Library Lines: May 21

Read to pups time

Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue (ROAR) brings its therapy dogs to the library for children to read to them on Saturday, May 23, from 11 to noon, for the Tales to Tails program.

This monthly program gives kids who are independent readers a chance to read out loud to improve their reading skills and gain new confidence in those skills. The dogs are trained to sit quietly making them the perfect audience for the children.
Registration is required; there is no fee.

Senior book group

The Senior Center Book Discussion has its final meeting of the season on Tuesday, May 26, from 11 to noon, with a discussion of Penelope Lively’s How It All Began. The group will be led by Barbara Jones, retired Wilton Library staff member.
The Booker Prize-winning author begins surprisingly with the mugging of an elderly woman on a London street. What follows is a richly conceived story involving the parallel lives of different characters.
The group meets at the Comstock Community Center on School Road.
Call the Wilton Senior Center for details and to register at 203-834-6240.

A day of innovation

The library’s first-ever Innovation Day takes place on Saturday, May 30, from 11 to 3. The day celebrates creativity with presentations, workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions from more than 25 regional innovators.
Some of the areas of interest include an artificial intelligence presentation featuring IBM’s supercomputer Watson and Robotics; robotics, creating animation with Scratch programming, project FOGG — a post-disaster visualization tool, jet engine turbines created by a student, a balloon animal workshop, a new open-source robotics platform and an amateur ham radio just to name a few.
Artisans in portrait painting, printmaking, cupcake decorating and an embroidery guild will be on hand. The day also gives people a chance to tinker with things such as a soldering station, 3-D Doodler, die-cutting and a Tech Sandbox.
There is no fee and no registration. The event is open to all ages.

Making sense of the senses

Flavors, noises and textures will be tested in Exploring the Five Senses on Mondays in June, from 4 to 4:45 p.m., for kids in first through third grades as of June 1.
Each Monday, one of the five senses will be examined through experimentation and hands-on activities as well as read-alouds and some fun videos.
The dates are as follows:

  • June 1: Hearing;

  • June 8: Sight;

  • June 15: Taste (Please note that there will be food used in this program and it is important to notify a Children’s Library staff member if a child has any allergies or dietary restrictions);

  • June 22: Touch;

  • June 29: Smell.

Registration is required; there is no fee. The program is supported by the Amadeo Family.

New book group continues

The newest addition to Wilton Library’s book groups is Food Lit Book Group, which meets on Tuesday, June 1, from 11 to noon.
Pamela Lillis — a nutritional health coach, avid reader and lover of food lit — moderates the discussion.
This month’s book selection is The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. According to the Library Journal Review, “Bender (Willful Creatures) deconstructs one of our most pleasurable activities, eating, and gives it a whole new flavor. She smooths out the lumps and grittiness of life to reveal its zest. Highly recommended for readers with sophisticated palates.”
The group will continue this fall with dates and titles as follows:

  • Sept. 1: Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl;

  • Oct. 6: The Gastronomical Me by M.F.K. Fisher.

There is no charge. Registration is recommended.

Kiddie coding

Dash and Dot return to the library in the newest program, Learn to Code with Dash and Dot on Wednesdays in June, from 3 to 4. The program is for kids in third and fourth grades.
Using two different robots, Dash and Dot, kids will have the chance to explore click-and-drag coding and computer programming. Each week there will be a new challenge for the kids to work on in teams.
The program is on June 3, 10, 17 and 24, and is supported by the Amadeo Family. Dash and Dot are products of Wonder Workshop, Inc. Space is limited and registration is required for children.

Technology classes offered

Innovation Station classes for the next two weeks are as follows:

  • Saturday, May 23: Introduction to 3D Printing, 2-3 p.m.;

  • Saturday, May 23: Introduction to Tinkercad 3D Design, 3:30-4:30 p.m.;

  • Sunday, May 24: Introduction to 3D Printing, 2-3 p.m.;

  • Tuesday, May 26: VHS-DVD Conversion, 10-11 a.m.;

  • Thursday, May 28: Introduction to Die Cutting, 2-3 p.m.;

  • Sunday, May 31: Introduction to Electronic Sewing, 2-3 p.m.;

  • Monday, June 1: Introduction to 3D Printing, 10-11 a.m.;

  • Wednesday, June 3: VHS-DVD Conversion, 10-11 a.m.;

  • Thursday, June 4: Introduction to Soldering, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Registration is required for all programs. The classes are for ages 13 and older. Sixth and seventh graders may take part in the programs but they must be accompanied by adults.
A valid Connecticut library card must be presented and a signed Innovation Station Agreement Form must be on file.

Please note: The library will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 217 for children’s activities and ext. 243 for teen events.