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Wilton Library in January: Is the ACT or SAT Best for Me?

Wilton Library January 2020 Activities

Sunday, Jan. 5 Making Gifts with the Cricut Die Cutter, 2 – 4 p.m. Let's introduce you to the Cricut Die Cutter and show you all the cool gifts you can make with vinyl adornments! Personalize an acrylic jewelry tray, passport cover, can opener, key-ring, wine stopper and more. A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. 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. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Jan. 6 New Life for Old Videos, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 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. $1 fee for the DVR-R.  This is for home videos only and conversion time is one-to-one. Equipment cannot accommodate 8mm tapes. Space limited to 1 student per session. Registration required.  Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Mondays, Jan. 6 through March 30 Rockin' Rhythms, 11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Rockin' Rhythms is Ray’s way (of Jay and Ray) of continuing to develop and give children a unique and awesome experience with music during their preschool years. Music helps children develop and excel in so many ways, not only academically but also socially and behaviorally as well. We also want parents, grandparents, and caregivers to enjoy this experience as much as the children will. We will be using various musical instruments, percussion, ukuleles, and guitars, to sing and interact with various repertoire from traditional, popular and original music. Ages 2 - 5 with caregivers. Sponsored by the Arthur J. Wall Scholarship Fund. No sessions on Jan. 20 and Feb. 17). Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6336. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Mondays, Jan. 6, 13 & 27 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 session Jan. 20. No registration required. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesdays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 & 28 Night Time Knitters, 6:15 – 8 p.m. Grab your needles and yarn and come join this informal group. Make friends, get tips and share ideas while working on your own project. Drop-in session. No registration required. No fee. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Jan. 8 Electronic Embroidering, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.Learn how to use our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a chef’s apron, linen coasters, golf towel, baby’s bib, napkins and more.  A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. This is a one-on-one session 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. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Jan. 8 Wilton Library Readers—The Grapes of Wrath, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses The Grapes of Wrathby John Steinbeck. 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, Jan. 8 Author Talk: Daniel Levitin - Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Author of the bestsellers, This Is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind, Daniel Levitin turns his keen insights to what happens in people’s brains as they age, why people should think about health span, not life span, and, based on a rigorous analysis of neuroscientific evidence, what readers can do to make the most of their seventies, eighties, and nineties today no matter how old they are now. See library’s website for speaker details. A Q&A will follow the talk.  No charge.  Book signing and purchase will be available courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan. Media Sponsor: GOOD Morning Wilton. Registration highly recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334.Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 9 Scanning Slides into Digital Images,2 – 4 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.

Thursday, Jan. 9 Snowstorm in a Jar, 4:15 – 5 p.m. Kids in Grades K - 2 will listen to Snowflake Bentley, a book about the scientist who discovered snowflakes’ unique formations and photographed over thousands of snowflakes in his lifetime. Children will then create their very own snowstorm jars that can be re-created at home. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6336. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 9 Is the ACT or SAT Best for Me?, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Starting to think about college entrance exams, but not sure whether to take the SAT or ACT? Join Priyanka Shingala and learn about the purpose and the differences between the two. Topics explored: how much weight they carry in a student’s application; the breakdown of each exam; what’s considered a good score; which one is best for the student; taking the optional essays; which universities don’t require exam scores and more. Priyanka is a college counselor and instructor for her own business, Let’s Talk College, LLC. For high school students, but parents are welcome too. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Fridays, Jan. 10 & 24 Bouncing Babies, 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Join us for this interactive program especially for babies under 12 months old and their caregivers. We will start off with some time to play and socialize. Then we will share stories, songs and rhymes geared especially for babies and their grown-ups. Scarves and movement activities will be included and we will close out with a lullaby to calm the babies for the conclusion of the program. No registration, no program fee. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, Jan. 10 Winter Interlude Art Exhibition & Reception, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Nine area artists will be showcased in Wilton Library’s first art exhibition of the new year, “Winter Interlude.” Wilton artists are Dawn Dahl, Gini Fischer, Dorothy Hyde, Trish Nelson, Rama Ramaswami, and Robert Tortorella; Frank Bordonaro, Norwalk; Bobbi Eike Mullen, Weston/Georgetown; and Dick Rauh, Westport (formerly Wilton). Their works represent a wide variety of styles, media and subject matter choices.   Reception free and open to the public. Exhibition runs through January 30, 2020. A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. Media Sponsor: The Wilton Bulletin. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Jan. 11 Electronic Embroidering, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.Learn how to use our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a chef’s apron, linen coasters, golf towel, baby’s bib, napkins and more.  A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. This is a one-on-one session 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. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Jan. 11 Tales to Tails, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.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 actually 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, Jan. 11 Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room – Brubecks Play Brubeck, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Wilton Library is pleased to kick off Dave Brubeck's centennial year with "The Brubecks Play Brubeck" when Darius, Chris and Dan Brubeck will be joined by special guest Dave O’Higgins. The group has generously offered to play two sets: at 6 p.m. and at 8 p.m. See the library’s website for details. Funded by the William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer, and Chris and Tish Brubeck. Suggested donation: $10. Advance registration strongly recommended. For the 6 p.m. set, pre-registrants should arrive by 5:50 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 5:50 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.

