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Wilton Library in May: The College Timeline, Author Talks, Family Meditation and More!

Wilton Library May 2021 Virtual Activities

Monday, May 3 through Saturday, May 8 Children's Book Week: Take and Make Bookmark It's Children's Book Week! The theme this year is: Reading is a Superpower. Kids ages 3 and up are invited to pick-up a craft kit to make at home.  Kits will be available at the drive-thru window M-F 10 – 6, Saturday 10 – 5) or parents can make an appointment to visit the Children's Library (Monday through Saturday, 11 to 5) to pick them up by calling 203-762-6336. Instructions are included.  No registration, no fee.  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, May 3 through Saturday, May 8 Children's Book Week: Reading Challenge Kids ages 4 and up are invited to participate in this fun reading challenge provided by Every Child A Reader for Children's Book Week. Complete a minimum of 5 challenges to win a special bookmark prize! Click here to print the challenges; visit www.wiltonlibrary.org and click on Children’s Events to see the link; or call 203-762-6336 to make an appointment to stop by and pick up a form.  To redeem your prize, make an appointment to come in to the Children's Library by May 15th. 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.

Mondays, May 3, 10, 17 & 24 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.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesdays, May 4 through June 22 Virtual Intermediate 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.  Classes are taught by instructors from DIG Chess USA. Students must create a chess.com username prior to the start of class. Registration is required; the fee is $80 for an eight-week session. Zoom links will be emailed the day of the program. Please call 203-762-6336 or 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.

Wednesdays, May 5, 12, 19 & 26 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.

Wednesday, May 5 Taxes: How They Can Change Your Retirement, 12 – 1 p.m. Michael Alimo returns to Wilton Library with a fact-filled presentation on improving taxes in retirement. In this educational workshop, attendees will learn how taxes can change the outcome of their retirement. Current tax law, potential changes to tax law and strategies will be discussed. Veteran financial advisor Michael Alimo (Investment Advisor Representative, ChFEBC) have been devoted to serving clientele in CT and the New England region for 18 years at his USA Financial & Tax Services, LLC. There are two presentations of the same program: noon and 5pm. Online registration required to receive the Zoom session invitation link. Questions: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org for program and speaker details, and to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, May 5 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 and for short video tutorials. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, May 5 Taxes: How They Can Change Your Retirement, 5 – 6 p.m. Michael Alimo returns to Wilton Library with a fact-filled presentation on improving taxes in retirement. In this educational workshop, attendees will learn how taxes can change the outcome of their retirement. Current tax law, potential changes to tax law and strategies will be discussed. Veteran financial advisor Michael Alimo (Investment Advisor Representative, ChFEBC) has been devoted to serving clientele in CT and the New England region for 18 years. There are two presentations of the same program: noon and 5pm. Online registration required to receive the Zoom session invitation link. Questions: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org for program and speaker details, and to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursdays, May 6, 13, 20 & 27 Mother Goose on the Loose, 11 – 11:30 a.m.Children ages 6 months to 2 years old will enjoy a fun story time with music, puppets, picture books and nursery rhymes. Registration is required for each individual session and space is limited. Registrants will receive an email link to the Zoom meeting the morning of the program. For more details, email Mrs. Keogh 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.

Friday, May 7 Mother’s Day Craft, 4 – 5 p.m. Children are invited to a Zoom program to make Mother's Day gifts like paper flowers and cards. Craft materials will be available at the drive-thru window and an email will be sent out when they are ready for pick up. Children will need markers, glue and scissors. Registration required for children preschool ages 3 to 5 and grades Kindergarten and up. Questions may be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 203-762-6336. Please visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, May 12 Wilton Library Readers—Transcendent Kingdom, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Using Zoom, professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi. Attendees may feel free to munch their lunches while discussing the book. 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.

Thursday, May 13 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.

Thursday, May 13 & 27 Virtual Family Meditation, 4 – 4:30 p.m. Children ages 4 -7 with their grown-ups are invited to join in a meditation class.  Wilton resident Anju Pandey will lead class as part of Mental Health Wellness month. This 30-minute Zoom session will give participants a taste of mindfulness in a fun, easy setting with some mindful breathing exercises, games, and book reading.  Second class on May 27th. Please register one person in your party for each class. Zoom links will be sent the day of the program. No fee. Please register for each date separately. 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.

