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Wilton Library December (Virtual) Lineup: Holiday Programs, Cooking, ACT or SAT and MORE!

Wilton Library December 2020 Virtual Activities

Tuesdays, Dec. 1, 8, 15 & 22 Virtual Chess Club, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Kids in kindergarten through high school are invited to join this virtual chess class.  Each week students will learn new strategies and then pair up using Chess.com to practice playing. Students must create a chess.com username prior to the start of class. Registration is required for each session, no fee. Questions? Call (203)762-6336 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Matthew Shirvell is the instructor for this class. He has been teaching chess for over 5 years, from new learners to experienced tournament players. He is a USCF tournament director who has helped run events such as the 2020 Connecticut State Grade Championships with over 90 participants. Please visit www.wiltonlibrary.org for more information and to register. Registrants will receive an email link to the Zoom meeting shortly before the program. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesdays, Dec. 2, 9, 16 & 23 Zooming Toddler Story Time, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Join us for an interactive Zoom story time geared especially for toddlers ages 1-3 years.  Children and their caregivers will have fun listening to stories, singing songs, learning rhymes, and doing movement activities, all while building literacy skills.  Registration is required for each date, and a Zoom link will be sent out the day before the program.  For more details or if you have any questions, email Miss Amy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Dec. 3 Walking with Dante Through Space and Time with Dr. Gerald Weiss, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Dr. Gerald Weiss presents the final session in an online literature seminar during which he will take the audience on a walk with Dante as he begins his journey in Hell, travels through Purgatory, and ascends to Paradise. Please visit the library’s website at www.wiltonlibrary.org for program and speaker details, and to register. Readings packet and the Zoom link will be emailed in advance. Please email Michael Bellacosa with any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . No charge for the program. This seminar is made possible with the support of the Literary Series in Memory of Amy Quigley. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Dec. 5 & 19 Virtual Book Club, 1 – 2 p.m.Are you looking to find new books to read? Are you looking to connect with other kids during this pandemic? If so, you’re in luck! Join Girl Scout Emily Johnson’s Virtual Book Club. This book club is open to all students entering grades 4-7. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Registration required in order to receive the Zoom link. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Dec. 5 Poetry in Motion: 2020 and Beyond, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Grab a drink and a bite to eat and then join us for a virtual Poetry in Motion performance.  For 11 years, Wilton Library ran a poetry and arts-based event for teens. It enabled them to use poetry to express their views, concerns, hopes and dreams before a live audience during two evening performances. Many of those students are now in college, pursuing careers or working on doctoral degrees, but have agreed to reunite for one evening and perform their latest poems....this time about their experiences during 2020 and hopes for the future. Registration required and space limited. A Zoom link and playbill will be sent prior to the event. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Mondays, Dec. 7 & 14 Teens – Learn to Knit a Winter Hat (Part 1 & 2), 3:30 – 5 p.m. Teens in grades 6-12 can learn how to knit and make a winter hat in just two weeks in two sessions. Instructor Kate Filaski began knitting while in college and loves to share her knowledge and get others excited about all the simple, but cool things to make. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org for tutorials; a list of what to purchase for the sessions, and to register. The library will supply the necessary tools (needles and markers). Before the workshop, teens can swing by Wilton Library's drive-thru to pick them up. Registration required and space limited. The program is sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Mondays, Dec. 7, 14 & 21 Ready Readers Live!, 4:15 – 4:45 p.m. Children ages 4-6 are invited to join in some story time fun! We will read two stories and have some chat time. Registration is required and space is limited. Registrants will receive an email link to the Zoom meeting shortly before the program. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.orgg; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Dec. 8 Is the ACT or SAT Best for Me?, 5 – 6 p.m. Teens may be starting to think about college entrance exams, but not sure whether to take the SAT or ACT … or if they even need to take one at all? Teens may join test prep advisor and college counselor, Priyanka Shingala of Let’s Talk College, LLC to learn about the purpose and the differences between the two. The program is especially relevant to current sophomores, juniors and their parents; however, anyone interested is welcome to join. Must have access to Zoom and registration required. A link will be sent the morning of the program. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register and to see topics covered. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.orgg; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Dec. 8The Cookbook Connection: A Virtual Recipe Swap, 5 – 6 p.m.This is an old-school recipe swap with a twist of virtual. Attendees can test out new recipes or dig up old favorites, then create something yummy to virtually “show and tell” with the group.  Then everyone grabs a drink, and shares their family recipes or tells which cookbooks were used for the recipes. It’s the holidays and time for everyone to share their favorite cookie, dish or drink they enjoy each year. Registration is required and space is limited. Must have a Zoom account. An email link will be provided to all registrants prior to the day of session. Questions? Please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Dec. 8Restoring The Norwalk River: Working to Mediate 200 Years of Negative Impact, 7 – 8:30 p.m. This is the latest program in a series of talks focused on how the community can help protect and restore its rivers and streams. Kelly Nealon, a graduate student in the Integrated Biological Diversity program at Western Connecticut State University, will speak about the ecology of the plant species, and how a plant can help support fish populations and contribute to improving water quality in the River. She will highlight the significance of the project, and how this work can help to revitalize a river that has historically suffered from human activity. No charge. Co-sponsored by Wilton LibraryMianus Chapter of Trout UnlimitedNorwalk River Watershed Association, and Wilton Land Conservation Trust. Online registration required in order to receive the Zoom invitation link. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org for program and speaker details. Please register with Trout Unlimited here (https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/tZEqcOGhqTIpG9bWHlcMbRKeBjeSR00pwn_Q). Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

