Library Lines: April 28

Connecticut composers showcased

The Connecticut’s Own Concert Series brings the Connecticut Composers Inc. to the library on Sunday, May 1, from 5 to 6 p.m. Works by six composer-members of the group, Elizabeth Austin, Allen Brings, Juliana Hall, Daniel Morel, Margaret Collins Stoop, and Nancy Tucker, will be performed. Included will be two settings of poems by Sara Teasdale along with new compositions for piano and for violin and piano, and solo works written for the guitar and the clarinet that will be played in an unusual and unexpected manner. Featured as well will be a “serious” sonata written for an instrument probably better known to children — the recorder. Registration is strongly suggested. Pre-registrants should arrive by 4:50 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 4:50 if space is available.

Wilton school kids’ hang-ups

The Wilton School District Fine and Performing Arts (FAPA) Exhibit returns to Wilton Library with an opening reception on Monday, May 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This is a celebration of the creativity of students from kindergarten through high school seniors featuring more than 400 of their works which will be on display throughout the library.  During the reception, student musical performances also will take place in the Brubeck Room. Refreshments will be served. The reception brings an enthusiastic crowd of students, parents, families and friends. For those wishing quieter surroundings, the Presidents’ Room on the second floor has been reserved during the reception. The exhibition will run from May 2 to May 26.

New York history and food

This month’s Food Lit Book Group explores New York on Tuesday, May 3, from 11 to noon with the discussion of 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jane Ziegelmann. The book group is led by nutritional health coach Pamela Lillis. There is no charge. Registration is recommended.

Entrepreneurial workshop

For people wondering what it takes to be a franchisee or to create a franchise, this free SCORE workshop may provide some answers. Road Map to Entrepreneurship: Build, Buy, or Franchise, on Tuesday, May 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library will help attendees gain an overview of the franchise process from a consultant and panel of successful local franchisees who will discuss their own experiences. Speakers include: Luc DesLauriers, franchise consultant and owner of FranNet Connecticut and Rhode Island;  franchise attorney Cliff Ennico; and Tim Randall, owner of Right at Home of Fairfield. Check-in begins at 5:30. The program is co-sponsored by Fairfield County SCORE, Wilton Library and the Wilton Chamber of Commerce. Registration is required. Those wishing to attend may visit or call SCORE at 203-831-0065 with any questions and to register.

Combatting sleep disorders and stress

Oftentimes sleep disorders and stress go hand in glove. The free program, To Sleep or Not to Sleep? That is the Question, on Wednesday, May 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will cover stress management, sleep disorders and the relationship between the two. This is the second program of Get Well, Stay Well, a health literacy series presented by Norwalk Hospital and Wilton Library. Michelle Dailey is a licensed marriage and family therapist at Norwalk Hospital’s Whittingham Cancer Center. She is a member of the oncology support team providing psychosocial counseling, guidance, and support to patients and their families dealing with the stresses of cancer. Dr. Ian Weir, DO, is the associate director of the Sleep Disorders Center and director of the Insomnia Center at Norwalk Hospital. The program will be moderated by Wilton Library trustee Saras Nair, MD, who was previously chairman of the pathology department at Norwalk Hospital. See the library’s registration link for more details about the speakers. Registration is recommended.

Stress and posture

Wilton resident and chiropractor Dr. Thomas Fastiggi addresses stress and posture in his talk, The Impact of Posture, Alignment & Ergonomics on Health, Thursday, May 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Fastiggi leads an interactive discussion on how stress of any kind affects body posture and alignment and its subsequent ability to heal itself. Fastiggi, owns and operates Wilton Chiropractic, LLC. See the library’s registration link for more details. Registration is suggested.

The Wilton Go Green Festival is Sunday, May 1, from 11 to 4. The library’s front parking lot will be filled with all sorts of Go Green activities, so people are reminded to use the parking lot on the west side of the building accessed via Godfrey Place.  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.