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Holiday fun for kids

While mom and dad are finishing last-minute trimmings for Christmas, kids can make their own Christmas crafts on Saturday, Dec. 22, from 10 to 5. Children of all ages can make the Christmas-themed crafts and then bring them home to enjoy or  give to others. On Wednesday following Christmas, children will be able to make their own Kwanzaa crafts from 10 to 8, and enjoy a day-after-Christmas movie, watching ParaNorman (PG) with siblings and friends. Children and their caregivers may drop in for any of the above-mentioned programs; all the programs are free.

Holiday Book Sale and Giving Tree

There are just a few more days for people to pick up some wonderful items in pristine condition at the library’s Holiday Book Sale that has been going on all month. The volunteer elves have been very busy replacing items as they are purchased, so the selection has been very good throughout the month. The Giving Tree provides people with the chance to buy selections for the library’s collection, and then commemorate the purchase with a bookplate honoring someone or in memory of a loved one. Items that are most needed for the collection are depicted on the “ornaments.” The book sale and the Giving Tree end on Sunday, Dec. 23.

January programs worth noting

With the rush of the holidays it is easy to lose sight of what is coming up in January, so the following is a brief description of noteworthy programs. A speaker from a previous Scholarly Series, Akhil Amar, will be welcomed back on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dr. Amar’s talk, America’s Unwritten Constitution: Precedents and Principles We Live By, based on his most recent book by the same name, will be co-sponsored by the library and the Wilton League of Women Voters. Books will be available for purchase and signing, with some being donated. A Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert is also on the schedule for Saturday, Jan. 26 with Bucky Pizzzarelli, John Cutrone and Jerry Bruno, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Registration is strongly recommended for these jazz specials. The third installment of the Scholarly Series, A Star-Spangled Nation: The War of 1812 is Sunday, January 27, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the library. The speaker is Walter Woodward, a state historian of Connecticut and associate professor of history at the University of Connecticut. He will be exploring the impact of the war, especially in Connecticut. It is recommended people register for all of the events listed above, especially during the winter months when inclement weather makes postponement a possibility. The registration system provides updates that can be sent via emails. Visit the library’s website for all the programming in January.

Celebrity author talk

Hoda Kotb, co-anchor of the ten o’clock hour of the “Today Show,” will be visiting the library on Friday, Jan. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss her latest book, Ten Years Later. The talk centers on the people she chronicles who have been through game-changing events and how they have survived and thrived in the 10 years following their struggles. Registration is required. There is no charge for the talk. Books will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of Elm Street Books of New Canaan.

Documentary DVDs featured

With people taking vacation in the next few weeks, there may be time to watch some thought-provoking documentaries they missed in theaters. The library now has moved this collection into a very user-friendly space at the end of Feature Films, before Foreign Language Films. The DVDs have a light blue dot indicating “DOC.” Some titles in the collection have been shown in the library’s New Perspectives film series, such as Afghan Star, Capturing the Friedmans and Gasland or have played in theaters. This special collection of popular documentaries can be loaned for three days for $1, the same as the rest of the feature film collection.

Save the date for Beyond Words

The library’s spring celebration, Beyond Words, takes place on Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. with a nod to a Venetian Masquerade. The event organizers are already coming together to brainstorm and plan the party/fund-raiser. With a pre-event online bidding presence as well as a live and silent auction at the benefit, the festivities are already ramping up. More information, invitations and the online silent auction will be announced in the new year, but people are reminded to clear their calendars now for one of the best celebratory library events of the year.

The library will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25 for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. To register for any of the programs mentioned above, visit and click on “Events” or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult and teen programs or ext. 217 for children’s activities.