Library Lines: March 31

Lecture series concludes

The popular Wilton Library/Wilton Historical Society scholarly series, America from the Guns of August to the Gathering Storm (1914-1939), wraps up with a lecture by Stephen Armstrong at the historical society on Sunday, April 3, from 4 to 5:30. In his presentation, Folk Music and Social Consciousness in the Interwar Years, Armstrong discusses 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. From the folk movement of that time, themes of labor unions, disenfranchised farm workers, the devastation of the Dust Bowl and fascism fed the creative passion for the songs. During this session attendees will listen to and analyze songs recorded by Lead Belly, who had a connection with Wilton, Woody Guthrie, the Almanac Singers, and several others. Armstrong is the social studies consultant for the state Department of Education and the past-president of the National Council for Social Studies. An informal reception follows the talk.There is no charge, donations are welcomed. The series is sponsored by Bankwell of Wilton; an anonymous donor made this lecture possible. The moderator is Max Gabrielson. Registration is required.

New programs for kids

Two new programs are starting in the Children’s Library this week. For the wee little ones, babies to age 5 years, Movement and Dance for Little Ones takes place Mondays, April 4 through June 6, from 11 to 11:30. This is a fun time for kids and their caregivers to move, groove, jump, jive, shake, sing and play instruments. This is drop-in program, no registration is required. Let’s Make Something is a new STEAM-concept program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) on Tuesdays, from April 5 through June 7, from 4 to 5, for kids in grades 1 through 5. They will explore, create, innovate, design, imagine and just have a lot of fun. At 3:45 on the day of the program, tickets for that afternoon's program will be handed out on a first-come-first-serve basis at the Children's Reference Desk. Space is limited. Each week will feature a different activity. See details on the website. The program is supported by the Amadeo Family Fund. This also is the week that all the drop-in Spring Story Times begin for babies to 5-year-olds in the following sessions: Books for Babies, Wednesdays, April 6 through June 8, 10:15-10:45; Wonderful Ones and Twos, Wednesdays, April 6 through June 8, 11-11:30; Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes, Tuesdays, April 5 through June 7, 10:15-10:45; Ready Readers, Mondays, April 4 through June 6, 4:15 -5, ages 4 to 5 years.

Expert speaks on floral design

Wilton Library and the Wilton Garden Club are co-sponsoring Designing with Michael Derouin on Monday, April 4, from 11:30 to 1. Michael is a second-generation floral designer, having grown up in the family’s business, and today is the director of floral design for McArdle’s, the state’s largest florist, located in Greenwich. Having fulfilled a personal goal to be in the membership of the industry’s four most prestigious organizations — an accomplishment that five people worldwide currently hold, he sits on the Board of Directors of The Connecticut Florists Association, where he serves on the education committee for the state floral design school, The Northeast Floral Education Center. Additionally, Michael is chairman of The Northeast Floral Expo, one of the industry’s most successful conventions. See the library’s registration link for more details about the speaker. There is a suggested donation of $5 at the door. Registration is strongly encouraged.

Food lit group gathers

This month’s Food Lit Book Group devours Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir with Recipes from an American Family by Kathleen Flinn on Tuesday, April 5, from 11 to noon. More Magazine noted, “Flinn shares uplifting stories of the recipes that shaped her life, from her Swedish grandmother's pancakes to her mom's chicken and biscuits.” Pamela Lillis, a nutritional health coach, avid reader, and lover of food lit, will moderate the discussion. There is no charge. Registration is recommended. Visit the library’s website for future dates and book selections.

Spring poetry begins

With April being National Poetry Month, it is timely that the library is offering Spring Poetry with Judson Scruton: Disquiet and Disguise — The Poetry of Wallace Stevens, beginning Thursday, April 7, from 10:30 to noon. The four-part series continues on April 14, 21 and 28. Stevens has been widely praised for his elegant style and philosophical explorations, especially of aesthetics. Judson Scruton, M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry), has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. He is currently an adjunct professor of English at Fairfield University. See the  library’s registration link for speaker details. Poetry packets are available at the front desk. There is no charge for the program. Advance registration is required.

Gala news

Wilton Library is pleased to announce that the 120th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, April 2, at Silver Spring Country Club is sold out. Library organizers wish to thank all of the supporters and the generous sponsors which include Gregory and Adams, P.C., Fairfield County Bank as Presenting Sponsors; Janet Adams and Richard Hollyday, and Michael P. Kaelin/Cumming & Lockwood, LLC as Platinum Sponsors; The Davatzes Family, GE Capital and MCL Companies & The Lavin Families as Gold Sponsors; and Orem’s Diner as a Silver Sponsor. Media Sponsors include The Wilton Bulletin and Wilton Magazine. For those who are not able to attend and wish to make donations to the library, please contact Robin Axness, development director, at, 203-762-6323 or visit and click on Support the Library.

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.