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Still time to read to the pups

The Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue (ROAR) therapy dogs will be at Wilton Library for kids to get in some reading time before the holidays on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 11 to noon in the Tales to Tails program. The program is designed for independent readers to sit and read aloud to gentle therapy dogs. Registration is required and the kids must be able to read on their own. A bonus this month is that the dogs will be picture-ready for Howliday Photos, also from 11 to noon. Children can stop by for a photo op with these special pups. There is no registration; just drop in for the picture taking.

Kids’ holiday crafts

Children of all ages can stop by the library on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 1 to 4 , for Winter Holiday Crafts. There will be several selections of decorations and ornaments to create.  There is no registration and no fee.  Just crafty hands are needed.

STEM with a holiday twist

Children in grades 3 through 5 can try their hands at some STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) tasks on Tuesday, Dec. 19, from 4:15 to 5.  Children will listen to a read aloud of a holiday-themed children's picture book, and then participate in a “gingerbread” STEM challenge. Registration is required.

Giving ideas

The library’s Holiday Book Sale is in full swing with tables and tables and more tables of books, CDs, DVDs — all perfect for holiday gift giving. All the proceeds of the sale benefit the library, so that’s one way to give back to the library. Other ways include the Giving Tree, which is adorned with “ornaments” from the library’s wish list of items for its collection which in turn can be borrowed by the community. The items chosen can be donated in someone’s honor or memory or to celebrate a wonderful occasion. Also this year, the library is introducing Giving Gelt, monetary donations that may be made to the library in increments of $18, which is symbolic of “good luck” or “life.” These funds will go directly to the Children’s Library collection. The library’s Annual Appeal also is underway, so a donation to the Friends Campaign will help the library maintain its collections, services and programs. And lastly, the end of year art exhibition, Unhung Heroes, is taking place through the end of December.  More than 20 artists who have not previously exhibited at the library are featured. Portions of the proceeds from purchases of the artwork as holiday gifts also benefit the library.

Crafty gifts

The Innovation Station is filled with busy elves creating one-of-a-kind gifts for the holiday season. On Tuesday, Dec. 19, from 6 to 7:30, participants can learn how to Etch Glass Coffee Mugs; $5 per glass offsets costs and is payable on arrival. On Wednesday, Dec. 20, crafters will Monogram an Acrylic Jewelry Tray, from 10 to 11:30. The tray is $6, also payable upon arrival. Other programs this week include Personalized Wine Bottle Stoppers, Sunday, Dec. 17, from 2 to 3:30; Embroider a Holiday Gift, Monday, Dec. 18, from 10:30 to noon; and Make Fun Mirrors, Thursday, Dec. 21, from 2 to 3:30. Participants must have valid Connecticut library cards and signed Innovation Station Agreement forms. The programs are for seventh graders through adults and sixth graders accompanied by adults willing to learn, too. Registration is required. Anyone interested in bringing their knitting and crocheting can come and join Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters, on Monday, Dec. 18, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The group meets on Mondays and will begin again after the holidays on Jan. 8.  The Stitch Time drop-in sessions are free with no registration.

The library will be closed on Sunday and Monday, Dec. 24 and 25. 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.