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January 27, 2021
Find Some Everyday Zen
Zen is a term that describes a feeling of being at peace. Monk Shunryu Suzuki describes Zen as "... not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.” We hope Wilton Library can be part of your search for everyday Zen. Today we offer you an eclectic mix of books with Zen in the title, new eBooks, the Connecticut Creativity scholarly lecture series, a book folding workshop, and more. We're also announcing our Wilton Reads 2021 title. Find the Zen you need at Wilton Library. We're here for you.
Finding your Zen can simply mean slowing down and finding some peace. For us, reading can bring a certain sense of Zen amidst these challenging times and in ordinary circumstances. Check out this list of eclectic reading; all books have Zen in the title and you'll find fiction, nonfiction, autobiography, and more in this mix.
Announcing Wilton Reads 2021 -- Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey
With headlines and graphic images underscoring recent racial unrest and injustices, Wilton Library has chosen to explore the topic of racism and race relations for the Wilton Reads 2021 selection -- Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey. We will again be collaborating with the Wilton School District to facilitate discussions and conversations throughout the community on all levels. Copies of Memorial Drive will be given away in March courtesy of Fairfield County Bank. The virtual author talk set for April 15 is sponsored by The Village Market. Stay tuned to our website for more event details. See the press release here.
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
If you haven't yet taken the plunge into eBooks and other digital content, there's no better time than the present to get started. Digital content is portable and available anywhere 24/7. Libby is a reading app for borrowing digital books and audiobooks from the library's OverDrive collection. Check out the latest eBooks here. Love ebooks or prefer other formats and genre-specific titles? Sign up for monthly recommendations here.
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.
Teens - Learn to Knit a Winter Hat
Mondays, February 1 & 8 @4pm via ZOOM REGISTER FOR BOTH SESSIONS
Just 2 spots left! Teens in grades 6-12 can learn how to knit and make a winter hat in two sessions! 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.
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.
Wait, there's more...
  • The Wilton Economic Development Commission is hosting a business owner input forum on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 7:15pm. The forum will provide Wilton business owners the opportunity to bring forward ideas on ways the Town of Wilton can better support business growth. Business owners can join via Zoom here; passcode 293320.
  • Visit Wilton Town Center from Feb. 1-13 to experience 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.
  • Need a monthly printable flyer? See what's Zooming in February for Adults and for Children, Teens, Parents, and Families.
  • 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.
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