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Reception for eight artists

The library starts the New Year off with a fresh coat of paint, or rather paintings, when “The Visual Eight” art exhibition reception opens Friday, Jan. 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The eight featured artists have a connection to Wilton in some way, having either worked or lived here. Most of the artists have participated in the library’s annual Summer Show that celebrates Wilton artists. This exhibition gives the artists a chance to highlight their talents with more of their works on display. The artists in the exhibition are Sandra Bacher, Joseph Barber (deceased represented by his niece, Linda Morgan), Lynda Carroll, Carole Ann Mills, Judith Schomer, John “Randy” Tate, Kathleen Wrampe and Marian Wulffleff. The exhibition runs through Sunday, Jan. 27. The media sponsor for the art exhibition is The Wilton Bulletin.

Confused about tech gifts?

Girl Scout Troop 51010 is ready to handle tech questions that people may have, especially if they received new mobile toys over the holidays in the program, Scouting for Tech Help. People wishing for help may stop by the Computer Lab with their laptops or mobile devices on Saturday, Jan. 5, from 10 to noon, for assistance with technology questions of any size and type. Appointments aren’t necessary since this is a drop-in service. Patrons are reminded to bring their passwords, Wilton Library cards and email addresses, particularly if they are looking for help with any of the library’s digital services for downloading or streaming eBooks, movies, music and more. The troop members are at the library each first and third Saturday of the month. For information, call 203-762-6350.

Getting it together

It’s the New Year — a new time for a resolution that may actually be kept. Getting organized seems to be at the top of many lists when people start out the New Year, and now the library has Get Organized for the New Year, on Saturday, Jan. 5, from 2 to 4:30, that may help the wish become a reality. Participants will be introduced to Bullet Journaling, a fun, creative way to stay on top of “to do” lists, planning and more. Once the journal is started, about 15 minutes a day can keep the user on track. The program is for adults and teens in grades 9 through 12. Attendees will receive journals and pens.  The decorating, flourishes and personalization are up to the individual. The program is sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund. Space is limited and registration is required.

Support groups convene

Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County and the library present three support groups that are designed to help people through loss or the trials of being a caregiver.  The three sessions are eight weeks long and meet at the library. Loss of a Loved One meets Mondays, Jan. 7 through Feb. 25, from 12:30 to 2 p.m.; Loss of a Spouse meets Monday evenings, Jan. 7 through Feb. 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Caregiver Support Group gets together on Wednesday, Jan. 9 through Feb. 27, from 12:30 to 2. All three support groups are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Call 203-762-8958, ext. 316. Monday sessions do not meet on Jan. 21.

Environmental awareness

Wilton Go Green and the library co-sponsor the screening of Straws on Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 7 to 8 p.m. This award-winning documentary illuminates the problems related to straws and other single-use plastic pollution that inundate the earth’s waterways and oceans. A brief panel discussion and Q&A session follow the film with Charlie Taney of the Norwalk River Valley Trail, Nina Quaratella of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association, Bridget Cervero and David Hudson of The Maritime Aquarium. Free, registration is recommended. The same film will be screened on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 2 to 3. This family event is designed for parents and their children. After the film, adults will enjoy a brief panel discussion and Q&A with Charlie Taney, Nina Quaratella, and Louise Washer, president of the Norwalk River Watershed Association. At the same time, students in second through sixth grade will have an educational program following the film at 2:30. Advanced registration is required for the children’s program.  

To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call the Circulation Desk at 203-762-6334 for adult programs, the Children’s Library at 203-762-6336, Teen Services and Innovation Station at 203-762-6342.