Library Lines: July 6

Let the music begin

The library’s Summer Music & More Concert Series begins this evening, from 5 to 6:30 with a fun group called the Over Easy Band. With thanks to the Village Market for sponsoring this series for all of its 17 years, the library has a fun line-up of music from the 40s through the 90s every Thursday in July. The three-member band Over Easy brings 60s harmonies á la British invasion and American surfing music, plus they have a great rapport with the audience. On July 13, the Wilton-based band, Bob’s Your Uncle performs rock and soul, blues, jam band, and R&B. Billy and the Showmen bring their 70s Motown and R&B sounds to the Brubeck Room concerts and on July 27, Steve Kazlauskas returns for the fifth year with his Echoes of Sinatra performance. All of the concerts are free and are open to everyone. Light refreshments are served along with Michael Crystal’s wine donation. There is no registration, people can just drop in and enjoy the show. The concerts happen rain or shine with indoor and outdoor seating available.    

Short stories for a few short weeks

Susan Boyar again leads the discussion of short stories in New Yorker Shorts: 5 Weeks of Short Stories from The New Yorker Magazine, Tuesdays, July 11, through Aug. 8, from 12 to 1:30. Current issues of The New Yorker are available in the Reading Room for in-library use, or can be downloaded through RBdigital or OverDrive. Bring lunch; beverages will be provided. Advance registration is suggested.

Summer programs begin for kids

From infants to teens, Wilton Library has something for every kid this summer and the programs kick off this week. On Mondays, from July 10 through Aug. 21, kids of all ages can enjoy Drop-in Summer Crafts, from 10 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Children’s storytimes run as follows: Tuesdays, July 11 through Aug. 22, Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes, 10:15 to 10:45; Wednesdays, July 12 through Aug. 23, Books for Babies, 10:15 to 10:45; and Wednesdays, July 12 through Aug. 23, Wonderful Ones and Twos, 11 to 11:30. On Thursday, July 13, the library offers Movie Theater Thursdays beginning with Spark: A Space Tail, from 10:15 to 11:45, and Sing, from 2 to 4. The movies continue through Aug. 24. The big program for the week is Oceans Rock on Tuesday, July 11, from 2 to 3. This is an interactive exhibit, show and fossil/seashell dig for grades K and up. Children will learn some fascinating facts about undersea life. Each child will be able to take home an under-the-sea specimen. Registration is required for this program which is supported by the Amadeo Family.

Teens can have fun, too!

Teens have a few programs this week that will spur on their creativity whether it’s coding or crafting. On Monday, July 10, through Friday, July 14, teens entering grades 7 through 12 have a five-day workshop, Programming for Teens — Control Flow Logic, from 10 to 11 each day. Teens will learn some basic HTML and JavaScript, sample code snippets, and write simple programs while practicing control flow logic — a key function to software programming. No experience is necessary. The kids are asked to bring lined paper, pen or pencil and a thumb-drive or access to email. Registration is required. On the crafting side, teens in grades 6 through 12 can indulge their creativity with Jewelry Making for Teens, on Monday, July 10, from 3 to 5; Paint a Canvas with Geometric designs for Teens, Wednesday, July 12, from 3 to 4:30; and Fruit & Veggie T-shirts for Teens, on Thursday, July 13, from 3:30 to 5. More teen activities for this month can be found on the library’s website.

Peaceful creativity

The Rotary Club installed the first Peace Pole at Wilton Library last fall with several more installed at the schools and community buildings. To continue this world peace theme, people from age 5 to 105 are invited to drop by the library’s Brubeck Courtyard on Tuesday, July 11, from 3 to 5, to paint river rocks with messages of peace. The colorful rocks will then be added to the library’s garden surrounding the Peace Pole advancing the Rotary’s tenet of World Peace Through Understanding. There is no registration, just drop by. Rain date is set for July 25.

What’s cooking?

Wilton resident and author Anthony LoFrisco visits the library on Tuesday, July 11, from 7 to 8:30, to discuss his book, The LoFrisco Family Cookbook: How Josie Brought Sicily To Brooklyn, that is part cookbook, part memoir. The author, son of Sicilian immigrants in the early 1900s, shares not only his mother’s time-tested simple and delicious recipes, but he brings them to life by embracing them with endearing family stories of growing up in an Italian-American neighborhood in Brooklyn. The LoFrisco Family Cookbook is a welcome addition to the kitchen of those who like to cook something which reflects “authentic” in every sense of the word. A Q&A follows the talk. There is no charge for the program. Books will be available for purchase and signing.   Registration is highly recommended.    

Weir Farm artist

July brings Debbie Hesse to the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program and to the library for a talk and exhibition on Thursday, July 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Debbie is an installation artist, curator, educator and director of programs and artistic services at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. She combines organic and artificial materials and forms with cast and painted shadows to create parallel, hybrid, changing environments that explore ideas about growth, materiality and the ethereal. The program is co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by the library. Free, registration is suggested.

The library is closed Sundays in the summer through Sept. 3. To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call the Circulation Desk at 203-762-6334 for adult programs, Children’s Library at 203-762-6336, Teen Services and Innovation Station at 203-762-6342.