Library Lines: Feb. 26

Kids’ fun this Saturday

Puppies will be listening calmly and quietly while children read to them during Tales to Tails on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 11 to noon. The therapy canines are from ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) and are trained to sit still while the children read. Reading out loud gives children the confidence to read more often and perhaps help them develop reading as a lifelong habit. Children must be independent readers and need to be registered for this free program.
Also on Saturday, the brass quintet from the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra will introduce kids to the sound of “Star Wars” and other celestial delights. The program, for children ages 4-10, is from 11 to noon in the Brubeck Room. There is no charge, but registration is required.

Author talks about the “Sound of Music”

One of Hollywood’s most treasured films, The Sound of Music , will be discussed by author Tom Santopietro on Sunday, March 1, from 4 to 5:30. Anyone who thrills to the opening sequence with Julie Andrews twirling her way through the lush green meadow high in the Austrian Alps will want to hear this author who has written the ultimate fan book, The Sound of Music Story . With all the inside dope from behind-the-scenes stories of the filming in Austria and Hollywood to new interviews with Johannes von Trapp and others, Mr. Santopietro provides a historian’s critical analysis of careers, controversy and the super stardom that greeted Julie Andrews. The U.S. Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2001, as it was deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” Mr. Santopietro is the author of The Godfather Effect, The Importance of Being Barbra, Considering Doris Day (A New York Times Editor’s Choice) and Sinatra in Hollywood . As a resident of New York, Mr. Santopietro has worked for the past 20 years in New York theater as a manager of more than two dozen Broadway shows. A Q&A and book signing will follow the talk. There is no charge. Registration is highly recommended.

A special story time

In celebration of Read Across America Day, the Children’s Library staff will read to kids on Monday, March 2, from 3:30 to 4:30. The reading selections are six titles from the Caldecott Awards. The winning book is Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat. The five additional titles are Caldecott Honor books — Nana in the City , Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art , Sam & Dave Dig a Hole , Viva Frida , and The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus . Registration is not required.

3D printing for kids

Children ages 8-12 can start learning about 3D printing with the 3D Makers program, from 4 to 4:45, on Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18 and 25. Working with library staff and the 3D printer designated for the Children’s Library, kids will be able to create their own 3D designs using a website and then see them being printed out on the printer. Designs should be no larger than 5 centimeters (cm) and may be picked up on another day if the printing is not completed in the session. Children should register for each session separately on the library’s website.
Magic cards
Teens in grades 7-9 now have a place to gather for Magic: The Gathering. On Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26, teens can bring their Magic cards and join others in the wizarding game of chance and skill. No registration is required — kids can just show up with their cards and challenge their friends or meet new ones.

Jazz guitarist in Hot & Cool concert

Jazz guitarist Julian Lage graces the Brubeck Room stage in a Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert on Saturday, March 7, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The American guitarist, composer and arranger is rooted in both traditional and acoustic forms of jazz. He has recorded with Gary Burton, David Grisman, Eric Harland, Anthony Wilson, Martin Taylor (a Hot & Cool alum), Joshua Bell and Yoko Ono. The concerts are made possible by the William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer and Chris and Tish Brubeck. A donation of $10 per person is suggested. Pre-registered attendees should arrive by 7:20 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be seated after 7:20 if space is available.

Innovative skills

Innovation Station technology classes are filling up with people developing skills in 3D printing, soldering, die cutting and much more. The classes this week are:

  • Introduction to 3D Printing on Sunday, March 1, from 2 to 3;

  • Introduction to Tinkercad 3D Design on Monday, March 2, from 6 to 7;

  • Introduction to Electronic Sewing on Tuesday, March 3, from 10 to 11;

  • Introduction to Digital Scanning on Thursday, March 5, from 2 to 3;

  • Introduction to Die Cutting on Friday, March 6, from 10 to 11;

  • Introduction to 3D Printing on Saturday, March 7, from 2 to 3;

  • Introduction to Tinkercad 3D Design on Saturday, March 7, from 3:30 to 4:30.

Registration is required for all classes. Participants must have a valid Connecticut library card and a signed Innovation Station Agreement Form, which may be found on the library’s website.

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.