Twisty, twirly bands

What to do on cold Friday afternoons is an easy decision during the month of January for kids in grades 1 and up. They can join the library’s Rainbow Loom Club. Children can bring their Rainbow Looms and their rubber bands to an hour-long session on Jan. 3, 10, 17 and 24, from 4 to 5, to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for this fun craft. Kids teach kids in this cozy gathering. Some rubber bands are provided but although supplies are limited, creativity is not. There is no registration. Caregivers should remain in the building. The program is sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

Saturday story times

A new session of story times kicks off the new year on Jan. 4, 11 and 18, from 10:30 to 11 with Saturday Stories. These story times give busy parents another day to share a good story or two with their kids that they might not be able to do during the week. Children ages 3 to 5 are welcome with their caregivers. No registration is required.

Cool jazz begins the new year

The Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room Concert series welcomes Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato to the stage on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 4 p.m. The library is pleased to have percussionist Colin Stranahan and jazz pianist Glenn Zaleski return to the Brubeck Room and welcomes bassist Rick Rosato for the first concert of the year. Mr. Stranahan and Mr. Zaleski met in 2005 as students at the Brubeck Institute Fellowship Program in Stockton, Calif. To commemorate this special performance in the Brubeck Room, the trio would like to feature a few of their favorite Dave Brubeck compositions, as well as selections from their new CD ‘Limitless.’ Please see the library’s registration link for more information about the musicians.  An informal reception follows the concert.  The Hot & Cool concerts are funded by the William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer and Chris and Tish Brubeck. A donation of $10 per person is suggested. Registration is highly recommended for this popular jazz series. Pre-registrants should arrive by 3:50 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-ins will be accommodated after 3:50 if seating is available.

Parenting book discussed

Dr. Susan Bauerfeld, a clinical psychologist and ADHD coach, leads discussions on parenting books over the course of the year. She reviews many titles and subject areas and winnows them down based on soundness and relevance to the community. The selection for Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 10:30 to noon is The Parent App: Understanding Families in the Digital Age by Lynn Schofield Clark. Reading the book is not required, but it is encouraged and will most likely enhance the discussion. The program is presented at no charge by Wilton Youth Council, Parent Connection, a member organization of WYC, Wilton Library and United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. Registration is strongly encouraged.

Story times begin

Winter Story Times begin Tuesday, Jan. 7 and run through Wednesday, March 19 for babies through six-year olds. The sessions are drop-in, free of charge and age appropriate. The days and times are as follows:

• Books for Babies, babies under 12 months and caregivers, Wednesdays, 10:15-10:45;

• Wonderful Ones and Twos with Caregivers, Wednesdays, 11-11:30;

• Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes with Caregivers, Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45;

• Look, Listen and Learn for three- and four-year olds with caregivers, Tuesdays, 11-11:30;

• Literary Littles, for ages 4-6, Tuesdays, 2:15-3.

Driver safety class

AARP offers its Driver Safety Class on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 10 to 2. The program is designed for drivers age 50 and over to help with today’s challenging driving environment. The session covers changes in sight, hearing, reactions times due to aging and provides practical advice on how to deal with these issues. The session is for Connecticut residents only. There are no written or road tests. Registration is required. The program cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Registrants are asked to bring checks or cash to the session.

Library book group meets

The kick-off of the new year for Wilton Library Readers begins with a discussion of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from noon to 1:30. Professional book group leader Susan Boyar facilitates the discussion. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches; the library provides the beverages. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month through June. A listing of upcoming dates and titles can be found on the library’s website at wiltonlibrary.org and then clicking on Wilton Library Readers in the Quick Links section of the homepage. Registration is recommended especially during the winter months so that participants can be contacted in the event of inclement weather.

The library will be closed on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2014. It will open at the regular time on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 10 a.m. To register for library programs, visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teen events or ext. 217 for children’s activities.