Library Lines: Aug. 13

Books in a new light

Meredith Miller is this month’s Artist-in-Residence at Weir Farm who will be holding her exhibition at the library on Monday, Aug. 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  Meredith will produce a handmade book in a small edition, printing the pages and then assembling them by hand into a bound volume. In her role as a photographer at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Meredith photographs books every day. As they are photographed, the books often shed bits and pieces of their bindings and flecks of paper from their brittle pages. She started documenting these remnants within the course of her regular workday, culminating in her series, Revenants. Currently she is working with the online publisher Blurb to create a mockup volume and will use that to produce the handmade book while at Weir Farm. The program is co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. There is no charge. Registration is suggested.

Basics of computing

The library is offering a class for people who are not that familiar with their computers and would like to venture further into learning new applications.   Technology Classes: Basic Computers is offered on Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 2 to 3 and repeated on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 12:30 to 1:30. The class will introduce people to topics they will need to know and be comfortable with in order to get the most out of the library’s upcoming technology classes that will begin in September. Topics covered in the Basic Computers class include saving files, Internet browsers, email and printing. Class sizes are limited to six students. Registration is required.

A gathering of the princesses

The long-awaited return of the Disney princesses takes place on Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 1 to 2:30. Meet the Disney Princesses will be held in the Brubeck Room where children will be able to drop-in, make autograph books and get their pictures taken with their favorite storybook or film character. Everyone from Snow White to Pocahontas will be there. Costumes are encouraged. The program is supported by the Coyle Family. There is no registration, children under 8 must be accompanied by caregivers. This is a photo op for parents, grandparents and caregivers as the children enjoy their enchanted world.

Makers welcome

Whether it’s embroidery, die cutting or soldering, the library has a number of classes this week for makers in its Innovation Station. People can learn how to use the equipment and go home with something they have actually made in the process of learning. Embroidered Tea Towels is offered on Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 10 to 11:30. The program introduces people to the electronic sewing machine and they will learn how to embroider on a tea towel. Solder Craft: Blinky Pins is Thursday, Aug. 20, from 3:30 to 5. People will be able to try their hand at soldering and go home with a fun blinking pin. This is just the basics and can lead to more intricate soldering crafts. The Summer Barbeque Invitations program is on Friday, Aug. 21, from 10 to 11:30 . The die cutter is used to fashion the paper invitation, adding dimension to the creativity. All of these program are for ages 13 and up or sixth and seventh graders with adults. Participants must have valid Connecticut library cards and signed Innovation Station agreement forms. Please bring the completed forms to the workshops. Space is very limited to allow for hands-on learning. Registration is required; there is no charge.

Mid-summer art reception

“Travels with John” is the latest art exhibition opening at the library on Friday, Aug. 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Local artist John Newcomb returns to the library with an explosion of color from 50 vibrant watercolors created based on his travels around the world. The exhibition runs through Sunday, Sept. 27. All of the works, including a number of large-scale acrylics, will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.   The reception is free and open to the public.

Author visiting

Author Diana Bletter visits the library on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss her newest novel, A Remarkable Kindness, which traces the lives of four American women who partake in a unique burial ritual in Israel.   The novel is about friendships, marriages, death and the joys and sorrows of life. The author grew up in Great Neck, N.Y., and graduated Cornell University with distinction. She has worked at several national newspapers and magazines. More information may be found on the library’s registration link.   Registration is highly recommended. There is no charge. Books will be available for purchase and signing thanks to Elm Street Books of New Canaan.

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