Library Lines: Feb. 25

Jazz flutist in concert

The Jamie Baum Septet+ graces the library’s stage for a Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The group has been performing since 1999 and has three award-winning CDs. The Saturday night performance is a warm-up to the band going into the studio to record its latest CD. Baum, a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship Award recipient and NYC jazz flutist/composer, has toured 28 countries and worked with artists as diverse as George Russell, Mick Goodrick, Paul Motion and Randy Brecker to Dave Douglas, Ralph Alessi, Uri Caine and Wadada Leo Smith. An informal reception follows the concert where CDs will be available for purchase and signing. The suggested donation for the concert is $10. Hot & Cool concerts are funded by the William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer, and Chris and Tish Brubeck. Advance registration is strongly suggested due to the overwhelming popularity of the concert series. Pre-registrants should arrive by 7:20 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 7:20 if space is available.

Reading and talking about food

The Food Lit Book Group gets together Tuesday, March 1, from 11 to noon to discuss Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen by Donia Bijan.  Publishers Weekly wrote, “A wonderfully written memoir ... so well rendered ... Bijan writes movingly of her parents' accomplishments, their difficulty adjusting to their new home, and her own burgeoning love of food and cooking ... Like the perfect dessert, each chapter ends with recipes.” Pamela Lillis, a nutritional health coach and lover of food lit will moderate the discussion. For more dates and book selections, visit the library’s website. Registration is suggested.

Kids get animated

Children in grades 1 through 5 have a chance to learn how to create art and animation in Coding Class being offered on Tuesday, March 1, from 4 to 5 p.m. In this program, kids will work with an instructor and Code Studio by to learn about algorithms and basic steps to coding. The children do not have to have any experience with coding. Caregivers are required to stay in the computer lab with children under eight years old. Space is limited and registration is required. The program is made possible by the Amadeo Family.

Women’s History Month panel

As a way of marking Women’s History Month, the library is pleased to offer a panel of authors from the moving anthology, Fall of Poppies — Stories of Love and the Great War, on Tuesday, March 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The collection of short stories is from nine authors, top voices in historical fiction, who share stories of love, strength, and renewals as “hope takes root in the fall of poppies.” The six authors on the panel are Jessica Brockmole, Hazel Gaynor, Jennifer Robson, Heather Webb, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig; Evangeline Holland, Marci Jefferson, and Kate Kerrigan are included in the anthology. The library’s registration link on the website has more details on each.  A Q&A and book signing will follow the talk. There is no charge; registration is recommended. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Elm Street Books.  

Fun day celebrates reading

Tuesday, March 2, is Read Across America Day and the library has a few things in store for kids. From 10 to 5, kids can drop in and take part in Find the States and Authors –— an interactive scavenger hunt. Images of states from Connecticut to California will be hidden about the Children's Library. To add to the fun, each image will show a children's book written by a native of that state. Children of all ages are invited to come find them all. There is no registration required. Also on March 2, from 4 to 5, children may participate in the program Celebrate the Birthday of Dr. Seuss. They will hear stories, see the Cat in the Hat make mischief and finish by making a special Seussical craft.  Registration is required for this activity which is for kids ages 4 and up.

Cast on stitches and fun

Two avid knitters, Cindy and Marianne, are hosting Knit a Washcloth on two fun-filled evenings where people can learn how to do just that. The dates are Wednesday, March 2 and 9, from 6 to 8. No skills are needed to enjoy the experience. Participants should bring size 8 needles and 1 skein of cotton yarn. The program is for adults and teens in grades 7 or higher. Space is limited and registration is required for the two-evening program.

And there’s more maker fun

While March Madness may mean college basketball to some, it means something quite different at the library which is hosting March Makers Madness Ladies’ Night Out on Tuesday, March 8, from 8 to 10. The library’s fun night out features making, mingling and mixing it up with friends, fun and easy DIY projects. Ladies are invited to mingle, munch, sip wine and create by the fire. Participants will learn how to etch wine glasses, make candy stands, embellish trivets and just relax and color. No experience is necessary. Materials, appetizers and wine will be provided. The cost is $25, payable in advance. Bring a friend or make new ones! To register, visit the library’s website.

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.