Library Lines: March 5

Jazz for a winter night

American jazz guitarist Julian Lage fills the Brubeck Room with his style of traditional and acoustic jazz on Saturday, March 7, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in a Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert. The very talented Mr. Lage is a performer, composer and arranger who has collaborated with Jim Hall, Mark O’Connor, Nels Cline, Chris Eldridge, Scott Colley and Antonio Sanchez; and with his own quintet he has recorded with Gary Burton, David Grisman, Eric Harland, Anthony Wilson, Martin Taylor, Joshua Bell and Yoko Ono. The Hot & Cool concerts are funded by the William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Chris and Tish Brubeck and Ed and Catherine Romer. An informal reception follows the performance and CDs will be available for purchase and signing. Suggested donation for the concert is $10 per person. Registration is strongly recommended and pre-registered attendees should arrive by 7:20 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-ins will be seated after 7:20 if space is available.

A visual story for the Gilded Age

Renowned photographer Jacob A. Riis explored the Gilded Age with his camera; his photos provided a visual landscape of the underbelly of the period — the deplorable conditions of New York’s slums. Dr. Bonnie Yochelson delivers a talk, “How the Other Half Lives,” on Sunday, March 8, from 4 to 5:30 at the library in the fourth lecture of the WLA/WHS Scholarly Series, “The Gilded Age: Culture and Conflict at the End of the 19th Century.” Dr. Yochelson uses Riis’ photographs to paint a different picture of the era. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from New York University and is on the faculty of the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. A reception follows the talk which is sponsored by Elaine Tai-Lauria and Phil Lauria. The moderator for Sunday’s lecture is Steve Hudspeth. Registration is required. The final session is March 22 at the Wilton Historical Society — From Civil War to Revolution: The Rapid Industrialization of America and the Challenges We Still Face with Professor Matthew Warshauer.

Breast cancer support group meets

The monthly session of the Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group meets at the library on Tuesday, March 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Breast Cancer Survival Center and the library for people who are post-treatment cancer survivors. Registration is highly encouraged through the library’s website. For questions, please call Nina Marino at 203-857-7304.
Connecting with the community
The Wilton Clergy, the Wilton Interfaith Action Committee (Wi-ACT), and Wilton Library are inviting community members to a four-part lecture series, “And Who Is My Neighbor? How Our Community Can Respond to Differences, Divisions and Conflict.” The lectures are Tuesdays in March (March 10, 17, 24 and 31), from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and feature guest speakers who will address the question of how civility and compassion can repair and transform community life, especially when diversity, differences of opinion, polarization or even hostile conflict are prevalent. Professor Sarah Azaransky of Union Theological Seminary in New York City leads off the series with a lecture on how a community can transform an “us vs. them” mentality into “we.” See library’s website and registration link for more details about the series. The remaining sessions are March 17: Kevin Meehan — Ambler Farm, Colleen Fawcett — Wilton Youth Services Director, Dr. Charles Smith — Wilton Assitant Superintendent of Schools; March 24: Judith Altmann — Holocaust survivor, Dr. Kareem Adeeb — Imam of the American Institute for Islamic Studies and Chair, Interfaith Council of Southwest Connecticut; March 31: Panel of Wilton Clergy Association members. Registration is strongly recommended and people are requested to register for each session separately. There is no charge for the series, but donations are always welcomed.

Wilton Library Readers this month

The Wilton Library Readers come together on Wednesday, March 11, from noon to 1:30 to discuss Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See . The group is led by professional book group facilitator Susan Boyar. Participants are asked to register and are free to bring their own brown bag lunches. The library will provide beverages. Additional dates and titles may be found on the library’s website under the “Books” heading.

Biblical parables examined

Dr. Gerald Weiss takes a new look at Biblical parables as poetic fiction and provocative metaphors in the four-part series, Parables as Poetic Fiction, Thursdays, March 12, 19, 26 and April 2, from 10:30 to noon. Participants will reread and listen to some of the most familiar parables from Scripture from a literary standpoint. Dr. Weiss will examine the nature of parable, allegory and metaphor and review different kinds of parables with one or more parables being the focus of each week. Dr. Gerald Weiss earned both a B.A and an M.A. in classical languages from St. Louis University, pursued graduate studies in philosophy and theology at Innsbruck University and received his Ph.D. from Gregorian University in Rome. Packets are now available at the circulation desk.   Registration is required. Please see the registration link for more details.

Technology classes

The weekly Innovation Station classes can be found on the library’s website by clicking the Innovation Station logo on the homepage. Classes in 3D printing, soldering, die cutting, electronic sewing and much more are offered throughout the month. Registration is required for all classes. Participants must have a valid Connecticut library card and a signed Innovation Station Agreement Form which may be found on the library’s website.

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.