Saturday, Jan. 11 Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room – Brubecks Play Brubeck, 8 – 9:30 p.m. Wilton Library is pleased to kick off Dave Brubeck's centennial year with "The Brubecks Play Brubeck" when Darius, Chris and Dan Brubeck will be joined by special guest Dave O’Higgins. The group has generously offered to play two sets: at 6 p.m. and at 8 p.m. See the library’s website for details. Funded by the William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer, and Chris and Tish Brubeck. Suggested donation: $10. A reception will follow the 8 p.m. set. Advance registration strongly recommended. For the 8 p.m. set, pre-registrants should arrive by 7:50 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 7:50 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.

Sunday, Jan. 12 Mindfulness for Teens, 2 – 3 p.m. Growing up today is not easy: social media, peer competition and society expectations can overwhelm and create stress, resulting in sleep problems, anxiety, depression and other issues. Mindfulness can help. With practice, it helps with clarity and focus in life, while allowing you to experience more peace, calm and acceptance towards yourself, others and life in general. This is a great way to get the new year off to a good start! For teens in grades 7-12. Sponsored by the John and 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.

Monday, Jan. 13 Electronic Embroidering, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Learn how to use our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a chef’s apron, linen coasters, golf towel, baby’s bib, napkins and more.  A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. This is a one-on-one session 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. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Mondays, Jan. 13 through March 16 Ready Readers, 4:15 – 4:45 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, participate in activities, and occasionally watch short book films as well. Drop-in; no registration. No session Jan. 20 or Feb. 17. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Jan. 13 Paint It Up!, 6 – 7:45 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! $5 non-refundable materials fee payable at the time of registration. 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.

Tuesdays, Jan. 14 through March 17 Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Join us for a story time geared especially for two- and three-year olds. Children and their caregivers will listen to stories, sing songs, learn rhymes, do movement activities and get the chance to use scarves and instruments, while building literacy and social skills. No registration, no fee. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Jan. 14 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.

Wednesday, Jan. 15 Wilton Youth Council - Vaping: What You Need to Know, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Please join us for this interactive session when Elizabeth Jorgensen, CADC, will discuss the short-term and long-term  effected of vaping, nicotine, and marijuana use. In this workshop, participants will learn: Vital information about vaping/JUULing, including what the most popular devices look like and how they are used; the connection between addiction and underlying mental health issues such as anxiety; current research on the risks of vaping, including its potential to serve as a gateway to alcohol, opioid or THC abuse; how to talk with your teens and intervene, if necessary. Co-sponsored by Wilton Library, Wilton Youth Services, and Newport Academy. See library’s website for details. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesdays, Jan. 15 through March 18 Wonderful Ones and Twos, 10:15 – 10:45 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.

Wednesdays, Jan. 15 through March 18 Books for Babies, 11 – 11:30 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.

