Library Lines: April 2

Money matters for kids

The library is introducing children to the concept of money in age-appropriate programs this month. Understanding Money for 1st and 2nd Graders takes place on Mondays, April 6 and 20, from 4 to 5 p.m. In this two-part program, children will learn about U.S. currency, its value, how to count it and how to make exchanges. Using play money and a pretend store, children will have the opportunity to use their knowledge of money by being a buyer or a seller. Money Management for 3rd and 4th Graders on Mondays, April 27 and May 4, from 4 to 5 p.m., teaches this group of children how to start saving their allowances and birthday money in this two-part program. Savings and checking accounts will be explored, along with interest. Both programs are sponsored by People’s United Bank. Registration is required. Registering for the first date automatically registers the child for the second session.

Authors talk about Asian art controversy

Authors Shareen Blair Brysac and Karl E. Meyer visit the library on Monday, April 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss their latest book, The China Collectors: America’s Century-Long Hunt for Asian Art Treasures. In their new non-fiction work, they look at the extensive, contentious, and often dangerous efforts that have brought Chinese art to America since as far back as the Opium Wars. The issue of the rightful owner in imported works is gaining momentum, as China’s art collectors are on the rise, and this book brings it to the forefront. Shareen Blair Brysac has been an award-winning documentary producer for CBS News, the author of four books, and a contributing editor of Archaeology Magazine. Karl E. Meyer was a long-time foreign correspondent and editorial writer at The Washington Post and The New York Times, and the editor of the World Policy Journal. A Princeton Ph.D., he has taught at Yale, Princeton, and Tufts’ Fletcher School. See the library’s registration link for more details about the authors. A Q&A and a book signing follow the talk courtesy of Elm Street Books. There is no charge for the program. Registration is highly recommended.

Food lit group begins

Wilton Library has a new book group that will come together on Tuesday, April 7, from 11 to noon for its first “taste” of reading a memoir about a chef. Food Lit Book Group will consume Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton. The American chef explores her life and career, “from an unmoored childhood through her triumph at Prune, which didn’t end the search for a sense of place and peace that is the overarching theme of this autobiography,” according to the New York Times Review. Pamela Lillis, a nutritional health coach, avid reader, and lover of food lit, will moderate the discussion. There is no charge. Registration is recommended.

Reading group convenes

The Wilton Library Readers get together on Wednesday, April 8, from noon to 1:30 to discuss Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Winner of the Orange Broadband Prize at the time of its publishing, the story brings to light Nigeria in the late 1960s, and the struggle and cost of war during the Biafran war. Adichie brings to life five indelible characters that experience hope, promise and disappointment. The group is facilitated by Susan Boyar, professional book group leader. Participants are invited to bring their lunches; the library will provide beverages. Registration is suggested.

No more magazines piled high

Melissa Baker demonstrates how to download more than 30 magazines onto personal devices in the Free Downloads-Magazines session, Wednesday, April 8, from 1 to 2:30 at the Wilton Senior Center at Comstock Community Center. Attendees are asked to bring their personal devices, their Wilton Library cards and passwords to the session. The program is presented by the library for seniors at the senior center. Visit the library’s website or call the library to register.

Spring poetry

Judson Scruton, a favorite guest lecturer, presents Spring Poetry at the library beginning April 9, from 10:30 to noon. The four-part series explores T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. Each week a different section will be discussed. Judson Scruton, M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry), has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. He is currently an adjunct professor of English at Fairfield University. Poetry packets are available at the circulation desk. There is no charge for the program. Advance registration is required.

Color abounds throughout the library

Hartford-area artist Carlos Hernández Chávez brings a cacophony of color to the library just in time for spring with his art exhibition, Dialogues-Impromptu Conversations in Color, opening Friday, April 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Carlos’ work has combined powerful social and political elements with a potent aesthetic sense. His art spans four decades and, both physically and metaphorically, it crosses borders, continents and oceans. A majority of the 30 works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The reception is open to the public. The exhibition runs through Monday, April 27.

The library will be closed Easter Sunday, April 5. Unplugged Day at the library is Tuesday, April ,7 when the first phase of an upgraded wi-fi system takes place. To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 217 for children’s activities and ext. 243 for teen events.