Library Lines: Dec. 8

Music for all ages

The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra (Not) Just For Kids program on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 3 to 4, is a lively, fun and interactive program designed to be educational as well as entertaining. In this session, “Joyful Noise,” members of the orchestra demonstrate their percussion instruments, play for the children, their families and all guests and answer questions in an hour-long presentation. The program ends with attendees having a chance to hold and try to play a beginning level instrument in the “Petting Zoo.” The next two sessions are March 4, 2017 — Horns a Plenty! and May 6, 2017 — Winds, Soft & Sweet. There is no charge for the program. Registration is recommended.

Prizes for creativity

This holiday season the Wilton Economic Development Commission in partnership with the library sponsored a Winter Palace Sculpture Contest for kids in kindergarten through 12 th grade. The submissions came into the library on Nov. 29 and since that time the public has been able to vote on the sculptures they liked best. On Saturday, Dec. 10, at 4:15, the winners will be announced in the Children’s Library and gift certificates from local stores will be presented to the winners. The ceremony is open to everyone. See who built the fairest palace in the (Wilton) land.

Holiday tradition continues

The Wilton Singers create a festive program geared towards kids in their Wilton Singers Holiday Sing program on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 3:30 to 4:30 in the Brubeck Room. Registration is essential for this popular program where the singers will perform highlights from their Holiday Feast and then provide a sing-along for the concertgoers. If that isn’t enough fun, the grand finale is a visit from Santa Claus. Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 per child, $20 per family (maximum), payable at the door (check or cash only, please). Each person attending should be registered separately. A portion of the proceeds support Wilton Library. Pre-registrants should arrive by 3:20 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:20 if space is available.

Children’s fun this week

Besides the music program on Saturday, kids in grades 1 through 5 can have fun decorating cupcakes in the Cupcake Club on Friday, Dec. 9, from 4 to 5. The cupcakes are already made, so the fun part is decorating them with this month’s theme. Kids ages 6 to 12 years can get crafty in Make a No-Sew Pillow on Friday, Dec. 16, from 4 to 5 p.m. They will be able to follow instructions to make an easy-to-make pillow that doesn’t require sewing. This could make a perfect gift for the holidays for a special someone in the child’s life. Children under 8 must be accompanied by adults; children 8 through 12 must have adults remain in the building. Registration is required. Both programs are free.

Shop local — in the library

The library’s Holiday Book Sale is going strong with books, CDs, DVDs, coffee table books, art books, audiobooks and so much more being replenished on a regular basis. Thanks to the generous and pristine donations made year-round from the community, this holiday sale is a perfect place to shop for gift-giving. During this time, the Giving Tree also is a place to shop for the library itself. With numerous items that would be perfect for the library’s collections or for programs, the Giving Tree purchases can be made in honor or in memory of loved ones. While visiting the library, people may want to spend some time taking in the art exhibition, The Message is in the Medium. The majority of the works are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. While shopping online, people are reminded to click through the Amazonsmile button on the library’s website homepage. A portion of the Amazon online sales will benefit the library.

Handcrafted gifts

There is still time to get creative and make some personalized gifts in the library’s Innovation Station. This week’s holiday craft classes include: Saturday, Dec. 10, Holiday Cards and Gift Tags Drop-in Session, 10-2; Sunday, Dec. 11, Monogrammed Tumblers as Stocking Stuffers, 2-3:30; Monday, Dec. 12, Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters, 1-2:30 (participants should bring their own projects); Wednesday, Dec. 14, Make a Button to Wear Drop-in Session, 4-5:30, and make a holiday pin to wear; and also on Wednesday, Night Time Knitters, 6-7:30. With the exception of the knitting and the drop-in sessions, the others require registration. Some fees may apply to help offset costs. Participants are reminded to check the website for details.

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.