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Photo op with Santa

Santa Claus is coming to town and he is visiting the library during the Holiday Book Sale on Sunday, Dec. 16. Santa will “mix and a-mingle” with kids from 1 to 3, and again from 3:30 to 5. Parents are welcome to bring their cameras for this once-a-season photo op with Santa, and perhaps discover wonderful selections for the special someones on their gift-giving lists.

Kids’ book club changes

The final chapter of the Good Kids, Great Reads book club for kids in grades two and three takes place on Monday, Dec. 17, from 4 to 4:45. The group will discuss Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse by George Selden. Snacks and a craft will be made. Parents and guardians must be present. The program is made possible by the Sherman Family Fund. Starting next month, this group will explore mysteries in the Whodunit? Book Club on Monday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. The book for January is Saxby Smart in the Curse of the Ancient Mask and Other Case Files by Simon Cheshire. Registration is required.

Book chat

This month’s Tuesday Book Buzz is Dec. 18 from 11 to noon, and features a few goodies — books to chat about and some holiday nibbles to relish. Each month Lauren McLaughlin and Melissa Baker scour reviews, websites and lots and lots of lists to find some of the best books to talk about. Participants are encouraged to come and chat about their most recent favorite reads or just listen to what others recommend. There is no charge. Registration is suggested but not required.

Museum passes

With wrapping paper strewn all over the house and the hunt for batteries ended, the question of what to do during the holiday vacation will be on families’ minds. The library’s Museum Pass Program is a great “gift” to the family for some quality time together. With 13 museums on the list providing discounted or free admission, it’s a great time to take in some culture, science, animals or just plain fun. The program includes the following attractions: Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Connecticut’s Old State House, Connecticut State Parks & Forests, Discovery Museum and Planetarium, Earthplace, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum (please call ahead to make sure it is open), Maritime Aquarium, Mystic Aquarium, Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. The Museum Pass Program, generously funded by the Van Raalte family in loving memory of Peter Van Raalte, is open to all Wilton Library patrons. The passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be held for one hour only if they are available and requested over the phone. They are loaned for three consecutive days, with late fees charged for past due returns. For more information and links to the various museums, visit and click on Museum Passes on the left hand side of the homepage.

Home delivery available

As the colder winter months approach and people may become homebound for disability or health reasons, even if temporarily, the library wants to remind them that “At Your Service: At Home” is available to them. The books-by-mail program is made possible in part by the Edith Sutter Memorial Fund. Participants may fill out an application (which can be mailed to them) that indicates their preferences of books, magazines, hardcover audiobooks, authors, and genres that they like. The library staff will then mail out the books, which can be returned in postage-paid envelopes when the patron has finished reading them. For more information, visit and click on Services, then Home Delivery or call Karen Zeibak, circulation manager at 203-762-3950, ext. 238.

To register for library programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult and teen programs, or ext. 217 for children’s programs.