Library Lines: Sept. 11

A hidden talent discovered

This month’s New Perspectives Film Series highlights the creativity of a mysterious nanny with a screening of Finding Vivian Maier on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Unbeknownst to those who knew her, Ms. Maier took a treasure trove of photographs, well over 100,000, and secreted them away in storage lockers. Her talents went undiscovered until now; her work is regarded as some of the best of the 20th Century. The documentary is directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel. The New Perspectives Film Series is programmed and moderated by Megan Smith-Harris, a documentary filmmaker who lives in Wilton. A Q&A follows the film. Suggested donation for the program is $5. Refreshments are served. Registration is recommended.

Technology classes scheduled

Technology classes for Innovation Station are filling up this September. Classes are as follows: Monday, Sept. 15 & 22— Introduction to Electronic Sewing, 10 to 11 a.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 16 — Introduction to Digital Scanning, 1 to 2 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 18 — Introduction to Soldering, 11 to noon; and Thursday, Sept. 18 — Introduction to 3D Printing, 6 to 7 p.m. Once introductory classes are taken, attendees can email to schedule one-on-one sessions to work on their own (except for soldering). Innovation Station classes are for ages 13 years old and up. Participants must have valid Connecticut library cards and signed Innovation Station agreement forms which should be brought to the workshops. Space is limited in each session. Registration is required by emailing

Book chats are back on

Book Buzz, the interactive discussions about people’s favorite books, are resuming on Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 11 to noon. Lauren McLaughlin and Melissa Baker moderate this series on the third Tuesday of each month September through June. Participants are encouraged to talk about what they love to read and in the process, meet other book lovers. When available, new pre-publication books will be handed out. For those unable to make a daytime session, Book Buzz is now being offered from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11 (the second Thursday of the month). Karen Zeibak will join Lauren on the Thursday evening sessions. There is no charge. Registration is suggested.

Best-selling author visits

Number One New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory visits the library on Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss her latest novel, The King’s Curse. This is the next volume in the “Cousin’s War” series on which the Starz Network show, “The White Queen,” is based. A Q&A follows the talk. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration is highly recommended. Pre-registrants should arrive by 6:50 to be guaranteed seating. Wait-listed and walk-ins will be seated after 6:50 if space is available. Wait-lists are now being accepted.

ESL testing and classes

English as a Second Language class placement testing takes place at the library on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. There is no registration to take the test; participants may just walk-in. ESL classes at Wilton Library are for the multi-level student.  Class size is limited and will be determined by the placement test. Classes begin on Monday, Sept. 29, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and continue bi-weekly, Mondays and Wednesdays through Dec. 17. The testing and registration for class are open to Wilton, Westport and Weston residents only and are provided by Westport Continuing Education.

Expanded book sale this fall

Fall is the time for the children’s book sale fund-raiser, but this year at the library, the sale has been opened up to include something for everyone. The Awesome Autumn Book Sale takes place Friday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 21 with children’s and teen merchandise in the Brubeck Room and the full Book Cellar opened up featuring a large assortment of books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks in more than 50 categories. Hours for the sale are Friday, noon to 6; Saturday, 10 to 5 and Sunday 1 to 5. On Sunday, all items will be half price.

To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teen events and ext. 217 for children’s activities.