Library Lines: May 19

Wilton Reads in full swing

The free books have been given away thanks to Fairfield County Bank and the community has begun reading New York Times bestselling author Paula McLain’s Circling the Sun, the Wilton Reads 2016 selection. The historical novel is based on the life of the headstrong Beryl Markham in 1920s Kenya. With beautiful descriptions of a foreign land and a strong female character who became the youngest licensed race horse trainer and later flew east to west over the Atlantic Ocean, the novel holds the reader from cover to cover. One of the book discussions has already taken place, but there is still time to register for Susan Boyar’s facilitated book group on Wednesday, May 25, from 12 to 1:30.

Margaret Sanko of Wilton Center Travel will talk about Magical Kenya, on Tuesday, May 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Two films capturing the lushness of Africa include Out of Africa on Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m. and a matinee showing of The African Queen on Saturday, May 28, at 2 p.m. To enhance the Wilton Reads experience for families, a screening of the Lion King takes place on Saturday, May 21, at 3, and Kenyan Story Time is on Wednesday, May 25, at 4, with folk tales, a short film, and crafts. Details on all the programs, including the author talk with Paula McLain on June 1, may be found on the library’s website by clicking the Wilton Reads 2016 icon on the homepage.

Blood drive

The American Red Cross is setting up at the library for a blood drive on Monday, May 23, from 1 to 6:30. Appointment hours are 1 to 6:15 and may be reserved by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by going online to  Walk-ins will be accommodated; positive IDs are needed by all.

Weir Farm artist’s exhibition

Erin O’Brien is the May Artist-in-Residence at Weir Farm who will be having her exhibition at the library on Monday, May 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Erin's paintings are small abstractions, haptic records of a mental reality. They arise from a feeling of intimacy with a place or another person, or often, both. According to the artist, “The paintings are an equal conversation between these perceptions and memories and the space of painting itself.” The program 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.

Reading for the beach

First-time novelist Eliza Kennedy visits the library on Thursday, May 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with I Take You, a saucy tale perfectly timed for the beach season. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration is suggested.

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.