Library Lines: Feb. 18

Culture class comedy

The New Perspectives Film Series takes a look at a clash of cultures in Meet the Patels on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Siblings Geeta and Ravi Patel direct this romantic comedy documentary about 30-year-old Indian-American Ravi’s struggle to bring home the right girl that his traditional Indian parents will accept. The film had its international premiere at Hot Docs in April 2015. Fox Searchlight has acquired the remake rights after the documentary won the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Suggested donation is $5 per person to offset costs. Refreshments will be served. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration is highly recommended.

Race relations discussed in scholarly series

The second lecture of the Wilton Library/Wilton Historical Society Scholarly Series: America — From the Guns of August to the Gathering Storm is on Sunday, Feb. 21, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road. James Goodman’s talk entitled, Stories of Scottsboro, will cover the controversial series of events surrounding the Scottsboro Boys and the state of race relations and the influence of the Communist/Socialist Parties in that time in the U.S. On March 25, 1931, some black boys and white boys got into a fight on a freight train in Alabama. According to Goodman, “Along with hundreds of thousands of other Americans, they had taken to the rails in search of a shorter breadline, a warmer place to sleep, and, if they got lucky, a few days' work.” The arrests and convictions of the black boys on the charge of rape, their subsequent long imprisonments on death row, and the appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court is a disturbing tale about the economic, political, and social divisions of this period of American history, with repercussions that extend to this present day. James Goodman is a professor of history and creative writing at Rutgers University, Newark. He is the author of short stories, essays, book reviews, and three books, Stories of Scottsboro, Blackout, and But Where is the Lamb? The remaining lectures are as follows, please note the location of each lecture: March 13 at the Wilton Library — Jazz Heritages — Bob Riccio; March 20 at the Wilton Historical Society — WWI and the Future of America — Matthew Warshauer; and April 3 at the Wilton Historical Society — Folk Music and Social Consciousness in the Interwar Years — Stephen Armstrong. Receptions follow the talks. The lectures are free, but donations are always welcomed. The series is sponsored by Bankwell of Wilton. This program is sponsored by Chris and Dan Delmar. The moderator is Max Gabrielson. Registration is required.

Weir Farm artist’s exhibition

Angi Shearstone, Weir Farm’s artist in residence for February, will hold her Weir Farm art exhibition at the library on Monday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Shearstone seeks to integrate more deeply the techniques of Chinese brush painting with other approaches to watercolor and image making in her work. She will experiment further with traditional Chinese subjects and aesthetics on toned and marbled backgrounds, study these techniques on a range of surfaces, and explore how she might integrate advanced watercolor techniques into the process. The exhibition is co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. There is no charge. Registration is suggested.

What’s happening with Wilton kids

Youth and parent surveys show that youth are using substances at a higher rate than parents believe they are. Although Wilton teens may not be using drugs and alcohol, they are exposed to them. A survey of Wilton middle and high school students shows high rates of binge drinking, e-cigarette use and marijuana use among upperclassmen. In the program, Not My Kid: What's Really Happening with Marijuana, Binge Drinking, and E-Cigarettes in Wilton, on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wendy Bentivegna, grant director for Positive Directions will share survey results and briefly discuss e-cigarettes and binge drinking. Both Wendy and Kristin Dineen, Wilton Public Schools outreach counselor, will be available for questions about the survey. John Douglas, MD, clinical director of the Outpatient Addiction Program at Silver Hill Hospital, will share information about marijuana. Given that substance use is more common than parents think, it is important for parents to maintain open communication with their teens and know how to get help when they are worried their child might have a problem. It is also important for parents to educate themselves about substances, like e-cigarettes and different strains of marijuana that did not exist during their teen years. Douglas will explain more about the dangers of these substances and discuss the warning signs of addiction disorders. There is no charge. The program is co-sponsored by Wilton Youth Council, Silver Hill Hospital, Positive Directions, and Wilton Library. Registration is strongly encouraged.

Meet a Wilton teen author

Sixteen-year-old Wilton resident, Claire Fraise, presents her newly published book, Imperfect, a young adult science fiction novel in the Area Author Affair on Monday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 7 p.m. The novel is perfect for teens and young adults who are fans of Divergent, The Hunger Games, and Fifth Wave. Her debut effort projects a dark world some 400 years ahead, where a tyrannical, corporation-controlled government sees fit to experiment on children and to use its lab-based enhancements to build a superior army. When homeschooled Claire was 13 years old, she founded and incorporated an animal rescue company. Over the next year and a-half, she saved the lives of 20 dogs that were living in kill shelters. It is no surprise that just three years later, at age 16, this bright, spunky girl has written and published her first book. She will be talking about her book as well as the process of writing and publishing at such a young age. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. There is no charge.  Registration is highly recommended.

To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call the Circulation Desk at 203-762-6334 for adult programs, the Children’s Library at 203-762-6336 and Teen Services at 203-762-6342. This week’s Innovation Station maker classes can be found on the library’s website.