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January 20, 2021
Inauguration Day: A Historical Perspective
Whatever your politics, Inauguration Day is a long-celebrated tradition that symbolizes the strength of the American democracy and the peaceful transition of power in a stable republic. Today we offer you a historical perspective with a special inauguration reading list as well as video content highlighting inaugural speeches. We've also got new mysteries to keep you guessing, winter poetry, the launch of the 2021 collaborative series with the Wilton Historical Society, and much more. Find the resources and programs you need at Wilton Library. We're here for you.
Learn more about the significance of Inauguration Day and the peaceful transition of power throughout U.S. history with selections from this special Inauguration reading list. Place a hold in the catalog and pick it up at our Drive-Thru or check it out on the Libby by OverDrive app.
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
American presidents hold the most powerful office on earth and occupy a unique place at the center of national and world events. Watch this curated selection of documentaries about presidents and video recordings of presidential speeches available for viewing on Kanopy with your Wilton Library card.
Winter Poetry with Judson Scruton: Louise Glück’s Journey to the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature
Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18 & 25 @10:30am via ZOOM REGISTER HERE
Please join us for a 4-week online literature seminar series in which Judson Scruton will lead us as we read and discuss selected poems from Nobel Prize-winner Louise Glück’s remarkable twelve books of poetry. According to the 2015 National Endowment for the Humanities award, her books have given “lyrical expression to our inner conflicts. Her use of verse connects us to the myths of the ancients, the magic of the natural world, and the essence of who we are.” This seminar is made possible with the support of the Literary Series in Memory of Amy Quigley. By registering for the first session you will be registered for all four sessions. REGISTER HERE in order to receive the invitation link to the Zoom sessions.
Starting a new mystery is more than cracking open a new book; it's the beginning of a new puzzle. The best ones are those that get you so involved that you often can read straight through without realizing how much time has gone by. Add that 'can't put it down' feeling to your reading game with these recent mystery selections. Love mystery books or prefer another genre? Sign up for monthly recommendations here.
Zentangle Art Workshop: Zooming with Amy
Wednesday, February 3 @3:30pm via Zoom REGISTER HERE
Join Amy, Wilton Library's certified Zentangle instructor, as she guides us through a fun and relaxing Zentangle session. This meditative art form uses simple steps to teach practitioners how to create beautiful patterns. Suitable for anyone who doesn't believe they can draw, as well as experienced artists! For adults and teens, ages 13+. REGISTER HERE in order to receive the invitation link to the Zoom session.
Teens - Learn to Knit a Winter Hat
Mondays, February 1 & 8 @4pm via ZOOM REGISTER FOR BOTH SESSIONS
Teens in grades 6-12 can learn how to knit and make a winter hat in two weeks! Our instructor, Kate Filaski, began knitting over 30 years ago while in college and loves to share her knowledge and get others excited about all the simple, but cool things to make. See the registration link for the supply list and recommended tutorials. REGISTER FOR BOTH SESSIONS in order to receive the invitation links.
College Q&A with Matthew Greene
Wednesday, January 27 @7pm via Zoom REGISTER HERE
Join educational consultant, Matthew Greene, for a live Q&A session. We'll have a discussion about testing, deferring admission, and the latest updates on the college scene. Come prepared with questions. Recommended for high school juniors and seniors and their parents. REGISTER HERE in order to receive the invitation link to the Zoom session.
Poetry Discussion with Janet Krauss: The Poetry of Ted Kooser
Tuesday, January 26 @11am via ZOOM REGISTER HERE
Please join us as Janet Krauss leads a discussion of ten short poems by former Poet Laureate of the United States Ted Kooser. He once said, “I want to show people how interesting the ordinary world can be if you pay attention.” Compassion runs throughout his poems. REGISTER HERE in order to receive the invitation link to the Zoom session.
Wait, there's more...
  • Wilton Library's Drive-Thru Window hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 10am to 7pm; Fridays 10 to 6; and Saturdays, 10 to 5. Enter our Drive-Thru around the back of the library building along Godfrey Place.
  • A few spots still remain for Meditation for Wilton's high school students via Zoom on January 20 and January 27,
  • See all that is Zooming and more in January with quick links to these flyers for Adults and Children/Teens/Parents and Families.
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