Library Lines: Dec. 17

Puppets tell the tales

As the darkness of winter closes in, a bright celebration takes place at the library when the Caravan Puppets come to perform “Season of Light” on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 2 to 3. This fast paced and interactive show is suitable entertainment as families get into the holiday spirit. The performance celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, Diwali and the Muslim holiday Eid ul Fitr with tales of wonder and light. The program is for children in grades K and up. Each child should be registered separately; caregivers must stay with the children.

Crafty kids wanted

In keeping with the holiday season, kids of all ages can join in Christmas Crafts on Sunday, Dec. 20, from 1 to 4:30. The program is free and children may drop in any time during the day to make crafts as simple as pipe cleaner candy canes to more ambitious ones such as the “Charlie Brown Christmas tree.” There is no registration.

Blood drive

One of the ways to give of oneself is to give the gift of a blood donation. The American Red Cross blood drive takes place at the library on Monday, Dec. 21, from 1 to 6:30. To sign up, people may call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go to . Walk-ins also will be accommodated. Positive ID is required at the time of donation.

Classic holiday stories

On Monday, Dec. 21, kids ages three and up will be treated to some classic Christmas stories and a craft in Christmas Story Time, from 4:15 to 5. The program includes milk and cookies for the children. Registration is required; there is no fee. Caregivers must remain in the building.

Weir Farm artist exhibit

December brings Denise Iris to the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program and her exhibition to the library on Monday, Dec. 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Her works are videos, installations, and photos that explore the intersection of objective reality and inner world. Growing up in communist Romania, Denise was exposed to very little media. She amused herself by studying little creatures and objects in her environment and inventing new fictional universes for them. She plays with the border between the mysterious and the known, both in the act of seeing and in the framework of narrative. By de-familiarizing the familiar, she invites viewers to rediscover a layer of experience which is becoming increasingly overlooked in the frantic pace of wired lives.  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. Registration is suggested.

Museum time

As the holidays fast approach, parents may be in for a house full of kids on vacation and relatives staying for multiple days. After all the eggnog is consumed and gift wrap paper is recycled, it may be time to get out of the house. The library’s Museum Pass Program is a simple solution for what to do with everyone. With 11 museums on the list as close as Ridgefield and Norwalk to a day trip to Hartford and even New York City, there is something for everyone’s interest. The museums in the program are Aldrich Contemporary Museum, Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Connecticut’s Old State House, Discovery Museum and Planetarium, Earthplace, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Maritime Aquarium, Mystic Aquarium, Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. All of the museums are closed for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day except for the Intrepid Museum and Mystic Aquarium, both of which are open on New Year’s Day. The pass program provides for free or discounted admissions. The passes are available on a first come, first served basis and are loaned out for three consecutive days. The list of museums, links to their websites, discounts available are all on the library’s website under “Popular Resources” on the homepage.  A pass can be held for up to one hour by phone (no phone messages please) by calling the circulation desk at 203-762-3950, ext. 213.

The library will be closed Thursday and Friday, Dec. 24 and 25.  To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 217 for children’s activities and ext. 243 for teen events.