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Native Americans in War of 1812

David Koch returns to the area to speak in the scholarly series, A Star Spangled Nation, a collaboration between the library and the Wilton Historical Society. The War of 1812 — Native Americans in the War will be presented on Sunday, Nov. 4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road. Mr. Koch is an associate professor of history at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport., He may be recognized by many because he gave a presentation earlier this year for the Civil War discussion. Sunday’s talk will cover the situation for Native Americans in 1812, the reasons they sided with Britain, the hold of fear they had on Americans, and the bitter fighting that ensued, as well as the final banishing of natives beyond the Mississippi. The series is sponsored by The Wilton Bank. This lecture is sponsored by Anne and Robert Cuddy. Steve Hudspeth will be the moderator with Louise Herot and Greg Chann as hosts. Registration is essential for the program. The remaining lectures will take place in January and February of next year. For information about the total series, visit the library’s website at

Bad Kitty voting day

Little kids can have all sorts of fun on Election Day at the library voting for their favorite Bad Kitty characters from the book, Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel. On Tuesday, Nov. 6, a day off from school, kids can come to the library from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to vote for Strange Kitty, Pretty Kitty, Chatty Kitty, Big Kitty, Twin Kitties, Stinky Kitty, Old Kitty or Bad Kitty. At the same time, they can stop by the crafts room and make a Bad Kitty craft. Bad Kitty story times are at 10:30 to 11, and again from 2 to 2:30, both sessions are for children ages one through four with caregivers. There is no fee and no registration for any of the Bad Kitty programs.

New story time times

A new group of drop-in story times is being offered this month for children from babies through age 6. There are no story times on the first Tuesday, Nov. 6 which is Election Day, nor are there any on Thursday, Nov. 22. The three Mother Goose programs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are all for children ages one through four and their caregivers. Although they are at different times on the different days, the same books will be read in the three sessions each week. The dates, times and ages are as follows: Books for Babies, children under 12 months with caregivers, Wednesdays, 10:15 to 10:45; Mother Goose Time, for children ages one through four and their caregivers, Tuesdays (except Nov. 6), from 10:15 to 10:45, Wednesdays, 11 to 11:30, and Thursdays (except Nov. 22), 1:30 to 2; Fascinating Fairy Tales, Nov. 13 and 27 (no session on Nov. 20) for ages four to six, 2:15 to 3.

Fine wine and a fine time

Wilton Library’s fourth annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser takes place on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This event is perfectly timed for people to think about their holiday orders, and it benefits the library at the same time. Thanks to New Canaan Wine Merchants, tasting notes and an overview will add to the evening’s enjoyment of wines from around the world, as will delicious hors d’oeuvres provided by some of the area’s finest restaurants and caterers chosen to complement the wines. Scrumptious samplings will be provided by Barcelona Sono, Bistro 7, Cactus Rose Cantina, Luca Ristorante Italiano, Luca Wine Bar, Marly’s, and Market to Table (caterer). The first 125 people to purchase tickets will be admitted. Tickets may be purchased online or at the library’s circulation desk. Please note that 10% of all sales resulting from the evening (for which free delivery is available) will benefit the library as well.

Artists showcase talents

Four talented local area artists will be showcased at the library when their art exhibition, “Four Artists — Reflections,” opens Friday, Nov. 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The artists are Dorothy Hyde from Wilton, Ann Kromer from Ridgefield, Lynda Pattee from West Redding and Marianne Rothballer from New Canaan. The show features their talents in a collection of plein air landscapes and studio paintings. People, places and things are captured in four distinct styles using oil, acrylic and watercolors. The artworks will be available for purchase and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the library. The reception is open to the public. The exhibit runs through Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Reminder: Please visit the library’s website for the many additional children’s/teen programs that have not been mentioned here, including a Mario Kart Racing Tournament. To register online, visit and click on “Events” or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult and teen programs and ext. 217 for children’s.