The Lounge is a new place for kids in first grade and up to come for games on the library’s Wii system on Fridays in January, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Hangout seating and cool games are all part of the fun. Caregivers must remain in the building for children under age 12. There is no registration or fee.
Color and forminform art exhibition
“Geometry, Line & Color,” January’s art exhibition at the library, opens on Friday, Jan. 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with a reception that is open the public.
Three local area artists, Toby Michaels of Westport, Phyllis Clamage of Stratford (formerly Stamford) and Sandra Meager of Rowayton, showcase their diverse talents, subject matter and choices of media. Their selection of form also is a highlight of this exhibition, with circles, triangles, lines, and color setting the stage.
The exhibition runs through Tuesday, Jan. 29. The majority of pieces are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.
Story Times begin
First Saturday Books for Babies takes place on Jan. 5 from 9:30 to 10 a.m. for babies under 12 months and their parents.
This is a forum for children to be introduced to gentle stories and songs in a group setting, nurtured by their parents. Story Times for babies through 6-year-olds begin Monday, Jan. 7, and continue for eight weeks through Wednesday, Feb. 27.
The sessions are as follows: “Books for Babies,” under 12 months with caregivers, Wednesdays, 10:15-10:45 a.m.; “Wonderful Ones and Twos,” for 1- and 2-year-olds with caregivers, Wednesdays, 11-11:30 a.m.; “Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes,” for ages 2 and 3 with caregivers, Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45 a.m.; “Look, Listen and Learn,” for ages 3 and 4 with caregivers, Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m.; “Literary Littles” for ages 4 through 6, Mondays and Tuesdays, 2:15-3 p.m.
For information on any of these sessions, visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on “Children” in the blue bar. There is no registration and no fee for story times.
Downloadables for new gifts
Now that holiday gift-giving is over, it’s time to start downloading books and audiobooks on new iPhones, Droids, iPads, Kindles, Nooks, and more.
Library volunteers are available on Saturdays in January, from 10 to noon, to help people learn how to quickly download free items onto their personal devices using Overdrive, utilizing the library’s website.
Patrons are asked to bring their devices (smartphones, Kindles, Nooks, etc.) and their Wilton Library cards to receive personal, hands-on attention. No registration needed, just drop by.
Creative workshop for kids
Jack Frost and fairy dolls are the order of the day in the aptly named Jack Frost and Fairy Doll Workshop on Saturday, Jan. 5, from 3 to 4 p.m.
Children ages 4 and up may come in anytime during the hour and craft the dolls using fun materials, with guiding hands and help by the library’s Lesley Keogh. There is no registration and no fee. The program is made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.
Old favorites concert
Dr. Joe Utterback will present “The Great American Songbook” concert on Sunday, Jan. 6, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., sponsored by the library and Stay at Home in Wilton.
Dr. Utterback is a superb pianist, storyteller, composer, and recording artist. Whether performing at music festivals across the country or at Tony Award dinners in New York City, his high-energy jazz piano delights audiences of all ages.
He infuses familiar blues, ballads, Broadway, and jazz classics with a captivating, dynamic style. He performs hits from the 40s, 50s and 60s. The afternoon promises to bring warmth, joy and fun on a cold winter day. A reception follows the performance. Registration is recommended.
The library will be closed on Monday, Dec. 31, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. To register for library programs, visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213, for adult and teen programs or ext. 217 for children’s programs.