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Teens speak their minds

The annual Poetry in Motion performances get underway on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23 in the Brubeck Room, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. with teens in grades 6 through 12 stating their minds through original poetry.  Rewind, Pause, Fast Forward is this year’s theme to which the students created their pieces that will be performed and accompanied by dance or music. An informal reception follows each evening’s performance at which commemorative books may be purchased. Tickets are $5 per person. Tickets are now on sale at the circulation desk of the library. The show is usually a sell-out so people should purchase their tickets now to be assured of seating. The snow date is Sunday, March 24, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Mystery uncovered

Kids in grades 2 and 3 will meet on Monday, March 25, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. for Whodunit? Book Club. This month’s book is The Hardy Boys Secret Files: Trouble at the Arcade by Franklin Dixon. Kids will get to chat about the book, partake in some fun detective activities and enjoy snacks. This monthly mystery book club is made possible by the Sherman Family Fund. Registration is required.  Parents and guardians must be in the library during the session.

Doggone gentle

Therapy dogs return to the library for Tales to Tails on Saturday, March 23, from 11 to noon. In this program, independent but reluctant readers spend quality time with gentle dogs that sit and listen while the children read. Studies have found that children who read aloud read more often, attempt levels that are more difficult and actually look forward to reading. The dogs are from ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) Therapy Dog Program. There is no charge, however registration is required.

Senior book group

The Senior Center Book Discussion takes place on Tuesday, March 26, from 11 to noon with a discussion of Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy.  Karen Tatarka will lead the discussion. Many attendees may recognize Karen as a former Wilton Library employee who is now director of Weston Library. Call the senior center for details and to register at 203-834-6240; the group meets at Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton.

Computers made easy

For those who have been intimidated by the daunting task of learning about computers, Mary Anne Franco comes to the rescue with Basic Computers for the Absolute Beginning. This demonstration-style class takes place on Wednesday, March 27, from 12:30 to 2. Mary Anne will take neophytes through topics such as desktop versus laptop, file structure, types of programs and much, much more. Registration is suggested.

Survival of the fittest

Children will learn an important lesson and get to see animals on Critter Wednesday — Food Chain: Critter Encounter, Wednesday, March 27, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Kids in grades K through 2 will see live animals provided by Earthplace of Westport. The animals help tell the relationships between life forms and how each species plays a specific role in maintaining balance in its own ecosystem; kids learn why every living and non-living thing is so important. The program is sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund. Registration is required, there is no fee. Caregivers must remain in the building during the presentation.

Scents and senses

Author Margot Berwin comes to the library on Thursday, March 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss her latest novel, The Scent of Darkness, an intriguing tale of a woman who enraptures everyone around her because of a beguiling perfume. According to notes, “A bewitching, wildly imaginative novel steeped in the mythology of perfume, Scent of Darkness seduces the reader’s every sense.” Ms. Berwin is the author of the best-selling novel, Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire. She earned her MFA from the New School in 2005 and lives in New York City. Books will be available for purchase and signing.  Registration is recommended.

Game on for teens

Teens in grades 6 to 12 become completely unplugged and vie for raffle tickets playing traditional board games on Friday, March 29 in the Cheesy Games for Teens program from 2 to 4 p.m. The raffle tickets will be redeemed for prizes after kids show their skills in classic board games from their childhoods. The program and prizes are made possible by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund. The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) came up with the concept and throws down the gauntlet in this friendly competitive frenzy. Registration is recommended.

Reminder:  Tickets for the Beyond Words benefit on April 5 can be purchased online or by calling the circulation desk. The library’s annual Book Sale is April 27-30.  The last day to donate any items to the book sale is Monday, April 8, after which the donation bins will have to be locked at Godfrey Place in preparation for the gigantic sale. The bins will open again on Monday, May 6. To register for any of the above-mentioned programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 217 for kids’ activities or ext. 213 for adult and teen programs.