Library Lines: Dec. 18

Saturday fun continues

Everyone else in town may be waiting for Santa, but a dedicated group of kids is focused on what they like best — the Minecraft Club that meets on Saturdays at the library from 10 to noon. This group of computer enthusiasts, ages 8 and up, meets in person to play the virtual game at the library. Minecraft is a subscription-based online game; players must bring their own laptops and create their own accounts. More details can be found on the library’s website. The remaining dates in December are Dec. 20 and 27. The club will continue next month on Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Registration is required by contacting the Children’s Library reference desk.

Creative time for kids

While some of the family is busy finishing up last-minute holiday shopping, kids of all ages can come to the library on Sunday, Dec. 21, for the Holiday Crafts program, from 1 to 4:30. The library will supply all the materials for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Winter Solstice crafts for kids to make something wonderful to celebrate the season. There is no registration and no fee; just plain fun. Caregivers must remain in the building.

Red Cross blood drive

The American Red Cross is sponsoring a blood drive taking place in the library’s Brubeck Room on Monday, Dec. 22, from 11 to 4. To sign up, people may call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or go to Walk-ins will be accommodated. A positive ID is required at the time of donation.

Puppy time

After the hubbub of the holidays, it might be nice for kids to spend some quiet time reading. One of the ways to do that is with the library’s Tales to Tails program on Saturday, Dec. 27, from 11 to noon. Ridgefield Animal Operation Rescue (ROAR) brings their gentle therapy dogs to the library for children to read to them. Reading aloud helps children feel more comfortable reading and the therapy dogs sit quietly fostering a loving, nurturing environment. Children must be independent readers. Registration is required.

Giving in myriad ways

There are many opportunities for gift-giving this season at the library — some for individual satisfaction, others benefit the community — all of them support the library. The first is the Holiday Book Sale which continues through Dec. 23. The sale is open in the gallery during library hours. Seasonal books, inspirational books, art books, coffee table books, children’s and teen books as well as CDs and DVDs are all available for purchase. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the book sale benefit the library. The Giving Tree stands beautifully in the gallery adorned with “ornaments” of items the library would like to acquire for its various collections or for services. Each of these items may be purchased in honor or in memory of someone. Book plates can be affixed to most of the materials and acknowledgment cards are given with each purchase. The library benefits by adding these items for the community’s use. Another way in which someone can support the library is through AmazonSmile,’s charitable giving link.  When a person shops on Amazon, 0.5% of their purchases will be donated back to Wilton Library. With all the online holiday shopping this season, this number could add up. Patrons are reminded to bookmark the link: and help the library when shopping online. Last, but most important, the library’s Annual Appeal Campaign is underway. The annual appeal supports the programs, materials and services at Wilton Library that are enjoyed by the community as a whole. A gift of any size really makes a difference, and it is 100% tax deductible. A gift can also be made in memory of someone, or in honor of someone to celebrate the holidays, or birthdays, graduation. Through donations, the library has been able to introduce new technologies such as streaming music, downloadable best sellers, downloadable magazines so people can enjoy the library outside its walls; programs, materials and services have been enhanced such as film series, concerts, and emerging media collections; and the introduction of the library’s Innovation Station has brought 3D printing, VHS to DVD conversions, digital scanning, electronic sewing and so much more to many different age groups.  Patrons may visit the library’s homepage and click on Support the Library for the many ways in which one can donate and make a difference.

The library will be closed on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day, Dec. 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.