Library Lines: Feb. 6

Korean spirit

The bright colors of the ceremonial robes are only one aspect of the Korean Spirit and Culture Project being held at the library on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. The program is made possible by the nonprofit Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project and it promotes the rich history of Korea. Guests will view a short video about Korean history and culture, see a demonstration of a traditional Korean wedding ceremony, and taste some delicious Korean food. Children ages 10 and up may attend. Registration is highly recommended.

Strum along

Classical guitarists Nick Cutroneo and Daniel Hartington introduce children to the beauty of classical guitar in the program, Guitar for Kids, on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 2 to 3 p.m. Children ages 3 and up will experience classical guitar music, and those adventurous enough will be able to try their hand at it after a brief demonstration. Registration is recommended. Children must be accompanied by their caregivers.

Memorable mayor

He took the reins of an international city and pulled it out of the depths of corruption, greed and despair. In the New Perspectives Film Series on Saturday, Feb. 8, Koch, will be screened beginning at 7:30 p.m. The subject of the documentary, of course, is the quintessential New Yorker, Ed Koch, who transformed New York from 1978 to 1989. Suggested donation for the series is $5 per person. Filmmaker and Wilton resident Megan Smith-Harris will moderate the series. A Q & A will follow the film. Registration is recommended.

Metal testing mettle

The Wilton Historical Society and Wilton Library collaborate for the seventh time with a new Scholarly Series getting underway this weekend. American Made: The Industrial Revolution in Connecticut is a five-part series that begins Sunday, Feb. 9, from 4 to 5:30 at Wilton Library. The series is made possible by a grant from Bankwell in Wilton. Dr. Walter Woodward, the Connecticut State Historian, kicks of the series with his lecture, “Leaving Connecticut, Shaping America.” Between 1780 and 1830, an outward migration occurred with tens of thousands of residents leaving Connecticut. While looking to “begin the world anew,” the settlers took the culture of their home state with them, and gave the nation a strong and indelible Connecticut character. Dr. Woodward returns to Wilton to discuss the reasons for the migration, the strengths they brought with them and the effect their departure left on those who remained. Dr. Woodward is associate professor of history, University of Connecticut, author of Prospero’s America: John Winthrop, Jr., Alchemy, and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606-1676 (2010). The lecture sponsors are Doon and John Foster.  Registration is highly recommended due to the popularity of these collaborations.

Teens hone skills

Another round of the Stock Market Game for Teens begins on Monday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Kids who may have missed out on this simulated stock market game have a chance to join a new session. Working in teams, kids get $100,000 in virtual money, then they build their portfolios, evaluate stocks, do research and start trading in a worldwide marketplace. The nine-week program for teens in grades seven through 12 is on Mondays from 4 to 5 after the initial meeting. Registration is required.

Building growth

The Fairfield County SCORE, Wilton Chamber of Commerce and library partnership continues their program, Five Building Blocks of Growth for Your Small Business, on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. with “Strategic Marketing: Finding, Attracting and Keeping the Right Customers.” The guest speaker is John Harmon, managing director of Adulant Consulting Services and a SCORE counselor. Registration information can be found at wscorenorwalk.org.

Children’s programs

This week: Story Times, various days and times; Valentine’s Day Crafts, Sunday, Feb. 9, 1-4:30 p.m.; Grab Bag Book Club, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 4 - 4:45 p.m.; Riverside Reptiles, Thursday, Feb. 13, 3 - 4 p.m. Check the children’s events page for activities.

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