For every child who has dreamed about meeting a real-life police officer, kids of all ages have that chance on Friday, Dec. 14, with two Dig Into a Book with a Wilton Police Officer story times, from 10:30 to 11, and again from 4:15 to 4:45. Kids will get to meet, greet and be read to by members of Wilton’s police force. This is a drop-in story time with no fee. Just book it!
Interactive kids’ concert
On Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10:30 to 11, the popular group, Jay and Ray, visit the library to share the joy of music with the community using drums, guitars, and lots of singing. Jay and Ray Live! is an interactive concert that is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. Caregivers must remain present for children under the age of 8, and in the building for kids under 12. Registration is required.
Kids who are independent readers are invited to join in on Tales to Tails, on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 11 to noon. In this read-aloud program, gentle therapy dogs from ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) sit quietly while children read to them one-on-one. This quiet time gives the child time to practice reading aloud which in turn may lead to the child enjoying more reading time. Registration is required, there is no fee. Children must be able to read on their own.
Give blood this season
The library and the American Red Cross are sponsoring a blood drive that takes place on Thursday, Dec. 20, from 1 to 6:30. The last appointment is 6:15 p.m. Those wishing to donate may call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go to redcrossblood.org to sign up. Walk-ins will be accommodated. Please note that a positive ID is required at the time of the donation.
’Tis the season for giving
The library has many ways people can give through its Giving Tree, Giving Gelt, Holiday Book Sale, the art exhibition or the Annual Appeal. The Giving Tree, standing tall in the gallery, is a wish list for the library. “Ornaments” decorate the tree — each one an item that is needed for the library’s collection. Patrons are encouraged to pick as many ornaments from the tree as they wish and donate the funds to the library. The items will be marked with a bookplate if possible, in someone’s memory or honor. With Giving Gelt, the funds will be given to the Children’s Library to add materials to the kids’ collection, also in someone’s honor or memory. The Giving Gelt desk and “chocolate” gelt are at the circulation desk. The Holiday Book Sale is a fun place to shop every day for books, CDs and DVDs in pristine condition. Find something for family, friends, babysitters, teachers, stocking stuffers — the list is endless and so are the choices at bargain prices. Items are replenished on a regular basis. This month’s art exhibition features 18 artists from Firing Circuits Studios whose works adorn the walls of the library. Patrons are encouraged to walk the show and perhaps some inspirational purchases just might happen with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The annual appeal also is taking place and it’s another way to support the library during this season of gift giving. Donations to the annual appeal go directly toward material purchases for the library’s shelves. A big “thank you” is given to all those who support the library in whatever way they can.
How sweet is Wilton?
More than 30 gingerbread creations are now proudly being displayed on the library’s book shelves and it’s time for the community to vote on all this creativity in the “How Sweet It Is in Wilton” gingerbread contest. A panel of judges will award prizes, but everyone has a chance to vote for the community favorite until Tuesday, Dec. 18, at noon. Whether it’s Ambler Farm, the Schoolhouse at Cannondale, the library, to name a few, there are many more from which to choose. People should plan a trip to the library and cast a vote for a favorite. The Chamber gift certificates will be awarded on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 4. Let’s vote Wilton!
To register for programs, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call the Circulation Desk at 203-762-6334 for adult programs, the Children’s Library at 203-762-6336, Teen Services and Innovation Station at 203-762-6342.