Library Lines: Jan. 15

Technology classes for the new year

Beginning with Facebook sessions today, a number of technology classes are being offered that will help people become familiar with what is available from the library for their smartphones, tablets, laptops and other personal devices. The Facebook class is today from 12:30 to 2 and is repeated this evening from 6 to 7:30. In this demonstration-style class, Mary Anne Franco will show people how to navigate Facebook, how to post photos, find “friends” and more. A demonstration-style series entitled, “I have a new …” will be offered for PC, iPad and Mac users and taught by Mary Anne. “I have a new PC” is set for Thursday, Jan. 22, from 12:30 to 2; “I Have a New iPad” has two classes on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 12:30 to 2 and repeated from 6 to 7:30; the New Mac class will be held in February. Instructional hands-on classes for Basic Word will be taught by Michael Bellacosa on Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 2:30 to 3:30 and again from 6:30 to 7:30; Basic Excel will be taught in February. The library also is offering “Introduction to Downloadables” for people who want to learn how to download or stream all of the library’s digital offerings such as ebooks, movies, music and magazines onto their personal devices. The classes are demonstration style by Melissa Baker, followed by breakout sessions for hands-on practice. The Android device and Nook tablets will be covered on Tuesday, Jan. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. A separate session, “Introduction to eBooks on Kindles,” will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 2 to 4. For help with downloadable content on an individual basis, people may call the reference desk at 203-762-3950, ext. 211 to make an appointment. Registration is recommended for all the above mentioned classes; the hands-on classes have required registration due to the limited class size.

All that jazz

The Wilton community will be treated to two jazz concerts this week. Three jazz veterans return to the library for a Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar, John Cutrone on drums and Jerry Bruno on bass have played or toured with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Rosemary Clooney, Marvin Stamm, Chris Brubeck and many others. On Friday, Jan. 23, beginning at 8 p.m., Grace Kelly returns to the library with her quartet. The 22-year old Korean American singer/songwriter/saxophonist/composer has performed more than 600 concerts worldwide, recorded or played with musicians such as Huey Lewis, Harry Connick, Jr., Dave Brubeck, David Sanborn, Wynton Marsalis to name a few. Playing with Ms. Kelly are Pete McCann on guitar, Julia Pederson on bass and Ross Pederson on drums.  A $10 donation is suggested for all Hot & Cool concerts. 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. Registration is strongly recommended for this popular concert series. Pre-registered attendees should arrive no later than 10 minutes before performances to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be seated after that if space is available.

All that glitters

The library and Wilton Historical Society’s eighth collaboration, “The Gilded Age: Culture and Conflict at the End of the 19th Century,” kicks off on Sunday, Jan. 18, from 4 to 5:30 at the library. The five-part series is graciously sponsored by an anonymous donor. Louise Herot and Greg Chann are the hosts; the moderators are Steve Hudspeth and Max Gabrielson. The first session begins with Ann Greene, a faculty member and administrator at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of History and Sociology of Science. She returns to the area to deliver her lecture, “The Gilded Age — A Familiar but Ambiguous Label for a Period of Rapid Change.” She has written a book on the energy history of 19th-Century America, called Horses at Work: Harnessing Power in Industrial America and specializes in Gilded Age environmental, technological and political history. This lecture is sponsored by Lee Wilson of Wilson Properties. The remaining lectures in the series alternate venues between the library and the historical society at 224 Danbury Road as follows: Feb. 8 at the Wilton Historical Society — A Gilded Life: Mark Twain — Brent Colley, sponsored by Lila and Buck Griswold; Feb. 22 at the Wilton Library — Race Relations and Politics in the Gilded Age — James Goodman, sponsored by Chris and Dan Delmar; March 8 at the Wilton Library — How the Other Half Lives — Bonnie Yochelson, sponsored by Elaine Tai-Lauria and Phil Lauria; March 22 at the Wilton Historical Society — From Civil War to Revolution: The Rapid Industrialization of America and the Challenges We Still Face — Matthew Warshauer, sponsored by Kathleen and Bill Brennan. Informal receptions follow each talk. There is no charge for the series, but donations are always welcomed. Registration is highly recommended.

Women artists featured

The library’s next art exhibition, “The Winter Show — Six Woman Artists,” opens with a reception on Friday, Jan. 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The six artists are from around the area and include Joan Bepler, Katya Lebrija, Renée Santhouse, Kathleen Wrampe, all from Wilton, Marion Pershan from Queens and Florida, and Berenice Pliskin from Peekskill, N.Y. A number of the artists have participated in the Wilton Artists Summer Show held at the library each year. Their works represent a variety of styles, media and subject matter. The exhibition is open to the public. Most of the more than 50 pieces are available for purchase with the proceeds benefiting the library. The exhibition runs through Friday, Feb. 27.

The library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 19 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 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.