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Little ones’ fun is back

Fun with Lynn Lewis returns to the library on Friday, Jan. 11, from 10:30 to 11:30. Popular entertainer Lynn Lewis joins children ages 2 through 6 and their caregivers for a rollicking good time of songs and dancing for everyone. She also brings a “special friend” kids can play with. Registration is required.

Family-friendly environmental program

The documentary film, Straws, will be screened again this Saturday, Jan. 12, from 2 to 3. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to this award-winning documentary that brings to light the problems related to straws and other single-use plastic pollution that is evident all over the earth. A brief panel discussion and Q&A session for adults follows with Charlie Taney of the Norwalk River Valley Trail, Nina Quaratella of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) and Louise Washer, president of the Norwalk River Watershed Association. At 2:30, the same time the panel is going on, children in grades 2 through 6 will be treated to their own program in the Children’s Library led by NAMEPA and Wilton Go Green. The doors open at 1:30 for the 2 p.m. screening. Children under 8 must be accompanied by adults in the children’s activity; children ages 8 and up must have adults remain in the building.  Advanced registration for the children’s activity is required and registration is recommended for the film. The programs are presented by Wilton Go Green and the library.

Fun tool for teens

Studying for mid-terms is about to take over high school teens in Wilton, but this Sunday, Jan. 13, from 2 to 3:30, kids can forget about that stress for a while and instead participate in Teens Create a Survival Tool. For teens who like the outdoors, this session teaches them how to make a paracord bracelet.  Worn around the wrist, this sturdy nylon rope can be taken apart and used to tie up gear, secure a tent or hammock, make a splint for a broken limb, hang clothes, transform into a belt, and so much more. The program is for teens in grades 6 through 12 and is sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund. Space is limited and registration is required.

Parenting series

Parents have their own survival course with Mindful Parenting — How to Make It Out in One Piece, on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 10 to 11:30. This presentation of the Wilton Youth Council Parent Information Series 2018-2019 will provide useful information on establishing a family frame, setting reasonable and attainable expectations and goals for children, managing anxiety, and finding a supportive group of fellow parents in the community. The presentation is appropriate for parents with children of all ages. Free, registration is strongly encouraged.

Explore VR

Teens who love exploring virtual reality now have a chance to create their own and then share their experiences. In Worldbuilding for VR, on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 4:30 to 6:30, teens in seventh through 12th grades will use Unreal Engine to create their own 3-D scenes. Students should bring an 8GB flash drive to save their work. The following day, Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 4:30 to 6:30, in the program, Exploring VR Creations, students will use the library’s Vive headset to explore worlds created in the Tuesday session. Registration is required for both sessions. The programs are supported by the Amadeo Family.

Fund-raiser fun

It may be the dead of winter, but that doesn’t deter the library from creating an 18-hole mini golf course for all to enjoy. On Friday, Jan. 25, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., adults will be able to put together foursomes and compete in the first-ever Wilton Library Mini Golf Tourney. The kids had so much fun last year that it seemed fitting to make an adults-only fun night out with food, libation and prizes to win. Teams of foursomes will compete on the 18-hole course while friends and fans cheer them on.Putters and balls will be provided. Tickets are available as follows: foursomes for $300; couples for $150 or singles for $75. Couples and singles will be assigned to foursomes by the library. Spectator tickets are available at $50 per person to cheer on the teams. Food and drinks are included. Tickets may be purchased online at www.wiltonlibrary.org or by calling 203-762-6321. Creative golf attire is encouraged. The library closes at 4 in preparation for the event. On Saturday, Jan. 26, everyone will have a chance to participate in the Mini Golf Family Day fund-raiser from 10 to 4 (last tee time is 3:30). This is the second year for this family day of food, face painting, and fun activities. Players of all ages are welcome. Putters and balls will be provided. Tickets are available only at the door on the day of the event. Admission is $5 per person (including a coupon for food at the event courtesy of Wilton Rotary).


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.

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