For me, the Wilton Library has always been much more than just a place to find books. Throughout the first few years of my life, I made countless paper plate art projects in the Craft Room, I played games of make-believe with my brother while running through the rows of books, and I learned how to read using books pulled from the shelves of the Children’s Section. During this key period of development in my life, the library helped me to discover that books were able to bring stories to life through language and make me feel any range of emotions. I was immediately hooked.
Soon, I had left behind the picture books about hungry caterpillars and a cat in the hat to find new, longer stories that left me imagining myself a heroic knight or skillful wizard. From these early days of story times and simple crafts, I moved on to join monthly book clubs and attend day camps where the fictional settings in Harry Potter, Star Wars, and more were brought to life by caring and devoted librarians. These people worked every day to make reading fun and worthwhile for kids, creating programs that made us want to pick up and enjoy a book every day. The work the librarians put into programs not only entertained us on rainy days or gave parents a break, but it fundamentally changed me to be a more inquisitive and engaged person. A large part of who I am as a student and as a person can be credited to the time I spent at the Wilton Library. Without the Wilton Library, I do not know who I would be today.