Library Lines: July 2

Summer fun

The Children’s Library summer reading program, Everything STEMs from Reading, gets underway this week with programs throughout the week. Beginning Monday, July 6, kids can pop into the library for Mad Scientist Mondays, from 10 to 6. On Tuesdays, beginning July 7 through Aug. 11, babies through four-year olds will have drop-in story times at various times depending on age groups. Wonderful Wednesdays feature all sorts of fun including critters, weather balloons, bubbles and more. The first Wonderful Wednesday on July 8 is Night Skies, a program with an inflatable planetarium dome and projector system. Kids will be able to see what will be visible in the sky for that night. The program repeats throughout the day in half-hour increments, with sessions from 10:30 through 4 with a break from noon to 1. Registration is required. The program is for kids entering first grade and up. The program is supported by the Amadeo Family. Movie Theater Thursdays for kids of all ages has screenings at 10:15 and 2. The movies on July 9 are Caillou Helps Out, 10:15-11:15 ; SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water, 2-3:30. There is no registration required.

Teens kick off the summer with programs

The teen summer reading program, Escape the Ordinary — Superheroes is now underway with many kids entering grades 6 through 12 already registered online and collecting points for great prizes and drawings. In addition to reading, teens also have crafts and technology sessions throughout the summer keeping them entertained beginning with Flower Pots & Plants for Teens on Tuesday, July 7, from 3 to 4:30. Space is limited so registration is required. The program is supported by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund. On Wednesday, July 8 and 29, STEMming for Teens takes place from 3 to 4:30.   Teens entering grades 7 through 12 will be able to try out simple STEM projects working with LEDs, motors, soldering equipment and more. Registration is required for STEM programs. The STEMming program is supported by the Amadeo Family. Additional details may be found on the registration link.

Understanding Social Security

A repeat performance of a December lecture takes place on Tuesday, July 7, for those interested in getting the most out of their retirement benefits. Maximizing Social Security Benefits, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., helps people sort through potential and costly mistakes that can be made when first registering for benefits. Several little-known strategies may boost lifetime benefits and increase retirement income by tens of thousands. Please see registration link for more details about the subject and speakers. The speakers are Michael Alimo and David Weyner, both financial services advisers who provided the seminar last winter and who are returning by popular demand. There is no charge. Registration is recommended.

Summer poetry begins

Judson Scruton returns for a four-part summer poetry program that begins Thursday, July 9, from 10:30 to noon. The series explores Shelley and Keats during their “Annus Mirabilis” of 1819. The program continues on July 16, 23 and 30. 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 website for more details about the lecturer. Poetry packets are available at the front desk. There is no charge for the program. Advance registration is required.

Summer music is here

The 15th annual Summer Music & More Concert Series is on four consecutive Thursday nights, from 5 to 6:30, beginning July 9 with The Blue Sky Band. The band features Wilton musicians Ron Brault on guitar and vocals and Daniel Lanzi on bass with Janine Jandrositz on vocals and Mark Bisson on guitar and vocals. They bring a 60s acoustic vibe to open the concert. The 5 O’clocks perform on July 16, with Wilton musician Jon Saxon on saxophone. Their eclectic blend of jazz/rock/blues is a new addition to the line-up. The Bernadettes return for the fourth time to the Brubeck Room stage with its 70s disco/R&B/Motown sound and a serious dance beat. The final performance by Steve Kazlauskas is his third appearance with his Echoes of Sinatra concert. The series is sponsored by The Village Market for the 15th year. Michael Crystal again will be donating the wine for the festivities. The concerts and refreshments are free and take place rain or shine in the Brubeck Room and Courtyard.

Makers welcomed

This summer, people will be making real things using the technology in the Innovation Station maker space. Sessions are being offered for people who want to try their hand at sewing, soldering, die cutting and so much more. This week features Embroidered Tea Towels on Tuesday, July 7, from 10 to 11:30; Monogrammed Bookmarks, Coasters & More using 3D printing on Wednesday, July 8, from 3 to 4:30; die cutting with Summer Barbeque Invitations, on Thursday, July 9, from 2 to 3:30; and on Friday, July 10 New Life for Old Videos, 10 to 11:30 teaches people how to transfer VHS to DVDs. The programs are for people ages 13-113 and sixth and seventh graders with an adult. Attendees must have a valid Connecticut library card and signed Innovation Station agreement form. Space is limited for all the sessions. Registration is required.

The library closes at 5 p.m. tonight in preparation for author Candace Bushnell. The library will be closed Saturday, July 4 for Independence Day. 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.  The library is closed Sundays in the summer.