“…that our flag was still there”

Friday, June 14 is officially Flag Day, commemorating the adoption of the flag of the United States which happened in 1777.  To celebrate the day, the library has partnered with the James B. Whipple American Legion Post 86 for a memorable program, from 4 to 5 p.m.  Wilton Post 86 will donate an American flag for the Brubeck Room.  Representatives will host a brief dedication ceremony, followed by an interactive program of flag etiquette.  Children in grades 1 through 5 and adults will learn about the history of the flag, how to respect the flag from display to folding to disposal; some hands-on flag folding lessons will take place, and small flags will be available to take home.  There is no fee; registration is recommended.

Kids’ crafts for dads

With Father’s Day this weekend, kids can stop by the library on Saturday, June 15, from 10 to 5 to create a Father’s Day craft for their special dads. There is no fee, nor registration — just fun and creativity. The program is sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

Original jazz night

The Amina Figarova Sextet headlines the Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert this Saturday night, June 15, from 7:30 to 9:30. Ms. Figarova, an accomplished pianist, composer, arranger, and band leader has shepherded this group for close to 18 years, with an eclectic, all-original repertoire built from her international jazz experiences.  With Ms. Figarova born and raised in Azerbaijan, married to Bart Platteau from Belgium, the group has forged relationships with musicians from the U.S. and Europe. Members joining Ms. Figarova on Saturday are Mr. Platteau on flute, Jason Brown on drums, Josh Evans on trumpet, Marc Mommaas on tenor sax and Joe Sanders on bass. CDs will be available for purchase during the informal reception that follows the concert. The Hot & Cool concerts are made possible by the William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer and Chris and Tish Brubeck. Registration is highly recommended. Pre-registered attendees should arrive by 7:20; wait-listed and walk-ins will be accommodated after 7:20 if space is available. A $10 per person donation is suggested.

Weir Farm artist reception/exhibition

Kathy Liao brings her month-long Weir Farm artist-in-residency program to a close with an art exhibition and reception on Monday, June 17, from 6 to 7:30 at the library. Ms. Liao’s creativity is fueled by a sense of play and an excitement for the unique visual language of paint. Her work is developed through an exploration of lines, shapes, and color through the visceral act of painting, scraping and collaging materials. Having spent her childhood in Taiwan, she is strongly influenced by her dual Chinese and Japanese heritage. Coming to America, she found her deeply held beliefs being constantly re-evaluated, challenged, and sometimes compromised. Her work is a medium for her to revisit and gain new understanding from her immigration experience. The program is sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by the library. There is no charge. Registration is suggested.

Book lovers chat

The Tuesday Book Buzz gets together this month on June 18, from 11 to noon. With the help of reference librarians Melissa Baker and Lauren McLaughlin, participants talk about their most recent favorite reads or learn from others what to put on their lists.  The group hears firsthand about upcoming author talks or new books being released and when available, have access to pre-publication books. Registration is suggested. The group will have the summer off and reconvene this fall.

Money talks for small business

Fairfield County SCORE, the Wilton Chamber of Commerce and the library present Lending Options for Small Business on Tuesday, June 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library.   “The Process of Securing a Loan: What Should You Do? What Should You Expect?” is the topic of the talk, with participants learning about lending criteria of banks; loan application information; lending agencies in Connecticut; and strategies in seeking loans.  The evening’s speakers are John Harmon, managing director of Adulant Consulting Services; Bob Polito, senior vice president, Webster Bank; and Buck Harris, vice president of development, Connecticut Community Investment Corporation (CTCIC). Check-in begins at 5:30, with the program beginning promptly at 6. Advance registration is recommended at scorenorwalk.org and click on “Workshops” or call 203-831-0065.  Registration is $10 per person payable at the door.

Women unite

Women are learning they don’t have to be perfect moms every day. The inspiration behind that thought is Glennon Doyle Melton, creator of Momastery.com, the online community in which she wrote an essay entitled, “Don’t Carpe Diem,” about resisting pressure for the perceived need to enjoy every moment of parenthood. She will continue her thoughts when she discusses her new book, Carry On, Warrior, at the library on Tuesday, June 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Books will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration is strongly suggested; there is no fee for the program.

To register for these or any programs at the library, visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on “Events” or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for teen and adult programs, and ext. 217 for children’s activities. Reminder: The library will be closed Sundays beginning June 23 through Sept. 1.