Library Lines: Sept. 15

Local author returns

Cathryn Prince, a noted local author, returns to an Area Author Affair on Monday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 7 p.m. to discuss her most recent nonfiction work, American Daredevil: The Extraordinary Life of Richard Halliburton, the World's First Celebrity Travel Writer. Prince recounts the life and times of the first globetrotting celebrity journalist, Richard Halliburton. His dashing figure blazing trails around the world captured the imaginations of millions of Americans in the 1920s and 30s. During his career, Halliburton climbed the Matterhorn, nearly fell out of his plane while shooting the first aerial photographs of Mt. Everest, and became the first person to swim the Panama Canal. Prince is the author of several nonfiction history books which she has previously discussed at the library. See registration link for more details. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. There is no charge for the program. Registration is recommended.

Driving safely

The AARP Driver Safety Class this month is on Wednesday, September 21, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. This four-hour session delves into safety aspects of driving in today’s environment, for drivers over 50 years of age. There are no written or driving tests—classroom only. Registration is required. There is a $15 fee for members and $20 for non-members payable at the beginning of class. See the library’s registration link for details.

Knitting group at night and other crafty things

For people who are not able to join the Stitch Time knitting sessions on Mondays, from 1 to 2:30, the library has created sessions on Wednesday evenings beginning with Night Time Knitters on Sept. 21, from 6 to 7:30. This is a drop-in, informal session. Attendees may bring what they are working on or borrow the library’s supplies so they can enjoy some quality time among other knitters and crocheters. The session welcomes adults and teens in seventh grade and up. There will be more sessions in October. Also this week, programs for crafters include Make Tailgate Party Invitations, Sept. 16, 4 to 5:30, Personalize a Tumbler, Sept. 18, 2 to 3:30, Embroider or Monogram It, Sept. 19, 11 to 1; Getting Acquainted with Our New Embroidery Machine, Sept. 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Fall Mason Jar Candle Holder: Drop-in Craft, Sept. 22, 1 to 3. With the exception of the drop-in knitting and craft sessions, all other programs require registration.

Insights into bridge

The library presents a discussion of the ever-popular but misunderstood game of bridge. A popular derivation of whist, bridge is a game of skill and chance involving bidding, and can be played in groups in person or alone online. In Intro to Bridge with Michael Hess, on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 10:30 to noon, Mike introduces participants to the game and its history, and discusses how people can get involved. Bridge is challenging, fun, and provides a great mental workout. Mike has been mentoring and teaching bridge for more than 30 years. There is no charge. See the library’s registration link for more details. Registration is highly recommended.

Tips on college essays

Whether seniors are putting their final touches on their essays or sophomores and juniors are just gearing up to write theirs, College Essay Workshop is perfectly timed for  Thursday, Sept. 22, from 7 to 8 p.m. Carey Field, editor, writer and marketer, will help kids understand how to research and clearly understand the essay prompts; how to come up with compelling essay topics; how to develop these topics effectively; how to edit, edit, edit; and provides essay pitfalls to avoid. The program is recommended for high school sophomores through seniors. Carey offers a repeat class on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 3 to 4. Registration is required; there is no fee.

Book sale

As the nights get cooler and the smell of crisp apples is in the air, it is time for the library’s Awesome Autumn Book Sale, on Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25. The sale opens on Friday, from noon to 6, Saturday, from 10 to 5, and on Sunday, from 1 to 5. Everyone is covered in this fundraiser — from tots to teens — in the Brubeck Room with selections from board books and picture books to young adult novels; to a full Book Cellar featuring fantasy and science fiction, bestsellers and nonfiction, and categories such as mysteries, gardening, travel, biographies and more. Thanks to wonderful donations from the community, the items on sale are gently used, new, collectible, rare books, DVDs, CDs, and books on CDs. Sunday everything is half-price. Proceeds benefit the library. Now is a good time to stock up on books for the cold winter months that lie ahead.

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.