Wilton Library Lines: Acrobatics, winter carnival, valentine crafts

Mitch Ancona of Ancona’s Wines & Liquors in Wilton, and Ridgefield previosuly presents Wilton Library Executive Director Elaine Tai-Lauria with a check for $750 for the Wilton Library’s Bocce Brawlers team second place finish in the Branchville Civic Association’s 4th annual bocce tournament in a recent year. One of the upcoming events with the library is a special performance titled: “Watch the Amazing Acrobatics of Li Liu,” on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., to celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day, and the Lunar New Year, with Ancona being the sponsor for the performance.

Mitch Ancona of Ancona’s Wines & Liquors in Wilton, and Ridgefield previosuly presents Wilton Library Executive Director Elaine Tai-Lauria with a check for $750 for the Wilton Library’s Bocce Brawlers team second place finish in the Branchville Civic Association’s 4th annual bocce tournament in a recent year. One of the upcoming events with the library is a special performance titled: “Watch the Amazing Acrobatics of Li Liu,” on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., to celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day, and the Lunar New Year, with Ancona being the sponsor for the performance.

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Poetry lecture series

Popular guest lecturer Judson Scruton returns to the library to lead a 4-week literature seminar taking readers through selected works by the poet Jorie Graham. “Jorie Graham: Poetry as contagious ceremony that might save the world,” will take place on Thursdays, Jan. 27, and Feb. 3, Feb. 10, and Feb. 17, from 10:30 to noon. Advance registration is required. Register online, or call 203-762-6334. By registering for the first session, participants will automatically be registered for all four sessions. The lecture series is made possible with the support of the Literary Series in Memory of longtime Wilton resident Amy Quigley. Graham has been called by the Poetry Foundation one of the most celebrated poets of the American post-war generation. Judson Scruton M.A., The John Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry, has taught creative writing, and literature at prepratory schools, and universities. Email Wilton Library Association Programs Assistant Andrea Sato with any questions at asato@wiltonlibrary.org. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org.

Amazing acrobatics

Children and their caregivers are invited to a special performance to celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day and the Lunar New Year. “Watch the Amazing Acrobatics of Li Liu” will take place on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. in the Brubeck Room, and Archive of the Library. Performer Li Liu will blend artistic cycling, acrobatics, and balancing for a fun-filled program. She tells stories, and incorporates Chinese folklore into her act. The program is sponsored by Mitch Ancona of the Ancona's Wines & Liquors business, in Wilton, and Ridgefield. Registration is required. Space is limited, so all participants on the wait-list will be sent a Zoom link by the morning of the program to watch it online. While it is the hope to offer the program in person, should circumstances require it, the program will switch entirely to Zoom, and all registrants will receive an email with the link the day before the program. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org.

Winter Carnival fun

Wilton Library staff will welcome visitors during this year’s Wilton Winter Carnival on Sunday, Feb. 6, from noon to 4 p.m. For the special event, the library will open its doors one hour early, at noon. Visitors of all ages are invited to warm up inside the library. Library staff will be handing out grab-and-go winter craft kits - two different versions for teens, children, while supplies last. Teens in sixth grade through the 12th grade, can stop by the event to pick up a snowflake origami kit. Children ages 4, and up, will receive a kit to create a snowman craft at their homes. The employees of library invites all people to stop by, and join them for the event.

Story times for children

During the month of February, the library’s Children’s Library will continuee to offer different story times for children ages six months to five years, either in person or on Zoom. The in-person programs are “Big Kids Story Time” for people ages 4, and 5, on Tuesdays, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, and Feb. 22, from 4:15 to 5 p.m. and “Family Story Time,” for people ages 2 to 4, and their caregivers on Wednesdays, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 16, and Feb. 23, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Attendees should bring blankets to reserve spaces for the in-person story times. Masks will need to be worn all times by adults and children. Space will be limited in order to maintain social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. Registration is required for each session. Masked walk-ins will be welcomed if space allows. While it is the hope to offer thie program in person, should circumstances require it, the program will be switched to Zoom, and all registrants will receive an email with the link the day before the program. On Zoom, “Mother Goose on the Loose” for people, ages six months to two years, will take place on Thursdays, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, and Feb. 24, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Zoom invitation links will be sent to registrants before the programs begin. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to see more details, and to register for all story times.

Valentine craft kits for teens

Students will be able to make a heartfelt, and homemade Valentine crafts for the special people in their lives, with some help from Wilton Library’s Teen department. From Monday, Feb. 7, through Friday, Feb. 11, students in the sixth grade through the 12th grade, can pick up Grab and Go craft kits during the time. Each kit will include enough material to make three valentines using cardstock material, and pre-cut Cricut shapes. Students will be welcome to use craft supplies that are available in the Teen Room of the library. The supplies will include markers, glue, scissors, or the students will be able to take the kit for use at hom with them. Registration is not required. The kits will be available on a first come, first served basis in the Teen Room during library operating hours of, Mondays, through Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays, from 10 to 5 p.m., and Sundays, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Teen Library Council meets

Teens in the sixth grade through the 12th grade, who are interested in becoming more involved with the library are invited to the month of February’s “Teen Library Council Meeting” on Tuesday, Feb. 8, from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Zoom. All Wilton teens are welcome. Benefits will include: helping librarians choose teen materials, brainstorming ideas for teen programs, gaining experience working in a leadership role, and helping the community through service projects. Each meeting will consist of a small group activity, and discussion of upcoming events. The group will meet the second Tuesday of each month. Members are asked to attend all of the meetings. Registration is required and submitting a Teen Library Council application before the first meeting attended is recommended. Contact the Wilton Library Teen Services department at 203-762-6342 with any questions. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org.

Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org for information and to register for any of the library’s virtual programming, for information about the library’s Digital Library, or any of the library’s databases. For those Wilton residents, who need a library card to access the Digital Library, call 203-762-6334. If anyone has questions about accessing or using the Digital Library, email reference@wiltonlibrary.org.