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Driver safety explained

The AARP Driver Safety Class for participants age 50 and over takes place on Saturday, April 20, from 10 to 2. The single-session, four-hour class covers the rules of the road and changing perspectives due to aging, agility and today’s hectic driving environment. There are no written or road tests. The fee is $12 for members and $14 for non-members, payable in cash or check at the door. The program is for Connecticut residents only.  Registration is required.

National library week wraps

National Library Week in which “Our Community Matters @ Wilton Library,” is drawing to a close but the library has one more highlight for Friday, April 19. Free Bag Friday gives people a chance to claim a Wilton Library logo shopping bag in two ways: either take out 10 or more items from the library, or “like” the library on Facebook. Free Bag Friday is a way in which the library can express its appreciation to its customers in a small way. Also on Friday, the Downton Abbey marathon wraps up and Friday Flicks will be featured for kids. For information, call 203-762-3950, ext. 213.

Joe Utterback is back

The Great American Songbook pianist and vocalist Joe Utterback returns by popular demand for a Stay at Home Wilton/Wilton Library concert on Sunday, April 21 at 4 p.m. The concert is filled, but waitlisted names are still being taken on the registration list. Pre-registrants should arrive by 3:50 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:50 p.m. if space is available. A Stay at Home Wilton reception follows the concert.

Documentary screened

A healthy look at mental illness is taking place at Wilton High School’s Little Theater when No Kidding, Me Too! is screened for the public on Tuesday, April 23 beginning at 6 p.m. The documentary was produced by Joey Pantoliano, a well-known television and movie personality who is part of the Wilton community. The film is an educational, provocative, hopeful and sometimes even humorous look at mental illness and recovery. A fair will be held in the WHS lobby before the screening. The program is sponsored by NKM2, Wilton Youth Services, Wilton Public Schools, Wilton Youth Council, Wilton Library, Wilton High School PTA, Wilton Family Y, Silver Hill Hospital, Trackside Teen Center, SPED*NET Wilton and Norwalk Hospital.  For more information, call Wilton Youth Services at 203 834-6241.

Reel Mondays film

The League of Women Voters and the library present this spring’s Reel Mondays documentary film, High Tech, Low Life, on Monday, April 22, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The film follows two Chinese citizens who travel the countryside documenting what they see in news and social issues that rarely get reported officially in China, skirting censorship and political persecution. Louise Herot will moderate the discussion following the film. There is no charge. Registration is recommended.

Where there’s a WILS there’s a way

This month’s demonstration-style Computer Class is on a subject near and dear to people’s hearts, because it is about the library’s catalog, WILS — Wilton Library’s Integrated Library System. The class will be taught by Mary Anne Franco, the head of Network Services, and Carolyn Benjamin, head of Technical Services for the library on Wednesday, April 24, from 12:30 to 2. The class is designed to help people get the most out of the way they use the catalog, including how to easily find materials, place hold/suspend holds, check one’s account, create alerts, create lists to be notified when new materials arrive and more. Registration is suggested for this informative class that can make one’s library experience even better than it already is.

Weather Achilles’ heel for author

A blizzard played a major role in Madeline Miller not being able to have her Author’s Talk at the library back in February; that should not be the case on Friday, April 26 when she will visit the library from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss her unique retelling of the Iliad and the legend of Achilles in The Song of Achilles. Ms. Miller, a Latin and Ancient Greek aficionado with two degrees from Brown University on the referenced subjects, also has a degree from Yale School of Drama, specializing in adapting classical tales to a modern audience. Her debut novel is the winner of the 2012 Orange Prize, a very prestigious award from the UK. She is in the company of Ann Patchett, Barbara Kingsolver, Téa Obreht and other recipients. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration is recommended.

Seniors book discussion

The Senior Center Book Discussion this month is The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa, which will be discussed on Tuesday, April 23, from 11 to noon. Miwako Ogasawara will lead the talk about the book, which The New York Times Book Review described as “deceptively elegant.” Call the senior center for details and to register at 203-834-6240. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month through May at Comstock Community Center.

Children’s programs this week include Minecraft Club on Saturday, Whodunit Book Club on Monday, and story times Monday through Wednesday. The annual book sale is next weekend, April 27-30. To register for programs or for information about the book sale, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult and teen programs and ext. 217 for children’s events.