Library Lines: July 20

Award-winning teen animator demo

Emma Keating, an award-winning animator, will give a demonstration to teens on how to use Adobe Animate in the program, Introduction to Animation, on Friday, July 21, from 11 to 12:15. The demonstration will show teens how to create the beginnings of 2D animation and how to use a drawing tablet to make drawings come to life. A short film made with the Adobe program will be shown. Emma just graduated from Wilton High School and will be studying film at Purchase College this fall. She creates her own animated movies by drawing thousands of individual pictures. These frames add up to make a full story. Her animated short Saving Me has won several awards including Scholastic Gold Key, Juan Castillo Best Film in Connecticut, and The New Canaan New Age Film Festival Best in Animation. The program is for teens ages 14 and up. Registration is required. Visit or call 203-762-6342 to register. Emma will be giving a Cartoon Drawing Demonstration on Wednesday, July 26, from 4 to 4:45 for all ages and families.

Under the sea

This week’s Water, Wind & World exploration takes children under the sea with a visit from the Maritime Aquarium expert on Monday, July 24, from 2 to 3 p.m. Children from pre-K and up will be introduced to live crabs, snails and sea stars. Children will count their legs, describe their body shapes and explain how they feel. Finally, they’ll observe how these animals move from place to place and discuss how their shape and appendages (or lack of them) relate to their movements. The program is made possible by the Amadeo Family. Registration is required.

Yummmm, cupcakes!

Teens are in store for a tasty treat when they stop by Teen Services for Cupcake Decorating on Thursday, July 27, from 4 to 6. The library will provide the cupcakes; teens entering grades 6 through 12 provide the imagination in the decoration. There is no registration; while supplies last. The program is made possible by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

Come fly with me!

Steve Kazlauskas brings his Echoes of Sinatra performance to the final concert in the Summer Music & More Concert Series on Thursday, July 27, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The series has been sponsored by the Village Market for all 17 seasons. Steve evokes the best of the Chairman of the Board and the Great American Songbook in his fifth year at the library. The concert is free along with the refreshments and open to the public. Wine is donated by Michael Crystal. The concert takes place rain or shine in the Brubeck Room with indoor/outdoor seating. Everyone is invited to start their weekend early with this summer evening fun.

Come fly with the library

The library is offering a drawing for two sets of two roundtrip JetBlue tickets to anywhere JetBlue flies. Participants must act fast — the drawing is at the end of the month and the travel vouchers must be used by March 18, 2018. One must be 18 years or older to participate in the drawing which is $20 for one chance; $50 for three chances. The drawing will take place on July 31 at 3 p.m. and the winner will be notified by phone. The proceeds for the drawing will go to the library’s award-winning Robotics team, Singularity Technology. Tickets may be purchased online at or by stopping by the circulation desk.

Make something

Summer is a great time to spend some time in the library’s Innovation Station learning a new craft or skill. This week, people can avail themselves of converting videos, knitting, learning a new 3-D printer and more. New Life for Old Videos takes place on Monday, July 24, from 10:30 to 12:30. This is a one-on-one session to learn how to convert videos to DVDs. Knitters can freestyle on Monday, July 24 and 31 in the drop-in Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters, from 1 to 2:30. Attendees may just stop by with their knitting or try their hands at it with help from the knitting crew. The library has a new 3-D printer and the small class session on Wednesday, July 26, 3-D Printing with the Lulzbot Taz 6, from 6 to 7:30, is for people who have already been certified on the Makerbot. On Thursday, July 27, makers can create Personalized Wine Bottle Stoppers, from 2 to 4, and on Friday, July 28, they can Personalize a Glass Water Bottle, from 4 to 5:30. Both sessions are $8 to offset costs. Registration is required for all of the programs with the exception of the open knitting session. Visit the library’s website to register and see additional Innovation Station programs this month.

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.