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Unplugged fun

Kids in grades six through 12 get to unwind and travel back in time to play Cheesy Board Games on Friday, March 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. They might be games that kids remember such as Candyland, Apples to Apples or Sorry, but they probably won’t be played the same way. Teens are invited to bring their most competitive spirit to play for raffle tickets that will be redeemed for prizes. Refreshments will be served. Registration is recommended.  The program is sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund. The program is the brain-child of the Teen Advisory Board. Game on!

Egyptian spring festival

The spring festival of Egypt, Sham el-Nessim, will be celebrated at the library on Monday, April 1, from 4 to 5 p.m. for children ages four and up. Nisreen Saeed and library staffer Nevine Michaels will share their cultural traditions in a fascinating program. Children will create crafts, sample authentic Egyptian cuisine and hear stories about the culture.  Caregivers must accompany the children in the program. Registration is required; there is no fee.

The other Fitzgerald explored

Author Therese Anne Fowler comes to the library on Monday, April 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss her just-published novel, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. With a keen researcher’s eye for detail and well-honed love of writing, Ms. Fowler creates the world of Mrs. F. Scott Fitzgerald, with all the spark of the Jazz Age — from the turbulent marriage to the famous and infamous writer to all the people who traveled in their wake, across the U.S. and onto the European continent. Ms. Fowler has a BA in sociology/cultural anthropology and an MFA in creative writing. Her work has won honors from the Faulkner Society and Thomas Wolfe Fiction prize competitions. An Illinois native, she has a blended marriage with two grown sons and two nearly grown stepsons, and lives in North Carolina with her husband. There is no charge. Registration is encouraged.  Books are available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books.

Life-saving steps

The Wilton Ambulance Corps and the library team together to bring Hands Only CPR — 2 Steps to Save a Life to the library on Tuesday, April 2, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The one-hour class starts promptly at 7:30, with sign-in beginning at 7. Participants must be 18 years of age or older, live or work in Wilton and be able-bodied enough to do compressions on one’s knees. There is no charge; registration is required.

Business classes continue

The business program, Simple Steps for Starting Your Business, continues at the library on Wednesday, April 3, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. This session is for Marketing Planning. The remaining two sessions of the five-part series that began in March are April 10 — Financial Planning; April 17 — Funding & Next Steps. There is no charge. Check-in begins at 5:15 p.m. Registration is required (norwalkscore.org). The program is co-sponsored by Fairfield County SCORE and Wilton Library.

National poetry month

With April being National Poetry Month, the library has two programs for poetry lovers. Judson Scruton leads Poetic Excursions: Skimming the Cream, a four-part series exploring various poets and their writing techniques using The Poets Laureate Anthology as source material. The sessions are on consecutive Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 10:30 to noon.  Poetry packets are available at the circulation desk before the seminar begins. On Sunday, April 7, Bill Ziegler hosts Aspects of Poetry: Discussion and Readings, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. This lively discussion examines form in poetry, with examples by Mr. Ziegler and others. There is no charge for either program, however registration is required.

Beyond Words fund-raiser

The library’s third annual Beyond Words fundr-aiser takes place on Friday, April 5, from 7 to 11 p.m. There is still time to get tickets to this lovely cocktail party in the community’s living room. With cuisine prepared by Luca’s Wine Bar and Italian Seafood, a silent auction, live auction, Venetian Masquerade-themed masks, and friends and neighbors to toast the library, a festive evening is planned for all. The Wilton Bank is the event’s Lead Sponsor.  The Emerald Sponsor is Fairfield County Bank, and Ruby Sponsors include The Greens at Cannondale, Gregory and Adams, P.C., Michael P. Kaelin/Cummings and Lockwood LLC, and Rings End. The media sponsor is Wilton Magazine. Tickets range from $150 to $500 and may be purchased online (wiltonlibrary.org/beyondwords), by phone (203-762-3950 ext. 216) or at the circulation desk. The library will close at 2 p.m. on April 5 in preparation for the event.

The library is closed on March 31 for Easter Sunday. To register for any programs, visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult and teen programs or ext. 217 for children’s activities.