By GINA RAE | Wilton Public Library director

Hang onto your pants! The first early release for Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District students is Wednesday, Oct. 4. Mark your calendars now to head to the library after school for a free showing of “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.” We will start the movie at 2 p.m.

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We’d like to give a shout out to Royall’s class of 1972 as they prepare for their reunion. Thanks for the donation, Panthers!

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Do you have memories trapped on old media and no way to play or share them? During October, the Wilton Public Library will have a VHS-to-DVD digital converter on hand for you to transfer your home movies to DVD. Please contact the library to reserve a time for this equipment.

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We have a therapy dog that works in our building and would love to be read to by your child. This dog is safe, certified and insured for working with children or adults. Call the library for arrangements.

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The library’s chess club, The Check Mates, meets the first and third Tuesday of every month; our next meeting is Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. Players of all levels of experience are invited. The chess club has stirred an interest in other board games as well, so we have purchased some new ones; The Forbidden Island, Settlers of Catan, Connect Four and Sorry are now available at the library. Come in and check out our games cabinet.

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Our homeschool group will meet again at the library from 2–4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. Please contact the library if you are interested in joining this cooperative effort.

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We have preschoolers checking in on their progress for the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.” It is what it sounds like: a commitment to read 1,000 books to your preschooler before he or she turns 5 years old. Though 1,000 books sounds like an ambitious goal, by reading just three books a day, you can read more than 1,000 books in just one year. So pick out some books and start enjoying some productive lap time with your child. 

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To reach the library, call 435-6710 or email us at wiltonlibrary@wrlsweb.org.