Today, March 1, is Giving Day and Wilton Library is participating as one of the nonprofits in the Fairfield County Community Foundation, 24-hour day of giving. People are asked to donate as little as $10 to the library to help support its ongoing mission to inform, enrich, connect and inspire the community. Facebook prompts, tweets and e-blasts will remind people of the special day or they can visit https://fcgives.org/designee/wilton-library directly to make an online donation. Each donation, small and large, makes a difference, and is greatly appreciated.
A tea with belles
The Children’s Library is holding a mini-fundraiser for its mini friends on Saturday, March 3, with its Tea with Belle, from 2 to 3:30. Children ages 4 and older will meet and greet the popular Disney princess, enjoy some delicious refreshments and take home a sparkly craft. Caregivers should make sure they bring their smartphones and cameras because photo ops will abound. Children are encouraged to come in costume and join the festivities. The fund-raiser is $25 per child and is payable upon advance registration at the Children’s Library Reference Desk. Come Be the Library’s Guest!
Online security examined
Identity theft, online security breaches and cyber attacks are no longer just plot points in movies; they are happening to everyday people, every day. With the help and knowledge of speaker Don McGran, the library is offering Cyber Security Essentials on Wednesday, March 7, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The informative and eye-opening seminar educates people on what to look for, how to protect oneself from cyber-attacks that can wreak havoc with one’s identity and money. Don McGran is a 30-year veteran of the Ridgefield Police Department where he retired at the rank of major. He is now the security adviser for Fairfield County Bank. The program is sponsored by the library and Fairfield County Bank. Registration is recommended.
Starting up a start up
The multi-part morning series, Calling All Entrepreneurs: A Workshop Series on Starting a Business, continues on consecutive Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22 and 29, from 8 to 10 a.m. The series helps entrepreneurs discover how to start a business, finance it, market and advertise it and learn how to do business with the state of Connecticut and the federal government. Sessions are presented by Lisa Powell and Tanisha Baptiste of the Small Business Administration. The remaining sessions are as follows: March 8 — ABCs of a Business Plan and Understanding a SWOT Analysis; March 15 — How to Finance Your Small Business; March 22 — Marketing and Advertising; and March 29 — Contracting 101. Attendees may choose to register for one, two, or the four remaining sessions individually. There is no charge. The series is co-sponsored by Wilton Library, SCORE Fairfield County, the SBA CT District Office, and Silver Pine Real Estate. The media sponsor is the Wilton Bulletin. Registration is strongly encouraged.
Promoting healthy relationships
On March 8, International Women's Day, the library hosts the program, #MeToo: The Abuse of Power in Relationships, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The community is invited to join the discussion on how to promote and maintain healthy boundaries in relationships: in the home, in the workplace and in the community. The panel will include representatives from the Wilton Police Department, the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, and the Center for Sexual Assault, Crisis Counseling and Education. The program is sponsored by Wilton Library, the Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force, the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, and the Center for Sexual Assault, Crisis Counseling and Education. There is no charge. Registration is recommended.
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.