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Hanukkah activities

With Hanukkah beginning in early December, two programs are available for kids to enjoy the Festival of Lights. On Monday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Hanukkah Crafts are for kids of all ages to make and take home for the holiday. Batya Diamond will lead kids ages four and up in songs and stories in Hanukkah Story Time on Friday, Dec. 7, from 4 to 4:30, right before the Holiday Stroll. Registration is required; there is no fee. The story time is co-sponsored by The Wilton Jewish Center and the library.

Author meet and greet

Wilton resident Mark Rubinstein introduces his new novel, Mad Dog House, at an Area Author Affair on Monday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 7 p.m. A practicing psychiatrist turned author, Dr. Rubinstein explores the relationship between psychiatry, fantasy and fiction. His books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. He will donate his proceeds to PAWS. Registration is encouraged.

It’s a gamble

Former Connecticut Congressman Robert H. Steele brings his political insight to his Author Talk when he discusses his new fiction, The Curse: Big Time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. With two gambling casinos in Connecticut and surrounding states poised to build more, his compelling fictional story involving a Native American tribal chief, a shadowy Miami billionaire, venal politicians and Providence mobsters rings true to life. A Q&A period follows. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is recommended.

Examining a book and a movie

Bill Ziegler presents a four-part series on the George Eliot novel, Middlemarch beginning on Dec. 6, from 10:30 to noon. The book will be discussed on the first Thursday. The series continues with the screening of the movie and additional discussions on Dec. 7, 13 and 14, from 10:30 to 1:30. Participants are encouraged to bring bag lunches for the film screenings; the library will provide beverages and chips. Registration is highly recommended.

Holiday festivities

The traditional Wilton Holiday Stroll is Friday, Dec. 7 beginning with Santa at the gazebo in the center of town. The library will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. providing refreshments and a blazing fire in the fireplace to warm up from the cold, winter night. On Sunday, the annual Friends Holiday Party will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 for adults to enjoy seeing each other before the busy holiday season gets underway. People are asked to please RSVP for the party hosted by library trustees by calling 203-762-3950, ext. 270.

Time for giving

Whether it’s selecting pristine condition books, CDs and DVDs for friends, family and loved ones, or providing new selections for the library’s collection, the library has something for everyone. This weekend, the library’s Holiday Book Sale opens in the gallery with a never-ending supply of merchandise for holiday gift-giving at very good prices. Each year this holiday sale grows in the range and quality of items being offered, thanks to the wonderful contributions from the community. Book sale volunteers keep replenishing the tables as bagfuls of books are gleefully grabbed up by smart shoppers. The book sale begins on Saturday, Dec. 1 at noon and runs during regular library hours through Sunday, Dec. 23. People also can give items to the library through the Giving Tree, which will be unveiled at the Holiday Walk on Friday, Dec. 7. “Ornaments” on the tree reflect book titles, CDs, DVDs and special items the library would like to acquire. The items may be purchased at the front desk and they will be added to the library’s collection, with a bookplate commemorating an occasion, honoring someone or in memory of a loved one or someone special. For more information on either the book sale or the Giving Tree, please see library staff at the front desk.

Reminder: To register for library programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult and teen programs, or ext. 217 for children’s programs.