For the month of September, Wilton residents can become card-carrying customers of Wilton Library and receive benefits both inside and outside the library. “Get Carded!” is a collaborative promotion between the library and the Wilton Chamber of Commerce that offers everything from discounts on merchandise to free glasses of wine from participating Chamber restaurants, merchants, and businesses.

The program supports Library Card Sign-Up Month, an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association.

From Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, customers can present their Wilton Library cards to more than 20 participating Chamber businesses to receive offers ranging from 10-percent off items to one free week of Karate lessons. People who register for new accounts at the library will receive $3 gift certificates to Peachwave Yogurt.

Robin Axness, development director at Wilton Library, noted, “This collaboration with the Chamber is one in which everyone benefits. People who already know how great the library is can show their card outside the library and receive terrific value from it; and those who maybe haven’t gotten around to getting a Wilton Library card may now have the incentive to do so.”

Karen Zeibak, the library’s circulation manager, concurred, “If a Wilton resident doesn’t have a card, they simply can come to the circulation desk and we’ll fix them right up so they can start enjoying all programs, services and collections of the library. Then they can “go to town” receiving all that the Chamber businesses have to offer. We’ll also have free giveaways throughout the month, including W logo bookmarks made from our new 3D printer.”

According to Janeen Leppert, Wilton Chamber director, “Robin Axness and Elaine Tai-Lauria [the library’s executive director] came to me with the suggestion of partnering for Library Card Sign-Up Month. I thought it was a great idea to link the library and the Wilton business community in a meaningful way. Everyone benefits with this promotion—the library provides something to its patrons and the Wilton Chamber of Commerce creates opportunities for its members.  It is a collaboration that benefits everyone.”

Categories include personalized stationery, banking incentives, family photo sessions, jewelry, specialty chocolates, exercise and dance opportunities, food, framing, and travel, just to name a few.

The list of the offers from each of the participating Chamber members can be found on the library’s website. As of press time, participating Wilton businesses include:

A. Flood of Paper (94 Old Ridgefield Rd.)
Bianco Rosso Wine Bar & Restaurant (151 Old Ridgefield Rd.)
Campus Jewelers (5 River Rd.)
Conservatory of Dance (151 Old Ridgefield Rd.)
Fairfield County Bank (190 Old Ridgefield Rd.)
Friends of Ambler Farm (257 Hurlbutt St.)
Luca Ristorante Italiano (142 Old Ridgefield Rd.)
Moments by Andrea Photography (
Open House Gift Shop (9 Center St.)
Peachwave Frozen Yogurt (142 Old Ridgefield Rd.)
Peggy Garbus Photography (180 Belden Hill Rd.)
Portofino Restaurant & Bar (10 Center St.)
Reiki Sushi and Asian Bistro (239 Danbury Rd.)
River Road Gallery (21 River Rd.)
Stewart Flowers (76 Old Ridgefield Rd.)
Sweet Pierre’s (5 River Rd.)
Toy Chest (21 River Rd.)
Wilton Center Travel (69 Old Ridgefield Rd.)
Wilton Family Y (404 Danbury Rd.)
Wilton Hardware (21 River Rd.)
Wilton Historical Society (224 Danbury Rd.)
Wilton Library (137 Old Ridgefield Rd.)
Wilton Martial Arts (231 Danbury Rd.)

For information, contact Wilton Library at 203.762.3950, ext. 213, or Wilton Chamber of Commerce, 203.762.0567,