In commemoration of the death of Dave Brubeck, jazz legend and Wilton resident for more than 50 years who died just before his 92nd birthday on Dec. 5, the Wilton Library is offering a community memorial station, where guests are invited to sign in and express their thoughts and memories of Mr. Brubeck’s life.
“Mr. Brubeck was a good friend of the library and will be missed,” said Elaine Tai-Lauria, the library’s executive director.
Mr. Brubeck had been an active supporter of the library, and in 2005 he financed the large domed-style multipurpose Brubeck Room, which has become a hub and centerpiece for library programs.
The room offers “wonderful acoustics,” according to Ms. Tai-Lauria, complete with a piano, which Mr. Brubeck signed and played in a library jazz performance.
The room is host to a variety of activities, including a winter jazz series, summer concerts, educational lectures, author readings, and receptions.
Currently, the Brubeck Room is hosting an American history lecture series, which will continue over the winter months.
Dave Brubeck’s memorial stand is in front of the library’s customer service desk, and is filled with dozens of comments from community members, describing him as a “national treasure,” “legend,” and “universal sign of happiness.”