Library Lines: June 18

Everyone’s reading this summer

Registration for the children’s summer reading program, “Everything STEMs from Reading” is well underway. This week teens get to register for their reading program, “Escape the Ordinary,” which runs from June 22 through Sunday, Aug. 16. During the weeks ahead, kids entering grades 6 through 12 can use Wandoo Reader to record their reading activities, earn prizes and be eligible for drawings. The more the kids read the more chances they have of winning based on minutes read. The registration is online and it’s more of a game than just a place to list books read. Susan Lauricella, head of Teen Services, will be happy to answer any program questions at 203-762-3950, ext. 243. Adults get to   enjoy their own summer of reading and prizes with   “Escape the Ordinary.” By registering online, keeping track of their reading and submitting brief reviews, patrons automatically will be eligible for weekly drawings of Wilton Chamber of Commerce gift certificates. The adult program begins Monday, July 6 through Sunday, Aug. 16. Adults can stop by the reference desk for assistance in registering for the program beginning July 1.

Weir Farm artist’s exhibition

Weir Farm’s artist in residence is Rachel Sanders, who will be exhibiting her works at the library on Monday, June 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sanders is an artist who works from observation and finds endless possibilities in everyday life. She works from her surroundings inside and out and pushes herself to find new ways of making marks with the tools at hand. Her work is playful, challenging, and absolutely fun. She works from observation; compiling sketches and notes of her interactions while at Weir Farm. The exhibition is co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. There is no charge. Registration is suggested.

Author returns with new thriller

Author Mark Rubinstein pays a return visit to the library for an Area Author Affair program on Monday, June 22, from 7 to 8 p.m. to discuss his latest novel, The Lovers’ Tango. This newest entry is a page-turning legal thriller, inspired by Mark’s real-life courtroom experience and a passion for tango. See the library’s registration link for more details about the author. The book will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. There is no charge for the program. Registration is recommended.

Babysitters get certified

American Red Cross Babysitting Training takes place at the library in a two-day workshop for kids ages 11 to 15 on Tuesday, June 23, and Wednesday, June 24, from 2 to 5 p.m. The kids must attend both sessions in which they learn and role play best practices for babysitting. Upon completion of the course, the students receive their babysitting certificate. The cost is $85 and is due upon registration. To register, call Susan Lauricella at 203-762-3950, ext. 243; there is no registration online. Once placed on the list, the patron must send or present a check made out to Wilton Library before class begins in order to hold the spot. There is a maximum of 12 students in the class. Students should bring beverages and snacks to the sessions.

Children’s author visits

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Matt Davies returns to the area and to Wilton Library specifically on Saturday, June 27, from 2 to 3:30 for Read with Matt Davies.   He will chat about his latest book, Ben Draws Trouble. Matt will be drawing, answering questions and reading from the newest book. In this exceptionally funny story, Matt Davies’ character Ben finds that he draws his teachers and classmates a little too well for comfort. There will be copies of Ben Draws Trouble to buy and be signed by the author. Matt’s previous book, Ben Rides On, was a big hit. Registration is required; families are welcome.

Emerging media updates

As the summer season begins and people are packing up the kids, the pets, the cars and heading out of town, it’s a good time to remember the library has “no packing required” emerging media resources available 24/7. Movies, music, books, magazines and more are readily available for downloading and/or streaming. Here are some recent enhancements to the library’s emerging media collection: Hoopla — with more than 6,000 movies and TV episodes for adults, teens, and children. Wilton residents can enjoy watching TV shows or movies, or listening to one of 225,000 music albums.   Movies and TV shows can be streamed on computers, or downloaded to the Hoopla app on mobile devices. Zinio — magazine titles available on Zinio have changed. The library now offers 31 titles including Bloomberg Businessweek, Bon Appetit, National Geographic, New Yorker, Newsweek, and Vogue. Wilton residents can download all of the magazines on mobile devices for free. E-books and audiobooks can be downloaded, people can learn foreign languages, all on mobile devices, all for free through the Wilton Library. Access to these “no packing required” services may be found by clicking the green “Digital Library” tab on the library’s website homepage. The library’s reference librarians can help patrons with questions. A Wilton Library card is required to enjoy these services. Happy vacation, reading, listening, streaming and downloading!

The library will be closed on Sundays through Labor Day beginning this Sunday, June 21. 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.