Let the summer reading begin

Both the Children’s Library and Teen Services are launching their summer reading programs on Friday, June 21. The children’s program is called Pages through the Ages, introducing the kids to the decades from the 1950s to the 2000s. The summer program includes Story Times, Summer Crafts, Wonderful Wednesdays with entertainment and animals, Movie Theater Thursdays and Dancing through the Decades Fridays. Kids will sign up online through the program called Evanced and keep track of their summer reading logs while on the go using the Internet wherever they are. Kids can stop by the library beginning on Friday to learn how to use Evanced. Teens grades 6 through 12 will be using the same Evanced online system to track their summer reading. Access directions will be available in the Teen Services area, or by logging onto the library’s website and clicking on Teens. Both summer reading programs will feature weekly prizes that can be picked up at the library. Both programs run through Aug. 16. For information, call Children’s Library at 203-762-3950, ext. 217.

Tail-wagging    reading buddies

The library’s Tales to Tails program provides time for reluctant readers to bond with dogs for some quiet reading time on Saturday, June 22, from 11 to noon. The program, which is made possible by ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue), brings therapy dogs to the library for children to read to them. The use of trained therapy dogs in reading programs can result in children who feel comfortable reading out loud, read more often, attempt more difficult books, and actually look forward to reading. Children must read independently to participate in this program.  There is no program charge; registration is required.

Babysitting training

The American Red Cross Babysitting Training two-day workshop is set for Tuesday and Wednesday, June 25 and 26, from 10 to 1:30 each day. The workshop is for students ages 11 to 15.  At the completion of the two-day course, students will receive babysitting certificates. The workshop is $90 per student, payable at the time of registration. To register, call head of teen services, Susan Lauricella, at 203-762-3950, ext. 243; there is no online registration for this course. Space is limited to 12 participants. Participants should bring snacks/refreshments to class.

Harleman fund supports concert

The Ian Harleman Rising Musicians’ Fund was created as a tribute to the memory of Ian Harleman, a lover of music, people and life. Its mission is to educate, and inspire middle school and high school students who are passionate about music. This past year the fund supported weekly drum lessons for three students with local teachers John Cutrone and Jim Lane. Their lessons have prepared them to perform with other students and young adults at the library on Saturday, June 29, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The performance will take place in the Brubeck room. Registration is required;

Check out what’s new

The library is introducing some new services this summer to help those on the go. Available now in Adult Services: three dedicated Kindles pre-loaded with brand-new summer blockbuster titles such as The Inferno by Dan Brown. The Kindles can be loaned out for three weeks. Within weeks, the Teen Services area will have two Kindles with popular summer reading list titles as assigned by the Wilton School District. Shortly after, the Children’s Library will have two Nooks available with some summer reading list books and other popular titles. To reserve the Kindles that are available now, visit the library’s website at www.wiltonlibrary.org.

Another new offering in addition to the Kindles and Nooks is Zinio, a service that provides patrons with access to 21 online magazines that can be downloaded onto their personal devices and computers. Patrons can read these magazines cover to cover, on-the-go, with no due dates and absolutely free. Once the magazines are downloaded to the devices, patrons can read them at their leisure with no wi-fi connection needed. For more information on the Kindles, Nooks and online magazines through Zinio, contact a reference librarian at 203-762-3950, ext. 211.

AARP driving course

Connecticut residents ages 50 and over can sign up for an AARP Driver Safety Class being held on Saturday, June 22, from 10 to 2 at the Wilton Library. The four-hour class explores today’s challenging driving environment. Topics cover hearing, vision and reaction time changes as drivers age, as well as practical defensive techniques for the road.  There are no written tests or road tests. The fee for the session is $12 for AARP members; $14 for non-members. Participants are asked to bring checks or cash only. Registration is required.

The library will be closed on Sundays for the summer from June 23 through Sept. 1. Sunday hours will resume on Sept. 8. To register for these or any programs, visit the library’s website at wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-3950.