With its beautiful stained glass oculus in a decorative domed ceiling, the Rotunda is the centerpiece of the library. Heart mahongany woodwork and veneer columns surround the Italian tile mosaic floor, creating a bright and elegant meeting and display area. The Rotunda is used for art shows, book displays, meetings and celebrations. See our home page for information about reserving this unique space.
The library contains two reading rooms for adults with laptops available for patron use.
The Fiction Reading Room, formerly the Children's Reading Room, is paneled in curly birch with intricate stenciling on the ceiling and walls. Thirteen oil paintings skirt the ceiling, and a Grueby tile mural stretches across the defunct fireplace. This room houses our fiction, biography, adult graphic novels, newspapers, and the Sam Clark collection of picturebooks.
The Director's office is located in the Non-Fiction Reading Room, which is paneled in mahogany wainscotting with a pastoral Grueby tile scene above an inactive fireplace. It holds the library's non-fiction and New Hampshire collections.
The second floor of the library provides space to the Wilton Historical Society and contains one work/meeting room, and two rooms of Wilton historical artifacts and records. The Historical Society Rooms are open to the public on Thursday afternoons, and The Historical Society and the Heritage Commission hold their monthly meetings here. Due to the ireplaceable nature of the artifacts and records held here, the room is for adult use only.
Recently renovated through the generosity of the David Laponsee estate and the Melcher family, the Youth Rooms are a welcoming space for Wilton's youngest citizens.
Downstairs, there is always something to color or craft while parents and children check out books in "The Hub"! Computers, puzzles, activity boards and more are all located in "The Hub", the center of the Youth Library. Indoor Story Circle is held in our Picture Book Room, which also houses our fiction and non-fiction picture book collection. The Juvenile Fiction Room hosts our leveled readers, chapter books, graphic novels, audio books and playaways, biographys, non-fiction chapter books, and videogames. Our YA room is for young adults age 12 and up, with fiction, non-fiction, biography, audiobook, manga and graphic novel collections. Coming soon, a dedicated gaming computer in the YA room!
In 2015, with the support of a grant from IMLS, OCLC, and WebJunction, the library created a Smart Park on the library grounds. This provides an outdoor space for library programs such as pot luck dinners, concerts, art shows, and activities for children and adults. Outdoor musical instruments, a Little Free Library, tables and benches are available for use. The area also gets WiFi!
The Story Trail is located at the Gregg Street walkway at the front of the building. Each month, from April through October, a different children's story can be read while walking the trail.
The Story Trail was made possible by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and is implemented in partnership by WebJunction and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries. Wilton volunteer Don Rankin designed, built, and installed the story boxes.
To find out more about the history of our library building, click here.
Would your organization like to meet at the library? Click here for our homepage, then scroll down to "Reserving Space" for more information.