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Wellness checks for women

The library has teamed up with Stamford Hospital’s mobile facility to provide mammography screenings on Friday, Sept. 6, from 9 to 3. The program is designed to help women maintain their wellness by bringing this service where they live, work, play and learn. Services are for women 35 to 39 with baseline screenings and women 40-plus for annual mammograms. Insurance is accepted. Appointments may be scheduled by calling the hospital at 203-276-5990 and choosing option 1.

Books galore

The library’s Tots to Teens book sale takes place this weekend from Friday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 8. This is a perfect time for this fund-raiser as kids and parents can be on the lookout for books for book reports, test prep books, text books, picture and chapter books for new and accomplished readers. Hours: Friday noon-6, Saturday 10- 5, Sunday 1-5. Books are half-price on Sunday. The items are in pristine condition thanks to the careful donations from the community and include books on tape and CD, music CDs, computer games and DVDs. All proceeds benefit the library.

Diversity in photography

The opening for September’s art exhibition, 5 Photographers 5 Styles, is set for Friday, Sept. 6, from 6 to 7:30. The exhibition features close to 100 images in an array of styles and subjects from five local area photographers: Paul Wear and Dennis Hyde from Norwalk and Vince Balzano, Rick Locke and Zita Mercurio from Wilton. Mr. Wear’s images go through a metamorphosis; Mr. Locke’s photographs feature vivid colors, striking patterns, textures and unique images; Mr. Hyde likes to capture moments of humanity or glimpses of the natural world; Ms. Mercurio sees in nature the elegance and simplicity of repeated patterns; and Mr. Balzano’s cropped images achieve balance and perspective. A majority of the works are for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The exhibition runs through Sept. 27. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Kids’ story times

Kids’ story times begin Tuesday, Sept. 10 for babies to five-year olds at various times and days. The schedule is: Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes with Caregivers, Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45; Look, Listen and Learn, for ages 3-4 with caregivers, Tuesdays, 11-11:30; Literary Littles, for ages 4-5, Tuesdays, 2:15-3; Books for Babies, babies under 12 months and caregivers, Wednesdays, 10:15-10:45; Wonderful Ones and Twos with caregivers, Wednesdays, 11-11:30. There is no registration and no fee. Mother Goose on the Loose is another story time program that is beginning on Thursday, Sept. 12 at two different times. It is designed for an intimate group of children ages six months to two years, learning in a research-based program. The program was filled using a lottery system. Children ages 3 to 5 can enjoy nature walks and theme-based stories when they go to Ambler Farm Reads at the farm on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 2:15 to 3.

Support group meets

The Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group meets on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. This group meets once a month at the library and provides comfort and companionship for post-treatment cancer survivors. Registration is encouraged. Sandwiches, fruits and beverages are provided. Information:, or call Nina Marino at 203-857-7304.

Mindfulness meditation seminar

Whether it’s the start of school or coming back from vacation, fall can be a stressful time in anyone’s life. Andy Lee returns to the library to present his Mindfulness Meditation Class on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mindfulness is being aware of the present moment, without judgment or strife. Mr. Lee introduces participants to simple and effective mindfulness practices, including meditation. He will also review some of the many recent research findings about the effects of mindfulness meditation on focus, memory, emotions, and the brain itself. Mr. Lee has studied and practiced mindfulness meditation in the area for more than 12 years. There is no charge, and registration is highly recommended. This popular seminar “sold out” when he last appeared at the library.

Readers groups gather

Wilton Library Readers begin their fall session on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from noon to 1:30 with the discussion of The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy. Professional book group leader Susan Boyar will facilitate the talk. The group gets together the second Wednesday of the month, September through May (with no meeting in December). Future dates and titles may be viewed on the library’s website at Participants are reminded to bring their lunches; the library provides beverages. Registration is suggested.

Book groups also get together for the Wilton Reads book, The Cutting Season by Attica Locke. Joanna Ecke leads a talk on Monday, Sept. 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Susan Boyar engages a group on Monday, Sept. 23, from 10:30 to noon. The author comes to the library on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. Registration is recommended for all Wilton Read programs.

To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teen events and ext. 217 for children’s activities.