Library Lines: Nov. 13

Music and stories for little ones

Members of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra bring a holiday treat when a woodwind quintet visits on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 11 to noon. The program is geared to children ages four to 10 and their families, but everyone is truly welcomed. Saturday’s program is “Holiday Music from Around the World,” an interactive presentation of carols, pop tunes and other holiday music from every corner of the globe. The group also will play a selection from Handel’s “Messiah.” Children will have an opportunity to play and touch a recorder and flute. Registration is required. Also on Saturday, from 3 to 3:45, children ages 4 and up can listen to Thanksgiving Story Time just in time for the holiday. The fun story time also includes a short film. There is no registration and no fee.

Swing time

The Survivors Swing Band will perform at the library on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. This seven-member group provides a musical tour through the dance band swing era from the 1920s through the 1940s.  The members are all seasoned jazz musicians who upon retirement from the workplace found themselves with time on their hands and energy to spare. There is a suggested donation of $10 per person for the performance. Registration is highly recommended. Pre-registrants should arrive by 7:20 to be guaranteed seating; waitlisted and walk-ins will be seated after 7:20 if space is available.

Weir Farm artist exhibition

Kim Henry, the featured artist-in-residence from Weir Farm this month, is having an exhibition at the library on Monday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Ms. Henry is interested in the landscape within a landscape — the microcosm that is revealed on closer inspection: the world that emerges from the surface of a pool, the cavern at the foot of a tree trunk, the forest growing in a patch of grass, or the glacier advancing across a frozen puddle. At Weir Farm, she “aims to ‘zoom in,’ to focus on subtleties in color and textural details that capture the essence of nature in a more abstract way and reveals the landscape within a landscape.”  The program is 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.

Book lovers gather

People who love to chat about books will want to join in on the library’s Tuesday Book Buzz conversation, Nov. 18, from 11 to noon. The group is hosted by Melissa Baker and Lauren McLaughlin, two of the library’s knowledgeable librarians. Favorite reads, new books on the horizon, new authors are all part of the discussion.  Participants get the scoop on upcoming author visits. There is no charge. Registration is suggested.

Solo journey explored

International photographer and Wilton resident Daryl Hawk comes to the library on Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss his most recent travels to the kingdom of Ladakh in northern India and the region of Kashmir. In the program, Ladakh: Land of High Passes, Mr. Hawk discusses his solo journey through a slide show and lecture detailing his nonstop day-to-day adventures, discoveries and valuable lessons learned in this spiritual sojourn through this last Shangri-la. For the past 25 years, Mr. Hawk has traveled to some of the most remote and isolated places on earth telling stories through his camera lenses. He has been featured several times on NBC’s Today Show and Fox 5 television. He is a member of the Explorers Club, the Royal Geographical Society and the Professional Photographers Association and has authored three books. See the library’s website for more information. This talk is co-sponsored by the Wilton Arts Council and the library. There is no charge. Registration is recommended.

Getting the benefit from benefits

When to collect Social Security may be the single most important decision a person makes when it comes to retirement. There are a number of common mistakes people make when signing up for benefits and to make it even harder, the rules keep changing. Maximizing Social Security Benefits on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. is a great opportunity to understand key concepts before applying for Social Security. Several little-known strategies may boost lifetime benefits and increase retirement income by tens of thousands. The speakers will be Michael Alimo and David Weyner, together they have more than 50 years experience in the financial services industry. For more information about the speakers, please see the registration link. There is no charge. Registration is recommended.

To register for programs, please 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.