Library Lines: May 11

Hollywood legends united in film

Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher were larger-than-life on screen and in their own lives as well, including their poignant passing one day apart. Their eccentricities are captured in the New Perspectives Film Series selection, Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, being screened on Saturday, May 13, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. This intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty takes the viewer inside the Beverly Hills compound where they both lived. The film features vintage family films and extensive vérité footage that bring iconic old-World Hollywood to life. The suggested donation is $5. Refreshments will be served. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration is highly recommended.

A soul connection

Author Jane Wyker will have a conversation with poet Ira Joe Fisher about her memoir, Soul Selfish, on Wednesday, May 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jane shares the experience of her 46-year inner journey. Working in over a dozen different psychological, mind-body and spiritual disciplines, she had the courage and faith to follow the guidance of many teachers, and ultimately her own soul. Now 80, she models a life that is created from within, demonstrating that sustained happiness rests upon soul connection. A Cornell graduate and former elementary school teacher, Jane was a pioneer in parent education, opening her Parents School in the ’70s, before ‘parenting’ was a word. Ira Joe Fisher is a prolific writer and poet. A Q&A will follow the talk. Books will be available for purchase and signing. There is no charge for the program. Registration is highly recommended.

Clean energy talk

Wilton Go Green and the library present 2050 Clean Energy Initiative on Thursday, May 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The American Sustainable Cities and Clean Energy Initiative —  2050 is a plan to design and build a comprehensive, national, self-reliant clean energy infrastructure that would be phased in by the year 2050. The presentation provides a National Strategic Vision Plan with six major infrastructure initiatives that would achieve this far-reaching goal. Additionally, it outlines the specifics of the plan, whereby Americans could get to 100% renewable Clean Energy by 2050, for example, by building a transformed transportation system with nine ultra-high speed rail corridors that connect U.S. cities in a paradigm-shifting way. Attendees will hear an exciting vision for the future and also hear about small steps individuals can be doing now. The speaker is Christopher Belknap, architect, Design Earth Synergy, and a former Wilton resident. Registration is recommended.

Digitizing WWI

Wilton Library is partnering with the State Library for a special program commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the Great War. For World War I Memorabilia Digitization Day, on Saturday, May 20, from 11 to 3, people can drop in with their families’ memorabilia of the Great War and have their mementos scanned, photographed, digitized and added to the State Library’s growing online World War I collection. Letters from a great-uncle written from the trenches, a cherished photograph of a great-grandfather in his new uniform as a young man about to head off to Europe, or even a pay stub from a great-grandmother from her job working in a factory on the home front are just some of the many keepsakes that people may bring in. Digital archive experts from the State Library will scan and photograph the remembrances, conduct brief interviews in order to catalog them, and later upload them into the State Library’s growing database. The whole process only takes about 15 minutes after which the items are returned to the families. While the archivists are doing their work, people can peruse books and other resources and do a few minutes of guided genealogy research on their ancestors from that period. There is no registration. People can stop by anytime during the four hours.

All charged up

The library has more than 50 new individual charging stations throughout the library thanks to the generosity of donors during the recent Spring Benefit. Each charging station contains two USB ports, three AC outlets and three different cord connections for Android and Apple devices. Whether sitting at individual desks, tables in the reference areas or sitting in the reading room, people can recharge themselves and their devices.

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.