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Mother’s Day treat

Mothers play such an important role in their daughters’ lives, and that point is brought home in Elizabeth Benedict’s latest release, What My Mother Gave Me. Ms. Benedict will visit the library on Friday, May 10, beginning at 7 p.m. to discuss her latest compilation. The subtitle of the book — Thirty-One Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most — give a hint of what the book is about: women looking at the relationships between mothers and daughters.  From Pulitzer Prize winners to NPR commentators and best-selling novelists, contributors bring stories of how mothers have been the touchstone of their daughters’lives. Elizabeth Benedict is a graduate of Barnard College and the author of five novels, including the National Book Award finalist Slow Dancing. Mothers and daughters are encouraged to come together for this special event with a reception after the book talk. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration is encouraged.

Crafting gifts for mom

Children can stop by the library on Saturday, May 11, between 10 and 5 for free Drop-in Mother’s Day Crafts. The kids will be able to make a simple craft for mom that they can take home. No reservations required. The program is made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

Notes from a symphony

The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra returns to the library on Saturday, May 11, from 3 to 4   for the second installment of a three-part program introducing children ages 3 through 10 and their families to musical instruments. Children will be able to experience hands-on participation with string instruments. Children will listen to music from a violin and cello, and will be able to play the guitar and cello. The last session is set for May 18 with percussion instruments. Registration is recommended.

Documentary highlights perseverance

This month’s New Perspectives Film Series choice, Undefeated, will be screened on Saturday, May 11, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin’s documentary is an intimate chronicle of three underprivileged student-athletes from inner-city Memphis and the volunteer coach trying to help them beat the odds on and off the football field. The New Perspectives Film Series is selected and moderated by Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A period follows the film. Registration is highly recommended. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person.

History revealed

Award-winning author Cathryn J. Prince returns to Wilton Library on Monday, May 13 at 6 p.m. to discuss her latest book, Death in the Baltic: The Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff.  The program is an Area Author Affair that honors local authors such as Ms. Prince, who is from Weston. In Death in the Baltic, Ms. Prince recounts the story of the 1945 torpedoing of the escaping ship based on recently reclassified documents and original interviews with survivors.  Ms. Prince is the author of Burn the Town and Sack the Banks: Confederates Attack Vermont!, Shot from the Sky: American POWs in Switzerland and A Professor, a President, and a Meteor. She also is an adjunct professor of journalism at Quinnipiac University and writes for local print and online magazines. See the library’s website for more information about the book and the author. There is no charge for the program and reception. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is encouraged.

Weir artist visits

Peter Liashkov is Weir Farm’s May artist in residence and he will be having an exhibition/reception at the library on Wednesday, May 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Continuing his exploration of American themes, Peter will fabricate a quilt out of 12-inch squares of tough synthetic fabric. Using a reprographic process, he will print on the squares a combination of landscape imagery borrowed from idealized 19th Century engravings of landmarks and vistas of Connecticut and his own photographs of urban and rural surroundings, taken at sites around Weir Farm. The quilt may include anonymous vintage portraiture from regional online archives combined with Peter’s own painted or photographic portraiture. The reception is co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. There is no charge. Registration is suggested.

Notes for this week: Children’s Story Times continue through May 22; Teen Advisory Board meets May 13. To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adults and teens or ext. 217 for children’s activities.