Children’s author visit
Author and graphic designer David Cundy visits the library on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 10:30 to 11:30, to share his word-picture book, Animals Spell Love. He will show his gorgeously written and designed book and lead a craft where kids can create their own word pictures using letters of the alphabet. He will sign books at the end of the event and 10 copies will be given away. David was a long-time Wilton resident whose studio is now in Guilford. The program is for kids in grades 1 through 5. Free, registration required.
Nish Wangneo, a sophomore in Wilton High School’s AP Computer Science course, is teaching a six-week course called CoderDojo Python Class, beginning Saturday, Feb. 10, through Saturday, March 17, from 10 to 11, for middle-schoolers. Python is the programming language used in all fun computer programs. Learning the Python language is like learning the rules of grammar for a spoken language. This class is for kids with no programming experience. Registration is required. Email email@example.com with the following information: name of student, grade, email address of parent/guardian. Each attendee must bring their own laptop and a notebook and pen to take important notes and tips. If children are 12 or under then caregivers must remain in the building for each session.
Documentary about race
The New Perspectives Film Series screens I Am Not Your Negro on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. This important work is based on James Baldwin’s unfinished book about his closest friends — Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. and about race in America. It is a journey into black history that connects the Civil Rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter that ultimately challenges the definition of what America stands for with a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America. Suggested donation is $5 per person. Refreshments are available. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration is highly recommended.
Scholarly series continues
Neil Maher’s lecture, Shooting the Moon: Space Technology, Earthbound Nature, and the New Left During the Vietnam War, on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 4 to 5:30 at the library, is the second installment of the Yankee Innovators: Steamships to Silicon Chips Scholarly Series collaboration with Wilton Library and Wilton Historical Society. The series explores the insights, innovations, ingenuity and inventiveness of forward-thinking people, organizations and projects in America’s history. Maher examines the shared history of the space race to the moon and the Vietnam War during the 1960s and 1970s. Maher is an associate professor of history at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University, where he teaches environmental and political history on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Registration is required.
The woman behind the abdication
Historical biographer Andrew Morton brings new light to the story of Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom Edward VIII so infamously abdicated his throne and birthright. Morton’s Wilton Library visit on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., is the only one in the New York tri-state area since he is taking time out from working on a biography of Prince Harry’s fiancée, Meghan Markle. In his book, Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy, Morton uses diary entries, letters, and other never-before-seen records to offer a fresh portrait of Wallis Simpson as she climbed the social ladder. A Q&A will follow the talk. There is no charge for the program. Registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan.
Save the Date for Tea with Belle, Saturday, Feb. 17, a fund-raiser for the Children’s Library. 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.