Library Lines: April 13

Vacation fun

As vacation week winds down, the library has a few more fun activities for kids with an Easter egg hunt, dancing for littles, a movie and troll making. On Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15, from 10 to 5, kids can go Easter “egg” hunting by finding pictures of eggs that are hidden around the Children’s Library. A list of the eggs is available at the Children’s desk and kids can spend their time looking among the shelves and books to find the eggs — and perhaps something to read! Kids participating in the fun will have a take-home craft as their prizes. Movement and Dance for Little Ones also takes place on Friday, from 11 to 11:30. There is no registration and no fee, kids up to age 5 with their caregivers can just drop in. Children also can watch the movie Trolls, on Friday from 1:30 to 3. Children under 8 years of age should be accompanied by caregivers; kids 8 and older should have caregivers remain in the building. There is no registration and no fee. After the movie, from 3 to 4, kids in grades 2 through 6 can stick around to make felt troll pictures. The library will supply the materials. Registration is required for this program. Parents and caregivers also are reminded there still is time to check out museum passes to many of the local and regional attractions around the state with discounted admission passes. Patrons may stop by or call the circulation desk or visit the library’s website.

Tamping down college admissions angst

Anyone with high school teens knows the dreaded time is coming sooner than later — the college admissions process. The pressure associated with The College Process, aka The Big Event, often creates a lot of negative fallout such as ruptured relationships and high levels of stress and anxiety in students and their families. In the presentation, College Frenzy: How to Manage Yourself and Your Family Through the Process, on Tuesday, April 18, from 12:30 to 2, parent coach and clinical psychologist Susan Bauerfeld, Ph.D. and college consultant Victoria Hirsch will offer tips, strategies and suggestions for viewing the college process as a natural next step rather than The Big Event. Their remarks are designed to help manage the process in ways that foster connection and resilience rather than discord and despair. The program is for parents of eighth to 12th graders and is presented by the Wilton Youth Council and the library. Registration is strongly encouraged.

Calling kid writers

Budding writers are invited to this Writer’s Workshop for kids ages 10 to 12. The three-part workshop takes place on Tuesdays, April 18, 25 and May 2, from 4 to 5. Kids will flex their writing muscles with fun exercises and they will have a chance to share their work with the group in a nurturing atmosphere. Registration is required along with a commitment to attend all three sessions.

A seminar about the birds and the bees

Actually, the Wilton Garden Club program, The Wilton Pollinator Pathway, is more about the butterflies and the bees and bringing them back to backyards. The program is on Tuesday, April 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and hosts a panel of experts who will speak on the subject. Wilton residents are creating a pollinator pathway through town. This is an informative panel discussion on why pollinators are important to the environment and what homeowners and apartment dwellers can do to protect and attract them. Panel experts include: Jim Nordgren, an environmental consultant from South Salem, N.Y., who served as executive director of the Northeast Wilderness Trust and the Bedford Audubon Society; Shaun McCoshum, Ph.D., the preserve manager and educator for the Westchester Land Trust; and, Victor DeMasi, a lepidopterist, research affiliate for Yale’s Peabody Museum, Redding conservation officer, and NRWA Advisory Board member. These panelists have researched and written about bird, bee, and butterfly ecology. The program is sponsored by the Wilton Garden Club, Wilton Land Conservation Trust, Norwalk River Watershed Association, Woodcock Nature Center and the library. There is no charge. Registration is recommended.

Creativity in Innovation Station

Two programs are designed to unleash people’s creative potential this week in the library’s Innovation Station maker space. On Tuesday, April 18, from 11 to 12:30, people can celebrate with Earth Day terrariums by creating mini living gardens with succulents. There is a $12 materials fee to offset the costs. The program is for people ages 18 and up with valid Connecticut library cards. Registration is required. On Wednesday, April 19 and 26, participants will be able to make book bird houses, from 6 to 8 p.m. During this two-evening workshop, attendees will paint, decoupage and produce one-of-a-kind book bird houses using classic children’s books for adornment. The finished products can be given as unique gifts or kept by the creators. There is a $10 fee to offset costs, payable the first evening. The program is for adults and students in grades 7 and up. Space is limited and therefore registration is required.

April showers bring library’s book sale

April showers traditionally bring May flowers as the old adage goes, but they also remind people it is time for the library’s annual Gigantic Book Sale. The sale takes place next week, Saturday, April 22, through Tuesday, April 25. With thousands of books in myriad categories, it is one of the best-organized book sales around according to buyers who come back year after year, thanks to the library’s tireless volunteers. Bargain hunters, book lovers and rare book collectors should make sure they get to this all-important fund-raiser and visit the library’s website for the list of silent auction items of rare and collectible books.

The library will be closed for Easter Sunday, April 16. 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 programs at 203-762-6342.