Library summer reading programs begin
From poodle skirts to disco balls, from space exploration to dinosaurs, Wilton Library’s summer reading program, Pages through the Ages, provides a summer’s worth of free fun for toddlers through fifth graders. This year’s theme embraces the decades from the 1950s to the 2000s and all the things that captured people’s attentions and imaginations.
Children may register anytime throughout the summer and with this year’s Evanced online registration program, they can keep track of their reading progress wherever they are — at the beach, the pool or even their own backyards — as long as there is an Internet connection.
The summer reading program began June 21 and continues through Aug. 16, and includes prizes sponsored by Subway, Swizzles and the Toy Chest. There will be activities for everyone including drop-in crafts, drop-in story times, animal and musical entertainment, movies, dances and more sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund and the Sherman Family Fund.
The program gets off to a “shakin’” start with a Sock Hop right out of the 50s on Saturday, July 6, from 6 to 8. Elvis costumes, poodle skirts and saddle shoes are encouraged for children in kindergarten on up. Trivia, hula-hoop, Elvis look-alike contests are all part of the fun with prizes, giveaways and throwback candies and root beer floats.
The activities continue with Drop-in Crafts all day on Mondays, from July 8 through Aug. 12; Drop-in Story Times on Tuesdays from July 9 through Aug. 13 (times vary); and Wonderful Wednesdays with mime, space exploration, bubbleology, a visit from the Beardsley Zoo, dinosaurs, and Meet and Greet the Disney Princesses.
Movie Theater Thursdays run from July 11 through Aug. 15 (no movies on Aug. 8), with Disney Classic animation movies in the morning and feature films in the afternoon; and Dancing through the Decades on five consecutive Fridays with instruction by the Wilton Dance Studio, July 12-Aug. 9.
It wouldn’t be summer without Harry Potter, so the library will offer Harry Potter Summer School at Hogwarts for children entering grades 3-6 on Thursday, Aug. 8. This is an all-day fund-raiser for the library, from 9 to 5, with all things Harry Potter including the Sorting Hat, classes in potions and Defense Against the Dark Arts, crafts, games and trivia. There is a fee and early sign-ups are encouraged since space is limited.
Teens also have a reading program this summer that uses Evanced for online tracking, and provides a host of activities throughout the vacation. Grey Rocks, a Wilton teen band whose members include Ryan Amodei, Forest Rappaport, Cole Smith and Wes Wallace, will be playing on July 9; tie dye T-shirts and duct tape crafts, a few culinary challenges, a scavenger hunt, movies and an animated movie workshop are just some of the things teens can do this summer at the library. The teen programs are sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.
Information: wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-3950, ext. 217 for children’s activities and ext. 243 for teen events.