Library Lines: May 15

Lance Armstrong revealed

He was the darling of the elite bicycling world — a regular tour de force of the Tour de France. Lance Armstrong was lauded for his amazing skills, grace under pressure, humility during his cancer fight, an incredible cancer advocate — an inspiration far beyond his sport — until he finally owned up to using performance-enhancing drugs.  Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney captured the crushing defeat of Armstrong in the world of popular opinion in his documentary, The Armstrong Lie, being screened for the library’s New Perspectives Film Series, Saturday, May 17, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Megan Smith-Harris, a Wilton resident and documentary filmmaker who programs the series for the library, will moderate the Q & A as well. The suggested donation for the evening is $5. Registration is highly recommended.

Chinese artist and activist examined

The League of Women Voters and Wilton Library co-sponsor the final session of the Reel Mondays series with the documentary, Ai Weiwei-Never Sorry on May 19, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The program highlights provocative documentaries and the Chinese artist turned activist fits the bill. An outspoken critic of China’s repressive legal system, he  has been censored, arrested, and beaten, but through his effective use of social media and his art he has won international admiration and support for himself and for his message. Directed and produced by Alison Klayman, a journalist, and Adam Schlesinger, a director. Refreshments will be served. There is no charge, although donations are welcome. Registration is recommended.

Book lovers meet

The Tuesday Book Buzz group comes together on May 20, from 11 to noon, to talk about what they are reading, suggesting new titles and old favorites each month. The group is facilitated by reference librarians Melissa Baker and Lauren McLaughlin. When available, pre-publication books will be on-hand, along with information about upcoming author talks and new releases. There is no charge; registration is suggested. The last date for the season is June 17.

Early war correspondents

Author Robert H. Patton returns to Wilton Library on Tuesday, May 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss his newest nonfiction entry, Hell Before Breakfast: America’s First War Correspondents Making History and Headlines, from the Battlefields of the Civil War to the Far Reaches of the Ottoman Empire. His book champions America’s earliest war correspondents, largely forgotten today, who developed their craft covering the Civil War and went on to document 20 years of bloody conflicts in Europe and Central Asia. Patton, the grandson of the military general George S. Patton, graduated from Brown University and Northwestern University. He is the author of, among other works, The Pattons: A Personal History of an American Family and Patriot Pirates: The Privateer War for Freedom and Fortune in the American Revolution. See the library’s website for more details. Registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books.

The country’s top attorney

Wilton has a special treat in store with the arrival of Donald Verrilli, the 46th Solicitor General of the United States, appearing at Wilton Library on Thursday, May 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Attorney Verrilli, who was nominated by President Obama and sworn in on June 9, 2011, graduated from Wilton High School in 1975. He earned his B.A. at Yale University, and then received his J.D. from Columbia Law School where he served as editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review. After graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., in the United States Supreme Court. Before he was appointed Solicitor General, Mr. Verrilli worked in the White House as a deputy counsel to the President and the U.S. Justice Department. Michael Kaelin, principal in the Litigation Group at Cumming & Lockwood and president of the board of trustees of the library, will conduct “A Conversation with Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr.” Registration is highly recommended.

Children’s continuing programs this week include Minecraft Club, Saturday, 10 to noon;  Spring Story Times, Tuesday and Wednesday at various times depending on age group; Pokemon Game & Swap, Wednesday, 4 to 5; and through May 24, Fine and Performing Arts Exhibition for grades K-12. To register for programs, visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teen activities and ext. 217 for children’s events.