Library Lines: Jan. 28

STEAM for a day

Students in grades 3 through 5 are invited to join Wilton Library’s robotics team, Singularity Technology, for STEAM Day for Kids on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 10 to 12:30.  The group will work on science, technology, engineering arts and math skills with Makey Makey, Snap Circuits, Squishy Circuits and 3D Doodlers to make marshmallow projectors, build structures and more. There is a fee of $15 to offset the costs and registration will be taken by phone, not online. Once a student is placed on the list, then the $15 check made out to Wilton Library should be sent to Susan Lauricella, the library’s teen librarian, to hold the spot. The program is sponsored by Singularity Technology, an FTC/FIRST Robotics team ( ). To register, call Susan at 203-762-6342.

Scholarly series begins

Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society are collaborating for the ninth time with a five-part scholarly series that focuses on events leading up to WWI and the aftermath as America faces national and international challenges. America — From the Guns of August to the Gathering Storm (1914-1939) kicks off with a presentation by M. Bolek Biskupski on Sunday, Jan. 31, from 4 to 5:30 in the Brubeck Room of the library. His talk, “America and the Rebirth of Poland, 1914-1921,” will introduce the audience to the role the U.S. played in the liberation of Poland after 123 years of foreign occupation.  Biskupski holds the S.A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish History at CCSU. The series is sponsored by Bankwell in Wilton. Sunday’s lecture is sponsored by Lila and Buck Griswold. Max Gabrielson will be the moderator of the lecture; duties will be shared with Steve Hudspeth. Additional lecture topics, speakers and dates may be found on the library’s website where registration also may take place; a new lecture has been added on folk music that features Lead Belly who was briefly a Wilton resident in the 1930s.

Literature gatherings

The Food Lit Group gets together this month on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 11 to noon, with a discussion of Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India by Madhur Jaffrey. According to Publishers Weekly Review, “Jaffrey's graceful prose and sure powers of description paint a vivid landscape of an almost enchanted childhood. Her family and friends, the bittersweet sorrows of puberty, the sensual sounds and smells of the monsoon rain, all are remembered with love and care, but nowhere is her writing more evocative than when she details the food of her childhood, which she does often and at length.” Pamela Lillis moderates the discussion. Registration is recommended, especially during the months when the weather can become a factor. Judson Scruton hosts a four-part series entitled, Winter Shakespeare: Hamlet’s Soliloquies, beginning on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 10:30 to noon. The series continues for three consecutive Thursdays, Feb 11, 18 and 25. These soliloquies individually and collectively add psychological, political, emotional and intellectual content to this revenge tragedy. Judson Scruton, M.A. (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry), has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. He is currently an adjunct professor of English at Fairfield University. See the library’s registration link for speaker details. Poetry packets are available at the front desk. There is no charge for the program. Advance registration is required.

Young makers wanted

The library is starting up its second year of Young Makers Club for Teens beginning Thursday, Feb. 4, from 4 to 6. This 12-week session, which runs through May 5, will be under the tutelage of Josh Burker, maker and author of The Invent to Learn: Guide to Fun. He will be mentoring the teens through the 12 sessions in the library’s Innovation Station, helping them create open-ended projects to share and exhibit at Innovation Day, the library’s showcase maker event in May. Participants may be introduced to 3D printing, soldering, Arduino, coding, electronic sewing and other tinkering tools. Projects might include electronic wearables, interactive games, electronic gadgets, light-up jewelry, musical instruments, and more. The students must be willing to commit to all 12 Thursday sessions (there is no session on April 14). The program is made possible by the Amadeo Family Fund. Space is limited. Registration is required; there is no fee. The Young Makers Club is part of a national club started in 2010 as a collaboration between Make, Pixar and Exploratorium.

Art exhibition awakens the senses

The polar vortex has dipped down from the Arctic and winter has settled in, except on the walls of Wilton Library where “February Awakenings — Five Artists” art exhibition opens Friday, Feb. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Local artists Shannon Cruickshank, Elizabeth Emerson, Trish Nelson, Karen Siegel and Margaret Vickers provide a cornucopia of color that awakens the senses during the cold winter month. A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The reception is open to the public. The exhibition runs through Saturday, February 27.

Updated phone system

The library is installing an updated phone system this week because the old one has reached the end of its lifecycle and it is no longer supported by the vendor. The new system will go into effect on Friday, Jan. 29, and will use direct dial numbers for departments and service desks. The main desks in the library can be reached on the following numbers starting Jan. 29: Circulation Desk 203-762-6334; Children's Library 203-762-6336; Teen Services 203-762-6342 and Reference Desk 203-762-6350. Additional department numbers may be found on the library’s website at , click on the “About” tab and scroll to “Contact Us.” Anyone with questions may reach Mary Anne Franco at 203-762-6305.

To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call the Circulation Desk at 203-762-6334 for adult programs, the Children’s Library at 203-762-6336 and Teen Services at 203-762-6342.