Babies to six-year olds may look forward to story times on certain days and times this fall based on their ages. First Saturday Books for Babies is for children under 12 months old and their parents on Sept. 1, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. This program is designed to introduce the children to gentle stories, sing-alongs and playing before the library opens. It is an excellent forum for parents to meet other new parents. Drop-in fall story times begin on Sept. 4 on various days and times based on the age of the child as follows: Tuesdays, Sept. 4 through Oct. 23, Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes, with caregivers, from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.; Tuesdays, Sept. 4 through Oct. 23, Look, Listen and Learn, for three- and four-year-olds with caregivers, from 11 to 11:30 a.m.; Tuesdays, Sept. 4 through Oct. 23, Literary Littles, for ages 4 to 6 years, from 2:15 to 3; Wednesdays, Sept. 5, through Oct. 24, Books for Babies, under 12 months with caregivers, from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.; Wednesdays, Sept. 5 through Oct. 24, Wonderful Ones and Twos, with caregivers, from 11 to 11:30 a.m.; Mondays, Sept. 10 through Oct. 22, Literary Littles, for ages 4 to 6 years, from 2:15 to 3. Monday groups have no session on Sept. 17 in observance of Rosh Hashanah; Wednesday groups have no session on Sept. 26 in observance of Yom Kippur. There is no registration or fee.
Women’s health screening
Stamford Hospital will be parking its Mobile Wellness coach in the library’s parking lot to give women access to mammography screenings on Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 9 to 3. The library is partnering with the hospital to bring wellness to women where they live, work, play and learn. Women between the ages of 35 to 40 will be able to receive baseline screenings; women 40 years or older will be given annual mammography tests. The process is fully digital resulting in fast, convenient and private screenings. Insurance is accepted. For information and to schedule an appointment, call the hospital at 203-276-5990 and choose Option 1.
Diane McKeever returns to the library to continue a discussion on Social Media Marketing on Thursday, Sept. 6, from 8 to 10 a.m. Part of the “Business Smarts Series” sponsored by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce, Fairfield County SCORE and the library, McKeever will delve into case studies highlighting marketing uses of Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. The studies will cover business to consumer and business to business practices with an emphasis on small business. Registration begins at 7:30 with a light breakfast. The fee is $10 per person and payable at the door with cash or check. Registration in advance is requested.
Award-winning filmmaker, playwright, actor and now author Ayad Akhtar comes to the library to discuss his debut novel, American Dervish, on Thursday, Sept. 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. His book centers on the Shah family, struggling to identify as Muslim and American in pre-9/11 suburbia. As an American born, first generation Pakistani-American, Akhtar wanted to bring a coming-of-age story to light. Through the Shahs, the reader understands the struggles, complexities, value and cost of being a Muslim in America. The book has been chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick and an Indy Next Pick. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books in New Canaan. There is no charge for the program. Registration is recommended.
Andy Romer, a New York based photographer who grew up in Wilton and recently graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, will have a photography exhibition at the library in September. The opening reception for Andy Romer: Photographs is Friday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and it is open to the public. The exhibition runs through Wednesday, Sept. 28, with the majority of the photographs available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the library. Andy’s piece, “The Philip Johnson Sculpture Gallery” won Best of Show in the Wilton Arts Council Focus 2011 exhibition.
Reminder: The library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, for Labor Day. Upcoming children’s programs include Lego Club for Littles and Robert the Guitar Guy. To register for library programs, visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult and teen programs and ext. 217 for children’s activities.