Library Lines: Dec. 11

A collection of artists

Wilton Library’s art exhibition this month features 13 artists from the local area. Their exhibition, “Together — A Collective Show from the St. Philip Artists’ Guild,” opens on Friday, Dec. 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The featured artists are Bruce Horan and Sergey Stepanenko of Darien; Amy Bilden of Greenwich; Sherry Becker, Melissa Chieffalo, Donna Davie, Ralph DiMarco, Tony Mobilia, David and Dollko Morico and Dolores Tema of Norwalk; Dorothy Robertshaw of Westport and Beverly Ward of Wilton. The group commonly known as SPAG shares studio space in the historic Manice Lockwood Mansion on the grounds of St. Philip Roman Catholic Church in Norwalk. The focus of the group is to foster creative thinking and to support both its members and the arts community at large in pursuing its artistic goals. The majority of works are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The exhibition runs through Jan. 13. The reception is open to the public.

Tech savvy

3D printing and design sessions are available in the Innovation Station this week for participants who are 13 years and older. Introduction to 3D Printing takes place on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 2 to 3, and again on Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. In these sessions, people will see a one-hour demo of 3D printing. Once an introductory 3D class is taken, attendees may sign up for individual time on the printer. If attendees have already taken the prerequisite Intro to 3D Printing, then participants may enroll in the Introduction to Tinkercad 3D Design, on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 3:30 to 4:30. In this session, people will learn how to use Tinkercad, an easy-to-use tool for creating 3D designs. Space is limited for all of the Innovation Station sessions. Attendees must be 13 years old or older, have a valid Connecticut library card and a signed Innovation Station agreement form on file. Registration is required for all sessions.

Holiday musical fun

Award-winning musician Robin Greenstein comes to the library on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 2 to 3, to entertain families with festive holiday music. She performs popular holiday favorites on guitar, flute, violin and percussion. Children will be able to chime in on “Jingle Bells” and see Robin in Victorian dress as she ushers in the holiday season. Registration is required. The program is for children ages 4 and up and their families.

A picture says it all

The New Perspectives Documentary Film Series features “Get the Picture” on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. This award-winning documentary recounts the remarkable life of John G. Morris, a revered Life Magazine photojournalist who was involved in the D-Day Normandy landing and provides a distinct insight into the power of one man’s passion for photography. The film won “Best Irish Documentary” at Dublin Film Festival 2013 and “The Audience Award” at Warsaw Film Festival for Best Documentary. Refreshments served. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A will follow the film. Suggested donation for the screening is $5 per person. Registration is highly recommended for this popular series. In the event of inclement weather, an email notification will go to those who have registered for the event.

Talking about books

The Tuesday Book Buzz group gathers on Dec. 16, from 11 to noon, to talk about favorite reads, authors and anything new coming into view. The group is facilitated by Melissa Baker and Lauren McLaughlin, two of the library’s knowledgeable librarians. When available, participants will have first access to pre-publication books, registration for author talks and more. Registration is suggested.

Kids’ book group

The Nifty Nutmeggers Book Club meets on Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 3 to 4, to discuss new Nutmeg books. The children read new entries every month and then will get to vote on them in May. This month’s selections are Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci (Elementary, grades 2 to 4), The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba (Elementary), and Joshua Dread by Lee Bacon (Intermediate, grades 4 to 6). The kids will discuss the books, have snacks, play games, and do other fun book-related activities. This program is a partnership between Wilton Library and Cider Mill School. Registration is required; there is no fee.

What’s all the Hoopla?

The library has just announced its new digital service, Hoopla Digital, providing more than 225,000 music albums available for mobile and online access. Through this partnership, Wilton residents will be able to download or stream new pop and rock, country, soundtracks, rap, electronic, classic rock, Broadway shows, and children’s music. The free Hoopla Digital mobile app can be downloaded on patrons’ mobile devices. If using computers, people can visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying hundreds of music albums from major record companies. These albums are available to borrow for seven days for instant streaming or download to smartphones, tablets and computers. Up to five albums per month may be borrowed per registered Wilton Library card holder. There is no waiting to borrow albums and Hoopla Digital’s automatic return feature eliminates late fees. To create a Hoopla account, residents will be prompted to enter their library card numbers, email addresses and passwords. The system will validate that users are in good standing with the library, so they may begin to browse, borrow, and enjoy the music.


To register for programs, visit wiltonlibrary.org 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.