Library Lines: July 16

Summer book sale and authors

This Saturday, July 18, from 10 to 4, the library will be participating in the Wilton Chamber’s Sidewalk Sale and Street Fair with its Sidewalk Book Sale Fundraiser. Buyers will find tables of books, DVDs, and CDs all a great prices. Beach reads, history, travel, gardening and biographies will be included, along with sections for toddlers through teens. This is a time for great summer bargain hunting. After the sidewalk sale, the book sale will continue in the gallery through July 23. While the sale is going on outside on Saturday, the library is hosting “Get Booked! — Local Author Showcase,” from 11 to 1. During this open house, more than 20 authors will be at the library in an informal setting so people may take the time to chat with them. Readers may see familiar faces including Jack Cavanaugh, James King, Robert MacArthur, and Betty and Doug Jones, all having visited the library before, as well as new authors. Books will be available for purchase and signing. There is no registration for this event.

Weir Farm artist

This month’s Weir Farm Artist in Residence is Cuyler Remick. He will be sharing his works in an exhibition at the library on Monday, July 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Cuyler’s artistic practice is a response to fragments of experience and the physical materials he interacts with while working on a piece. His work is anchored to fundamental painting, drawing, and collage elements such as surface, cutting, joining, and paint. His pieces develop as he responds with various sequences of operations such as combine, overlay, trace, stencil, fold, as well as various paint application methods. According to the artist, “For me, painting is most interesting when the real space of paper, paint and wall can be seen as a shifting three-dimensional space.” He is a graduate of Yale University’s School of Art with an MFA in painting and print making. The program is co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. There is no charge. Registration is suggested.

Website building

Girls get into the action of website building with this new program from the library supported by the Amadeo Family. Website Building for Teen Girls is a four-day workshop on Tuesday, July 21, through Friday, July 24, from 10 to 3, for girls entering grades 6 through 8. In this four-day coding camp, they will be introduced to two languages — HTML and CSS.   During the first three days, the kids will use HTML for the outline and data of their website. On the last day, they will use CSS to add personality and creativity to it. Websites can be about most anything — dogs, fashion or themselves. Registration is required and class size is limited. Students must commit to all four days. Before the session starts, participants need to create a trial account at; they need to come with ideas of the websites to create; and have at least three images to post. There is no charge — just fun, creativity and a sense of accomplishment!

A hunt is on

Teens entering grades 6 through 12 get to explore the library on Tuesday evening, July 21, from 7 to 9:30 (including after hours) searching for clues in Teen Scavenger Hunt.   Kids will chow down on pizza, get together in teams and head out into the library to search for clues and answers to puzzling questions. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team. Registration is required. The program is supported by the John & Pat Curran Teen Fund.

Children’s activities this week

Children’s Library programs continue this week with Minecraft on Saturday, July 18, Mad Scientist Mondays on July 20, Drop-in Story Times on Tuesday, and Wonderful Wednesdays on July 22. This week’s program is Bubble Technology in two sessions from 2 to 2:45 and 3 to 3:45. The program will be the same in each session. Children in grades 1 and up and their caregivers will see billions of bubbles in all their forms thanks to the Children’s Museum of West Hartford. Kids will be able to experience all the wonderful properties of water and bubbles. The program is supported by the Amadeo Family. Registration is required for both sessions. Movie Thursday Theaters on July 23 will feature Frog Kingdom from 10:15 to noon and American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success, from 2 to 3:30. More detailed information can be seen on the library’s website for children’s programs.

Concerts continue

The Bernadettes are back for the Thursday, July 23, Summer Music & More Concert Series, from 5 to 6:30. This fan-favorite band is returning for its fourth appearance at the library bringing its funk, style, and infectious dance music to the venue. The concerts are sponsored by The Village Market. Wine is donated by Michael Crystal. The concerts are free along with the refreshments. Seating is available both indoors and outside. The final concert is July 30 with Steve Kazlauskas bringing the Great American Songbook tunes of Frank Sinatra and others. The concerts are open to the public with no registration.

Maker classes this week

With jewelry making, embroidering, and quilling, the library has some crafty classes this week in its Innovation Station. The Solder Craft is Glass Jewelry on Monday, July 20, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.   Embroidered Tea Towels make lovely gifts and can be made on Tuesday, July 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. On Thursday, July 23, from 11 to noon, Anne Richards will present a Quilling Workshop. Quilling is the art of creating decorative designs from the thin strips of curled paper. Class sizes are limited; registration is required for all maker classes.

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.