Library Lines: June 19

Reading programs launched

The Children’s Library summer reading program, “Mythical, Magical Summer Reading,” has officially started with registration beginning earlier this week. The Teen Summer Reading Program, “Spark a Reaction” starts on Friday, with registration through Evanced, the online system. This is the same system that is being used by the Children’s Library. From now until Aug. 15, teens can register the books they have read to be entered into a weekly drawing for a $10 gift certificate. The end-of-summer prize for most books logged in will be a $100 American Express Gift Card. Teens can stop by Teen Services or call 203-762-3950, ext. 243 for more details. The program is made possible through the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund. This summer, adults will be able to join their own summer reading program called “Literary Elements.” Adults will be able to register on the same Evanced system, beginning July 7 through Aug. 17 to be eligible for weekly Wilton Chamber of Commerce gift certificates. Readers may stop by the library from July 1 to learn how to use the online system. Happy summer reading!

Kids and bears snack and read

Children ages 3 through 5 years old may bring their favorite teddy bears (or other stuffed animals) to Teddy Bear Picnic on Friday, June 20, from 4 to 4:45 p.m.  The kids and the animals will be treated to stories, songs, crafts and snacks. Registration is required; caregivers must remain with the children. There is no fee. The program is made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

Jazz concert in memory of music-lover

The Ian Harleman Rising Musicians’ Scholarship for the second year has provided weekly music lessons to deserving students which will result in a concert by the students on Sunday, June 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. The students who received instruction are Joseph Raimondi and Tyus Southern, both on guitar and mentored by Bob Riccio; Brendan Murtha and Stefania Somma, drums taught by John Cutrone; and Ethan Shenhar, also on instructed by Jim Lane. Ian Harleman was a Wilton resident who nurtured a love of music, people and life. The scholarship was created as a result of the outpouring of generosity from friends and family in memory of Ian. The mission of the scholarship is to educate, entertain and inspire middle school and high school students who are passionate about music. Registration is required; there is no charge.

Weir Farm artist’s reception

Anneliese Vobis is this month’s Weir Farm artist-in-residence who will have her exhibition and reception at the library on Monday, June 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Anneleise is a co-founder of Science Species Lab, an institute that constructs synthetic landscapes. While at Weir Farm, the artist will transform recycled 100% sheep wool sweaters into hybrid organisms using the Shibori method of felting. The program is co-sponsored by the Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site, and presented by the library. Registration is suggested.

Seniors learn about media to go

Melissa Baker, the library’s emerging media expert, will conduct a monthly class at the Wilton Senior Center for people who want to learn how to download books and magazines or stream music and movies on their personal devices. This month’s class, Free Fiction, Films and Fugues to Go from Wilton Library will be held on Wednesday, June 25, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road. Melissa will guide people through downloadable e-books using Overdrive, downloadable e-magazines using Zinio, streaming movies from IndieFlix and streaming jazz and classical music through Naxos Music Library. All of these services are available through the library’s website, using a Wilton Library card. Registration is suggested by calling the senior center at 203-834-6240.

Innovation Station tours

The library’s new Innovation Station is now officially open with the ribbon-cutting taking place last week during the 119th Friends of the Library annual meeting. Everyone is invited to take a peek inside the inviting space where creativity will abound. Tours are being given in June on the following days:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 to 2 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Fridays, 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Saturdays, June 21 and 28 only, 11 to noon and 3 to 4 p.m.

This will give people a chance to see all the new equipment and ways in which the room will be used. Please note: users of the Innovation Station must be 13 years or older.

Please note: Author Talk with Lisa See tonight at 7 p.m. To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teen activities or ext. 217 for children’s events. The library is closed on Sundays in the summer beginning June 22 through Aug. 31.