Kids’ summer movies end
The final Friday Movies for Kids takes place on Aug. 17 with two features — an animated and a live action film. The medieval movie is The Sword in the Stone, rated G at 10:15 a.m. and the Friday movie is Journey 2: The Mysterious Island rated PG at 2. Snacks will be provided. Kids of all ages are welcomed with caregivers for a cool day at the library. There is no registration and no fee.
All about books
New books, great reads, compelling stories, charismatic characters — all these are discussed in the Tuesday Book Buzz sessions held at the library every third Tuesday of each month from 11 to noon, with this month’s talk set for Aug. 21. This informal group gets together to recommend books to other book lovers. Reference librarians are on hand to help with the discussions and provide real-time information off the Internet. Registration is suggested but not required. Additional dates for the group are Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.
Let the games begin
The Summer Knights Medieval Faire takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, for adults and children of all ages. The fair is the culminating event to celebrate the end-of-the-summer reading program, Medieval Summer Knights Read! Since the library will be overrun by jesters, jugglers, face painters and more, it will be closing at 5 in preparation for the festivities. Families will be able to enjoy medieval food, games, raffles and entertainment including presentations by Wilton Fencing Academy and Wilton Dance Studio. A knighting ceremony will be held at 7 for all the children who have successfully completed the Knight’s Challenge of reading either 40 picture books or 4,000 pages (whichever is age-appropriate for each child). Additionally, the winners of the Medieval Coloring Contest will be announced and awarded their prizes. Parents and caregivers are reminded to bring their cameras for this fun-filled evening. The fee is $5 per person, with children under five free. The fair is sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund with refreshments donated in part by Stop & Shop and Wave Hill Bread Baker & Café.
Kids reading to dogs
The dog days of summer are here, but one way to beat them is for kids who are independent readers to read in the cool Tales to Tails program, on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 11 to noon. ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) Therapy Dog Program brings the gentle dogs who sit quietly and patiently as the children read aloud to them. This interaction provides a safe environment for reluctant readers to practice their reading out loud skills. There is no charge for the event. Registration is required.
September ‘Save the Dates’
It is easy to get caught up in the end of summer/Labor Day plans, therefore missing out on some good program opportunities in the beginning of September. Here is a short list of upcoming programs in the first few weeks that people may want to put on their calendars: Thursday, Sept. 6, Business Smarts: Using the Right Social Media Platform, Case Studies, 8 to 10 a.m., registration required; Thursday, Sept. 6, author talk: Ayad Akhtar — American Dervish, 7 to 8 p.m., registration is suggested; Friday, Sept. 7, Andy Romer photography exhibition reception, 6 to 7:30 p.m., open to the public; Saturdays, Sept. 15, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6, Visions and Versions of America: Three Views from Fiction — Mark Schenker, 4 to 5:30 p.m., registration recommended; Thursday, Sept. 20, and Friday, Sept. 21, Literary Olio with Ben Van Vechten, 10:30 to noon, registration required. Interested participants may visit the library’s website for more information or to register.
To register for any of the programs mentioned above, visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events, or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs and ext. 217 for children’s activities.