Library Lines: Sept. 10

A swinging good time

Two concerts this week highlight the Great American Songbook and swing era dancing with performances by Joe Utterback and the Survivors Swing Band. Stay at Home in Wilton and the library co-sponsor The Great American Songbook with Dr. Joe Utterback on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
  Dr. Joe returns to the library by popular demand providing a high-energy jazz piano concert that delights audiences of all ages. He will be performing hits of the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. There is no charge for this concert. On Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the Survivors Swing Band returns to the library for a musical tour of the dance band swing era of the 1920s through the 1940s. The seven members of the band bring a toe-tapping, finger-snapping rhythm to the Brubeck Room venue.   Suggested donation for the concert is $10 per person. Registration for both concerts is strongly recommended due to the popularity of the performers.

Drop-in Story Times

School is back in session so it is story time for the little ones. The library has tweaked its format this year and is adding a new offering beginning Monday, Sept. 14, through Wednesday, Nov. 18. Books for Babies is for children under 12 months and their caregivers on Wednesdays, from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.; Wonderful Ones and Twos with caregivers, is also on Wednesdays, from 11 to 11:30; and Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes with caregivers, takes place on Tuesdays, from 10:15 to 10:45. The new program this fall is Ready Readers, beginning Monday, Sept. 14, from 4:15 to 5. In this drop-in session, children ages 4 and 5 years will explore different topics such as woodland creatures, transportation, dinosaurs, fairy tales, and more. Children will hear stories, watch short book films, as well as participate in fun activities and crafts. Caregivers must remain in the building. The Ready Readers program runs through Nov. 9, excluding Oct. 12, and is supported by the Wilton Newcomers Club. All the drop-in story times are free of charge and there is no registration.

Author talk about Kissinger

Acclaimed historian and author Greg Grandin visits the library on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss his latest book, Kissinger’s Shadow: The Long Reach of America’s Most Controversial Statesman. Researching Henry Kissinger’s own writings and newly declassified documents, Grandin reveals how Richard Nixon’s top foreign-policy adviser helped to revive a militarized version of American Exceptionalism centered on an imperial presidency — even as he was presiding over defeat in Vietnam and a disastrous, secret, and illegal war in Cambodia. Greg Grandin is the author of The Empire of Necessity, which won the Bancroft Prize; Forlandia, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; Empire’s Workshop; and The Blood of Guatemala. A professor of history at New York University and a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Public Library, Grandin has written for The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and The New York Times. A question & answer period and book signing will follow the talk. There is no charge for the program, which is co-sponsored by the Wilton Historical Society and Wilton Library. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan. Registration is highly recommended.

Library’s got a brand new bag

The library is introducing a creative twist on movie night with its new Mixed Bag offering. The bags are designed to provide an immersive experience based on a particular country, topic, or craving. Each bag will contain a cookbook, DVD and music CD. The first eight Mixed Bags available are Romance, Healthy Living, Tea Time, Chocolate, China, Italy, Japan, and Greece. As the popularity of these theme nights grows, more Mixed Bags will be introduced. The bags may be checked out for seven days and they may be reserved and renewed. There will be a fee if the bags are overdue. There is no charge to check them out. The Mixed Bags will be on a stand near the puzzles in the Reading Room. Patrons can begin enjoying their date night, girls’ night out, or book club night beginning now.

D-I-Y classes

Innovation Station classes this week are New Life for Old Videos, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2 to 3:30; New Life for Old Videos, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 10 to 11:30; Marble Magnets Drop-in Craft, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 12 to 2 p.m.; Bringing Your Photos Albums into the Digital Age, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2 to 3:30; Solder Craft: Glass Jewelry, Thursday, Sept. 17, 6 to 7:30; and Make Halloween Cards with the Die Cutter, Friday, Sept. 18, 10 to 11:30. With the exception of the drop-in magnet class, registration needs to take place by visiting the library’s website or calling 203-732-3950, ext. 213. The programs are for ages 13 and up and students entering sixth and seventh grades accompanied by adults.   Participants must have a valid Connecticut library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshops.

The library resumes Sunday hours on Sept. 13, from 1 to 5. 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.