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A visit from Hoda

Today Show host Hoda Kotb comes to the library on Friday, Jan. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss her latest book, Ten Years Later. The book looks at six people whose lives were turned upside down by difficult circumstances and revisits how they are doing 10 years after their life-altering experiences. Ms.Kotb’s talk focuses on perseverance and reaching one’s highest potential. Registration is required. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Doors will open at 6:30 for book sales.

Soul-stirring film

Thunder Soul, the New Perspectives Film Series selection, will be screened on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The stirring documentary follows Houston’s Kashmere High School Stage Band alumni, returning to their beloved “Prof” after 35 years. This moving concert tribute acknowledges the role that their now 92-year-old band leader played in their lives in the early 1970s, breaking the color barrier and transforming the school’s struggling jazz band into a world-class ensemble. Megan Smith-Harris programs and moderates the film series. Registration is highly recommended. A donation of $5 per person is suggested.

Senior book group

The Senior Center Book Discussion meets this month on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 11 to noon. William Ziegler leads the discussion of Louis Auchincloss’s The Rector of Justin, considered by many to be the greatest achievement of the author. Books are available at the library in the Book Club section. Call the Senior Center for details and to register at 203-834-6240. The Senior Center is at Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road in Wilton.

Jazz night

The next Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert is Saturday, Jan. 26, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. with jazz veterans Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar, John Cutrone on drums and Jerry Bruno on bass. An informal reception follows the concert with CDs available for purchase and signing. The suggested donation for the concert is $10 per person. The Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concerts are made possible by the William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer and Tish and Chris Brubeck. Advance registration is strongly recommended. Pre-registered attendees should arrive by 7:20 p.m. Wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 7:20 p.m. if space is available.

Scholarly series continues

“The War Connecticut Hated” is the topic of discussion for A Star-Spangled Nation: The War of 1812 on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 4 to 5:30 at the library. The collaborative scholarly series with the Wilton Historical Society and the library welcomes speaker Walter Woodward, who will be discussing the political impact of the war, especially on Connecticut. Woodward is a state historian of Connecticut, associate professor of history at the University of Connecticut, and author of Prospero’s America: John Winthrop Jr., Alchemy, and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606-1676 (2010) and of the recent article “The War Connecticut Hated,” published in Connecticut Explored. Sunday’s program is sponsored by Bill and Kathleen Brennan and moderated by Max Gabrielson. The series is sponsored by The Wilton Bank. There is no charge for the program; donations are always accepted. A reception follows the talk. The remaining lecture in the series is Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Wilton Historical Society with Glenn Gordinier discussing “Naval Power and the Lasting Effects of the War.”

ESL classes begin

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes will be held at the library on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. from Jan. 28 through April 24. The classes are given by Westport Continuing Education. Testing and registration is required. For more information, contact Westport Continuing Education at 203-341-1209 or and click on Adult Basic Education.

Energy project film screening

Wilton Go Green and the library are partnering for a screening of the environmental documentary Switch, to be shown on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 7 to 9 p.m. in a continuation of the Green Speaker Series. The film covers the sweeping transition from coal and oil to the energies of tomorrow — fossil, nuclear and renewable. In the film, Dr. Scott Tinker takes viewers on a journey through the world’s leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, and asks all the right questions of the industry’s leading players. In the end, he lays out a path to our energy future that is both surprising and remarkably pragmatic. For more information about the Switch Energy Project, visit The discussion after the film will be moderated by Becky Bunnell, co-founder of Wilton Go Green.  Registration is recommended.

Reminder: Wilton Candlelight Concerts at Wilton Congregational Church, Sunday, Jan. 20, at 4 p.m. Children’s program this week: Minecraft Club, Story Times, Creation Station, The Lounge. To register for library programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213, for adult and teen programs, or ext. 217 for children’s programs.