Library Lines: June 23

School is out — what is there to do?

There is plenty to do for children and teens now that school is out. First on kids’ vacation lists is to make sure they are signed up for the “Welcome to the Jungle of Books” or “Exercise Your Mind and Read” summer reading programs for elementary and middle school/high school kids respectively. Each program has reading goal prizes that will be fun to stretch for this summer. Kids can register online for either program from the comfort of home or register while they are in the library this summer. Along with the reading, kids can watch for crafts, activities and entertainment planned all summer long. Most of the programs begin in July, but there are a few things happening this week highlighted below.

Mind games

Using some amazing technology (their minds), kids in grades 1 through 5 can participate in Flaming Goat! and Other Mini-Games on Friday, June 24, from 3 to 3:45 p.m. This is an interactive game to solve an absurd puzzle — no electronics, screens, board games, dice or cards are used. The kids have to “think” their way to a solution. After the puzzle is solved, the group will design a simple game together.  There is no registration or fee.

Teens get creative too

Not to be outdone, teens entering grades 6 through 12 get to work their creative magic in fun ways, too. In Healthy Snacks for Teens on Tuesday, June 28, from 3 to 4:30, they will learn how to make granola, hummus, smoothies and other delicious treats perfect for snacking. The program is made possible by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund. If playing with food isn’t enough, there also is Mondrian Painting for Teens on Wednesday, June 29, from 4 to 5:30. Unleashing their inner creativity and a willingness to learn, teens will work with geometric shapes and primary colors to evoke the Mod ’60s to transform a blank canvas into a Mondrian-styled piece of artwork. This program is supported by the Amadeo family. All materials for both programs will be supplied by the library. Space is limited and registration is required for both sessions.

Computer animation explored

Kids get to peek inside the world of computer animation with Coding Class for Kids Ages 9 to 11 on Thursday, June 30, from 3 to 3:45. With the help of an instructor and Code Studio by, students will work at their own pace to learn about algorithms for computers and basic steps to create art and animation. The class is open to all children ages 9 through 11 with little or no coding experience. Registration is required.  The program is supported by the Amadeo family.

Weir Farm artist creates video

June brings Sarah Goetz to the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program and her exhibition to the library on Monday, June 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sarah presents a multi-channel video installation “words taken right out of your mouth/words put in your mouth,” taking inspiration from the eerily similar phrasings of the two idioms. Shooting with a small camera in her mouth, Goetz has been collecting video of the awkward intimacy of literally putting text-objects (made of ice) in the mouth of another, and of taking text-objects (made of salt, chocolate, etc.) out of the mouth of another. She will focus on how these mouth-text exchanges create oral/written-word conversations when facing each other in multichannel video, including the acts of listening, interruptions, awkward pauses, and external interruptions. 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.

Author returns with new work

Mary Simses, the author of the bestselling debut fiction, The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop And Café, returns to Wilton Library on Tuesday, June 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with her highly anticipated novel, The Rules Of Love & Grammar. Her protagonist, Grace Hammond, is a young woman with a bone to pick about spelling mistakes, punctuation, and sentence structure. In making a life correction, Grace returns to her parents’ house in Connecticut where she is faced with mistakes she has made in her life. Grace must decide what truly matters, and whether it just might be time for her to set aside the rule book, open her heart, and take a chance on the unknown. Each chapter starts off with a grammar rule that is applied cleverly to the plot. A Q&A will follow the talk. See library’s registration links for more details. There is no charge for the program. Registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan.

Museum pass program

The question of “what is there to do?” is easily solved with the library’s museum pass program. With more than twelve museums featured locally or just a short drive away, families can plan many outings this summer bringing culture, education, entertainment and fun all together. The program provides deep discounts to free admission to many of the area’s attractions such as the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo and Discovery Museum and Planetarium both in Bridgeport, Earthplace: The Nature Discovery Center in Westport, Maritime Aquarium in South Norwalk, Stamford Museum and Nature Center and Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk. The list includes the Intrepid in New York City and Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn.

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.