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Holiday happenings

The library has a variety of activities this weekend, ushering in the holidays, beginning with “Hanukkah Story Time” on Friday, Dec. 7, from 4-4:30 p.m.

Batya Diamond will bring her guitar and sing Hanukkah songs with children, ages 4 and up. Stories, games, craft-making and snacks will be available. Registration is required for the program, which is sponsored by the library and The Wilton Jewish Center.

The Wilton Holiday Walk follows the event a Santa is set to arrive at the gazebo in the center of town. The library will have refreshments and a fire to warm people from the cold of the night, between 5-7 p.m.

On Sunday, Dec. 9, the annual Friends Holiday Party, hosted by the library’s trustees, will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and all adults are welcome.

Film screening

Bill Ziegler is set to host the three-part movie showing of George Eliot’s Middlemarch, on Dec. 7, 13 and 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

A short question-and-answer session will follow each of the parts of the film screening.

Participants may bring lunches for the movies; the library will provide beverages. Registration is recommended.

Area author visits

Susan Schaller, a freelance writer who contributes regularly to national adventure and sports magazines will host the “Area Author Affair” on Monday, Dec. 10, from 6-7:30 p.m.

Her book, written under the name Susan E. B. Schwartz, is JFK’s Secret Doctor, which illustrates the medical visionary Hans Kraus, who also was John F. Kennedy’s back specialist.

Guests are invited to join Susan for an informal gathering and reception. There is no charge and books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is encouraged.

A breather before the holidays

Andy Lee, a meditation specialist, will present a workshop to help people introduce meditation into their busy lives.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Class takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 7-8 p.m.

According to Mr. Lee, “mindfulness” is being fully aware and at peace in the present moment, without judgment or strife.

It is a tool that can be used at anytime to rid oneself of knee-jerk reactions to life or the tendency to live in the past or worry about the future. Registration is recommended, there is no charge.

Life-saving skills

The Wilton Ambulance Corps and the library are sponsoring “Hands Only CPR — 2 Steps to Save a Life” on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 7-8:30 p.m.

The one-hour free class is designed to help people learn a simple CPR method that could save lives. The class is for people 18 years or older either living or working in Wilton.

Registration begins at 7 p.m. with class starting at 7:30 p.m. Registration is required, there is no fee.

Gingerbread cookie art for teens

Teens in grades 6-12 can have their own holiday fun decorating gingerbread men and women cookies on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 4-5 p.m. in the Gingerbread for Teens program.

Holiday tunes will be played in this relaxing atmosphere where laughter, creativity and good times abound. There is no charge. Registration is required because space is limited. The program is made possible by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

An international Christmas

This year’s Christmas celebration embraces customs from Italy with “An Italian Christmas” on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 6-7 p.m.

Children ages 4 and up with caregivers will be welcomed to activities, games, crafts stories and Italian snacks to eat.

Kids will learn about La Befana, “The Christmas Witch,” along with other Italian customs. Registration is required; there is no fee.

Holiday gift-giving

The library’s holiday book sale and giving tree are on display during regular library hours.

Items in pristine condition may be purchased from the book sale and materials for the library’s collection may be selected in someone’s honor or memory. For information, visit the library’s circulation desk.

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