Library Lines: Dec. 10

Keeping an eye on nature

As people walk into the library this month they immediately will be up close and personal with nature in An Eye for Detail, the art exhibition featuring the paintings of celebrated botanical artist Dick Rauh and the works of Wilton photographer Joyce Seymore. The exhibition opens with a reception on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The two artists share their passion for observing nature and their works complement each other’s, exploring the smaller beauties of nature that often go unnoticed. A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The exhibition runs through Dec. 29. The reception is open to the public.

Teen crafts

With holidays approaching, mid-terms looming and college letters arriving any day now, teens in grades 6-12 may have a bit of pressure on them right now. The library has two fun programs that might help relieve some of that tension and let the kids chill. On Monday, Dec. 14, kids can kick back and color with Color and Chill for Teens from 3:30 to 5. This free session gives kids a chance to drop-in and get their creative juices flowing with pencils or gel pens and some cool designs. There’s no structure, no instructions and no registration. Just come in and start coloring.

On Tuesday, Dec. 15, teens in grades 6-12 can make seasonal ornaments in Christmas Decorations for Teens, from 3:30 to 5, while listening to music and enjoying refreshments. Registration is required because space is limited. The program is made possible by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

Pastor discusses book

The Rev. Dr. Jason Coker, the pastor at Wilton Baptist Church, discusses his latest book, James in Postcolonial Perspective: The Letter as Nativist Discourse, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The book focuses on the role the Roman Empire had in shaping the development of early Judaism and Christianity. By understanding the Letter of James, a book in the New Testament, as a Jewish document negotiating Jewish identity, Coker argues that it both confronts Roman imperialism as well as other ways of Jewish identity negotiation — particularly the way Paul negotiates identity. In an earlier interview with The Bulletin, Coker said, “It’s an incredible moment in history for both Christianity and Judaism.” This book has clear ramifications for modern Jewish-Christian relations. Additionally, there will be a panel of other clergy in town responding to Rev. Coker’s book. This interfaith dialogue will hopefully be educational, as well as inspiring. There is no charge. Registration is recommended. A Q&A will follow the talk. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Book club for kids

The Nifty Nutmeggers Book Club gets together on Thursday, Dec. 17, from 3 to 3:45, for third through fifth graders to read Nutmeg Book Award nominations. The children read a new book each month and then vote for their favorite next year. The books will be discussed, snacks will be served and games will be played, along with other fun book-related activities. This month’s book to read in advance is Winterling by Sarah Prineas. The program is a partnership between the library and Cider Mill School. Registration is required; there is no fee.

Ways to give

The Holiday Book Sale is in full swing in the library’s gallery. Books, CDs, DVDs in pristine condition, and some that are actually brand-new, are available for purchase at bargain prices. Whether buyers are looking for toddlers, young readers or teens, picture books, chapter books or serial books, gardening, mystery, art or how-to items, there is something for everyone. Library volunteers replenish the inventory regularly. The Giving Tree also is a mainstay in the gallery during the holiday season. The tree is festooned with “ornaments” that are a virtual wish list for the library’s collection. People can pick out the selections and buy them for the library to commemorate an occasion, or in honor or in memory of someone. Book Sale and Giving Tree items may be purchased at the circulation desk. The library's annual appeal also is underway and a way to give back to the library. Donations of all sizes are greatly appreciated and help fund the collection, programs and services which are kept current and robust by patrons’ support and enjoyed for years to come by the community.

Seasonal gifts

For anyone with a curiosity or desire to create something using the Innovation Station equipment, the library has several programs this week for the maker or would-be maker. Beginning with 3D Holiday Ornaments, on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 12 to 4, people can stop by, select a holiday design and watch it be printed on the 3D printer. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to print depending upon the design. Holiday Gift Tags can be made on Sunday, Dec. 13, from 2 to 3:30, using the Cricut die cutter.

Knitters and crocheters spend quality time together on Mondays during Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters, from 1 to 2:30, in the Innovation Station. They enjoy the group camaraderie and encourage others to join in. People should bring their own projects. If a person is new to knitting, yarn and needles are available to try out.

Embroidered Holiday Items like holiday tea towels, aprons, bibs or burp cloths for babies can be made in one-on-one sessions on Tuesday, Dec. 15 or Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

With the stress of holiday shopping and preparation, the library has set aside time for Relax and Color on Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 11 to 12:30. This is some personal time to grab gel pens, select a beautiful design and just chill. The holiday gift tags and embroidered holiday items sessions are by registration only for seventh graders to adults, and sixth graders accompanied by adults. Participants must have valid Connecticut library cards and signed Innovation Station Agreement forms, which may be found on the library’s website under Innovation Station.

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.