Library Lines: July 30

Last summer series concert tonight

Saving one of the fan-favorites for last, the final Summer Music & More Concert Series features Steve Kazlauskas in the Brubeck Room with his “Echoes of Sinatra” performance on Thursday, July 30, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. With his smooth voice and engaging stories about “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” Steve creates a performance that is a step back in time and a celebration of the Great American Songbook. The Village Market has been the sponsor of the series since its inception 15 years ago. The concert is free and open to the public.   Refreshments also are free, with wine donated by Michael Crystal. The concert takes place rain or shine.

Teen fun

Creativity abounds again in Teen Services in two very different types of programs. The popular Teen Iron Chef Challenge is being offered again this year on Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. Teens in grades 6 through 12 compete in teams of three to four kids to create dishes that will dazzle the judges. Entries will be reviewed on taste, creativity and presentation. The library provides all the materials. This is a team challenge, so teamwork is a must. Registration is required because space is limited. The program is made possible by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund. Coming up on Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 3 to 4:30, teens in grades 7 through 12 will be working with LED lights in the STEMming for Teens program. The program features handpainted light-up T-shirts. The kids will produce light-up wearables by designing and sewing LED circuits onto a T-shirt. Supplies are provided by the library. Registration is required. The program is supported by the Amadeo Family.

A short series

This is the last week for the very popular New York Shorts: Six Stories in Six Weeks. Susan Boyar is the discussion leader for the session that takes place on Wednesday, Aug. 5, from noon to 1:30. The previous week’s The New Yorker short story is what will be discussed. The current issue of The New Yorker is available in the Reading Room for in-library use, or it can easily be downloaded through Zinio or OverDrive. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch; beverages will be provided. Advance registration is suggested.

Whether animals can weather the weather

This week’s Wonderful Wednesdays program features Green Farms Weather Balloon on Aug. 5, from 3 to 4. In this program, kids going into grades 1 and up will see a giant weather balloon, learn about an assortment of animals — how they live and in what types of climates — and get to experience them live. Some of the featured animals will be Stickers the tree frog from the rain forest, Tickles the hedgehog that hibernates in cold weather, and Cheeks the chinchilla that never likes the rain. The program is supported by the Amadeo Family. Registration is required.

Teens journey back musically

A teen duo is presenting a jazz version of popular songs from another generation with the concert, Music from The Great American Songbook by Will & Ben, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 7 to 8 p.m. Will Comer on piano and Ben Senneff handling the vocals are the two high school students who will be taking the Brubeck Room stage for a second time having previously performed as part of the Black Tie Affair last summer. The concert is free and open to all. Registration is recommended.

On the road again

“Are we there yet?!?,” is an all-too-familiar chant parents often hear from the kids on any kind of summer road trip, whether in a car or plane. The library offers a digital library service that may help with the familiar lament because now parents can download movies, TV shows and music right to their kids’ tablets before the big trip. Movies and TV shows can be borrowed for three days, and music albums for seven; seven items in total may be checked out per month.   There’s no waiting to borrow this free downloadable media and Hoopla Digital’s automatic return feature eliminates late fees. Wilton residents can download the free Hoopla Digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit to begin. Happy viewing for the kids, smooth sailing for the parents with a gentle reminder to bring the headphones!

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.