Hard drive destruction

Wilton Library’s Robotics Club, Singularity Technology, is hosting a fund-raiser on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in which total destruction of hard drives is acceptable. Destroying Your Hard Drive Fund-raiser has the dual focus of demolishing people’s hard drives to keep their personal information safe and to raise money for the club. The club is seeking to compete in robotics competitions later this year and next. The money raised will help offset the cost of supplies for the robot they are building. The fee per hard drive is $20. People may wait for their demolished drives and watch the kids work. No registration is necessary.

Puppy love

The dogs that love to be read to are coming back to the library on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 11 to noon for a Tales to Tails session. Children who are independent readers may read their favorite book or one from the library’s collection to the gentle guide dogs that are brought in by ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue). These dogs are trained to sit quietly while the children read to them. There is no program charge however registration is required.

Crafty kids

With Thanksgiving right around the corner it is time for Thanksgiving Crafts on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 1 to 5. Children of all ages may drop in any time during Sunday hours to create their own turkey centerpieces, coloring sheets and placemats for Thanksgiving dinner. Caregivers should accompany children under 8 years old. There is no registration or fee. The program is sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

A special story time

Keeping with the Thanksgiving theme, the library is offering a special story time on Monday, Nov. 25, from 2:15 to 3, with Thanksgiving Story Time.  The program is for children ages four through seven. The kids will get to enjoy some holiday-themed stories and watch a short film. There is no registration or fee. Caregivers must remain in the building.

High stakes on the high seas

The Senior Center Book Discussion explores Jack London’s The Sea Wolf on Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 11 to noon. The group will be led by Ray Rauth.  London’s psychological adventure novel was first published in 1904. The senior group meets the fourth Tuesday of the month through May (with the exception of December). A listing of future titles and dates is on the library’s website at wiltonlibrary.org. To register for the discussion or for more details, call the senior center at 203-834-6240. The book group meets at the Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road in Wilton.

Holiday treats in the lobby

The library’s annual Holiday Book Sale gets underway on Tuesday, Nov. 26 beginning at noon in the gallery. Tables upon tables are filled with new or gently used items that are perfect for gift-giving including books, unopened CDs and DVDs, children’s books and a huge assortment of art books. Thanks to generous donations from the community, the library seems to have an endless supply of quality items, which are continuously replaced by hard-working volunteer book sale elves. All sales support the library. After Tuesday’s opening, the book sale will be available during regular library hours: Mondays through Thursdays, 10 to 8; Fridays 10 to 6; Saturdays 10 to 5 and Sundays 1 to 5 through Dec. 23. Please note the library is closed on Thursday, Nov. 28 for Thanksgiving.

Pre-turkey treat

This year, Hanukkah is sneaking up on everyone even before the turkeys are cooked but the library will welcome the Festival of Lights with a Celebrate Hanukkah! program on Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 2:30 to 3:30.  Staff member Shayna Simpson will show children how to play the dreidel game and supervise the kids with a Hanukkah craft. “Gelt” will be won during the game and a traditional blessing will be said and received. The program is for children in Kindergarten and up. Caregivers are asked to stay with children under 8 years of age and remain in the building for children 8 and older. Registration is requested.

Movie time

Two Day After Thanksgiving Movies are being offered on Friday, Nov. 29 for kids of all ages. The morning movie at 10:15 is this summer’s hit film Turbo, rated PG. The 2 p.m. movie is Monsters University, rated G. Healthy snacks will be served thanks to sponsorship by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by adults; children 8 and older must have caregivers remain in the building. There is no registration and no charge.

 Library closed on Thanksgiving

The library is closed Thursday, November 28 for Thanksgiving. To register for programs, visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on “Events” or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teen activities and ext. 217 for children’s events.