Holiday fun begins Wilton Center will be teeming with people on Friday, Dec. 7, when the Wilton Holiday Stroll gets underway. Planned events include a menorah lighting ceremony at the town green at 4, the tree lighting ceremony at 5, and Santa's arrival soon after that at the gazebo. Carolers will liven up the festivities along with many fun holiday activities for all. The library will be the shining beacon in the center of all these happenings from 5:30 to 7:30, with refreshments for all and an inviting fireplace to warm cold hands and feet. \u00a0During the celebration, people can peruse the library's Holiday Book Sale, choose "ornaments" from the Giving Tree to make donations to the library or use the Giving Gelt as an opportunity to give back to the Children's Library collection. While at the library, strollers can take in the expansive art exhibition, Artists of Firing Circuits Studios, and perhaps find something beautiful to bring home. The Gingerbread Houses also will be displayed for all to see and for people to vote for their favorite models. Should there be inclement weather, Santa will visit at the library and it will be "the more, the merrier." On Sunday, Dec. 9, the Friends of the Library Holiday Party takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. with the trustees of Wilton Library Association hosting the event that is for adults only. \u00a0RSVP online or call 203-762-6321. While people are at the library this month, they should make sure they take a look at the How Sweet It Is in Wilton gingerbread house submissions and vote for their favorite models by Dec. 18. Winners will receive Wilton Chamber gift certificates. Brainy kids On Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10:30 to 11:30, children in second and third grades will learn about their brains in the program, STEAM: The Brain. This is a hands-on program in which kids will create a brain with macaroni, learn what different parts of the brain do and learn about the five senses. A book will be shared, and there will be some fun puzzles to work on as well. This class is being led by Wilton resident Neha Kushwaha. Registration is required. Story and a movie Wilton Library Readers don't normally meet in December, but this year, discussion leader Susan Boyar is generously offering her time for Wilton Library Readers: Story & Movie: The Bear Came Over the Mountain, on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from noon to 2:30. Susan will discuss The Bear Came Over the Mountain, a short story by Alice Munro originally published in The New Yorker magazine in 1999, and then the group will watch the film adaptation, Away From Her, starring Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent and Olympia Dukakis. Participants are reminded to bring lunch; beverages will be provided by the library. The story may be accessed online at: https:\/\/bit.ly\/2pFHQYa. Paper copies of the story are now available at the circulation desk. Advance registration is strongly advised. Support for the library The library's annual appeal is now underway. \u00a0As a gathering place - the community's living room - where people come together to learn, explore, create and share, the library needs the support of its patrons. Generous gifts from previous donations have enabled the library to provide books, DVDs, CDs and other materials on the shelves for patrons to borrow; after school programs; world class concerts; strong summer reading programs; diverse programs for babies through seniors; Internet access to patrons who might not have digital access; a comprehensive digital library of downloadable eBooks, eMagazines, movies, music and databases. While the library receives operating cost support partly through the town's budget, the support of individuals provides the additional funding needed. The library needs the support of the community to continue to provide for its visitors for years to come. The library thanks all of those who have contributed in the past and those who will be donating to the annual appeal this season. To register for programs, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org 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.