Library Lines: June 9

Author talks

First-time novelist Christine Reilly visits Wilton Library on Tuesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. to discuss her new novel, Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday — an arresting family love story about the eccentric yet tight-knit Simone family, coping with tragedy during ’90s New York, struggling to reconnect with each other and heal. Poignant and humane, Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday is a deft exploration of the tender ties that bind families together, even as they threaten to tear them apart in this unusual love story. The author has received a star rating from Kirkus Review, along with praise from others. Reilly currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and the Gotham Writers Workshop. A Q&A and book signing will follow the talk. There is no charge, but registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books of New Canaan.

Debut author Joy Callaway seeks inspiration from her own family history for her first novel, The Fifth Avenue Artists Society, which she will discuss on Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m. The historical novel is a gripping story following Virginia Loftin, the boldest of four artistic sisters living in genteel poverty in the Bronx in 1891. The novel is rich with historical details — from the elaborate hats Ginny’s sister designs for Manhattan’s elite to the famous literary figures she meets at the salon, Callaway paints a vivid portrait of New York’s glitzy Gilded Age. Callaway follows the Loftin sisters as they navigate and reconcile the sometimes-conflicting pursuits of art and marriage, themes that resonate today, and brings a young and fresh perspective to historical fiction. A Q&A will follow the talk. There is no charge, but registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for signing and purchase courtesy of Elm Street Books of New Canaan. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of both authors’ books benefits the library.

Business workshop

The Wilton Library, Wilton Chamber of Commerce and Fairfield County SCORE present SWOT: A Business Tool to Compete and Win on Wednesday, June 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. This workshop will explain a structured process to develop a business strategy that will help businesses more effectively and successfully compete and grow. Attendees will learn how to evaluate business strengths and weaknesses (SW) and how to identify external opportunities and threats (OT). The speaker is John Harmon, managing director of Adulant Consulting Services, who has held senior leadership and executive positions in sales marketing, quality management, strategic planning, and new business development at Eastman Kodak, The Gartner Group, and Pitney Bowes. There is no charge for the program, but registration is required through SCORE. Participants may visit or call SCORE at (203) 831-0065 with any questions and to register. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. SCORE is a non-profit organization that helps individuals start a new business or grow their existing business.

Summer reading

With school finished next week, it will be time for children and teens to register for their respective summer reading programs. Each one offers prizes for different reading goals and promises lots of fun. The children’s reading program is Welcome to the Jungle of Books, in honor of the new Children’s Library entrance. Kids can come and sign up for a summer’s worth of reading at any time, but they won’t want to miss the Summer Kickoff fun on Friday, June 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. Kids through fifth grade will be able to register online or at the kickoff to be eligible for reading prizes sponsored by Scoops, Subway, and The Toy Chest. There will be all sorts of activities during the kick-off, including a bounce house, jungle games and more. Children under 8 must be accompanied by caregivers; children 8 through 12 must have caregivers remain in the building. The summer reading program begins with activities for kids in July that include crafts, weekly entertainment, storytimes, movies and more. See the flyer in the Children’s Library for more information or visit the library’s website. For kids entering grades 6-12, the theme is Exercise Your Mind and READ, with registration beginning Wednesday, June 15 and continuing through Tuesday, Aug. 16. Teens and Tweens will register online with Wandoo Reader and begin logging their time spent reading. All that’s needed is a good book and an Internet connection. For the first 180 minutes read, kids will receive a bag of candy, plus one entry for the weekly drawing. For each consecutive 180 minutes read, teens will receive a bag of candy, plus one entry for the weekly drawing. Prizes are $10 gift certificates for pizza or ice cream. One lucky person will be the grand prize winner at the end of the summer and receive a $100 American Express gift certificate. The teen reading program is sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund and Wilton Library. For more information, call Teen Services at 203-762-6342.

Calling Wilton artists

The 72nd Annual Wilton Artists Summer Show gets underway in July, and the call for entries has begun. Adults living or working in Wilton can submit up to two paintings, pastels, drawings or sculptures for the exhibition that opens July 8 and runs through Aug. 25. Entries must be framed and wired and dropped off on Friday, July 1, or Saturday, July 2, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more details, visit and click on the news link for forms or visit the library.

The library will be open until 9 p.m. on June 13 and 14 to allow students to study during exam week. Study rooms are available on the second floor on June 10, 13 and 14. 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.