Library Lines: May 5

Fun for kids on Saturday

This Saturday, May 7, the library has some fun things for kids based upon their ages.  The entire day is devoted to Free Comic Book Day for kids of all ages. A free comic book will be given out to kids who come to the library between 10 and 5. The day is supported by Cave Comics of Newtown. The Minecraft Club gets together from 10 to noon for kids ages 8 and above who love the online game experience. Registration is required and attendees must bring their own laptop computers to play along. Kids in grades K and up can drop-in from 2 to 3:30 to a Fairy Doll Workshop. There is no registration.

Wilton grad writes gritty novel

Will B. Mathews, a graduate of Wilton High School and The University of Connecticut, chats about his new novel, Uptown Quicksand, at a free Area Author Affair event on Monday, May 9, from 6 to 7 p.m. The protagonist of the novel, R. T. Graves, is a dispassionate New York private detective who has murder and mayhem thrown in his path at every move. See the library’s registration link for more details about the author and the novel. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. Registration is highly recommended.

Growing digitally

The Wilton Chamber of Commerce and the library host a free digital marketing seminar for local businesses and Chamber members on Wednesday, May 11, from 8 to 10 a.m. The presentation is by Hibu, a local digital marketing and website company. Topics will include strategies on how to grow and market one’s local business online. Hibu serves more than 500,000 businesses across Connecticut and the U.S. and has conducted more than 150 educational Internet marketing seminars for Chamber organizations.  Check-in is at 8 with the presentation beginning promptly at 8:30. A light breakfast will be available. Registration is recommended.

Library Readers meet

This month’s Wilton Library Readers book group gets together to discuss Please Look After Mom, by Kyung-Sook Shin, on Wednesday, May 11, from noon to 1:30. Susan Boyar facilitates the discussion. Attendees are reminded to bring lunch; beverages will be provided by the library. Registration is suggested.

A look at Wilton’s past and future

A panel of architectural and planning experts discusses a hot topic: where is Wilton today as a town and what do people want for Wilton’s future? Local architect Rob Sanders, AIA, Rob Sanders Associates, LLC, brings together design professionals who will discuss the issues in the free program, Wilton 2025: Architecture and Planning — Past, Present and Future — A Panel Discussion About Creating the Town We Want, on Wednesday, May 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. According to Sanders, “The forces of growth and commercialism have eroded Wilton’s sense of place, and there’s a sense that Wilton is losing its identity. I think we all agree that Wilton needs to grow, but the question is how and where. What do we need, where should it go, and how should it look?” Panelists  include architects Kathleen Poirier, Chris Pagliaro, and Rob Sanders; landscape architect Kate Throckmorton; and Town Planner Bob Nerney. A Q&A will follow the talk. The program is co-sponsored by Silver Pine Real Estate, Rob Sanders Architects, Wilton Historical Society and the library. Registration is highly recommended.

Drugs and the law

State Rep. Gail Lavielle; state Rep. Tom O'Dea; and state Sen. Toni Boucher will discuss laws passed during this legislative session pertaining to substance abuse and drugs on Thursday, May 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Attendees will learn what the new legislation means to their families. A Q&A follows the talk. Registration is strongly encouraged. Sponsored by Wilton Youth Council’s Parent Connection and the library.

Drop in and make something

Night Time Knitters on Wednesday, May 11 and 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., is for people who love knitting and want to get together with an evening group. There is no registration; people are encouraged to bring their projects and just drop by. On Thursday, May 12, from 1 to 3, another drop-in craft is offered with Chalk Paint Pots & Herbs. People may stop in, decorate a pot with chalk paint, plant an herb, then take the pot home. The fee is $5 to offset costs. There is no registration but the craft is only available while supplies last.

To register for programs, visit 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.