Library Lines: May 28

Inspiring day

The library is taking creativity and innovation to new heights with its first-ever Innovation Day on Saturday, May 30, from 11 to 3.

People are invited to visit more than 25 regional innovators, creators, inventors and makers who will be featuring their works in presentations, workshops, exhibitions and demonstrations during the day.
The event captures the best of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) movement with professionals and amateurs showing their “stuff.”
Projects from the library’s own Teen Robotics Team and Young Makers Club will be on display, along with the Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club, Fairfield County Makers Guild, a post-disaster visualization balloon, embroidery, quilling, quilting, portrait painting, printmaking,cupcake decorating, animal balloons and so much more.
There also will be time for people to try their skills at soldering, 3D Doodling, a tech sandbox, die cutting and more.
The event is free and open to all ages. The day is sponsored by MakerBot™ the 3D printer manufacturer and Bankwell in Wilton.

Kids will be all ears (eyes, etc.)

Children will learn all about the five senses in a program designed just for them on Mondays in June, from 4 to 4:45 p.m.
Exploring the Five Senses immerses children in sessions that will let them experience all the senses through experimentation and hands-on activities, read-alouds and fun videos.
The schedule is as follows:

  • June 1: Hearing;

  • June 8: Sight;

  • June15: Taste (Please note that there will be food used in this program and it is important to notify a Children’s Library staff member if a child has any allergies or dietary restrictions);

  • June 22: Touch;

  • June 29: Smell.

Registration is required; there is no fee. Children must be in grades 1-3 as of June 1. The program is supported by the Amadeo Family.

Whet the appetite for food lit

Wilton Library’s newest book group devours ‘food literature’ with book selections designed to tantalize. Pam Lillis — a nutritional health coach, avid reader and lover of food lit — is the group leader.
This month’s gathering of Food Lit Book Group is Tuesday, June 2, from 11 to noon, with The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender.
The group will meet again after the summer with the following books:

  • Sept. 1: Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl;

  • Oct. 6: The Gastronomical Me by M.F.K. Fisher.

Registration is recommended and there is no charge.

Coding for kids

If kids missed the first time Dash and Dot came to visit, they now have four weeks of fun ahead of them to get in on the action. These two teal-colored robots give kids a chance to explore click-and-drag coding and computer programming in Learn to Code with Dash and Dot, Wednesdays, June 3, 10, 17 and 24, from 3 to 4 p.m.
The program is for kids in third and fourth grade. Each week, the kids will have a new challenge to work on in teams.
Space is limited. Registration is required. The program is supported by the Amadeo Family. Dash and Dot are products of Wonder Workshop, Inc.

Return visit

Charles Dubow, author of the acclaimed Indiscretion, returns to Wilton Library with his second novel on Thursday, June 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Girl in the Moonlight chronicles a tale of love, passion and obsession-the story of one man’s all-consuming desire for a beautiful, bewitching and elusive woman.
From the wooded cottages of the Hamptons to the dining rooms of Upper East Side Manhattan to the glamorous nightlife of Paris and Barcelona, the reader is taken through all the highs and lows of the moneyed classes.
Dubow is a founding editor of and was an editor at He was educated at Wesleyan University and New York University.
A Q&A period and book signing will follow the talk. There is no charge. Registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Elm Street Books.

June exhibition features sculptures

For the first time, the Society of Connecticut Sculptors will be exhibiting at Wilton Library. The opening reception is Friday, June 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public.
The exhibition will feature 24 juried works with prize winners being announced at the reception.
The judge for the exhibition is Michael Keropian, of Keropian Sculpture in Carmel, NY. He has created and provided sculpture for more than 30 years.
The Society of Connecticut Sculptors has been in existence for 23 years and is comprised of artists who are devoted to exploring sculpture, three dimensional art, which is timeless yet contemporary.
Members of the Society work in bronze, stone, terracotta, wood, metal and more in a variety of styles. The majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.
The exhibition runs through Friday, June 26.

Music on a Sunday afternoon

Guitarist John Lehmann-Haupt graces the Brubeck Room stage for a Connecticut’s Own Concert on Sunday, June 7, from 4 to 5. Known equally for his arrangements of popular and traditional songs and for his classical interpretations, he has performed throughout the Northeast and in the homes of such prominent New Yorkers as Tom Brokaw, Madeleine Albright, and Donald Trump.
Lehmann-Haupt was a staff instructor at New York’s American Institute of Guitar from 1982 until its 2008 closing, and he continues to teach privately.
See the library’s registration link for more details. There is no charge. Registration is strongly suggested for this popular concert series.
Pre-registrants should arrive by 3:50 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:50 if space is available. This is the last concert of the season.

To register for programs, visit 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.