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Holiday happenings

The library is a buzz this weekend with all sorts of holiday fun beginning with the Wilton Holiday Stroll set for Friday, Dec. 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The library will be part of the festivities with a warm fire, refreshments and creative gift-giving ideas. Beginning with the Holiday Book Sale in the gallery, smart shoppers can choose from an assortment of books, DVDs, and hundreds of classical, jazz, Latin and blues CDs. Many items are still shrink-wrapped. The sale continues through the month with inventory replaced on a regular basis by the library’s hardworking book sale volunteer elves. The Giving Tree is another way to embrace gift giving and this time, it’s for the library. Shoppers choose “ornaments” from the tree that can be purchased for the library’s various collections. The item can be marked with a bookplate in honor or in memory of someone. The “Unhung Heroes” art exhibition also continues through the month featuring artists who have not exhibited at the library before. Any of the more than 60 pieces could make a lovely gift. Should the weather be inclement for the Holiday Stroll, Santa will spend some quality time at the library receiving little kids for their holiday wishes. The Friends of the Library Holiday Party takes place on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 4 to 6. The library’s trustees host this holiday get-together to say thanks to all those who have supported the library in one way or another. This is an adults-only gathering. Registration may be done online or by calling 203-762-6321.

Feast for the eyes

Author Alex Prud’homme shares his latest concoction, France is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child, on Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  The book documents how Julia Child first discovered French cooking and the French way of life based on the sumptuous photographs taken by Child’s husband, Paul. See the library’s registration link for more details. A Q&A will follow the talk. There is no charge. Registration is highly recommended. Book signing and purchase will be available courtesy of Elm Street Books in New Canaan.

Code breaking

Wilton Library is joining Computer Science Education Week, a national movement to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) with its Breaking Code program. On Wednesday, Dec. 6, one-hour “lessons” in coding will be given throughout the afternoon for adults and children 6 years and up at the following intervals: 1-2 p.m., 2:30-3:30, 4-5, and 5:30-6:30. Participants may use the library’s computers or bring their own devices and sit in on any of the sessions. A short introduction to the online class will be given at the start of each hour. Attendees can participate at their own speed. Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 4-10, is sponsored by, a nonprofit dedicated to growing computer programming education. The library encourages kids and parents, friends, or anyone with a “How’d they do that?” curiosity. Registration is required.

Holiday gift-making made easy

The library’s Innovation Station staff has been busy helping people with their holiday gift-making and will continue to do so throughout the month. This week, the following sessions are being held: Saturday, Dec. 2 — Personalize a Tumbler or Glass Water Bottle and Embroider a Holiday Gift, Sunday, Dec. 3—  Etch Glass Coffee Mugs, Monday, Dec. 4 — Monogram an Acrylic Jewelry Tray and Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters, Wednesday, Dec. 6 — Light Up a Holiday Apron with LEDs, Thursday, Dec. 7 — Embroider a Holiday Gift, and Saturday, Dec. 9 — Embroider a Holiday Gift. With the exception of the knitters, registration is required for the sessions and nominal fees are charged depending upon the craft.  Please visit the library’s website for times and more information.

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.