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Health and wellness programs

The Stamford Hospital mobile wellness program comes to the library for mammography screenings on Friday, Sept. 6, from 9 to 3 in the front parking lot. Services offered include baseline mammograms for women ages 35 to 39 and annual mammograms for women ages 40 and over. The hospital’s mobile services are fully digital, fast, convenient and private. For women with busy September schedules, this is the easiest way to accomplish an important health check. Insurance is accepted. Women may call 203-276-5990 and choose Option 1 to schedule appointments. The Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group meets on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Breast Cancer Survival Center, a nonprofit organization, holds group meetings once a month at the library. The group helps people once treatment ends (surgery, radiation and/or chemo) beyond what family and friends can give. To learn more about the BCSC, visit or call Nina Marino, LCSW, clinical director of BCSC at 203-857-7404 with any questions. Registration is highly encouraged.

Book sale for children

and teens

The Tots to Teens Book Sale fund-raiser takes place next weekend, Friday through Sunday as follows: Friday, Sept. 6, noon to 6; Saturday, 10 to 5 and Sunday, 1 to 5. The fund-raiser features books for children of all ages — from board books and picture books to young adult novels, including fantasy and science fiction — all gently used or like new. Also available are books on tape and CD, DVDs, and music CDs. All items are bargain priced; on Sunday items are half price. All proceeds will benefit the library.

Photography exhibition

for September

Five local area photographers bring their best works to the library for 5 Photographers 5 Styles, opening on Friday, Sept. 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Paul Wear and Dennis Hyde of Norwalk and Vince Balzano, Rick Locke and Zita Mercurio of Wilton feature their diverse styles and perspectives, using the same medium and similar equipment to dramatic effect. Paul Wear’s images go through a metamorphosis that evolves over time in the “digital darkroom;” Rick Locke’s photographs feature vivid colors, striking patterns and textures and unique images resulting from reflections off water or glass or by simply aiming his lens up or down; Dennis Hyde likes to capture moments of humanity or glimpses of the natural world untouched by man; Zita Mercurio sees in nature the elegance and simplicity of repeated patterns capturing the beauty and artistry of the world around her; and Vince Balzano’s images are cropped to achieve balance or to provide a unique perspective. A majority of the works 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 Sept. 27.

Children’s programs begin

The Guitar Guy comes to the library on Friday, Sept. 6, from 11 to 11:30 for children ages 2 to 6 and their caregivers. Robert the Guitar guy brings music and movement to the kids, giving them an appreciation for music at a very young age. Registration is recommended. The program is sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund. Drop-in Fall Story Times begin on Tuesday, Sept. 10 through Wednesday, Nov. 13 for babies under 12 months through five-year olds on various days and times depending on age group: Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes with Caregivers, Tuesday, 10:15-10:45; Look, Listen and Learn for three- and four-year olds with Caregivers, Tuesdays, 11-11:30 ; Literary Littles, for four- and five-years olds, Tuesdays, 2:15-3; Books for Babies, babies under 12 months and caregivers, Wednesdays, 10:15-10:45; Wonderful Ones and Twos with Caregivers, Wednesdays, 11-11:30. There is no registration and no fee. A special story times will begin on Thursday, Sept. 12 through Nov. 14 from 10:15 to 10:45 and 11 to 11:30 for children ages six months to 2 years with caregivers.  Mother Goose on the Loose is a themed story time with a research-based curriculum intended to help infants and toddlers develop early literary skills in an active and fun environment. A lottery system will be used for registration. Lottery forms are available for Mother Goose on the Loose at the Children’s Library desk and must be returned by Aug. 31. Parents will be notified by email if they receive a spot.

Meditation class returns

Andy Lee returns to the library for another Mindfulness Meditation Class, on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. In this session, Andy will introduce participants to simple and effective mindfulness practices, including meditation that will help cultivate awareness in one’s daily life. Andy will also review some of the many recent research findings about the effects of mindfulness meditation on the focus, memory, emotions, and the brain itself. Andy has studied and practiced mindfulness meditation for over 12 years and has been trained to teach mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. There is no charge. Registration is highly recommended.

The library is closed Monday, Sept. 2 for Labor Day. To register for any program, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult, ext. 243 for teen and ext. 217 for children’s activities.