Library Lines: March 16

Cool jazz performance

The Helen Sung Trio graces the stage for a Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert on Sunday, March 19, from 4 to 5:30. Pianist/composer Helen Sung comes with her trio fresh from an East Asian concert tour. After training as a classical pianist, Sung went on to graduate from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and win the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition.  She has been captivating listeners worldwide with a riveting artistry that seamlessly integrates the jazz and classical worlds. She was named by Wynton Marsalis as one of his “Jazz Musicians to Watch.” An informal reception follows the concert. The suggested donation for this world-class concert is $10 per person. The Hot & Cool concerts are funded by William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer, and Chris and Tish Brubeck. Advance registration is strongly suggested for this very popular jazz series. 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.

Author addresses reinvention for women

Author Wendy Sachs visits the library on Monday, March 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to talk about her latest book, Fearless and Free: How Smart Women Pivot — and Relaunch Their Careers. Sachs talked to a wide range of women who faced down fears, roadblocks, and failures to reinvent themselves. Confronted with a wild job market, technology changing daily and industries morphing on the spot, many women feel forced to pivot to stay relevant, while others choose to pivot to keep engaged. Or they may be struggling to get back into the workforce after taking time off to raise kids. Sachs discusses the insights and experiences of those interviewed together with current research and actionable advice. Her own story is one to be heard as well. The book was picked by Oprah for “the ’17 Books to Read this Spring.” A Q&A period will follow the talk. There is no charge  Registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books.

Exploration of community

The Wilton Clergy Association, Wi-ACT and Wilton Library continue the thought-provoking series entitled, Coming Together — What is Community? on Monday, March 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This is an interfaith clergy panel discussion that looks at “What does it mean to be an American?” The panel discussion is an open forum for all to participate in topics such as the importance of worship, what it means to be an American, immigration, sharing and involvement. The last session in the series is April 3 with a discussion of “What does it mean to be a community?” There is no charge but donations are always welcomed. Registration is strongly suggested for this engaging series.

Women’s Hall of Fame program

Kathryn Gloor, executive director of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, presents Pushing Past “No:” Overcoming Obstacles on the Path to Success on Tuesday, March 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in celebration of Women’s History Month. This interactive multi-media program highlights inspiring stories of some of Connecticut’s remarkable women who overcame obstacles and objections to achieve great things. Gloor examines the determination of women in science and medicine such as Barbara McClintock, Helen Smits and Emeline Roberts Jones; women pioneers in law such as Constance Baker Motley and Patricia Wald, female sports icons such as Joan Joyce and Donna Lopiano, and others from across all fields of endeavor. Kathryn Gloor has spent more than 15 years raising awareness and support for the causes she loves, including education, women’s rights, and cultural organizations. Most recently she served as director of development at Westport Country Playhouse, where she oversaw fundraising for the historic regional theater. There is no charge for the program. Advance registration is recommended.

Relax with zentangles

The latest rage is drawing zentangles and people can now learn how to create them at the library on Tuesday, March 21, in Relax and Color a Zentangle from 11 to 1. This new trend is an abstract drawing for all abilities using black ink on white paper that combines designs and patterns. Drawing zentangles is supposed to have many benefits like reducing stress, eliminating anxiety, and self-soothing effects. There is no experience needed. The program is for adults and teens in grades 7 and up. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Poetry abounds

This year’s Poetry in Motion two-night performance is Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. In this emotion-packed hour, teens in grades 7 through 12 will reveal their inner thoughts, moving musings, and spot-on humor in their original poetry which they created using the theme, “But Wait…There’s More!” Tickets for the event are $10 per person and are available at the circulation desk. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door each night. The snow date is set for Sunday, March 26, at 4.

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, Teen Services and Innovation Station at 203-762-6342.