Library Lines: Jan. 21

Teens chill after midterms

Teens have two fun sessions in which to unleash their pent-up creativity after the stress and anxiety of midterms. Color and Chill for Teens on Monday, Jan. 25 is an open time from 3:30 to 5 when teens in grades 6 through 12 can drop by the library, pick up some gel pens and start coloring away. There is no registration. They can just stop by and relax. On Wednesday, Jan. 27, teens in grades 6 through 12 can get creative with Jazz Up Your Shoes for Teens, from 3:30 to 5:30. Kids can bring in their old flats, heels or sneakers and transform them into a new pair of kicks using Mod Podge and cutouts of flowers, super heroes, planets and so much more. Registration is required for the shoe decorating activity. In both programs, the library supplies the craft materials. Adults can get in on the action on Thursday, Jan. 28, with a drop-in Jazz Up Your Shoes for themselves, from noon to 2. No registration is required; they just have to remember to bring their own shoes.

Senior book group

The Senior Center Book Discussion takes place on Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 11 to noon with a discussion of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. The leader for this month is Karen Tatarka. Call the senior center for details and to register at 203-834-6240. The senior center is at Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, in Wilton.  

New Mac users have class

I Have a New Mac is a demonstration-style class on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 12:30 to 2, for those who have just purchased their first MacBook or iMac computer or plan to buy one. Topics include getting on the Internet, settings and apps. Registration is suggested.

Getting into better habits

New York Times best-selling author Gretchen Rubin visits Wilton Library with the paperback launch of her very popular Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits — to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life. According to the New York Times Sunday Book Review, “Her new book … serves as a kind of detailed instruction manual on how to achieve [life’s essential goals].” The purchase of the book, Better Than Before, (released in paperback this past December) provides entry to the event. The price is $16 and includes two seats at the event and one paperback copy of Better Than Before. A portion of the book sales will benefit Wilton Library. All ticket purchases are non-refundable. Books will be distributed at check-in beginning at 6 p.m. on the night of the event. Additional books will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Elm Street Books. There will be a Q&A and book signing after the talk. Ticket purchase is required. The library will be closing at 5 p.m. to prepare for the event.

Makers get to make things

This week’s Innovation Station classes incorporate a little bit of everything, from embroidering to knitting to 3D printing as follows: Sunday, Jan. 24, Embroider It!, 2-3:30; Monday, Jan. 25, Embroider It!, 10-11:30; Monday, Jan. 25, through Monday, April 25, Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters, 1-2:30; Monday, Jan. 25, Personalized 3D Luggage Tags, 6-7:30; Tuesday, Jan. 26, Monogram It!, 10-11:30; Wednesday, Jan. 27, Embroider It!, 10-11:30; and Friday, Jan. 29, New Life for Old Videos, 10-11:30.  With the exception of the knitting session, all other classes require registration. Visit the library’s website and click on the Innovation Station icon to see all the classes available and to register.

The library will be closing at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, for the author event. 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.