Due to staffing shortages, the library may be closed at times this week ( May 24-28) during regular business hours. Changes will be posted here and on Facebook.
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.
The library is fortunate to have a large Youth Library on the lower level. 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.
The HUB is the center of activity in the Youth Library, and information for parents of babies and young children can be found in the "Parent Corner". There is always something to color or craft in the hub while parents and children can check out books. Indoor Story Circle is held in our Picture Book Room, which 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 G-rated movies and videogames. Our YA room is for young adults age 12 and up, with fiction, non-fiction, biography, audiobook, manga and graphic novel collections.
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 and community 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 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.