Library Lines: May 14
Instagram pup at library
Momo, the border collie with more than 300,000 followers on Instagram, will be at Wilton Library on Saturday, May 16, from 4 to 5:30 with his BFF, Andrew Knapp for a talk about their new book, Find Momo Coast to Coast — A Photography Book. Knapp is a freelance designer, photographer and tireless traveler who takes Momo along everywhere and Momo is a genius at hiding. Their fun book has Momo hiding at iconic landmarks across the U.S. such as The White House, Grand Central Station and even the French Quarter in New Orleans. Their first book, Find Momo, was a New York Times bestseller. A Q&A period and book signing follow the talk courtesy of Elm Street Books. There is no charge for the program. Registration is highly recommended.
Floral designer speaks at library
Ruth Loiseau, a nationally recognized master floral designer and owner of Ruth L, will speak at a program hosted by the library and the Wilton Garden Club on Monday, May 18, from 11 to 12:30. Ms. Loiseau’s presentation is “From The White House to Your House.” Ms. Loiseau is an experienced lecturer in the art of floral design. Most recently, she was the keynote speaker at the Bouquets to Art event at The de Young Museum in San Francisco, Calif. Ms. Loiseau will be creating seven flower arrangements while she takes the audience on a personal tour of The White House through her flower design work with five administrations: Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Ruth is the publisher of Couture Flowers Magazine, a national publication. The suggested donation for the program is $5 at the door. Refreshments will be served beginning at 10:30. More details about the speaker may be seen on the library’s website. Registration is strongly encouraged.
Weir Farm artist exhibition
Susan McCaslin is the Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence for May who will be having her art exhibition at the library on Monday, May 18, from 6 to 7:30. Ms. McCaslin’s interest lies in shelter and isolation — both literal and poetic. Her medium is site-specific installation in which she replicates shelter and isolation within the setting of a wooded landscape. Her objects are paper cards that hang in tree-like columns, coats and jackets armored with wheat paste layers, rocks and boulders built with paper mache — reinforcing the landscape, sometimes with the addition of audio and video. Susan’s installations include some or all of the following — drawings, photographs, video, audio and sculpture. The exhibition is co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. There is no charge. Registration is suggested.
Monthly book chat
The Tuesday Book Buzz group gets together on May 19, from 11 to noon to talk about new books on the horizon. The group is led by librarians Melissa Baker and Lauren McLaughlin. New books, old favorites, up-and-coming authors are all discussed. When available, pre-publication books also are distributed. There is no charge; registration is suggested. The last session for the session will be June 16.
Iron Man Suit
Recently, a news article carried a story in which the actor Robert Downey, Jr. paid a visit to a young boy who was missing an arm since birth. What the actor, who plays Iron Man in films, brought the child was a new working bionic arm modeled after the Iron Man superhero. In the program, When Can I Have … An Iron Man Suit?, on Tuesday, May 19, from 4 to 5 p.m., kids might learn that the development of the suit is not that far behind. The monthly program explores the ever-changing boundary between science and science fiction. Kids can expect readings, videos, enthusiastic conversation and “enough snacks to fill an iron stomach,” according to program coordinator and Children’s Library assistant Michael Robin. Registration is required. The program is supported by the Amadeo Family.
Better land use talk
Michael Dietz, Ph.D. is the presenter for the Wilton Go Green/Wilton Library Green Speaker Series on Tuesday, May 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. His talk is entitled, “Low Impact Development Techniques, Stormwater Problems, and Green Infrastructure Solutions: Protecting Connecticut’s Natural Resources Through Better Land Use Planning.” Dr. Dietz is a water resources educator, CT NEMO program director and faculty member of the UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research. The UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research provides information, education and assistance to land use decision makers in support of balancing growth and natural resource protection. Dr. Dietz received the Environmental Merit Award from the EPA Region 1 for work on New England Rain Garden Training and the CES Grant for Innovative Programming for creating the Rain Garden App. This Green Speaker talk is co-sponsored by Wilton Go Green, Norwalk River Watershed Association, Town of Wilton Conservation Commission, Wilton Garden Club and Wilton Library. There is no charge. Registration is recommended.
This week’s Innovation Station programs are as follows: Sunday, May 17, Introduction to 3D Printing, 2-3 p.m.; Tuesday, May 19, Introduction to Electronic Sewing, 10-11 a.m.; Thursday, May 21, Introduction to 3D Printing, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 23, Introduction to 3D Printing, 2-3 p.m.; and Saturday, May 23, Introduction to Tinkercad 3D Design, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
To register for programs, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org 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.