Library Lines: May 12

Hollywood’s role in a revolution

The New Perspectives Film Series examines Chuck Norris vs. Communism, on Saturday, May 14, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. In communist Romania, thousands of Western films on bootleg VHS tapes — mostly Hollywood action movies — were smuggled behind the Iron Curtain, opening a window into the free world. The films offered Romanians glimpses of the abundant West, which prompted the regime to clamp down on the clandestine screenings, casting an atmosphere of ever-present danger and suspicion. Ilinca Calugareanu’s documentary brings viewers to a time and place when films that were made for entertainment also helped spark the coming revolution. There is a suggested donation of $5 to offset licensing costs. Refreshments will be served. 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.

Suffragette film screening and discussion

With  talk of the “women’s card” being “played” during this year’s presidential campaign, it is fitting for the Wilton League of Women Voters and Wilton Library to sponsor a Reel Sunday program with a screening of the feature film Suffragette on May 15, from 3 to 5:30. The film tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement; women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal state in turn of the 20th century Britain. The movie underscores how far the women’s vote has come in 100 years. There will be a post-film discussion led by Wilton LWV member Louise Herot. Free, registration is suggested.

Basic Excel

The library is offering a Basic Microsoft Excel class twice on Tuesday, May 17, from 2 to 3 and again from 6:30 to 7:30. Participants learn how to create and format a simple spreadsheet in this free class. Basic computer skills including mouse proficiency are required. The class is limited to 16 students and registration is required. The next class in the Basic Microsoft series is PowerPoint on Tuesday, June 14, from 2 to 3, and again from 6:30 to 7:30.

Survivors’ group meets

The monthly meeting of the Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group takes place on Tuesday, May 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. Post-treatment breast cancer survivors are invited to this group led by Nina Marino, LCSW. Registration is encouraged.  

Wilton Reads selection and free books

Circling the Sun by The New York Times bestselling author Paula McLain is the library’s selection for Wilton Reads 2016, its community-wide reading program in its 11th season. Everyone is welcome to join in as the town comes together to read, discuss and reflect upon Circling the Sun. Wilton Reads has, for several years, given residents an opportunity through fine literature to sharpen their view on themselves and to look outward on the world. This historical novel is based on the life of Beryl Markham — a female pilot and horse trainer in 1920s Kenya. The story is about a fiercely independent and enigmatic woman who followed her own head and heart. From her early childhood to her east-west transatlantic flight, Markham’s struggles in 1920s Kenya are just as relevant to today’s contemporary issues. McLain is The New York Times and international bestselling author of The Paris Wife. She will visit Wilton Library to discuss her work on Wednesday, June 1, at 7 p.m. To encourage readership and kick off the Wilton Reads program, 100 free paperback copies of Circling the Sun will be distributed to members of the community courtesy of the Fairfield County Bank on a first-come, first-served basis, one per person, on Wednesday, May 18, beginning at 10 a.m. while supplies last. Free Kenyan coffee will be provided by Tusk and Cup Fine Coffee, a new Wilton establishment. Joanna Ecke will lead a book discussion on Wednesday, May 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Additional programs including a daytime book discussion with Susan Boyar, film screenings of Out of Africa and The African Queen and some family programs are all part of the Wilton Reads events. For more programs, information and registration, visit the library’s website at or call the Circulation Desk at 203-762-6334.

Crafty daughters and moms

Girls in grades 7 through 12 are invited to craft along with their moms on Wednesday, May 18, from 5:30 to 7:30, in the program Mother & Daughter Craft: Coiled Magazine Bowls. Participants will learn how to make decorative bowls using recycled magazines, glue, Modpodge and scissors mixed in with a little whimsy. There is no cost, just lots of fun. Space is limited so registration is required.

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.