Library Lines: Aug. 28

Building masterpieces from stories

Now that kids are settling into their new school routines, it is time to open the Lego® Club for children in grades K and up on Wednesdays in September, from 4 to 5, beginning Sept. 3.  Each week a new theme will be introduced with stories relating to the theme; the children will then build their Lego masterpieces based on each week’s topic. There is no advance registration but tickets will be given out each Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. for the 20 spots in the program. Caretakers must remain in the building. The program is sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

Thrilling author talk

Wendy Corsi Staub, a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, visits the library on Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss her latest novel, The Perfect Stranger. No stranger to thrillers, Ms. Staub explores the world of Internet predators for the second time with this fiction. A group of breast cancer bloggers have to come to terms with the death of one of their online friends, but the loss is not from the disease, rather it is from a vicious murder. Author of more than 70 novels, Ms. Staub knows how to spin a tale of intrigue. A Q&A follows the talk. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration is highly recommended. There is no program charge.

Poetry for the fall

Judson Scruton is conducting a four-part Fall Poetry seminar beginning Thursday, Sept. 4, from 10:30 to noon. The series explores Shakespeare’s Sonnets. The sessions will be on three consecutive Thursdays, Sept. 4, 11 and 18 and the last session will be on Friday, Sept. 19, also from 10:30 to noon. 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. In his career as an educator, Judson has also directed publications, communications, public relations and development at a variety of educational institutions in the U.S. and U.K., including the Newberry Library in Chicago. He is currently an adjunct professor of English at Fairfield University. Poetry packets are now available at the front desk. There is no charge for the program. Advance registration is required.

A healthy view

Wilton Library welcomes the Stamford Hospital Mobile Facility on Friday, Sept. 5 for Mammography Screenings. The wellness coach will be parked in the library’s front parking lot from 10 to 2 to conduct the screenings. Women ages 35-39 can get baseline screenings and women 40 and older can receive annual mammograms. The service is fully digital, fast, convenient, private and an important step in women’s health. Insurance is accepted. To schedule an appointment for the screening, call 203-276-PINK (7465) and choose Option 1.

Musical fun for little ones

While the big kids are going off to school, little kids ages 2 to 6 can enjoy the fun of Robert the Guitar Guy on Friday, Sept. 5, from 11 to 11:30. Robert will entertain the children and adults with his interactive program that combines movement, music, props and pure joy.  Registration is recommended; there is no fee. The program is made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

An artistic view

An unlikely combination of circus acts and alternative photographic processes marks the art exhibition, “Aerial Grace & Altered Views” opening Friday, Sept. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  The artist Karen E. Gersch captures exhilarating images of acrobats, aerialists and more while photographer Pam Rouleau leaves her conventional image-making to explore different techniques in her photography. Their works together bring visually arresting colors, textures and subject matter to the library’s walls. A majority of the works will be available for purchase. The exhibition runs through Sept. 29. The reception is open to the public.

More authors in September

It is the end of August, but by the time people get through the rush of school and finishing some vacation days, the middle of September will be here and programs may be missed. To avoid that disappointment, people may want to take note of two upcoming author visits.  Horsewoman and author Janet Barrett comes to the library on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. She will be discussing the heart-warming story of Reckless, a wily Korean pony, who helped U.S. Marines during the Korean War by carrying ammunition up steep hills. In the non-fiction book, They Called Her Reckless, Ms. Barrett recounts the tale of this courageous little war horse who won the hearts of the military she served, along with saving lives and lifting spirits. The program is co-sponsored by the James B. Whipple American Legion Post 86 and the library. Books will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Post 86 and the library. On Tuesday, Sept. 16, best-selling author Philippa Gregory visits the library from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to talk about her latest entry in the Cousins’ War series, The King’s Curse. Ms. Gregory offers a new look at King Henry VIII in this latest novel portraying the king as an abuser, serial killer and war criminal. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration is highly encouraged.

The library resumes Sunday hours on Sept. 7, from 1-5 p.m. To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teen activities and ext. 217 for children’s events.