A furry Santa

Visiting Santa is one thing, but visiting Santa Paws is quite another. Children have a chance to sit with a certified therapy dog dressed as Santa on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 11 to noon at the library. This is a terrific photo op for parents. The holiday-themed pooch is from ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) and he is coming with his canine elves. The program will begin promptly at 11. Tickets will be given out 15 minutes before  and the first 30 families will be accommodated. If time permits, other families may be able to visit with the pup. In the spirit of the giving season, families are encouraged to bring a donated item for the shelter such as chew toys, cat and dog toys, and collars.

Holiday crafts

Children of all ages can enjoy making Christmas crafts on Sunday, Dec. 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. Materials for creating ornaments, coloring sheets and Charlie Brown Christmas trees will be on-hand.  There is no charge and no registration.  Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by caregivers; kids 8 and older must have caregivers remain in the building.  The program is sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

Movie time

The toys are unwrapped, the batteries (alkaline and human) are run down, so it must be time for the library’s Day After Christmas Movies for kids. On Thursday, Dec. 26, the Children’s Library will be screening the summer movie hit, Planes, rated PG, at 10:15; the family classic, The Wizard of Oz, rated G will be shown at 2. Children under 8 must be accompanied by caregivers; children 8 and over must have caregivers remain in the building. Healthy snacks will be served at both movies thanks to the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

Going, going…

The last few days remain for people to take advantage of the Holiday Book Sale. Wonderful selections of pristine art, history, children’s and teen books abound, along with shrink-wrapped DVDs and CDs — perfect for last-minute gift-giving ideas. The Giving Tree also serves as a double gift — one for the library and one for the person who is being honored. People can choose an item from the tree that is on the library’s wish list and buy it for the library. A commemorative plate will be put on the book or item in honor or in memory of someone. A gift card comes with the donation so that the patron can let the special person or the loved ones know a gift was given to the library in his or her name. The book sale and the giving tree will remain up through Dec. 23.

Exhibition continues

The walls of the library will be adorned through the middle of January with artists’ works represented by River Road Gallery on River Road in Wilton. The “got art?” exhibition features more than 70 pieces providing a range of media including oils, photographs, giclées, acrylics, watercolor, and pastels. The artists exhibiting original works are Anda Styler, Ron Landis, Ming Feng, Sandy Garvin, Alain Picard, Ed Martinez, Lisa Joyce Hill, Ed Hicks Deborah Chabrian and Ed MacEwen. The show also includes limited-edition prints by John Harris, Edward Gordon and Christopher Blossom. A portion of the proceeds benefits the library. The exhibition remains in the library until Jan. 16.

January programs

With everyone rushing around preparing for the holidays, it’s hard to concentrate on what comes after the new year. A few programs of note kick off January. The first Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert begins on Sunday, Jan. 5, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. with the Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato trio.  Percussionist Colin Stranahan and jazz pianist Glenn Zaleski return to Wilton Library and are joined by bassist Rick Rosato. Daryl Hawk visits the library on Thursday, Jan. 9 for A World Above the World: Daryl Hawk Photography Presentation & Lecture, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. International documentary photographer Daryl Hawk will give a special photography presentation and lecture based on his most recent expedition to the remote Northwest Frontier of Argentina this past April. On Sunday, Jan. 12, the first Connecticut’s Own Concert opens with Madera Winds Quintet, from 4 to 5 p.m. Led by Ralph Kirmser (oboe), the quintet is comprised of Janet Atherton (clarinet) of Norwalk, Rosemary Dellinger (bassoon) who teaches Spanish at Cider Mill School in Wilton, John Harley (horn) who has been a member of the Norwalk Symphony since 1976 and John Vandenberg (flute) who recently moved here from the Netherlands where he was the founding member of the Bourdon Wind Quintet. The group will be performing the woodwind quintet of Carl Nielsen and other selections. Registration is recommended for all of these programs mentioned above.

The library will be closed on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day, Dec. 25. The library will open at 10 a.m. as usual on Thursday, Dec. 26.  To register for programs, visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teens and ext. 217 for children’s events.