Library Lines: June 25

Summer Show gets underway

Wilton artists are getting primed for the 71st Annual Wilton Library Summer Show which opens on Friday, July 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. In advance of the opening reception, adult Wilton artists are invited to enter up to two pieces of art — paintings, drawings, pastels or sculptures — in the exhibition. Submission dates are Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27, from 10 to 4. Forms for entry can be accessed on the library’s website and by clicking on the Call for Entries title on the homepage.   The link provides more information and another link to the actual entry form. Artists are reminded that pieces must be framed and wired for hanging. A portion of the proceeds from sales benefits the library.

Read with a pup

The library’s monthly Tales to Tails takes place this Saturday, June 27, from 11 to noon. This event brings gentle therapy dogs to the library so children can spend quiet time reading to the canines in a controlled environment. The activity helps to build confidence in the reluctant reader. Children may bring one of their favorite books or use suggestions from the library.
The dogs are provided courtesy of ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue). There is no fee but registration is required.

Cartoonist returns to the library

Matt Davies, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, returns to Wilton Library to chat, draw and answer questions about his newest book, Ben Draws Trouble. Read with Matt Davies is Saturday, June 27, from 2 to 3:30. Matt’s character Ben apparently draws his teachers and classmates a little too well for comfort in this follow-up to his previous book, Ben Rides On. Registration is required for this program; families are welcome. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Author visit in time for summer

New York Times best-selling author Beatriz Williams visits the library on Tuesday, June 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. just in time to talk about her latest summer read, Tiny Little Thing. The author of The Secret Life of Violet Grant, A Hundred Summers, and Overseas is back this summer with a story of politics and past secrets that takes place during what should be an idyllic summer on Cape Cod. A Q & A period will follow the talk. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. There is no charge. Registration is recommended.

A short program of short stories

Susan Boyar, the professional discussion leader for Wilton Library Readers, is hosting a new twist on book groups with the program, New Yorker Shorts: Six Stories in Six Weeks on Wednesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and Aug. 5, from noon to 1:30. The short stories to be discussed will be published in The New Yorker magazine over six consecutive weeks. Each session will discuss the previous week’s story.   Beginning July 1, the first story will be from the June 23rd issue. The current issue of The New Yorker is available in the library’s Reading Room for in-library use. Free downloadable formats can be found on Zinio or Overdrive, two digital libraries available through Wilton Library’s website. Participants are welcome to visit the reference librarians to learn how to easily download these magazines on personal devices such as tablets, smartphones or laptops. Participants also are encouraged to bring their lunches; beverages will be provided. Registration is suggested. Let the summer reading begin!

Friends, fashions and fun with Sex and the City author

Candace Bushnell, creator and writer of Sex and the City, on which the hugely popular HBO series and movies were based, will be visiting the library on Thursday, July 2, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. What better way is there to begin the summer break than laughing it up with girlfriends and enjoying this best-selling author? Bushnell, whose other novels include Lipstick Jungle and The Carrie Diaries, now introduces Killing Monica, about an actress who plays the part of a popular character created from a series of books — and who blurs the lines of fiction and reality creating mayhem in the process. The talk will be followed by a Q&A period. There is no charge for the program. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration is highly recommended as seats are already filling up fast.

The library will be closing at 5 on July 2 due to the author talk. 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. The library is closed Sundays through the summer.