Library Lines: Oct. 29

Halloween happenings

Kids who want a little pre-Halloween fun can visit the library’s Haunted Chamber on Friday, Oct. 30, any time between 2:30 and 5:30. The room will be decked out with all things Halloween, from slimy unidentifiable things in buckets to creepy obstacles and scary storytelling throughout the afternoon. For kids who might want something a little less frightful, there will be a Pumpkin Search and Find game, a jack-o'lantern felt board and coloring sheets in the Children’s Library. Children are encouraged to come in costume. There is no registration and no fee; suggested for kids in grades 1 and up. On Saturday, Oct. 31, Children’s Library staff members will be giving out candy during the Halloween Parade, from noon to 2. For teens and families, there will be an open house in Innovation Station on Saturday from 12 to 4. Thanks to the Amadeo Family Teen Fund people can stop by at any time to receive an informal tour and a special Halloween 3D giveaway while supplies

Chamber music

The library opens its Connecticut’s Own concert series with the Errante/Cho Trio on Sunday, Nov. 1, from 4 to 5. The trio consists of Richard Errante on violin, Lois Errante on cello, and Kyong Hee Cho on piano. The group has performed several times at the library to appreciative audiences. Their performance will include pieces by Johannes Brahms and Franz Schubert. The musicians began performing together in 2001 and are well-known to Connecticut audiences. The concert is free of charge. Registration is strongly recommended. Pre-registrants should arrive by 3:50 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-ins will be seated after 3:50 if space is available.

Part of force

Kids in grades 3 through 6 are invited to the library’s annual Children’s Library fund-raiser on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 9 to 5. This year’s event is a Jedi Academy with a big nod to the new Star Wars movie, of course. This is a way for kids to enjoy a day off from school and a way for parents to support the Children’s Library. The all-day academy provides an environment for young Padawans to become apprentices and learn the ways of the Jedi Masters. Kids will participate in obstacle training class, Jedi mind control classes, make and safely use light sabers, and partake in games of skill and accuracy. Lunch is donated by Pinocchio Pizza. Goodie bags, snacks and a highly-competitive Star Wars trivia contest are all part of the fun. Advance registration is required with payment due upon registration. The fund-raiser fee is $55 per child and all proceeds benefit the Children’s Library.

Tech classes

Technology classes being offered this week help people get started in basic computers and in Microsoft Excel. The Basic Computers class on Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 2 to 3 is for those who are new to computing. Topics such as files, Internet browsers, email and printing will be covered. In the Microsoft Excel program on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 2 to 3 or 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., people will learn how to create a spreadsheet. Both classes are free. Advance registration is required.

Humorist to visit

Author, humorist, and Moth StorySLAM champion Matthew Dicks returns to the library on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 7 to 8:30 for an evening of hilarious and heartfelt stories. He also will introduce his fourth novel, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, about a woman who was bullied in high school, and what she does to remedy the situation 25 years later. Matthew Dicks is a writer and elementary school teacher. He has been published in the Hartford Courant, has been featured at the Books on the Nightstand retreat, and is the author of three previous novels. See the library’s registration links for details. To further enhance the visit, he wants the audience to ask him all kinds of questions about writing, humor — he even suggests that there may be some sort of prize for the most unique question. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. There is no charge for the program. Registration is suggested.

The Iliad’s women

Guest lecturer Gerald Weiss conducts Rage, Respect, Revenge & Ransom – A Study of Four Women in Homer’s Iliad beginning Thursday, Nov. 5, from 10:30 to noon. The series continues on Nov. 12, 19 and Dec. 3. Although women do not seem to play a very active, public role in Homer’s Iliad, their presence is felt everywhere and their characters are pivotal to the unfolding of the plot. Through selected readings, the series focuses on the stories of the four most prominent women in the epic and how they relate to the series title: Briseis, Andromache, Hecuba and Helen. Dr. Gerald Weiss earned both a B.A and an M.A. in Classical Languages from St. Louis University and received his Ph.D. from the Gregorian University, Rome. See the library’s website for more speaker details. There is no charge. Registration is required.

Wines for holidays

The library will hold its Wine Tasting Benefit on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. when attendees will be able to sample wines from around the world courtesy of New Canaan Wine Merchants. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Babaloo Cocina Latina, Barcelona SoNo, Bianco Rosso Wine Bar & Restaurant, Cactus Rose Restaurant, Cielo Restaurant, Marly’s Bar & Bistro, New Canaan Olive Oil, Portofino Restaurant and Wine Bar, Wave Hill Breads and Wilton Pizza. Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased by visiting the library’s website or by calling 203-762-3950, ext. 239. Ten percent of all wine sales also benefit the library. The media sponsor is Wilton Magazine.

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.