Library Lines: July 10

A summer’s worth of art

Summer is in full swing and with it the anticipated arrival of Wilton Library’s Wilton Artists Summer Show. The 70th annual exhibition opens on Friday, July 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with more than 50 artists’ works on display. The reception is open to the public and the majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The two-month long exhibit runs through Aug. 29.

Beach reads galore

The library is taking part in this year’s Wilton Sidewalk Sale and Street Fair with a book sale fundraiser on Saturday, July 12, from 10 to 4.  The books will be set up right in front of the library with items in pristine condition. Children, teens and adults will all find something from which to choose.

Fun for kids

This week the children’s Mythical Magical Reading summer reading program explores Japanese mythology.  The Monday Drop-in Summer Crafts on July 14, from 10 to 7:30 will feature a fortune teller Origami, a Maneki Neko (Japanese good luck cat) and cherry blossoms. The crafts are open to children of all ages. Drop-in Story Times are on Tuesday, July 15, at various times throughout the day for babies through seven-year-olds.  The library’s website has the details of the age-appropriate sessions. Wonderful Wednesdays on July 16, from 3 to 4 p.m. brings the Parents’ Choice Award-winning storyteller Motoko. The children will learn about myths from her native country through music, mime, origami and humor. The program is for children in grades K and up with their caregivers. Registration is required. Movie Theater Movies on July 17 features Secret World of Arriety at 10:30 and The Lego Movie at 2. Snacks will be provided. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by caregivers; children 8 and over must have caregivers remain in the building. The crafts, Wonderful Wednesdays and movies are made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund. There is still plenty of time for kids to sign up for the summer reading program through Evanced. People needing assistance may call 203-762-3950, ext. 217.

Fun summer read

Author Stephanie Evanovich visits the library on Tuesday, July 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss her latest novel, The Sweet Spot, just in time for some fun summer reading. The engaging couple at the center of the book is Chase Walker, a pro baseball player built like a Greek god and his sassy wife, Amanda, a successful entrepreneur who has created her restaurant from scratch. A Q&A and book signing will follow the talk. Registration is recommended. Books will be provided by Elm Street Books. Stephanie Evanovich honed her writing craft while participating in community theater projects. Her first novel, Big Girl Panties, was a New York Times best-seller.

Summer concerts 

The 14th annual Summer Music & More Concert Series gets underway tonight, from 5 to 6:30, with Steppin’ Out, a band that brings good vibrations from the ’60s. Continuing next Thursday, July 17, is Yesteryear, a group that got its own start in the ‘50s singing doowop songs. The songs they sang were the rage in that generation and they are the golden oldies of today. The Village Market sponsors the concert series for the fourteenth year. Michael Crystal will once again donate the wine for the series. The concerts as well as the refreshments are free. The concerts take place rain or shine in the Brubeck Room.

Adults can cash in

New to the library this summer is “Literary Elements” the adult summer reading program which is now open for registration. Adults can read the books that they want and then enter the titles into the online Evanced system along with brief blurbs about each book. The entries make participants eligible for Wilton Chamber of Commerce gift certificates good at participating merchants. Adults can keep entering their new titles through Aug. 17 to take part in the weekly drawings. For information or help in registering, visit a reference librarian or call 203-762-3950, ext. 211.

To register for any programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adults, ext. 243 for teens and ext. 217 for children’s programs.