Students’ creative juices flow on library walls
Wilton School District’s annual Fine and Performing Arts exhibition (FAPA) adorns the walls of Wilton Library opening Friday, May 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The artwork from students in kindergarten through 12th grade will be on display until May 23. During the reception, attendees will be able to hear live musical performances from the students in the Brubeck Room, and new this year will be live demonstrations with students working on their independent projects. There is no registration and the event is open to everyone. The Wilton Bulletin is the media sponsor of the event.
Fun Saturday for kids of all ages
This Saturday, May 5, the Children’s Library has two fun events for kids of all ages — a combination of comic books and Star Wars. The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day and for more than 10 years, Cave Comics has graciously donated comic books to the library for kids of all ages. Kids can come to the library any time between 10 and 5 while supplies last. Also on Saturday, The Force will be strong at Wilton Library when the famous Star Wars 501st Legion represents a Galaxy far, far away! Children are invited to come in costume from noon to 2 to join forces and to interact with characters from George Lucas’s universe. Parents and caregivers should make sure they bring their cameras. No registration; all Jedis-in-training are welcome.
Famous Dutch historian personally remembered
Laura Conley comes to the library on Saturday, May 5, from 3 to 4:30, to reminisce about her famous father, Dutch historian Johan Huizinga. He is generally considered to be one of the greatest historians of the 20th century. In the 1930s, he became famous as a cultural critic and fierce opponent of Nazi ideology. During that same time, he was a mentor to the Dutch Crown Princess, who later became Queen Juliana. He was taken hostage during WWII and spent several months in what was called Hitler’s Gentlemen’s Prison. Huizinga died in 1945 when Laura was 3 years old. After a 20-year career in a scholarly publishing company, Laura Conley is now a gallery guide in the Metropolitan Museum. Free, registration recommended.
Support group convenes
The Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group meets on Tuesday, May 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. The group, led by Nina Marino, LCSW, welcomes post-treatment breast cancer survivors. Nina was the clinical director for 15 years of the former Breast Cancer Survival Center and is a breast cancer survivor. Registration is recommended.
Bringing the community together
Civility in today’s world is taking a back seat to derision and strife. On Tuesday, May 8, the library is hosting Wilton Clergy/Wi-ACT/WLA Interfaith Lecture: Civility in an Age of Conflict, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This is an informative and interactive program that will explore questions of how to turn things around, even in this community. Following presentations by the two main speakers, four members of the Wilton Clergy Association will provide their own commentaries. A Q&A will follow. The speakers are Dr. Purnaka L. de Silva, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Strategic Studies and Democracy, a think tank covering forced migration and human trafficking as well as terrorist threats posed by extremist groups such as ISIS; and, Azza Karam, Ph.D., senior adviser on culture and social development at the U.N. Population Fund and coordinator/chair of the U.N. Inter-Agency Task Force on Engaging Faith-Based Organizations for Development. There is no charge but donations are always welcome. Registration is strongly suggested.
A book and a movie
Wilton Library Readers bring a special treat of reading and discussing the Daphne Du Maurier novel, Rebecca on Wednesday, May 9, from noon to 1:30, led by Susan Boyar. Then on Friday, May 11, from noon to 2:30, Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, Rebecca, will be shown. Participants are invited to bring lunch to both outings; the library will provide beverages. Registration is recommended.
Society journalism discussed
Judson Scruton gives a special presentation on the origin and expansion of society journalism as exemplified by the seminal 18th century publication, The Spectator, by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele, on Thursday, May 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. After the program, attendees may view several rare volumes of the 1744 edition of The Spectator which is being lent to the library by Jack and Liz Suchy of Wilton. Free, registration is recommended.
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.