Library Lines: March 19

Teens take to the stage

Teens usually get a bad rap for being moody, sulky, too loud, too withdrawn, and the list can go on endlessly. On Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, all those descriptors melt away when a special group of teens take part in Poetry in Motion — Breaking the Mold, with performances each night from 7:30 to 8:30. The students in grades 7 through 12 have been working on their original poetry based on the theme since this fall. They have spent countless hours writing, editing, rehearsing, editing again and working on their performances. It all comes together in an impressive show of emotion, humor, reflection and guts that puts their collective talent in a new light. An informal reception follows each performance. Tickets for the performances are $5 per person and on sale now at the circulation desk. This is a popular event showcasing the community’s teens, so advance purchases are recommended as the shows usually sell out. For information, call 203-762-3950, ext. 243.

Series conclusion

The final installment of “The Gilded Age: Culture and Conflict at the End of the 19th Century” takes place at the Wilton Historical Society on Sunday, March 22, from 4 to 5:30 with a lecture by Dr. Matthew Warshauer, a popular guest speaker in previous Wilton Library/Wilton Historical Society collaborations. Dr. Warshauer will deliver a presentation entitled, “From Civil War to Revolution: The Rapid Industrialization of America and the Challenges We Still Face.” He will explore the fast-paced changes to American life in the aftermath of the Civil War. Dr. Warshauer received his B.A. in history from Central Connecticut State University and completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in American studies at Saint Louis University. An informal reception follows the talk.   There is no charge, but donations are always welcomed. The series is sponsored by an anonymous donor. This lecture is sponsored by Kathleen and Bill Brennan. The moderator is Max Gabrielson. Registration is required.

Weir Farm artist exhibition

Patricia Miranda, the March Weir Farm artist-in-residence, brings her works to the library for a talk and exhibition on Monday, March 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The artist spent her time at Weir Farm using natural materials as a lens to uncover larger narratives. 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.

Parenting help through books

Dr. Susan Bauerfeld reviews a new book this month for the Parenting Book Series on Tuesday, March 24, from 10:30 to noon. The selection is Mindful Parenting by Kristen Race. The titles are chosen for their relevancy in parenting today’s teens. Dr. Bauerfeld is a licensed clinical psychologist and mother of three boys. Reading of the book is not essential, but it leads to more stimulating conversations. The program is sponsored by Wilton Youth Council, Parent Connection and Wilton Library. Registration is encouraged.

A community discussion continues 

Wilton clergy, the Wilton Interfaith Action Committee (Wi-ACT), and Wilton Library continue the series, “And Who Is My Neighbor? How Our Community Can Respond to Differences, Divisions and Conflict,” on Tuesday, March 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Judith Altmann, Holocaust survivor, and Dr. Kareem Adeeb, Imam of the American Institute for Islamic Studies and chair, Interfaith Council of Southwest Connecticut, will discuss how we can disagree while still fostering community in this third session. Registration is strongly recommended. There is no charge, but donations are always welcomed. The final lecture is Tuesday, March 31, with a panel of Wilton Clergy Association members.

Raise a glass in support of the library

Wilton Library’s annual Wine Tasting Benefit & Restaurant Showcase takes place on Thursday, March 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This social gathering brings people together to experience wines from around the world courtesy of New Canaan Wine Merchants and delicious hors d’oeuvres from eight local restaurants and food purveyors. The participating food providers are Barcelona SoNo, Bianco Rosso, Little Pub, Luca Ristorante, Marly’s Bar & Bistro, Oak + Almond, Portofino Restaurant & Bar, and Wave Hill Breads. Tickets for the event are $50 per person and may be purchased in advance by calling Jennifer Wallace at 203-762-3950, ext. 239, visiting the library’s website at and clicking on the Wine Tasting icon for a registration form and bringing it to the circulation desk, or by stopping by the circulation desk. In addition to ticket sales, the library will benefit from 10% of the wine purchases for the evening.   New Canaan Wine Merchants is providing free wine delivery. Bankwell in Wilton is a sponsor, along with Wilton Magazine, the media sponsor.

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.