Thursday, Jan. 16 Making Gifts with the Cricut Die Cutter, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Let's introduce you to the Cricut Die Cutter and show you all the cool gifts you can make with vinyl adornments! Personalize an acrylic jewelry tray, passport cover, can opener, key-ring, wine stopper and more. A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. 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. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursdays, Jan. 16 through March 19 Mother Goose on the Loose, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years. Mother Goose on the Loose incorporates books, rhymes, fingerplays, music, dance and child-parent interaction. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used. No fee. Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting Dec. 23 through Jan. 13.   Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursdays, Jan. 16 through March 19 Mother Goose on the Loose, 11 – 11:30 a.m. Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time for children ages 6 months to 2 years. Mother Goose on the Loose incorporates books, rhymes, fingerplays, music, dance and child-parent interaction. Felt boards, puppets, instruments, and props will be used. No fee. Please note-in an effort to create a small, consistent group experience, this program uses a lottery system for registration. Lottery registration forms are available at the Children's Library desk starting Dec. 23 through Jan. 13.   Patrons will be notified via email if they receive a spot. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 16 Cozy Sweater Mittens, 2 – 4 p.m.Let’s upcycle! Instead of tossing out old wool sweaters, learn how to transform them into warm, cozy mittens. Bring a good pair of scissors and we’ll supply the rest of the goods.  For ages 18+. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 16 Scanning Slides into Digital Images, 5:30 – 7:30 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.

