Shades of the 60s


The Crafty Fridays program brings truth to the expression, “Everything old is new again!” On Aug. 19, from 10:30 to noon, kids ages 10 to 12 will be making driftwood wind chimes and on Aug. 26 they will be crafting macramé necklaces and sailor’s knot bracelets. Registration is required.

Fun for the little ones


Two very different programs for little kids are being offered at the library this week. Let’s Make Something on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 2 to 3, has children ages 4 through 6 working with Fisher-Price Code-a-pillars. Kids can explore basic coding using these click-together critters in this session that champions STEAM programming. Space is limited to eight children and tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis at the Children's Library Reference Desk starting at 1:45 on Saturday. Caregivers must remain in the building. On Tuesday, Aug. 23, children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to a Teddy Bear Picnic from 11 to 11:30. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy or other stuffed animal. Juice and cookies will be served. Registration is required. This program is supported by the Wilton Newcomers Club.

Just what is VR?


Now people can experience Virtual Reality right on their smartphones and the library’s beginner workshop can show people how it’s done. Exploring Virtual Reality with Google Cardboard takes place on Monday, Aug. 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Participants will receive their own VR cardboard headset for their smartphones and will explore some of the apps.  Attendees must have an Android 4.1 or higher or an iOS 8.0 or higher; larger phones with 4 to 6 inch screen sizes can be supported. The program is for teens entering grades 8 or higher and adults. Registration is required. There is a fee of $15 payable upon arrival for the Google Cardboard which participants will take home at the end of the session. Due to limited space and the high interest in virtual reality, the library will confirm attendance.

Games and gaming

The Minecraft Club is going strong this summer with meetings on Saturdays from 10 to noon for kids ages 8 and up. Registration is required and caregivers must remain in the building. For a more “old school” approach, kids in grades 1 through 5 can partake in Flaming Goat! and Other Mini-Games on Friday, Aug. 26, from 3 to 3:45. In this program, kids will solve an absurd puzzle using their brains — no screens, game boards, dice or cards. They also will design a simple game together. There is no registration and no fee.

Poetry submissions begin


The library’s 11th annual Poetry in Motion program gets underway with a call for poetry submissions now through Oct. 31. PIM is Wilton Library’s poetry and performance-based program for students in grades 7 through 12. Each year a new theme is chosen by the student board to provide inspiration and allow for the creative juices to flow. This year’s theme is “But Wait…There's More!” — There's more to me! There's more to say, see or do! There's more to life! There's more fun to come! There's more beyond high school! There's more outside of Wilton! Students will use this theme to write a poem — short or long; comical or sad; insightful or inspirational. The most creative and well-written poems will be selected for the March 2017 two-night performances. Students will be helped along the way with editing and performance workshops before they take to the Brubeck Room stage with fellow poets. Most kids have something to say and may even like writing and performing or meeting new friends — this may be the chance to do all that. Teens may send their original poems to teenpoetry@wiltonlibrary.org. For more information, call Teen Services at 203-762-6342.  

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 and Teen Services at 203-762-6342.