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Artists share their perspectives

Perspectives: The Work of Four Female Artists is the engaging exhibition opening at the library on Friday, Feb. 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The four local artists are Pam Ackley (New Canaan), Sarah Phillips (Wilton), Skye Riss (Wilton) and Dara Tomeo (Fairfield). From illustrations to sea and landscapes, from pencil drawings to explosions of color, the works represent styles, subject matter and mediums as varied as the women themselves. The reception is open to the public. The exhibition runs through Feb. 23. The majority of the works are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.

Big doings on Saturday

Saturday, Feb. 4, is Take Your Child to the Library Day and although every day can be labeled that, this Saturday kids have a lot of fun things to do. First up is the Llama Llama Pajama Party from 10 to 10:30 for two to five-year olds with their caregivers. Kids will hear the Anna Dewdney stories, sing songs and participate in fun activities. Children are encouraged to come in their jammies. The program is supported by the Hoffman Family. Kids ages eight and up can attend this Saturday’s Minecraft Club, from 10 to noon. The club gets all Minecraft lovers together and they work off the Fairfield County server that has been set up. If it’s Living Dragons that kids want to see, they’re in luck with the program from Riverside Reptiles, from 2 to 3. Kids in grades K and higher will be introduced to a wide variety of different species and learn all about how they survive in their environments, including a cousin of the Komodo Dragon. Girls in grades three through five and their moms get to spend some quality time in Mother and Daughter Book Club, from 3 to 4. They will be discussing Rules by Cynthia Lord. The program focuses on heroines who are brave, strong, smart and kind. Registration is required for all the Saturday programs.

Two new children’s programs

The Children’s Library has two new multi-session programs for babies and older kids. Sign, Say and Play is a sign language program for children six months of age to toddlers. The six individual sessions are Mondays, Feb. 6, 13, 27 (no session Feb. 20), March 6, 13 and 20, from 11 to 11:45. Children and their caregivers will learn signs for everyday activities so they can communicate before the child can speak fluently. The signs are learned through activities, songs, and a book. Every participant will go home with a handout. There will be six workshop programs which should be registered for separately. Sound Explorers is an eight-session program for children in grades three through five which begins on Tuesday, Feb. 7, through March 28, from 4 to 5. The kids will experience live animals, and science experiments bring to life the animals of the sound, the issues they face, and what can be done to make a difference in their environment. The program is supported by the Amadeo family. Registration is required; the first registration puts the child in for all eight sessions.

Teens are busy

Teens have a few programs to keep them busy this week. The first is 3D Designing Series for Teens. This three-session program is Monday, Feb. 6, 13 and 27 (no session Feb. 20), from 4 to 5:30. In the program, teens in grades seven through 12 will learn how to use Autodesk Fusion 360 to design three practical and functional products that can be 3D printed. Each lesson will build on the prior to introduce design concepts and best practices. By the end of the course, students will have developed a solid foundation of design concepts to be used in 3D printing. Registration is required and participants must be able to commit to all three sessions. On Tuesday, those who have college in their sights may want to attend Things You Must Know About Getting into College, on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. College consultant Beth Manners will take teens step-by-step through the college admissions process and answer questions, from creating college lists to writing stand-out essays. The program is for high school students and their parents. Registration is recommended. There is a snow date of Feb. 9. After being stressed about college, kids can relax with Cookie Mix in a Mason Jar for Teens on Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 6 to 7 p.m. This fun activity has kids combining dry ingredients for cookies into a mason jar and then taking it home to devour themselves or give as a gift. Kids simply add a few more ingredients, bake and yummy cookies are ready to eat. Registration is required.

Making something for Valentine’s Day

Here is a list of a few maker classes this week that are geared toward Valentine’s Day: Saturday, Feb. 4, Create Valentine's Cards, noon to 2; Sunday, Feb. 5, Etched Valentine's Votives, 2 to 3; Tuesday, Feb. 7, Embroider a Valentine’s Apron, 10 to noon; Friday, Feb. 10, Create Valentine's Day Cards, 4 to 5:30. Participants can register online or call 203-762-6342.

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.