Library Lines: Oct. 6

Let the games begin

With school underway, now may be the time for kids to meet new friends and the library’s Minecraft Club is just the place to do it. The club is for children ages 8 and above who have a love of the Minecraft online computing game. They meet each Saturday at the library from 10 to noon. The kids can join at any time, as long as they have pre-registered in the Children’s Library. Minecraft is a subscription-based, online game, so the kids have to set up their own accounts after registering with the library and before they begin the club.

A father remembered

Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne passionately tells the story of his close friend Dr. Andrew Bagby who was murdered by his girlfriend Dr. Shirley Turner in the documentary, Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son about his Father, this Saturday, Oct. 8, in the New Perspectives Film Series, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Turner fled the U.S. to her Canadian home with Andrew’s parents in pursuit when it was discovered she was carrying Andrew’s baby. Grief expert Fran Dorf joins programmer and moderator Megan Smith-Harris for the discussion after the film. See registration link for more details. A donation of $5 per person is suggested to help offset licensing costs. Refreshments are served. Registration is highly recommended.

Technology classes this week

The library has four sessions this week to help people with their personal devices and computers. On Tuesday, Oct. 11, Michael Bellacosa will hold a Basic Microsoft Office 2010 class, from 2 to 3, to help people with the elements that are common across the Microsoft Office platforms of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Registration is required. Melissa Baker holds a Free Downloads — Magazines class at the senior center at Comstock Community Center on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 1 to 2:30. This session will show people how they can download free magazines right on to their personal devices. Registration is strongly suggested. On Thursday, Oct. 13, Unlock the Power of Your iPad will be the topic of a demonstration-style class by Mary Anne Franco, from 12:30 to 2, and repeated that same night from 6 to 7:30. She will discuss how to get on the Internet, settings, and apps. This class is for iPad/iPhone users. Registration is suggested. All of the sessions are free.

Light it up

The library invites all tinkerers, inventors, artists and anyone who loves to learn and experiment to tap into Arduinos for Adults, a four-session workshop that is a great introduction to computer programming and electronics. The workshop is on consecutive Thursdays, Oct. 13, 20, 27 and Nov. 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The program is taught by Vladimir Mariano, president of Fairfield County Makers Guild. The workshop is for adults, ages 18 and up. Space is limited and registration is required. A $20 participation fee to help offset costs is required and payable upon arrival.

Author visit

Internationally published author Kristen Harnisch visits the library on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss her newest novel, The California Wife. Beginning in the same scene in which her first novel, The Vintner's Daughter, ended, Harnisch’s sweeping sequel, which also works as a stand-alone, takes the reader back to 1897, as Sara Thibault returns to France. A Q&A and book signing will follow the talk. There is no charge. Registration is highly recommended. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan.

The library will be closed on Monday, Oct. 10 in observance of Columbus Day. To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call the Circulation Desk at 203-762-6334 for adult programs, the Children’s Library at 203-762-6336 and Teen Services at 203-762-6342.