Library Lines: May 7

Pristine gardens and expressionist paintings

Jay Petrow, a professional landscape designer, combines his vocation and avocation in his one-man art exhibition, “Gardens & Abstractions,” opening Friday, May 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. In this exhibition, he will be featuring his abstract paintings alongside photographs of his landscape designs. In his mind, designing landscapes and painting abstract art have many similarities. According to Petrow, “When a garden is designed, groups of plants are used to compose areas of color and texture that interplay with each other. With painting, initially I may choose a few colors as a starting point to explore the tension and vibrancy between them, but as the painting develops, it becomes more an exploration of my inner world.” The exhibition features 60 paintings and photographs. A majority of the works are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The reception is open to the public. The exhibition runs through May 30.

How does the garden grow?

With organically grown and local products becoming an important part of the American food culture, what better way is there to introduce the “farm team” or next generation to the concept than with the program, Farm to Table for Kids? On Saturday, May 9, from 10:30 to 11:30, Daryl Beyers joins the children, ages 4 and up with their caregivers, to talk about how plants grow what people need to eat to be healthy. Children will be able to ask questions, see some fruit and veggies up close, and plant seeds to take home. They also will make some tasty salads as a snack. Daryl Beyers is a landscape designer and gardening educator. He is the lead designer at Poundridge Nurseries in Pound Ridge, N.Y., and the gardening program coordinator for the New York Botanical Garden’s Adult Education Department. Registration is required; there is no fee. Children ages 4 through 6 can enjoy the delights of a nature walk in the Ambler Farm Reads program on Wednesday, May 13, from 2:15 to 3. Children and their caregivers meet at the farm for activities that include a walk, stories, and learning about rabbits. Registration is required. Kids are urged to bring their library cards so they can take out library books.

Music for kids (and families)

As part of the ongoing Norwalk Symphony Orchestra program introducing children to classical music, New York composer Michel Galante comes to the library with percussion instruments on Saturday, May 9, from 11 to noon. He composed a piece in celebration of the symphony’s 75th anniversary in which percussion instruments are a major element of his work. He will speak about composing and let the kids be part of a rhythm band as they learn the rhythms in the composition. The program is for children ages 4 through 10 and their families. Registration is required; there is no fee. This is the last session for this season.

More discovery for kids

The library introduces a new, two-part program for children in grades 3 through 5 with Shape-opolis on Mondays, May 11 and 18, from 4 to 5 p.m. Kids will build a town created from a variety of three dimensional geometric shapes. Children will cronstruct and then combine tetrahedrons, octahedrons, rectangular prisms, pentagonal prisms, pyramids and more — forming a city of shapes or “Shape-opolis” right at the library. In a monthly program, Cryptozoology Club dives deep to discover what lurks beneath the surface in a watery realm on Tuesday, May 12, from 4 to 5. Kids in grades 3 through 6 will explore mermaids, sea serpents and the real-life deep-sea denizens that inspired tales of old. Registration is required; there is no fee for either program.

Many avenues to wellness

Three programs this week concentrate on wellness, from many different angles. The Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group, a gathering that takes place once a month at the library, will meet on Tuesday, May 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration is suggested. On Wednesday, May 13, safe driving techniques are discussed in the AARP Driver Safety Class, from 10 to 2.   Registration is required; the fee for the session is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. Also on Wednesday, the American Red Cross is holding a blood drive from 1 to 6:15. People wishing to donate should contact the Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or Walk-ins will be accommodated. Positive ID is required at the time of donation.

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.