Library Lines: Jan. 9

Beautiful woodwinds

The Brubeck Room will be filled with the lilt of harmonious sounds when the Madera Winds Quintet performs for the first Connecticut’s Own concert of the New Year on Sunday, Jan. 12, from 4 to 5 p.m. The group, formed in 2012, is comprised of Connecticut musicians who have performed in other chamber music groups in Wilton and around Fairfield County. The quintet includes Ralph Kirmser (oboe) of Wilton and Janet Atherton (clarinet) of Norwalk — both are founding members of the Prevailing Winds Quintet since the 1980s; Rosemary Dellinger, a bassoonist with the Connecticut Little Symphony and Spanish teacher at Cider Mill School in Wilton;  John Harley (horn), a member of the Norwalk Symphony since 1976; and John Vandenberg (flute) who recently moved from the Netherlands where he was the founding member of the Bourdon Wind Quintet. The Madera Winds will perform the woodwind quintet of Carl Nielsen. This quintet is considered by many to be the finest piece of music written for this combination of instruments. They will also perform Aires Tropicales by Paquito D’Rivera, Cuban jazz clarinetist and composer. There is no charge. Registration is strongly suggested. Pre-registrants should arrive by 3:50 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:50 if space is available.

Healthy new year

Join certified nutritional consultant and author Carol Cottrill in an Area Author Affair on Monday, Jan. 13, from 6 to 7 p.m. for a healthy start to the new year. Ms. Cottrill will be discussing her book, The French Twist, and helping people get a handle on a better lifestyle.  Tips on meal-time awareness, eating for nutrition, portion control and the value of real vs. processed foods are just a few of her key talking points. See the library’s registration link for author details. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books.  Registration is encouraged.

Support group

The Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group meets on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Sponsored by the Breast Cancer Survival Center and the library, this group meets once a month to help people move into the next phase of their lives after surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation. Sandwiches, fruits and beverages will be served. For additional information, call Nina Marino at 203-857-7304. Registration is highly encouraged.

New books for kids

The Grab Bag Book Club gets together on Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 4 to 4:45 to talk about new best-selling books. This month’s selection is Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody, a new retelling of the Robin Hood legend by the author of Powerless. Healthy snacks will be provided as well as a book-related activity. Registration is required. This book group is for kids in grades 3 and up.  Parents and guardians must remain in the building. The program is sponsored by the Steve and Alison Sherman Family Fund.

Relive the 70s

The New Perspectives Film Series documentary, Paul Williams Still Alive, will be screened on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Paul Williams was a megastar singer/actor/songwriter in the 70s with Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe Awards lavished on him. He wrote many No. 1 songs, starred in a Brian DePalma movie — yet who is he and what has he been doing? This documentary by filmmaker Stephen Kessler is a wistful musical journey that will re-introduce a new generation to Williams’ soulful classics. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Filmmaker Stephen Kessler’s sheer delight in following around his boyhood idol, whose music framed much of the 70s when Kessler was a lad in Queens, is thoroughly infectious.” The suggested donation is $5 per person. Refreshments will be served. The New Perspectives Film Series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker, Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration is highly recommended.

Children’s programs

Many children’s programs continue throughout January such as the Rainbow Loom Club, Minecraft Club, Saturday Stories, Winter Story Times, and Beginner and Advanced Chess. You may  find out about programs by subscribing to the Children’s Library newsletter.  To subscribe, send an email to [email protected] and indicate “Children’s Newsletter” in the subject line.


To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult events, ext. 243 for teen programs and ext. 217 for children’s activities.

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