Library Lines: March 17

Teens perform poetry

Wilton teens have been working on their poetry since this fall and will share it all with neighbors, friends and family at Poetry in Motion, a two-night performance event on Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19. Students in grades 7 through 12 have created their original poetry using the theme “Inside Out” in whatever way it has meaning to them. The performances are from 7:30 to 8:30 with an informal reception each night. Tickets are on sale at the circulation desk. Previous performances have sold out with no tickets available at the door. For information, call 203-762-6334.

Reading workshop for parents

Parents, caregivers, and teachers are invited to attend an interactive workshop about reading with young children on Saturday, March 19, from 10 to 11:30. Reading for Meaning and Read with Me interactive workshop will review four strategies used for reading to children from birth to preschool: echo reading, paired reading, questioning, and predicting.  Wordless books and reader's theater will also be discussed. Read with Me is a research-based program developed by literacy guru Shari Robertson.  Book lists will be provided and light refreshments will be served. There also will be time for questions and answers. The workshop will be led by Shefali Patel, an ACE awardee from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association where she earned a certificate of clinical competence in speech language pathology (CCC SLP). The library’s registration link has more details about the program and the speaker. Registration is required -— adults only please. There is no fee.

Weir Farm exhibition

The March artist-in-residence at Weir Farm is Julie Maren. The exhibition and reception for her work are set for Monday, March 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the library. Maren's paintings tell mythical stories through overlapping imagery and interwoven pattern, spanning multiple panels. According to the artist, she is currently “exploring the creation of space through depth and transparency; building and excavating multiple layers as the composition develops.” She plans to play with scale, material, shape and macroscopic and microscopic perspectives, continuing to play with the narrative but with the end goal of liberating her work from the linear format of 90-degree angles and two dimensions. The program is 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.

Poetry tantalizer

April is National Poetry Month and the library is thrilled to welcome back Ira Joe Fisher for a poetry reading a little ahead of the curve. Poetry Reading by Ira Joe Fisher takes place on Thursday, March 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  Ira was awarded two regional Emmys for television writing. He is the author of Remembering Rew, a poetry chapbook, and the full-length collections Some Holy Weight in the Village Air, Songs From an Earlier Century, and The Creek at the End of the Lawns. The library’s registration link has more details. There is no charge. Registration is highly recommended.

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.