Thursday, Jan. 16 WLA/WHS Scholarly Series: Jazzed Up—The History of Jazz in America - Darius Brubeck at Wilton Library, 6:30 – 8 p.m. In the 13th year of the collaboration between Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society, the scholarly lecture series will focus on the theme of “Jazzed Up: The History of Jazz in America” in a five-part series. With 2020 being Dave Brubeck’s centennial year, his son Darius will kick off the lecture series with an overview of the panorama of Dave’s life in music over several decades in “Dave Brubeck: Twentieth Century American.” See the library’s website for details. The moderator is Steve Hudspeth. The series is sponsored by the Charles Schwab Corporation. The media sponsor is The Wilton Bulletin.  Reception following the talk. No charge but donations are always welcomed. Registration required for each lecture individually. The remaining lectures will take place on four Sundays, from 4 – 5:30 p.m.: January 26 at Wilton Library - Jazz, Civil Rights, and Social Justice – Dr. Gil Harel, Naugatuck Valley Community College; February 9 at Wilton Library - Seriously Satchmo: The Importance of Louis Armstrong, The Early Years – Chris Coulter; March 8 at the Wilton Historical Society – The Harlem Renaissance: Connections and Creativity – Reggie Quinerly; and April 5 at the Wilton Historical Society – Women in Jazz: Past, Present, Future – Brenda Earle Stokes. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, Jan. 17 Make Fun Buttons!, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Come learn how to use our Button Maker and create unique designs, add slogans and go home with a few fun buttons! Registration required. Must have a valid CT Library Card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. For 7th graders – adults and 6th graders accompanied by an adult willing to learn too. Registration required; no fee. See library’s website for details. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Jan. 18 CT Poetry Society Workshop, 2 – 4:30 p.m. Please join us for a workshop of the CT Poetry Society. All that’s required is the willingness to share some poetry that you have written by reading it aloud to the group. To facilitate discussion, space is strictly limited to just 15 attendees. No charge but registration is required. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Sunday, Jan. 19 Electronic Embroidering, 2 – 4 p.m.Learn how to use our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a chef’s apron, linen coasters, golf towel, baby’s bib, napkins and more.  A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. This is a one-on-one session 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. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 Stay at Home in Wilton: Get to Know Your Library, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Whether you are new to town or haven’t visited the library lately, this is an informative session on the variety of resources offered at Wilton Library. After a brief overview presentation, you'll be given a choice: take a walking tour of the library highlighting various resources of interest; or bring your smart phone or tablet to a tech training session where you can learn about how to use your devices to access e-Books, music, movies and more. Sponsored by Wilton Library and Stay at Home in Wilton. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 The Treaties of Sèvres and Lausanne - Case Studies of Diplomatic Nonsense, 7 – 8:30 p.m. This is the final lecture in the series about World War I and its aftermath presented by Wilton Resident Jean-Pierre Lavielle. Ninety-nine years ago a treaty was signed in Sèvres, a Paris suburb, to reshape the Middle East from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire. The plan collapsed, yet it casts a very long shadow since it explains the current explosive situation of the Middle East. See the library’s website for details. Jean-Pierre studied philosophy and law in France at the University of Bordeaux with further legal studies at New York University’s Law School. He moved from Paris to Wilton with his wife Gail in 2002.Registration is recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Jan. 22 Making Gifts with the Cricut Die Cutter, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Let's introduce you to the Cricut Die Cutter and show you all the cool gifts you can make with vinyl adornments! Personalize an acrylic jewelry tray, passport cover, can opener, key-ring, wine stopper and more. A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. 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. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Jan. 22 Snowman Book Art Workshop, 6 – 7:30 p.m.Join us for a fun evening workshop and recycle old books into an adorable snowman that's sure to put a smile on everyone's face. Approximately 1-1/2 - 2' tall. $8 non-refundable materials fee required in advance. For ages 18+. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 23 Electronic Embroidering, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.Learn how to use our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a chef’s apron, linen coasters, golf towel, baby’s bib, napkins and more.  A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. This is a one-on-one session 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. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 23 Experience the Zentangle Art Method, 1 – 3 p.m. If you love art, whether you are a beginner who thinks you can’t draw or an experienced artist, the Zentangle method has something for everyone. This meditative art form uses simple steps to teach practitioners how to create beautiful patterns.  This class is open to beginners as well as those with previous experience.  Join us to build up your repertoire and create beautiful artwork in a relaxing atmosphere.  Supplies will be provided, but please bring any tools you already have. For Adults ages 18+.  Registration required with $5 non-refundable fee payable at time of registration. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 23 WLA/SCORE: Buying a Winning Franchise, 6 – 8 p.m.SCORE of Fairfield County, Wilton Library, the Wilton Chamber of Commerce present a seminar that will show you how to buy a winning franchise. An overview of the franchise process will be presented by a franchise consultant, an attorney and local franchisees. Topics include: research franchises and legal issues; financing, working with brokers, attorneys and advisors; plus shared real life experiences from franchisees.  Speaker Michael L. Rosen is a franchise consultant and owner of FranNet of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Speaker Cliff Ennico (www.cliffennico.com) -- a nationally recognized authority on the legal problems of small business. See more program and speaker details at SCORE’s registration link. Registration required. No charge. Visit www.fairfieldcounty.score.org or call SCORE at 203-831-0065 to register. Check-in begins at 5:30 pm. Media sponsor: The Wilton Bulletin. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, Jan. 24 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. $1 fee for the DVR-R.  This is for home videos only and conversion time is one-to-one. Equipment cannot accommodate 8mm tapes. Space limited to 1 student per session. Registration required.  Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Jan. 25 Electronic Embroidering, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.Learn how to use our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a chef’s apron, linen coasters, golf towel, baby’s bib, napkins and more.  A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. This is a one-on-one session 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. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Jan. 25 Why Children Love Wilton Library, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. In honor of Wilton Library's 125th Anniversary, children can participate in a very special event. Children will come to the Children's Library and write up a small composition on why they love Wilton Library.  Materials will be provided and assistance and suggestions given. If smaller children and their parents wish to participate, parents can do the writing for the child. The contributions will be collected and bound into a special book, which will become part of the Wilton Children's Library Forever Collection. Drop in, no registration required. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Sunday, Jan. 26 Make Fun Buttons!, 2 – 4 p.m. Come learn how to use our Button Maker and create unique designs, add slogans and go home with a few fun buttons! Registration required. Must have a valid CT Library Card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. For 7th graders – adults and 6th graders accompanied by an adult willing to learn too. Registration required; no fee. See library’s website for details. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Sunday, Jan. 26 WLA/WHS Scholarly Series: Jazzed Up—The History of Jazz in America - Dr. Gil Harel at Wilton Library, 4 – 5:30 p.m. In the 13th year of the collaboration between Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society, the scholarly lecture series will focus on the theme of “Jazzed Up: The History of Jazz in America.” During this program, Dr. Gil Harel, PhD, Brandeis University, will discuss the ways in which jazz as a medium was intertwined with the civil rights movement and the unrelenting drive towards social justice. Gil Harel is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from the western classical repertoire to jazz. See the library’s website for details. The moderator is Max Gabrielson. The series is sponsored by the Charles Schwab Corporation. The media sponsor is The Wilton Bulletin.  Reception following the talk. No charge but donations are always welcomed. Registration required for each lecture individually. The remaining lectures will take place on Sundays, from 4 – 5:30 p.m.: February 9 at Wilton Library - Seriously Satchmo: The Importance of Louis Armstrong, The Early Years – Chris Coulter; March 8 at the Wilton Historical Society – The Harlem Renaissance: Connections and Creativity – Reggie Quinerly; and April 5 at the Wilton Historical Society – Women in Jazz: Past, Present, Future – Brenda Earle Stokes. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Jan. 27 Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities: What They Are, What They Aren’t, and What We Can Do About Them, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. In this interactive presentation, school psychologist Dave Sylvestro will compare and contrast NVLD, Asperger’s and LD and will discuss how to help kids with NVLD develop and practice key social skills and anticipate emotional pitfalls often associated with NVLD. He currently is the school psychologist at The Southport School, in Southport, CT. He has worked in the field for more than 40 years providing individual and group counseling to students, parents, service staff and professional development. Co-sponsored by SPED*NET and Wilton Library. Registration is strongly suggested. Register online or call 203-762-6334. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Jan. 27 Making Gifts with the Cricut Die Cutter, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Let's introduce you to the Cricut Die Cutter and show you all the cool gifts you can make with vinyl adornments! Personalize an acrylic jewelry tray, passport cover, can opener, key-ring, wine stopper and more. A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. 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. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Jan. 27 New Life for Old Videos, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 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. $1 fee for the DVR-R.  This is for home videos only and conversion time is one-to-one. Equipment cannot accommodate 8mm tapes. Space limited to 1 student 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, Jan. 28 Senior Center Book Discussion: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 11 – noon. Michael Hess will lead a discussion of Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Based on years of research on how scientific progress actually takes place, Kuhn’s controversial book became a landmark event in the history, philosophy, and sociology of scientific knowledge and coined the phrase “paradigm shift.” This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 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, Jan. 28 Let's Build a Fort!, 4 – 5 p.m. Children in grades 3 – 5 are invited to listen to a read aloud book, followed by STEM building activity. Children will work together in a group to build and engineer a large fort, as well as construct smaller ones to see the difference in materials and construction. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6336. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 30 Making Gifts with the Cricut Die Cutter, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Let's introduce you to the Cricut Die Cutter and show you all the cool gifts you can make with vinyl adornments! Personalize an acrylic jewelry tray, passport cover, can opener, key-ring, wine stopper and more. A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. 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. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Jan. 30 Enhancing Your Pictures with Photoshop, 2 – 4 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.

Thursday, Jan. 30 Electronic Embroidering, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.Learn how to use our electronic embroidery machine and personalize a chef’s apron, linen coasters, golf towel, baby’s bib, napkins and more.  A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. This is a one-on-one session 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. Registration required. Register online or call 203-762-6342. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, Jan. 31 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.

Friday, Jan. 31 Making Gifts with the Cricut Die Cutter, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Let's introduce you to the Cricut Die Cutter and show you all the cool gifts you can make with vinyl adornments! Personalize an acrylic jewelry tray, passport cover, can opener, key-ring, wine stopper and more. A $5 non-refundable fee, payable in advance, will be applied toward your selected material. Items range in price from $5-$12. 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. 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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