For Wilton Bulletin dated 12/03/09 Contact: Janet Crystal 762-3950 Ext. 226 firstname.lastname@example.org Walk right in The library will be lit up and ready for holiday shoppers when the Wilton Holiday Walk takes place on Friday, Dec. 4, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. After Santa rides into town on a fire truck and visits with children at the gazebo, the library will have delectable refreshments and a warm inviting fire to take the chill off of cold strollers. The Holiday Book Sale and the Giving Tree will be open for people to buy books for their special ones on shopping lists or to donate items to the library. For information: (203)762-3950. Driver safety offered AARP offers another of its Driver Safety Classes for people 50 and over in two, 4-hour sessions on Saturday, Dec. 5 and 12, from 1 – 5 p.m. The course covers the changes that take place as a result of ageing – vision, hearing and reaction time. Practical techniques are provided on how to adjust to these changes. This is classroom application only, no written or road tests. Registration is required. The program cost is $12 for AARP members; $14 for non-members, payable at the time of the first class (check to AARP or cash only). To register: www.wiltonlibrary.org/events or call (203) 762-3950. Children’s author talk Children’s author Grace Lin visits the library on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 2 – 2:45 p.m. to chat with adults and children about the writing process. Ms. Lin talks about her experiences as a multicultural author. She will be available for a book signing after the presentation. She is the author and illustrator of more than a dozen picture books, including The Ugly Vegetables and Dim Sum For Everyone! Also an author of middle grade fiction, Grace's most recent novel Where The Mountain Meets The Moon was released with glowing praise garnering three starred reviews and was the 2009 Parents' Choice Gold Winner. Ms. Lin will then stay for the WINRs Circle meeting from 3 – 3:45 for which the children read her Nutmeg Award-nominated book, The Year of the Dog. Registration is recommended. Both programs are sponsored by HSBC Bank. To register: www.wiltonlibrary.org/events or call (203) 762-3950. Art reception December’s art exhibition entitled “5 of the Best” opens Sunday, Dec. 6, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Five artists who exhibited during last year’s “Unhung Heroes” exhibition will be featured with upwards of ten works each. The artists represent surrounding towns as follows: C.J. Guerin, New Canaan; Ruth Newquist, Newtown; Marisa Taddei, Hamden; Bev Ward, Wilton and Laura Wilk, of Weston. The exhibition runs through Dec. 29 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The reception and the exhibition are open to the public. For information: (203) 762-3950. Holiday party for all The trustees of the library are opening the doors and inviting everyone in for the annual Friends Holiday Party on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Delicious hors d’oeuvres will be served along with traditional holiday glögg. The public is welcome. Senior safety discussed Lea Mintz, the community liaison for Family and Children’s Agency in Norwalk, presents Services for Seniors: Helping Seniors to Remain in their Own Homes on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 11 – noon. In her talk, Ms. Mintz provides tips and strategies for keeping seniors safe and independent in their own homes, including a discussion of local services that are available. Advance registration is suggested. To register: www.wiltonlibrary.org/events or call (203) 762- 3950. Author talk on autism On Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., author John Elder Robison talks about his life with Asperger’s Syndrome, from the late diagnosis at age 40 to how he copes today. He comes to the library to recount his story and share how the diagnosis opened up a whole new world for him, which included helping others struggling to grow up or live with Asperger’s. Robison writes a moving memoir in Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s, recounting his journey from his world into a functioning one, and his new life as a husband, father, and successful small business owner. The Chicago Tribune writes about the book, “Lean, powerful in its descriptive accuracy and engaging in its understated humor...Emotionally gripping.” A Q&A session follows the talk with a book signing after that. Refreshments will be served. The program is co-sponsored by SPED*NET Wilton, Wilton PTA Council and Wilton Library. There is no charge. Registration is highly recommended. To register: www.wiltonlibrary.org/events or call (203) 762-3950. Beer here Gregg Glaser, local beer writer and guru, returns to the library to discuss and sample Belgian Beers on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Gregg will talk about the many varieties of Belgian beers such as Trappist Ales, Sour Red Ales, Wild-Yeast-Fermented Lambic Ales, Saison Ales., their characteristics and where they are found. A tasting follows the presentation. Registration is limited and highly recommended. A donation of $10 is suggested. Attendees must be 21 years or older. To register: www.wiltonlibrary.org/events or call (203) 762-3950.
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