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Puppy time

The pups from ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) will be at the library on Saturday, April 28, from 11 to noon, for children to read aloud to them in the Tales to Tails program. These gentle therapy dogs are the perfect companion for independent readers to gain confidence through reading aloud. A selection of books is available at the library or children may bring their favorites. Registration is required; there is no fee.

Film shines a light

The New Perspective Film Series screens Asperger’s Are Us on Saturday, April 28, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. In this coming-of-age documentary, four friends on the autism spectrum who have bonded through humor and performed as the comedy troupe Asperger's Are Us will prepare for one final, ambitious show before going their separate ways. They are the first comedy troupe composed of autistic people and have performed over 100 original absurdist sketch shows in nine countries since 2010. Their troupe was formed for the same reason that anyone does comedy — to make people laugh. Suggested donation is $5 per person. Refreshments will be served. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration is highly recommended.

Friends make music together

The Connecticut’s Own Concert on Sunday, April 29, has a special twist both in the time and the content. The concert is from 3:30 to 4:30 and it highlights a selection of woodwind compositions of Joseph M. Russo. The name of this program, Friendship Concert, came about because Russo not only composes music for his friends but the performers for this concert also are counted among his friends. They are: performers Jennifer Berman, flute; Bill Braun, piano; Jim Forgey, clarinet; Bob Hoyle, French horn; Celinda Anne Levno, flute; Janet Rosen, oboe and English horn; Elizabeth Wain, piano; and Sue Zoellner-Cross, bassoon. Free, registration is strongly suggested. Pre-registrants should arrive by 3:20 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:20 if space is available.

Let ’em grow

In a program with a provocative title, Anxious Parents, Anxious Kids, and the Anxiously Awaited Antidote, Lenore Skenazy speaks to parents on Monday, April 30, from 10 to 11:30. This is an informative and entertaining lecture by Skenazy, who was labeled “America's Worst Mom” when she let her nine-year old ride the subway alone. She founded Free-Range Kids: the book, blog, and movement dedicated to the fact that kids are safer and smarter than American culture gives them credit for. Lenore will address the fears stalking America's parents, where they come from, what they're doing to today’s kids, and the reasons parents are so afraid. The program is co-sponsored by Wilton Library, Wilton Youth Services, and Wilton Youth Council. The lecture will be filmed and screened one time only on the same evening, Monday, April 30, at 7, at the library. Both programs require registration.

Author brings thriller

Bestselling author Ted Bell visits the library on Thursday, May 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., to discuss his 10th thriller in the celebrated Hawke series, Overkill, which involves Hawke’s nemesis, Vladimir Putin and the mysterious disappearance of Hawke’s young son. Paramount Pictures is now in production of a Hawke film based on Bell’s last book, Patriot. Bell graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia. Sir Richard Dearlove, former chief of MI6, British Intelligence, sponsored Bell to become a visiting scholar at Cambridge University (UK). Although he has traveled or lived all over the globe, a 19 th- Century farmhouse in Connecticut is where he calls home. A Q&A follows the talk.  Free, registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books.

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.