in series: May 12, 2018 – Soft and Sweet – Winds. No charge. Registration recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6336. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, March 10 New Perspectives Film Series—I Am Jane Doe, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.  This is the story of how several American mothers fought a battle on behalf of their middle-school-age daughters who were victims of sex trafficking on the internet.  The documentary chronicles how these mothers, after rescuing their daughters, some as young as 13, filed lawsuits and fought many battles with judges, special interest groups and Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act, an internet freedom law that provides a safe haven for website publishers to advertise underage girls for sex. The voices of these mothers and their children in the film have helped to usher in legislative change in both the House and Senate. Hollywood Film Festival 2017: Winner, Jury Prize, Best Documentary Feature. See library’s website for details. Suggested donation: $5. Refreshments served. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A will follow the film.   Registration highly recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; (203) 762-3950.

Sunday, March 11 Saint Patrick's Day Crafts, 1 – 4 p.m. Come to Wilton Library and celebrate St. Patrick's Day with some fun crafts! No registration required. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; (203) 762-3950.

Sunday, March 11 WiltonCandlelight Concert at the Wilton Congregational Church— Opus One, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Opus One is the result of a mutual love of music making among four extraordinary instrumentalists and friends: Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, Violinist Ida Kavafian, Violist Steven Tenenbom, and Cellist Peter Wiley. They will present works by Beethoven, Fauré, and Sierra. Concert held at Wilton Congregational Church located at 70 Ridgefield Road, Wilton. A portion of the proceeds benefits Wilton Library.  For ticket information call (203) 762-3401 or www.wiltoncandlelightconcerts.org.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, March 12 How to Respond to an Overdose: Narcan Information and Training Session, 10 – 11:30 a.m.Please join us for an informational presentation, a demonstration, and a training session on how to acquire and administer Narcan, a lifesaving medication used to block the effects of opioids especially in overdose situations.  Free Narcan kits will be distributed courtesy of Silver Hill Hospital.   The program is sponsored by Silver Hill Hospital, Wilton Library, Wilton Youth Council, Wilton Youth Services and Human Services Council.   No charge. Registration is recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

 

Monday, March 12 Embellished Napkins or Dish Towels, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. In this one-on-one session, let us introduce you to our embroidery machine and embellish napkins or dish towels with decorative stitches. $5 fee for a set of two napkins or one linen towel, payable upon arrival. For 7th graders through adult or 6th graders accompanied by an adult 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.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, March 13 Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group, 6 – 8 p.m.  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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. No charge. Registration highly encouraged. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, March 13 Paint it Up!, 6 – 7:30 p.m. 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. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, March 14 Wilton Library Readers—The Handmaid’s Tale, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Bring lunch; beverages will be provided. Group meets second Wednesday of each month through June. For a complete listing of meetings and titles, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org and click on Wilton Library Readers in “Books.” Advance registration suggested. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, March 14 Free Downloads – Music and Movies, 1 – 2:30 p.m. BYOD - Bring your own device and learn how to use the library’s free downloadable music and movie service (Hoopla). 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.   Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, March 14 Happy Pi Day Drop-in Craft, 4 – 6 p.m. Calling all teens! Swing by the Innovation Station between 4-6pm and decorate a sugar cookie for 3.14 Pi Day because everyone should celebrate a mathematical day! We will provide the cookies and the frosting and you can provide the creativity and the appetite. While supplies last. For students in 7th grade - 12th grades.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, March 15, 22, 29, April 5 & 12 Spring Poetry - Goethe’s Faust: Poetry of Passion and Pathos, Power and Politicswith Dr. Gerald Weiss, 10:30 – noon.  Join Dr. Gerald Weiss as he leads the adult literature seminar on Goethe’s Faust. Goethe’s tragedy, Faust, is one of the greatest masterpieces not only of German literature but of world literature as well. Although no English translation can capture the beauty of his poetry or the depth of Goethe's thought, an exposure to his various poetical forms and the relevance of his underlying message for our own time is too important to ignore. As someone has said: 'It is the poem of Humanity.” This course will focus on a few selected scenes that best illustrate his poetic genius and develop the main characters through the themes of passion, pathos, power and politics.  Dr. Gerald Weiss earned both a B.A and an M.A. in Classical Languages from St. Louis University.  He pursued graduate studies in Philosophy and Theology at Innsbruck University (Austria) and later at the Gregorian University (Rome, Italy) where he received his Ph.D. While writing his dissertation he taught for a year at the Rome Center of Loyola University of Chicago. See the registration link for more details. No charge for program. Packets will be available at the Circulation Desk one week before the first session begins. Advance registration required. By registering for the first session, attendees will automatically be registered for all four sessions. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, March 15 Etched Glass Coffee Mug or Pub Glass: Drop-in Craft, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Swing by the Innovation Station and etch a glass coffee mug or pub glass using the die cutter and some simple supplies. $5 fee per person, payable upon arrival. No registration required, but only available while supplies last. For students entering 7th grade through adults. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; (203) 762-3950.

