Library Lines: Nov. 19

Quiet reading time

ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) brings its gentle therapy dogs for Tales to Tails on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 11 to noon. The program is designed to encourage children who are reluctant readers to read aloud to the dogs as they sit quietly. It helps the children improve their skills and build their confidence in reading. Registration is required; there is no fee.

Getting down to computing basics

As the library offers more technology programs in the New Year such as Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, now is the time for people to become more familiar with their computers. The technology class, Basic Computers, is on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 12:30 to 1:30. This class helps people with the basic functions of their computers such as file saving, Internet browsers, email and printing.  These basics are then used as people move on to other software applications. The class size is small for more personal instruction and as such, registration is required.  

Film series highlights music legend

On Saturday, Nov. 21, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., the New Perspectives Film Series screens I’ll Be Me, a documentary about music legend Glen Campbell as it chronicles his last tour. The performer was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease but he decided to go all out with a five-week tour that ended up being a year and a half long. It was an amazing journey for the country music great and all is captured on film. This is a relevant screening during national Alzheimer’s month. Suggested donation for the series is $5 per person. The series is programmed and moderated by Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration is highly recommended.

New sounds for Brubeck stage

The extraordinary sounds of Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda enliven the venue in a Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert on Sunday, Nov. 22, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The Latin-infused music emanating from the harp and the Castaneda Trio brings a new sound to the jazz series. Since his move to the United States in 1994, Edmar has taken New York and the world stage by storm with the sheer force of his virtuosic command of the harp — revolutionizing the way audiences and critics alike consider an instrument commonly relegated to the 'unusual category.' He has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, and the 10th annual World Harp Congress. He has played with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, John Scofield, Marcos Miller, John Patitucci, and Chico O'Farrill's Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band. There will be a reception following the concert. CDs will be available for purchase and signing. The suggested donation is $10 per person. The Hot & Cool series is funded by William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer and Chris & Tish Brubeck. Advance registration is strongly suggested. Pre-registrants should arrive by 3:50 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:50 if space is available.

Foodie book group date

The Food Lit Book Group has changed its meeting date this month to Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 11 to noon. The group will be discussing Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson. Pamela Lillis, a nutritional health coach, avid reader, and lover of food lit, will moderate the discussion. There is no charge. Registration is recommended. Visit the library’s website for future book selections and dates.

Holiday shopping begins

With Thanksgiving almost here, the library’s annual Holiday Book Sale begins in earnest on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at noon in the gallery and runs during regular library hours through Sunday, Jan 3. The sale contains bargains of all kinds – including new and gently used books, DVDs and an entire stash of new shrink-wrapped CDs. Smart shoppers will shop early and often. The library’s volunteer elves replace the inventory regularly for people to enjoy more art, history, and craft books. There is something for everyone.

Seniors book group

The Senior Center Book Discussion takes places on Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 11 to noon with a discussion of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer for The New Yorker. Ray Rauth leads the group through this engaging Pulitzer-prize winning book that presents a cautionary tale of evolution and extinction. Call the senior center for details and to register at 203-834-6240. Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton.

The library will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, for Thanksgiving. 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.