Wilton Library Lines: Zen creativity, readers convene, music in person

Amy Lilien-Harper, who is the Wilton Library’s certified zentangle instructor, shows a class at the library, in a recent year, how to create artwork in the Zentangle form of art, in a previous year. One of the upcoming happenings with the library, is a “Zentangle Art Workshop: Zooming with Amy,” on Tuesday, Aug. 31, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Amy Lilien-Harper, who is the Wilton Library’s certified zentangle instructor, shows a class at the library, in a recent year, how to create artwork in the Zentangle form of art, in a previous year. One of the upcoming happenings with the library, is a “Zentangle Art Workshop: Zooming with Amy,” on Tuesday, Aug. 31, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

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Poetry talk

The last poetry session of the summer takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 31, when “Poetry Discussion with Janet Krauss” is held from 10:30 a.m. until noon. In this session, Krauss examines a few selections of poems by Stanley Kunitz. Kunitz was twice named Poet Laureate of the United States, in 1974 and again in 2000. Earlier in his career, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Selected Poems, 1928-1958. Janet Krauss, who has two books of poetry published, “Borrowed Scenery,” Yuganta Press, and “Through the Trees of Autumn,” Spartina Press, has retired from teaching English at Fairfield University. Aee the library’s registration link for more details. There is no charge for the program. Advance registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link and the poetry packet. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org.

Zen creativity

Amy Lillien-Harper, who is the Wilton Library’s certified Zentangle instructor, is teaching all people from beginners to more seasoned artists in a “Zentangle Art Workshop: Zooming with Amy,” on Tuesday, Aug. 31, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The workshop is also a fun and relaxing live, and online Zentangle art session that shows participants how to create patterns of the art form. The program is for teens, ages 13 through adults. The library’s registration link has suggestions of supplies needed. The website carries tutorials for people to see how easy, and relaxing the art form is. Registration is required. Space is limited. An email link will be provided to all registrants prior to the session. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register.

Readers convene

The Wilton Library Readers book group begins its fall season on Wednesday, Sept. 8, from noon until 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar leads the group in a discussion of the book that is titled “Hamnet” by Author Maggie O’Farrell. An email link from the library’s Head of Circulation Karen Zeibak at, kzeibak@wiltonlibrary.org, will be provided to all registrants a few days before the meeting. The book group meets the second Wednesday of each month through June. The first three selections are listed on the library’s website under Books/Book Programs/Wilton Library Readers. Attendees are invited to munch on their lunches while the book is discussed. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register.

Children enjoy music in person

The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra has been introducing children to musical instruments for years through its “(Not) Just for Kids” programs. On Saturday, Sept. 11, from 3 to 4 p.m., the series begins again with a lively, fun and interactive program that is designed to be educational as well as entertaining. Members of the orchestra demonstrate their instruments, play for the children, and answer questions in an hour-long presentation. Throughout the season, presentations are made for all instrument families: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. This is an in-person program in the Brubeck Room for children ages four years and up and their caregivers. Registration is required and masks must be worn by all. There will be limited capacity this year for social distancing. Questions may be sent to aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Registrants should make sure that all members of their parties are registered.

Teen college programming in September

Fall is when kids and their parents started getting a bit ramped up for college admission, whether they are in the throes of selections, just entering high school, or even part of middle school. The Wilton Library has two upcoming college programs on Zoom that may calm some nerves by providing helpful, and timely information. The first Zoom program, “Is the ACT or SAT Best for Me?” is on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 5 to 6 p.m. Test prep advisor, and college counselor, Priyanka Shingala of the school preparation company, Let’s Talk College, will discuss the purpose, and the differences between the two exams. Shingala will cover each exam, what are good scores, optional essays and more. The program is relevant to current students, who are sophomore, and junior students, and their parents; however, any person, who is interested is welcome to join. Shingala then returns for the Zoom program, “The College Timeline: What To Do When,” on Thursday, Sept. 23, from 5 to 6 p.m. Shingala gives advice in the workshop about important items, and a timeline for students, who are in the ninth grade through the 12th grade years. Attendees will learn about touring colleges, AP, (Advanced Placement), exams, and SATs ,(Scholastic Aptitude Test), vs ACTs, (American College Testing). The program is designed for eighth grade through high school students, and their parents. Registration is required for both programs in order to receive the Zoom invitation links. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register for the programs.

Popular book sale fundraiser returns

The library’s “Awesome Autumn Book Sale Fundraiser” returns on Saturday, Sept. 25 through Tuesday, Sept. 28 after a year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. This popular book sale gives eager shoppers an advantage with a $10 Early Buyers Admission on Saturday, from 9 to 10 a.m. The book sale then continues on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission for the remainder of the days of the sale. The sale then continues on Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m., and on Monday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with all items half price. The sale then concludes on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with $5 per bag pricing. All people are covered in the fundraiser, from tots to teens, in the Brubeck Room of the library with selections from board books, and picture books to young adult novel books. There will also be a full Book Cellar featuring a large assortment of items, and including: Bestsellers, fiction and nonfiction, and categories such as art, history, cookbooks, gardening, travel, biographies and more. Items at the sale are gently used, new, collectible, rare books and books on CDs, (Compact Discs). Media includes: DVDs, (Digital Video Discs), CDs and vinyl. All proceeds from the book sale benefit the library.

Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org for information, and to register for any of the library’s virtual programming, for information about the library’s Digital Library or any of the library’s databases. For those Wilton residents needing a library card to access the Digital Library, call the library’s 203-762-6334. If anyone has questions about accessing or using the Digital Library, please email reference@wiltonlibrary.org.