Friday, March 16 Fun with Lynn Lewis, 11 a.m. – noon.  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. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, March 16 Cupcake Club, 4 – 4:45 p.m. 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, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, March 17 Personalize an Acrylic Note Cube, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Learn how to use the Cricut, our die cutter and monogram an acrylic note cube for your desk. Makes a great gift! $12 for the note cube, payable upon arrival.  Must have a valid CT Library Card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. For 7th graders - adults and 6th graders accompanied by adults willing to learn, too. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; (203) 762-3950.

Saturday, March 17 Wilton Library’s Spring Benefit, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. Wilton Library holds its annual spring fundraiser at Silver Spring Country Club. We are especially pleased to be honoring this year Carol and Bob Russell for their many years of loyal support and dedication to Wilton Library. Begin this festive celebration with a greeting by Irish Bagpipers. Enjoy wonderful food, unique silent auction items, an exciting live auction, live entertainment and much more. Cocktail Attire. Proceeds support the library. Benefit made possible through the generous support of the Amadeo Family, and Presenting Sponsors Dorie and Nick Davatzes, and Fairfield County Bank. Media sponsors Wilton Magazine and GOOD Morning Wilton. Tickets available online at www.wiltonlibrary.org or by calling 203-762-6323. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; (203) 762-3950.

 

Sunday, March 18 Embroider or Monogram It!, 2 – 3:30 p.m. In this one-on-one session, let us introduce you to our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a tea towel, apron, baby’s bib or golf towel. Aprons are available for $10. All other items are $5+. For 7th graders to adults and 6th graders accompanied by adults who are willing to learn too. Must have a valid CT Library card and completed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Sunday, March 18 WLA/WHS Scholarly Series—Yankee Innovators: Steamships to Silicon Chips—Chip Mason at Wilton Historical Society, 4 – 5:30 p.m. In the 11th year of the collaboration between the Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society, the scholarly lecture series focuses on the theme of 'Yankee Innovators: Steamships to Silicon Chips'. Christopher 'Chip' Mason will conclude the series with “Semiconductor Lithography Enables Innovations All Around Us.”  He will address the wide variety of innovations that are made possible by semiconductor lithography. As the manufacturer of the machines that are used to make silicon chips, Wilton's ASML is one of the world's most important companies in this field. Mr. Mason is an ASML Fellow and an expert in alignment systems, focus systems, and reticle stage technology. 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 Chris and Dan Delmar. The moderator is Steve Hudspeth. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, March 19 Personalized Wine Bottle Stoppers, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.Monogram or personalize wine bottle stoppers using the Cricut, our die cutter and special vinyl. Give as a hostess gift or use at home! $8 for two stoppers, payable upon arrival. For 7th graders through adults or 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 workshop. Space limited to two students per session. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, March 20 Parent Information Series: Managing the Impact and Influence of Digital Devices and Content, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Join popular speakers Susan Bauerfeld (PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist) and Chris Parrott (BPS Chartered Counseling Psychologist) to learn how to take a different approach to managing today’s Digital World based on an understanding of the science of how both devices and human relationships can influence behavior. The presentation will include practical, flexible and straightforward guidelines for teaching the skills needed to manage digital devices and content so children and parents can travel in and out of the Digital World with composure, mindfulness, resilience and good health. This presentation is appropriate for parents with children of all ages. See the library’s registration link for more details. No charge. Co-sponsored by Wilton Library, Wilton Youth Services, Wilton Youth Council, Weston Youth Services and SPED*NET. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

