Library Lines: Sept. 1

Poets rise to challenge

Kids in grades 7 through 12 are on the brink of going back to school, but before they do, they might want to begin working on their poems for the Poetry in Motion performance program at Wilton Library. Each year a new theme is chosen by the student board to provide inspiration and allow for the creative juices to flow. This year’s theme is “But Wait, There's More!” This theme is the impetus to write a poem — short or long; comical or sad; insightful or inspirational. The most creative and well-written poems will be selected for the March 2017 shows and performed (not recited) by the poets. Editing sessions and performance workshops will be held before students take to the Brubeck Room stage with their fellow poets. Poems can be sent now through Oct. 31 to Students with questions may call Teen Services at 203-762-6342. Let the writing begin!

Last call for Crafty kids

Summer isn’t quite over, so there is one more Crafty Fridays session for kids ages 10 to 12 on Sept. 2, from 10 to noon. In this last program, kids will be making different crafts with Perler beads including coasters, key chains, a three-dimensional camera shaped box or a design of their own imagination. The craft is free; registration is required.

Minecraft Club continues

The Minecraft Club continues Saturdays in September from 10 to noon for kids ages 8 and up. Minecraft is a subscription-based, online game.  Players must bring their own laptops and create their own accounts.  Handheld devices are not recommended because they run a Minecraft app that does not work with the Fairfield County server. To be added to this server, children must visit the Children's Library Desk with a valid library card to be registered. Caretakers must sign in their child with a staff member the day of the session. If the child is not present and signed in by 10:10, the place may be given to a waitlisted child. Caretakers must remain in the building for children under 12 years. Registration is required.  

More fun for makers

A new fun craft is in store for makers who visit Innovation Station on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 10 to 11:30. In Personalize a Tumbler, participants will first learn how to use the Cricut to fashion their own stencils, then they will create their own tumbler to give to someone to or to use themselves. A fee of $5 to offset costs will be payable upon arrival.  Attendees must have a valid CT Library Card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Additional dates include Thursday, Sept. 15, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2 to 3:30 and Monday, Sept. 26, 11 to 12:30. Registration is required.

Vacationing vicariously in France

Author Camille Aubray takes everyone to the South of France when she visits the library on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss her new novel, Cooking for Picasso . With an amalgam of fictional characters interspersed with famous historical travelers in the French Riviera, her story is one of love, success, and joie de vivre. A Q&A will follow the talk. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books.  There is no charge for the program. Registration is recommended.

Activities workshop for tots

The library is offering a Sign, Say and Play program on four consecutive Fridays in September, from 11 to 11:45 on Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30. The Baby Signs Program teaches caregivers and children from 6 months of age to the toddler stage signs for everyday activities so they can communicate before the child can speak fluently. Each workshop session focuses on one such activity — mealtime, bedtime, bath time and getting dressed. The signs are learned through activities, songs, and a book. Every participant will go home with a handout. There will be four workshop programs.  Attendees must register for each session separately. Registration is required; there is no fee.

The library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5, for Labor Day. The library will reopen on Sundays, beginning Sept. 11, from 1 to 5. 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.