Library Lines: March 9

Photo ops

Photography abounds at the Wilton Arts Council’s Focus ’17 Exhibition opening on Friday, March 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The juried exhibition features the works of area photographers in the divisions of adult, high school and youth (through eighth grade).  The contest judges are Daryl Hawk, Hawk Photography, David Pressler, designer, artist and photographer, and Lisa Schneider, winner, Focus ’16 Best in Show. The reception and awards presentation are free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through March 30. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the library.

Film series

With the buzz of the Oscars having quieted down, it’s time to relive some of the most interesting moments in film costuming with the New Perspectives Film Series selection of Women He’s Undressed on Saturday, March 11, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The documentary celebrates the legendary Orry-Kelly, costume designer to the stars during the Hollywood boom years. Working on 282 motion pictures, he designed for stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Rosalind Russell, Errol Flynn and many more of Hollywood’s elite. The film, directed by Gillian Armstrong, includes interviews with actors Jane Fonda and Angela Lansbury, critic Leonard Maltin and more. There is a suggested donation of $5 to offset licensing fees. Refreshments will be available. The New Perspectives documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration is highly recommended.

One town’s identity

The WLA/WHS Scholarly Series, Finding Our Place: Evolving American Identity, continues on Sunday, March 12, from 4 to 5:30 with a presentation by Emery Roth.  Roth presents Finding Brass Valley, a Place that Has Almost Vanished, focusing on an area’s place in society defined by its work, specifically the Connecticut brass industry and its collapse. His talk is based on his book, Brass Valley: The Fall of an American Industry. See the registration link for more speaker details. An informal reception follows the talk. There is no charge, but donations are always welcomed. The lecture is sponsored by Janice and Michael Hess. The moderator is Max Gabrielson. Registration is required. The remaining lectures are as follows: March 26 at the Wilton Historical Society — Julia Adams, Navigating the New Digital Landscape of Knowledge; and April 2 at the Wilton Historical Society — Matthew Warshauer, 9/11 and America's World View. The series is sponsored by the Democratic Town Committee, the Republican Town Committee and a group of unaffiliated voters in support of the contributions made by Louise and the late Fred Herot.

Exploring community

In a three-part panel discussion series, the Wilton Clergy, Wi-ACT and Wilton Library present Coming Together: What Makes Community? beginning Monday, March 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. In each session, a panel will provide the opportunity for open discussion on respective roles in the community from faith to citizenship. Topics to be explored include the importance of worship, what it means to be an American, immigration, sharing and involvement. These are round-table discussions for all participants. This is an opportunity to come together to share unique talents as well as all the common gifts of a community. Bring a friend to these lively discussions: March 13 — How to practice our spirituality and remain faithful in a secular world; March 20 — What does it mean to be an American?; and April 3 — What does it mean to be a community? There is no charge but donations are always welcome. Registration is strongly suggested. Attendees are asked to please register for each session individually.

Taking the anxiety out of admissions

The pressure associated with The College Process, aka The Big Event, often creates a lot of negative fallout such as ruptured relationships and high levels of stress and anxiety in students and their families. Parent coach and clinical psychologist Susan Bauerfeld, Ph.D, and college consultant Victoria Hirsch hope to minimize the stress in the program, College Frenzy: How to Manage Yourself and Your Family Through the Process on Tuesday, March 14, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The presenters will offer tips, strategies and suggestions for viewing the college process as a natural next step rather than The Big Event and for managing the process in ways that foster connection and resilience rather than discord and despair. The seminar is recommended for parents of eighth to 12th graders. The program is presented by the Wilton Youth Council and Wilton Library. Registration is strongly encouraged.

HAM it up!

Teens in grades 7 through 12 who are interested in chatting it up with others may enjoy HAM Radio for Teens, on Tuesday, March 14, from 4 to 6. The introductory session allows time for kids to test out some equipment. HAM, or amateur radio, is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. HAM radios are used to talk across town or the world and often play a key role during emergency situations. Registration is required.

Giving Day

Today is Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Giving Day and Wilton Library is participating this year. Please visit, look for Wilton Library Association and donate online. It’s 24 hours to “Give Where You Live.”

To register for library 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, Teen Services and Innovation Station classes at 203-762-6342.