Library Lines: November 14

Jazz pianist performs

Award-winning jazz pianist Fred Hersch takes to the stage for a Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert on Sunday, Nov. 17, beginning at 4 p.m. The concert is made possible through funding by the William and Karen Tell Foundation, with special thanks to Catherine and Ed Romer and Tish and Chris Brubeck. According to Vanity Fair, Mr. Hersch is “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so.” The internationally acclaimed musician is also known as a composer, bandleader and theatrical conceptualist, as well as being an in-demand collaborator for other noted bandleaders and vocalists. See the library’s registration link for more information about the performer. An informal reception follows the concert. There is a suggested donation of $10 per person. Registration is highly recommended for this popular concert series. Pre-registered attendees should arrive by 3:50 to be guaranteed seating. After 3:50, waitlisted and walk-in registrants will be admitted if space is available. A special thanks goes to Hilton Garden Inn for providing accommodations.

Italy in an e-book

Author Lee Demilo is the guest author for Area Author Affair on Monday, Nov. 18, from 6 to 7 p.m. Ms. Demilo’s e-book series, Italian for Tourists: Mauro and Carla Bianchi’s Trip to Italy (with audio) is a delight. Readers can learn the language in written and audio format, using real-world scenarios to enhance the learning experience. Ms. Demilo teaches Italian privately in local schools’ adult education programs and even instructs a Fortune 500 company’s employees. The author lives in Silvermine with her husband. See the library’s registration link for more details about the author. The Area Author Affair program celebrates local writers, providing a casual session for people to come and chat with the authors. Registration is encouraged.

Yale Gallery trip

A bus trip to the Yale Gallery takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The trip is an outgrowth of the Adair Burlingham Memorial Lecture with Jock Reynolds that was given on Nov. 1. Participants will see the newly renovated Yale art galleries referenced in the lecture. Registration is filled; people can ask to be placed on the wait list. The cost is $30 per person which includes transportation and a private group tour. To register, call the library or visit the Circulation Desk.

Health care discussed

With health care reform front and center on many people’s minds, the library and Wilton Chamber of Commerce have partnered together for Health Care Reform and You at the library on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Systems expert Randi Oster brings her knowledge to the area of health care reform. Randi has developed a presentation that empowers people to have a better understanding of the issues and to navigate the changes in health care. More details are available about the speaker on the library’s registration link. Registration is recommended.

Extreme pumpkin tossing

Ambler Farm entered a team in the World Championship “Punkin Chunkin” contest and competed for the first time in two years due to Superstorm Sandy. The youth team, Ambler Pumpkin Warriors, competed in the 17 and under trebuchet category.  The trebuchet is a catapult-like device that uses a counterweight to propel the arm and lets the pumpkin fly. Attendees will learn about the machine, the competition and the results of the kids’ quest in Ambler Farm Pumpkin Warriors, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the library. Attendees should be no younger than first grade and should be accompanied by caregivers. Older children and adults are welcomed as well.

Efficient energy solutions

Wilton Go Green and the library sponsor the second part of the Green Speaker Series, A Dummy’s Guide to Home Energy Upgrades, Part 2, on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This session focuses on Understanding Your Energy Efficiency Solutions: How to Choose the Right Products. Homeowners have many questions about ways to save energy while keeping their homes comfortable — what differences are there in lighting, insulation, windows, what works best for saving energy, what tax credits are available — are just some of them. Representatives from Next Step Living, a residential energy efficiency company and State of Connecticut approved HES vendor, will be presenting answers to those questions.  Wilton residents will provide testimonials about their experiences, products used, successes, and monies saved. Registration is suggested.

To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teen events and ext. 217 for children’s activities.