Library Lines: June 11

Beating boredom with board games

Girl Scout Troop 50366 is sponsoring two hours of fun at Wilton Library on Saturday, June 13, with Game Day Fun. The troop has generously donated several board games and a game cart to the Children’s Library just for the occasion. The program is from 2 to 3 for kids in grades 3 through 6 and from 3 to 4 for kids in grades K through 2. There is no registration and no fee. Kids are invited to come join the fun.

Library celebrates its 120th year

Wilton Library Association began celebrating its 120 years of service to the community this spring and it will be noted at the 120th Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 14, from 4 to 6. The meeting includes the election of new trustees and officers, a celebration for those retiring from the board, and a presentation of awards to the volunteer and staff member of the year.   After the business portion of the meeting, the guest speaker will be Maureen Sullivan, a prominent leader and educator in the library profession and a former president of the American Library Association. Ms. Sullivan will address the importance of libraries in their communities.   A brief reception follows the meeting and the talk. The event is open to the public.   Registration is encouraged by visiting the library’s website or calling 203-762-3950, ext. 239.

Children’s reading program begins

Whether it’s STEM or STEAM, the library’s going full speed ahead to bring a fun-filled reading program to kids for the summer. “Everything STEMs from Reading,” is the theme of the program in which kids will be introduced to all things Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, often with a little Arts thrown in. Registration for the reading program begins Tuesday, June 16, the day the kids are dismissed from school for the summer. The program runs from the 16th to Aug. 23. Children will be able to keep track of their reading progress throughout the summer. This year’s online registration program is also a game, so the more the kids read, the more “credits” they get to help upgrade their online robots. Benchmark prizes will be given away, as well as some bonus prizes for signing up during the first week from June 16 through June 20. Also on June 16, from 3 to 4 p.m., children in grades K and up can enjoy performance artist Eric Girardi in his amazing program, “Bending Gravity.” He does object manipulation including juggling, masterful yo-yoing and much more. Registration is required. Children under 8 must be accompanied by adults; children 8 and older must have caregivers remain in the building.

Ladies who lunch

Wilton Library is pleased to host author Elissa Grodin for its Ladies Luncheon Fundraiser on Thursday, June 18, from noon to 2:30 p.m. Elissa will be discussing her latest novel, Death by Hitchcock, and share her family’s personal connection with the famed director and producer.   The luncheon will be catered by Marly’s Bar & Bistro and is sponsored by Bankwell in Wilton.   The co-chairs for the event are Priscilla Thors and Saras Nair, M.D. The ticket price is $50 and includes the price of the book. Elissa will be signing the books at the luncheon. Guests will be able to take part in a drawing with four enticing items: two JetBlue tickets, an Hermes scarf, a beauty basket featuring Chanel products and a Hot Tiger Shell Massage from Adam Broderick.   Tickets may be purchased on the library’s website by clicking on the Ladies Luncheon icon on the homepage or calling 203-762-3950, ext. 239.

Sex and the City author visits the library

This summer, Candace Bushnell will be visiting the library on Thursday, July 2, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to chat about her latest novel, Killing Monica. Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, international bestselling author whose first book, Sex and the City, was the genesis for the HBO hit series and movies. Her other novels, Lipstick Jungle and The Carrie Diaries, have also become hit television series as well. In Killing Monica, the actress who plays the part of a popular character created from books begins to lead the life of the character, wreaking havoc for the series’ writer. Bushnell lampoons pop culture, celebrity worship, fame and even the meaning of life when the writer must fake her own death to get her life back on track.   Bushnell brings her wit, style and humor to the reader with full gusto. A Q&A will follow the talk; books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. There is no charge for the program. Registration is highly recommended.

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.