Library Lines: April 24

Books, books and more books

Wilton Library’s Annual Gigantic Book Sale Fundraiser kicks off with a rush when the doors fly open on Saturday, April 26 at 7 a.m. for eager early buyers. The entry fee for early admission is $15 per person from 7 to 9 a.m. The sale is open to the public for free from 9 to 5 on Saturday and continues through Tuesday, April 29. Sunday hours are noon to 5; Monday shoppers can buy all items at half-price from 10 to 5 and on Tuesday, bargains can be had for $5 per bag, from 10 to 3. On Saturday, the Rotary Club of Wilton will help shoppers maintain their strength by selling hot dogs and sodas during lunchtime. Proceeds from the hot dog sale benefit the library. A silent auction of rare and collectible books takes place on Saturday and Sunday. To view a partial list of silent auction finds, visit and click on the Book Sale picture. The Book Cellar, Brubeck Room and Gallery are stocked with books, DVDs, books on CD, books on tape, CDs, all in excellent condition. The items are organized into more than 50 categories such as biographies, mysteries, gardening, travel, and history. There is something for everyone.

Reading to man’s best friend

While the hubbub of the book sale goes on in the library, kids can find some quiet time to spend reading to the ROAR pups on Saturday, April 26, from 11 to noon in the Tales to Tails program. The Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue dogs are certified therapy animals that have been trained to sit calmly and quietly while children read to them. Kids have to be independent readers to take part in the program. There is no program charge; registration is required.

Business program continues

The SCORE program, Simple Steps to Starting Your Business, continues on Wednesday, April 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. with a session on Marketing Strategy. Additional dates and topics include:  May 7 — Marketing Implementation; May 14 — Financial Planning & Reporting; May 21 — Funding Sources/Conversations with Entrepreneurs. Check-in for each of the sessions begins at 5:30. The series is co-sponsored by Fairfield County SCORE, Wilton Library and Wilton Chamber of Commerce. Registration is required. To register for the series, visit and click on Workshops.

Turning rook(ies) to kings

Children in grades 1 through 7 have an opportunity to learn new or hone existing chess skills in the library’s upcoming Beginner and Advanced Chess Classes being held May 1 through June 19. The instructor is Christopher Potts, who has been offering these sessions at Wilton Library for the past few years. Beginners meet from 4 to 5 each Thursday to learn the history and rules of the game; basic checkmate themes and patterns; basic strategy and tactics.  Advanced beginners in grades 3 through 7 meet from 5 to 6 to review the basics; learn more advanced strategy and tactics; learn optimal opening and endgame play; gain an appreciation for the vital importance of making and carrying out sound plans. Time will be provided for students to play games and put the classroom lessons into practice. Program fee is $80 per student for all eight meetings. In-person registration is required; payment is due at time of registration.

Intriguing tale on pointe

Author Maggie Shipstead visits the library on Thursday, May 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss her latest offering, Astonish Me. The novel is set in the passionate and highly charged world of ballet. Maggie is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. Her debut novel, Seating Arrangements, was the widely acclaimed and best-selling comedy-of-manners that won both the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. There is no charge. Registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan.

To register for library programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teen events or ext. 217 for children’s activities.