Mini-golf weekend is here!


Adults get to play as if they are kids all over again in the library’s first Mini-Golf Tourney for Adults on Friday, Jan. 25, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. As of this writing there still might be time to sign up for spots in the tournament, therefore players are encouraged to register so they are not shut out. The winning foursome with the best scores will earn their very own trophies and the craziest golfing outfit will win a prize for best attire. The 18-hole mini-golf course will wind its way throughout the library from the Children’s Library through reference and on into the stacks. Tickets are on sale now on the library’s website for $300 per foursome, $150 for couples and $75 for a single. Couples and individuals will be paired up to make foursomes. Spectator tickets are available at $50 per person so people can have their own “peanut galleries” to cheer them on. Food and drinks are included; golfers and spectators can enjoy Chez Lenard’s gourmet hot dogs from his cart along with fried chicken and sides, the perfect golfing menu. Drinks also include the infamous “John Daly.” Tickets may be purchased online at
www.wiltonlibrary.org or by calling 203-762-6321.  The library closes at 4 p.m. in preparation for the event. On Saturday, Jan. 26, kids, families, parents, grandparents and anyone who missed out on Friday night’s fun can enjoy Mini-Golf Family Day. Tickets for Saturday are only available at the door; there is no advance purchase. Wilton Rotary will be providing hot dogs and popcorn with each admission ticket purchased. Tickets are $5 per person and players of all ages are welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by adults.  Putters and balls will be provided for both days.

Pups are here, too


During all the festivities on Saturday, the gentle therapy dogs from ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) will be at the library for the Tales to Tails program, from 11 to noon. Children who are independent readers will be able to sit quietly and read out loud to the dogs. Children must read independently to participate in this program. There is no program charge; registration is required.

Winter carnival


The Wilton Winter Carnival, presented by the Chamber of Commerce, takes place on Sunday, Jan. 27, from noon to 4, with all sorts of fun planned throughout Wilton Center. The library will be in the middle of all the activity as a great place to warm up and with a few things to do such as coloring and green screen pictures. An ice sculpture will be at the front of the library for everyone to see.

Scholarly Series kicks off


The first installment of the four-part Scholarly Series sponsored by the library and the Wilton Historical Society begins on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 4 to 5:30, at the library. This year’s theme is Sex, Scandal, and Upheaval: 1919 — What's Changed? The four lectures cover diverse topics which examine the tumultuous year. Professor and author Mark Albertson kicks off the series with Versailles…False Promise. The remaining lectures are: Feb. 24 at Wilton Library, Conflict on the Homefront: Connecticut and the Nation; March 10 at the Wilton Historical Society, Men in Black Sox; March 31 at the Wilton Historical Society, Votes for Women. Each program is from 4 to 5:30. Please see the library’s website for more details on the topics, speakers and for registration. Registration is required. Please register for each talk separately.

Taking a year off


Wiltonian and journalist Jacqueline Raposo finds herself sick, single, broke, and wandering in a fog. Fighting chronic illness, debt and other low points in her life she embarks on subtracting some of her most constant habits from her life — social media, shopping, sugar, and negative thoughts — for periods of 30 to 90 days over the course of one year. She discusses this journey in her new book, The Me Without: A Year Exploring Habit, Healing, and Happiness, and shares her thoughts with the library audience on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Please see the library’s registration link for more details. A Q&A will follow the talk. Free, registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan.

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.