Resident sketch artist
Award-winning artist Emma Keating, a student at Purchase College and a Wilton High School alumnus, will be taking up residency on Fridays in July, from 4 to 4:45, with the program, Cartoon Drawing Demonstration for kids entering third through sixth grade. Emma’s talents have led her to creating her own animated movies by drawing thousands of individual pictures, adding up to a full story. Each Friday, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, Emma will be bringing to life mermaids, fairies, pirates and spacemen. She’ll also be creating a quick sketch for each of the attendees to bring home. These are drop-in programs, no registration is needed.
Children’s summer reading underway
The Children’s Summer Reading Program, Reading is Out of This World! begins in full swing this week with activities for all ages. With the space-based theme there will be many STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities beginning with Summer STEAM on Monday, July 9, from 10:15 to 11:30 for kids in grades 5 and 6. This week’s program is Slime Time. Space is limited and registration is required. Kids can get into coding with Scratch Coding for Kids, a five-day program running July 9-13, from 2 to 3. Students will learn how to design and animate sprites, backgrounds, and other objects, as well as receive an introduction into game design. Registration is required and children must attend all five days. Drop-in storytimes begin this week for babies through 5-year olds on various days and times. Galaxy Crafts are for kids ages 6 and up beginning Tuesday, July 10, from 4:15 to 5, through Aug. 21, with a different craft each week; registration is required.
Wonderful Wednesdays this summer
Age-appropriate sessions on Wonderful Wednesdays bring all sorts of entertainment and learning opportunities for kids in Pre-K to sixth grade. First up is Stars Science Theater on July 11, with five, one-hour sessions beginning at 10:15 and ending at 4:15. Mike Francis, a physical science and physics teacher, brings astronomy to life with his Stars Science Theater programs for kids in kindergarten and up. Registration is required.
Teens have stuff to do
Teens entering grades 7 through 12 can build and program their own awesome 3D printed hexapod robot in a two-day workshop on Tuesday and Thursday, July 10 and 12, from 11 to 1. This advanced, six-legged robot walks, dances, scampers, and performs various tricks. It can be controlled via Bluetooth radio control and also wirelessly programmed using the MIT Scratch drag-and-drop programming system. No prior experience in building or programming robots is required. Participants will leave this workshop with a greater understanding of robots, technology, and software control of machines and their own Vorpal the Hexapod. The program is free, but a $200 check made out to Wilton Library is required to reserve a spot. The full amount will be refunded if both days are attended. Cancellations will be refunded if the seat can be filled. To register, call 203-762-6342.
Wellness support programs
Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County and the library present two support groups beginning next week. Caregiver Support is on Mondays, July 9 through Aug. 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Attendees will find support, empathy and understanding with others in similar circumstances. The Loss of a Spouse support group meets Wednesdays, July 11 through Aug. 29, from 1 to 2:30. Both support groups are free and open to the public. Registration is through Laurie Petrasanta at 203-762-8958, ext. 316. The Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group led by Nina Marino meets on Tuesday, July 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration is recommended through the library’s website.
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.