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Flu season begins

As an early blast of winter chill sets in, it’s a good reminder that preparing for flu season should happen now. The library’s second Flu Shot Clinic in partnership with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County takes place on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Anyone from age 4 and older is eligible for a flu shot, with children under age 18 being accompanied by parents or legal guardians. The cost for the flu vaccine is $50 for the regular one and $70 for the high-dose shot (for people over the age of 65). The vaccines are payable by cash or check or can be billed directly to the following insurances: Aetna, Anthem, Connecticare, Harvard Pilgrim, Multi Plan, Wellcare or Medicare Part B. People are reminded to bring their insurance cards and to wear sleeves that roll up easily. For more information, call the Flu Info-line at 203-762-8958, ext. 444.

Girls scouts to the (technical) rescue

For anyone needing tech help on their mobile gadgets (smartphones, tablets, laptops), a troop of Girl Scout volunteers are standing by to assist. Scouting for Tech Help takes place at the library on two Saturdays this month, Nov. 3 and 17, from 10 to noon. Troop 51010 members will assist people with their technology questions of any type. People can just drop in any time during the two hours. Attendees are reminded to bring their personal devices, their passwords, and their Wilton Library cards if they are trying to learn how to download eBooks, stream movies and more. For information, please call the reference librarians at 203-762-6350.

Quintet plus one

In the first of the season’s Connecticut’s Own Concerts, the Madera Winds Quintet is teaming up with Western Connecticut State University faculty member and pianist Laurel Larsen for a recital of two piano/wind sextets. The free concert, entitled Piano Takes Five, is Sunday, Nov. 4, from 4 to 5, in the Brubeck Room. In celebration of the upcoming Veterans Day, one sextet is composed by WWI veteran Gordon Jacob, written as a dedication to a war veteran and famous British horn player. The program will end with the notable chamber music repertoire piece, Sextet Op. 6 by Austrian composer, Ludwig Thuille. Registration is strongly suggested for this popular series. Pre-registrants should arrive by 3:50 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:50 if space is available.

Cherished classic reexamined

Author Tom Santopietro returns to Wilton Library to explore a cherished classic on Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with his new book, Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters: What Harper Lee's Book and the Iconic American Film Mean to Us Today. With 40 million copies sold, To Kill a Mockingbird’s poignant but clear-eyed examination of human nature has cemented its status as a global classic, and was just voted the #1 Best-Loved Book on the Great American Read on PBS. Santopietro takes a 360-degree look at the Mockingbird phenomenon both on page and screen. This is Tom Santopietro's second appearance at Wilton Library. He lectured previously on The Sound of Music Story. A Q&A will follow the free talk. Registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan.

Unraveling the complexities of ADHD meds

Kevin T. Kalikow, M.D., will help untangle the complexities of pharmacological treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and co-existing conditions when he speaks at Wilton Library on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 10 to noon. In the free program, Medication, Not Magic: Making Wise Choices for Kids with ADHD, Kalikow will discuss indications for medication; whether or not to give psychiatric drugs to children or adolescents and, if so, when; potential benefits and risks; and ethical dilemmas.Please see the library’s registration link for speaker details. The program is sponsored by Wilton Library, Wilton Youth Services, Wilton Youth Council and SPED*NET Wilton. Registration is recommended.

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.