Library Lines: Feb. 12

Jazz pianist returns

Pianist and composer Gerald Clayton returns to Wilton Library’s Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room on Sunday, Feb. 15, for a concert, beginning at 4 p.m.

Mr. Clayton graced the Brubeck Room stage eight years ago and in the interim has solidified his standing in the jazz world. He has created three albums as a leader, attended several studio projects as a sideman and has been in countless performances worldwide.

Mr. Clayton is joined by internationally-renowned saxophonist, composer and educator Dayna Stephens, who is also a master of composition and arrangement, a highly-acclaimed band leader and an in-demand sideman.

The Hot & Cool concerts are supported by the William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer and Chris and Tish Brubeck.

Suggested donation for the evening is $10 per person, which includes an informal reception after the concert.

Registration is highly recommended. Pre-registered attendees should arrive by 3:50 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-ins will be accommodated after 3:50 if space is available.

Books, books and more books

The monthly book chat, Tuesday Book Buzz, takes place on Feb. 17, from 11 a.m. to noon. This is a great opportunity to get together with friends and librarians Melissa Baker and Lauren McLaughlin to discuss favorite reads, noteworthy titles and new books that are on the horizon.

Participants may pick up new pre-publication books when available, hear about new books being released and reserve them, and sign up for author talks. There is no charge and registration is recommended, especially during the winter months.

Grid and bear it

The rudimentary elements of spreadsheets will be discussed in Technology Class - Basic Excel on Wednesday, Feb. 18, offered from 2:30 to  3:30 and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Michael Bellacosa will instruct the beginner session for those who want to learn the fundamentals of spreadsheets. Basic computer skills, including mouse proficiency, are required.

The class is hands-on learning with no more than 16 students in the room each at an assigned computer. Advance registration is required for these free classes.

Wildlife protection

George Schaller, a field biologist and naturalist, will discuss wildlife extinction in the Wilton Go Green/Wilton Library Green Speaker Series: A Life in the Wild on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Ms. Schaller is vice president of Panthera Corporation and senior conservationist of the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York. He has spent most of his time abroad in Asia, Africa and South America with his wife, Kay, where they have studied and helped protect animals as diverse as mountain gorillas, giant pandas, jaguars and Tibetan antelope.

The award-winning conservationist will be interviewed by international documentary photographer and Wilton resident Daryl Hawk.

The program is co-sponsored by Wilton Go Green and the library. There is no charge. Registration is recommended.

Chinese New Year

Children ages 3 and up can join in on the Chinese New Year celebration, taking place at the library on Friday, Feb. 20, from 4 to 5 p.m. In the Year of the Goat, the children enjoy a special story time, snacks, crafts and other activities including a dragon parade. Registration is recommended.

Picking up new skills

Innovation Station classes this week give people a chance to learn about 3D design, digital scanning, die cutting and more. The classes being offered are:

  • Introduction to Tinkercad 3D Design on Sunday, Feb. 15, from 2 to 3;
  • Introduction to Digital Scanning on Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 10 to 11;
  • Introduction to Die Cutting on Thursday, Feb. 19, from  2 to 3;
  • Introduction to Soldering on Friday, Feb. 20, from 10 to 11;
  • Introduction to 3D Printing on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 2 to 3;
  • Introduction to Tinkercad 3D Design on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 3:30 to 4:30.

Registration is required for all the classes, which are free of charge. Attendees must be 13 years or older and have a valid CT library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form, which should be completed and brought to the first workshop.

Save these dates

Two important fund-raisers for the library are coming up this late winter and spring, so people may want to note them now on their calendars and keep an eye out for information.

The library’s sixth annual Wine Tasting takes place Thursday, March 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The evening includes a selection of wines provided by New Canaan Wine Merchants and wonderful hors d’oeuvres provided by area restaurants and food purveyors. Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased now by calling Jennifer Wallace at 203-762-3950 ext. 239.

The library’s spring benefit, Beyond Words, is Friday, May 1, and due to its proximity to the Kentucky Derby, will have a decidedly southern flair. There will be live and silent auctions, delectable food, and much more. For the first time, the event will have honorary chairs — Tish and Chris Brubeck. Tickets will be going on sale soon.

Please note the library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 16 for Presidents’ Day. To register for any 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.