Two local artists provide their take on the “natural order” of things with an opening art reception on Friday, June 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Photographer Garvin Burke, of Greenwich, and artist Louise Flax, of Norwalk, use two entirely different medias to highlight what they see in nature. Mr. Burke uses black and white, or color photography to represent his images; Ms. Flax uses colored pencil on cut paper for hers. Both artists extract meaning and order from the natural world. A majority of the pieces 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 June 28.
A cartoonist speaks
Matt Davies, a Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist, comes to the library this weekend for two programs, one for the Children’s Library and one for the annual meeting. On Saturday, June 8, from 11 to noon, Matt will read from his new book, Ben Rides On, for kids of all ages in the program Meet Matt Davies. On Sunday, he will address the 118th Annual Meeting of the Friends of Wilton Library Association, following the general meeting which begins at 4 p.m. The meeting will include the election of officers and trustees, a celebration of those who are retiring from the board of trustees, and the presentation of awards to the volunteer and the staff member of the year. Following the meeting, Mr. Davies will speak to the audience about the importance of libraries, his political cartooning career and his new book. Books will be available for purchase and signing at both programs courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration is required for Saturday’s program and recommended for Sunday’s meeting.
Film about Broadway
One Night Only is being screened in the New Perspectives Film Series on Saturday, June 8, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The documentary captures the production of four musicals from scratch to finish in a 24-hour period. The creative talent of top Hollywood and Broadway writers, directors and producers includes Rachel Dratch, Cheyenne Jackson, Richard Kind, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Director Elisabeth Sperling will join Wilton’s Megan Smith-Harris in a Q&A session following the film. The suggested donation is $5 per person. Refreshments will be served. Registration is highly recommended. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by Ms. Smith-Harris.
The Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group gets together this Tuesday, June 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. The group has been meeting at the library for its monthly gatherings. The group will convene again in September. For information, visit breastcancersurvival.org or call Nina Marino at 203-857-7304. Registration is encouraged.
The Wilton Library Readers meet on Wednesday, June 12, from noon to 1:30 for a discussion of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain. Professional book group leader Susan Boyar will facilitate the discussion. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches; the library will provide beverages. Registration is suggested. The next session will be in September. A complete listing of this fall’s titles and dates will be posted on the library’s website during the summer.
Korean lantern craft
Members of The Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project will help attendees in the Lotus Flower Lantern Craft Workshop on Wednesday, June 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will choose the color of their lotus flower craft which will be made from vivid papers and wire frames. A short documentary film will be shown as an introduction to the aesthetics of Korea, and Korean refreshments will be served. The Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project (KSCPP) is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to raising awareness of Korean history and culture. There is no charge. Registration is required to allow for the purchasing of supplies.
The seamy side of buy/sell
Author Turney Duff visits the library on Thursday, June 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to talk about his new novel, The Buy Side: A Wall Street Trader’s Tale of Spectacular Excess. As a former trader, Mr. Duff’s true account is a high-adrenaline journey into a culture where drugs, sex, and millions in trading commissions are never enough. Mr. Duff began working on Wall Street in 1994, and his career included stints at Morgan Stanley, and J.L. Berkowitz. See registration link for more details. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration is encouraged.
Flag Day Celebration
The James B. Whipple American Legion Post 86 of Wilton is providing a flag, a program and an educational look at how to handle and respect the American flag on Flag Day, Friday, June 14, from 4 to 5 p.m. The Post will be donating a flag for use in the library’s Brubeck Room. The program is for children in grades 1 through 5 and adults. Registration is required.
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 kid’s activities.