AARP is offering its Driver Safety Class on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 to 2. The four-hour class is designed for drivers who are age 50 and older. The class covers normal changes in vision, hearing and drivers’ reaction times based on aging. There are no written or road tests. Participants may check with their insurance carriers to see if discounts are offered as a result of the course being taken. Registration is required. The fee is $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members.
Children who are independent readers get to share their reading skills with ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) dogs in the Tales to Tails program on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 11 to noon. The pups are gentle therapy dogs, therefore they sit quietly as the children read aloud to them. Reading aloud builds children’s skills and helps them to perhaps acquire a lifelong love of reading. Children must be independent readers to participate. Registration is required.
People who love writing poetry are invited to the CT Poetry Society Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 2 to 4:30. In this intimate group of no more than 15, people share their original poetry with each other. Registration is required; there is no charge.
Music to their ears
Children ages 5 and up are treated to a hands-on STEAM-oriented workshop with The Science of Sound on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 3 to 4, in which the kids will explore the basic principles of sound. This knowledge will then be applied to understanding how string instruments work by handling and exploring a real violin, viola, and cello — all in a fun, interactive environment. Instructor Seray Goktekin’s musical career spans 20 years with formal education in classical violin performance, music theory, and aural studies from the Manhattan School of Music. Please see the library’s registration link for details. Registration is required. The program is supported by the Amadeo Family.
The New Perspectives Film Series explores Poliwood on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The film by Oscar-winning director, Barry Levinson, documents the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions and looks at the way Hollywood celebrity and political activism have become entwined. The suggested donation is $5. Refreshments will be available. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration is highly recommended.
A crafty way to spend Thanksgiving
Wilton Library and the Wilton Chamber of Commerce invite families, groups, individuals, organizations and merchants to submit entries to its Gingerbread House Contest. Gingerbread or other edible models of Wilton houses or buildings will be put on display in the library. Drop-off dates and times for the creations are Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1 to 4:30, and Monday, Dec. 3, from 10 to 7:30. Entries will be judged in two age groups by prominent community members. The groups are 12 and under; and ages 13 to adult. Winners will be judged in three categories — best historical Wilton house, best creative Wilton building, and best whimsical design. From Dec. 4 through Dec. 18, visitors to the library also can vote for their favorite models. Winners will be announced Dec. 19 at 4 p.m. Winning submissions including the Community Favorite will be awarded Wilton Chamber gift certificates. Entries will remain on display through Jan. 2, 2019. See the library’s website for full details, guidelines, entry forms and helpful links. The time to start making this fun holiday craft is now.
Holiday book sale
The library’s popular Holiday Book Sale will begin at noon on Thursday, Nov. 29, and will continue through Jan. 2, 2019. Books and DVDs for families, friends, neighbors, teachers — just about everyone is covered — may be found in excellent condition for gift giving. People are reminded to visit the sale in the gallery often as inventory is replenished regularly.
The library will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and will remain closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. 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.