Library Lines: Nov. 3

Life with preschoolers

Clinical psychologist Susan Bauerfeld presents a program designed to help busy parents have the best experiences with their preschool children. In Skill Building in the Preschool Years: Waiting and Shifting Gears on Friday, Nov. 4, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Bauerfeld will help parents develop skills that will minimize meltdowns — in children and in parents. The program is for parents of preschoolers and other interested people. The seminar is sponsored by The Children’s Day School of Wilton, The Community Nursery School of Wilton, and Wilton Library. There is no charge. Registration is recommended.

A good shot in the arm

Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County is sponsoring a Flu Shot Clinic at the library on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. No appointment is needed; people will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The shots are available for ages four and older; children under 18 must be accompanied by parents or guardians. The shots are $42 payable by cash or check or can be direct-billed through insurance: Aetna, Anthem, Connecticare, Fallon, Harvard Pilgrim, HealthyCT, Multi Plan, Unicare, Wellcare or Medicare Part B. Attendees are reminded to wear sleeves that roll up easily and to bring their insurance cards. The high-dose vaccine also is available for people 65 and older; the cost is $60. For more information, call the Flu Info-line at 203-834-6341, extension 444.

Captivating characters

Smart, brave, strong and kind heroines are the order of the day in the Mother and Daughter Book Club on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 3 to 4. This club gets together to discuss strong characters; this month’s selection is Kate DiCamillo's Flora and Ulysses, about a very intelligent girl and a very interesting squirrel. The program is for grades 3-5. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Another preschool item

There are a number of preschools in Wilton and the Wilton Moms Club is presenting a Preschool Fair on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 1 to 3, at the library to help sort through the choices. Representatives from Wilton’s preschools will be on-hand to answer parents’ questions. There will be fun activities for the children, too. The fair is open to the public with no charge and no registration necessary. The program is co-sponsored by the Wilton Moms Club and the library.

Family fun

Children of all ages, parents and caregivers can elect to have a fun afternoon on Tuesday, Nov. 8, when the library holds a free Family Fall Festival. It is Election Day and the schools are off, so families can go to the polls, experience democracy in action and then come to the library to play. Participants can walk in at any time between 2:30 and 4 to make caramel apple slices, jump for donuts, make a craft and listen to stories — a fun way to spend an autumn afternoon.

Readers meet

Wilton Library Readers get together for a discussion of Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from noon to 1:30. The group is led by book group facilitator Susan Boyar. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches; the library provides beverages. Registration is suggested.

Sierra Club founder discussed

Author Robert Wyss visits the library on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss his latest book, The Man Who Built the Sierra Club, A Life of David Brower. David Brower (1912-2000) was a central figure in the modern environmental movement who transformed the Sierra Club into a national force that challenged and stopped federally sponsored projects that would have dammed the Grand Canyon and destroyed hundreds of millions of acres of our nation's wilderness. Robert Wyss is associate professor of journalism at the University of Connecticut and a journalist who has written for The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, Smithsonian, Yankee, and Providence Journal. See registration link for more details. Co-sponsored by Wilton Go Green and the library. Free, registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan.

American view of WWI

Judge Michael Shay takes an American perspective recounting the story of the “Yankee Division” in the program, The Early Years of WWI, Part Two: An American Perspective, on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Based on historical archives and letters, he shares tales about the division that filled its ranks with men from all six New England states. There is no charge for program. Registration is recommended.

This Saturday’s Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room Concert featuring the Brubeck Brothers Quartet playing the Brubeck Songbook is sold out; only wait list is available. 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.