Library Lines: Jan. 14

New kiosk for
downloadable media

The library has installed a new ebook Discovery kiosk at the reference desk where the staff can show people how to download free ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines right onto their own mobile devices in just a few minutes.

Patrons are encouraged to stop by the kiosk and ask for help in getting started enjoying thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines available for free and just a click away. For information, call the reference librarians at 203-762-3950, ext. 211.

A concert to warm the winter winds

A cold winter day will be warmed by the sounds of The Madera Winds on Sunday, Jan. 17, when the quartet performs in a Connecticut’s Own concert, from 4 to 5 p.m. The Madera Winds is a blend of Connecticut musicians who have performed over the last 30 years in other chamber music groups in Wilton as well as throughout Fairfield County. Ralph Kirmser (oboe) of Wilton and Janet Atherton (clarinet) of Norwalk were founding members of the Prevailing Winds Quintet since the 1980s and began this group in 2012. Rosemary Dellinger has been the bassoonist for the Connecticut Little Symphony and teaches Spanish at Cider Mill School in Wilton. Jan van den Berg (flute) moved here from the Netherlands where he was the founding member of the Bourdon Wind Quintet. They will be performing a concert entitled Winter Winds, a program of woodwind trios and quartets. It is an eclectic mix of styles, time periods and composers ranging from Jacques Ibert to a piece from the opera Don Giovanni to ragtime by Scott Joplin. There is no charge. Registration is strongly suggested. Pre-registrants should arrive by 3:50 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:50 if space is available.

Extended hours during exam week

With Wilton High School students facing mid-term exams, the library will remain open an additional hour each night until 9 p.m. on Jan. 19, 20 and 21. The Children’s Library will close at the regularly scheduled time, which is 8 p.m. Study rooms on the second floor have been set aside during these days for individuals and groups as follows: Jan. 19, noon to 5, Presidents’ Room; Jan. 20, 2 to 5, Presidents’ Room; and Jan. 21, noon to 5, Rimer Room.

Driving safety

AARP is offering its monthly Driver Safety Class on Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 10 to 2.  The four-hour course covers changing vision, hearing and reaction time as drivers age.  The session is for drivers 50 and over. There are no written or road tests for the session. The cost is $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members payable in cash or check. Registration is required.

Free downloadable media for Apple products

With so many people receiving new Apple products as gifts, the library is offering a class in Downloadables for Apple Devices on Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 12:30 to 2.  Attendees are asked to bring their own Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac laptop), their Wilton Library cards and their passwords to learn how to best utilize the library’s digital libraries for their particular devices. The session includes demonstration-style and hands-on instruction. Participants will learn about ebooks and audiobooks (OverDrive and OneClick), downloadable magazines (Zinio), downloadable music, movies, and TV shows (Hoopla and Naxos Music Library), all available 24/7. Registration is suggested.

More technology classes

The power of PowerPoint will be featured on Wednesday, Jan. 20, with the technology class, Basic Microsoft PowerPoint from 2 to 3 p.m. or 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants who attend either free class will learn how to create and format a basic presentation. Basic computer skills including mouse proficiency are required. The class is limited to 16 students for optimum hands-on training, therefore advance registration is required. On Thursday, Jan. 21, I Have a New iPad is being offered from 12:30 to 2, and again from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This demonstration-style class helps attendees learn how to handle their new iPad device including getting on the Internet, settings and apps. The class is for iPad and iPhone users. Registration is encouraged.

One adventure photographer interviewed by another

By combining photographic talent with a natural aptitude for mountaineering, skiing and other adventure skills, veteran explorer and photographer Gordon Wiltsie evolved into a leader who could organize and photograph over a hundred foreign treks and expeditions to some of the wildest places on earth. The Wilton Library audience will hear from this adventurer first hand when he visits on Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the program, Expedition Photographer and Explorer Gordon Wiltsie. He will be interviewed by internationally acclaimed documentary photographer and Wilton resident Daryl Hawk. Wiltsie is widely recognized as one of his generation’s preeminent expedition photographers, having been featured in hundreds of well-known magazines from skiing to travel and leisure and more. In 2006 W.W. Norton published his own critically acclaimed To the Ends of the Earth — The Adventures of an Expedition Photographer . The library’s registration link has more details. There is no charge. Registration is recommended.

The library is closed Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Please visit the library’s website for children’s programs and Innovation Station classes this week. 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.