Library Lines: Oct. 16

Ragtime era for kids

As the library moves into its final week of Wilton Reads, kids have two activities that acquaint them with the turn of the 20th Century. On Friday, Oct. 17, noted genealogist Toni McKeen returns to the library for Genealogy for Kids, from 4 to 5 p.m. Toni creates a simplified talk about what it would have been like for a child to travel to a foreign land, cross the Atlantic and pull into New York Harbor and see the Statue of Liberty on their momentous journey with their parents. She captures what it would be like to experience the new country, learn a new language and taste new foods. Registration is required for this program for kids in grades 2 and up. On Monday, Oct. 20, kids can drop-in between 3 and 5 p.m. for Ragtime Crafts.  Children will be able to color an original coloring sheet created by library assistant Shayna Simpson, make a family tree or create decorative paper cuttings like people made in the early 20th Century. There is no registration for the crafts program.

AARP driving tips

The AARP Driver Safety Class gets underway on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 to 2. This class is for drivers aged 50 years and older. It covers safe driving techniques in today’s aggressive and harsh driving environment. Open to Connecticut residents. New York residents should check with their insurance carriers to confirm they accept a Connecticut state class certificate. The program fee is payable in cash or check as follows: $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Registration is required.

Music for munchkins

The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra visits the library on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 11 to noon, to introduce little ones to the string section of the orchestra. The guest musicians will give an interactive presentation for children ages four through 10 and their families. The session will be followed by an instrument “petting zoo” in which the children will be able to touch the violin, viola or cello, supervised by an orchestra member. Registration is required. The next date in the series is Nov. 15 when the woodwinds come to play.

Jazz for adults

The children will have had their chance at some great music Saturday morning and the adults get to appreciate jazz pianist Bill Charlap in a Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert on Saturday night, from 7:30 to 9. One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Mr. Charlap has performed and recorded with many leading artists, ranging from jazz masters Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis to singers Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Bill previously performed in the Brubeck Room seven years ago. An informal reception follows the concert. The suggested donation for the evening is $10 per person. The program is made possible by the William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer and Chris and Tish Brubeck. Mr. Charlap’s hotel accommodations are courtesy of Hilton Garden Inn, Norwalk.  Advance registration is strongly suggested. Pre-registrants should arrive by 7:20 p.m. to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 7:20 if space is available. For more information about the musician and to register, visit the library’s website.

More ‘Ragtime’ activities

The library is screening the 1981 film, Ragtime, on Sunday, Oct. 19, from 3 to 5:30. Nominated for eight Academy Awards, the film was directed by Milos Forman and includes Elizabeth McGovern (of Downton Abbey fame), James Cagney and Howard E. Rollins, Jr., among others. Movie critic Roger Ebert wrote at the time, “Ragtime is a loving, beautifully mounted, graceful film that creates its characters with great clarity.” Early 1900s Wilton comes into full view when Wilton historian, Bob Russell, hosts Wilton at the Turn of the Century, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is suggested for both programs. The culminating program for Wilton Reads is the Community Celebration on Friday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. The library will host a cocktail party with all things turn of the century, including foods that were introduced then, antique Fords, dance demonstrations and more. The community is invited and there is no registration or fee.

Weir Farm artist exhibition

Julie Anne Mann is the October artist-in-residence at Weir Farm who will be holding her exhibition at the library on Monday, Oct. 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The majority of Ms. Mann’s work is composed from natural materials and/or settings, using their inherent qualities to exemplify or allude to parallels found in human nature. Julie Anne plans to continue this practice at Weir Farm using the landscape and elements at hand to explore the ground’s relationship with flora. The exhibition is co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. There is no charge. Registration is suggested.

Talking about books

The monthly Book Buzz group gets together on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 11 to noon to discuss new books and favorite reads. The program is moderated by Lauren McLaughlin and Melissa Baker. People are encouraged to come with their friends and learn what everyone is reading, what authors are coming and what new books are soon to be released. Registration is suggested.

Technology

This week’s technology classes are as follows: Friday, Oct. 17 Introduction to Die Cutting, 10-11 a.m.; Sunday, Oct. 19 Introduction to Digital Scanning, 2-3 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 20 Introduction to 3D Printing, 10-11 a.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 22 Introduction to Electronic Sewing, 10-11 a.m. or 6-7 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 22 Free Fiction, Films, and Fugues To Go from Wilton Library, at Comstock, 1-2:30 p.m.


To register for programs, visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adults, ext. 217 for children and ext. 243 for teens.