Library Lines: April 6

Area artists highlighted

Wilton Library’s April art exhibition features more than 40 artists from the Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) opening on Friday, April 7, from 6 to 7:30. With more than 120 works, this show is almost as large as the Summer Show in July and August. SCAN is a non-profit association of artists from western Connecticut and surrounding towns. The variety in the exhibition encompasses the subject matter, the styles and the media used, such as oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, graphics, mixed media and pencil. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through April 29. The majority of the works are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.

A different kind of art

The New Perspectives Film Series selection this Saturday, April 8, from 7:30 to 9:30, is Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists. This is a fun exploration of the humor, art and genius of the single panel. The film goes behind-the-scenes of The New Yorker and introduces the cartooning legends and hopefuls who create the iconic cartoons including two who have appeared at the library — Bob Mankoff and Roz Chast. Directed by Leah Wolchok, the film won a 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming and was nominated for Outstanding Documentary Editing. There is a suggested donation of $5 to offset licensing fees. Refreshments will be available. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration is highly recommended.

Readers meet

Wilton Library Readers meet on Wednesday, April 12, 12 to 1:30, for a discussion of Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler led by Susan Boyar. A New York Times bestseller, the Times declared it “Beautiful … funny, heart-hammering, wise … superb entertainment.” Attendees are reminded to bring lunch; the library provides beverages. Registration is suggested. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month through June. For a list of future dates and titles, visit and click on Wilton Library Readers in “Books.”

Individual learning

Melissa Baker instructs seniors on Free Downloads—Online Learning on Wednesday, April 12, from 1 to 2:30, at the Wilton Senior Center. The program takes people through the library’s free online learning services and Transparent Language, which are available to people with Wilton Library cards 24/7. Participants are reminded to bring their devices, library cards and passwords to experience the full benefit of the session. Registration is required. Register online or call 203-762-6334.

World War I revisited through poetry

Judson Scruton leads a four-part Spring Poetry session titled Over Here, Over There — The World War I Poets beginning Thursday, April 13, from 10:30 to noon. The series continues on April 20, 27 and May 4. Judson will explore the poetry of several of the World War I poets such as Thomas Hardy, Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, and Robert Graves, among others. 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 front desk. There is no charge for the program. Advance registration is required. By registering for the first session, attendees will automatically be registered for all four sessions.

Vacation week

Each year it seems that school vacation week coincides with National Library Week which is April 9 through 15. This is actually a good thing because this gives kids more time to learn about and enjoy Wilton Library while participating in some fun vacation programming. Regular sessions of Story Times take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10, 11 and 12. On Tuesday, April 11, kids ages 8 to 12 have Let’s Make Something with TinkerCAD, from 2 to 3. Children ages 2-4 with their caregivers can spend time at Ambler Farm Reads on Wednesday, April 12, from 2:15 to 3, during which they will go on a nature walk and listen to themed stories. With the April meeting, kids will learn about sheep and goats. The program continues on May 10 with pigs and June 14 with chickens. The fun continues on Thursday, April 13, when Zoo Two by Two hits the library with a live kangaroo and other rescued animals, from 2 to 3, for children ages 4 and older and their caregivers. Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15, from 10 to 5, kids can stop in for I Spy Easter Eggs throughout the Children’s Library. Kids will receive a take-home craft as their prizes. Also on Friday, little kids from babies to age 5 have Movement and Dance for Little Ones, from 11 to 11:30, and a  special showing of Trolls by Dreamworks will take place, from 1:30 to 3, for all ages. Children in second through sixth grade can stay for the program, Make Felt Trolls, from 3 to 4.

Registration is required for all the programs with the exception of the Easter Egg hunt and the Trolls movie. For inquiries, please call 203-762-6336 or visit

Book sale reminder

The annual Gigantic Book Sale will take place April 22 through 25. The last day for donations is Friday, April 7. The donation book bins will be locked after Friday until May 8.

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 at 203-762-6342.