Creative juices flow
Wilton Library is holding its third annual Innovation Day on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 5. This year’s event encourages people to discover, dabble and D-I-Y (do-it-yourself) with close to 40 areas of interest to discover throughout the library. All those who have an interest in making, creating and demoing things can try their hands at creating jewelry, aprons that light up, gift tags and button pins; venturing onto a Hovercraft and taking it for a spin; learning the basics of wine tasting from a knowledgeable and friendly local connoisseur; taking a virtual reality tour using HTC Vive with a real-life interactive feel. People can act like Hollywood stars and pose in front of a green screen; sport temporary Henna or spray tattoos; check out a telescope, watch 3D printing; learn the intricacies of electronics at the Take Apart table, bring in their personal devices to get tech help from savvy high schoolers, and so much more. The library’s award-winning robotics team will be on-hand, along with dogs from ROAR, the Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club (amateur radio operators were a big help in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico), and members of the organizations that created the Pollinator Pathway. Attendees are reminded to take part in the drawing for a Kindle Fire at the downloadables table. After all that activity, participants can step out front to one of the food trucks, chow down and head right back in for more fun. Admission is free. Certain activities will have a nominal fee to offset costs.
Wilton’s long history remembered
Thanks to Carol and Bob Russell, Wiltonians will be able to relive some of the town’s history and enjoy seeing and hearing from some of its people in the program, Wilton History Film Screening: Hear It From Those Who Lived Here, on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 3 to 5. A number of long-time residents, some with family histories going back to the 17th and 18 th centuries, were interviewed in this significant oral history project. The film, Recollections and Remembrances, was created for Wilton’s bicentennial year in 2002. The documentary is narrated by Maureen Canary and the late David Canary with music by Chris Brubeck and the late Dave Brubeck. The screening includes recognition of some of the still-living oral history participants from the 2002 project as well as remembrances of those who have passed. Free, registration is recommended.
Weir Farm artist exhibits
Liz Leggett, Weir Farm’s artist-in-residence for October, will be exhibiting her works at the library on Monday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 7:30. In her work at Weir Farm, she utilizes the landscape and natural world as a foundation for her artistic explorations. See the registration link for more details. The program is co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by the library. Free, registration is suggested.
The library’s Wilton Reads program gets underway this week with adult and children’s book discussions and a photography talk exploring the many facets of Cuba. The Wilton Reads book selection is Carlos Eire’s Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy, a memoir of his tumultuous life having been ripped from his homeland in the airlift out of Cuba and coming to America. Professional book group leader Susan Boyar discusses the book for evening and daytime audiences — on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from noon to 1:30. Also on Oct. 25, a children’s book discussion takes place from 5:30 to 6:30 with a look at 90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis. This is a coming-of-age story inspired by the author’s life. Kids in grades 5 through 7 are invited to participate in the discussion, activities and sampling of delicious Cuban sandwiches provided by Craft 14 specifically for this program. On Thursday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., explorer and international documentary photographer Daryl Hawk presents his wonderful images of Cuba in the program, Back into the Heart of Cuba. Registration is recommended for the adult program and required for the children’s program as space is limited. Visit the library’s website for the full complement of programs in advance of Carlos Eire’s visit on Nov. 8.
World musician performs
Paquito D'Rivera brings his enormous talent to Wilton Library’s Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The winner of 14 Grammy Awards in both jazz and classical categories, D’Rivera is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer and performer. This promises to be a fantastic evening of jazz with The Paquito D'Rivera Ensemble — Cesar Orozco on piano, Zach Brown on contrabass, Arturo Stable on percussion, and D’Rivera on clarinet and saxophone. An informal reception follows the concert. CDs and books authored by D’Rivera will be available for purchase. Suggested donation for the concert is $10. Advance registration is strongly suggested.
To register for programs, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call the Circulation Desk at 203-762-6334 for adult programs, the Children’s Library at 203-762-6336, Teen Services and Innovation Station at 203-762-6342.