Wilton Library Introduces Innovation Station At Annual Meeting

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Retired Judge Joseph Bellacosa will speak about the Great Writ of Habeas Corpus and President Lincoln’s suspension of it during the Civil War, during Wilton Library's annual meeting.
Retired Judge Joseph Bellacosa will speak about the Great Writ of Habeas Corpus and President Lincoln’s suspension of it during the Civil War, during Wilton Library's annual meeting. Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. – The Wilton Library will introduce its new Innovation Station as it hosts its 119th annual Friends of the Library meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 8.

The Innovation Station fits in with the library’s quest to be a “gateway to discovery.” The station is designed to allow patrons to interact with one another to gather information and inspiration.

It will be a place to learn new skills, from quilting to robotics and much more. Many libraries have implemented similar spaces, which provide materials and tools for projects and a good place for people to use the resources to explore, learn, improve, and think creatively, all while working together and teaching one another.

The Innovation Station was established with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) in mind. The Shoff Foundation funded its construction.

The annual meeting will also focus on the changes that have taken place at the library since it was established in 1895.

Proposed officers will be slated and Board of Trustee members will be elected, and the Volunteer of the Year and Staff Member of the Year will be awarded. The officers who have been nominated are Ann Duffy for president; Glenn Hemmerle for vice president; Ileana Barns-Slavin for secretary; and Robert Kelso, returning treasurer. Board members who are retiring will be honored, and books will be donated to the library in their names.

Retired Judge Joseph Bellacosa is this year’s guest speaker. He will speak about President Abraham Lincoln’s suspension of the Great Writ of Habeas Corpus during the Civil War.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Innovation Station and an informal reception will be part of the day's event.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting and the reception. Registration is recommended.

To register, visit the website at www.wiltonlibrary.org and click on “Events” or call 203-762-3950, ext. 270. The library is at 137 Old Ridgefield Road, in Wilton Center.

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