Library Lines: June 4

Juried art exhibition

This month’s art exhibition features the Society of Connecticut Sculptors with an opening reception on Friday, June 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

This juried exhibition consists entirely of sculptures, which is a slight departure from previous shows. The works of 16 artists from around the region will be on display through Friday, June 26.
The artists are Frankie Davies and Dr. Fay Stevenson-Smith from Wilton; Joyce Fama and Sally Monahan, Norwalk; Dr. Charlotte Brown, New Canaan; Connie Taylor, Weston; Rene Beland and Charlotte Birnbaum, Stamford; Danielle Langford, Danbury; Wendy Swain, Stratford; Susan Frost, North Haven; Dr. Gerry Freedman, Branford; Lea Ann Cogswell, South Windsor; Susan Zurles, Burlington; Michael Keropian, Carmel, N.Y., and Sergey Eylanbekov, Syosset, N.Y.
The exhibition will be judged by Michael Keropian, a renowned sculptor and principal of Michael Keropian Sculptures in New York. Prizes will be awarded at the opening reception which is open to the public. A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.

Sunday concert

John Lehmann-Haupt graces the Brubeck Room stage for the final Connecticut’s Own concert of the season on Sunday, June 7, from 4 to 5.
Lehmann-Haupt has been enamored with the guitar since he started playing as a child. His style blends popular and traditional songs with classical interpretations. He performed for 12 years at Windows on the World and was cited for it by The New York Times in 1986. John was a staff instructor at New York’s American Institute of Guitar from 1982 until its 2008 closing, and he continues to teach privately.
Connecticut’s Own Concerts are free. Registration is strongly recommended for these popular concerts.
Pre-registrants should arrive by 3:50 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:50 if space is available.

Local author visits

Author Dorothy Hayes returns to the library to discuss her latest mystery, Broken Window, on Monday, June 8, from 6 to 7 p.m. in an Area Author Affair program.
Broken Window is about three Wilton High School graduates and their trip into New York City in August 1984, when crime was at an all-time high. Hayes, a staff writer for local Connecticut newspapers for five years, received an honorary award for her in-depth series on Vietnam Veterans from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Murder at the P&Z, based in Wilton, was published in 2012 for which she appeared at the library. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is recommended.

Support group meets

The Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group meets on Tuesday, June 9, from 6 to 8. This group gets together to encourage each other in post-treatment cancer sessions. The sessions are sponsored by the Breast Cancer Survival Center and the library.
For any questions, please contact Nina Marino at 203-857-7304. Registration through the library’s   website or by phone is encouraged.

Library readers

The last regular session of the Wilton Library Readers gets together on Wednesday, June 10, from noon to 1:30, for a discussion of the novel Lila by Marilynne Robinson.
The group is led by book group facilitator Susan Boyar. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch; the library provides beverages. Starting July 1, a new six-week program will be offered entitled “New Yorker Shorts: Six Stories in Six Weeks with Susan Boyar,” from noon to 1:30.
Boyar will discuss six short stories published in The New Yorker magazine over six consecutive Wednesdays. Each meeting will discuss the previous week’s story, i.e. on July 1, the story will be from the June 23 issue. Story titles will be announced one week prior to the meeting.
Current issues of the magazine are available in the Reading Room for in-library use, or attendees can download them through Zinio or Overdrive.
Attendees can visit with any of the reference librarians if assistance is needed. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch and beverages will be provided. Registration is suggested.

Download assistance

Melissa Baker runs a monthly session at the Wilton Senior Center in Comstock Community Center featuring the library’s free downloadable services.
In this month’s session on Wednesday, June 10, from 1 to 2:30, Baker demonstrates how to successfully download e-Books and audiobooks, available for free, 24/7 from the library.
Attendees should bring their own devices, Wilton Library cards and passwords. The program is presented for seniors by the senior center. Registration is recommended through the library’s website or by calling the library.

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.