Library Lines: Feb. 13

Driver safety

AARP is offering its Driver Safety Class for people over age 50 on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10 to 2. The four-hour, in-class session covers changes that occur in vision, reflexes and hearing as one ages and how to adapt strategies for the road. The program is for Connecticut residents only. The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Participants are asked to bring checks or cash only. Registration is required.

Books to chat about

The Tuesday Book Buzz group gets together on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 11 to noon to talk about everything books — new good reads, old favorites — whatever the group wants. Melissa Baker and Lauren McLaughlin, two of the library’s knowledgeable librarians, will moderate the conversation. Participants will learn which new books are coming out, which ones the library has on order and therefore can be reserved and much more. Attendees may receive pre-publication books if they are available. People are encouraged to come with friends. Registration is suggested.

Teens make a plan

The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meets on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 3:30 to 5 to plan events for Teen Services. This group of kids from grades six through 12 meet monthly to review materials for the teen collection and to plan fun events. Newcomers are welcome at any time.  Registration is recommended. Students may email Tracey Morgan at tmorgan@wiltonlibrary.org or call her at 203-762-3950, ext. 224.

Viola duo

Wilton High School graduate Nick Revel returns to the library with his viola partner, Nora Krohn, for a special Friday evening performance of a Connecticut’s Own Concert on Feb. 21, from 7 to 8 p.m. They perform together as Folie à Deux, and have graced the Brubeck Room stage once before in front of a very appreciative audience. They will be performing several works for violas in an inspired program. Nick is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Nora, a native of Baltimore, and a graduate of Brown University and SUNY Purchase, plays regularly with the Ridgefield Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic, and DiCapo Opera. Registration is strongly recommended. The program is free. Pre-registrants should arrive by 6:50 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 6:50 if space is available.

Pups, awards and crafts

It promises to be a very busy Saturday on Feb. 22 with puppies, winter reading challenge awards and crafts. From 11 to noon, certified therapy dogs from ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) will be on hand for kids to read to the gentle pups. Tales to Tails encourages reluctant readers to read aloud, thereby giving them a sense of accomplishment and pride, while nourishing the children’s love of reading. Children must be independent readers. Registration is required. From 3 to 4:30 on Saturday, kids who participated in the Winter 2014 Reading Olympics Challenge will have an awards ceremony acknowledging their accomplishments of reading as many books as they could over a three-week period. After the awards ceremony, kids will be able to create Olympic crafts to take home. The program is sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

The Erie Canal 

In the second installment of the Wilton Historical Society/Wilton Library Scholarly Series collaboration, American Made: The Industrial Revolution in Connecticut, Dr. Ann Greene will discuss the Erie Canal on Sunday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 5:30 at the Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road in Wilton. Dr. Greene’s presentation, “The Erie Canal, A Mule Named Sal and the Industrialization of America,” examines the long history of the canal and shines a light on the energy and environmental history of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Dr. Greene is a faculty member and administrator at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of History and Sociology of Science. See the library’s website for more information about Dr. Greene and additional lectures in the series. The series is sponsored by Bankwell in Wilton. This lecture is sponsored by the Stamford Pathology Group PC. The moderator is Max Gabrielson. Registration is strongly recommended. The series is free; donations are gratefully accepted.

Introducing enhanced searches in the catalog

The library now has an enhancement to the online catalog that makes finding fiction and nonfiction book information more satisfying. After selecting a book title, a patron may click on “Full Display” and find expert reading recommendations from librarians, lists of other books in the series listed in sequence order, and books that are similar to the ones that have just been searched. Reader ratings and reviews from GoodReads, one of the largest social networks for book lovers, are also available. Patrons may use the example of Hunger Games to see all these extras. Anyone having questions may call the library’s reference librarians at 203-762-3950, ext. 211.

The library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17 for Presidents Day. To register for programs, visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-390, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teen activities and ext. 217 for children’s events.