Library Lines: Dec. 22

Tinker on a computer

Children between 8 and 12 years old can learn how to use a free online Computer Aid Design program in Let’s Make Something with Tinker CAD on Tuesday, Dec. 27, from 2 to 3 p.m. In this fun session kids will explore the software and learn how to make a 3D puzzle in the process. Registration is required.

Sharing Chanukah

Children of all ages are invited to come join the library’s Chanukah Celebration with Miss Shayna on Tuesday, Dec. 27, from 4 to 4:30. Together the group will celebrate the Festival of Lights with stories and songs. Children will even be able to share what they know or have learned about Chanukah. Registration is required.

Kid-friendly New Year

The New Year is almost here and children can get in on the party by joining the library’s New Year Celebration on Friday, Dec. 30, from 2 to 3. Kids of all ages will be doing crafts and other fun activities to ring in the New Year. Registration is required.

A break for all

Soon the gifts will be opened, the wrapping paper will be strewn all over, everyone’s batteries will be run down (literally and figuratively) and recharging will be necessary. The best way to do that as a family is to visit a wonderful museum — one that may happen to be on the library’s Museum Pass Program. With more than 10 museums on the list, including the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, there is something for everyone. The benefits range from free to heavily discounted admissions based on what each of the museums has to offer. The list includes Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Discovery Museum and Planetarium, Earthplace: The Nature Discovery Center, Maritime Aquarium, Mystic Aquarium, Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and as mentioned, the Intrepid. The passes are available on a first-come, first-served walk in basis. Passes can be held for one hour if available and requested over the phone. Passes are loaned out for three consecutive days with late fees applied if not returned to the circulation desk by the third day. The passes are free to Wilton Library patrons with patrons being responsible for any admission fees or special exhibition charges. The Museum Pass program is generously supported by the Van Raalte Family in loving memory of Peter Van Raalte. For information, call 203-762-6334.

Procrastinators’ safety net

As the hours tick away before Christmas and Chanukah, last-minute shoppers can still find delightful gifts for children, teens and adults at the library’s Holiday Book Sale in the gallery. Books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks are available each day with inventory being replenished regularly by Santa’s elves (a.k.a. the library’s tireless book sale volunteers). For that someone who says, “Oh, I don’t need anything!” then perhaps the library’s Giving Tree is the perfect solution to find something from the library’s wish list that can be purchased in honor of that person. Where applicable, a bookplate will be placed in the item acknowledging that special someone. There are still a few days left to view the art exhibition, The Message is in the Medium and perhaps find a one-of-a-kind piece of art for that one-of-a-kind special person.

Inclement weather

With temperatures falling and gloomy gray skies laden with snow hanging low, bad weather may be here soon. Early closings or delayed openings will be necessary to ensure the safety of patrons and staff. Patrons who have registered for the library’s newsletters will be notified by emails regarding library closings, delayed openings and cancellations. Additionally, the library’s status may be found on several media outlets and websites. Radio stations include WEBE 108 FM and WFOX 95.9 FM. The TV stations notified are Cablevision News 12, WFSB TV3 and WTNH TV8. An automated message will be posted on the library’s phone line (203-762-3950) and an updated message will be carried on the library’s website ( Patrons can follow the library at, along with postings on (search Wilton Library Association). Patrons also may register with and to receive e-mail notifications of cancellations, delays, or early closings.

Please note: The library will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 26 (observed holiday) and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. 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.