Library Lines: April 7

Special art exhibition

Wilton Library’s gallery walls will show cancer at its best — meaningful expressions captured in photography of those fighting the brave fight. Life Within the Journey – Beyond Diagnosis, a Portrait of What Endures is this month’s special art exhibition opening Friday, April 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Life Within the Journey reveals the other side of cancer — the side where life, in all of its beautiful and complex detail, continues on. The photography is by Jeanna Shepard and the sponsoring organization is Circle of Care. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through Tuesday, April 26.

Special guest for film screening

The New Perspectives Film Series will show How to Dance in Ohio on Saturday, April 9, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The documentary shares the story of a group of teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum as they prepare for an iconic American rite of passage — the Spring Formal. Entertaining, funny and heartbreaking, the award-winning How To Dance In Ohio challenges viewers to question and celebrate the path to human connection and to re-think the definition of normal.

Laela Kilbourn, director of photography, will join the discussion and Q&A following this humorous and insightful film, timed for screening during National Autism Awareness Month.  There is a suggested donation of $5 to offset fees for the film rights. Refreshments will be served. The New Perspectives documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris. Registration is highly recommended.

Author visits

Suzanne Rindell, the critically-acclaimed author of The Other Typist, will visit Wilton Library for the first time on Tuesday, April 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., to discuss her latest novel, Three-Martini Lunch. Rindell, a New York City resident, writes about three ambitious young people in the 1950s world of book publishing in Greenwich Village and what they have to sacrifice, hide and betray to get ahead. In addition to The Other Typist, Rindell has published her short fiction and poetry in Conjunctions (online), Nimrod, storySouth, Crab Orchard Review, and Cream City Review. A Q&A and book signing will follow the talk. There is no charge but registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books in New Canaan.

Book group convenes

The Wilton Library Readers book group will get together on Wednesday, April 13, from noon to 1:30 p.m., to discuss For the Relief of Unbearable Urges by Nathan Englander. According to Kirkus Reviews, Englander’s work is “a debut collection of nine stories that explore the condition of being Jewish with an often hallucinatory, epigrammatic eloquence that is, as advertised, reminiscent of the fiction of Isaac Singer, Saul Bellow, and especially Bernard Malamud.” The discussion will be led by professional book group facilitator Susan Boyar. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch; beverages will be provided. Registration is suggested.

Technology classes

This week’s technology classes introduce people to different concepts. Basic Microsoft Word on Tuesday, April 12, from 2 to 3 p.m. or 6 to 7 p.m., will give people the tools to navigate through a word processing program. Advance registration is required in this class due to its limited size and hands-on structure.

On WednesdayApril 13, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Melissa Baker will take people through Free Downloads – Online Learning at the Wilton Senior Center at Comstock Community Center. The class demonstrates the library’s and Transparent Language services available 24/7 from the library. Registration is suggested.

Passport to Wilton and beyond

Library cards open the world to people through books, audio books, music CDs and DVDs. Now, a library card opens the doors of Connecticut libraries when people participate in the Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program. Now through April 30, the Passport program invites patrons to visit any of the more than 120 participating Connecticut libraries. “Passports” can be picked up at Wilton Library, where they will be stamped and people can collect a token gift, then a person can visit five or more of the libraries on the program list to be eligible for a Visa gift card ($150 for an adult; $100 for a child). People are encouraged to come in, pick up a Passport, take out a Museum Pass for vacation week while at Wilton Library and enjoy more of Connecticut in April. Details are at the Circulation Desk.

Library week

National Library Week is celebrated throughout the land from April 10 through 16, and Wilton Library has programs lined up for children and adults. The adult programs are listed above and Innovation Station programs for the week can be found on the library’s website. Kids can partake in the following fun activities:

  • Happy 100th Birthday Beverly Clearly quiz: Tuesday, April 12 through Thursday, April 14 in the Children’s Library.

  • Beardsley Zoomobile: Tuesday, April 12, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

  • Ambler Farm Reads: Wednesday, April 13, 2:15-3 p.m.

  • Laugh-a-Lot Poetry: Wednesday, April 13, 4- 5 p.m.

  • Vacation Movies on Friday, April 15: Peanuts, 10:15-11:45 a.m.; and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, 2-3:30 p.m.

See the library’s website for ages and registration on all of the above listed programs.

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.