Library Lines: Dec. 1

Stroll on in

The library is pleased to be part of the Wilton Holiday Stroll on Friday, Dec. 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., offering yummy refreshments, warmth by the fireplace, and a chance to catch up with friends and neighbors. Holiday shopping also can be accomplished with the library’s Holiday Book Sale and Giving Tree on view in the gallery. The book sale offers something for everyone from books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks suitable for all ages. Items are in pristine condition and replenished regularly as the materials are purchased. The Giving Tree has ornaments that highlight the many items that are part of the library’s wish list. People can give them as gifts to the library in honor or in memory of loved ones. The library’s art exhibition, The Message is in the Medium, can be viewed throughout the library with something that may be gift-giving worthy. People are invited to stroll on in during the cold winter night and throughout December.

Reading together

The Mother and Daughter Book Club gets together on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 3 to 4. This month Eleanor Estes’ iconic book, The Hundred Dresses, will be discussed. Saturday Review called the book, “Sensitive, intuitive, restrained … will take its place with the books that endure.” In this club, moms and daughters read books about heroines who are smart, brave, strong and kind. This month there might even be a surprise guest to help with the discussion. The program is for girls in grades 3 through 5 and their moms. Registration is required.

Trustees entertain Friends

Wilton Library Association trustees host the Friends Annual Holiday Party on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 6. The holiday get-together is for adults only. Those wishing to attend should RSVP by today, Dec. 1, to 203-762-6321 or register on the library’s website.

Dinner discussed

Pamela Lillis moderates the discussion of Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship by Isabel Vincent on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 11 to noon for the Food Lit Book Group. Books are available in the Adult Book Group section of the library. There is no charge. Registration is recommended.  

Everything’s up to code

For the fourth year in a row, Wilton Library joins Computer Science Education Week sponsored by to offer an hour of code on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The library’s Breaking Code program is offering patrons four hours of code from 1 to 6:30 p.m., they just have to pick the hour in which they would like to participate. The sessions run from 1 to 2, 2:30 to 3:30, 4 to 5, and 5:30 to 6:30. Each session will begin with a tutorial on Dragon Dash and then people will be able to move at their own pace through the coding levels. Participants may bring their own devices or use the ones provided by the library. This fun event is for adults and children ages 6 and up, accompanied by adults. For those who have an interest in peeking behind the curtain of coding, this day allows people to test drive what it’s like to write an app. Registration is required so the library can determine how many computers are needed for each hour.   

The art of cursive writing

Grandma writes a holiday card and the kids can’t really decipher what wonderful words she has written. The library may have a solution for this dilemma with its Cursive Handwriting Class on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 5 p.m. This session for children ages 9 and up gives them a chance to learn the lost art of cursive writing. The kids may even be able to create their own new signature. Registration is required.  

Author visit

Author Jeff Benedict comes to the library on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss his new collaboration with former San Francisco 49er, Super Bowl champion, NFL MVP and Hall of Famer Steve Young. Accolades abound in this memoir, QB: My Life Behind the Spiral, but Young’s most impressive victories were personal ones that were won off the field when no one was watching. As an author, he gives readers the sense of being inside his helmet while he runs through opponents both on and off the field. Jeff Benedict is a New York Times bestselling author, a special features writer for Sports Illustrated, and a television and film producer. See the library’s registration link for more details. A Q&A will follow the talk. There is no charge. Books that are pre-signed by Steve Young will be available for purchase which Jeff Benedict will then sign. Registration is highly recommended.  

Personal gift-giving

There are so many makers sessions available in the Innovation Station this week that will help people craft personal gifts for loved ones such as personalized tumblers, holiday aprons and more. The sessions are as follows: Friday, Dec. 2, Holiday Wreath Making, 11-1; Saturday, Dec. 3, Personalize a Tumbler, 10-noon; Saturday, Dec. 3, Embroider A Holiday Gift, noon-2; Sunday, Dec. 4, Etched Holiday Votives, 2-3:30; Monday, Dec. 5, Embroider a Holiday Apron, 10:30-12:30; Monday, Dec. 5, Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters, 1–2:30 (patrons may bring in their own projects and knit away!); Tuesday, Dec. 6, Embellished Napkins or Dish Towels, 10-11:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 7, Light Up Snowflake Aprons, 10-noon; Wednesday, Dec. 7, Embroider a Hostess Gift, 6-7:30; and Thursday, Dec. 8, Embroider a Holiday Apron, 11-12:30. See the library’s website for details and fees to offset costs. Registration is required.

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.