Library Lines: April 17

Road warriors prepare

AARP offers its Driver Safety Class to people age 50 and older on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This single-session course is designed to help people with the changes in driving habits associated with aging. There are no written or road tests. Registration is required. The class is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. New York state residents are urged to call their insurance carriers to confirm if they can accept a Connecticut state class certificate. Payment is made by cash or check the day of the session. Registration is required.

Mystery book club

The Whodunit? Book Club dissects the mystery, Tuesday by David Wiesner, on Monday, April 21, from 4 to 4:45. Kids in grades 2 and 3 get to chat about the book, which is a Caldecott Medal Award winner. Detective activities and snacks are part of the fun. The program is sponsored by the Steve and Alison Sherman Family Fund.

Art exhibitions

This month’s Weir Farm artist-in-residence is Layla Luna, who will be holding her exhibition and reception at the library on Monday, April 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Ms. Luna’s drawings and paintings explore the relationship between people and nature. Being from the Southwest, she will experience Connecticut’s indigenous flora and fauna and Wilton’s exclusive environmental concerns and make work driven by these discoveries. The program is co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. There is no charge. Registration is suggested.  Beauty by Maria Jarreau Heller — A Retrospective art exhibition continues through April 29. The children of Ms. Jarreau Heller have lovingly curated this display of her vibrant floral paintings and collages. Proceeds benefit the library.

Seniors book group

The Senior Center Book Discussion looks at Stoner by John Williams on Tuesday, April 22, from 11 to noon at the Comstock Community Center. The group will be led by Miwako Ogasawara. First published in 1965, it is the story of William Stoner, a young man from a hardscrabble farm who is sent by his father to the University of Missouri to study agriculture. Stoner is captivated by literature and the life of the mind and eventually becomes a master teacher. He marries a St. Louis beauty and has a daughter. He loves his daughter deeply and struggles to be a good husband. Sadly, however, over time his life is made miserable by his wife’s personal war against him and by the actions of vindictive colleagues. The New York Times Book Review describes this novel as “…something rarer than a great novel — it is a perfect novel, so well told and beautifully written, so deeply moving, that it takes your breath away.” Those wishing to attend the group may call the senior center for details and to register at 203-834-6240. The center is at 180 School Road.

Author talk

New York Times best-selling author Andrew Gross visits the library on release day for his latest thriller, Everything to Lose, on Tuesday, April 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. His fast-paced thriller chronicles a woman with a deadbeat ex, a child with Asperger’s and a fortuitous yet deadly find of a satchel stuffed with money. Mr. Gross is the author of the New York Times and international bestsellers No Way Back, 15 Seconds, Eyes Wide Open, The Blue Zone, The Dark Tide, Don’t Look Twice, and Reckless. He is also coauthor of five number one bestsellers with James Patterson, including Judge & Jury, and Lifeguard. His books have been translated into more than 25 languages. Books are available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration is highly recommended. There is no program charge.

Heads-up for start-ups

Fairfield County SCORE, the Wilton Chamber of Commerce and the library sponsor the next business series entitled, Simple Steps for Starting Your Business, beginning Wednesday, April 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. The five-part series is designed to help people through the pitfalls of starting a business and puts them on the road to success. The first session covers Self Assessment & Business Plan. The four remaining sessions are April 30: Marketing Strategy; May 7: Marketing Implementation; May 14:  Financial Planning & Reporting; and May 21: Funding Sources/Conversations with Entrepreneurs. Check-in begins at 5:30 with the sessions beginning promptly at 6. Registration is required. Those wishing to attend are asked to visit scorenorwalk.org and click on Workshops.

Mega book sale next weekend

The library’s Annual Gigantic Book Sale fund-raiser takes place next weekend, from Saturday, April 26 through Tuesday, April 29. More than 75,000 items will be organized by categories for easy browsing and purchasing. Early buying begins Saturday, from 7 to 9 a.m. for an entry fee of $15 per person.  The sale is then open free to the public on Saturday from 9 to 5. The Rotary Club of Wilton will be selling hot dogs and sodas during the lunchtime on Saturday. Proceeds benefit the library. The sale continues on Sunday, from noon to 5; Monday, 10 to 5 items are half-priced and Tuesday, 10 to 3 (organizers have decided to extend the sale day by one hour) shoppers pay $5 per bag. A silent auction takes place of rare and collectible books on Saturday and Sunday.

The library will be closed Easter Sunday, April 20.  To register for programs, please visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on “Events,” or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teen activities or ext. 217 for children’s events.