Wilton Library Lines: Cartoon animals, legacy letters, lip gloss

Presidential historian, international keynote speaker, author, and American biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin is shown. One of the upcoming events with the Wilton Library is a Wilton Library Senior Center Book Discussion with Goodwin, on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. until noon. at the Wilton Senior Center, which is also the Comstock Community Center, and which is also located at 180 School Road in Wilton.

Presidential historian, international keynote speaker, author, and American biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin is shown. One of the upcoming events with the Wilton Library is a Wilton Library Senior Center Book Discussion with Goodwin, on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. until noon. at the Wilton Senior Center, which is also the Comstock Community Center, and which is also located at 180 School Road in Wilton.

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Do It Yourself mouse pad

People in the sixth grade through the 12th grade can learn how to make their own mouse pads in a Do It Yourself “DIY Mouse Pad Craft for Teens” workshop on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 4 to 5 p.m. on Zoom. All supplies will be provided, and people can pick them up in the Wilton Library’s Teen Department, and then meet on the Zoom to learn how to make the mouse pads. Supplies are limited. Registration is required. All participants will receive information about how to pick up their craft bags in the week before the meeting. The Zoom link will be sent the day before the program. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register.

Meeting for poets

This month, February’s, “Connecticut Poetry Society Workshop,” is on Saturday, Feb. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Wilton Library. The group comes together to share, and discuss original poems written by the attendees. The poems will be read aloud to the group. Participants should email their original poems to Weston resident Ray Rauth at rayrauth@optonline.net. The gathering of no more than 15 attendees is designed to help facilitate discussion. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register.

Book discussion for seniors

The next Wilton Library Senior Center Book Discussion will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. until noon. Wilton resident Carol Kaelin leads a discussion of the book, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” by presidential historian, international keynote speaker, author, and American biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin. The group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month through May. Call the Wilton Senior Center, which is also the Comstock Community Center for details, and to register at 203-834-6240. The Comstock Community Center is located at 180 School Road, in Wilton.

Draw cartoon animals

People in the second grade, and up, who like to draw will enjoy “Draw Impossible Animals with Rick Stromoski,” an American cartoonist, on Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 3 to 4 p.m. on Zoom. They’ll learn to draw impossible, and silly animals in the fun, interactive cartooning program. Participants should have plenty of paper, pencils, and coloring supplies on hand for the unusual drawing experience. Registration is required. A Zoom link will be sent by the morning of the program. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org.

Writing legacy letters

Learn about legacy letters and how to write one in the Zoom workshop “Writing a Legacy Letter,” which takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A legacy letter, also called an “ethical will” is a written document that allows the writer to share life lessons, express values, and transmit blessings to future generations. Writing one is a rewarding experience that creates an enduring gift for family, friends, and other loved ones. The introductory workshop led by Life Reflections Project founder Jay Sherwin includes discussion, and writing exercises to help participants examine life history, explore values, and capture important insights. It also offers advice, and a model structure to help them draft, and complete a legacy letter. Because the event is an interactive workshop, attendance is limited to 20 people. Registration is required. To register, and see more details, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org.

Making lip gloss

Teens are invited to learn how fun, and easy it is to make homemade lip gloss in the Zoom workshop “DIY Lip Gloss for Teens” on Thursday, Feb. 24, from 3 to 3:45 p.m. All supplies will be provided, and teens can pick them up in the Wilton Library’s Teen Department, and then meet on Zoom to learn how the accessory is made. Supplies are limited, and registration is required. All participants will receive information on how to pick up their craft bags in the week before the meeting. The Zoom link will be sent the day before the program. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register.

Lectures on classic novels

Guest lecturer Mark Schenker of Yale College at the Yale University in New Haven, returns via Zoom to continue his lecture series about classic novels on Thursdays, Feb. 24, and March 3, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, March 24, and March 31, from 7 to 8 p.m. Schenker turns now to the American fiction literary genre in the first decades of the 20th century. With reference to masterworks by five acclaimed American authors, he will consider the changing nature of the general novel as an art form, the rise of modernism, the influence of the First World War, and the ways in which American fiction of the period resembles, and differs from English novels of the same era. Attendees are not expected to read, or re-read all, or even any of the novels, but a familiarity with them will of course make the lectures more meaningful. Here are the novels for each of the weeks: Feb. 24, “The House of Mirth,” March 3, “Winesburg, Ohio,” March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, “This Side of Paradise,” March 24, “In Our Time,” and March 31, “The Sound and the Fury.” The lecture series is made possible with the support of the Literary Series in Memory of longtime Wilton resident Amy Quigley. Advance registration is required. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org.

The library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 21, for the President’s Day holiday. 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.