Library Lines: Oct. 23

Wilton Reads finale

The library delivered a month’s worth of programming centered on the reading of Ragtime for Wilton Reads 2014 and this Friday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. is the culminating event. The Community Celebration captures the spirit of the turn of the 20th Century. The reception is free and open to everyone. Refreshments and cocktails, ragtime music by the New Orleans Beatniks, dance demonstrations by Walter Schalk School of Dance students, and antique Fords on display are all part of the occasion. Caterers for the event are Barcelona SoNo, Bartaco, Bianco Rosso, Bistro 7, Little Pub, Marly’s, Wave Hill Breads and Wilton Pizza. Sponsors of this year’s Wilton Reads program include Fairfield County Bank, Peachwave Yogurt, Stay at Home Wilton, Sun Products, Wilton Historical Society, Wilton Woman’s Club, and the media sponsor, Wilton magazine.

Saturday fun

Kids can plan for a busy day with computer club, reading to dogs, and of course, receiving Halloween candy during the Wilton Halloween Parade on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the library. Kids ages 8 and up can join Wilton Library’s Minecraft Club. They just need to open an online account for Minecraft, register on the Fairfield County server and bring in their own laptops on Saturday, from 10 to noon. Registration is required. From 11 to noon, children who are independent readers may sit for some quiet time and read to a therapy dog from ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) for the Tales to Tails program. The dogs are trained to sit very still while the children practice reading aloud. Registration is required. Kids can come back during the afternoon to get their Halloween candy during the Halloween Parade sponsored by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce. Saturday is definitely a fun-filled day at the library.

Innovation Station sessions

This week’s Innovation Station classes introduce people to electronic sewing, digital scanning and die cutting. The schedule is as follows: Sunday, Oct. 26 Introduction to Electronic Sewing, 2-3 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 28 Introduction to Digital Scanning, 10-11 a.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 29 Introduction to Digital Scanning, 6-7 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 30 Introduction to Die Cutting, 10-11 a.m. Participants must be 13 years old or older, must have a valid Connecticut library card, and a signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Participants are asked to bring completed forms to the workshops. Registration is required.

Senior book group

The Senior Center Book Discussion takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 11 to noon with a discussion of Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson with Veronica Chambers. Melissa Baker, reference librarian from the library, will lead the talk. As an adopted Ethiopian boy who grew up learning from his Swedish grandmother, Mr. Samuelsson’s memoir is “a love letter to food and family in all its manifestation.” This group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month from September through May, excluding December. Call the senior center for details and to register at 203-834-6240.

Kids’ reading programs

Children in grades 3 through 5 can join the Nifty Nutmeggers Book Club on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 3 to 4. In addition to talking about the book selections, kids can enjoy snacks, play games and participate in other book-related activities. This month’s book selections are Sidney and Sydney: Third Grade Mix-up by Michele Jakubowski (Elem.), Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs by Michaela Muntean (Elem.), and Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry (Inter.). Kids can choose to read one, two or all three entries. This program is a partnership between Wilton Library and Cider Mill School. Registration is required and there is no fee. Children ages 4 to 6 can enjoy a nature walk and themed story time during the Ambler Farm Reads program at Ambler on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 2:15-3. Caregivers must accompany the children and they are encouraged to bring the children’s library cards as books will be available for loan.  During October, the focus will be on pumpkins; Nov. 12 will be preparing the animals for winter. Registration is required.

3D Printing for kids

3D printing is now accessible for children ages 10 to 12 in the 3D Printing for Kids session on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 3:30 to 4:15. The library’s MakerBot Replicator 2 will be demonstrated during the session and kids will get to see how to program the printer and then actually watch it create something. Registration is required; there is no fee. Caregivers must remain in the building.

And so it is written…about women

Dr. Gerald Weiss brings a new perspective to how women are perceived and written about in the Bible with his program, Women in the Bible, beginning Thursday, Oct. 30, from 10:30 to noon. The program continues on Nov. 6, 13 and 20. During these sessions, passages will be read from the feminine perspective. Since most of the stories were written by men in a patriarchal society, the group will look at the intent of the narrator/writer and his original audience and how his message might be viewed today in a different context. Dr. Weiss earned a doctorate in philosophy and theology from the Gregorian University in Rome and taught courses at the Rome Center of Loyola University of Chicago. Packets are now available at the circulation desk. Advance registration is required.

To register for these or any programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 217 for children’s and ext. 243 for teen  activities.