Library Lines: May 29

Literary pups

Children who are independent readers have an opportunity to practice their skills with gentle therapy dogs on Saturday, May 31, from 11 to noon in the Tales to Tails program. Pups from ROAR’s (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) Therapy Dog program will be at the library for children to gain confidence while reading out loud. Children must read independently to be able to participate. Free, registration is required.

Stress-reducing pops

Spring is here and the end of the school year is fast approaching. With exams, reports and projects all coming due, teens in grades six through 12 have a lot on their minds. The library is offering a little respite from the stress with Cake Pops for Teens on Monday, June 2, from 3:30 to 5. Kids can drop in to create one-of-a-kind cake pops while supplies last. There is no registration, no fee and no stress for this fun project. The program is sponsored by the John & Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

Lego creations

Kids in grades K and up have four consecutive Wednesdays in June to hear great stories and build cool Lego creations. The Lego® Club meets on June 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 4 to 5. Each week will have a different theme and the creations will be based on that theme. There are 20 spots each week with registration taking place at 3:45 each meeting day. The program is sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

Poetry sessions begin

Summer Poetry with Joanna Ecke explores the poetry of Robert Frost in a four-week series beginning Thursday, June 5, from 10:30 to noon. The sessions continue on June 12, 19 and 26.  Dr. Ecke is a graduate of Smith College with a doctorate in literature from Duke University and is a retired faculty member of Wilton High School. Poetry packets are available at the circulation desk.  This is a free program; advance registration is required.

Ballet for the young and young-at-heart 

The library is once again partnering with the Wilton Conservatory of Dance to bring an appreciation of ballet to children of all ages and adults. On Thursday, June 5, from 6 to 7 p.m., the ballet troupe will present Scenes from Coppélia, based on the story by E. T. A. Hoffmann. The ballet involves an inventor, his life-size dancing doll, a young couple, Franz and Swanhilde, and the comedic mayhem that is a result of the creation. A short reception will follow the performance.  Registration is required. The program is for kids in grades K and up as well as adults. Please register each person individually.

Three-minute razzle dazzle

Many people have heard references to “an elevator speech” — a brief, enticing description of one’s abilities, job, profession, or business. Now SCORE of Fairfield County, the Wilton Chamber of Commerce and the library present Your Elevator Speech on Thursday, June 5, from 6 to 8, at the library. The program is designed to help people develop a concise, compelling and memorable introduction to enhance their business opportunities. Topics include the five elements of a successful introduction; branding oneself quickly and memorably; picking up signals from the audience; and understanding the importance of establishing and maintaining connections. The guest speaker for the lecture is Stanley Witkow, a SCORE counselor for more than 10 years and a former general counsel of GE Capital IT Solutions. Registration is required and can be completed by visiting or calling SCORE at 203-831-0065.

Friends who create art together

Deborah Flavin, Linda Nemergut and Barbara Ripps are the friends and artists in “Three Friends: Drawing Collage Painting,” opening on Friday, June 6, from 6 to 7:30. The artists have been supporting each other’s artistic passions for some time and come together in this exhibition of close to 70 works. A majority of the pieces will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The exhibition runs through Saturday, June 28. The reception is open to the public.

The 119th Friends of the Library Annual Meeting takes place on Sunday, June 8, from 4 to 6. The meeting is open to the public. To register, call 203-762-3950, ext. 270. 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.