Library Lines: Sept. 17

Early signs for young ones

The library is offering two Sign, Say and Play workshops on Friday, Sept. 18, and Sept. 25, from 10:30 to 11:15. The Baby Signs Program workshops are for six-month-year-olds to toddlers and their caregivers to teach them signs for everyday activities that help them communicate with each other before the child can speak fluently.
The learning is forged from fun activities, songs and a book. The first week covers mealtime; the second week focuses on bedtime. All participants will go home with handouts to help solidify the learning.
Registration is required for each session; there is no fee thanks to the support of the Wilton Newcomers Club.

Drivers learn safety

AARP is offering its monthly Driver Safety Class on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 to 2. The class is designed for drivers age 50 and older and covers the natural progression of changing vision, hearing and reaction time.
Practical techniques are discussed on how to adjust to these changes. There are no written tests or road tests.
The fee is $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members payable in cash or check at the time of class. Registration is required.

Going back in time

The New Perspectives Film Series has a screening of All American High Revisited on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The original documentary followed the lives of typical California teenagers in 1984 — before cell phones, the web and reality TV — in a humorous and honest look at teens in the 80s.
All American High Revisited captures the same teens now looking back 30 years with mixed emotions and reactions to their memories.
Suggested donation is $5 per person for the film series. Local filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris is the program moderator for the series. A Q&A period follows the film. Registration is highly recommended.

Weir Farm artist exhibition

Weir Farm artist-in-residence Joellyn Duesberry has her exhibition at the library on Monday, Sept 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Duesberry’s goal at Weir Farm is to unite her early abstraction with painterly recent landscapes.
After a lifetime’s practice and vast landscape experience on three continents, she will develop big canvases incorporating unrecorded but suddenly apparitional abstractions destroyed by fire fifty years ago.
The program is co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. There is no charge. Registration is suggested.

Places on high

International documentary photographer Daryl Hawk presents Sacred Places in the World on Monday, Sept. 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. In his talk, he shares spiritual and sacred landscape photographs from places such as the Arctic, Antarctica, the Andes, Patagonia, Argentina, Ladakh, India, Bhutan, New Zealand and much more. Two classical musicians will perform during the event.
Hawk is the author of four books. His newest book, Manhattan, is a color retrospective with 150 landscapes, buildings, and street scenes of New York City.
More details about the speaker may be found on the library’s registration link on the website. This talk is co-sponsored by the Wilton Arts Council and the library. There is no charge. Registration is recommended.

Senior book talk

Judson Scruton leads a discussion of a selection of poems from The Poets Laureate Anthology edited by Elizabeth Hun Schmidt on Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 11 to 12, when the Senior Center Book Discussion gets underway for this season.
The Poets Laureate Anthology brings together a sampling of the works of the 43 ‘poets laureate’ of the United States, from the inception of the position in 1937 until the book’s publication in 2010.
The poetry of Stanley Kunitz, Elizabeth Bishop, Billy Collins, and Kay Ryan will be discussed. Call the Senior Center for details and to register at 203-834-6240.

Copyright rules for creatives

Speaker Cliff Ennico, recognized authority on the legal problems of small business, discusses the ins and outs of “legal mumbo-jumbo” for creative professionals in the program Copyright Basics for Artists, Photographers and Other Creative Types on Thursday, Sept. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. The SCORE program topics include:

  • What is a copyright and why is it important?

  • How do you claim a copyright?

  • Can copyrighted work be used without permission? and much more.

Every creative professional needs to know the basics of U.S. and international copyright law. Those wishing to attend should visit or call SCORE at 203-831-0065 with any questions. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m.
SCORE is a non-profit organization that helps individuals start a new business or grow their existing business. The program is sponsored by Fairfield County SCORE, Wilton Library and the Wilton Chamber of Commerce. Registration is required. There is no charge.

Book sale fundraiser coming soon

The library’s Awesome Autumn Book Sale fundraiser takes place next weekend, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 25-27.
Last year’s opening of the “Book Cellar” was such a success, that the hard-working core of volunteers and organizers has decided to do it again. Hours for the sale are:

  • Friday: Noon to 6.

  • Saturday: 10 to 5.

  • Sunday: 1 to 5, when items are half-price.

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.