Library Lines: June 30

Wilton artists show their stuff

Wilton Library’s Summer Show call for entries takes place on Friday and Saturday, July 1 and 2, from 10 to 2. Adult artists living or working in Wilton can show up to two paintings, drawings, charcoals or sculptures in the 72nd annual art exhibition which is a two-month show. Artists can find more details and registration forms on the library’s website at Each painting must be framed and wired for hanging, with the entry form taped to the front of the frame for easy identification. The artists’ reception is set for Friday, July 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public. A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The exhibition runs through Aug. 25.  

A few short weeks

Susan Boyar, the library’s popular book group facilitator, returns for New Yorker Shorts: 5 Weeks of Short Stories from The New Yorker Magazine, beginning Tuesday, July 5, from noon to 1:30. The group meets for five consecutive Tuesdays (July 5, 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2) to discuss the previous week’s story from The New Yorker. Story titles will be announced one week prior to the meeting. Participants can find the current issue of The New Yorker in the Reading Room for in-library use, or download it through Zinio or OverDrive on their mobile devices. The library’s reference librarians can help anyone wishing to learn this process. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch; the library will provide beverages. Registration is suggested.

Being jazzy and old school

Teens entering grades 6 through 12 can jazz up their shoes or play old-fashioned board games in two separate programs this week. Jazz Up Your Shoes, Belts and More...for Teens, takes place on Wednesday, July 6, from 3 to 4:30. Teens can bring in their old pair of heels, flats, boots or tennis sneaks, a belt, pocket book or wrist-let that needs a new life. With Mod Podge and cutouts of flowers, super heroes, planets, animals, landscapes, food and more, the old tired items are magically transformed into brand new fashion statements. On Thursday, July 7, from 7 to 8:30, kids can grab some friends or meet new ones for Old-Fashioned Game Night for Teens. Kids can bring their own favorite board games or use one of the library’s to challenge someone to a competitive game of Monopoly, Sorry, Parcheesi or Risk. The idea is to unplug for the night and have some old-school fun. Free pizza will be served. Registration is required for Jazz and suggested for Game Night because space is limited. Both programs are supported by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

Storytelling through scripts

Professional screenplay and television writer GiGi New presents a workshop on Wednesday, July 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., that offers a fresh and informative perspective on how to create a strong script for today’s television landscape.  She will discuss the fundamentals of script formatting as well as essential story elements needed for crafting an engaging television series. A finalist for The Disney Fellowship, GiGi began her career as an assistant on Everybody Loves Raymond and moved on to writing for the award-winning Nickelodeon family series The Brothers Garcia. She has since worked on the FOX series The Ortegas. There is no charge for the program. Registration is suggested.

Summer poetry

Judson Scruton, a popular guest lecturer, presents an engaging four-week summer poetry seminar on Powers of the Imagination — Wallace Stevens and his Contemporaries, beginning Thursday, July 7, from 10:30 to noon. Each week the group will compare one of Stevens’ poems to a poem by one of his contemporaries: Eliot, Frost, Moore, and Merrill. The dates of the series are July 7, 14, 21 and 28. Poetry packets are now available at the front desk. There is no charge for the program. Advance registration is required.

Summer music is here

The library’s 16th annual Summer Music & More Concert Series gets underway on Thursday, July 7, from 5 to 6:30, with the ’70s big brass sound of Pocketful of Soul covering bands such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago, Tower of Power and more. The series is generously sponsored for the 16th year by The Village Market. The concerts are free and open to the public with free refreshments including wine donated by Michael Crystal. The concerts take place rain or shine in the Brubeck Room. Guests have the choice of sitting indoors in the air-conditioned room or relaxing outside in the courtyard to take in a lovely summer evening. The concerts continue on the next three consecutive Thursdays in July featuring the following bands: July 14, The Motown Review Band, music of the ’60s Motor City; July 21, Creamery Station joins the lineup with their funk/blues sound and the harmonica playing of Don DeStefano, from the Bernadettes; July 28, Echoes of Sinatra with Steve Kazlauskas returns with the Great American Songbook style for his fourth year. There is no registration; people can just stop by and get their weekends started early.

The library will be closed Monday, July 4, for Independence Day. The library is now closed Sundays through Sept. 4. To register for programs, visit 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.