Library Lines: July 24

Critters, puppies and bears, oh my!

The summer fun continues for children with the library’s Mythical, Magical Summer Reading program.

On Friday, July 25, the Perfect Pre-K Program hosts Earthplace Critter Encounter, from 11 to noon for pre-K kids and their caregivers. A naturalist from Earthplace will be bringing a reptile, bird, amphibian and mammal to visit the children. Registration is required.

The puppies are coming on Saturday, July 26, from 11 to noon for the Tales to Tails program. This activity is for independent readers to read out loud to gentle therapy dogs from Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue (ROAR). There is no charge; registration is required.

Drop-in Summer Crafts on Monday, July 28, from 10 to 7:30, are for kids of all ages. Native American Mythology is this week’s theme and the children will be making paper birch bark canoes, father headbands and wampum bracelets. There is no registration and no fee.

Drop-in Story Times are on Tuesday, July 29 at various times throughout the day for babies through seven-year olds. Visit the website for age-appropriate sessions. Wednesday Wonders features Hands on Drumming, from  3 to 4, highlighting Native American mythology through rhythms, improvisation, creative movement and dance with puppets and drums. The program is for grades K and up and registration is required.

Movie Theater Thursdays features Brother Bear at 10:30 and Rio 2 at 2. Both movies are rated G. Free; no registration required.

Busy teens

Lots of exploring takes place for teens this week in the library in all sorts of unusual ways. On Saturday, July 26, from 1 to 4:30, teens entering grades 6-12 can discover the world of programming in Coding with Khan for Teens. This introductory workshop to computer science and JavaScript is then followed by a 10-week online learning program. Leading the first session are interns from some of the best computer science programs in the country — Amherst, CMU, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, and Washington University in St. Louis. There will be food, games, cool CS project demonstrations and opportunities for students to meet mentors and start exploring. Students can continue learning and coding with Khan Academy’s online program while at home or at the library. The library’s computer lab will be open 3:30-4:30 on Mondays beginning Aug. 4, and continue weekly through Oct. 6. The Bridgewater mentors will be available through email and act as virtual tutors. Registration is required and participants must be willing to commit to 10 weeks of online learning. There is no cost for this enterprising program.

A four-day class on Arduino programming takes place with Advanced Tinkering Workshop beginning Tuesday, July 29, from 3 to 5. The three additional days are July 31, Aug. 5 and 7. This advanced session is for those who have already participated in the January or July classes. Registration must be in person with payment of $25 per student for all four sessions required at the time of registration.

More exploring takes place when the library offers a Scavenger Hunt to teens on Tuesday, July 29, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. First, the teens will be fortified with pizza, and then they will venture forth throughout the library searching for hints and answering questions. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team. Registration is required. Space is limited.

The last bit of exploring takes place under the dark recesses of a hood — a car hood. Teens will learn What’s Under the Hood, from 4 to 5 on Wednesday, July 30. Mike Lindquist of Wilton Tire & Auto Center will share his expertise and teach teens how to change a tire, check the oil and other “must know” secrets of operating an automobile. Registration is required.

3D printing

Demonstration-style classes for the library’s new 3D printer take place on Monday, July 28, from 11 to noon and Thursday, July 31, from 4 to 5. Once participants attend an Introduction to 3D Printing class, they can sign up for one-on-one sessions by emailing A valid Connecticut library card and signed Innovation Station agreement form are required. Space is limited and registration is required. Please see the library’s website for details. The classes are for ages 13 and up. Introduction to 3D Printing classes are set for Thursday, Aug. 7 and Saturday, Aug. 16, from 11 to noon, and Thursday, Aug. 21, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Summer concerts

Tonight’s Summer Music & More concert series features The Bernadettes, from 5 to 6:30, with its blend of disco, Motown and R&B from the ‘70s. The crowd-pleasing group is returning to the library for its third summer.  The final concert of the season is next Thursday, July 31, with Steve Kazlauskas presenting Echoes of Sinatra, songs from Frank, the Rat Pack and the Great American Songbook of the ‘40s. The concerts are open to the public, and are free of charge, along with the refreshments.

To register for any library programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult events, ext. 243 for teen activities and ext. 217 for children’s programs. Please note that the library is closed on Sundays through the summer.