Library Lines: Nov. 25

Holiday shopping begins

It’s that time of year when the serious shoppers come out in full force to begin their holiday gift buying and what better place to start than locally at Wilton Library’s Holiday Book Sale. Thanks to the generous donations of the community throughout the year and the dedicated force of volunteers, the book sale in the gallery is bountiful and should not be missed. New and gently used holiday-themed books, craft books, art and history books can all be had at bargain prices. This year a large donation of new, shrink-wrapped CDs is also part of the offering along with DVDs. The sale is now open during regular library hours through Sunday, Jan. 3. Smart shoppers know to shop often to avail themselves of the new inventory that is replenished frequently. There is something for everyone and all sales support the library.

Kids’ movie

If Friday morning will be spent either recovering from turkey or zooming around the malls, then perhaps Friday afternoon the kids can enjoy The Day After Thanksgiving Movie from 2 to 3:30. The movie being shown is Inside Out and is rated PG. There is no registration required. Children under the age of 8 must have caregivers remain in the room; kids 8 to 12 must have caregivers remain in the building. It may even be a great time for the adults to try a coloring book from the Innovation Station and relax while they are waiting for the kids.

Weir artist exhibition

MaryEllen Hackett is the November Weir Farm artist-in-residence who will be holding her exhibition at the library on Monday, Nov. 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. MaryEllen plans to build on the smaller observational paintings she created in the past. Her artwork has evolved to become a closer study of the nation’s national parks and their ever growing sense of home and shelter for her, as well as the desire to document her experience for others. See the library’s registration link for more information. The program is co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by the library. There is no charge. Registration is suggested.

Foodies talk books

The Food Lit Book Group meets Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 11 to noon for a discussion of The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat by Caroline Grant. Pamela Lillis, a nutritional health coach, avid reader, and lover of food lit, moderates the talk. There is no charge. Registration is recommended. With the holidays now here, it is easy to lose sight of the next month. This group meets again on Tuesday, Jan. 5 for a discussion of Home Cooking: A Winter in the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin. Visit the library’s website for book selections and dates through June 2016.

Holiday grieving

The holidays can be a very difficult time for people grieving from the loss of loved ones regardless of the cause of death. Coping with Loss During the Holidays on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 2 to 3:30, is designed to help people who have questions about how to deal with the season. Presenter Rev. Karen S. Judd starts the conversation and provides coping strategies for managing the holidays and grief. Judd is an ordained interfaith minister with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County where she has been providing psycho-spiritual and bereavement counseling to patients’ families and caregivers for almost 10 years. She received her graduate degree from Columbia University in social work. See the library’s registration link for details. There is no charge. Registration is strongly recommended.

Snappy projects

Two programs for kids get their creative juices flowing when they learn about electricity and design. Snap Circuits on Tuesdays, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 4 to 4:45, is for kids ages 8 and up where they explore the basics of electricity. Kids will be building exciting projects such as a fan launcher, a space battle sound-effect generator, a radio and more. There is no experience necessary. The Geodesic Dome Project on Thursdays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, is for kids, ages 10 through 12. This is a fun-filled three-session engineering activity where kids will learn what a geodesic is and how to build a miniature one that they can crawl into and read a good book. What is a geodesic?  Spaceship Earth in Epcot Center and the Montreal Biosphere in Canada are two good examples. They are both made of thousands of triangles that become proportionally lighter and stronger as they get larger. There is no charge for either program. Registration is required for both programs which are supported by the Amadeo Family.

Upcoming maker classes

Just in time for personalized gifts, there are a number of Innovation Station classes geared toward holiday gift-making. The classes are as follows: Thursday, Dec. 3, Embroidered Holiday Items, 6-7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 4, Design Holiday Cards with the Cricut, 10-11:30 a.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, 3D Holiday Ornaments, 12-4 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 6, Light-Up Holiday T-shirts for Teens, 2-4 p.m. With the exception of the teen class which is for grades 7 through 12, the programs are for 7th graders to adults and 6th graders accompanied by adults who are willing to learn, too. Participants must have valid Connecticut library cards and signed Innovation Station agreement forms. Space is limited during these classes. Registration is required for all but the 3D Holiday Ornaments which is a drop-in session.

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.