Tech help has arrived
Members of Girl Scout Troop 51010 are donating their time to help people with their tech questions in Scouting for Tech Help on two Saturdays this month, Oct. 6 and 20, from 10 to noon. As with the majority in this age group who grew up with mobile devices, the girls are prepared to help other generations with their technology needs. People can just stop by with their laptops, devices, questions and ask away. No appointments are necessary. If assistance is needed on email or the library’s databases, as examples, then participants should bring their passwords and library cards. For information, please contact the library’s reference desk at 203-762-6350.
Documentary trailers screened
In a departure from the usual New Perspectives Film Series documentary screening, this month’s showing is a Sneak Peek Documentary Trailer-Fest!, on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. New Perspectives programmer and moderator Megan Smith-Harris has watched more than 200 new documentaries in preparation for the Ridgefield Independent Film Festival. She has put together a curated selection of trailers for the best-of-the-best, soon-to-be released docs exclusively for the library. The suggested donation for the screening is $5. Refreshments will be served. Registration is highly recommended.
The Wilton Library Readers meet this month on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from noon to 1:30 to discuss Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. Professional book group leader Susan Boyar will facilitate the discussion of this generational story of a Korean family — the shame of an unplanned pregnancy, the desperate struggles and hard-fought triumphs — who share an enduring bond of faith, family and identity. Please see the library’s website to register and for selected titles in the coming months.
Charles Belfoure, the nationally bestselling author of The Paris Architect, visits the library on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., to discuss his latest novel, The Fallen Architect. Booklist describes Belfoure as “an up and coming Ken Follett.” Belfoure’s protagonist, Douglas Layton, is imprisoned for a tragedy that happened as a result of his architectural flaw. After prison, he assumes a new identity to rebuild his life. Soon he is digging up the past and uncovering things that were meant to stay buried. An architect by profession, Belfoure graduated from the Pratt Institute and Columbia University. A Q&A will follow the talk. There is no charge. Registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan.
For those who are close to Medicare eligibility, Medicare Bootcamp on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. might be just the right prescription. There will be a brief presentation by Nancy Lombard, long-term options specialist and CHOICES counselor for the Southwest Connecticut Agency on Aging and Lauren Hughes Coordinator of Senior Services for the Wilton Department of Social Services. People can learn the “ins and outs” of Medicare enrollment and how to avoid mistakes that can be costly. There is no charge. Registration is recommended.
Discover, dabble and D-I-Y
The library’s annual Innovation Day is set for Saturday, Oct. 13, from 1 to 5. People of all ages are invited to this festival of making, creating and demonstrating. The words of the day are explore, try, learn and have fun! Participants will be able to test out virtual reality; ride a Hovercraft; make Origami creations; fashion big paper flowers with Betsy Huffman; watch a portrait painter at work; learn to solder; make jewelry, gift tags and button pins; experiment with LEDs; check out a telescope; watch 3-D printing; get a Henna or spray tattoo and so much more. The day is free and open to all ages. Certain activities will have a nominal fee to offset costs. People can come make their day and enjoy something at the food trucks — Bubble & Brew and Christophe’s Crêpes. The day is sponsored by Ring’s End.
Looking for girls to code
The library is recruiting girls in sixth through 12th grade who want to learn to create mobile apps, games or websites for its Girls Who Code (GWC) Club. No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and willingness to try new things. The club is part of a national organization that offers project-based activities in a fun and creative environment. This is an ongoing program where each week builds on skills learned in previous weeks. Sessions will be run by Sarah, a computer science major who participated in a GWC Club and its summer immersion program while in high school. The club meets on Sundays, from 3:30 to 4:30, beginning Oct. 14 through April 7. Registration is required and each participant must be able to commit to the weekly sessions. Visit the library’s website for details and to register.
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. Please remember to give for the 25 for 25 Challenge Grant Campaign.