Holiday happenings


With the Wilton Holiday Stroll set for tomorrow night, from 5:30 to 7:30, the holiday season is officially here. Santa Claus will arrive at the Town Gazebo to welcome all young ones, and Wilton Library will be welcoming strollers to stop by for a bit of warmth and refreshments, all with a chance to peruse the holiday Giving Tree and the Holiday Book Sale. The book sale is now an annual delight in the gallery with new and gently used items such as books, DVDs, and CDs for all ages. Wonderful art and history books abound, along with a stash of new, shrink-wrapped CDs. The book sale is open through Jan. 3 and library volunteers keep replenishing the stock on a regular basis. The Giving Tree stands bright in the gallery as well and provides many opportunities for people to buy the “ornaments,” which are wish list items for the library’s collection. Items may be purchased in honor of or in memory of someone, or to celebrate a special occasion.  The book sale and giving tree also will be available during the library’s Friends of the Library Holiday Party on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 5:30 to 7:30. To attend the Friends party, please RSVP to 203-762-3950, ext. 239.

Decorating for kids


The Wilton Arts Council and the library are sponsoring Holiday Ornament Decorating on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 2 to 3:30. Local artist Denise Susalka will help kids create beautiful ornaments that honor their different holidays. The program is for kids ages 5 and up; registration is required.  

Holiday T-shirts for teens


Teens get to light up their holidays with T-shirts using LEDs on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. In Light-Up Holiday T-shirts, teens in grades 7 through 12 will use fabric markers to create unique designs on their shirts in which they will then sew in LED circuits to let them shine. Materials are provided by the library. Registration is required, along with a signed Innovation Station Agreement Form and a Connecticut library card.  

Etchings and arrangements made easy


Kids and teens aren’t the only ones with crafts for this holiday season. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, adults can get in on the action with Etched Glass Vases Drop-in Craft, from 10:30 to 12:30. Participants can create a one-of-a-kind etched glass vase using the die cutter and simple supplies. Items are great for teacher gifts or holiday centerpieces.  There is no cost or registration but only available while supplies last. On Friday, Dec. 11, people are invited to make Holiday Arrangements, from 10 to noon. The $5 fee offsets the cost of supplies. Registration is required as space is limited.

Support group meets


The Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group meets on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. This is a monthly meeting held at the library. The Breast Cancer Survival Center is a nonprofit that helps people move on after treatment. For anyone with questions, please call Nina Marino at 203-857-7304. Registration is through the library’s website or by calling the library.

May the Force help in coding


The library opens the Brubeck Room again for an hour of coding throughout the afternoon on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 1 to 6:30, in its Breaking Code — One Hour Entertaining Lesson in Coding. The library is joining Computer Science Education Week, a national movement to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). One-hour “lessons” in coding using the Star Wars theme will be given throughout the afternoon for adults and children 6 years and up at the following intervals: 1-2, 2:30-3:30, 4-5, and 5:30-6:30. Participants can bring their own devices and sit in on any of the sessions. A short introduction to the online class will be given at the start of each hour. Attendees can participate at their own speed on their own devices, or use one of the computers set up by the library expressly for this purpose.  Registration is required so that the library knows how many computers are needed each hour. Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 7-13, is sponsored by Code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to growing computer programming education. Kids and parents, friends, or anyone with a “How’d they do that?” curiosity are encouraged to join the fun.

Author brings new book in series


Author Archer Mayor comes to the library on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to talk about his latest novel, The Company She Kept, the 26th story in the series about Joe Gunther. Gunther is a detective in the Vermont Bureau of Investigation and this case is especially brutal involving state political figures. Mayor is a New York Times bestselling author with this series which the Chicago Tribune describes as “the best police procedurals being written in America.” Over the past 30 years, Archer Mayor has worked variously (or continues to work) as a firefighter/EMT, a police officer, and a death investigator for Vermont's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Please see the library’s registration link for more details. There is no charge.  Registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books.

To register for these and other programs, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org 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.