 

Tuesday, March 20 Enhancing Your Pictures with Photoshop, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.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 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. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

 

Tuesday, March 20 Vernal Pools: The Jewels of the Forest, 7 – 8:30 p.m.  This is the first 2018 Community Conservation Initiative program focusing on the importance of vernal pools. Vernal pools are exceptionally productive ecosystems that are common in the forests of the region Speaker: Dr. Michael Rubbo, Associate Professor Environmental Studies and Science at Pace University, will discuss an amazing habitats that are in the area. The community is invited to follow up this library event by joining an April 28 exploration of vernal pools and the many amphibians born there every spring. See library’s registration link for details. No charge. Co-sponsored by Wilton Library, Norwalk River Watershed Association, and Woodcock Nature Center. Registration strongly encouraged. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, March 21 Women and Wealth: Investment 101—What Women Need to Know, 6 – 7 p.m. This is the first of a two-part seminar that gets people up to speed on basic, yet essential, investment concepts. Attendees learn how to 'talk shop' with financial professionals. This seminar will go over terms and definitions of account types, investment vehicles, and statements. The second session, What’s Your Money Story?, follows on March 28, 6 p.m. Speaker Laurie Stefanowicz, Senior Vice President and Managing Partner at Catamount Wealth Management in Westport, is responsible for working with clients to design financial plans and portfolios that best meet their needs and situation. See library’s registration link for details. No charge. Registration highly recommended. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, March 24 Wilton Library’s Human Library, 1 – 5 p.m. “Don't judge a book by its cover”—but in this case, we mean human beings, not books! Our human books are community members who have volunteered to share their stories in order to break down barriers based on appearance or identity (e.g.; age, race, sexual orientation, religion, ability, lifestyle choices, etc.). The Human Library is an international movement that started in Denmark in 2000 and is now held in more than 70 countries. Wilton Library is the first non-academic library in Connecticut to receive permission from the Human Library Organization to host an event. This is the time for open conversations between two people in a non-judgmental environment. Spend a few minutes with each “book.”  It is an opportunity for those who have faced prejudice to tell their story and show people who they really are; and it is a chance for others to change their preconceived notions based on a person’s appearance or identity. Sponsored by Catamount Wealth Management. No advance registration; no fee. Come and enjoy the experience. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, March 24 Scanning Slides into Digital Images, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 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 through adult or 6th graders accompanied by an adult 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.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, March 24 Tales to Tails, 11 a.m. – noon.  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.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, March 24 In Concert: Violinist Igor Pikaysen, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Internationally-acclaimed and award-winning violin virtuoso Igor Pikaysen graces the Brubeck Room stage for an exhilarating performance. Since his concerto debut with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra at age 8, Pikaysen has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras spanning Europe and Asia, as well as both North and South America. In the last two years alone, he has given debuts and returned to Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City as well as many other major international venues.  Grandson of the legendary Soviet violinist Viktor Pikaysen, Igor was born in Moscow. Igor splits his time between New York City and Westport CT where he launched an annual summer music festival called Edelio. See library’s registration link for details. This concert was made possible by the generous support of Ann Chernow, artist; Price Financial Group, Lori Price, President; and Dr. Mark and Linda Rubinstein. The media sponsor is GOOD Morning Wilton. No charge. Registration strongly recommended. Pre-registrants should arrive by 7:20 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 7:20 if space is available. Register online or call 203-762-6334.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Sunday, March 25 Silk Tie Egg Decorating: Drop-in Craft, 2 – 3:30 p.m.  Drop-in and celebrate Spring by decorating eggs in the Innovation Station. Learn a new method for decorating eggs using colorful silk ties. Take home the finished eggs to use for decorations. $5 fee per person, payable upon arrival. No registration required, but only available while supplies last. For students in 7th grade or older and adults. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, March 26 Monogrammed Tea Towels, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.  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 completed Innovation Station Agreement form. $5 per towel payable upon arrival. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, March 26 Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception: Martha Wakefield, 6 – 7:30 p.m. March brings Martha Wakefield to the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program. Wakefield is a mixed-media artist who explores love, loss, and what remains. She examines the theme of vessels or containers, delving deeply into a structure that 'holds' possessions, value, or stories. See registration link for details. Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. No charge. Registration suggested. Register online or call 203-762-6334.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, March 27 Senior Center Book Discussion: Our Souls at Night, 11 – noon. Janet Krauss will lead a discussion of Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. The novel begins when widow Addie Moore suddenly decides to pay a visit to her neighbor Louis Waters, himself a widower. The visit commences a relationship through which the two seek an antidote to the loneliness they feel in their lives, especially in the dark at night. See library’s registration link for more details. This group meets on the 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. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, March 27 Silk Tie Egg Decorating, 6 – 7:30 p.m.  Come celebrate Spring by decorating eggs in the Innovation Station. Learn a new method for decorating eggs using colorful silk ties. Take home the finished eggs to use for decorations. $5 fee per person, payable upon arrival. For students in 7th grade or older and adults. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, March 27 Wilton Garden Club: Bringing Nature Home, 7 – 8 p.m. Learn how to keep yards and gardens in good working order with Professor Doug Tallamy.  He will discuss the important ecological roles of the plants in landscapes, emphasize the ecological, educational, physical, and emotional benefits of designing landscapes with these roles in mind, and explore the consequences of failing to do so. Managing landscapes in this crowded world carries both moral and ecological responsibilities that can no longer be ignored. Well-known and respected entomologist Doug Tallamy has a fan-base throughout America based on his lively speaking style, knowledgeable awareness of nature and his ability to share the impact of what we do to the environment through our land stewardship. Doug is currently professor and chair of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, where he has taught insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, and other subjects. Doug won the Silver Medal from the Garden Writer's Association for his book, Bringing Nature Home, which has become an instant and long-lasting classic. No charge. Books will be available for purchase and signing.  Registration recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, March 28 Embellished Napkins or Dish Towels, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. In this one-on-one session, let us introduce you to our embroidery machine and embellish napkins or dish towels with decorative stitches. $5 fee for a set of two napkins or one linen towel, payable upon arrival. For 7th graders through adult or 6th graders accompanied by an adult 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.  Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

