Library Lines: Dec. 24

Minecraft during holiday week

The children’s computer program, Minecraft Club, meets on Saturdays, Dec. 27 and Jan. 3, from 10 to noon, for kids ages 8 and up. The club brings together virtual world enthusiasts who play the game on a Fairfield County server. Registration is required, along with a Minecraft account for each child, and a laptop. See the library’s website for details. The club will continue to meet Saturdays in January.

Puppy time

Puppies are coming to the library for kids to read to them on Saturday, Dec. 27 from 11 to noon for the Tales to Tails program. Children who are independent readers will take the time to read to trained therapy dogs from ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue). The dogs sit quietly and the children can concentrate on reading aloud, a practice that helps build confidence in children. Registration is required; there is no fee.

Kids’ outings

The toys are opened, the wrapping paper is all over the house, the batteries have run down (both in techno gadgets and humans), so now the question is “what to do with the kids for the rest of the vacation?” Fortunately, the library has an easy fix with the Museum Pass Program. With more than a dozen museums, parks and area attractions, there are many choices in the days ahead. The program encompasses a ride range of interests from the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk and Earthplace of Westport to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York and Mystic Aquarium. The participating museums and their offers may be found on the library’s website under “Services” then Museum Passes, or from the pamphlet in the library. The passes are available on a first-come, first served walk-in basis and can be borrowed for three consecutive days. The Museum Pass Program is generously funded by the Van Raalte family in loving memory of Peter Van Raalte.

Kids programs in the New Year

With all the holiday happenings, it is easy to lose sight of programs that begin right at the start of the New Year.  For children ages 2 to 6 years old, Robert the Guitar Guy comes to entertain on Friday, Jan. 2, from 11 to 11:30. Robert’s use of music, props, movement and dance adds a whole level of fun for children and caregivers alike. Registration is required. A new club is forming for kids in grades 3 through 6 called Cryptozoology Club. The first session is on Tuesday, Jan. 6, from 4 to 5 p.m. and features a different legendary beast each month. Kids will read about them, see film clips that “might” be real, and talk about whether or not the creature really exists.  The first featured creature is Bigfoot, aka Sasquatch, Skunk Ape or Winsted Wildman.  Snacks will be served. Registration is required. On Wednesdays in January children in grades K through 2 will be learning about different kinds of events in Learning About Earth Science, from 4 to 5 p.m. Volcanos, snow falling from the sky, thunder, spinning tornados will be discussed over the four sessions on Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28.  Registration is required. Visit the library’s website to learn more about all of the programs listed above and to register.

Tinkering teens

Back by popular demand, the Electronic Tinkering Workshop for Teens begins on Tuesday, Jan. 6, from 3:30 to 5:30. The four-part workshop continues on Jan. 8, 13 and 15 at the same time. Teens in grades 7 through 12 will get hands-on instruction on C/C++ programming and the Arduino-based platform. Building blinking night lights and other cool contraptions is part of the four sessions. Registration is required as space is limited; there is no fee. The program is supported in part by the William and Karen Tell Foundation and the Romer Family.

Driving safety class

The AARP Driver Safety Class is being offered on Wednesday, Jan. 7, from 10 to 2.  The four-hour session is for drivers 50+ years and it covers the normal changes people experience in their vision, hearing and reaction times as they age.  Practical techniques are provided on how to adjust to these changes.  This is classroom only - there are no written or road tests.  The program is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members, collected in cash or check at the time of the class. Registration is required.

New thoughts in the New Year

Andy Lee, a mindfulness business consultant, introduces mindfulness and its benefits in a lecture, Enhancing Focus and Wellness at Work through Mindfulness, Wednesday, Jan. 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. With today’s high-pressure workplace that leads to stress, distraction and even burnout, Andy provides guidance and mental exercises that will help people deal more effectively with stressors at work. He has practiced mindfulness meditation for the past 15 years having been trained at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. He also teaches sessions in Fairfield. See the library’s website for speaker details and registration.

Author discusses famous sisters

Priya Parmar visits the library to speak about her novel, Vanessa and Her Sister, on Thursday, Jan. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The book captures prewar London and the tumultuous lives of Vanessa and Virginia Woolf. A Q&A and book signing courtesy of Elm Street Books follow the talk. Registration is recommended.

The library will be closed Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day, Dec. 25 and New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. 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.