Library Lines: Oct. 15
Controversial religion examined
The New Perspectives Film Series shines a light on Scientology with the screening of Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Award-winning documentary director Alex Gibney examines the controversial church with interviews from eight ex-Scientologists. The film ignited heated debate to the point where the church took out full-page ads denouncing its credibility, ensuring more people would see the film due to the publicity. The consensus from film review website aggregator Rotten Tomatoes was, “Thoroughly disquieting but impossible to ignore, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is a searing investigative work from a master documentarian.” The film, produced by HBO, received three Emmys in 2015, including Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special, Writing for Nonfiction Programming and Direction for Nonfiction Programming. Suggested donation for the viewing is $5 per person. The New Perspectives Film Series is moderated and programmed by Megan Smith-Harris, a documentary filmmaker and editor of Wilton Magazine who lives in Wilton. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration is highly recommended.
Flu season care
The Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County is sponsoring its Flu Shot Clinic at Wilton Library on Monday, Oct. 19, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Flu shots are available to anyone age four years and older; children under age 18 must be accompanied by parents or legal guardians. Patients are handled on a first-come, first-served basis with no appointments necessary. People are asked to wear sleeves that roll up easily and to bring their insurance cards. 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, Healthy Ct, Multi Plan, Unicare, Wellcare or Medicare Part B. High dose vaccine is $60 and available to persons age 65 or older who would like it instead of the regular dose vaccine. The next Flu Shot Clinic at the library is Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, call the Flu Info-line at 203-834-6341, ext. 444. To speak with a nurse, call 203-762-8958.
Wilton Go Green/Wilton Library Green Speaker Series welcomes Diane Lewis, M.D., for a discussion of The Great Healthy Yard Project on Monday, Oct. 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Lewis brings a wealth of information about how chemicals from yards get into groundwater and taps, what the effects are on humans and ways to fix the problem. She is the founder of the nonprofit organization The Great Healthy Yard Project and author of the book by the same name. A nephrologist and consultant in environmental health, she is a one-time organic farmer in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. Please see the library’s registration link for more details about the speaker. This Green Speaker talk is co-sponsored by Wilton Go Green, Town of Wilton Conservation Commission, Wilton Garden Club Conservation Committee and Wilton Library. There is no charge. Registration is recommended.
Book Buzz is back
This fall’s Tuesday Book Buzz is set for Oct. 20, from 10 to 11 a.m. Previous attendees may want to make note of the new time; all newcomers are welcome. The Book Buzz conversation is moderated by Lauren McLaughlin and Melissa Baker, two knowledgeable librarians from Wilton Library’s staff. Participants are encouraged to come and chat about their favorite reads, listen to what others offer and take part in pre-publication offerings when available. There is no charge. Registration is encouraged.
Inspirational author visits
World-class, long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad achieved an incredible feat at the age of 64 when she swam from Cuba to Florida in 2013. She will speak of this event and her life when she discusses her new book, Find A Way, on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. With an unwavering spirit, she committed to finding a way to success after several failed attempts. Tickets to the event are $30 and include the hardcover book and two seats to her talk. A portion of the book sales will benefit Wilton Library. Books will be distributed at check-in on the night of the program. Additional books will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Elm Street Books. There will be a Q&A and book signing after the talk. Ticket purchase is required. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org .
Healthcare for small business
Fairfield County SCORE, Wilton Chamber of Commerce and Wilton Library team up to sponsor The Affordable Care Act and Your Small Business on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. Many ACA provisions take place in 2016, so important decisions by small businesses can impact recruitment, hiring and financial performance. Topics include the pertinent information to make informed small-business decisions including strategies, laws, tax credit and an action list. Speaker Greg Judd provides employee benefit plan market intelligence to employers, consultants and brokers, insurers and health services providers large and small, coast to coast. To register, visit www.scorenorwalk.org or call SCORE at (203) 831-0065 with any questions. Check-in begins at 5:30. SCORE is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals start a new business or grow their existing business. Registration is required. There is no charge.
Maker programs this week include Thanksgiving place cards, converting photos and videos to digital, handpainted light up t-shirts, monogrammed tea towels and etched glass vases.
To register for programs, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org 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.