Magic at the library
Incredulous Chris and Presto Pete will be bring their Kid’s Comedy Magic Show to the library on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 2:30 to 3:30, as part of the Take Your Child to the Library Day celebration. This is an interactive program filled with magic, fun and slapstick humor. The program is geared to kids ages 3 through 10 with caregivers. The program is made possible by the Arthur J. Wall Scholarship Fund. Registration is required. While the kids are at the library, parents and caregivers should remember to sign them up for their own individual Wilton Library cards so they can continue to explore what the library has to offer.
Take the blues away
It’s February and right about now is probably when the winter blahs set in for kids. Kids in grades 7 and 8 can Make a Mood Lamp with an Arduino on Sunday, Feb. 3, from 1 to 4, to help erase the feeling of “there’s nothing to do.” Kids will learn now to make their own mood lamp using an Arduino and craft supplies; all the supplies will be provided by the library. Space is limited and registration is required for this program supported by the Amadeo Family Fund.
Children ages 6 and up will get up close and personal with string instruments in the program Meet the Instruments on Monday, Feb. 4, from 4:15 to 5. Students will be able to touch, tap, and pluck strings in a fun, interactive environment. Experienced, knowledgeable, and supportive instructors will lead the group. The group is led by Seray Goktekin and sponsored by the Arthur J. Wall Scholarship Fund. Caregivers must remain in the building. Children ages 3 to 7 with their caregivers get a fun, educational story time with activities and giveaways in Toothy Tales on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 4:15 to 4:45 with Dr. Ashleigh of Wilton Pediatric Dentistry. It’s all part of National Children’s Dental Health Month. Registration is required for both programs.
Crafting for love
With Valentine’s Day coming up more quickly than some might expect, the library has a few Valentine’s Day programs that crafty and not-so-crafty people may enjoy. Make Valentine’s Day cards on Monday, Feb. 4, from 10 to 11:30, Friday, Feb. 8, from 4 to 5:30, and again on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2 to 3:30. These sessions introduce people to the Cricut machine. Embroider a gift on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 10 to noon and again on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 10 to noon. Attendees will learn how to use the electronic embroidery machine to make a golf towel, chef’s apron, linen towel, baby’s bib, napkins and more. Prices for the materials vary from $4 to $10. Registration is required for each program. Participants must have a valid library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Lastly, the Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters takes place every Monday from 1 to 2:30. No reservation is required.
Book sale donations
The library’s annual Gigantic Book Sale is coming up April 27-30. This is a reminder that the library accepts new and gently used books, DVDs and CDs for this important fundraiser. Please note the library cannot accept newspapers, encyclopedias, magazines of any type including National Geographic, outdated text books, or cassettes of any kind. Thanks to Marie Kondo, the guru of decluttering, the library has been inundated lately with book donations for the fundraiser. The issue with the great clean-out of 2019 is that people are starting to bring in less-than-pristine donations from damp basements and musty attics. The book sale is known far and wide for how well organized it is and for the quality of the merchandise that is being re-sold. It is this reputation that now is at risk if people continue to bring less than optimal donations. Unfortunately, the library now has incurred additional expenses to have a garbage hauler carry away the volumes of unwanted books. Elaine Tai-Lauria, the library’s executive director noted, “Book sale volunteers work tirelessly throughout the year culling through mountains of books to pick the best for the sales; the rest have to be disposed of by the library at considerable cost. We are very appreciative of the donations we receive because every pristine donation is a sale at one of the library’s four book sales throughout the year.”
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.