Wilton Library opens doors to its littlest readers

You’re never too young for a Wilton Library card.

That’s the motto this month, the traditional month of library card signups, as Wilton Library for the first time accepts card registrations even for infants, toddlers and pre-K children.

“For a very long time, the feeling was kids begin to read when they are in kindergarten. But clearly, as generations have evolved, kids are exposed to reading very early on and getting their schooling earlier with daycare and pre-K. It was time for us to step back and offer library cards to all Wilton residents, regardless of their age,” said Janet Crystal, marketing communications manager for the library.

The age cutoff used to be at five-years old.

“We believe that wonderful ideas are generated well before a child is formally able to read, so we’re inviting parents to register their little ones and we’re encouraging our youngest patrons to explore our picture book bins and check out books on their very own library card.”  

Wilton Library also is introducing a new reading incentive program, “1000 Books Before Kindergarten.” The national program engages parents and their children in reading aloud to develop a lifelong love of reading.  

According to Andrea Szabo, head of Children’s Library at Wilton Library, “This is a stress-free program that helps parents log the books that they are reading to their children. For every 100 books read, children will receive a brand new book and stickers. A certificate will be given to the child when the goal of 1,000 books is reached.”  

This early reader initiative is made possible at the library by Cohen and Wolf, P.C. and Tiger Tales Publishing. More information is available in the library and on the library’s website at wiltonlibrary.org, or parents may call the Children’s Library at 203-762-6336.

A library card gives patrons access to more than just books.

“From downloadable eBooks and audiobooks to streaming movies, TV shows and music; from statewide database access to Ancestry.com; from 3D printing to soldering, die cutting and embroidering, a Wilton Library card offers a world of discovery to everyone who walks through our doors,” Karen Zeibak, circulation services manager.   

The library recently introduced six new colorful library card designs from which children and adults can choose. People may fill out their applications at the circulation desk and receive the new cards on the spot.

Visitors to the Children’s Library will be able to see the new addition to the jungle that took place over the summer. More of the jungle “grew” so it now is visible from the inside of the children’s space as well, thanks to the artists Ed MacEwen and his daughter, Bonnie MacEwen Sailer.