Judge Bellacosa will speak at unveiling of Innovation Station

The community is invited witness the latest change at Wilton Library when the Innovation Station is officially unveiled at the 119th Friends of the Library annual meeting on Sunday, June 8, from 4 to 6.

A brief general meeting will be followed by election of new members to the board of trustees, and recognition of the volunteer of the year and staff member of the year.

The guest speaker will be the Honorable Judge Joseph Bellacosa (retired) He will talk about President Lincoln’s decision to suspend the Great Writ of Habeas Corpus during the Civil War and the great political uproar that ensued.

The final official act of the afternoon will be cutting the ribbon on the Innovation Station, to be followed by an informal reception.

“Wilton Library’s Innovation Station underscores the library’s mission of being a ‘gateway to discovery,’ providing an avenue for patrons to discover, be informed, be inspired and to connect with others,” a press release from the library says. It is designed to be a creative area where patrons may learn new skills, exchange ideas, collaborate and create items such as robotic devices, prototypes and even quilts.

In establishing the Innovation Station, the library is keeping up with the latest trend which has seen libraries evolve from places that not only house materials, but also into places where people can work, experiment and have access to appropriate resources and tools.

“Wilton Library’s Innovation Station will expand the ways in which the library supports and provides lifelong learning within the Wilton community. The many benefits of the Innovation Station include promoting hands-on active learning, nurturing peer-to-peer training, thinking creatively, sharing resources and knowledge, acquiring new skills and allowing people to explore new technologies,” the release says.

It will also foster STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) learning.  Construction of the Innovation Station was made possible with funding from the Shoff Foundation.

Registration for the meeting and reception is encouraged. Visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 270.  Wilton Library is at 137 Old Ridgefield Road.