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Daunting task made easy

Which school to put a preschooler in? That’s a pretty scary question, particularly if it’s for a family’s first child; there are so many decisions to be made. Wilton Moms Club and Wilton Library hope to make those choices easier for parents with the Preschool Fair set for Saturday, Jan. 27, from 10 to noon in the Brubeck Room. Parents may meet representatives from Wilton preschools while children partake in fun activities. There is no charge or registration for the fair which is open to the public. Parents with questions may email:

Pup time

Children who are independent readers may visit the library for Tales to Tails on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 11 to noon, to read to the ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) therapy dogs. The time spent reading to these gentle spirits helps children feel more comfortable reading out loud, which might encourage them to read more often, attempt more difficult books and look forward to reading. Free, registration is required.

Warm up and have fun

While the Wilton Chamber of Commerce Winter Carnival is taking place in Wilton Center, on Sunday, Jan. 28, from noon to 4, people will be able to visit the library for some of the fun. Everyone is invited to decorate snowflakes, relax and color at a large table, experience virtual reality, take the ultimate selfie in front of a green screen of some faraway place, or just warm up by the fireplace. Come on in and take the chill off.

Scholarly series begins

In the 11th year of the collaboration between Wilton Library and Wilton Historical Society, the four-part scholarly lecture series focuses on the theme of Yankee Innovators: Steamships to Silicon Chips. Independent historian and author John Laurence Busch kicks off the series on Sunday, Jan. 28, from 4 to 5:30, using his deep knowledge of early steamship technology to address the interaction of humankind with technological innovation. His presentation is based on his book, Steam Coffin: Captain Moses Rogers and The Steamship Savannah Break the Barrier. Busch examines the interaction between humanity and technology, with a particular specialization in the first generation of steam-powered vessels. See the library’s registration link for more details on the speaker and the topic. Registration is required.

Exam time — open late, more pups

A study room is available on the second floor of the library Monday through Thursday, Jan. 29 through Feb. 1, from 10 to 5 for students wishing to study during exam week.  The library also will be open until 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; the Children’s Library will close at its regular 8 p.m. time. ROAR therapy dogs will be visiting the library on Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 1 to 4 near the Innovation Station for kids to take a needed break from the stress of studying. Students are invited to come get a hug and a smooch from a gentle pooch.

Maid service

Lawyer and novelist Marie Benedict discusses her historical novel, Carnegie’s Maid, when she visits Wilton Library on Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Irish immigrant Clara Kelley is hired to work in one of Pittsburgh’s grandest households, where she has an uncanny understanding of business. Carnegie's Maid tells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie's transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world's first true philanthropist. A Q&A will follow the talk. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan. Free, registration is highly recommended.

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.