Library Lines: March 12

Photography exhibition

Wilton Arts Council presents its Focus ’15 Photo Exhibit March 6 through March 28 at the library. The opening reception is set for Friday, March 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., with the awards ceremony beginning at 6:45.   More than 180 photographs fill the spaces in the library, with divisions and awards in the following categories, “Best of Show,” “Adult,” “High School,” and “Youth.” The judges for the juried show are Sandy Gennrich, Sandy Gennrich Photography, Daryl Hawk, Hawk Photography, and Sooo-Z Mastropietro, Curator, Artist/Owner, Mastropiece. The reception is open to the public.   A portion of the proceeds benefits the library. For more information, visit

What’s in a number?

With the numerical equivalent of pi (π) 3.1415, it is fitting that on Saturday, March 14 (3/14/15), kids will celebrate Pi Day, from 10:30 to 4:30. Kids can drop in throughout the day to play with numbers and fun activities such as memorizing the numbers in pi, guessing the circumference of a pie (and perhaps taking home the winning prize-a pie). There is no registration; children can just stop in. The program is supported by the Amadeo family.

Film explores comedian’s life

A poignant look at a show business veteran is the subject of the New Perspectives Film Series on Saturday, March 14, with Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. The film will be screened beginning at 7:30 p.m., moderated by Megan Smith-Harris, a local documentary filmmaker and programmer for the series. The film is a snapshot in the life of the late Elaine Stritch, Tony and Emmy Award-winning comedian, capturing her on stage and off in full pursuit of her craft. Suggested donation for the film series is $5 per person to offset the fees of the documentaries. Registration is highly recommended.

Artist braves the weather

Artist Benisse Lester completed her artist-in-residency program at Weir Farm in January but was abruptly run out of town due to the impending blizzard. She has returned to present her works on Monday, March 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Ms. Lester’s paintings depict the grounds and interior of Weir Farm celebrating and honoring the beauty and heritage of the farm and J. Alden Weir. The work is primarily in plein air and directly from the subject material incorporating still life and figures. The March artist-in-residence, Patricia Miranda, will have her exhibition on Monday, March 23. The programs are co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. There is no charge; registration is suggested.

Monthly chat about books

The monthly Tuesday Book Buzz group gets together on March 17, from 11 to noon to find out about new books and authors on the horizon, as well as discuss their favorite reads. The program is moderated by Lauren McLaughlin and Melissa Baker, two of the library’s knowledgeable librarians. Attendees can pick up pre-publication books when available and get the scoop on author visits and new releases. There is no charge. Registration is encouraged especially if there is inclement weather.

Community series continues

The Wilton Interfaith Lecture Series, “Who is My Neighbor? — How Our Community Can Respond to Differences, Divisions and Conflict,” continues on Tuesday, March 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with presenters Kevin Meehan, Ambler Farm, Colleen Fawcett, Wilton Youth Services director, and Dr. Charles Smith, Wilton Schools Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. Speakers will address the question of how civility and compassion can repair and transform community life, especially when diversity, differences of opinion, polarization or even hostile conflicts appear. Please see the library’s website for more details about the series. Additional dates include March 24: Judith Altmann, Holocaust survivor, Dr. Kareem Adeeb, Imam of the American Institute for Islamic Studies and chair, Interfaith Council of Southwest Connecticut; March 31: Panel of Wilton Clergy Association members. Registration is strongly recommended. There is no charge, but donations are welcomed.

Bring power to presentations

Michael Bellacosa instructs newbies on Basic PowerPoint in a library Technology Class on Wednesday, March 18, from 2:30 to 3:30, and again from 6:30 to 7:30. Attendees should have basic computer skills and mouse proficiency for this free class in which they will learn how to create and format basic presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint 2007. Advance registration is required since it is hands-on instruction and the class size is limited to 16. See registration link for more details.

Teens perform

A not-to-be missed performance takes place on two nights when Wilton’s teens take to the Brubeck Room stage for the annual Poetry in Motion production on Friday and Saturday nights, March 20 and 21, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. This year’s theme is Breaking the Mold. The kids wrote original poetry in which they get to express their thoughts on daring to be different, unique or unconventional. The performances include dance and musical accompaniment. Informal receptions follow each performance.   Tickets are $5 per person and are now on sale at the circulation desk. For information, call 203-762-3950, ext. 243.

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.