Library Lines: May 22

Senior book group meets

The Senior Center Book Discussion takes place on Tuesday, May 27, from 11 to noon at the Comstock Community Center. Barbara Jones, a library staffer, will lead the discussion of First Lady of the Confederacy — Varina Davis’s Civil War by Joan Cashin. The wife of Jefferson Davis, Varina Davis was referred to as “First Lady” of the Confederacy, but not without controversy. She was a complex woman and a great conversationalist, but often criticized for her view of the war, in particular, her doubts about the South winning. Call the Wilton Senior Center to register at 203-834-6240.

Woodlands of Weir Farm examined in exhibition

Lilian Cooper is May’s artist-in-residence at Weir Farm and she will have her reception/ exhibition at the library on Tuesday, May 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The artist will be creating a new series of drawings focusing on the woodlands of Weir Farm. Her current tree project — The Xylotheque Unpacked, involves the microscopic study of plant disease which carries through to her artwork. Please see the library’s website for more details about the artist. The program is co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by the library.

Wilton Go Green speaker explores the seas

Gaelin Rosenwaks, a marine scientist, explorer and photographer, will be visiting the library on Wednesday, May 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for a Wilton Go Green/Wilton Library Speaker Series program. Her multimedia talk will be “Studying Ocean Resources: Adventures at Sea.” She will take the audience on a journey from satellite tagging bluefin tuna in the western Atlantic Ocean to drilling ice cores in the frozen Bering Sea in order to illuminate the cutting-edge scientific research being done to understand the complexity of the earth’s ocean ecosystems. Ms. Rosenwaks will be in conversation with international documentary photographer Daryl Hawk. Visit the library’s website for more speaker details. The Green Speaker series is co-sponsored by Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library. Free; registration is recommended.

Movies and more on the go

Seniors will have an opportunity to learn about the free downloadable services available through the library in a program called Free Fiction, Films and Fugues To Go from Wilton Library hosted by Melissa Baker on Wednesday, May 28, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Wilton Senior Center. The audience is invited to bring their own personal devices so they can learn how to get ebooks, magazines, movies and music downloaded on their own devices. Melissa will demonstrate Overdrive, which is the library’s downloadable eBook service, Zinio, the downloadable magazine service in which people can download a magazine and keep it on their devices, streaming movies and documentaries with IndieFlix and streaming jazz and classical music with Naxos Music Library.  All of these downloadable services are available 24/7 through the library’s website and with the use of a current Wilton Library card. The program is presented for seniors at the senior center, Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road. Sessions for this handy class will be offered the fourth Wednesday of the month through October.  Registration is suggested and may be made by calling the Senior Center at 203-834-6240 to register.

Reading to pooches

The library’s monthly Tails to Tales program takes place on Saturday, May 31, from 11 to noon. Gentle therapy dogs from ROAR (Ridgefield’s Operation Animal Rescue) sit attentively as children read aloud to them. The practice of reading aloud helps children become more active readers and encourages a love of reading. Children must read independently to participate in the program.  Registration is required.

Stress-reducing fun for teens

Finals are bearing down on most teens this month and the library is offering a little fun to help ease the stress. With Cake Pops for Teens, kids in grades 6 through 12 can drop by on Monday, June 2, between 3:30 and 5 to create one-of-a-kind cake pops. No registration is required and there is no fee. The fun will last as long as the supplies do. The program is sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

Poetry blooms with the spring

Dr. Joanna Ecke leads a Spring Poetry seminar beginning Thursday, June 5, from 10:30 to noon. Dr. Ecke will examine the poetry of Robert Frost. The program is on four consecutive Thursdays through June 26. Poetry packets are now available at the circulation desk. There is no program charge. Advance registration is required.

The library will be closed Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day. To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teen events or ext. 217 for children’s activities.