Library Lines: Nov. 10

Art therapy

The library is inviting people to unleash their inner artists with a program that is co-sponsored with Silver Hill Hospital. The library, in conjunction with the hospital, has just rolled out Mental Health “To-Go Kits” that cover 12 topics such as opioid addiction, alcoholism, depression and more. In the Meditation Box Craft on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 2 to 3 p.m., participants will decorate plain white boxes, using the collage method, and learn about art therapy in the process. The boxes will contain stress balls, silly putty and flash drives with pre-loaded meditations to help people use the boxes as stress relief tools. Materials are being supplied by Silver Hill Hospital. The program is appropriate for teenagers to seniors. There is no charge; registration is required.

Film explores Hollywood good guy

This month’s New Perspectives Film Series screens Supermensch — The Legend of Shep Gordon on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. In his directorial debut, Mike Myers (Austin Powers, Wayne's World) steps behind the camera to document the astounding career of friend and Hollywood insider Shep Gordon. Although his name might not be recognized, Gordon became a beacon in the entertainment industry having managed an endless list of talent, including Alice Cooper, Blondie, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, Groucho Marx, and Raquel Welch. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person to offset the licensing fee for the film. Refreshments will be served. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker, Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration is highly recommended.

Trio performs in jazz concert

People might be surprised that the jazz ensemble 9 Horses is made up of only three people, but once they start performing concertgoers will be treated to a musical experience unlike any other in the Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert on Sunday, Nov. 13, from 4 to 5:30. The group consists of Joe Brent (10-string mandolin), Sara Caswell (violin and Hardanger fiddle), and Andrew Ryan (bass). Each brings a unique element to the ensemble: Brent’s mandolin recalls the sound of Americana and folk music; Caswell is likewise an extraordinary jazz musician; Ryan is a virtuoso improviser in several styles. An informal reception follows the concert. Suggested donation is $10 per person. Hot & Cool concerts are funded by William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer and Chris and Tish Brubeck. Advance registration is strongly suggested. Pre-registrants should arrive by 3:50 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:50 p.m. if space is available.

College process discussed

The College Fair at Wilton High School is over but the college admission process seems as daunting as ever. Nationally recognized educational consultants Howard and Matthew Greene present College Talk with the Greenes on Monday, Nov. 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to try to demystify the hype and provide solid information about the latest trends in college admissions, what matters most and insight into the “hidden Ivies.” Students in ninth through 11th grades and their parents will get tips on how to navigate the admissions process with minimal stress and more enjoyment while setting the right priorities. Registration is recommended. There is no charge.

Taking care of Planet Earth

Activist, conservationist, and award-winning actress Jane Alexander comes to the library on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss her passion — the conservation of species and the wilderness. In her book, Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth, Alexander writes of her lifelong immersion into the worlds of wildlife conservation, of her coming to know the scientists throughout the world, of her travels with them to the most remote and forbidding areas as they try to save many species. Alexander attended Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Edinburgh. She has appeared in more than 20 films, performed in more than 100 plays, and has won several awards. See registration link for details. The program is co-sponsored by Woodcock Nature Center and the library. A Q&A period will follow the talk. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan. Free, registration is highly recommended.

Alzheimer’s Awareness discussed

Wilton Library is hosting an informational panel and discussion in recognition of National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The moderator is Shanon Jordan, southwestern regional director, Alzheimer’s Association. Panelists include Alan Radin, M.D., internist, geriatrician; Danielle Ancona, therapeutic recreation director; Robin Roscillo, elder support services; Lynda Lee Arnold, attorney, Czepiga Daly Pope LLC. The program is co-sponsored by the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and the library. Visit the library’s website for more details and to register.

Art reception for local artists

Four local artists will display their works using various mediums in their exhibition, The Message is in the Medium, which opens Friday, Nov. 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The artists are Eileen Panepinto (Weston), painting; Debra Schaffer (Ridgefield), mixed media photo collage; Ellen Schiffman (Weston), fiber art; and Joyce Seymore (Wilton), photography. The reception is open to the public. The exhibition runs through Dec. 29. The majority of the works are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Wilton Library.

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.