 

Wednesday, March 28 Dig Into a Book with a Police Officer, 11 – 11:30 a.m. or 4:15 – 4:45 p.m. Meet, greet, and read with a Wilton Police Officer either in the morning or in the afternoon. This is a wonderful event for children of all ages to meet and be read to by a police officer! Drop-in. No registration. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

 

Wednesday, March 28Women and Wealth Series:What's Your Money Story?, 6 – 7 p.m. This is the second of this two-part seminar on Women and Wealth. What does it really take to get finances in order? Learn what needs to be changed or fixed so the right choices can be made to achieve a greater sense of financial calm and control. Speaker Laurie Stefanowicz, Senior Vice President and Managing Partner at Catamount Wealth Management in Westport, is responsible for working with clients to design financial plans and portfolios that best meet their needs and situation. See library’s registration link for details. No charge. Registration highly recommended. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, March 29 Enhancing Your Pictures with Photoshop, 2 – 3:30 p.m.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 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. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, March 31 Drumming with Mr. K, 3 – 4 p.m.  Get ready to feel the rhythm and join us for a special, hands-on drumming program. Children ages 4-8 years old will learn a brief history of African drums and the process of drum making from Mr. K, who has been making African drums and leading drum circles for many years. The little drummers will then have the opportunity to participate in a drum circle using instruments, such as the Djembe and the Dundun. The children will even make their very own drums out of various recycled materials to take home. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

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