Library Lines: Dec. 31

Moving to the beat

Robert the Guitar Guy comes to the library on Friday morning, Jan. 2, from 11 to 11:30, to shake the winter doldrums out of little ones with music and dance in this interactive program.  The program is a delight for children ages 2-6 and their caregivers. Registration is required. The program is sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

Mining the virtual world

Saturdays in January are for Minecraft enthusiasts with the library's Minecraft Club, from 10 to noon.  The program is geared to kids ages 8 and up who love the online virtual world. The server that is used is reserved for Fairfield County. Children have to register for the program, create a Minecraft account for the online game, and bring their own laptops to the gathering. Visit the website for more details and registration information.

Teen electronics workshop

Electronic Tinkering is a four-part workshop for kids in grades 7-12 to get hands-on experience with C/C++ programming and the Arduino-based platform. The sessions are set for Tuesday, Jan. 6, Thursday, Jan. 8, Tuesday, Jan. 13 and Thursday, Jan. 15, from 3:30 to 5:30. Blinking night lights and other electronic gadgetry are all part of the program. Registration is required because space is limited.  The program is made possible in part by the William and Karen Tell Foundation and the Romer Family.

Monster mash-up

Big Foot, the Loch Ness Monster, Yeti are all legendary creatures that do not really exist, or do they?  That is the question that will be covered each month in the new Cryptozoology Club beginning Tuesday, Jan. 6, from 4 to 5, for kids in grades 3-6. Like an Explorer's Club of old, kids will read about the monsters, see film clips that may be real and talk about whether or not the creatures really exist. In the inaugural program, Big Foot will be the first legend discussed. Snacks will be served and registration is required.

Brushing up on driving skills

In today's distracted driving environment, one often comes across people texting, talking, eating and doing myriad other things besides paying attention to the road. AARP offers its Driver Safety Class on Wednesday, Jan. 7, from 10 to 2, to help people ages 50+ become more aware of their driving surroundings. The class is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members and may be paid by check or cash at the time of the class. Registration is required.

Wellness at work

Andy Lee returns to Wilton Library to discuss mindfulness but this time from the workplace perspective. With stress, distractions and burnouts impacting people in high pressure office environments, Andy's lecture, "Enhancing Focus and Wellness at Work through Mindfulness," he provides strategies to help improve concentration, mood and end results at work. The session is set for Wednesday, Jan. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Andy has been practicing mindfulness for the past fifteen years and currently teaches in Fairfield. He was trained at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. See the library's website for more details. Registration is highly recommended for this popular lecture.

Author's book dramatizes sisters

Author Priya Parmar visits the library on Thursday, Jan. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., to introduce readers to her new novel, Vanessa and Her Sister. It is the telling of a tale about Vanessa Bell and her sister, Virginia Woolf. The book begins in the heady days of prewar London when the girls have moved to avant-garde Bloomsbury. They meet up and form alliances with their artist friends who become known as the Bloomsbury Group. Vanessa, the painter, and Virginia, the writer, soon experience tragedy and betrayal setting change into motion. Ms. Parmar was educated at Mount Holyoke Colle, The University of Oxford and the University of Edinburgh. A former dramaturg and freelance editor, she is the author of one previous novel, Exit the Actress. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. There is no charge; registration is recommended.

Chess time

Kids in grades 1-7 are in for a treat with chess instruction from Christopher Potts. The sessions are from Thursday, Jan. 8 through Thursday, Feb. 26. The Children's Beginner Chess sessions for kids in grades 1-7 are from 4 to 5. Kids will learn the history and rules of the game, basic checkmate themes and patterns, and basic strategy and tactics.

The Children's Advanced Chess classes are for kids in grades 3-7 and are from 5 to 6. The advanced players will review the basics, learn more advanced strategy and tactics, learn optimal opening and endgame play, and gain an appreciation for the vital importance of making and carrying out sound plans. Time will be provided for students to play games and put the learning to practice. Christopher Potts, is an instructor, tournament player and US Chess Federation certified tournament director. The program fee is $80 per student for all eight meetings. In-person registration is required in the Children's Library and payment is due at time of registration.

To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult events, ext. 217 for children's activities and ext. 243 for teen programs.