Culture for littles

“Though she be but little, she is fierce!” Though it is short, it promises to be fun! Such is the performance of Shakespeare on the Sound Apprentice Tour in this season’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wednesday, May 30, from 4 to 4:30 on the Brubeck Room stage. This 30-minute version is created for a young audience, so children in kindergarten and up with their caregivers are invited to this fun romp. Registration is recommended. For this performance, registration is on the library’s website or by calling 203-762-6336. For more information about Shakespeare on the Sound, check

Doggone good story

Before that tragic day on Nov. 22, 1963, the Kennedy years were filled with hope and promise. As the White House gardener put it, they were also filled with children and dogs. Authors Margaret Reed and Joan Lownds visit the library on Wednesday, May 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with their engaging story, The Dogs of Camelot: Stories of the Kennedy Canines. The book illuminates the inside story of the Kennedys’ lifelong love of dogs and the unparalleled canine corps they brought to the White House. Reed and Lownds had access to rare and previously unpublished photos and stories that present a fascinating angle about the Kennedys that is deeply revealing about their character and compassion. A Q&A will follow the talk. Free, registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

How does a child’s garden grow?

Families are being invited to join the Children’s Garden Club and help create a summer’s worth of bountiful fruits and vegetables. The gardening crew meets every Friday, from now until Aug. 31, from 4 to 4:45. In June, the real fun begins with planting the garden in the raised beds. This is an exciting activity for the whole family. Those interested should contact the head of the Children’s Library, Andrea Szabo at , 203-762-6336. Spaces are limited.

Community of artists display their talents

Twelve artists representing the NEST Arts Factory will be exhibiting at Wilton Library with an opening reception on Friday, June 1, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The artists are Kristen Ambrosi of Fairfield; Patrice Barrett and Kristin Merrill of Easton; Bridgeport artists Carlos Davila, Jane Davila, and Meighan Morrison; Gwen Hendrix of Oxford; Phyllis Lee of Westport; Jill Morton of Wilton; Susan Taylor Murray of Monroe; and Denise Susalka and Janice Sweetwater of Redding. The NEST Arts Factory is a community of artists working in a wide variety of media in a reimagined factory building in Bridgeport. The artists work in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, graphics, mixed media, sculpture and framed jewelry. The subject matter incorporates a wide range of styles including portraits, still life, abstracts, botanicals, landscapes and more. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through June 28. A majority of the 70 works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The media sponsor for the exhibition is The Wilton Bulletin.

Friends meet and speaker speaks

Wilton Library Association’s 123 rd Annual Meeting takes place on Sunday, June 3, from 4:30 to 6. A brief business meeting will include the election of new trustees and officers, a celebration of those who are retiring from the Board of Trustees, and the presentation of awards for Wilton Library's outstanding volunteer and staff person of the year. The special guest speaker following the general meeting will be Alex Marquardt, senior national correspondent for CNN. An Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award winner, he has been a foreign correspondent reporting on the front lines of the wars and uprisings in the Middle East and was the first American broadcast correspondent in Cairo as the Egyptian Revolution exploded. He has covered stories from the 2008 presidential election, to the historic hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and the London Bridge attack. The public is invited to attend the meeting, hear the speaker and celebrate the library at the reception. Registration is encouraged. Those wishing to attend may register online or call 203-762-6321.

The library will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. 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.