Library Lines: Dec. 31

Crafters gather

A great way to unwind after the hubbub of the holidays is to join Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters on Mondays, Jan. 4 through May 23, from 1 to 2:30 in the Innovation Station. This drop-in time is designed for those who love to work in yarn and offers camaraderie with a group of interested participants. It allows people to make new friends, get tips and share ideas while working on one’s own project. The library has needles and yarn for those who want to give it a try. There is no registration. Also in Innovation Station this week is Personalized 3D Luggage Tags, Monday, Jan. 4, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Embroider It!, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; and Make Thank You Cards, Friday, Jan. 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m. These three sessions require registration as space is limited. The programs are for ages 13 to adults, or sixth and seventh graders accompanied by adults.

Teen programs

The Teen Advisory Board has its first meeting of the New Year on Monday, Jan. 4, from 3:30 to 4:30. This group is a valuable resource within the library because they help plan teen activities and provide input on materials for the collection. The board is for kids in grades 6 through 12 and newcomers are welcomed all season long. New recruits are asked to fill out an application that can be accessed online and bring it with them.  Applications also will be available at the meeting. Registration is recommended. Contact Jennifer Walker, teen services assistant, for details at or 203-762-3950, ext. 224. Teen Services also is introducing a new program for girls in grades 6 through 12 entitled Girls Who Code Club. The club will be meeting on Wednesdays from Jan. 6 through May 25, from 4 to 6. Participants will be learning to create mobile apps, games and websites. This group is part of a national club that offers project-based activities in a fun and creative environment. The program is supported by Girls Who Code ( a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Registration is required as is attendance for each session.

Food, glorious food

The Food Lit Book Group is in full swing for the winter with the first meeting of the New Year on Tuesday, Jan. 5, from 11 to noon. The group will be discussing Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin. The Hartford Courant commented, “Reading the essays of Laurie Colwin is a bit like eating comfort food: warm, familiar and good for the soul.” Pamela Lillis, a nutritional health coach, avid reader, and lover of food lit, will moderate the discussion. There is no charge for the program. Registration is recommended especially during winter months when inclement weather may affect library openings and closings. Visit the library’s website homepage and click on “Books.” Then scroll to Food Lit Book Group for future book selections and dates.  

Kids’ stuff

With everyone consumed by the holidays, it might be easy to miss what the library has for kids in the first week of the New Year. On Thursday, Jan. 7 and 14, Shape-opolis is Back!, from 4 to 5, for kids in grades 3 through 5. These two fun sessions have kids building imagined cities using a variety of three dimensional shapes. By creating and then combining tetrahedrons, octahedrons, rectangular prism, pentagonal prism, pyramids and so many more shapes, kids will be part of an urban development project that will impress all those who visit the Children's Library. The program is supported by the Amadeo Family. This is a two-part program with registration required; children will automatically be enrolled in both sessions. Little ones will be entertained in Fun with Lynn Lewis on Friday, Jan. 8, from 11 to noon. This popular performer gets the kids and their adults singing and dancing so everyone can have fun. The program is supported by the Wilton Newcomers Club. Registration is required. Also on Friday, children ages 6 through 12 can create drawings and have them printed on the library’s 3D printer. 3-D Print Your Drawing is from 3:30 to 4:30. The program is supported by the Amadeo Family. Registration is required.

Outdoor landscapes

“Realism into Abstraction: Nature as a Metaphor” is the January art exhibition featuring the large-scale oil paintings of Jim Sparks opening Friday, Jan. 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The New York artist delights in an intense and focused observation of the myriad details that accumulate on the boundaries of outdoor landscapes. According to Sparks, “The patterns, textures and complexity of forms, often greatly amplified, contribute to a lyrical poetic transformation of the ordinary into the sublime.” A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The reception is open to the public. The exhibition runs through Friday, Jan. 29.

Director attends screening

The New Perspectives Film Series will be screening Missing People on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The documentary’s director, David Shapiro, will be in attendance and will participate in the Q&A moderated by Megan Smith-Harris, a Wilton resident and documentary filmmaker. Missing People is a nonfiction mystery about an enigmatic woman investigating her brother's long unsolved murder, while obsessively collecting and researching the violent work and life of an outsider artist. As these parallel narratives intertwine, shocking events unfold. In addition to being the film’s director, Shapiro also is the writer, producer and an award-winning filmmaker. The film has been acknowledged as follows: Hamptons International Film Festival 2015 — Won the Golden Starfish Award for Documentary Feature: David Shapiro; Los Angeles Film Festival 2015 — Nominated for Documentary Award: David Shapiro. A $5 donation is suggested. Registration is highly recommended.

The library is closed today and tomorrow, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The Giving Tree and Holiday Book Sale end on Sunday, Jan. 3. 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.