In partnership with the Friends of the Norwalk Islands and the Farm Creek Preserve, the Rowayton Library is offering a free Nature Photography Workshop for kids 8 and up on Saturday, March 3, at 10:30 a.m.

In this workshop, kids will learn to "connect" with nature through photography. Using a digital camera, students will learn how to see and appreciate nature in their own environment. There will be instructions on how to use the camera and descriptions of the surrounding wildlife, and plants will be part of the workshop. The students will learn about Farm Creek Preserve and the Norwalk Islands and their importance to the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. Photo editing exercises also included. Attendees are welcome to bring their own camera, but no equipment is required.

Space is limited. Reservations a must. This program is free. The workshop will run until 1 p.m. Dress appropriately as we will be outdoors for the photo shoot. Pizza will be served at the end. Parents are invited at the end to view student's work.

Make the most of college visits

The Rowayton Library will present another CollegeTalk program with educational consultant Susan Edwards on Sunday, March 4 at 4 p.m.

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How can you make the most of your college visits? What would it be like to be a student on a college campus? How do you learn from a visit? How much time is necessary to be on a campus to tell what it is like? When should you visit? Edwards will lead a discussion of these and other questions in an interactive presentation. Pizza will be served.

To register, call the library at 203-838-5038.

TAB to play `Hugo'

The library's Teen Advisory Board will plat "Hugo" Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 4:30 p.m. Twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric girl and the owner of a small toy booth in the train station, Hugo's undercover life and his most precious secret are put in jeopardy. Popcorn will be served.

Last week to get Pet Photos in

The Rowayton Library will pay tribute to the "Pets of Rowayton" for the fifth year. Honor your Rowayton Pet by making a READ Poster with their picture to inspire the children of this community to READ.

Now through Feb. 29, visit the library's special website and fill out the form, attach a JPG format picture of your pet (no people), and tell us your pet's name, breed/species/etc., your pet's age, and funny anecdotes you want to include. Include your name, your address, and your telephone number. We will be happy to post your pet's picture on the website. The library staff will create READ posters with these pictures and post them in Rowayton and at Rowayton Elementary School as well as provide the owners with a copy of the poster of their pet.

Plimpton to speak at Gardeners event

A reminder to all Rowayton Gardeners that their March 1 meeting at the Rowayton Community Center will feature garden expert and author Colleen Plimpton. She will be presenting one of her most popular programs, "All Season Color in the Garden," which is an entertaining and informative discussion and Powerpoint presentation on easy, colorful plants, which bloom from March to November.

Her emphasis will be on deer-resistant material. Plimpton's award-winning gardening memoir, "Mentors in the Garden of Life," is a beautiful and worthwhile read. Information about her book, some clips of her at previous speaking engagements, and a plethora of helpful gardening tips can be found on her website: Nonmembers are welcome. Coffee will be served at 9:45 a.m., followed by the general meeting at 10 and the guest speaker at 10:45.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday, on Friday, March 2 by seeing "Horton Hears a Who" at 3:30 p.m. at the Rowayton Library. Popcorn will be served.

BMHS fashion show slated March 2

The Brien McMahon High School class of 2012 will strut their stuff and model clothes from local retailers on March 2 at 7:30 p.m. The snow date is March 3. Tickets will be sold at the door. Admission is $15; $5 for students and senior citizens over 65; and free for kids 8 and under.

The annual show is a fundraiser for the post-graduation party, a safe and free all-night party that is a decades-old tradition at McMahon. Seniors who are involved are selling raffle tickets. Just $5 buys you a chance to win an Apple MacBook Pro, an iPad2 or a $200 cash card. The raffle prize drawing will be held after intermission at the fashion show; you don't have to be present to win.

Dinner (with Characters) was divine

The Rowayton Library Board of Trustees would like to thank the community for their support in the Rowayton Library's most recent "FUN"draiser -- Dinner with Character(s) -- a literary masquerade. They would like to thank the sponsors Marc's Rowayton Market, Rowayton Wine Shop, Sails American Grill, Nature Girl Designs, and Wave Hill Breads Cafe. If you want to see the pictures of the evening, visit

RHS to present Civil War lecture

The Rowayton Historical Society invites you to hear Professor Matthew Warshauer of Central Connecticut University, co-chairman of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission and editor of Connecticut History Magazine on the topic: Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice and Survival March 3 at the South Norwalk Library, 10 Washington St. at 3 p.m.

Admission is free and parking is available behind the library and across the street. Warshauer's talk will reveal the varied attitudes toward slavery and race before, during, and after the war; Connecticut's reaction to the firing on Fort Sumter; the dissent in the state over whether or not the sword and musket should be raised against the South; the raising of troops; the sacrifice of those who served on the front and at home; and the need for closure after the war.

To add to Professor Warshauer's lecture, come find out how the Civil War affected Rowayton at the RHS' new exhibit "Close to Home: Rowayton and the Civil War." The museum is open Tuesdays from 9:30 to 3:30, the first and third Sundays of each month from 1 to 4 p.m., and by appointment. For information, email

Sixth Taxing District annual meeting slated March 7

The annual District budget currently being finalized will be made available for review no later than Feb. 28 in the Rowayton Library, prior to the annual Sixth Taxing District Meeting scheduled for March 7.