Library Lines: April 21

Book bargain bonanza

Wilton Library’s Annual Gigantic Book Sale gets underway this weekend with something for everyone. With more than 70,000 items neatly categorized into more than 50 subject headings, this important fund-raiser for the library is one of the most well-organized book sales in the region according to smart bargain hunters. Books, DVDs, CDs, books on CDs, children’s picture books, chapter books, teen series, mysteries, histories, gardening, cooking, and biographies are all available for enthusiastic buyers. The sale begins on Saturday, April 23, from 7 to 9 a.m. for early buyers with a $15 admission fee. Beginning at 9, the sale is free and open to everyone and runs to 5 p.m. Also on Saturday, the Rotary Club of Wilton will be selling hot dogs and sodas at lunchtime with proceeds benefiting the library. The sale continues on Sunday, from noon to 5; Monday, from 10 to 5 with items half-price; the final day is Tuesday, April 26, from 10 to 3 where bags of items are $5 per bag. The silent auction of rare and collectible books is on Saturday and Sunday during sale hours. As mentioned, the annual book sale is one of the library’s most important fundraisers. It is successful due to many factors — the quality of the item donations that come from the community, the hardworking volunteers who dedicate countless hours all year long to cull, collect and sort the piles of donations that come in daily, and the smart shoppers who attend this gem of an event and buy, buy, buy.   

Passing of time through art

Michele Schuff is this month’s Weir Farm artist-in-residence and she brings her exhibition to the library on Monday, April 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Her work over the last several years has examined the perception of time and how one measures life's passing. She has recently begun to cast encaustic; the three-dimensional figures create a pattern or measure; incremental changes in color reveal the pulse or sound of the work. According to the artist, “thematically the three-dimensional forms have come to symbolize loss, longing, and the desire to move past the cycle of life and death.” The program is co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. Free, registration is suggested.

Teens get crafty

Teens in grades 6 through 12 will learn the traditional art of quilling and make a unique set of earrings in Quill Earrings for Teens on Wednesday, April 27, from 4 to 5:30. The free craft program is sponsored by the John and Patrician Curran Teen Fund. Registration is required as space is limited.

Nocturnal knitters

For those wanting to participate in a knitting klatch but not available on Mondays during the day, the library is now offering Night Time Knitters on Wednesday, April 27, from 6 to 7:30. Participants are reminded to bring something they are working on or borrow the library’s needles and yarn to get started. There is no cost and registration is not required. The program is for adults and teens in seventh grade and up. Two sessions also have been set for May 11 and 25.  

Vision aid now available

The library has added a new device to help people with vision impairment read more easily whether at the grocery store, pharmacy or anywhere else one might use adjustable magnification. The new Optelec video magnifier is similar to the one that is available within the library, but this one is purposely designed to be lightweight and taken on-the-go. Patrons now can check out the portable magnifying device to take home for a week. People may call or visit the library’s Reference Desk (2003-762-6350) for more information and to check out the device. The magnifier is made possible by the Jane T. Muhlethaler Foundation.

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 and Teen Services at 203-762-6342.