Library Lines: Oct. 22

The pups are coming!

Children who are independent readers can spend quality time reading to dogs with the Tales to Tails program at the library on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 11 to noon. The certified therapy dogs from ROAR (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) sit quietly while the children read from books they pick out from the library’s collection or bring them from home. Free; registration is required.

Self-expression and relaxation

The Relax and Color drop-in program in the Innovation Station gives people a fun and creative way to relax. Teens and adults can mosey on in, grab some pencils or gel ink, pick out a cool design and just begin coloring. This week’s dates and times are Monday, Oct. 26, from 3:30 to 5 and Thursday, Oct. 29, from 11 to 1. There is no registration and no talent needed to enjoy this fun endeavor.

Weir Farm art reception

The Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program welcomed Jodi Colella for the month of October and now her exhibition is set for Monday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jodi uses a broad range of materials, innovation and social engagement to create provocative, tactile works. According to the artist, her process “begins with traditional fiber techniques and I’m intrigued by the histories of these practices as expressions of the values, hopes and dreams of a maker’s time and place.” The program 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.

Board of Selectmen debate

The Wilton League of Women Voters and the library sponsor the Board of Selectmen Candidates’ Debate on Monday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The candidates are Gil Bray, Dave Clune, Mike Kaelin and Brian Lilly. The evening’s format will include written questions collected from the audience and presented to the candidates by moderator Jean Rabinow, bylaws chair of the League of Women Voters of Connecticut. Each candidate will be given time to answer and time for rebuttal. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is suggested.

Seniors discuss far-reaching tale

This month’s Senior Center Book Discussion takes on an all-encompassing tale in Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 11 to noon. This engaging and far-flung story encompasses six narratives that span hundreds of years from the past to the present to the future. It is told in many genre styles and is a puzzle throughout. The Washington Post writes, “What appears at first glance to be a novel is in fact six novellas whose interrelatedness is only hinted at during the book’s first half, then revealed fully and splendidly after the book’s middle, which is really the book’s end.” The discussion will be led by Melissa Baker, one of Wilton Library’s reference librarians and the emerging media specialist. Registration is recommended by calling the senior center at 203-834-6240. The Wilton Senior Center is at Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road.

Author visit

Author Elisabeth Egan comes to the library on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss her novel, A Window Opens. Egan creates an engaging working mother character in Alice Pearse who is proud of all she accomplishes until her marriage flounders, her dad gets sick, her babysitter is fed up, her kids grow up and her once-cherished job takes an unexpected turn. Caught up in her middle-aged coming-of-age, she realizes the question is not whether it’s possible to have it all, but what does she — Alice Pearse — really want? Elisabeth Egan is the books editor at Glamour. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in countless magazines and newspapers. The library’s registration link has more details. A Q&A and book signing will follow the talk. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan. There is no charge. Registration is highly recommended.

First-time author visit

AuthorMarie-Helene Bertino crafts an engaging debut novel, 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas, and comes to the library on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss it. The book is about love, music and hope all found in one day in the lives of three unforgettable characters. Marie Helene-Bertino is the author of Safe as Houses, winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Prize. An Emerging Writer Fellow at New York's Center for Fiction, she has spent six years as an editor and writing instructor at One Story. A Philadelphia native, she lives in Brooklyn. Please see the registration link for more details. A Q&A and book signing will follow the talk. There is no charge.  Registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan.

Visit the library’s website to see all the programs offered this month and next including the maker and technology programs in Innovation Station and the computer lab.

To register for programs, visit 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.