Library Lines: July 7

Talent in Wilton

The 72nd Annual Wilton Artists’ Summer Show gets underway on Friday, July 8, with an opening reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The art exhibition features the works of more than 50 artists who either live or work in Wilton. Their talents showcase an array of styles, media and subject matter. According to Ed MacEwen, curator of the library’s monthly art exhibitions, “This show is a perennial favorite for Wilton because people get to see the talent that resides in the community.” More than 100 pieces will be displayed including paintings, drawings, pastels and sculptures. A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The exhibition runs until Aug. 25. The reception is free and open to everyone.

Let the summer fun begin

The Fourth of July is over, which means the Children’s Library summer reading program, Welcome to the Jungle of Books, is in full swing. Here is the lineup of programs happening all summer long through Aug. 19. On Mondays, beginning July 11, kids of all ages can drop in for Jungle Crafts, from 10 to 7:30. From jungle crowns to monkey masks, there will be something different to make each week. Also on Mondays, children up to age 5 with caregivers can join Movement and Dance for Little Ones, from 11 to 11:30. Drop-in storytimes are on Tuesdays beginning July 12 as follows:  Books for Babies, 10:15 to 10:45; Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes, 11 to 11:30; and Wonderful Ones and Twos, 3 to 3:30. Ready Readers, supported by the Wilton Newcomers Club, also begins on Tuesday through Aug. 9, from 4:15 to 5 for children ages 4 and 5. All of the programs mentioned above are free and there is no registration.  Wonderful Wednesdays feature live entertainment, animals and so much more through Aug. 17 at various times in the afternoon. The first program is July 13 with The Puppetree, a well-known group of puppeteers presenting Caps for Sale, from 3 to 4. Tickets will be handed out beginning at 2:45. The program is for children Pre-K and up accompanied by caregivers. Movie Theater Thursdays take place from July 14 through Aug. 18 with no registration or fee for kids of all ages. Thursday’s movies are Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, 10:15 to 11, and Zootopia, 2 to 3:45. Minecraft Club continues on Saturdays in July from 10 to noon for children ages 8 and up. Registration is required. For more information on all of these programs, please visit the library’s website at

Teens have their fun too

Teens in Wilton have their summer fun lined up for them this week with hunting for clues and tiny gardening. Scavenger Hunt for Teens takes place on Tuesday, July 12, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Nobody should have to start a hunt without sustenance so the night begins with pizza! Then kids in grades 6 through 12 are put into teams and head out to find clues all over the library. There are prizes for the winning teams. Kids can bring their creative side with them on Wednesday, July 13, with Terrarium Making for Teens, from 4 to 5. Teens will make living mini gardens with succulents. Kids are reminded to bring small embellishments such as interesting rocks, sticks or colored marbles to enhance their projects. Registration is required because space is limited for both programs which are supported by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.  

And adults have their interests

Adults who are looking for something to do may check out two ongoing programs. On Tuesdays, from noon to 1:30, July 12 through Aug. 2, Susan Boyar facilitates New Yorker Shorts: 5 Weeks of Short Stories from The New Yorker Magazine. Each session she will discuss a short story from the current issue of The New Yorker which can be found in the Reading Room for in-library use, or can be downloaded from Overdrive or Zinio on personal devices. Registration is suggested. Summer Poetry with Judson Scruton: Powers of the Imagination — Wallace Stevens and his Contemporaries continues on Thursdays, July 14, 21 and 28, from 10:30 to noon. Each week, Judson compares one of Stevens’ poems to a poem by one of his contemporaries. Registration is required and poetry packets are available at the Circulation Desk.

Have fun and dance

The library’s Summer Music & More Concert Series continues with Tim Currie’s Motown Band on Thursday, July 14, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The concerts are made possible by generous funding from the Village Market. This eclectic group of musicians includes many band members who have worked with Motown and other music greats. Jonathan Peters, vocals, has worked with Bowser from ShaNaNa; Janice Dempsey, also vocals, worked with David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks of The Temptations, as well as Melba Moore and Chaka Khan; Mickey Leonard on guitar performed with Marvin Gaye; and Jerry Mall on percussions played for Jack Bruce from Cream. Additional concert dates are: July 21 — Creamery Station joins the lineup with their funk/blues sound; July 28 — Echoes of Sinatra with Steve Kazlauskas returns with the Great American Songbook style for his fourth year. The concerts are free, as are the refreshments. The opening concert is tonight, July 7 with Pocketful of Soul.

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 and Teen Services at 203-762-6342.