Artists flourish at library
Wilton Library is pleased to present the artwork of more than 50 artists when the G&B Cultural Center opens its exhibition at the library on Friday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition features more than 70 pieces by area artists who work in a variety of media including watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, graphics, mixed media, drawings, photography and sculpture. The artists’ styles and choice of media add to the diversity of the overall exhibition. A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The reception is open to the public. The exhibition runs through Nov. 9.
A boy, a dog and autism
The New Perspectives Film Series screens The Buddy System on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The documentary captures the respective journeys of David, a sweet, affectionate seven-year-old with autism and Buddy, a 10-month-old Golden Retriever as both boy and dog learn and grow together. The Buddy System reveals how a dog really does make a difference in the life of a child with autism. Winner Best Film in the Short Category at AutFest 2017, Orange, Calif. The film is written, directed and produced by filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris, who also is the New Perspectives moderator. See library’s registration link for details. Suggested donation is $5 per person. Refreshments are available. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration is highly recommended.
First-time children’s authors
The library is pleased to invite children of all ages, families, and aspiring authors to Children’s Debut Authors: In Conversation + Autograph Party, Sunday, Oct. 15, from 2 to 3. This middle-grade (ages 8-12) author event features an interactive panel with five of publishing’s most promising authors. Attendees will hear about the writers’ books and experiences being first-time authors. There will be time for Q&A and book signings. Snacks will be served. Authors are Jake Burt, Alyson Gerber, Jodi Kendall, Melissa Roske, and Karina Yan Glaser. See the library’s link for more details about the authors. This is a drop-in event with no fee and no registration. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books of New Canaan.
Get ready, get set, stay well
The library is partnering with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County for a Flu Shot Clinic on Monday, Oct. 16, from 3:30 to 5. Flu shots are available to anyone age four years and older; children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No appointment is needed; shots are administered on a first-come, first-served, no waiting basis. Please wear sleeves that roll up easily. Cost of the flu shot is $42 payable by cash or check or it can be billed directly to Aetna, Anthem, Connecticare, Fallon, Harvard Pilgrim, HealthyCT, MultiPlan, Unicare, Wellcare or Medicare Part B. Bring your insurance card with you. High-dose vaccine ($65) is available to persons age 65 or older who would like it instead of the regular-dose vaccine. For more information, call the Flu Info-line at 203-834-6341, ext. 444.
This season’s Parent Information Series opens with a discourse on civility on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 10 to 11:30. In the workshop, Civility: Teaching Children Respect, Tolerance and Empathy in a Complicated World, parents will learn how to mentor their children, regardless of their ages, as they learn to be positive self-advocates while building life-skills around respect, tolerance and empathy. The speaker is Alicia Farrell, Ph.D., Cognitive Psychologist and founder of Clearview Consulting. The program is for parents who have children of all ages. The program is sponsored by Wilton Youth Council, Wilton Youth Services, Wilton Library, Weston Youth Services, and Weston Library. See the library’s website for details. Registration is recommended.
America’s ‘Downton Abbey’
Author Denise Kiernan visits the library on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss her latest book, The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home. This true story of the Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. Kiernan’s previous book, The Girls of Atomic City, is a New York Times bestseller. See the library’s website for details. A Q&A follows the talk. There is no charge. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan.
Who are Wilton’s choices?
Voters may meet candidates for Planning & Zoning Commission, Board of Selectmen, and Board of Education — the three contested offices in the November municipal election at Candidate Forums — Oct. 18 for Planning & Zoning and Oct. 19 for Boards of Selectmen and Education. They will follow modified town hall formats moderated by out-of-town League of Women Voters moderators who will present questions submitted by the public to all candidates. Both events will begin at 7 p.m. in the library’s Brubeck Room. Registration is suggested and available on the library’s website along with more details about each night. Pre-registrants should arrive by 6:50 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 6:50 p.m. if space is available. Sponsored by The Wilton League of Women Voters, the Wilton Library Association, and Good Morning Wilton.
To register for programs, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call the Circulation Desk at 203-762-6334 for adult programs, the Children’s Library at 203-762-6336, Teen Services and Innovation Station at 203-762-6342.