Couples share art

Wilton Library’s art exhibition, A Couple of Couples — Paintings and Photography, opens this Friday, Feb. 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., highlighting the works of two talented married couples who share their love of art. Artists Julie Leff and Charles Douthat of Weston and artist Leona Frank and photographer Richard Frank of Westport will showcase their more than 60 works in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, charcoal drawings and photography. Their subject matter is equally diverse encompassing portraits, still lifes, abstracts, botanicals, landscapes and more. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through Feb. 23. The majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.

Take your child to the library day

Saturday, Feb. 3, is national Take Your Child to the Library Day, and although every day is a great day at Wilton Library, on Saturday, two programs in particular have fun written all over them. In the morning from 10:30 to 11:30, kids ages 4 and up and their families can enjoy Animal Embassy. Ambassadors from the organization will show kids how animals prepare for winter in a variety of ways. Children will meet an assortment of animals such as a rabbit, a ferret, an African bullfrog, a South American chinchilla, an axolotl and more. The program is supported by the Amadeo Family. Registration is required. Also on Saturday, families can take part in the (Not) Just for Kids — Sounds from the Heart: String, from 3 to 4, with members of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra. In this lively, interactive program, kids will hear selections for string instruments and then get to touch and play the instruments at the end of the program. Registration is recommended for this program. There is no charge for either program.

Communicating with babies

The Baby Signs® Program teaches signs for everyday activities to caregivers and children from six months to toddlers so that they can easily communicate with each other. More Sign, Say and Play is a series of six workshops on Mondays, beginning Feb. 5 through March 19, from 10:15 to 10:45. Each session focuses on one everyday activity. The signs are learned through activities, songs, and a book. Every participant will go home with a handout. Attendees are asked to register for each session separately; there is no session on Feb. 19.

Still time to get in the act

Middleschoolers are invited to come and hang out with their friends and do something nice for the community when they join the RAKtivist Club (Random Acts of Kindness) on Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. This group comes together at the library to work on projects for others and to put smiles on people’s faces in the process. The kids have decorated gingerbread houses for organizations around town, made chew toys for animal shelters, and baked cookies for seniors at Ogden House and the senior center. Kids are encouraged to join the club and add their ideas to the list for future endeavors. Registration is required. The club meets one Tuesday a month. See the library’s website for details.

Shakespeare explored

Judson Scruton continues his winter poetry series in Poetry, Power, and Politics — Words that Pushed the Boundaries of Comedy, History, and Tragedy on the next three Thursdays, Feb. 8, 15 and 22, from 10:30 to noon. In this seminar, he examines the key speeches and their contexts in four of Shakespeare’s plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Henry IV Part One, and Julius Caesar. Poetry packets are available at the circulation desk. Free, registration is required.

Reading Olympics

While the whole world might be watching the Winter Olympics, kids can possibly earn their own gold, silver and bronze in the library’s 2018 Winter Reading Olympics now through Feb. 28. During the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, young readers will have to complete different reading challenges inspired by Olympic events in order to place in bronze, silver or gold categories. Children must be able to read on their own and register by Friday, Feb. 9. Any questions will be answered by Children’s Library staff at 203-762-6336.

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.