Library Lines: Nov. 12

Knitters gather together

As the gift-giving season approaches, the idea of hand-knitted and crocheted accessories for friends and loved ones becomes quite appealing. A group of expert and not-so-expert crafters gets together every Monday from now until the end of the year in Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters, from 1 to 2:30. People may bring in their own projects and work on them in a friendly, relaxed environment, receiving expert tips along the way. There is no fee and no reservations — just some time for oneself devoted to a craft.

Idle-free discussion

During Wilton’s Idle Free Week, Wilton Go Green and the library are sponsoring the screening of the documentary film, Idle Threat: Man on Emission, on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A panel of experts will follow the screening with a Q & A session. The panel includes Katrina Kazda, director of programs, Sustainable America; Mary Channing, transportation coordinator, Wilton Public Schools; Barry Bogle, health director, Town of Wilton; Walter Barozi, Bureau of Air Management, state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; and Alex Scaperotta, a student at Wilton High School and board member of Wilton Go Green. There is no charge for the program. Registration is recommended.

Driver safety

AARP’s Driver Safety Class will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 10 to 2. The four-hour, single-session course is designed for drivers 50 and older. The class covers the normal changes in vision, hearing and reaction time associated with the aging driver and provides practical techniques and strategies to adjust to these changes. There are no road tests or written tests. The program cost is $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members, paid by cash or check the day of the program. Registration is required.

Parenting series

A new Parent Information Series — Everything You Wanted to Know About Your Adolescent — is designed to help parents get advice on how to raise happy, healthy teens. The three sessions take place on Wednesdays in November, January and March and feature local experts. The first one, Setting Limits with Your Tween and Teen, is with Tracey Masella, adolescent social worker, Silver Hill Hospital, on Nov. 18, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The second session is Jan. 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Stress and Success, with Michelle Albright, Ph.D., director of youth services, Weston Youth Services. The last session is March 30, from 10 to 11:30, Depression and Anxiety in Youth: What Does it Look Like and When is it a Problem?, with Dr. Aaron Krasner, adolescent service chief, Silver Hill Hospital. There is no charge for the series, which is co-sponsored by Silver Hill Hospital, Weston Youth Services, Wilton Youth Council and the library. Registration is strongly encouraged.

Creating a consulting business

SCORE of Fairfield County, the Wilton Chamber of Commerce and the library sponsor an engaging workshop, Running a Consulting Business, on Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library. The primary focus of the workshop is for small business with topics that include types of consulting businesses; how to start a consulting business; how to determine a competitive value proposition; how to package and price services; how to add value and market services; and how to use technology to deliver services.  Speaker John Harmon is a SCORE volunteer who owns and operates the management consulting firm Adulant Consulting Services. To register, visit  or call SCORE at 203-831-0065 with any questions. Check-in begins at 5:30. SCORE is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals start a new business or grow their existing business. There is no charge for the program. Registration is required.

Care for caregivers

Family caregivers are the unsung heroes of Connecticut’s long-term care system. They provide billions of dollars annually in unpaid care, enabling their loved ones to remain at home and out of costly institutions. The Visiting Nurse & Hospice Caregiver Symposium on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will address the concerns of caregivers and the toll it takes on them physically, emotionally and financially. The aim of the session is to provide guidance and resources for caregivers in planning for and navigating the challenges of caregiving. The panel of experts includes: Craig Olin, MD, internist with Stamford Hospital; Elizabeth “Betsy” Ritter, Connecticut's commissioner on aging; Ann Fowler Cruz, JD, eldercare attorney with Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Michael Franco, family caregiver, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County; and Sharon Bradley, president and CEO of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. The discussion will be moderated by Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist and best-selling author Diane Smith. The program is co-sponsored by Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County and the library. There is no charge. Registration is recommended.

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.