Library Lines: Jan. 16

Film takes nostalgic journey

Women were wearing maxi dresses and platform shoes; men were sporting polyester leisure suits and singer/actor/songwriter Paul Williams was riding a wave of mega-stardom. “Paul who?” one might ask. Filmmaker Stephen Kessler takes viewers on a wistful musical journey that re-introduces a new generation to Williams’s soulful classics in the documentary film, Paul Williams Still Alive, this month’s New Perspectives Film Series selection on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The ’70s was when Williams’s star was shining the brightest with Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe Awards lavished on him. Some of his best known songs include “An Old-Fashioned Love Song,” by Three Dog Night, “You and Me Against the World” performed by Helen Reddy and the Carpenters’ “We’ve Only Just Begun.” The documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris, with a Q&A period following each film.  Suggested donation is $5 to offset the cost of screening the documentaries.  Registration is recommended.

Group discusses books

The Tuesday Book Buzz group gets together on Jan. 21, from 11 to noon to talk about all things books. Participants are encouraged to bring their friends to talk about favorite reads, to hear about new possibilities books, upcoming author visits and to be present when potential pre-publication books are available. The sessions are moderated by Lauren McLaughlin and Melissa Baker, two of Wilton Library’s knowledgeable librarians, on the third Tuesday of each month. There is no charge. Registration is suggested.

Teens plan for teens

The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) has its first meeting of the New Year on Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. This group of teens in grades 6 through 12 gets together to plan events for other teens and to work with library staff to help make selections for Teen Services. Newcomers are always welcomed. Registration is recommended. Teens who are interested in joining this group may call Tracey Morgan, Teen Services assistant at 203-762-3950, ext. 224 or email her at

ESL testing and classes

English as a Second Language (ESL) testing takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tests are administered to walk-ins; registration is not required for testing. The test is required, however, for the twice-weekly classes that begin on Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and go through Wednesday, April 28.  Testing and the classes are presented by Westport Continuing Education. For more information: or 203-341-1209.

Small business series

The library and Fairfield County SCORE team up for a free five-part series, Five Building Blocks of Growth for Your Small Business, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. The five sessions are designed to help people analyze and grow their small businesses. The first session on Jan. 22, “Assessing Your Business: How Well Does It Run?,” covers assessment tools that score how well a business operates and provides an analysis of what can be done to improve business performance. John Harmon, managing director of Adulant Consulting Services, is the speaker and a SCORE counselor. The remaining workshops are: Feb. 12, Strategic Marketing: Finding, Attracting and Keeping the Right Customers; Feb. 26, How to Succeed at Sales; March 12, Building a Winning Plan for Growth; March 26, Tools to Improve Your Business: Lower Your Costs and Increase Your Customers’ Satisfaction. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. for each session. Registration is required. To register, visit and click on Workshops.

Artist brings conflict to life

Armed with her sketch books and talent, Alison Nicholls brings to life the human-wildlife conflicts she finds in Africa while on her Conservation Sketching Expeditions. In the program, WGG/WLA Green Speaker Series: Alison Nicholls with Daryl Hawk, on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., she will discuss her work as an artist in Africa and explain how she turns a complex conservation issue into a finished painting. World-renowned documentary photographer and Wilton resident Daryl Hawk will interview Ms. Nicholls. Her talk will also highlight the work of the Painted Dog Conservation project in Zimbabwe and the African People & Wildlife Fund in Tanzania. Alison Nicholls is a member of the Explorers Club, Artists for Conservation, the Salmagundi Club and the Society of Animal Artists. There is no charge for the talk. Registration is recommended.

The library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20 for 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. 243 for teen activities and ext. 217 for children’s events.