Library Lines: April 14

Kids’ stuff

There are just a few more days of vacation left and the library still has some fun options for kids. On Friday, April 15, the library is offering movies in the morning and afternoon. Beginning at 10:15, the Peanuts movie will be shown and at 2, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip will be screened. There is neither registration nor fees for the movies. Caretakers must stay with children under 8 and remain in the building for children over 8 years old. The Museum Pass program offers free or heavily discounted admission to the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield), Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library (Hartford),  Connecticut’s Old State House (Hartford), Discovery Museum and Planetarium (Bridgeport), Earthplace: The Nature Discovery Center (Westport), Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum (NYC), Maritime Aquarium (South Norwalk), Mystic Aquarium (Mystic), Stamford Museum and Nature Center (Stamford), Stepping Stones Museum for Children (Norwalk) and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford). The passes are available on a first-come, first-served walk-in basis. They can be loaned out for three consecutive days. The passes are free, however applicable fees are the responsibility of patrons. Late and lost fees will be charged.

Safe driving

The AARP Driver Safety Class is being held on Saturday, April 16, from 10 to 2. This four-hour course is designed by AARP for drivers age 50 and older. The session covers changes in vision, hearing, reaction times associated with the aging driver and offers strategies and tips for navigating today’s stressful driving environments. There are no written or driving tests — this is a classroom session only. Registration is required. The program fee is $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members. Payment is due in cash or check (no credit cards) at the start of class. Registration is required. See the library’s registration link on the website for more details.

Birdhouse fun for makers

Those with even a modicum of creativity can whip up something for the birds in just two evening sessions of Book Birdhouses on Tuesday, April 19 and 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Adults and teens in grades 7-12 may paint, decoupage and produce a one-of-a kind birdhouse using classic children's books for adornment. They can be used indoors or out and make unique gifts. There is a $7 fee  payable the first night to offset costs. Registration is required.

Scary scams revealed

Don McGran, security adviser at Fairfield County Bank, will discuss the many current scams being employed against citizens in the Wilton area in the program, Scams: Prepare Yourself, on Wednesday, April 20, from 10 to 11:30. Frauds can occur online, via telephone, in the mail, or in person. Many of these frauds are targeted at the elderly in this community. He will also discuss identity theft prevention and safe banking practices. The program is co-sponsored by Fairfield County Bank and the library. There is no charge; registration is recommended.

Annual Gigantic Book Sale nears

The annual Gigantic Book Sale is set for Saturday, April 23, through Tuesday, April 26. With the doors of the Book Cellar thrown open, as well as the Brubeck Room and the gallery, more than 70,000 items are featured including gently used, new, collectible, rare books, DVDs, CDs, and books on CDs. This well-organized sale boasts more than 50 categories including art books, mysteries, gardening, travel, science fiction, history, biographies and so much more. The hours are as follows: April 23: 7-9 a.m. Early Buyers with $15 admissions fee, 9-5 free to public; Sunday, April 24: noon to 5; Monday, April 25: 10-5, books half-price; Tuesday, April 26: 10-3, $5 per bag. A silent auction of rare and collectible books takes place during Saturday and Sunday hours. On Saturday, the Rotary Club of Wilton will sell hot dogs and sodas at lunchtime. Proceeds will benefit the library.

Much to make

The maker space was renamed the Thomas T. Adams, Esq. Innovation Station at the library’s 120 th Anniversary Gala in recognition of his generous dedication to so many initiatives within the library. This week’s session in the Innovation Station are: Sunday, April 17, 3D Printing for Beginners, 2-3 p.m.; Monday, April 18, Embroider or Monogram It!, 10-11:30 a.m.; Monday, April 18, 3D Design Bookmarks, Coasters & More, 6-7:30 p.m.; and New Life for Old Videos, 6-7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, April 19, Bringing Your Photo Albums into the Digital Age, 10-11:30 a.m.; Monday, April 20, Embroider or Monogram It!, 10-11:30 a.m.; and Friday, April 22, New Life for Old Videos, 10-11:30 a.m. Registration is required for all of the programs listed above.

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 and Teen Services at 203-762-6342.