Library Lines: Oct. 30

Halloween happenings!

The library is all set for Halloween with movies, crafts and face painting for kids on Friday, Oct. 31. Children can drop in and make a special craft, either scary or funny to take home with Drop-in Halloween Crafts, from 10 to 5:30.  It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown movie will be shown from 10:30 to 11, and again from 2:30 to 3. Halloween Face Painting will take place at the Children’s Library reference desk from 11 to 1 for children ages 2 and up. Today and Friday, kids can join in on a Pumpkin Hunt during regular library hours to find the 10 pumpkins planted around the Children’s Library. Kids should make the library a fun stop for all things Halloween.

Teens trash hard drives

The library’s teen Robotics Team is once again demolishing hard drives for a good cause on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 to 4. Destroy Your Hard Drive is a team fund-raiser for the group which last year went on to win a trophy at the state championships. Team members will destroy hard drives and personal information stored on them for $20 per computer. The funds will help with materials for this year’s competition. There is no registration.

Innovation Station sessions

Dale Cates, the library’s systems administrator, will conduct Demo for Boneless Computing, a demonstration class on how to assemble all the computer components up to BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 2 to 3. His demonstration will answer questions about what’s inside a computer, how everything is put together and what functions all of those parts perform. On Thursday, Nov. 6, from 6 to 7 p.m., a session on Introduction to 3D Printing will be held. After taking the 3D demo class, attendees can sign up for individual sessions to make their own 3D projects. Both programs are for people ages 13 and older. Registration is required. See the website for details.

Kids and energy

Children ages 10 to 12 will learn about renewable energy sources in a three-week program, STEAM Team! Renewable Energy, taking place on Monday, Nov. 3, 10 and 17, from 3:15 to 5. In the three sessions, kids will learn about the history of energy consumption as well as the reasons for pursuing renewable energy sources. The group will explore solar, water, and wind power using K’Nex Education® Kits. These programs will be inquiry based; children will have the opportunity to formulate questions given their natural curiosity and then find answers and conclusions through the hands-on exploration of each topic. What is STE(A)M education? The concept of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) programming is an initiative to encourage children in the United States to take an interest in the sciences. STEM (now STEAM - A for arts) has come to the forefront in the American education system. The Children’s Library’s goal is to offer STEM programming that allows children the time and means to explore science concepts in a fun, relaxed environment. Registration is required. There is no fee. The program is sponsored by the Amadeo Family Fund.

Author visits

Popular sportswriter and author Jack Cavanaugh returns to Wilton Library with a new endeavor on Monday, Nov. 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside: World War II, Army’s Undefeated Teams, and College Football’s Greatest Backfield Duo is Mr. Cavanaugh’s latest work about Heisman Trophy winners Glenn Davis and Felix Blanchard. These two were the best-known college football players in the country between 1944 and 1946. Mr. Cavanaugh’s story takes readers through the championship seasons as well as dramatic changes that took place in the sport in the wake of WWII. Switching subjects dramatically, Dana Cowin, longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, visits the library on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to dish on her new book, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen. Ms. Cowin reveals her deepest secret — her culinary ineptitude — in this funny tale of trying to learn from some of the greatest chefs of today. Registration is required for both author talks.  Books will be available for purchase and signing (think holiday gifts) courtesy of Elm Street Books. There is no charge for either program. Registration is highly recommended. See the website for more details about each author.

Election Day fun

Politicians will be selected by voters on Tuesday, Nov. 4, and kids in grades 3 through 6 will be selected into cabins of the gods when the library hosts its Camp Half-Blood “fun-raiser,” from 9 to 5. This all-day camp promises to be loads of fun for kids who have embraced the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series written by Rick Riordan. The camp will include all the training a growing half-blood needs to survive ancient Greek monsters in today’s modern world. Kids will be claimed by a Greek god, solve a prophecy foretold by the Oracle of Delphi, make their way through the Labyrinth, and much more. A book drawing is part of the fun; lunch is included and provided by Pinocchio Pizza. This program is a fund-raiser for the Children’s Library with a fee of $55 per child. Registration is in person and payment must be made at the time of registration.

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 or ext. 243 for teen events.