Library Lines: Oct. 1

Jazz time

Wilton Library’s Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert series has its season opener this Sunday, Oct. 4, from 4 to 5:30, with the music of the Don Friedman Harvie S Duo. Pianist Don Friedman is in demand as a jazz pianist and educator, while he regularly tours the United States, Europe and Japan with top-flight groups. Harvie S has been an inimitable presence in jazz since the 1970s and is an award winning bassist, composer, arranger, educator and producer. He has appeared previously in Hot & Cool concerts.
  The concerts are made possible through the William and Karen Tell Foundation, with special thanks to Catherine and Ed Romer, and Tish and Chris Brubeck.   Advance registration is highly recommended with this popular concert series. Pre-registered guests should arrive by 3:50 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-ins will be seated after 3:50 if space is available. An informal reception follows the concert where CDs will be available for purchase.

Cooking with care

Kate Gardner, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian and culinary nutritionist specializing in whole foods and vitamins for optimal health and wellness. On Monday, Oct. 5, she will take part in Area Author Affair, where she will introduce her book, The New Diabetes Cookbook: 100 Mouthwatering Seasonal, Whole Food Recipes, from 6 to 7 p.m. The new cookbook focuses on unprocessed, nutrient-rich whole foods that are fresh, hearty, and inexpensive. Every recipe includes nutritional information and helpful notes. Gardner received her master’s degree in nutrition and exercise physiology and is currently a doctoral candidate in food and nutrition education policy at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College. See the library’s registration link for more details. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. There is no charge.   Registration is highly recommended.

Speaking of food

The Food Lit Book Group gets together this month to discuss The Gastronomical Me by M.F.K. Fisher.   The group will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 11 to noon. Pamela Lillis, a nutritional health coach and avid reader moderates the group. There is no charge. Registration is recommended. Additional dates and selections for the group may be found on the library’s website. Visit and click on Books, then scroll down to Food Lit Book Group.

Silence of the Lyme epidemic

Allie Cashel’s debut book, Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme Disease in an Age of Denial, details her experience fighting the highly contested disease. She brings that discussion to life when she visits the library on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. In addition to her story, she chronicles the lives of other chronic Lyme patients from around the world. Please see the library’s registration link for more information about the topic and the author. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration is highly recommended. There is no charge.

Finding Wilton

Renowned local architect Rob Sanders discusses the architecture of Wilton and significant properties in town, in his presentation, “Wilton Rediscovered: The Origins and Evolution of Architecture and Landscape,” on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. A question and answer period and reception follow the talk. The program is sponsored by Silver Pine Real Estate, Rob Sanders Architects LLC, Wilton Historical Society, Wilton Newcomers Club and the library. Registration is highly recommended.

Poetry time

It’s always time for poetry when Judson Scruton leads the discussion. Autumn Poetry — a Four-Part Series begins on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 10:30 to noon. The series continues on Oct. 15, 22 and 29. In the series, Judson will explore The Ecological Vision of Robert Siegel. Twelve to 16 poems from this prolific poet will be examined. Judson Scruton, M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry), has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. In his career as an educator, Judson has also directed publications, communications, public relations and development at a variety of educational institutions in the U.S. and UK, including the Newberry Library in Chicago. He is currently an adjunct professor of English at Fairfield University. See registration link for details about the poet and the lecturer. Poetry packets now are available at the circulation desk. There is no charge for the program. Advance registration is required.

Illustrator illustrates

The library welcomes back local author/illustrator Matt Davies on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 4 to 5 p.m.   Davies has partnered with author Aaron Reynolds (Creepy Carrots) on his latest book, Nerdy Birdy. Nerdy Birdy is not a cool bird — he loves playing video games and reading. He is very lonely until he finds out he is not the only nerdy birdy out there. Davies will share his new book, answer questions, and show how he creates his fabulous illustrations. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books of New Canaan. There is no charge for the program. Registration is recommended. Participants are then invited to the library’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new children’s entrance which follows at 5 p.m. and is open to everyone.

Technology classes, maker classes in Innovation Station and more children’s programs are available on the website. 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.