American fiction series continues

Yale College Dean of Academic Affairs Mark Schenker continues his exploration of American fiction in three geographic and cultural areas on Saturday, Sept. 29 in Visions and Versions of America: Three Views from Fiction, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. This session examines the Deep South with a discussion of William Faulkner’s Absalom! Absalom! (1936). The last session is Oct. 6 with a look at the West through Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian (1985). The series consists of an hour’s talk, followed by Q & A. The lecture series has been generously sponsored by an anonymous donor. Registration is highly recommended.

Keeping a TAB on teens

Wilton Library’s Teen Services is looking for teens who would like to share their opinions and help shape some programming for other teens in the area. The Teen Advisory Board (TAB), comprised of students in grades six through 12, will meet on Monday, Oct. 1, from 4 to 5 p.m. in its inaugural session. The group’s charter will be to help select materials for the teen collection and plan teen events. Applications for TAB may be found online or by emailing Marissa Antosh at mantosh@wiltonlibrary.org. Registration is recommended.

Teen speak — a foreign language

Barbara Greenberg, Ph.D. returns to Wilton to talk with parents on Connecting with Your Kids: Learning the Language of Teens, Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Having been so well received in her first trip to Wilton last December, Dr. Greenberg visits again to further discuss the challenges of speaking with teens. In Part II of this presentation, she will give parents practical strategies and ways to talk with teens in their own language. Dr. Greenberg is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of teens and their families. She is the co-author of Teenage as A Second Language — A Parent’s Guide to Becoming Bilingual. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation. This program is co-sponsored by Wilton Youth Council and Parent Connection, Wilton Library and United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. There is no charge; donations are always welcome. Registration is recommended.

Wilton Reads underway

The first discussion group for the community-wide Wilton Reads gets together on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Susan Boyar, a professional book group leader who hosts the Wilton Library Readers group each month, will facilitate the talk about Julie Otsuka’s latest work, The Buddha in the Attic. Ms. Otsuka’s novel about identity and loyalty follows a generation of Japanese picture brides from the turn of the last century and their desires and travails they experience fitting into American culture. Joanna Ecke conducts a daytime conversation on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 10:30 to noon. The author visits the library in the culminating program on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. Registration is highly recommended for all the programming. Free books were given away thanks to the generosity of the Grodin Family Fine Writers Fund. The honor of the Grodin Fine Writers Award will be bestowed on Ms. Otsuka during her visit.

Poetry series begins

Joanna Ecke will be doing double duty at the library this month with the start of her four-part Fall 2012 Poetry Series Thursdays in October from 10:30 to noon. The four consecutive Thursdays are Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25. Dr. Ecke will be exploring various poets and their writing techniques. Poetry packets are now available at the front desk for the seminar. There is no charge. Advanced registration is required.

Essay tips for teens

Gary Santaniello, a professional writer and adjunct college professor presents Make Your College Essay Stand Out! on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. He will demonstrate good strategies and tips for delivering high-impact essays including mining personal histories and extracurricular activities to their fullest extent. Registration is suggested. Parents are invited to join their teens. The program is sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

A compelling story through pictures

Conservation photographer Alison Jones visits Wilton Library on Thursday, Oct. 4 in the program No Water No Life, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. An African proverb underscores Ms. Jones’ talk, “You think of water only when the well is dry.” In her life’s work, she has documented ecosystems and their management for more than 20 years in Africa and the Americas. Having photographed so many dried up rivers and the erosion of ecosystems, she founded No Water No Life in 2006 to raise public awareness of freshwater issues by combining the powers of photography and science. Wiltonian and international photographer Daryl Hawk will interview Ms. Jones on stage at the library where she will share her knowledge of North American and African watersheds and freshwater resources, highlighting her talk with still photos and videos from these areas. Speaker information is available on the library’s website. The program is co-sponsored by the Norwalk River Watershed Association and the library. Registration is highly recommended.

To register for these or any other programs, visit www.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.