Library Lines: March 10

Photography abounds

The Wilton Arts Council Focus ’16 Photography Exhibition reception is set for Friday, March 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The juried show highlights photographers from around the region and features a variety of photography media and techniques. Prizes are awarded for the following division: Best of Show, Adult (first through fourth place), High School (first through third place) and Youth (first through third place), along with Honorable Mention ribbons in each division. The exhibition runs through April 1. The majority of photos are available for purchase with the library benefitting from a portion of the sales. The reception is free and open to the public.

A legacy shared

The New Perspectives Film Series screens the award-winning documentary, Nicky’s Family on Saturday, March 12, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The film reveals the story of Nicholas Winton, an ordinary British stockbroker, who organized the rescue of 669 children from Prague just before the outbreak of World War II. His story would have remained untold had it not been for his wife’s discovery of a suitcase in the attic full of documents and transport plans more than 50 years after his heroic efforts.  As a result of his bravery, today there are more than 6,000 descendants of ‘Winton's Children’ all over the world. Although Winton passed away in 2015, the children that he saved, their descendants and countless others around the world continue to follow his example as chronicled in the documentary. Suggested donation for the film series is $5 per person to offset film costs. Refreshments will be served. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A follows the film. Registration is highly recommended.

The Jazz Era

Wilton’s own Bob Riccio, an authority on jazz history, will lend his expertise to the Wilton Library/Wilton Historical Society Scholarly Series: America from the Guns of August to the Gathering Storm (1914 – 1939) on Sunday, March 13, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. with his lecture on Jazz Heritage. Riccio will discuss the dawning of the Jazz Era and its implications on America’s outlook as a society. He will introduce the audience to some of the beginning influences on American jazz from Africa and Europe in the early 1900s. He will touch on the religious music of that era — gospel and the blues, as well as early New Orleans and ragtime influences, Dixieland, boogie-woogie and ending with the emergence of swing in 1932. The remaining lectures are as follows at the Wilton Historical Society: March 20  — WWI and the Future of America with Matthew Warshauer; April 3 – Folk Music and Social Consciousness in the Interwar Years with Stephen Armstrong. Receptions follow the talks. There is no charge, but donations are always welcomed. The series is sponsored by Bankwell of Wilton.  Riccio’s lecture is sponsored by Elaine Tai-Lauria and Phil Lauria; the moderator is Steve Hudspeth. Registration is required. See the library’s registration link for more details about the series and speakers.

College admissions strategies

Experts from Howard Green Associates, an educational consulting firm, provide strategies and tips in the program, College Admissions Planning with the Greenes: A Presentation and Conversation about Selective College Admissions for Parents and Students, on Monday, March 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Students and parents are welcomed to this informative session that helps prepare families for the college admissions process.  Registration is recommended.

Common ground

Wilton Clergy Association, Wi-ACT and Wilton Library present an interfaith lecture, Common Scriptures for the Common Good – Jews, Christians and Muslims, on Tuesday, March 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A moderator and panel will explore what is similar as opposed to what separates people in the sacred texts of these religions with a view to the commonalities furthering interfaith dialogue in an age when that dialogue is desperately needed. The Rev. Mary Grace Williams of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church will moderate. The panel participants are Rabbi Rachel Bearman, Temple B'nai Chaim; the Rev. Dr. Jason Coker, Wilton Baptist Church; and Dr. Kareem Adeeb, American Institute for Islamic and Arabic Studies. There is no charge but donations are welcomed for this one-session Interfaith program. Registration is strongly suggested.

Teens perform original poetry

The tenth annual teen Poetry in Motion performances take place on Friday and Saturday evenings, March 18 and 19, from 7:30 to 8:30 in the Brubeck Room. This year’s theme is Inside Out. Teens in grades 7 through 12 wrote original poetry based on the theme and what it means to them. An informal reception follows each evening’s performance. Tickets are now on sale for $5 per person at the circulation desk. The snow date is Sunday, March 20 at 4 p.m.

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.