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February 3, 2021
Year of the Ox
Lunar New Year 2021 is on February 12, and in terms of the Chinese zodiac animal, it's the Year of the Ox. The second animal of the Chinese zodiac, the ox denotes hard work, positivity, and honesty -- wise attributes for 2021. Recent years of the Ox include 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, and 2009. Celebrate Lunar New Year virtually with family and friends and check out our books about Asian heritage. We've also got a new home for our digital magazines, important resources for teens, homework tutoring help, crafting, cooking, knitting, a legislative dialogue, book group, and more. Find what you need at Wilton Library.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year by reading a few of the many novels by authors of Asian heritage and culture. Check out this selection of memoirs and fiction that highlights the vibrant multiplicity of Asian cultures and their contributions to history and society.
Live Homework Help & Tutoring Available with HelpNow
“I need help with my homework!” is a phrase no parent likes to hear. Enter HelpNow, Wilton Library's newest online resource that offers live tutoring for students of all ages. Live help is available from 2-11pm each day in core subjects, including math, science, social studies, and English language arts. Students may submit papers to HelpNow’s Writing Lab for assistance and feedback, or collaborate with peers in virtual study spaces. All tutors have Bachelor's degrees and have been fully vetted and trained. This resource is great for students in K-12 and for basic college courses as well as high school and college entrance exams. An Adult Learning component offers assistance on the FAFSA form, GED, TOEFL, US Citizenship, Grad and Nursing School exams, resume writing and Microsoft Office support. A Wilton Library card is needed to access this service. HelpNow is made possible by the John & Patricia Curran Fund, Giving Tree donations, and the Children’s Library.
eMagazines Now on OverDrive & Libby
Our downloadable eMagazines have a new home in OverDrive and the Libby by OverDrive app -- the same place you download your eBooks and eAudiobooks. Popular titles such as Food Network, OK, The New Yorker, and the most recent issues of hundreds of eMagazines may be checked out for 21 days. There is no limit on the number of eMagazines you can download. Check out these selections to get started. Find links to get the Libby app and more information here.
League of Women Voters Legislative Dialogue
Saturday, February 13 @12pm via ZOOM REGISTER HERE
Please join us as Wilton Library and the Wilton League of Women Voters present a Legislative Dialogue to give our elected state legislators an opportunity to present their priorities for the 2021 Connecticut Assembly session. Constituents will have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions. Senator Will Haskell (District 26), newly elected Representative Stephanie Thomas (District 123), and Representative Tom O'Dea (District 125) have been invited. REGISTER HERE in order to receive the invitation link.
National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. This is an issue that impacts everyone – not just teens – but their parents, teachers, friends, and communities as well. Together, we can raise the nation’s awareness about teen dating violence and promote safe, healthy relationships. Check out these book selections and resources to get help.
Valentine’s Book Folding Art Workshop
Wednesday, February 10 @3pm via ZOOM REGISTER HERE
Join us on Zoom to re-use and re-purpose an old book and transform its pages into the shape of a heart. We’ll provide the book and the pattern. All you need is a ruler, pencil and the time set aside to join the workshop and create this unique decoration.
For ages 18+. REGISTER HERE in order to receive the invitation link.
Five Lectures via Zoom, February through April 2021 REGISTER HERE
In the fourteenth year of the collaboration between Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society, the scholarly lecture series will focus on the theme, “Connecticut Creativity: Vision + Imagination + Inspiration.” This year’s series celebrates the arts – music, illustration, storytelling, performance art, and even the circus – homegrown in Connecticut. The five-part series will be held virtually on Thursday evenings from 5 to 6:30 pm with every session requiring separate registration; please click the dates below to register:
  • February 11: Charles Ives and the American Music Identity – Dr. Gil Harel, Naugatuck Valley Community College
  • February 25: The Story of Famous Artists School and its Connecticut Roots – Stephanie Haboush Plunkett and Magdalen Livesey
  • March 11: The World of Maurice Sendak: A Virtual Tour of the Maurice Sendak House and Studio – Lynn Caponera and Dr. Jonathan Weinberg
  • March 25: The Greatest Showman – Fiction vs Fact! The REAL Story Behind the REEL Story! – Kathleen Maher
  • April 8: Gillette and Holmes: Theatrical Innovation from Connecticut to London and Back Again – Emily Gifford
The Cookbook Connection: A Virtual Recipe Swap
Tuesday, February 9 @5pm via Zoom REGISTER HERE
Who doesn't love chocolate?! You can drizzle, decorate, bake, or cook with it. Eat or drink it. Fudge, Tarts, Hot Chocolate, Mole dishes ... you name it! So join us to share your favorite chocolate recipe. Virtually “show and tell” or just come for the chat. REGISTER HERE in order to receive the invitation link to the Zoom session.
Stitch Time for Knitters & Crocheters
Monday, February 8 @1-2pm via ZOOM REGISTER HERE
Drop-in Zoom session for crafters of all skill levels. Show off your latest creation, seek advice, and chat about anything while working on your own projects. REGISTER HERE in order to receive the invitation link to the Zoom session.
Wilton Library Readers: Here We Are, by Graham Swift
Wednesday, February 10 @12pm via Zoom REGISTER HERE
Using Zoom, professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Here We Are, by Graham Swift this month. Wilton Library Readers book club meets the second Wednesday of each month through June. All are welcome. Click here to see the Winter/Spring 2021 selections. REGISTER HERE in order to receive the invitation link to the Zoom session.
Wait, there's more...
  • You can still sign-up for Winter Poetry with Judson Scruton. Register here for the 4-week series beginning Feb. 4.
  • Visit Wilton Town Center now through Feb. 13 to enjoy Winter Fest 2021, organized by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy ice sculptures, window decorations, and a bonus gift certificate program. Click here for details.
  • Drive-Thru Window hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 10-7; Fridays, 10-6; and Saturdays, 10-5.
  • See what's Zooming in February for Adults and for Children, Teens, Parents, and Families. These flyers are printable and also contain program registration links.
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