Library Lines: April 20

Bargain hunters amass this weekend

The library’s all-important annual Gigantic Book Sale fund-raiser gets underway this weekend, from Saturday, April 22, through Tuesday, April 25. The sale features more than 70,000 items that are systematically organized into more than 50 categories including art books, children and teens, cooking, gardening, history, travel, and teacher’s materials. The sale opens Saturday, from 7 to 9 a.m. with Early Buyers admission of $15; the sale continues on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission the remaining days. Sunday’s hours are noon to 5; Monday is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., when items are half price, and Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., sales are $5 per bag with the bags provided by the library. Also on Saturday, Rotary Club of Wilton will be selling hot dogs and sodas at lunchtime with proceeds benefiting the library. A silent auction of rare and collectible books takes place during Saturday and Sunday hours.  Smart shoppers will find gently used, new, signed, collectible, rare books, DVDs, CDs, books on CD; there is something for everyone. The book sale is known throughout the region for its terrific organization and the quality of the items. The dedicated volunteer group that works tirelessly throughout the year to ready the sale is responsible for the presentation of the book sale. The wonderful donations from the community are what set this book sale apart from others.

Driving safely

AARP is offering its Driver Safety Class at the library on Saturday, April 22, from 10 to 2. The class is designed for drivers age 50 and older. The course covers the normal change in vision, hearing and reaction times that people experience as they age.  Strategies and tactics are provided to help people navigate through today’s challenging driving environment. There are no tests either in class or on the road. Registration is required. The fee for the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members payable in cash or check at the time of the class. People are reminded to stop by the annual book sale either before class or after to take advantage of the wonderful bargains before they are all gone or to grab a hot dog provided by the Rotary Club for lunch.

Reading to Rover

Kids who are independent readers are invited to read aloud to one of the ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) therapy dogs on Saturday, April 22, from 11 to noon in the Tales to Tails program. The use of trained therapy dogs in reading programs can result in children who feel comfortable reading out loud, read more often, attempt more difficult books, and actually look forward to reading. As they improve their literacy skills, they’re not just learning how to read, they’re learning to love to read.  There is no charge; registration is required. When the kids are finished they can peruse the Gigantic Book Sale and perhaps convince mom or dad that a hot dog is what they relish!

Weir Farm artist exhibits

Meg Pierce is the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence for April who will be speaking about and exhibiting her works on Monday, April 24, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the library.  Pattern, symmetrical design, and grids are the organizing principles in Meg’s work. Through working in painting, drawing, and collage, she has been drawn to fine variations in color and line, especially found in textiles. Lace, handkerchiefs, thread, and women’s stories are her inspirations. 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.

Small business budgeting

SCORE of Fairfield County, Wilton Library, and the Wilton Chamber of Commerce present, Personal Budgeting for Small Business Owners, a free seminar that will help small business owners understand and balance their personal and business budgets on Thursday, April 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. This workshop seeks to provide guidance on balancing the push and pull between personal and business expenses on a business owner’s budget. The speaker is Jeffrey Costa, an assistant vice president and trust officer at First County Advisors, the Wealth Management Division of First County Bank. Registration is required; visit or call 203-831-0065. Check-in begins at 5:30.

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 programs at 203-762-6342.