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Importance of reading

National “Read Across America Day” takes place on Saturday, March 2 and the library has some fun in store for kids of all ages. The day also is the celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, so the library offers Dr. Seuss Crafts from 10 to 5 for all kids and a Story Time with Cat in the Hat from 11 to 11:45. Children ages 3 and up and invited to see the Cat in the Hat and to make a craft. Read Across America Day and the Story Time are sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund. During the day, kids can stop by the library and tell the Children’s Library staff members what their favorite books are, and receive special reading certificates. Kids caught reading IN the library on Saturday will also get special prizes. There is no registration or fee.

Hair-raising style

Teens in grades six through 12 can learn how to Look Like a Greek Goddess in a very informative program on Sunday, March 3, from 2 to 3:30. The ancient art of hair braiding and the Caryatid hairstyles found on maiden statues in the Athenian Acropolis will be examined and featured. Dr. Katherine Schwab will introduce a short documentary and give a presentation while professional hairstylist Milexy Torres demonstrates the intricate braiding techniques and gives tips on how to do it at home. Dr. Schwab is an art history professor at Fairfield University with extensive research, awards and accomplishments in the field of Ancient Greek Civilization, including the Caryatid Hairstyling project. Her drawings of sections of the Parthenon are on permanent display in the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece. Ms. Torres owns her own hair salon in Farmington. There is no charge. Registration is suggested. The program is open to adults as well. The Cropper Family is sponsoring the program.

Critter time

On four consecutive Wednesdays in March, from 4 to 4:45, animals from Earthplace of Westport will be guests at the library. On March 6, Nice to Meet You: Critter Encounter for children ages 3 to 4 will feature rescue animals. Children will meet five animals and learn all about where they come from and what they eat.  Slither and Swim: Reptiles and Amphibians is a program for grades K through 2, on March 13. The children will learn about snakes, lizards, frogs and more in this hands-on program. Both of these programs are sponsored by the Dibner Family Science Fund. March 20 brings spiders and frogs in the program, Eyes, Ears, and Feet: How Animals Use Their Senses, for children ages 3 to 4. The last program in the series is Food Chain: Critter Encounter on March 27. Children in grades K through 2 will learn important lessons about maintaining balance in an ecosystem and why every living and non-living thing is so important. These two programs are sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund. Registration is required for all four programs. There is no fee. Caregivers must accompany the three- to four-year-olds and remain in the building for the older children.

The long and short of it

Bill Ziegler discusses Aspects of the Short Story on four consecutive Thursdays beginning March 7, from 10:30 to noon. Participants read and discuss a variety of short stories that illustrate the characteristics of the genre and provide a basis for critical evaluation. The stories are now available at the circulation desk. There is no charge for the program. Advance registration is required. The dates for the four-part series are March 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Designing women

Speaker Kelley Connors invites women to Design the Second Half of Your Life on Thursday, March 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This interactive seminar gives women the freedom to discuss, create, explore, and reinvigorate their lives as they take a journey through their next phases. Ms. Connors, MPH, is a women’s health advocate especially for women over 50. She is an online radio show host with Real Women on Health, a Huffington Post50 blogger, a member of the AARP Kitchen Cabinet of Caregivers and a marketing consultant for healthcare companies, and a previous speaker at the library. There is no charge. Registration is strongly encouraged.

To register for any of the above mentioned programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult and teen programs, or ext. 217 for children’s activities.