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Teens take on Wilton

This year’s teen photography and writing project, Wilton My Take, opens on Friday, Feb. 1 with a reception from 6 to 7 p.m. The exhibition is the culmination of a project for teens in grades eight through 12 that has been taking place since this fall. The group of students aimed their cameras at Wilton and captured it in photos and words, and now is presenting their works in the library for the month of February. The public is invited.

Keeping them in stitches

Wonderful stitching projects will be on display and happening real-time on Saturday, Feb. 2 with Stitch in Time, when members of the Fairfield County chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America stitch in public in the gallery. People are encouraged to stop by any time between 10 and 3, to chat and see what beautiful works they have created.

A day at the library

National Take Your Child to the Library Day is set for Saturday, Feb. 2 and Wilton Library will be the place to be for kids and pirates with activities set from 10 to 5. The theme for the day is Pirates Ahoy! and children are welcome to come in costume. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to bring their cameras because this is a photo-op day. The first 40 kids to stop by the Children’s Library reference desk will receive free copies of Treasure Island (one per child). The Beardsley ZooMobile will be at the library for the same program at two different times, one from 10:30 to 11, and the second from 11:30 to noon. In both programs, children ages 4 and up are invited to see many interesting animals, including the pirate-favorite macaw. The program is sponsored by the Dibner Family Science Fund. For children ages 5 and up Shiver Me Timbers! Pirate Tales takes place from 3 to 4. Jonathan Kruk and his pirate pal Rich Bala dress as pirates and entertain the children with a fun, interactive show in which they will hear tales about Captain Kidd and Black Bird. Pirate Tales is sponsored by the Hacking Fund. Registration is required for the programs and there are no fees. Caregivers must remain in the building for all programs.

CPR session

The Hands Only CPR-2 Steps to Save a Life Class takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. with check-in starting at 7. The free one-hour class is sponsored by the library and the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Anyone 18 years or older and a Wilton resident or working for a Wilton business is eligible; everyone must be able to perform chest compressions while on their knees. Registration is required.

Dating violence told in a new way

The Yellow Dress is a dramatic one-woman play based on the stories of young women who were victims of dating violence. The play will be held at Wilton Library on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The carefully constructed program stimulates thought-provoking discussion about relationships; a topic important to every young person’s life. Audiences are clearly moved by the story of a young woman who warmly tells of her relationship that begins as young love, full of passion and promise — and ends in tragedy. The Yellow Dress play is developed and produced by Deana’s Educational Theater (DET). DET acts to prevent relationship violence by developing and producing comprehensive educational theater programs on relationship violence for grades kindergarten through 12, colleges the military, and communities around the United States and abroad. The program contains mature content and is recommended for audience members ages 13 and older. This program is co-sponsored by Wilton Teen PeaceWorks, Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force and Wilton Library. There is no charge, however registration is required.

Ancient tales explored

Dr. Gerald Weiss, a Wilton resident, brings his formidable knowledge of classical languages to a four-part series on Epic Poetry: War, Women, Wrath and Worship in Virgil’s The Aeneid, beginning Thursday, Feb. 7, from 10:30 to noon. The series continues on Thursdays through February. Through a process known as “Passing Over,” selected passages in The Aeneid will be examined as to  its relevance for today on such issues as violence, war, justice, fate and destiny, the place of women in society then and now, and the role of Roman Imperial theology. Participants will get a taste of Latin epic poetry in the restored pronunciation of ancient times and hopefully come away with an appreciation of this magnum opus as one of the greatest epic poems ever written. There are lessons to be learned from the theology of the Roman Empire as it relates to Christianity and America’s ideology and policies. Dr. Weiss was first introduced to Homer and Virgil in his high school classes of Greek and Latin. After graduating with a classical diploma, he continued to pursue his interest in the classics at St. Louis University, where he earned both a bachelor of arts and a master of arts in classical languages. He pursued graduate studies in philosophy and theology and studied abroad at Innsbruck University (Austria) and at Rome’s Gregorian University where he received his doctorate. A reading packet is available at the circulation desk. Registration is recommended.

This week’s children’s programs can be found on the library’s website and include story times, Saturday Books for Babies, Minecraft Club, and Creation Station. To register for any library program, 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.