Library Lines: Feb. 5

Special for children

Saturday, Feb. 7, is “Take Your Child to the Library Day” and Wilton Library will be ready for the kids with two fun programs. From 10:30 to 11:30, kids in grades K and up will be treated to “The Future of the Monarch Butterfly” by the Animal Embassy of Stamford. The talk explores the incredible life cycle of the monarch butterfly and the children will hear about the challenges and threats facing this beautiful insect. The program is supported by the Amadeo Family Fund. Then, from 2 to 3:45, children will be able to unleash their inner Elsa, Anna and Olaf in the “Frozen Sing-Along” movie screening. The kids are invited to come in costume and while singing away will be able to enjoy blue sno-cones. The program is geared to children 3 and up. Registration is required. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver, children under 12 must have a caregiver in the building. The program is made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

Introducing kids to photography

Although not quite related to “Take Your Child to the Library Day,” the library is hosting a program presented by the Wilton Arts Council for children and teens (and novices of all ages) entitled Focus on Photography, on Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m. The purpose of the event is to engage the audience in open discussion around photographic techniques and how these impact a photograph. Since the Wilton Arts Council’s Focus Photography Exhibit is scheduled for March 2015, one of the judges for Focus ’15 will be on hand to provide some ideas on what they look for in a photo contest. The workshop will be hosted by Dean Price of the Wilton Arts Council. Registration is suggested.

Film series examines hearing devices

The New Perspectives Documentary Film Series screens Sound and Fury on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The film documents one family’s struggle over whether or not to provide two deaf children with cochlear implants, devices that can stimulate hearing. The medical device is controversial in the deaf community and is a highly charged subject. Sound and Fury was a 2001 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature. There is a suggested donation of $5 for the film series. Refreshments will be served. The film series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration is highly recommended.

Scholarly series continues

Brent Colley will present “A Gilded Life: Mark Twain,” on Feb. 8, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Wilton Historical Society for the second installment of “The Gilded Age: Culture and Conflict at the End of the 19th Century.” In the scholarly series collaboration between the library and the historical society, Mr. Colley will discuss Mark Twain’s life and the challenges Twain faced and overcame which belies his “charmed life” myth. Mr. Colley is a resident scholar of Redding’s Mark Twain Library, an authority on Twain and a popular speaker on the history of Connecticut in this area. The series is made possible by an anonymous donor. The lecture is sponsored by Lila and Buck Griswold. Steve Hudspeth will handle the moderator’s duties. Registration is essential for this very popular series.

More photography discussed

The Area Author Affair brings photographer and author Laurie Klein to the library on Monday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 7 p.m. Ms. Klein is renowned for her use of digital infrared (IR) photography and what it does to enhance the female nude in her work. Using IR-modified cameras, she designs scenes of her models in evocative natural settings that transform them into fairies, nymphs, and goddesses. She will discuss her new book, Photographing the Female Form with Digital Infrared, her mentoring of young people to encourage them to follow their dreams, and her hero Ansel Adams. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is highly recommended.

Survivors’ group meets

The Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group meets this week on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. This is a group for post-treatment survivors and is held every month at the library. For more information or for answers to any questions, please call Nina Marino at 203-857-7304. Registration is encouraged on the library’s website, especially during the winter months.

Wilton Library Readers get together

This month’s book discussion for the Wilton Library Readers is We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler on Wednesday, Feb. 11, from noon to 1:30. Susan Boyar leads the group which meets the second Wednesday of each month. For a listing of additional dates and titles, visit the library’s website and click on Wilton Library Readers in “Books.”

Innovation and technology classes

The library has a strong line-up of Innovation Station and technology classes this week that include Introduction to 3D Printing, Saturday, Feb. 7, from 2 to 3; Introduction to Electronic Sewing, Sunday, Feb. 8, from 2 to 3; Introduction to Soldering, Monday, Feb. 9, from 10 to 11 a.m.; Free Downloads — eBooks and Audiobooks at the Wilton Senior Center, Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 1 to 2:30; and Technology Classes — I Have a New Mac!, Thursday, Feb. 12, from 12:30 to 2 or from 6 to 7:30. There are two six-week sessions entitled Coding with Khan for children in fifth and sixth grades and seventh and eighth grades. The sessions begin Sunday, Feb. 8. All of the classes are listed on the library’s website, along with registration links.

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.