Kids in grades 2 and up are invited to try their hands at fencing on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 2 to 3, when members of the Candlewood Fencing Center put on an exhibition and learning workshop. Children will learn about the ancient and noble sport and see a short fencing competition between two national level athletes. The kids will learn the rules, help referee the bout and then break into groups to learn the basics of footwork. Registration is required. En garde!
Concert series begins 70th season
Wilton Candlelight Concerts opens its 70th anniversary season with the Juilliard String Quartet on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 4 to 5:30, in a program of works by Haydn, Dvořák, and Bartók. The Strad noted their “exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement, and taut ensemble.” The concert series is held at Wilton Congregational Church at 70 Ridgefield Road. Wilton Candlelight Concerts and Wilton Library have enjoyed a longstanding relationship in which both organizations have benefitted. A portion of the proceeds from the series benefits the library. For ticket information or additional concerts in the series, call 203-762-3401 or wiltoncandlelightconcerts.org.
Book group meets
The Wilton Library Readers book group gets together on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from noon to 1:30, to discuss After Rain by William Trevor. The group is led by professional book group facilitator Susan Boyar. The group meets once a month through June, except in December. Participants are invited to bring lunch; the library provides beverages. Additional information on future dates and titles may be found on the library’s website. Registration is recommended.
World at war
Master storyteller and historian H. W. Brands visits the library to discuss The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. His book is the riveting story of how President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur squared off to decide America's future in the aftermath of World War II. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. The General and the President vividly evokes the making of a new American era. H. W. Brands holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin. A New York Times bestselling author, his books include Traitor to His Class, Andrew Jackson, The Age of Gold, The First American, and TR. Traitor to His Class and The First American were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. A Q&A will follow the talk. See library’s registration link for more details. There is no charge. Book signing and purchase will be available courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan. Registration is highly recommended.
Judson Scruton leads Islands in the Autumn Sun, a four-part series exploring the poetry of islands beginning Thursday, Oct. 12 from 10:30 to noon. The series continues on Oct. 19, 26 and Nov. 9 (no session Nov. 2). In keeping with Wilton Library’s focus on Cuba this fall with its Wilton Reads program, the poetry seminar will focus on islands, both literal and metaphoric. Poetry packets now are available at the front desk. See registration link for poetry and speaker details. Registration is required.
SCORE of Fairfield County, Wilton Library, and the Wilton Chamber of Commerce present Time Management: Client Handling and Management, on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. In this fast-paced, entertaining program, small-business owners will learn the secrets of successful client management. Speaker Cliff Ennico is an attorney, author, syndicated columnist, speaker, television personality and humorist who has helped more than 15,000 small businesses get off the ground over the past 37 years. Visit fairfieldcounty.score.org or call SCORE at 203-831-0065 with any questions and to register. Check-in begins at 5:30. Registration is required. There is no charge.
Calling all makers
Wilton Library's annual Innovation Day on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 5, will showcase the work of all kinds and ages of makers — anyone who is embracing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art or Math) or the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) movement. The library is looking for people who can demonstrate the process of making things or have interactive exhibits. There will be no selling of merchandise or services, but exhibitors are free to distribute information or accept orders for their products or services. Applications may be submitted now through Oct. 13. The application is online at www.wiltonlibrary.org.
The library closes at 6 p.m. Oct. 5, in preparation for the Ladies’ Soirée. The library will be closed on Monday, Oct. 9, for Columbus Day. 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.