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Wilton Library's Lineup of August Virtual Activities

Wilton Library August 2021 Virtual Activities

Now through Friday, Aug. 28 Tails and Tales - 2021 Children's Summer Library Adventure Kids going into grades K - 6 are invited to sign-up for Wilton Library’s “Tails and Tales” themed Summer Library Adventure 2021.  This year is special - we will focus on reading, and also provide ideas for fun, educational activities for the whole family.  For the reading portion of the Summer Adventure, we are doing our Read and Bead reward system. Children use Wandoo Reader on the library’s website to log their reading by keeping track of the minutes they spend with books, eBooks, audiobooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, and other online reading.  Each 100 minutes will equal five beads for their necklaces.  At different intervals, children will receive special beads and brag tags too. All prizes will be “surprises” distributed at the Children's Library desk. There also will be new reading challenges every Monday and Thursday, and the kids have all summer to complete them for special beads, brag tags and other small prizes. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register for all of the summer fun. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Now through Saturday, Aug. 14 Tails and Tales - 2021 Teen and Tween Summer Reading Welcome to Wilton Library's "Tails and Tales" summer reading program for Teens & Tweens, through August 14, 2021. If you're entering grades 6-12 in the fall of 2021, then this is the place for you! It's simple - all you need is a good book and a clock, watch or phone to help track the amount of time you spend reading. Then update your Wandoo profile with the book's title and minutes read. Every time you complete 180 minutes of reading (3 hours), one ticket will be applied to that week's drawing. If you're our lucky weekly winner, you'll receive a $10 Wilton of Chamber Commerce gift certificate. The more you read, the better your chances of winning. At the end of summer, all those tickets will go back into the “pot,” and one person will walk away with a $100 Wilton Chamber of Commerce gift certificate. Supported by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.  To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Now through Friday, Aug. 28 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Summer ReadingThe library has a fun reading program for babies through age four years. Parents can register their children for the free “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” program. New participants receive a book bag and reading log when they sign up. For each 100 books read to the child, the child will receive a free book and a sticker. There is also a special sheet for the library’s summer reading program. Caregivers may stop by the Children's Desk to sign up or call 203-762-6336 for more information. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is sponsored by Cohn and Wolf PC. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Mondays, Aug. 2 & 9 Virtual Crafternoon, 4 – 4:45 p.m. Children ages 4 and up are invited to join us for a Zoom Crafternoon! Make a craft based on our Summer Reading Program Theme: Tails and Tales. Craft kits will be available to registrants at the drive-thru window/circulation desk. Zoom links will be emailed the day of the program. Registration for each child is required.  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.

Tuesdays, Aug. 3 & 10 Courtyard Story Time, 10:30 – 11 a.m. Children ages 3 - 4 years and their caregivers are invited to this in-person story time. Story time will be in the Reference area courtyard. Kids will enjoy stories, songs, puppets, and rhymes. Bring a blanket to reserve your space.  Masks MUST be worn at all times by adults and children. Social distancing must be maintained, therefore space is limited. Registration is required for each session. Questions? 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.

Wednesdays, Aug. 4 & 11 Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes Online, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Join us for an interactive Zoom story time geared especially for toddlers ages 2-3 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, Aug. 4 New Yorker Shorts: Four Weeks of Short Stories From The New Yorker, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Using Zoom, professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses short stories published in The New Yorker magazine. This is the final session. Story titles will be announced one week prior to the discussion. The current issue of The New Yorker is available in the Reading Room for in-library use, or download it through OverDrive on your computer or the Libby by OverDrive app on your mobile device.  Links to the stories at The New Yorker's website will also be provided.  Online registration.  Registration is limited.  Must have a Zoom account. We will email you an invitation link shortly before the event.  You must register for each individual session.  The Zoom link will come by email from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please email any questions to Karen Zeibak at 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.

Wednesday, Aug. 4 Wonderful Wednesdays - Christine's Critters, 3 – 4 p.m. Christine's Critters will be visiting the Wilton Library in a fun and informative Zoom program. Locally based Christine will show and talk about some of her wonderful birds that she has rescued and fostered. There will be hawks and owls and others! Registration required for ages 4 and up. The Zoom link will be sent the morning of the program. Call the Children's Library at 203-762-6336. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursdays, Aug. 5, 12, 26 & Saturday, Aug. 14 Recycled Crafts for Kids, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Kids ages 8 - 12 are invited to join this crafting class hosted by Fiona Conway. Fiona is an upcoming 11th grade Girl Scout completing her Gold Award. Kids will make crafts out of recycled materials that you find around the house that would otherwise be thrown away and contribute to pollution. Held via Zoom, Thursdays, July 8 through Aug. 26 (additional session Saturday, Aug. 14; no session Aug. 19). Register for each individual class. Start gathering and saving materials for the next couple weeks including egg cartons, cardboard, scrap paper, popsicle sticks, used straws, and anything else you think could be used in a craft. Fiona will email parents before classes each week to update on materials needed for that week. Any other materials may include pipe cleaners, glue, markers or paint, but each craft can be personalized so no specific thing is required. Registration required. Zoom link will be sent the day of the program. Email Fiona at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. Please visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Aug. 11 Wonderful Wednesdays - Let’s Draw Animals with Rick Stromoski, 3 – 4 p.m. Let's draw animals!  Kids in Grades 3 and up can learn to draw animals with award winning cartoonist Rick Stromoski. In this Zoom program kids will learn to draw a variety of furry, feathered and hoofed friends. Registration required for ages 4 and up. The Zoom link will be sent the morning of the program. Call the Children's Library at 203-762-6336. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Aug. 12 Story Time @ the Fire Station, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Children ages 3 and up with caregivers are invited to join Wilton Fire Fighters for an interactive story time at the Wilton Fire Department Headquarters at 236 Danbury Road on the Wilton Town Hall campus. Masks MUST be worn at all times. Children will listen to stories and have a chance to ask the firefighters questions. Bring a blanket to reserve your space. Space is limited for social distancing. Registration is required. For questions, email  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, Aug. 20 CT Poetry Society Workshop –Online Zoom Meeting, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. The CT Poetry Society meets each month with a 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.

Tuesday, Aug. 31 Poetry Discussion with Janet Krauss: The Poetry of Stanley Kunitz, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Janet Krauss leads a discussion of a selection of poems by Stanley Kunitz. Kunitz was so well respected as a poet, he was twice named Poet Laureate of the United States, first in 1974 and then in 1995. Many years previously, he received the Pulitzer for Selected Poems, 1928-1958. In 1993, President Clinton honored him with the National Medal of Arts. In Passing Through, published in 1995, his poems were described by a critic as “contemplative, confiding, mythic and elegiac.”  Janet Krauss, who has two books of poetry published, “Borrowed Scenery,” Yuganta Press, and “Through the Trees of Autumn,” Spartina Press, has recently retired from teaching English at Fairfield University. Please see the library’s registration link for more details. No charge for the program. Advance registration required. Register online in order to receive the Zoom session invitation link and readings packet. Please email Michael Bellacosa at 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.

Tuesday, Aug. 31 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.

 

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