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What to do

Once the thrill of opening all the gifts wears off, the question of “what to do now” surfaces. The library’s Museum Pass Program might help take care of that dilemma. The library offers discounted admission to more than 12 museums and area attractions, including the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.  Just added, is Newtown’s EverWonder Children’s Museum which offers hands-on STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) exhibits and programming for children from birth to about 12 years of age. The Museum Pass program, generously supported by the Van Raalte family in loving memory of Peter Van Raalte, is open to all Wilton Library patrons and provides passes for reduced rates or free admission. Complete information can be found on the library’s website at, click on Services and then scroll to Museum Passes.  

What to do (part II)

With family visiting for the holidays, other suggestions for entertainment are the library’s Mixed Bag collection — a fun night with the family all in one bag. The library has assembled 10 multi-media themed bags that include some combination of DVD, cookbook and CD, all based on a particular topic or subject such as holidays, travel, and stargazing. The 10 kits include Christmas, Hanukah, Bollywood, Italy, Japan, Stargazing, Healthy Living, Tea Time, Harry Potter, and Tiki Party. The bags are on a grab and go carousel near the self-check station so families can just pick them up when they are at the library or they can be reserved online by visiting the catalog and using keyword Mixed Bag. They can be borrowed for a week at a time. Happy viewing and bonding!

Kids celebrate the New Year

Kids of all ages get to have their own New Year’s celebration with Happy Noon Year’s! on Friday, Dec. 29, from 11 to noon. There will be crafts and activities, and even their very own countdown to noon. Registration is required by calling 203-762-6336.

Art show comes to a close

This is the last week for the Unhung Heroes art exhibition, which will be coming down on Friday, Dec. 29. Patrons have been stopping, viewing and shopping throughout the month, so this is a good time to remember that if someone sees something, now is the time to purchase it and take it to a good home. The majority of the artists have not exhibited at the library before, so they are delighted to be able to show their works and have them appreciated by all.  The circulation staff will again be happy to assist people.  The next exhibition is the Fairfield County Arts Association Winter Collection opening on Friday, Jan. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  The reception is free and open to the public.

The library will be closed Sunday, Dec. 24 and Monday, Dec. 25 for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and Sunday, Dec. 31 and Monday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s. To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call the Circulation Desk at 203-762-6334 for adult programs, the Children’s Library at 203-762-6336, Teen Services and Innovation Station at 203-762-6342.