Library Lines: Oct. 13

Exhibition draws the line

People’s funny bones may be hit right as they walk into the library’s gallery with the opening of the National Cartoonists Society Connecticut Chapter art exhibition on Friday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This is a first for the library that an entire exhibition is devoted to cartooning, be it for newspapers, greeting cards, licensing, children’s books, magazines and other popular media. The noted cartoonists include Chance Browne of Wilton, the family dynasty of Mort, Greg, and Brian (Wilton) Walker, Mary Anne Case of New Canaan, Jerry Dumas of Greenwich, Bob Englehart of Middletown, the late Dick Hodgins of Wilton, Bill Janocha of Stamford, Sean Kelly of Southport, Maria Scrivan of Stamford, and Rick Stromoski of Suffield. Some of the artwork featured will be original art from Beetle Bailey, Hi and Lois, Hagar the Horrible and more. The exhibition runs through Friday, Nov. 11. The reception is open to the public.

Driving safety taught

AARP is holding its Driver Safety Program for people ages 50-plus on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 to 2. This four-hour, single-session course provides practical techniques to the challenges of today’s driving as people’s vision, hearing, and reaction times change with age. The program is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members, payable at the start of class. Registration is required.

Enchanted melodies

Children and adults will be making beautiful music together when members of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra demonstrate their musical instruments in the four-part series, (Not) Just For Kids Music Program. The first session on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 3 to 4 p.m. is Start with Strings and introduces everyone to string instruments. After the orchestra members perform, children will be able to touch the instruments. Follow-on sessions are Dec. 10, A Joyful Noise! — Percussions; March 4, 2017, Horns a Plenty! — Brass, and May 6, 2017 — Winds, Soft & Sweet — Woodwinds. Free, registration is recommended.

A spirit lives on

A haunting yet beautiful story is recounted by Tom Rinaldi when he visits the library for an author talk about his latest work, The Red Bandanna on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 4 to 5:30. The Red Bandanna an uplifting account coming out of one of America’s darkest times. The story is about Welles Crowther, his red bandanna given to him as a young boy by his father and the falling of the Twin Towers. Tom Rinaldi’s The Red Bandanna is a true story about “a fearless choice, a crucible of terror and the indomitable spirit to answer it. Examining one decision in the gravest situation, it celebrates the difference one life can make.” Rinaldi has been a national correspondent at ESPN since 2002. Among other honors, he has won 15 national Sports Emmy Awards and six national Edward R. Murrow Awards. A Q&A and book signing will follow the talk. There is no charge for the program.  Registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan.

Get in line, it’s flu shot time

With the long-range forecast calling for a cold, snowy and protracted winter in Connecticut according to an AccuWeather press release, it seems the Flu Shot Clinic scheduled for Monday, Oct. 17, from 3:30 to 5 at the library is right on time. Flu shots are available to anyone age four years and older. Persons under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No appointment is needed; the shots are given on a first-come, first-served basis, no waiting. People are asked to wear sleeves that roll up easily. The cost of the flu shot is $42 payable by cash or check or it can be billed directly to Aetna, Anthem, Connecticare, Fallon, Harvard Pilgrim, HealthyCT, Multi Plan, Unicare, Wellcare or Medicare Part B. People are advised to bring their insurance cards with them. The high-dose vaccine is available to those 65 or older who would like it instead of the regular-dose vaccine. The cost of the high-dose vaccine is $60. The program is sponsored by Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. For more information, call the Flu Info-line at 203-834-6341, extension 444.

Local author has new book

Anatole Konstantin visits the library for an Area Author Affair on Monday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 7 p.m., with a second memoir about his coming to America. The book, Through the Eyes of an Immigrant, is a love letter to America in which the author recounts his arriving in New York in 1949 and the trials and tribulations of pursuing the American dream. Megan Smith-Harris will interview Konstantin. A Q&A period will follow the talk. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is recommended.

Invasive plants thwarted

Carolynn Sears, master gardener and member of the Pound Ridge Conservation Board, comes to the library to discuss Gardeners, Keepers of Our Natural Heritage on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sears will address the threat of invasive plant species and what people can do in their own backyards to combat the problem. See the registration link for more details. The program is sponsored by the Norwalk River Watershed Association, Woodcock Nature Center, and the library. Free, registration is suggested.

To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call the Circulation Desk at 203-762-6334 for adult programs, the Children’s Library at 203-762-6336 and Teen Services at 203-762-6342.