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Halloween fun for kids

Kids are invited to have a spooky good time at the library when they visit the Haunted Chamber on Friday, Oct. 27. Kids in first grade and up can drop in any time, between 2:30 and 5:30 to visit the nightmarish room filled with slimy touch buckets, creepy obstacles, and scary storytellers. If the chamber is a tad too scary, younger children also can participate with a Pumpkin Search & Find game, a jack-o'lantern felt board, and coloring sheets set up in the Children's Library. There is no registration; kids can just stop by. During the Tales to Tails program on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 11 to noon, children who are independent readers may choose any of the Halloween-themed books in the library to read aloud to the gentle therapy dogs from ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue). Registration is required for this program. Also on Saturday, library staff will be handing out candy at the library to kids who participate in the Halloween Parade organized by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce, kicking off at noon at the gazebo. On Sunday, Oct. 29 everyone is welcomed for Halloween Crafts, from 1 to 4. Kids can make a creepy craft or two just in time for Halloween. This is a drop-in program with no registration and no fee. Happy Halloween!

Making music together

The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra (Not) Just For Kids program taking place at the library on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 3 to 4, is a lively, fun and interactive program designed to be educational as well as entertaining. Members of the orchestra demonstrate their instruments, play for the children, and answer questions in hour-long presentations. Throughout the season presentations are made for all instrument families: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. All programs end with attendees having a chance to hold and try to play a beginning-level instrument in the “petting zoo.”  Series schedule on Saturdays: Oct. 28 — Orchestra Music Families!; Dec. 9 — Celebrate with Horns; Feb. 3, 2018 — Sounds from the Heart – Strings; March 10, 2018 — Tap! Bang! Boom! – Percussion; May 12, 2018 — Soft and Sweet — Winds. Free, registration is recommended.

Jazz great in concert

Wilton Library is thrilled to host The Paquito D’Rivera Ensemble for a Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 7:30 to 9:30. Cuban-born Paquito D'Rivera defies categorization. The winner of 14 Grammy Awards in both jazz and classical categories, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer and performer. His works embrace the world he has experienced and he moves “effortlessly among jazz, Latin and Mozart.” Performing on clarinet and saxophone, he will be joined by Cesar Orozco on piano, Zach Brown, contrabass and Arturo Stable, percussion. Please see registration link for more details.  An informal reception follows the concert where his CDs and his books will be available for purchase. Suggested donation for the concert is $10. Advance registration strongly suggested for this popular series.

Wilton Reads programs this week

This year’s Wilton Reads selection, Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire, is a memoir of his life as a child fleeing the revolution in Cuba and growing up in America. To provide a framework, the library is offering Cuban History with Professor Ariel Mae Lambe, on Monday, Oct. 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. She will provide context for readings on the Cuban Revolution by presenting a summary survey of Cuban history from the 1860s through the 1950s, covering Cuba’s three wars of independence, U.S. intervention in the island country following the Spanish American War, the republican or neocolonial period of the first half of the 20th Century, and ending with the revolution during the 1950s. Continuing the conversation about Cuba, an exploration of the island takes place with Experience Cuba on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Travel consultants will share their vast knowledge of Cuba and details of a trip being planned for October 2018 to benefit Wilton Library. Registration is recommended for both programs; there is no charge for either.

Join the Glitter Fairy

Laurie Davis, aka the Glitter Fairy, who crafts extraordinary paper floral creations, returns to the library for daytime and evening Paper Botanical Amaryllis workshops on Wednesday, Nov. 1 and 15. She will guide two groups through her magical art in fashioning florals for the holidays. She will be using crepe paper, pigment, glitter and moss all festively planted in terracotta pots and embellished with ribbon. Classes consist of two, two-and-a-half-hour sessions. The daytime session is from 1 to 3:30; the evening session is from 5:30 to 8. The cost for each two-session workshop is $55, payable in advance. Additional fees for the workshop are funded by Wilton Library’s Innovation Station. Online registration is required.

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.