Library Lines: July 14

It’s all about the books

This Saturday, July 16, is a book bonanza with the library’s Summer Sidewalk Book Sale fund-raiser and Get Booked – Local Author Showcase taking place during the Wilton Sidewalk Sale & Street Fair. The book sale begins at 10 a.m. and runs through 4 p.m. on the library’s front sidewalk. Gently used books, CDs and DVDs will be available to buy for great beach reading and video watching on lazy summer days. Adults, children and teens will be able to find bargains at every table. From 11 to 1, people will be able to chat leisurely with 20 local authors during Get Booked at tables right outside the library’s entrance. People can buy the authors’ books and have them personally signed during this informal open house. There is no registration and no fee for the author event or the book sale.

Kids have lots to do

The summer reading program, Welcome to the Jungle of Books, is well underway with crafts, story times, movies and more for kids of all ages which can be found on the library’s website under Children’s events.

On Saturday, July 16, kids ages 6-12 can get creative in Let’s Make Something, from 2 to 3. This week they will be making Bath Bombs with the help of a representative from Nod Hill Soap. The program is limited to ten children. Tickets will be handed out beginning at 1:45 on Saturday in a first-come, first served basis.

Slithering things are on the docket for Wonderful Wednesdays, on July 20 with Riverside Reptiles, from 3 to 4. Kids in grades K and up will be seeing creatures that live in jungles and rain forests. The program is supported by the Amadeo Family. Tickets will be handed out at 2:45 the day of the event.

Teen programs

Teens can show their creativity in different ways this week using computers and old-school crafting. Intro to JavaScript for Teens is a five-day workshop on Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22, from 10 to 11, for kids entering grades 7-12.

Software Engineering graduate student Jung Soo Kim helps kids learn the basics of computer programming with JavaScript. By the end of the fifth session, all students should have a basic understanding of how to communicate with a computer, access different commands and have fun with their programming. Space is limited so registering is essential.

Kids who like to work with their hands will enjoy Make a Book Bird House for Teens, from 3 to 5, on Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21. The project includes painting and decoupage to produce a one-of- a kind bird house using classic children's books for adornment.  The bird houses can be used indoors or out and make unique gifts.  The craft program is for teens entering grades 6-12.  Registration is required as space is limited.  The program is made possible thanks to the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund. There is no fee.

Thursday night music

Tonight’s Summer Music & More Concert Series is headlined by Tim Currie’s Motown Band playing hits from the Motor City, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The concerts are sponsored by the Village Market and are free and open to the public. Free refreshments are served including wine donated by Michael Crystal.

Next week’s band on July 21 is Creamery Station, featuring the harmonica playing of Don DeStefano. Concertgoers may recognize Don from his appearances with the Bernadettes at the library over the last few summers. Creamery Station provides a blues/funk sound that is fun to listen to.

The final concert in the series is July 28 with Steve Kazlauskas and his Echoes of Sinatra performance. The concerts are held rain or shine in the Brubeck Room and the adjacent courtyard.

Come make something

The library has programs all this summer for those who are makers at heart. This week’s schedule of events is as follows:

  • Monday, July 18: Bringing Your Photo Albums into the Digital Age, 11-12:30.

  • Monday, July 18: New Life for Old Videos, 5-6:30 p.m..

  • Tuesday, July 19: Embroider or Monogram It!, 10 to noon.

  • Wednesday, July 20: 3D Designing with Tinkercad, 6-7:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, July 21: Bringing Your Photo Albums into the Digital Age, 2-3:30.

  • Friday, July 22: Solder Craft with Blinkie Pins, 4-5:30

Registration is required for all of these programs. Visit the library’s Innovation Station page for more information and a list of all the maker programs available this month.

The library is closed Sundays in the summer through Sept. 4. 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.