Library Lines: March 24

Brubecks play the Brubeck Room

The Brothers Brubeck — Darius, Chris and Dan — will be joined by Dave O’Higgins for a Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room — Brubecks Play Brubeck concert on Saturday, March 26, from 7:30 to 9. The concert is sold out so registrants will go on a waitlist. Those who have already made reservations are urged to arrive by 7:20 for the concert; after 7:20 waitlisted registrants and walk-ins will be admitted if space is available. The concerts are made possible by the William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer and Chris and Tish Brubeck. Suggested donation is $10 per person.

Parent series

Dr. Aaron Krasner, adolescent service chief, Silver Hill Hospital, discusses Depression and Anxiety in Youth: What Does it Look Like and When is it a Problem? in the Parent Information Series: Everything You Want to Know About Your Adolescent on Wednesday, March 30, from 10 to 11:30.   There will be time for a Q&A period. The program is co-sponsored by Silver Hill Hospital, Weston Youth Services, Wilton Library and Wilton Youth Services. Registration is strongly encouraged.

Library celebrates the library  

Wilton Library celebrates its 120th anniversary with a gala on Saturday, April 2, at Silver Spring Country Club in Ridgefield, from 7 to 11 p.m. A formidable couple — the late Virginia and Tom Adams — will be celebrated for their contributions to the institution. Dining, live and silent auctions and live music by Wilton’s Bob Riccio are all part of the festivities. Ira Joe Fisher returns as the consummate auctioneer. Presenting sponsors are Gregory and Adams, P.C. and Fairfield County Bank; platinum sponsors are Janet Adams and Richard Holllyday, Michael P. Kaelin/Cummings & Lockwood, LLC; media sponsors are Wilton Bulletin and Wilton Magazine. Proceeds benefit the library’s programs, services and materials. Very few tickets remain as of this writing. To reserve seats today, visit or call 203-762-6323.

Scholarly series draws to a close

The final lecture of the Wilton Library/Wilton Historical Society’s Scholarly Series, America from the Guns of August to the Gathering Storm (1914-1939), wraps up with a presentation on Sunday, April 3, from 4 to 5 p.m. by Stephen Armstrong at the historical society. Folk Music and Social Consciousness in the Interwar Years is the topic for Armstrong’s lecture in which he will discuss how folk music and folk musicians of the 1930s created music that reflected the social and political concerns of many downtrodden Americans and those who sympathized with them. Songs concerning labor unions, dispossessed farm workers, the Dust Bowl, and the growth of fascism all came from the folk movement of the 1930s.  During this session, attendees will listen to and analyze songs recorded by Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, the Almanac Singers, and several others. The impact of these performers on society as a whole and on later generations of folk singers will be carefully discussed. An interesting note is that Lead Belly was “discovered” in a Louisiana state prison and lived briefly in Wilton during the 1930s. Stephen Armstrong is the social studies consultant for the state Department of Education and the past president of the National Council for Social Studies. A reception follows the talk. There is no charge, donations are welcome. The series is sponsored by Bankwell of Wilton.  This lecture is sponsored by an anonymous donor. The moderator is Max Gabrielson. Registration is required.

Book sale volunteers needed

The library’s annual Gigantic Book Sale takes place next month from Saturday, April 23, through Tuesday, April 26. This is one of the library's most important fund-raisers and the organizers need help. They are looking for cashiers, shelf organizers and door checkers. Volunteers will be taught what they need to know for the sale to succeed. Anyone interested in taking one, two or however many shifts from Saturday, April 23, through Tuesday, April 26, please email The book sale committee looks forward to hearing from anyone who is interested in volunteering their time.

Calling all makers

Wilton Library’s Innovation Day on Saturday, May 7, from 10 to 2, will showcase the work of all kinds and ages of makers — anyone who is embracing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art or Math) or the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) movement and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. Presentations, workshops, and exhibitions will be considered. The library is particularly encouraging those who demonstrate the process of making things or have interactive exhibits. Here are just some of the topics being requested: student projects, robotics, Arduino projects, Raspberry Pi projects, food makers, conductive materials projects, kit makers, interactive art projects, 3D printers, textile arts and crafts, home energy monitoring, amateur rocketry, sustainability, green technology, HAM radio operators, electronics, woodworkers, electric vehicles, hand-made musical instruments, unusual tools or machines, flower arrangers, die cutters and more. Applications are being accepted now through April 8. Makers will be notified by April 15. Acceptance will be based on available space and a balance of topics and exhibitions. Visit the library’s website at for the online form or a downloadable PDF application. There will be no selling of merchandise or services, but exhibitors are free to distribute information or accept orders for their products or services.

The library is closed Easter Sunday, March 27. 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.