Thursday, May 20 The College Timeline: What To Do When, 5 – 6 p.m. When should you begin touring colleges? How many AP exams should you take? How do you start researching schools? What about SATs and ACTs? These are just a few of the questions high school students have as they start to think about college. Join college counselor, Priyanka Shingala of Let’s Talk College and get advice on important items and a timeline for the high school years. This program is designed for high school students and their parents. Must have access to Zoom and registration required. A link will be sent the morning of the program. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, May 21 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.

Saturday, May 22 through July 10 Silver Club Virtual Book Club, 3 – 4 p.m. Join the Silver Club to learn new topics, read new books, make new friends, and to just have a good time! As a part of a Girl Scouts Silver Award, this book club will be run by four current 8th grade students: Kendra W, Sydney F, Lena O, and Grace H. This eight session course will meet once a week over Zoom and is offered for anyone in grades 5-7th. A variety of books will be offered and will be chosen every two weeks via a vote by our members. No materials will be needed for the first week but in later weeks a copy (either online or a hardcopy) of the chosen book will be needed. Members will be added to a Google classroom where information, extra activities, and more will be available. Registration required. Zoom links will be emailed shortly before the start of each program. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org.   Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, May 25 Firefighter Story Time Live, 10 – 10:30 a.m. Children ages 2 and up are invited to join Wilton Fire Fighters for an interactive story time on Zoom. You must have an account with Zoom. Registration for this program is required, and we will send you a link to the meeting via email. For questions email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org.   Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, May 25 Poetry Discussion with Janet Krauss: The Poetry of Lucille Clifton, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Janet Krauss leads a virtual discussion of a selection of poems by Lucille Clifton. Janet Krauss has recently retired from teaching English at Fairfield University and has two poetry books published, along with having been published in Amethyst Review five times. Registration required online in order to receive the Zoom invitation link. A readings packet will be emailed in advance of the program. No charge. Please email Michael Bellacosa 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.

Tuesday, May 25 Harvard Case Project Discussion: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Struggle for Black Voting Rights, 5 – 6:30 p.m. Participants will read in advance an actual Case Study written by award-winning Harvard Professor Dr. David Moss, author of the book Democracy: A Case Study. They will take part in an engaging discussion that will have them consider the struggle for voting rights over the course of U.S. History and evaluate strategies.  Online registration required to receive reading and Zoom invitation link. Registered participants will receive an email containing a password-protected link to a free copy of the Case Study and questions to prepare ahead for the discussion.  The Zoom invitation link will be provided the day of the discussion. This virtual event will be moderated by Wilton High School Social Studies teacher, Meredith Ramsey. Co-sponsored by Wilton Library and the Wilton League of Women Voters. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, May 26 More Zooming Child-Adult Zentangle Fun in Color, 3:30 – 5 p.m. Calling all artists and doodlers. If you love to draw or doodle but think you aren’t a good artist, this is the program for you. Using a few simple steps and techniques, anyone can learn to create beautiful artwork in a relaxing atmosphere. So join us and share some time with your favorite grownup. We will be doing different beginner tangles and this class will work equally well for first-timers and those who have a bit more experience, and attendees will be working in color. For children entering grades 3 – 6 with a participating adult. Registration is required. Please register all attendees.  Participants will be contacted to pick up supplies a few days before the program.  The Zoom link will be distributed the morning of the session. Please note: supplies and space are limited. We ask that patrons register only if you are sure you can attend.  Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, May 27 Author Talk: Caseen Gaines - Footnotes: The Black Artists Who Rewrote the Rules of the Great White Way, 7 – 8 p.m. Footnotes is the triumphant story of the all-Black Broadway musical that changed the world forever. Author and pop culture expert Caseen Gaines leads readers through the glitz and glamour of New York City during the Roaring Twenties to reveal the revolutionary impact one show had on generations of Americans, and how its legacy continues to resonate today. Footnotes is the story of how Sissle and Blake, along with comedians Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles, overcame poverty, racism, and violence to harness the energy of the Harlem Renaissance and produce a runaway Broadway hit that launched the careers of many of the  twentieth century’s most beloved Black performers. Space limited and registration required.  Must have a Zoom account.  An email link will be provided to all registrants a few days before the event. Books are available for purchase through elmstreetbooks.com. A portion of the proceeds go to Wilton Library. The media sponsor is GOOD Morning Wilton. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org for program details and to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

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