Library Lines: Nov. 5

Lush landscapes fill gallery walls

Robert Sauber, an award-winning artist and illustrator who lives in Bethel, presents Painted Worlds when his exhibition opens on Friday, Nov. 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. His paintings create places that invite viewers to step inside and lose themselves. A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The exhibition runs through Nov. 28. The reception is open to the public.

Flu prevention

Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County is holding another flu shot clinic at the library on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 to 11:30, to help people ward off illness this winter. Flu shots are for people 4 years old and older. Children under 18 must be accompanied by parents or legal guardians. It is a first-come, first-served basis with no appointment necessary. People are reminded to wear sleeves that roll up easily. The library’s website has the costs for the shots.  For information, call the Flu Info-line at 203-834-6341, ext. 444. To speak with a nurse, call 203-762-8958.  

Hard drives destroyed — with a purpose

The library’s Robotics Team is sponsoring Destroy Your Hard Drive on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 to 4. The industrious group will purposefully wreck the hard drives of donated computers so that important information cannot be extracted from it and the computers can be recycled safely.  The cost per computer is $20 for this team fund-raiser. In keeping with FIRST Robotics’ community service mission, the library’s Robotics team will be using part of the proceeds to provide underprivileged children with STEM materials. There is no registration.

World War I discussed

Wilton resident Jean-Pierre Lavielle and the American Legion Post 86 present the kick-off program of a new series covering various aspects of World War I during the run-up to the 100th anniversary of the American entry into the “war to end all wars.” The program is World War One: The Path to American Involvement on Monday, Nov. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Lavielle will describe the transition of the pre-WWI U.S. military into the large expeditionary force that helped the Allies defeat the Central Powers. He will set the context for the United States entry in 1917 and for the remainder of the series. Additionally, he will commemorate the heroic exploits of WWII bomber pilot Lt. Charles M. Baffo, whose on-the-spot command decision spared the lives of hundreds of French civilians. On the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Baffo posthumously received one of France’s highest medals and a segment of Route 106 was recently named for the late Wilton resident. Also attending this program will be a special hero from WWII’s Greatest Generation. Free, registration recommended. The event is sponsored by American Legion Post 86 and the library.

Dance moves taught

This month’s meeting of the Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group will get attendees up and out of their seats with a belly dancing lesson on Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. Occupational therapist Helen Goldenberg will teach the group the benefits of this sexy and seductive dance, which is a great way to improve balance, strengthen legs, hips and abdomen, and regain flexibility. Participants are asked to dress comfortably. The program is co-sponsored by the Breast Cancer Survival Center and the library. Free, registration is highly encouraged.

Alzheimer’s discussed

Wilton Library is hosting an Alzheimer’s Informational Panel Discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will learn how to communicate with an Alzheimer's patient, receive information on the medical, legal and financial implications of an Alzheimer's diagnosis, and hear from an experienced family caregiver. The moderator is Tania Paparazzo, southwestern regional director, Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter. The panelists are Alan Radin, MD, an internist, geriatrician and medical director of Wilton Meadows Rehabilitation and Health Care Center; Lyn Eliovson, elder care attorney, founder and principal of the law offices of Eliovson & Tenore in Fairfield; Danielle Ancona, therapeutic recreation director, dementia care coordinator & community outreach, Wilton Meadows Rehabilitation and Health Care Center; Robin Roscillo, representing family members and discussing her personal story. There is no charge for the program, which is co-sponsored by the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and the library. Registration is recommended.

New Yorker cartoon editor is author

Bob Mankoff, cartoonist and cartoon editor of The New Yorker, visits the library on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., to discuss his latest book, How About Never — Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons. He allows the audience into the hallowed halls of The New Yorker to show them the soup-to-nuts process of cartoon creation, giving them a detailed look not only at his own work, but that of the other talented cartoonists who keep people laughing week after week. Attendees might even learn the secrets to winning the magazine’s caption contest. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Free, registration is recommended.

The Wine Tasting Benefit is tonight, Nov. 5, at 7. Please visit the library’s website for maker classes in Innovation Station and technology classes and children’s programs. 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.