Library Lines: June 22

The sky’s the limit

The children’s summer reading program, Water, Wind & World, kicks off on Friday, June 23, for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade with online registration and an inflatable planetarium program called Night Skies. The reading program is a summer’s worth of fun activities where children can learn about ecosystems, animals and resources throughout the world. In the Night Skies program, Mike Francis, a former lecturer at the Charles Hayden Planetarium at Boston’s Museum of Science, will be returning with his StarLab. Children and adults can go into the dome and see a remarkably realistic night sky, while Mike talks about the constellations. There are six sessions throughout the day in 45-minute intervals from 10 to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Registration is required. This program, along with most of the events in the summer reading program, is supported by the Amadeo Family. Reading prizes are sponsored by the following local businesses: The Pastry Hideaway, Scoops, Sky Zone, Subway and the Toy Chest.

Little kids read too

For wee ones, the library has a reading program called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. During the summer, babies up to pre-K kids will receive special bonus prizes for visiting the library each week. While at the library registering for the program in person, children under the age of 5 now can receive their very own Wilton Library cards. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program at Wilton Library is sponsored by Tiger Tales, and Cohen and Wolf.

Teen reading

The summer reading program, Explore New Worlds, for teens and tweens entering grades 6 through 12, begins on Friday, June 23. Registration takes place online with Wandoo Reader through the Teen Services link on Friday and continues through Aug. 31. Students keep track of their reading online and their entries make them eligible for weekly prizes of gift certificates to local stores. A $100 American Express gift certificate will be awarded at the end of the season. In addition to the reading component, there are all sorts of great programs available to kids this summer which can be found on the Teen Services events page on the library’s website

Training the sitter

With the summer just underway, babysitting might be top of mind for some very attentive kids. The library is offering a Red Cross Babysitting Training program, a two-day workshop on Monday and Tuesday, June 26 and 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. The program is conducted by a certified Red Cross babysitting instructor. The students will receive a Red Cross babysitting certification at the end of the two-day program. The cost is $70, which includes the course text, first-aid pack, LED flashlight, and drawstring bag. The experience is invaluable. Payment is due before class. To register, call the teen department at 203-762-6342. Once placed on the list, a check in the amount of $70 made out to Wilton Library needs to be received in advance of the class to hold the spot.

Weir Farm artist

Dorothy Lorenze will have a talk and exhibition at the library based on her Weir Farm artist-in-residence program on Monday, June 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dorothy’s focus is “painting stuff to look like stuff,” with the aim to capture the essence of what makes a subject interesting. Working in the classical style of traditional oils, her paintings are contemporary realism - rendering the details of translucency, reflection and texture - to feature the ‘personality’ of the subject. The program is co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. There is no charge. Registration is suggested.

Fun kids programs

Kids in grades K and up will be buzzing about Beekeeping when Mike Harvey brings in a beehive and kids will be potting flowering plants on Monday, June 26, from 3:30 to 4:30. High School graduate Emma Keating will mesmerize kids of all ages with her Cartoon Drawing Demonstration on Tuesday, June 27, from 4 to 4:45. Everyone who attends will leave with a quick sketch made on the spot by Emma. There is no registration and no fee. On Wednesday, June 28, from 2 to 3, another industrious teen, Christine Peyreigne, shares her love of wild birds in her Birds of Prey program. She will teach children in grades K and up about the dangers these birds face in the wild. Registration is required for the beekeeping and Birds of Prey programs which are supported by the Amadeo Family.

Retirement income planning for business

SCORE of Fairfield County, Wilton Library, and the Wilton Chamber of Commerce present Retirement Income Planning for Small Businesses, a workshop that covers retirement risks and the retirement planning process for small business, on Thursday, June 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. Topics include how to envision retirement, what will retirement actually cost, what sources of income may be available at retirement and how to successfully plan for retirement as a small business owner or employee. The speaker is Andy Wigzell who has more than 15 years of industry experience and focuses on asset management and retirement income strategies. Visit or call SCORE at 203-831-0065 with any questions and to register. Check-in begins at 5:30. Registration is required. There is no charge.

The library will be closed Sundays for summer hours beginning June 25 through Sept. 3. Call for Entries for Wilton Library’s Wilton Artists Summer Show is June 30 and July 1. See the library’s website for details or stop by the circulation desk.

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, Teen Services and Innovation Station classes at 203-762-6342.