Library Lines: Oct. 8
Library walls inspire quiet reflection
“In life there are many windows,” is the sentiment behind the Suzanne Crossland Retrospective art exhibition opening Friday, Oct. 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition is the life’s work of the Wilton resident who spent more than 40 years observing her surroundings to create the counterpane pastorals for which she was best known. Crossland died in 2013. Her sons Roger and Garry have painstakingly gathered her best paintings for this exhibition. As remarked by Suzanne in past shows, “My pastorals capture the New England countryside and accent its patchwork of fields, rivers and hills in quilt-like designs.” The strong, muted colors provide a quiet yet cohesive palette and story throughout the library. In a 2007 exhibition at the library, Crossland noted, “As you poke around in the observation tower of life, you find it has windows of many types, shapes and dimensions. You must open them slowly because you can never be certain what they will reveal. It is, however, only natural to want to open another, and another and another. The experience will cause you to try many designs, textures and materials … perhaps as many as there are windows. Throwing open these windows makes you realize that you are learning all the time through observation.” There will be close to 50 paintings, many large-scale, with most of the works available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the library. The exhibition runs through Thursday, Oct. 29. The reception is open to the public.
Support group gets together
AARP driver safety offered
AARP is offering its driver safety program on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 10 to 2. This four-hour classroom-only course is for drivers 50 years and older. It covers the range of changes that aging drivers can experience including vision, hearing, and reaction times. Practical techniques are discussed on how to adjust to these changes. There are no written or road tests. Registration is required. The program cost is $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members and may be paid by cash or check only the day of the class.
This month’s gathering of the Wilton Library Readers is Wednesday, Oct. 14, from noon to 1:30 with a discussion of My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. Susan Boyar, professional book group leader, will facilitate the talk. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch; beverages will be provided by the library. Registration is suggested. For a complete listing of meetings and titles, visit wiltonlibrary.org and click on Wilton Library Readers in “Books.”
Music to go
The library offers a number of downloadable music resources for people to enjoy their music on the run. Seniors have a chance to learn about the library’s free music offerings on Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Free Downloads — Music, from 1 to 2:30 at the Wilton Senior Center. Attendees will learn about streaming classical music using Naxos Music Library and downloading popular music through Hoopla, all available 24/7 through Wilton Library using a Wilton Library card. Participants are reminded to bring their own devices, passwords and library cards to the session. Registration is suggested either by calling the library or registering online through the library’s website. The class is held at the senior center at the Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road.
Controversial religion examined
The New Perspectives Film Series takes a look at a high-profile belief system on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., in the documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney profiles eight former members of the church of Scientology, whose adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities, shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, including their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion. Suggested donation for the film series is $5 per person. Refreshments will be served. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker, Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration is highly recommended for this popular series.
The library invites all yarn twirlers to come together for Stitch in Time for Knitters and Crocheters on Mondays, Oct. 19 through Dec. 14, from 1 to 2:30. This informal group gathering is for people who love to knit or crochet, share projects and tips, all while working on their own projects. Beginners can come test drive some needles and yarn and give it a whirl themselves. There is no registration and no fee.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new entrance of the Children’s Library is tonight at 5. The public is invited. The library will be closed on Monday, Oct. 12, for Columbus Day. To register for programs, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org 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.