Wilton Library Lines: Poetry, Story times, STEM

Nathaniel and Charles Dey of Wilton, Conn. watch Firefighter Story Time from their home in a previous year. One of the library's upcoming virtual happenings is Firefighter Story Time Live, Feb. 23, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Registration for this program is required at wiltonlibrary.org/events. For questions, email the library's Children's Library Manager Andrea Szabo at aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org.

Nathaniel and Charles Dey of Wilton, Conn. watch Firefighter Story Time from their home in a previous year. One of the library’s upcoming virtual happenings is Firefighter Story Time Live, Feb. 23, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Registration for this program is required at wiltonlibrary.org/events. For questions, email the library's Children's Library Manager Andrea Szabo at aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org.

Lynn Dey / Contributed photo

In-person appointments are back

The library has resumed its Express Services in-person appointments, which are now available on Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. With these appointments, people can browse their favorite sections such as New Books, Large Print Books, Book Group Books, Quick Pick Books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks and puzzles. Adult internet computers, the Children’s Library and Teen Services are also available during these hours. The numbers to call for appointments are as follows: Adult Services and computers — (203) 762-6350; Teen Services — (203) 762-6342; and the Children’s Library — (203) 762-6336. Patrons must wear masks that cover their noses, and mouths at all times. Temperature checks will be taken at the front door, and hand sanitizers are located throughout the area. For people who like the convenience of rolling by, the hours for the library’s drive-thru window on Godfrey Place in Wilton are: Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Items being returned must be dropped in the blue bin in the library’s parking lot so that they may be quarantined for five days amid the coronavirus pandemic. Book donations are not being accepted at this time.

Kids chat about books

Kids in the fourth grade through the seventh grade gather together to talk books Feb. 20, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Virtual Book Club. This project of Girl Scout Emily Johnson gets kids sharing thoughts about the chosen read. This week’s selection is the book titled: “The One and Only Ivan” by Author Katherine Applegate. Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Contact the library's Children's Library Manager Andrea Szabo at aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org with any questions.

Poetry workshop

Adults have their own gathering Feb. 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. when the CT Poetry Society Workshop comes together for its monthly meeting on Zoom. Attendees are asked to read their original poems aloud to the group. They are requested to send their poems in advance to Ray Rauth at rayrauth@optonline.net. He will distribute the poems to the group shortly before the session. The workshops are purposefully limited to just fifteen participants to better facilitate discussion. There is no charge. Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link, which will be mailed shortly before the program begins. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org.

Story times

Children ages two and up have a very special program, Firefighter Story Time Live, Feb. 23, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. This is an interactive story time with Wilton’s firefighters. Toddlers ages one-year-old to three-years-old have another chance to hear wonderful stories in Zooming Toddler Story Time, Feb. 24, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mother Goose on the Loose is for babies ages six months to children, two-years-old, Feb. 25 through March 11, from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Registration is required for all of these interactive programs mentioned above. Links to each of the programs will be sent via email before the programs. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Questions may be emailed to aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org.

Junk equals STEM

Kids in the fourth grade through the sixth grade have one last chance to get in on the fun with Junk Drawer STEM, (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Feb. 24, from 4 to 5 p.m. Two experiments will be conducted using various common household items. This week kids will be exploring radioactivity and thermodynamics. See the website registration link for supplies needed. Participants must register for the Zoom link, and space is limited. Any questions may be emailed to aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register.

Scholarly series continues

The WLA/WHS Scholarly Series: Connecticut Creativity: Vision + Imagination + Inspiration continues with Stephanie Haboush Plunkett and Magdalen Livesey Feb. 25, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. In the program entitled, “The Story of Famous Artists School and its Connecticut Roots,” Plunkett and Livesey will look at the lasting influence of the Famous Artists School and the artists who contributed to it on the world of illustration from the twentieth century until today. Famous Artists School - “the art school for everyone, everywhere” - began in 1948 in Westport, then home to a number of well-known artists and illustrators. Eleven artists, including Norman Rockwell and Stevan Dohanos, contributed material for the comprehensive courses. Stephanie Haboush Plunkett is the Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum. Wiltonian Magdalen Livesey is a writer and freelance editor. Livesey, and her husband, Robert Livesey, owned Famous Artists School from 1982 to 2016. There is no charge; donations are always welcomed. Please see the library’s website at www.wiltonlibrary.org for additional dates, topics, speaker details and registration. Registration is required for each individual session in order to receive the livestream links. Additional dates are March 11 World of Maurice Sendak; March 25 Story Behind PT Barnum; and April 8 Gillette and Holmes.

Jobs Resources

For those seeking help in their job searches, the library website at www.wiltonlibrary.org is a place to start in the Jobs and Career Resources section on the homepage. JobNow provides all the tools necessary to create a resume and prepare for interviews with resume templates, career assessments, interview tips, as well as live resume and interview coaches. Other resources are: Lynda.com, Learning Express, Reference USA and more. All that is needed to start, is a Wilton Library card.

Regular maintenance on the catalog system will take place the morning of Feb. 24. If patrons are not connecting to the catalog then, try again later that day. 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 needing a library card to access the Digital Library, call 203-762-6334. If anyone has questions about accessing or using the Digital Library, please email techref@wiltonlibrary.org.