Wilton Library Lines: Winter Carnival, teen library council, parents, and positive communication

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, Feb. 3, Feb. 10 and Feb. 17, from 10:30 until noon. Jorie 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 prep schools and universities. 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. Email Wilton Library Association Programs Assistant Andrea Sato with any questions at asato@wiltonlibrary.org. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org.

Watch amazing acrobatics

Families 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. 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 waitlist will be sent a Zoom link by the morning of the program to watch it online. While it is the hope to offer this 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 the 2022 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, from the usual 11 a.m. 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 and children, one per person, while supplies last. Tweens, and teens, who are in the sixth grade through the 12th grade, can stop by the library’s teen services department to pick up a snowflake origami kit. Children, who are in kindergarten through the fifth grade can visit the library’s Children’s Library to receive a kit to create a snowman craft at home. The library’s staff invites all people to stop by, and join them for the event.

Valentine craft kits for teens

Teens will be able to make a heartfelt and homemade Valentine for the special people in their lives, with some help from Wilton Library’s Teen department. From Monday, Feb. 7, through Friday, Feb. 11, teens, who are in the sixth grade through the 12th grade can pick up grab-and-go valentine craft kits. Each kit will include enough material to make three valentines using cardstock and pre-cut Cricut shapes. Teens are welcome to use craft supplies available in the library’s Teen Room with the supplies of, markers, glue, scissors, or the teens will be able to take the kit for use at their home. Registration is not required. The kits will be available on a first come, first served basis in the Teen Room during the library’s regular days, and 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 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

Teen Library Council meets

Teens, who are in the sixth grade through the 12th grade, and who are interested in becoming more involved with the library are invited to February’s “Teen Library Council, TLC, Meeting” on Tuesday, Feb. 8, from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Zoom. All Wilton teens are welcome. Benefits of joining the council include: Helping librarians choose teen materials, and create teen programs, gaining experience working in a leadership role, and helping the community through service projects. Each meeting will consist of a group activity and discussion. The group will meet on the second Tuesday of each month. Members are asked to attend all of the meetings. Registration is required. Submitting a Teen Library Council application before the first meeting is attended, is recommended. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. The library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton.

Parenting, and positive communication

Parents are invited to join an informative discussion on Zoom titled: “Encouraging Responsibility and Independence: The Importance of Positive Communication at Home, at School and in the Social Arena,” which will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 10 to 11 a.m. David P. Sylvestro, MA, CSP, will discuss ways that parents can promote responsibility, and independence through positive interactions with their children, who might have learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and, or, executive function challenges. Sylvestro has previously served as a school psychologist at the Eagle Hill School in Greenwich, Conn. For more than 40 years. Sylvestro is currently is serving in that position at The Southport School in Southport. The event is being co-sponsored by the Wilton Library, the Special Education Network of Wilton, the Wilton Youth Council and the Wilton Public School district. Registration is required. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org.

Lunchtime book group

The Wilton Library Readers lunchtime book discussion series meets on Wednesday, Feb. 9 from noon until 1:30 p.m. on Zoom. In Feburary, Susan Boyar, who is the group’s professional book discussion leader, will discuss the book, “Matrix,” by author Lauren Groff. Registration is required in advance in order to receive the Zoom invitation link. The link will be sent out before the meeting by the library’s Head of Circulation, Karen Zeibak. Wilton Library Readers meets the second Wednesday of each month through June. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register, and for more information.

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 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.