Wilton Reads concludes


With the community reading Circling the Sun by Paula McLain, the Wilton Reads 2016 selection, more programs are happening this week to help broaden one’s African experience.  t’s a free movie-watching weekend with the epic Out of Africa being screened on Friday, May 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. This Oscar-winning film stars Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in the true story of Karen Blixen, a strong-willed woman and Denys Finch Hatton, a rugged individualist and big game hunter. With its lush landscapes, beautiful cinematography and gripping tale, it is no wonder this film received seven Oscars in 1985 for Best Picture, Director (Sydney Pollack), Screenplay, Cinematography, Original Score, Art Direction (Set Direction) and Sound. In this adaptation of Isak Dinesen’s book, Out of Africa, the character of Felicity is based on Beryl Markham, the focus of McLain’s historical novel, Circling the Sun. On Saturday, May 28, from 2 to 4, the classic film, The African Queen, will be shown featuring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, more of Hollywood’s celebrated actors from a different generation. Reservations are suggested for both films. The final event for Wilton Reads 2016 is the author talk with Paula McLain on Wednesday, June 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. McLain will be presented with the Grodin Family Fine Writers Award before her talk. Registration is strongly recommended. There is no charge for the program. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration is strongly recommended for the Wilton Reads programs.

Friends in fine arts


This month’s art exhibition, Artists’ Choice 2016, opens on Friday, June 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and features four members of Art/Place Gallery of Fairfield who also happen to be good friends. The showcased artists are Diane Pollack (Fairfield) with her large monotypes with thread; Mollie Keller (Trumbull) creates calligraphic riffs; Toby Michaels (Westport) allows the Abstract Expressionist movement to inspire her recent work and Florence Zolan (Bridgeport) creates mixed media works combining printmaking, collage, paint, pastel, and often applied objects and yarns. The reception is open to the public. The exhibition runs through Thursday, June 30.

Historic wine event re-enacted


It was 40 years ago this month that the wine world was upended by a California upstart. In the program, Judgment of Paris Wine Tasting Event, on Saturday, June 4, from 4 to 5:30, the library will be holding a “mini-re-enactment” of the famous 1976 winetasting event when a handful of relatively unknown California wines beat out several of the top French wines in a blind tasting by French judges on their own turf in Paris. The presenter and tasting coordinator will be George Taber who was the only journalist present at the tasting. In his book, Judgment of Paris, he recounts the birth of modern winemaking in California leading up to the historic event that truly put California wine on the world’s shopping list. He will share the history of the wine event and then participants will have the chance to blind-taste some red and white wines from California and France choosing their favorites and paying homage to the historic event. See the library’s registration link for more details. Free, registration is recommended.

Library’s annual meeting


As the library’s 120th year celebration draws to a close, the Annual Friends of the Library Meeting will be held on Sunday, June 5, from 4 to 5:30. A brief business meeting will include the election of new trustees and officers, a celebration of those who are retiring from the Board of Trustees, and the presentation of awards for Wilton Library’s outstanding volunteer and staff person of the year. The guest speaker following the general meeting is Bryan W. Mattimore, co-founder and “Chief Idea Guy” of The Growth Engine Co., an innovation agency based in Norwalk. He is an author and one of America's top experts in applied creativity, ideation facilitation and innovation management. His newest book is 21 Days to a Big Idea. His topic will be Creating Your Next Big Idea … at the Library. See the library’s registration link for more details.  A brief reception follows the speaker and the ceremony. The meeting and talk are open to the public. Registration is encouraged. Please RSVP to 203-762-6323 or register online by Friday, June 3.

Make something


With graduations, Father’s Day, birthdays and end-of-school gifts, now is the time to make something personal in the Thomas T. Adams, Esq. Innovation Station. Classes this week include: Sunday, May 29, Bringing Your Photo Albums into the Digital Age, 2-3:30; Tuesday, May 31, Embellished Napkins or Dish Towels, 10–11:30 a.m.; Thursday, June 2, Make Graduation Cards, BBQ Invites & More, 2–3:30; Thursday, June 2, Embroider or Monogram It!, 6–8 p.m.; Friday, June 3, New Life for Old Videos, 1–2:30 p.m. Registration is required for Innovation Station programs.

The library will be closed Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day. To register for programs, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org 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.