Library Lines: Oct. 2

Eco-friendly living

Author and environmental activist Liz Walker presents Choosing a Sustainable Future, on Sunday Oct. 5, from 4 to 5:30, based on her book by the same title. Ms. Walker is the co-founder of EcoVillage in Ithaca, N.Y., a community that has moved from a vision to one of being a thriving entity with farms, green buildings and extensive solar displays. Ms. Walker’s talk will center on how the village works as an environmentally friendly lifestyle, how it is a resource center for students, researchers and the public, and she will share sustainability stories. The program is free. It is co-sponsored by Wilton Congregational Church, Wilton Go Green and the library. Registration is suggested.

Innovation Station this week

Soldering and 3D Printing are the classes being held this week in Innovation Station. Introduction to 3D Printing sessions are on Sundays, Oct. 5 and 12, from 2 to 3, and again on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 6 to 7 p.m. Space is limited to 12 students in each of these sessions. Introduction to Soldering is being held on Monday, Oct. 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. This class teaches people how to solder, such as is required in circuits. Attendees will create a blinking pin to be worn. Space is limited to five attendees. All of the Innovation Station classes are for people ages 13-years old and up. Participants must have valid Connecticut library cards and signed Innovation Station agreement forms. Registration is required.

Kids and technology

Two new technology sessions are letting kids learn about 3D printing and circuitry. On Monday, Oct. 6, kids ages 10 to 12 are being introduced to Squishy Circuits for Kids, from 3 to 3:45. Using the library’s new Squishy Circuits Kits, kids will play, invent and learn science concepts with electricity. Using conductive and insulating dough similar to Play-doh, kids can be creative while learning about electric circuitry. Registration is required; there is no fee thanks to the program being sponsored by the Amadeo Family Fund.

Children ages 8 and 9 can learn about 3D printing in 3D Printing for Kids on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 4 to 4:45. This is a demo with the library’s MakerBot Replicator 2. Kids will learn new technology language as well as see the process of printing a 3D object. There will be a discussion of the practical use of 3D printers and problem solving. Registration is required; there is no fee. Caregivers must remain in the building for both programs.

Teens ages 13 to 18 can stop by the Innovation Station Open Sessions on Wednesdays through October, from 4 to 5:30 and experiment with Garage Band, iMovie, iPhoto or Final Cut Pro on the iMac; use the Creative Cloud subscription to work with Photoshop, Dreamweaver or Illustrator; create wallets and lanyards with Duct Tape; watch a 3D object being printed or use any of the equipment for which they have been certified. Teens must have a valid Connecticut library card and signed Innovation Station agreement form.

Wilton Reads begins

The community-wide reading event, Wilton Reads 2014, begins with Silent Film Screening with John Mucci on Piano, on Monday, Oct. 6, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. This season’s book selection is Ragtime, the 1975 American classic by E.L. Doctorow. There is a character in the book who becomes a film director, so screening a film from the early 1900s helps evoke the era depicted in the novel. Stay at Home Wilton in conjunction with the library present Speedy, an Oscar-nominated silent film from 1928 starring Harold Lloyd. Theater pianist John Mucci, whose scores capture this bygone era with total accuracy, will provide live musical accompaniment on the piano for an authentic 1920s cinema experience. Registration is recommended.

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the library is sponsoring a bus trip to the Morgan Library & Museum from 9 to 4:30. With J.P. Morgan another featured character in the historical novel, the Morgan Library & Museum transports people back to another era. The library was started by financier Pierpont Morgan, and in 1924 his son, J.P. gave it to the public. Tickets are $50 for seniors/$55 for adults which includes admission, a tour and time for attendees to explore on their own. People can call or stop by the circulation desk to register if spots are still available.

Popular literary seminar leader Joanna Ecke holds a book discussion of Ragtime on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 10:30 to noon. Dr. Ecke received her doctorate in literature from Duke University. Refreshments will be provided by the library with tea and cookies from the Ragtime era. Registration recommended. A night-time discussion will take place with book group facilitator Susan Boyar on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 7 to 8:30. A full list of programs, dates and time may be viewed on the library’s website or in brochures available at the library.

Talking about books

Half the thrill of reading books is to talk about great ones with other people. Book Buzz helps accomplish that fun on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 6 to 7 p.m. The conversation is moderated by two of Wilton Library’s knowledgeable librarians, Lauren McLaughlin and Karen Zeibak, on the second Thursday evening of each month through December. People are encouraged to chat about their favorite reads, find out what is new on the horizon or get the scoop on when authors are coming. Sometimes pre-publication books are available to take home. Registration is suggested.


Reminder: The 15th Annual Ladies’ Soirée is this evening from 7:30 to 9:30. Tickets will be available at the door. The library will be closing at 6 in preparation for the event. To register for programs, visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teen events or ext. 217 for children’s activities.