Library Lines: May 30

Fairy tale dance

A classic fairy tale princess comes to life in the ballet, Sleeping Beauty, on Friday, May 31, from 6 to 7 p.m. Dancers from the Wilton Conservatory of Dance will perform the beautiful piece written by composer Tchaikovsky making it a wonderful way to introduce young children to ballet. Children in grades kindergarten and up are welcome with their caregivers. A reception follows the performance. There is no charge for the program.  Advance registration is required.

Veteran speaks of war

War veteran and now author Brian Castner comes to the library on Monday, June 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss his memoir, The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows. His story is one of a true dichotomy — a harrowing life in combat as the head of an explosive disposal unit and the true camaraderie he shared with the unit, or the reality of returning to civilian life facing a lonely internal battle with survivor’s guilt.  The program is sponsored by the library and the James B. Whipple American Legion Post 86. There is no charge. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration is encouraged.

Saving a life

The Hands-Only CPR Class — 2 Steps to Save a Life is being offered on Tuesday, June 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The free, one-hour class is sponsored by the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the library. Participants must live or work in Wilton, be 18 years or older, and be able-bodied enough to perform chest compressions while on one’s knees.  There is no fee. Registration is required. Check-in begins at 7 with the class starting promptly at 7:30.

Poetry series begins

Guest lecturer Judson Scruton begins a free, four-part summer poetry series entitled Poets by Acclamation on Thursday, June 6, from 10:30 to noon. The series continues on June 13, 20 and 27 with an exploration of various poets and their writing techniques. Judson Scruton, M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry), has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. He is currently an adjunct professor of English at Fairfield University. Copies of the poems are available at the front desk. Registration is required.

Actor turned traveler visits library

Perhaps best known for his iconic movies, Pretty in Pink and St. Elmo’s Fire, Andrew McCarthy has become a world-renowned travel writer and will speak at the library on Thursday, June 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down is an intimate memoir of self-discovery. In his New York Times best-seller, the award-winning travel writer captures his deeply personal journey played out amid some of the world’s most evocative locales. Mr. McCarthy is also an editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler. He has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Travel+Leisure, among others. Registration is required. Pre-registrants should arrive by 6:50 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 6:50 p.m. if space is available.

Nature revealed

Two area artists bring “Natural Order” to the library with an opening reception on Friday, June 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  Photographer Garvin Burke of Greenwich and artist Louise Flax of Norwalk combine their winning talents to feature nature as they see it through their works.  Both artists pay close attention to the natural world and extract meaning and order from it.  Relationships may be simple or complex - all are carefully considered.  A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.  The reception is open to the public. The exhibition runs through June 28.

Cartoonist featured next weekend

Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Matt Davies visits the library twice next weekend, once for the kids and once for adults. On Saturday, June 8, from 11 to noon, Matt will be in the Children’s Library reading from his new children’s book, Ben Rides On.  The story is a boisterously funny tale of a boy, a bully and a bike which can be enjoyed by all ages and on all levels. Registration is required. On Sunday, June 9, Matt will be the featured guest speaker at the library’s 118th annual Friends of the Library meeting.  Following the business part of the meeting, Matt will discuss the importance of libraries, his political cartooning and of course, his new children’s book. Books will be available for purchase and signing at both programs courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration is encouraged for the annual meeting.

To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for teen and adult programs and ext. 217 for children’s events. Follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.