Shiny trucks at the library

Children of all ages will be able to see Wilton’s emergency services vehicles up close and personal on Helping Hands Day!, Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 to 4. With all-day programming made possible through a partnership with the police department, fire department and Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the vehicles and representatives will be at the library as follows: Ambulance: 10 to noon; When Do We Call 911? presentation: 11; police car: noon to 2; Officer Friendly visits: 1 p.m.; fire truck: 2 to 4; fire safety for kids: 2:30. This is a fun way for children to learn about the important emergency caregivers in the community. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras.

Riveting documentary

Capture the Friedmans is this month’s New Perspectives Film Series selection that will be screened on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. This captivating documentary explores the family life of the Friedmans, a normal middle-class family from Long Island in the 1980s, whose lives were upended with shocking accusations of countless crimes committed by the father Arnold and the youngest son Jesse. Some of the supporting footage was taken by the Friedman family in their own home movies. The police and community react to the charges, but their investigations unearth questions about culpability. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 2003. Suggested donation is $5 per person. Refreshments will be served. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration is highly recommended.

Collaborative series begins

The sixth scholarly series presented by the Wilton Historical Society and Wilton Library gets underway on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2, at the library. A Star Spangled Nation: The War of 1812 is a four-part series that begins with Professor Matthew Warshauer returning to the area to present “Causes and Impact of the War.” His talk will set the stage for the bicentennial anniversary with an overview including politics pre- and post-war, its overall impact and the part Andrew Jackson played that brought him into the national arena. A professor of history at Central Connecticut State University, Mr. Warshauer recently authored Andrew Jackson in Context (2011), part of a series on American Presidents published by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. The remaining three lectures in the series are as follows, all beginning at 4 p.m. and alternating between the historical society and the library: Nov. 4 at the Wilton Historical Society, Native Americans in the War with David Koch; Jan. 27 at Wilton Library, The War Connecticut Hated with Walter Woodward; Feb. 24 at the Wilton Historical Society, Naval Power and the Lasting Effects of the War with Glenn Gordinier. A reception follows each of the lectures. There is no charge, but donations are always accepted. The series is sponsored by The Wilton Bank. Dr. Warshauer’s lecture is sponsored by Leland Wilson of Wilson Properties, LLC. The moderator is Steve Hudspeth. The remaining sponsors are Robert and Anne Cuddy, Bill and Kathleen Brennan and Bill and Sally Gemmill, respectively. Louise Herot and Greg Chann are the hosts of the series, and Max Gabrielson will be sharing the moderating duties with Mr. Hudspeth. Attendees may register for all four sessions on the library’s website.

Reel Mondays

The League of Women Voters and the library partner for the quarterly film series, Reel Mondays on Oct. 15, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. with a screening of Gasland. The film is a revealing expose of what happens to towns that embark on “fracking” to gain access to natural gas. A discussion will be led by Becky Bunnell, co-founder of Wilton Go Green. Refreshments will served. There is no charge; registration is recommended.

Social media for business

Joel Burger explores a real case study in SEO and Social Media — A Love Affair for the Business Smarts Series on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 8 to 10 a.m. This breakfast series is sponsored by the library, Fairfield County SCORE and Wilton Chamber of Commerce. The fee is $10 per person payable at the door by cash or check. The speaker’s details may be found on the library’s website. Advance registration is suggested. Breakfast begins at 7:30 with the talk starting promptly at 8.

Reminder: Thrill the World is coming Oct. 27. Information is now on the library’s website. To register for programs, visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult and teen programs and ext. 217 for children’s activities.