Wilton Library History Room/
Wilton Historical Society photos
When a small group of people met at the Ridgefield Road home of artist Henry Thomson, they could hardly have imagined the impact their discussion would have on the future of Wilton more than a century later. That evening, May 10, 1895, Thomson and his guests established the Wilton Library Association. The project had been in the works for three years, at the behest of Ellen Scofield Betts, but it was not until that May evening that the proponents had a home for their library — the Wilton post office — and a librarian who doubled as the postmaster.
Some 120 years later the library has grown from a collection of 120 books to a virtual community center offering not only thousands of books but materials of all sorts, including CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, e-books, and a panoply of digital offerings for all ages. The library also presents art exhibitions, concerts, lectures, public discussions, and literary and educational programs, and most recently has set on a course to nurture the creative spirit of its patrons with the Innovation Station, an incubator for projects ranging from the artistic — electronic embroidery and die-cutting designs — to the scientific, including computer coding, 3D printing, and robotics.