Library Lines: July 9

Wilton artists featured

The library’s 71st Annual Summer Show art exhibition opens tomorrow night, Friday, July 10, from 6 to 7:30. This yearly rite of summer celebrates more than 60 artists who live or work in Wilton. Friends and neighbors will be able to enjoy more than 120 pieces of artwork from artists whose names they recognize or they will be able to discover new talent. The exhibition runs through Thursday, Aug. 13. The majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The reception is open to the public.

Teen activities

There are a multitude of teen programs this summer ranging from STEM sessions to crafts. This week teens can try coding with Electronic Tinkering Workshop, a four-part course, Monday, July 13, through Thursday, July 16, from 1 to 3. Teens in grades 7 through 12 will be introduced to C/C++ programming and the Arduino-based platform and make some cool electronic gadgets. The program, which is supported by the Amadeo Family, is free of charge. Space is limited so registration is a must. A departure from tinkering is Yoga and Smoothies for Teens on Tuesday, July 14, from 3 to 4:30. In this session with yoga instructor Carol Dubrowski, kids in grades 6 through 12 will learn some stretches and poses, and then chill out with fruit smoothies. The program is supported by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund. Registration is suggested.

Author talk

Wilton Library welcomes author Lauren Acampora with her debut fiction, The Wonder Garden, on Tuesday, July 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Library Journal Review noted, “The dark underside of picture-perfect suburban life is familiar territory in American fiction, but Acampora brings fresh insight to the theme in this debut collection, offering short stories that connect various residents in an upscale Connecticut town. Their problems are not new (infidelity, failed marriages, kids on drugs), but these suburbanites have enough quirks and stories intriguing enough to keep readers turning the pages.” According to the author, the town is an “invented hybrid of towns in the area: Darien, Wilton, Ridgefield, Katonah, Bedford. It’s located on the Long Island Sound like Darien, but with the Victorian houses of Katonah, the horse farms of Bedford, and Wilton and Ridgefield’s high density of early Colonial homes.” Amazon’s Debut of the Month and BBC’s 10 Books to Read in May are just some of the accolades so far for this writer who grew up in the area. There is no charge for the program. Registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Elm Street Books.

Library overrun with animals

The library will be host to Animal Embassy on Wednesday, July 15, from 3 to 4, during the Wonderful Wednesdays program which is part of the children’s summer reading program. Children in grades 1 and up will meet a variety of animals from around the world in this interactive and educational program. Children will see Animal Ambassadors such as giant White’s tree frogs, a Peahen or Eclectus parrot, a Green Tree python or Emerald Tree boa, chinchillas, a pink-toed tarantula, an Argentine Black & White Tegu and/or a Solomon Islands monkey-tailed skink (that’s not a typo)! The program is supported by the Amadeo Family. Registration is required; there is no charge.

Two adult programs continue

The New Yorker Shorts continues this week on Wednesday, July 15, with the discussion of a short story from the previous week’s issue. Susan Boyar, the professional book group leader from the Wilton Library Readers sessions facilitates the discussion. The New Yorker is available to read in the library, or people may download it on their devices for free using Zinio or Overdrive which may be found in the Digital Library section of the library’s website. The reference librarians can help people with their downloads. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches; the library will provide beverages. Registration is suggested. The program runs through Aug. 5. Judson Scruton continues his poetry series on Thursday, July 16, 23 and 30, from 10:30 to noon in which he explores Shelley and Keats during their “Annus Mirabilis” of 1819. Poetry packets are available at the front desk. Registration is required.

Summer concerts

The eclectic sounds of The 5 O’clocks fill the Brubeck Room and the Courtyard on Thursday, July 16, from 5 to 6:30 when the jazz/blues/dance band performs. Wiltonian Jon Saxon plays the tenor saxophone for the group and is one of the original founders, along with John Lamb. This is the 15th year for the Summer Music & More Concert Series which has been sponsored for as many years by The Village Market. Michael Crystal will be donating the wine for the concerts. Additional dates in the series: July 23 — The Bernadettes return with its 70s disco/R&B sound; July 30 — Echoes of Sinatra with Steve Kazlauskas returns with the Great American Songbook style. The concerts are free and open to the public; refreshments are also free.

Sidewalk sale next weekend

The Wilton Chamber of Commerce is having its Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, July 18, and Wilton Library will have its Summer Book Sale from 10 to 4. During the sale, the library will host “Get Booked! — A Local Author Showcase,” from 11 to 1. People will have a chance to meet and greet new authors, purchase books and have them signed during this open house. There is no registration.    

Makers programs

There are many new makers programs for people to enjoy. Visit the library’s Innovation Station page on the library’s website for details. Children’s ongoing programs include Mad Scientist Mondays, Drop-in Story Times on Tuesdays, and Movie Theater Thursdays.  

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.