Creature feature times two
All manner of undead will be creeping out from the movie screen on Friday, Oct. 19 when Wilton Library runs Horror Film Fest for Teens from 4:30 to 8. The movie double feature will start with the classic zombie film, Night of the Living Dead; then Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter), could use a little wizarding magic to contend with The Woman in Black. The scary screenings are for teens in grades six through 12. Pizza and zombie fingers will be served. The program is made possible by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund. Registration is suggested.
Dancing zombies unite
For the third straight year, Wilton Library and Wilton Family Y are partnering for the Thrill the World simultaneous dance event taking place at the library on Saturday, Oct. 27 precisely at 2 p.m. Thrill the World is a worldwide dance phenomenon in which dancers synchronize their steps to a set routine, dancing to Michael Jackson’s iconic “Thriller.” Each year around the globe, dancers amass to try to break a world record, but at the end of the day, the event and all the rehearsals leading up to it are a fun, infectious way to get moving, enjoy some exercise and just have a laughing good time. For this program, people can join in from ages 10 to 110; dance expertise is not required. The six-minute dance steps can be learned in a two-hour rehearsal; there are four rehearsals leading up to the Oct. 27 dance, only one out of the four is mandatory to ensure that all participants are dancing the same steps. The rehearsal dates, times and locations are as follows: Saturday, Oct. 20, 2 to 4 p.m. at Wilton Family Y; Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Y; Monday, Oct. 22, 6 to 8 p.m. at Wilton Library; and Wednesday, Oct. 24, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the library. Dancers should register on the library’s website for the Oct. 27 date. The choice of which rehearsals to attend is up to each individual dancer. A $5 fee will be collected at the first rehearsal attended; the fee is to help offset costs. A short reception of healthy snacks will be served after the dance. The final rehearsal kicks off at 1:30 on Oct. 27. The dance gets underway at 2 p.m. sharp. If the weather holds out, the dance will be performed outside on the library’s portico while the Wilton Chamber of Commerce Halloween parade passes by, otherwise the dancers will perform inside in the Brubeck Room. Dancers and watchers are encouraged to come in their best zombie costumes and makeup.
Author Julie Otsuka comes to the library on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. to discuss her novel, The Buddha in the Attic, this fall’s Wilton Reads selection. The novel weaves a spellbinding tale of what it was like for Japanese “picture brides” to come to this country at the turn of the last century, and what turns their lives took while trying to assimilate into the culture and traditions of a foreign land. Ms. Otsuka will be honored with a Grodin Family Fine Writers Award during her visit. People are encouraged to register for the event. Books will be available for purchase and signing, including the author’s When the Emperor Was Divine, courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration is strongly recommended. Please note that the library will close at 3 p.m. on Sunday in preparation for Wilton Reads.
Roxanne Faber Savage is this month’s artist in residence at Weir Farm who will be having her art exhibition and reception at the library on Monday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 7:30. A multidisciplinary artist, Ms. Savage uses printmaking as her primary art form. She earned her bachelor of fine arts degree from Pratt Institute and a master of science in education degree from Queens College. The program is co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. There is no charge. Registration is suggested.
Safety on the World Wide Web
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force and the Wilton Teen PeaceWorks team up with the Wilton Library to sponsor an Internet Safety Seminar on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Although a discussion of Internet safety brings to mind keeping children safe, it is a topic that is relevant to all Internet users, including seniors. The speakers on the panel are: Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo; Rich Ross, School Resource Officer, Wilton Police Department; Matt Hepfer, director, Wilton Technology Department; and Sergeant Matt Brodacki, Weston Police Department. The program is co-sponsored by the Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force, Wilton Teen PeaceWorks and Wilton Library. Registration is suggested.
An alternative history explored
Best-selling author Stephen Carter, known for The Emperor of Ocean Park and New England White, comes to the library on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 7 to 8:30 to discuss his latest novel, The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln. His latest work examines an alternative history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865 — only to be charged with overstepping his Constitutional authority during the Civil War, and faced with impeachment. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books of New Canaan. Registration is strongly recommended.
Note: The library will close at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21 for the Wilton Reads event. To register for these and other programs at the library, visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult and teen events or ext. 217 for children’s activities.