Library Lines: March 6

Classes for music appreciation 

Composer and pianist Allen Brings presents two sessions to help people understand composers, their music and their lyrical choices. Music Appreciation 101: The Music in the Words on Tuesday, March 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. provides an understanding of how composers have put music to words and how profoundly these practices move and influence people. On Tuesday, March 25, Mr. Brings presents The Elements of Music Then and Now. Mr. Brings is a composer and pianist and is the vice president of Connecticut Composers, Inc., a nonprofit organization of composers living in or having ties to Connecticut. He is professor emeritus at Queens College, having retired after 39 years. He is one of three directors of the Weston Music Center and School of the Performing Arts in Weston. There is no charge for either program. Registration is encouraged.

A pinnacle adventure

Mountaineer, author, explorer, advertising guru and motivational speaker Robert Mads Anderson will be interviewed by Daryl Hawk at the library on Tuesday, March 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. An extraordinary explorer, Mr. Anderson will be sharing tales, photos and a video of his adventures including an avalanche in Antarctica, ascending an unclimbed peak and making a rapid ascent to the top of the continent. See the library’s website for more information about the speaker and to register. There is no charge. Registration is recommended.

Readers convene

The Wilton Library Readers get together this month on Wednesday, March 12, from noon to 1:30 to discuss The Lowland by award-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri. Professional book group leader Susan Boyar facilitates the discussion. Participants are reminded to bring their lunches; the library will provide beverages. Additional titles and dates may be found on the library’s website, along with registration information.

Creative fun for kids

Kids will have a chance to get their creative juices flowing with two programs this week.  Catherine Romer, owner of Nod Hill Soap, will show kids in grades 2 and up how to make wonderful all-natural soaps and lotions in the program Soaptastic Fun on Wednesday, March 12, from 4 to 5 p.m. Registration is required for this workshop. On Thursday, March 13, kids will learn about the 20th Century stylistic paintings of Mondrian in Art Smart: Mondrian Masterpieces. Betsy Huffman will teach the kids about the artist and the children will create their own masterpieces in red, blue and yellow-hued colors. The children’s artwork will be displayed in an art show during the library’s Beyond Words annual event benefiting the library, which has a Mondrian-inspired look this year.  Registration is required for the kids whose sessions are as follows: grades 3 to 5, from 3 to 4 p.m.; Pre-K through 2, from 4 to 5 p.m. For more information about Beyond Words, please visit the library’s website and click on the Beyond Words graphic on the homepage.

Business series continues

The SCORE of Fairfield County, Wilton Chamber of Commerce and Wilton Library workshop, Five Building Blocks of Growth for Your Small Business continues on Wednesday, March 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. with “Building a Winning Plan for Growth.” The workshop is the fourth in a five-part series designed to help analyze and grow small businesses. The speaker is John Harmon, managing director of Adulant Consulting Services which advises small and medium-size businesses on strategies for growth and operating excellence. He also serves as a SCORE counselor. Check-in begins at 5:30. The workshop is free. To register, visit scoresnorwalk.org.

To register for Wilton Library programs, visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teen activities, ext. 217 for children’s events.