Come out and clay
Children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers have a fun time in store when they come to the library for Clay Play on Friday, Jan. 18, from 10:30 to 11:30. In this hands-on hour of play, artist Debi Hamuka-Falkenham will show the kids and their caregivers how to work together using clay to create fun take-home projects. The program is supported by the J. Arthur Wall Scholarship Fund. Registration is required.
Physics made easy
The Senior Center Book Discussion tackles Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 11. Michael Hess has the “challenge” of leading the discussion. In only 80 pages, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics takes the reader on a guided tour of the most important concepts in modern physics using poetic imagery and vivid metaphorical language to bring those ideas to life for non-scientists. This group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month through May. Call the senior center for details and to register at 203-834-6240. The program is held at Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road.
Gearing up for mid-terms
Wilton High School students have their own challenge this week with mid-terms scheduled from Wednesday, Jan. 23, through Monday, Jan. 28. The library is providing study rooms, late closings and gentle therapy dogs to help the kids study at their best. Study rooms are available for students during their mid-terms as follows: Brubeck Room: Tuesday, Jan. 22, noon-9; Wednesday, Jan. 23, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Rimer Room: Friday, Jan. 25, noon-4*; Rimer Room: Saturday, Jan. 26, 1–4:30; Craft Room: Sunday, Jan. 27, 1–4:30. The library will remain open until 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, through Thursday, Jan. 24; the Children’s Library will close at its regular time at 8. The gentle therapy dogs from ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) will make a welcome return to help de-stress the students on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 1 to 5. *The library will be closing at 4 in preparation for the mini-golf fundraiser that evening.
One of the New Year’s resolutions people may be struggling with is how to get their finances in better shape. The library offers a program, Getting Your Financial Life In Order — Sooner Rather Than Later, on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 10 to 11, that may be able to help. Speaker Laurie Stefanowicz, senior vice president and managing partner at Catamount Wealth Management, is responsible for working with clients to design financial plans and portfolios that best meet their needs and situation. Please see the library’s registration link for more details. Free, registration is highly recommended.
Author conveys her struggles
Author Stephanie Land visits the library on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss her latest nonfiction, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother's Will to Survive. Her memoir is a “beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America” recounting her struggles as a single mom pulling long hours as a maid in the attempt to keep a roof over her daughter’s head. A Q&A will follow the talk. There is no charge. Registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books.
A Mini-Golf Tourney for Adults will tee off on Friday night, Jan. 25, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to best scores and most creative golf attire. Teams of foursomes will compete on the 18-hole mini-golf course while friends and fans cheer them on. Putters and balls will be provided. Tickets: $300/foursome, $150/couple, $75/single. Couples and singles will be assigned to foursomes by the library. Spectator tickets are available at $50 per person. Food and libations are included. Tickets can 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. The library’s second Family Mini-Golf Fundraiser is for everyone on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 to 4. There will be food (each paid admission will receive a free coupon for a carnival-type food courtesy of Wilton Rotary), face painting, fun activities, and more. Children under 12 must be accompanied by adults. Putters and balls will be provided. Tickets ($5) are only available at the door on the day of the event. Please see the library’s website for details on both events and all sponsors who make these fundraisers possible.
The library is closed Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 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.