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Poetry session begins

Judson Scruton leads an autumn poetry seminar, In the Shadows of Poems, for four consecutive Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, and 24, from 10:30 to noon, a departure from the usual Thursday seminar days. The four-part series offers a close reading of five pairs of poems in the context of William Logan’s new book, Dickinson’s Nerves, Frost’s Woods, Poetry in the Shadow of the Past. Please see the library’s registration link for the selection of poems for each date. Poetry packets are at the circulation desk; in addition, the library will have copies of Logan’s book available for use in the library. There is no charge for the program. Advance registration is required.

Ladies’ party sold out

The Books, Bubbles and Bling Ladies’ Soiree fund-raiser is sold out with a big “thank you” going out to all those who scooped up tickets in record time. There is a link on the library’s website for those who are unable to attend but would like to make donations. The library will close at 6 in preparation for the event.

Help is on the way!

Through the generosity of their time and talent, members of Girl Scout Troop 51010 are offering their assistance to people who need tech help. Scouting for Tech Help is on two Saturdays this month, Oct. 6 and 20, from 10 to noon. People may drop in to get any of their technology questions answered by these tech-savvy scouts, whether it’s assistance on email, the library’s databases, Googling stuff and more. People are reminded to bring their library cards and passwords, along with their laptops or mobile devices. For information, call the reference desk at 203-762-6350.

Challenge grant now on

The library has launched a new “25 for 25” challenge grant campaign to raise a short-term goal of $25,000 by Oct. 25. The campaign is a response to the request by town officials for the library to raise the money; when the funds are collected the town will release an additional $25,000 to make up the shortfall in the library’s fiscal year budget 2018-2019.  The money is crucial to the library’s operations and in providing what the community expects. To donate to the cause, people may visit the library’s website, and click on the 25 for 25 icon on the homepage. The library is asking for donations of $25 or more from people who enjoy spending time in the reading room, taking their children to storytimes, making things in the Innovation Station, strolling through the art exhibitions, patiently working on puzzles and so much more. For information, contact Robin Axness, development director, at or 203-762-6323.

Last chances to fly away

The drawing for two JetBlue tickets takes place tomorrow, Sept. 28 at 3. There is still time to purchase a chance for $20 or three chances for $50. The vouchers are good for travel between Oct. 10, 2018 and Oct. 10, 2019; blackout dates will apply. To enter the drawing, visit the library’s website at or stop by the circulation desk.

To register for programs, visit 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.