Library Lines: July 31

Summer reading in full force

The library’s three summer reading programs are in high gear and there is still time to participate whether you are a youngster, teen or adult. “Mythical Magical Reading” for grade school kids has numerous programs, chances to win prizes and an awards ceremony on Aug. 23. The teen “Spark a Reaction” program has weekly prizes and a final drawing for an AmX card. The program ends on Aug. 15. The adult “Literary Elements” has chances to win Wilton Chamber of Commerce gift certificates for use at local stores and runs through Aug. 17. Registration can still be made online for any of the library’s reading programs. Plunge into reading this summer.

Pre-K fun

Preschoolers and their caregivers get up and moving to a Latin beat in the program Zumba with Tracy on Friday, Aug. 1, from 11 to noon. This is an extremely active and easy to follow class that boys and girls will love because of all the action. Registration is required for each person separately. There is no fee. The program is sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

Minecraft in August

Minecraft Club enthusiasts ages 8 and up can play their favorite game right through August at the library. The club meets on Saturdays, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 10 to noon. Players must bring their own laptops and have their own accounts already established. Children have to be registered on the Fairfield County site in advance by visiting the library with a valid Wilton Library card. Please visit the library’s website for more details.

It’s all Greek to me

This week, the children’s summer reading program focuses on Greek mythology. Drop-in Summer Crafts all day on Monday, Aug. 4, from 10 to 7:30, will have kids making a champion’s wreath, a Minotaur mask, a Grecian vase design and a scary Medusa snake headband. There is no charge and no registration. Drop-in Story Times are on Tuesday for babies through seven-year-olds at various times during the day based on age. The website has more information. Wonderful Wednesdays features “Liftoff to Learning” with Gary Pozzato, an aerospace engineer, and his robot, Robo. Gary will discuss life in space with robotics, and the influence of the Greek gods and goddesses on space missions, planets and constellations. Registration is required. Disney’s Hercules, rated G, will have a special screening on Friday, Aug. 8, from 2 to 3:30, this week due to the Camp Half-Blood fun-raiser on Thursday. There is no charge and no registration for the movie. The crafts, Wonderful Wednesdays and movie are sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

Teen events

Teens get to use food in interesting ways this week with two fun programs. Healthy Snacks on Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 3 to 5, has teens making hummus, granola, smoothies and other tasting offerings. On Wednesday, teens have their Marshmallow Challenge, from 3 to 4:30. Teens will be creating their own marshmallow projectors using PVC piping and head outside to test them on an assortment of targets. Space is limited. The teen programs are for teens entering grades 6-12. Registration is required for both programs, which are sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund. Tinkering teens continue this week with their Arduino workshops on Aug. 5 and 7.

Kids’ fun-raiser

It’s camp time at the library and this summer children are invited to Camp Half-Blood, on Thursday, Aug. 7, from 9 to 5. This full day summer camp is based on the acclaimed children’s series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, written by Rick Riordan. The camp is in keeping with the Greek mythology theme for the week and includes all the training a growing half-blood needs to survive ancient Greek monsters in today’s modern world. Campers will be claimed by a Greek god, solve a prophecy foretold by the Oracle of Delphi, make their way through the Labyrinth, and much more. The camp is for children going into grades 3-6. This program is a fundraiser for the Children’s Library. Space is limited. Registration is in person and payment must be made at the time of registration. The fundraiser fee is $55 per child. For information, call 203-762-3950, ext. 217.

Magical printing

An Introduction to 3D Printing session takes place on Thursday, Aug. 7, from 11 to noon. In this one-hour demonstration-style class, attendees will see a group session on basic 3D printing. After attending the class, people can register for individual sessions to make their own 3D objects. The program is for anyone 13 years or older. A valid Connecticut library card and signed Innovation Station agreement form are required. The forms are available online; please see the library’s website for details. Space is limited for the program and registration is required. Additional 3D printing classes are on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 11 to noon, and Thursday, Aug. 21, from 6 to 7 p.m. Please register online or call 203-762-3950, ext. 211.

The library is closed Sundays in the summer. To register for programs, please visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teens and ext. 217 for children’s activities.