Soon the gifts will be unwrapped, all the holiday activities and trimmings will be completed and all that will remain is how to entertain the kids. The library has a great answer to that with its Museum Pass Program. With more than 12 museums/activities on the list, the library offers wonderful opportunities to explore the area’s top attractions at reduced rates or free admission. The museums are Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Connecticut’s Old State House, Connecticut state parks, Discovery Museum and Planetarium, Earthplace: The Nature Discovery Center, EverWonder Children’s Museum, Maritime Aquarium, Mystic Aquarium, Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and in New York City, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Museum passes are available on a first-come, first-served walk-in basis. The passes will be loaned out for three consecutive days. See the library’s website for more details about each museum. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org, then click on Services and scroll to Museum Pass program.
Worldwide cooking and baking help
It’s easier than ever to make classic dishes and holiday favorites from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe with A to Z World Food. This new digital cookbook includes recipes from 174 countries, as well as dining etiquette, ingredient glossaries, and beverage suggestions. A to Z World Food can be found on the library’s website homepage under the green Popular Resources tab and is accessible with a Wilton Library card. If world recipes inspire the would-be traveler, the A to Z World Travel link also is available right below the recipe link. Enjoy the journey!
Download holiday music and more
Enjoy friends and family while listening to holiday music or watching movies together using Hoopla Digital. With a Wilton Library card, music and movies/TV shows can be instantly downloaded. Music may be borrowed for seven days while movies and TV shows can be checked out for three days. The automatic return feature eliminates any late fees. With more than 6,000 movies and TV episodes for adults, teens and children, there is sure to be something for everyone. Visit the library’s website homepage and click on Digital Library and scroll to Music, Movies, TV Shows (Hoopla).
24/7 books, magazines, TV
What is a person to do when they finally carve out some “me” time during the busy holidays but find they have nothing to read or watch and the library is closed? By going to the library’s website homepage and clicking on Digital Library, then scrolling to eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines (Overdrive, RBDigital and Acorn TV) it’s as if the library is wide open and available. With their Wilton Library cards, people may download books, magazines, or even get started on any one of hundreds of British import TV shows. By visiting the website on a tablet or smartphone, the Libby by Overdrive or RBDigital apps can be downloaded. Reading and watching is moments away.
Annual appeal ongoing
A gift to the Annual Appeal — Friends Campaign enables the library to provide the programs, services, collections, and technology that make this organization the center for enrichment in the community. Roughly 25 cents of every dollar of the library’s budget needs to come from private donations. Only with the support of individuals and families can the library continue to offer the resources and programming that are relevant and valuable to its constituents. Please donate today to the Annual Appeal — Friends Campaign and help the library reach its goal. The community’s support is greatly appreciated in any amount large or small.
Now that Christmas is but days away, the last-minute shopper can still find wonderful items to give to the people on their gift lists at the library’s Holiday Book Sale. If someone is still stumped, then the library’s Giving Tree and Giving Gelt are great ways to acknowledge someone special by donating an item or funds to the library for its collection. Visit the circulation desk for details. Time runs out by Jan. 2. Don’t forget, the library will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Dec. 24 and 25, and New Year’s Eve Day and New Year’s Day, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
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.