Let the reading fun begin


School’s out for summer and Wilton Library is right there with a wonderful summer reading program, Welcome to the Jungle of Books, for children up to age 11. Children will have all sorts of activities, entertainment and reading throughout the summer beginning with the Summer Reading Kick Off on Friday, June 17, from 1 to 4. Children are invited to the library Friday afternoon to sign up for their summer reading and play in the bounce house, enjoy jungle games and take part in activities. Children under 8 must be accompanied by caregivers and children 8-12 must have caregivers remain in the building.

Prizes will be given out for signing up during this week and for achieving reading goals through Sept. 5. The prizes are sponsored by local Wilton businesses: Scoops, Subway, The Toy Chest and the library. Registration also can be done online at home or at the library using Wandoo Reader. Details may be found at www.wiltonlibrary.org or by calling the Children’s Library at 203-762-6336.

Story times, crafts, live animals, puppets, and movies are just some of the fun supported by the Amadeo Family and the Coyle Family. Flyers are available in the library or parents may sign up through the library’s website for the Children’s Library bi-weekly newsletter.

Babysitting skills for teens


Just a few more spots are open for the Red Cross Babysitting Training on Monday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 21, from 1 to 5. This two-day workshop is for students ages 11-15. Upon completion of the course, all students will receive a babysitting certification. Cost for the workshop is $85 and is due before the class begins. Students should call 203-762-6342 to register.

Write today — have the summer to play


Rising juniors and seniors have just been released from high school, but with a little advance planning they can possibly kick back and relax for the rest of the summer. The program is College Essay Workshop, on Wednesday, June 22, from 6 to 7 p.m. By taking this one-hour workshop at the beginning of the summer, students may find inspiration and motivation to finish their essays early and not angst over them all summer long. Editor, writer and marketer Carey Field will help kids with how to research and clearly understand the essay prompts; how to come up with compelling essay topics; how to develop these topics effectively and present the student’s own voice; how to edit, edit, edit; and how to avoid essay pitfalls. There is no charge for the program; registration is required.

A crafty break


People are invited to swing by the Innovation Station for Etched Votive Candle Holders on Thursday, June 23, between 1 and 2:30. Participants will be using the die cutter and some simple supplies to “etch” a dragonfly, butterfly, anchor or fleur-de-lis on their votive candle holders. This drop-in craft includes two votive holders and two candles for a fee of $5, payable upon arrival. There is no registration but please note that the session is available only while supplies last. The craft is for teens entering seventh grade and older, as well as adults.

Mind games for kids


In addition to signing up for summer reading, first through fifth graders can have fun with Flaming Goat! and Other Mini-Games, on Friday, June 24, from 3 to 3:45. Everyone will participate in this interactive game to solve an absurd puzzle. There are no screens, game boards, dice or cards — only attendees’ collective minds. Afterward, kids will design a simple game together. There is no registration and no fee.

Basic computing skills


For those people wishing to learn more about computer basics so that they can move on to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, the library offers a free Basic Computers session on Saturday, June 25, from 12:30 to 1:30. Topics covered in this session include saving files, Internet browsers, email, and printing. The class is limited to six students and registration is required.

Reading pays off


Teens and ’tweens have their own summer reading program that pays “dividends” for kids entering grades 6-12. Students now can register online for Exercise Your Mind and READ on the library’s website and keep track of their summer reading. By logging the time spent reading, students will be eligible for weekly prizes of $10 gift certificates for pizza or ice cream. One grand prize winner at the end of the summer gets a $100 American Express gift certificate. The reading program is sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund and the library. For more details, call the library at 203-762-6342.

The library will be closed on Sundays through the summer beginning June 19 through September 4. To register for programs, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org 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.