Library Lines: Oct. 27

Spooky fun at library  

Children in first grade and up are welcomed but warned that the library turns into a haunted chamber on Friday, Oct. 28, between 2:30 and 5:30. Kids will want to proceed with caution through a nightmarish room filled with slimy touch buckets, creepy obstacles, and scary storytellers just in time for Halloween. For children who need to gather their courage before entering there will be a pumpkin search and find game, a jack-o'lantern felt board, and coloring sheets set up in the Children’s Library. There is no registration and no fee. On Sunday, Oct. 30, from 1 to 4:30, kids of all ages can come in and make a Halloween craft. No registration required.

Spooky deadline

The library’s Poetry in Motion submission deadline is coming up quickly on Monday, Oct. 31, which is a spooky thought for some teens in grades 7 through 12 who haven’t even begun to put pencil to paper or fingers to keyboards. The theme for the poetry program is But Wait, There’s More! During the fall and winter months, the poems will be selected by a student board, edited by the poets in a series of workshops, and then rehearsed in a number of performance sessions. The poems will then be performed in a two-night show in the Brubeck Room in March 2017. Let the creativity begin and the submissions be sent by Oct. 31, to Students with questions should call 203-762-6342.

Social media effects on children

The Parent Information Series begins this fall with a talk on The Cyber Child: Effects of Social Media by Chris Parrott, a BPS chartered counseling psychologist, on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 10 to 11:30. She will discuss the most current research on the effects of social media on children’s brains and behaviors. A Q&A period will follow her presentation. See the website registration link for more details and future talks co-sponsored by Silver Hill Hospital, Weston Youth Services, Wilton Library and Wilton Youth Services. Registration is strongly encouraged.


Two interactive programs help kids learn about money, banking and how to best handle both on Tuesday, Nov. 1. From 5:30 to 6:30, kids in grades 5 through 8 have the program Bank on It! in which they will learn the basics of banking. Topics include why keep money in a bank; what types of bank accounts are available to kids; how to withdraw or deposit money in an account; online banking and how to prevent identity theft. High school kids have their own session, Check it Out!, from 7 to 8 p.m. This workshop will help kids identify which is the best checking account for them, what is required to open one, various ways to deposit and withdraw money, writing checks, debit cards and ATMs, and how to avoid identity theft, The programs are sponsored by People's United Bank. Space is limited, registration is required for both.

Autumn brings poetry

Judson Scruton returns to the library for a free, four-part poetry series, William Butler Yeats and his Contemporaries, beginning Thursday, Nov. 3, from 10:30 to noon. The series continues on Nov. 10, 17 and Dec. 1. Yeats (1865-1939) was one of the foremost poets of the 20th Century. Each week, attendees will study one or two of his poems and compare them to one poem by one of his contemporaries: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Oscar Wilde, Ezra Pound, and T.S. Eliot. Poetry packets are available at the front desk. Advance registration is required.

World War I perspectives shared

Wilton Library and the American Legion Post 86 host The Early Years of WWI with Wilton residents Jean-Pierre Lavielle and Judge Michael Shay, for a free, two-part program. In Part I on Thursday, Nov. 3, Lavielle takes a European perspective addressing the military operations on the Western Front from the beginning of the war (August 1914) until the arrival of the first “doughboys” in September 1917. He focuses on four especially important battles and events: the First Marne Battle; the Battle of Verdun; the First Battle of the Somme; and the French and German mutinies of 1917. In Part II on Thursday, Nov. 10, Shay takes an American perspective recounting the story of the “Yankee Division” which filled its ranks with men from all six New England states. Both programs are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is recommended.  

Peaceful living with preschoolers

Youngsters keeping up with a fast-paced, heavily scheduled life demands an endless stream of transitions from one activity to the next — sleeping to waking, eating to playing, playing to bathing, home to school/work, etc. Meltdowns — of both parents and children — during times of transition are disruptive and challenging to manage. On Friday, Nov. 4, Susan Bauerfeld, Ph.D. will discuss Skill Building in the Preschool Years: Waiting and Shifting Gears, from 10 to 11:30. In this free talk, parents will learn about the different skills required during transitions, and how to reduce the impact of stress and promote resilience, competence and healthy self-esteem. The program is co-sponsored by The Children’s Day School of Wilton, The Community Nursery School of Wilton, and Wilton Library. Registration is highly recommended.

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.