Library Lines: Aug. 11

Fun Fridays with crafts

For the next four Fridays, kids ages 10-12 will make fun accessories in the Crafty Fridays program, from 10:30 to noon. In the first session on Aug. 12, the kids will be making personalized dream catchers; Aug. 19 is beaded driftwood wind chimes; Aug. 26 macramé necklaces and sailor’s knot bracelets; and Sept. 2 kids will be making coasters, key chains and more using Perler beads. Registration is required.  

Yummy cupcakes

The Cupcake Club meets on Friday, Aug. 12, from 3 to 3:45 p.m. for kids in grades 1 through 5. Children follow step-by-step instructions to decorate a fancy cupcake. Tickets will be given out at 2:45 on Friday. Space is limited for this program that is supported by the Newcomers Club. Children under 8 must be accompanied by caregivers.

Music to kids’ ears

Kids ages 6-12 will be making music together in the Let’s Make Something program on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 2 to 3. These STEAM sessions have been bringing innovative and creative activities to kids throughout the summer. The world of sound will be explored in this session with fun activities and experiments. The kids also will be making a craft using music at its base. Space is limited to 12 children with tickets being handed out on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 1:45. Caregivers must remain in the building.

Rainforest critters

In a continuing exploration of rainforest and jungle creatures, this week’s Wonderful Wednesdays program brings Animal Embassy to the library on Aug. 17, from 3 to 4. Children in kindergarten and up will be introduced to animal ambassadors representing rainforests around the world. Families will meet ambassadors such as a chinchilla, a jungle carpet python, a red-foot tortoise, red-eyed tree frogs, and more. STEAM programming is supported by the Amadeo Family.  At 2:45 on Wednesday, tickets for that afternoon's program will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis at the Children's Library Reference Desk. Space is limited.

Crafty adults and teens

People can get their craft juices flowing with this fun and easy project making Personalized Polka Dot Mugs on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 2 to 3. These whimsical mugs are great for friends, family or oneself. Participants will decorate their mugs with dots, then the library will bake the mugs to set the designs. The program is for teens (ages 13+) and adults. Space is limited and registration is required. There is a $5 fee to offset the cost which is payable upon arrival.  

Book groups convene in September

The library’s book groups will be gathering together this fall so now is a good time to get a jump start on the reading. The Food Lit Book Group will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 11 to noon, with a discussion of 32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line by French chef, author and television personality Eric Ripert. Pam Lillis leads the discussion. Wilton Library Readers gets together on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from noon to 1:30 to discuss Middlemarch by George Eliot with Susan Boyar. Participants may bring their own lunches; the library provides beverages. Registration on the library’s website for either of these programs is suggested. The first Senior Center Book Discussion of the season takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 27, with selections from The Poets Laureate Anthology led by Judson Scruton, from 11 to noon. These discussions take place at the Wilton Senior Center at Comstock Center. An informal lunch is served. To register, call the senior center at 203-834-6240. Additional dates and titles for all three of these book groups may be found on the library’s website at under the “Books” banner.

Catalog upgrade

The library’s catalog is getting an upgrade on Tuesday, Aug. 16. This means that people will need to bring their library cards to the library to check out books. Patrons will not be able to place items on hold, renew items or look them up in the catalog — whether in the library or at home.  The drive-thru window also will be closed that day, check out transactions will be handled inside the library. This is a planned maintenance day for the catalog; everything will be running as usual on Wednesday.  

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.