Settle in with a good read Finding the time to pick up a book might be tough around the holidays, but choosing which book to read shouldn't be, especially with the library's offering of Next Reads. This is a monthly email service containing genre-based reading suggestions. There are more than 15 genres for all ages to choose from historical fiction to romance, travel to fantasy and science fiction and so much more. Each email contains 10 books that link directly to the library's catalog, so it's simple to choose and reserve them right in the same email. The Next Reads sign-up page can be accessed on the library's homepage at www.wiltonlibrary.org and then clicking on the Next Reads icon on the right side of the page. Year-end support For those wishing to support the library's annual appeal, a few days are left to be counted in 2018. Donations provide the library with the funds for programming, services, the collections and technology that make the library the center for enrichment in the community. Roughly 25% of every dollar of the library's budget must come from private donations. The library thanks all who have contributed in some way large or small over the past year. Last-minute gallery shopping The Holiday Book Sale is still going strong in the gallery and with it are some wonderful finds at bargain prices. Parents and grandparents can fill up bins of books for their kids and grandkids and sock them away for snowy or rainy days; beautiful art books are available, along with history books, cook books and more. The library Giving Tree and Giving Gelt are opportunities for people to give back to the community with donations of items that will remain in the library collection. The gifts can be purchased in someone's name or a loved one's memory. The staff at the circulation desk has details. Although the Gingerbread Houses don't fall in the category of shopping, patrons should make it a point to check out the delicious-looking-and-smelling creations that were put together for the Gingerbread House contest and see the winning entries, including the Community Favorite. Everything stays up until Jan. 2. Exploration of color The library has its first art reception of the New Year on Friday, Jan. 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Visual Eight celebrates eight artists who have some connection to Wilton - whether they have lived here, worked here or were just passing through at some point in their lives. The artists for the most part have exhibited one or two works in the Summer Show, and now this exhibition gives people a chance to see more of their talents. The artists are Sandra Bacher, Joseph Barber (deceased, represented by his niece, Linda Morgan), Lynda Carroll, Carole Ann Mills, Judith Schomer, John "Randy" Tate, Kathleen Wrampe and Marian Wulffleff. The works represent a variety of media and subject matter choices. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through Jan. 27. A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The Wilton Bulletin is the media sponsor. An easy New Year's resolution Oftentimes people will say they want to be better organized and start the year off right but then they don't know how to begin. The library may have a way to encourage best practices with its "Get Organized for the New Year" on Saturday, Jan. 5, from 2 to 4:30. Participants in the session will be introduced to Bullet Journaling, a fun and creative organizational tool which can be used as a planner, to-do list, and\/or diary. Users can make it their own by embellishing it with artwork or choose to keep it simple. Once it's started, all that is needed is 15 minutes a day to keep oneself on track. The program is for adults plus teens in grades 9 through 12. Journals and pens will be provided thanks to the sponsorship of the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund. Space is limited and registration is required. Attendees may register online or call 23-762-6342. Support groups offered This time of year can be difficult for those who have lost loved ones or are caregivers. Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, in partnership with Wilton Library, has several support groups lined up this winter that may prove to be very valuable. The first group, Loss of a Loved One, is Mondays, Jan. 7 through Feb. 25, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Loss of a Spouse Support Group is also on Mondays, Jan. 7 through Feb. 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The last group is Caregiver Support Group, Wednesdays, Jan. 9 through Feb. 27, 12:30 to 2 p.m. All of the groups are at the library and free of charge. Registration is required by calling Laurie Petrasanta at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County at 203-762-8958, ext. 316. There are no sessions on Monday, Jan. 21. The library is closed New Year's Eve Day and New Year's Day, Dec. 31 and Jan.1. To register for programs, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call the Circulation Desk at 203-762-6334 for adult programs, the Children's Library at 203-762-6336, Teen Services and Innovation Station at 203-762-6342.