Library Lines: Oct. 10

Artist captures travel in color 

Dynamic bursts of color greet library visitors when “A World of Color — Paintings by John Maurer” opens this Friday, Oct. 11, from 6 to 7:30. A colorist who embraces French impressionists and expressionists, Mr. Maurer’s paintings are primarily scenes from places he has traveled, most especially Europe. The majority of the oils and acrylics are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The exhibition runs through Oct. 30. The reception is open to the public.

Music for little ears

The Norwalk Symphony is graciously providing a four-part instrument series for children ages 3 through 10 and their families, beginning Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 to 11 a.m. The first program will introduce kids to woodwind instruments. After the orchestra musicians play their music, the children will be able to get up close and personal with a flute and oboe, and even play a recorder. Additional dates are Nov. 30, strings; March 1, brass; and May 10, percussion. Registration is suggested.

Driver safety course

AARP is offering its Driver Safety Class on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 to 2 for drivers age 50 and older. The class is designed to help recognize today’s difficult driving environment and examines changing reaction times, hearing and sight issues that are associated with aging. Strategies on how to handle these changes are discussed. Registration is required. The fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members, payable at the start of class by check or cash only. The program is for Connecticut residents.

All about books

This month’s Tuesday Book Buzz is Oct. 15, from 11 to noon. These monthly sessions are open discussions for book lovers who want to hear what’s new, or find out what someone else is recommending as a good choice.  When available, pre-publication books may be handed out and sign-ups for author talks can take place. There is no charge. Registration is suggested. The group meets on the third Tuesday of the month.

New book club for kids

Children in grades 3 and up have a new book group they can join. Grab Bag Book Club is Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 4 to 4:45. Club members will be discussing brand new best-selling books each month.  Future book titles will be suggested and chosen by the kids. This month’s book is The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett: An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger. Healthy snacks will be provided as well as a Star Wars craft. Registration is required. Parents and guardians must remain in the building. The program is sponsored by the Steve and Alison Sherman Family Fund.

Documentary film screening

The New Perspectives Film Series will be showing Child of Giants on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The film tells the story of Daniel Rhodes Dixon, the son of two American art world icons.  The documentary, Child of Giants, tells an alternate history to that depicted in the iconic images of photographer Dorothea Lange and the painter of the Southwest, Maynard Dixon — an intimate family history defined by choices made between family and art, and the effect of those choices on generations to come. Suggested donation is $5 per person. The series is programmed and moderated by Wilton’s Megan Smith-Harris, a documentary filmmaker. Registration is recommended.

Streaming music resource

Thanks to generous funding by the Wilton Candlelight Concert Series, the library now has a subscription to the Naxos Music Library. This comprehensive resource is available free to all Wilton Library card holders through the library’s website. The site has an extensive compilation of classical and jazz music available online. Naxos offers more than 1.2 million tracks of classical music, jazz, blues, opera, world music, spoken word, relaxation music, as well as musical resources and educational guides. The music can be streamed from computers or mobile devices anywhere, at any time. Features include a sophisticated search engine that allows users to select music by composer, artist, period, year of composition, instrument or genre. Playlists are easily created. To start enjoying the extensive collection, visit the library’s website and click on the Naxos Music Library in Quick Links.

The library will be closed on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 14. The library’s servers will be undergoing routine maintenance on that day, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library’s website and online catalog will not be available during this time. 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.