Library Lines: March 13

Photography exhibition

Focus ’14, the Wilton Arts Council annual photography exhibition opens Friday, March 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This is a juried exhibition representing different photography techniques from participants around the region. The majority of pieces are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The reception is open to the public. The exhibition runs through March 29.

Dance the not-so-light fantastic

Garbage trucks rarely conjure up images of artistry, but when put in the hands of choreographer Allison Orr, she finds the beauty and grace in the behemoths and the men and women who run them. In Trash Dance, the New Perspectives Film Series being shown on Saturday, March 15, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Ms. Orr creates a beautiful and moving performance of man and machine on an abandoned airstrip for one night only. The film series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris and features a Q&A after the film. Donations of $5 per person are suggested to offset the cost of acquiring these heralded documentaries used in the series. Registration is highly recommended.

Tech companies of yesteryear

The fourth installment of American Made: The Industrial Revolution in Connecticut is Sunday, March 16, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the library with “Silicon Valley of the 19th Century” presented by William Hosley. The series is a collaboration with Wilton Historical Society and the library. Mr. Hosley will present a photo show and lecture of Connecticut’s contribution to the Industrial Revolution. The Connecticut Valley became America’s first high-tech corridor with techniques that changed the way in which the world worked — producing guns, typewriters, sewing machines, bicycles, automobiles and more — using machines. William Hosley is an independent scholar, cultural resource consultant, planner, writer, and photographer, and is principal of Terra Firma Northeast. He was formerly director of the New Haven Museum and Connecticut Landmarks and prior to that, curator and exhibition developer at Wadsworth Atheneum. The series is sponsored by Bankwell in Wilton. The lecture sponsor is Lee Wilson, Wilson Properties and the moderator is Steve Hudspeth.  Registration is required. The last lecture is Sunday, March 30 at the Wilton Historical Society with “The Dawn of Innovation” with Charles Morris.

St. Paddy’s Day entertainment

Kids can create their own rainbow with pots of gold and green carnation bouquets in Saint Patrick’s Day Crafts on Sunday, March 16, from 1 to 4:30. This is a drop-in crafts session sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund. There is no registration and no charge. On St. Patrick’s Day, Monday, March 17, from 4 to 5 p.m., children in grades 1 and up and adults of all ages may come and enjoy Irish Music with Bill Devlin. Mr. Devlin, who plays the wooden flute and whistle and performs authentic Irish music, studied with traditional Galway flute player Jack Coen of the Bronx. Mr. Devlin has been playing with the Shamrogues of Fairfield, Conn. for the past 14 years.  The program is sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund. Registration is recommended.

Protecting kids from online bullying

It seems that every day there is a new cyberbullying situation in the headlines that completely unnerves parents who want nothing more than to protect their children.  On Tuesday, March 18, local experts discuss the issue at the library in the program, Cyberbullying: What Every Parent Needs to Know, from 11 to 1. The presenters are Jo Ann Freiberg, Ph.D., educational consultant for the Connecticut Department of Education; Matt Hepfer, director of technology, Wilton Public Schools; and Charles A. Smith, Ed.D., assistant superintendent, Wilton Public Schools. There is no charge for the program which is sponsored by Wilton Youth Council, Wilton Public Schools, United Way of Coastal Fairfield County and the library. Registration is suggested. The snow date is March 25.

Crafty kids

Kids can use their creative juices with two enticing programs this week. On Wednesday, March 19, from 4 to 5 p.m., kids in grades 2 and up can create great cupcakes in Calling All Cupcake Connoisseurs. They can decorate several and take them home. The program is sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund. On Thursday, March 20, kids in grades 2 through 4 can participate in Recycle It! Art, from 4 to 5. Part of the Aldrich Museum’s Draw On! program, kids will do some eco-crafting with Batik paper. Kids will use crayons and paint to create interesting art projects.  Registration is required for both programs.

Children and their families are reminded that the Children’s Garden Club is now underway on Fridays from now through the summer. Contact afalkner@wiltonlibrary.org to join. To register for programs, visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teens and ext. 217 for children’s activities.