Library Lines: Aug. 21

Going to the dogs

Children who are independent readers get a chance to read to gentle therapy dogs in the Tales to Tails program on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 11 to noon. The program helps children feel more comfortable reading out loud, which may increase their desire for reading in general. The dogs are part of the Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue group (ROAR) that visits the library each month. There is no charge for the program. Children must be registered to participate.

Computer savvy kids meet

The Minecraft Club meets Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 to noon for an online session of the computer game. Kids ages 8 and up can be registered on the Fairfield County computer by visiting the library with a valid library card. Registration for each Saturday session is a must along with an online account and a personal laptop. More details can be found on the library’s website.

Summer reading ends 

The children’s summer reading program, Mythical Magical Reading, ends with an awards ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 3 to 4 p.m. Children who have read the required 60 books or 3,000 pages will receive a certificate and T-shirt. This party is by invitation only. Any child who believes they have qualified but did not receive an invitation should contact the Children’s Library; the Evanced online system is keeping the tabulations. The program is sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

Up on the roof

The Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence shows his paintings from a different point of view on Monday, Aug. 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Daniel van Benthuysen has been creating rooftop paintings over the last few years and is continuing this exploration while at Weir Farm. His work examines the way natural light impacts roof lines in late afternoon or early evening. Registration is suggested. The program is co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. There is no charge.

Free stuff on personal devices

Melissa Baker demonstrates all the free downloadable and streaming media from the library in Free Fiction, Films and Fugues to Go, a session being held at the Wilton Senior Center on Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 1 to 2:30. Downloadable e-books using Overdrive, downloadable emagazines from Zinio, streaming videos from IndieFlix and streaming music from Naxos will be discussed. Participants should bring their own personal devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops), their own Wilton Library cards and lists of their passwords. Hours of enjoyment can be realized by being able to download these items for free. The session is presented for seniors at the senior center, 180 School Road. Registration is through the library’s website.

Just around the corner

The dog days of summer, which were not too bad so far, are drawing to a close and September is right around the corner.  With vacations and Labor Day, it is easy to lose sight of programs that attendees will not want to miss. One of those programs is the ever popular poetry sessions conducted by Judson Scruton. Fall Poetry with Judson Scruton begins on Thursday, Sept. 4 from 10:30 to noon. The sessions explore Shakespeare’s Sonnets. The four-part seminar will be held on three consecutive Thursdays, Sept. 4, 11 and 18 with the last session on Friday, Sept. 19, also from 10:30 to noon. Poetry packets will be available one week before the seminar.  Registration is required. On Friday, Sept. 5, Stamford Hospital’s Mobile Facility for Mammography Screening will be set up in the front parking lot of the library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Services offered are baseline screenings for women 35-39 years old and annual mammograms for women 40 years and older. The service is digital, fast, convenient and private. Insurance is accepted for the screening. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 203-276-PINK (7465) and choosing option 1.

To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult events, ext. 243 for teen programs and ext. 217 for children’s activities.