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Wilton Library Welcomes All To Innovation Day

Jonathan Ayala with his dad at last year’s Innovation Day learning how to solder at the Wilton Library.
Jonathan Ayala with his dad at last year’s Innovation Day learning how to solder at the Wilton Library. Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. -- Wilton Library will host its second annual Innovation Day on Saturday as it celebrates people who can “tinker, create, craft and do."

The day’s theme is “Discover, Dabble, Do-It- Yourself,” and the library is going all out to embrace the concept of making things in whatever way one can, according to a release from Wilton Library.

There will be demonstrations, presentations, hands-on workshops, tables for crafting, coloring, card-making, etching and more.

“We have so much planned for people of all ages," said Susan Lauricella, Wilton Library’s Maker Space Manager. "We want people to explore, try, learn and have fun – think of the library as an incubator for ideas; a place for learning new skills and discovering your hidden talents."

Some of the ways that participants will be able to test drive are soldering blinkie pin; learning how to knit; learning how to make wine and experiencing a wine tasting; learning how to do basic home plumbing repairs, raising chickens or tying fishing flies.

There also will be a table for tinkerers who like to take things apart, such as phones and monitors; test out a 3D Doodler, slap on a pair of virtual reality glasses; and kids can put some snap circuits together or try their hands at Makey Makey (turning everyday objects into touchpads and combining them with the Internet).

For those who are truly crafty, there will be terrarium making, etching of glass votive holders, and lighting up aprons with LEDs by sewing with conductive thread, and more.

Melissa Baker, just one of the library’s many creative staff members who also works in the Innovation Station maker space said, “If art is someone’s passion, they can interact with a portrait painter, help create the recycling tree, participate in making an easy community quilt, relax at the coloring table or even get a henna tattoo."

The event is free, but certain activities will have a nominal fee to offset costs. Participants also will be able to take part in a free drawing for a Kindle Fire.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For additional information and directions, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762- 6343.

Wilton Library is at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the heart of Wilton Center.

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