T ueda TWednesday, Dec. 9 Wilton Library Readers—Floating Bridge, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Using Zoom, professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Floating Bridge, by Alice Munro,a short story featured in Munro's book, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.  "Floating Bridge" was originally published in the July 31, 2000 issue of The New Yorker and can be found online at:  https://archives.newyorker.com/newyorker/2000-07-31/flipbook/064/.  A printed copy of the story may also be obtained at the library’s drive thru window. Attendees may feel free to munch their lunches while discussing the story.  Group meets second Wednesday of each month through June. Must have a Zoom account.  An email link will be provided to all registrants a few days before the meeting.  To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Questions?  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 Live with the Beardsley Zoo, 4 – 5 p.m.Tune in for a fun filled and informative program with the Beardsley Zoo. They will be doing a live stream program on "What Makes Animals Different," complete with a Surprise Animal Ambassador! For kids grades K and up. This is a Zoom program, registration is required. A link will be sent the morning of the program. Email Lesley Keogh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.orgg; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Dec. 10 Police Officer Story Time Live!, 10 – 10:30 a.m. Children ages 2 and up are invited to join Wilton Police Officers for an interactive story time on Zoom. You must have an account with Zoom. Registration for this program is required. Registrants will receive an email link to the Zoom meeting prior to the program. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. For questions email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Dec. 14 Stitch Time for Knitters & Crocheters on Zoom, 1 – 2 p.m. Zoom session for crafters of all skill levels. Show off your latest creation, seek advice, and chat about anything while working on your own projects. Registration is required. Once you are registered, we'll email you the Zoom link. Please feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Dec. 16 Zentangle Art Workshop: Zooming with Amy, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Join Amy, Wilton Library's certified Zentangle instructor, for a fun and relaxing live online Zentangle art session.  This meditative art form uses simple steps to teach practitioners how to create beautiful patterns. Suitable for anyone who doesn't believe they can draw, as well as experienced artists.  For adults and teens, ages 13+. See the library’s registration link for suggestions of supplies needed. Registration is required and space is limited. Must have a Zoom account. An email link will be provided to all registrants prior to the session. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Dec. 17 Zooming Hanukkah Hoopla: Stories and Fun!, 4 – 5 p.m. Join us, alongside special guest Cantor Harriet Dunkerley from Temple B’nai Chaim, on Zoom for a fun afternoon all about the festival of lights.  You will learn about the holiday, hear stories, do a craft and get the opportunity to see a variety of menorahs.  If you have a menorah at home, feel free to have it on hand to share. Registration required.  Once you are registered you will be contacted to pick up your kit containing craft supplies and some fun Hanukkah treats.  Zoom link will be sent out before the program. For children in grades Kindergarten and up. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, Dec. 18 CT Poetry Society Workshop –Online Zoom Meeting, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Please join us online for the next CT Poetry Society workshop using Zoom. All that's required is the willingness to share some poetry that you have written by reading it aloud to the group. Poets should email a copy of their poems to Ray Rauth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . He will distribute the poems to the group shortly before the session. To facilitate discussion, space is strictly limited to just 15 attendees. No charge but online registration is required. The Zoom invitation link will be emailed to registrants shortly before the event. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, Dec. 18 Christmas History and Crafts, 4 – 5 p.m. Join us for a Zoom Christmas program featuring Father Reggie Norman of Our Lady of Fatima Church. He will talk about the history of Christmas and what it means to people. Then children grades K and up, will make a Christmas Craft. Registration required. Children can pick up the craft kits at our drive-thru window. Links will be sent the morning of the program. Questions may be emailed to Lesley Keogh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Dec. 28 Inspired Mime Movements for 2021, 4 – 5 p.m. As we all look forward to the New Year of 2021 for peace and healing, patrons can join Robert Rivest, noted mime, for an inspirational workshop on Zoom.  He will show relaxation techniques and how some of the simplest movements can bring joy.This is a Zoom program. Registration required. Zoom links will be send to registrants on the day of the program. For children in grades K and up and their parents. Please email Lesley Keogh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

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