Library Lines: May 8

Teens jam for a cause

The popular teen band Grey Rocks returns to Wilton Library on Friday, May 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and they are playing with a real purpose. Band members Cole Smith, Ryan Amodei, Wes Wallace and Forrest Rappaport, in conjunction with Wilton High School’s Interact Club, want to raise money to purchase Life Straws®. These straws filter polluted water, allowing a person to drink water safely. Proceeds from the concert will go directly toward the purchase of these purifying straws and will be distributed to needy areas around the globe by Americares. Tickets for the concert are $5 for students and $7 for adults and can be purchased at the library today and tomorrow.

Artists’ receptions

Weir Farm will showcase two artists this month with exhibitions and receptions at the library. The first showing features Markus Baenziger on Monday, May 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The sculptor will be completing a group of two to three small-scale works based on what he observes in nature during his Weir Farm residency. According to the artist, his works will be “fabricated with industrial materials and combined with man-made found objects, the works intend to reflect on our complex and often contradictory relationship with nature.” Lilian Cooper will present an exhibition and reception on Tuesday, May 27, also from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Her initial experience of working in the tree-filled landscape of Weir Farm in 2005 has continued to influence and nurture her fascination for trees. She aims to create a new series of drawings focusing on the woodland of Weir Farm. The programs are co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. There is no charge; registration is suggested.

Breast cancer group meets

The monthly gathering of the Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group takes place on Tuesday, May 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library. The group is designed to support post-treatment cancer survivors. Sandwiches, fruit and beverages will be provided. Please call Nina Marino at 203-857-7304 with any questions. Registration is highly encouraged.

Author with viral commencement speech

High school teacher David McCullough Jr. delivered a commencement speech at Wellesley High School in 2012 that went viral for its message. “You’ve been pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted, bubble-wrapped. Yes, capable adults with other things to do have held you, kissed you, fed you, wiped your mouth, wiped your bottom, trained you, taught you, tutored you, coached you, listened to you, counseled you, encouraged you, consoled you and encouraged you again. ... But do not get the idea you’re anything special. Because you’re not,” he remarked. This stern but affectionate message and more is now captured in his book, You Are Not Special and Other Encouragements and David will be at the library to expand upon his thoughts on Tuesday, May 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  There is no charge. Registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books.

Wilton Library Readers

Susan Boyar leads the discussion of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll in this month’s Wilton Library Readers gathering on Wednesday, May 14, from noon to 1:30. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches. The last session of the season will be on June 11, when the group discusses Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem. There is no charge. Registration is suggested.

Ben is back

Ben Van Vechten returns this spring for a two-day seminar entitled, Literary Half-and-Half on Thursday and Friday, May 15 and 16, from 10:30 to noon. Ben will lead the discussion on selections of his choosing which are available at the front desk. Registration is required.

Blood needed

The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive on Thursday, May 15, from 1 to 6:30 p.m. at the library. Donors are encouraged to make an appointment by calling 1 800 GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543).

More children’s programs this week: Mother’s Day Crafts, Friday, May 9, 10 to 5; Norwalk Symphony Orchestra for kids ages 3-10 and their families, Saturday, May 10, 10 to 11; Minecraft Club, 10 to noon; Spring Story Times on Tuesday and Wednesday at various times; Grab Bag Book Club, Wednesday, May 14, 4 to 4:45; Pokemon Game & Swap, May 14, 4 to 5. To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teens’ activities and ext. 217 for children’s events.