Library Lines: June 2
Four artists showcased
Four Fairfield County artists come together in the Artists’ Choice 2016 exhibition opening this Friday, June 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The artists are members of Art/Place Gallery in Fairfield. Mollie Keller (Trumbull) creates calligraphic riffs that are part of her ongoing attempt to describe three-dimensional gestures in two dimensions. Toby Michaels (Westport) allows the Abstract Expressionist movement to inspire her recent work. She studies the muses, their philosophy, intentions and visual style. Diane Pollack’s (Fairfield) large monotypes with thread feature abstracted female shapes which refer to ancient rituals and celebrations. Florence Zolan (Bridgeport) creates mixed-media works combining printmaking, collage, paint, pastel, and often applied objects and yarns. The reception is open to the public. The exhibit runs through June 30. A majority of the works are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.
Famous wine event remembered
Forty years ago a single wine event in Paris rocked the wine establishment. A handful of relatively unknown (and underappreciated) California wines beat out world-class French wines in a blind tasting that stupefied the French judges on their own turf. The story was captured in the 2006 book by George Taber, Judgment of Paris. Taber comes to the library for a Judgment of Paris Wine Tasting Event on Saturday, June 4, from 4 to 5:30. He will talk about the event he witnessed firsthand as a journalist, and then conduct his own “blind tasting” in which attendees will be able to participate. There is no charge for the tasting. Registration is recommended. Attendees must be 21 or older to participate.
The library’s 121st Annual Friends of the Library meeting takes place on Sunday, June 5, from 4 to 5:30. A brief meeting includes the election of officers and new trustees, a celebration of those who are retiring from the board and a presentation of awards to the staff member of the year and volunteer of the year. Bryan Mattimore will be the guest speaker following the award presentations. He is the co-founder and “Chief Idea Guy” of the Growth Engine Co., an innovation agency based in Norwalk. A brief reception follows the meeting and the speaker. The meeting and the reception are open to the public. Registration is encouraged. Guests should RSVP to 203-762-6323.
Terry McMillan, bestselling author of Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, will be visiting the library on Tuesday, June 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for her latest release, I Almost Forgot About You. It is the inspiring story of a woman who shakes things up in her life to find greater meaning. Kirkus Reviews noted, “Here is McMillan's trademark style in full, feisty effect: strong, complicated female characters, energetic prose, and an entertaining, seductive narrative. A heartwarming story that reminds us of the pure joy of believing in love.” Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. The novel is being released on June 7. There is no charge for the program. Registration is highly recommended.
Food book group convenes
The Food Lit Book Group comes together one more time on Tuesday, June 7, from 11 to noon, before taking a summer hiatus. The group will discuss The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister. Registration is recommended. There is no charge.
Historian speaks on presidents
William Leuchtenburg, one of the great presidential historians of the century, comes to the library on Thursday, June 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss his book, The American President: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton. It is an enthralling account of American presidential actions from the assassination of William McKinley in 1901 to Clinton's last night in office in January 2001. Leuchtenburg portrays each of the presidents in a chronicle sparkling with anecdote and wit. He offers a nuanced assessment of their conduct in office, preoccupations, and temperament. Leuchtenburg sheds light on presidents battling with contradictory forces. Caught between maintaining their reputation and executing their goals, many practiced deceits that shape their image today. But he also reveals how the country's leaders pulled off magnificent achievements worthy of the nation's pride. A Q&A and book signing will follow the talk. There is no charge. The program is co-sponsored by the Wilton Historical Society and the library. Registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan.
To register for programs, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org 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.