Library Lines: July 13

Wilton’s talent showcased

The 73 rd annual Wilton Artists Summer Show opens this Friday, July 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with a reception free to the public. The exhibition celebrates more than 50 artists who live or work in Wilton featuring their diverse styles, media and subject matter choices throughout the library. The reception is a perfect time for people to meet and greet their talented friends and neighbors. The two-month exhibition runs through Aug. 23 with a majority of the works available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds from the sales benefits the library.  

Big bargains

Wilton’s annual Street Fair and Sidewalk Sale is this Saturday, July 15, from 10 to 4 and the library will be in the middle of it with its Summer Sidewalk Book Sale. There will be tables and tables of gently used books for great beach/vacation reading, along with a huge assortment of CDs and DVDs including hundreds of brand-new or slightly used classical recordings and DVDs, plus miscellaneous items that defy categorization.  Library fund-raiser organizers promise bargains galore and something for everyone.

Authors gather

One special treat of the library’s participation in the sidewalk sale and street fair is the annual “Get Booked” local author showcase, from 11 to 1. People will have a chance to meet local authors in an informal setting in the library and chat about books, books and more books. Authors planning to attend include Kevin Gutzman, Wendy Kneip, along with children’s author Janine Graffeo and mystery author Barbara Pearson-Rac, and Wilton’s own Betty and Doug Jones, and Bob Russell, and others. Authors will be signing their books that patrons may purchase during this open house. There is no registration for the event. Everyone is invited to drop in, cool off in the gallery and spend some quality time with these visiting authors.

Short and sweet

Susan Boyar continues the New Yorker Shorts: 5 Weeks of Short Stories from the New Yorker Magazine on Tuesday, July 18, from noon to 1:30. Each Tuesday, the previous week’s short story will be discussed. The program runs through Aug. 8. Current issues of the New Yorker magazine may be found in the library’s Reading Room or copies may be downloaded for free using RBDigital or Overdrive. Registration is suggested, along with bringing a lunch.

Hamming it up

There are a few teen programs that have already booked up this week, but kids are in luck with one that still has a few spots for aspiring radio heads who love technology, tinkering and talking. HAM Radio for Teens takes place on Wednesday, July 19, from 4 to 5:30. HAM or Amateur Radio is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. HAM radios are used to talk across town or the world and often play a key role during emergency situations. Teens in grades 6 through 12 can join in on this introductory session. Attendees will even get a chance to test out some equipment.  Registration is required.

By demand

SCORE of Fairfield County, the Wilton Chamber of Commerce and the library present Demand-Driven Marketing, a workshop that will outline a step-by-step process that shows how to find what customers want. The presentation is on Wednesday, July 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. Doors open at 5:30. Topics will include: how to find the best information online and make it better in order to profit niche-by-niche within one’s business; how to write a blog using frequently asked questions that rank almost instantly on Google and convert visitors to buyers; how to convert niche blog posts to videos to rank on YouTube, Google, Facebook and Linkedin; and, how to post images on Pinterest and Instagram that link to one’s video and blog post to enhance one’s Google search ranking. Success stories will be provided. The guest speaker is Ed Winslow, founder of NicheQuest Media based in Wilton which specializes in lead generation strategies and growth strategies for small to mid-sized companies. Ed has provided guidance and growth strategies to hundreds of successful business owners and entrepreneurs for the past 11 years. Visit or call SCORE at 203-831-0065 with any questions and to register. Registration is required. There is no charge for the program.

Concerts continue

Trombones, saxes, and trumpets combine with guitars, keyboards, drums and vocals for a big sound when Billy and the Showmen perform in the Brubeck Room on Thursday, July 20, at 5, for another Summer Music & More Concert at the library. This high-energy group brings 60s and 70s R&B, soul, blues and funk together for a blast through the past headlined by lead guitarist Billy Frenz. Concert seating is indoors in the Brubeck Room or can be enjoyed from the Brubeck Courtyard; either way, it’s a performance that shouldn’t be missed. The concerts are sponsored by the Village Market; wine is donated by Michael Crystal. Refreshments and the concerts are free and there is no registration. People are invited to come and start their weekends early. The final concert of the season is July 27 with Steve Kazlauskas and Echoes of Sinatra.  

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, Teen Services and Innovation Station at 203-762-6342.