Library Lines: Sept. 22

Books and more at awesome sale

Wilton Library’s Awesome Autumn Book Sale takes place this weekend from Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25. The fund-raiser begins on Friday, from noon to 6 and continues on Saturday, from 10 to 5 and Sunday from 1 to 5. The items on Sunday are half-price. The sale is chocked full of children’s and teen books in the Brubeck Room and the doors of the Book Cellar are thrown open for adults to peruse the extensive collection in the lower level. There, people will find hardcover mysteries, biographies, novels in mint condition, along with trade and mass market paperbacks and books in categories such as cooking, art, photography, self-help and more. A full selection of DVDs, CDs and books on CD also is available. Hundreds of book sale volunteers have been working diligently since the end of the April book sale and even since this summer’s sidewalk sale to make this a well-organized book sale that promises something for everyone.

Prompt help in writing essay prompts

Carey Field, editor, writer and marketer, helps students in high school with their writing prompts for college essays in the program, College Essay Workshop, on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 3 to 4. In this session, Field will help kids learn how to: research and clearly understand the essay prompts; come up with compelling essay topics; and develop these topics effectively. She will explore the importance of relentless editing and share essay pitfalls to avoid. The program is designed for high school sophomores through seniors. Registration is required; there is no fee.

Candlelight concert series opens

The 69th season of the Wilton Candlelight Concerts at Wilton Congregational Church begins on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 4 to 5:30, with the Dover String Quartet. The quartet’s performance will include works by Mozart, Beethoven, and David Ludwig. Wilton Congregational Church is at 70 Ridgefield Road. A portion of the proceeds benefits Wilton Library. For tickets and information, call 203-762-3401 or visit

Weir Farm artist exhibition

Deborah Pierce Bonnell, this month’s artist-in-residence at Weir Farm, has her exhibition at the library on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 7:30. As an artist focused on the landscape, trees and plants, Bonnell relished the idea of spending weeks in the meadows of Weir Farm and has reinterpreted scenes that Connecticut impressionists found there 100 years ago. She enjoys painting in oil on canvas and watercolor, but also makes monoprints, and paints in encaustics, a form of pigmented wax. The program is co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by the library. Free, registration is suggested.

Film tackles mental health issues

No Letting Go is an award-winning feature film that will be presented at the library on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 10 to noon. The poignant film honestly depicts the potentially devastating impacts of mental health disorders which affect one in five adults and one in five youth aged 13-18 (21.4%) in the United States every year. Randi Silverman, the film's writer and producer, will lead a Q&A session following the screening. No Letting Go is a compelling drama based on Silverman's family journey to understand and cope with the erratic behavior and emotional instability of their middle son, Tim. The screening is sponsored by Wilton Youth Services, Wilton Library, Wilton Youth Council's Parent Connection and Laurel House. See the library’s registration link for more details and to link to the trailer.  

Play depicts domestic violence

The Yellow Dress is a dramatic, one-woman play based on the stories of young women who were victims of dating violence that will be performed at Wilton Library on Thursday, Sept. 29, beginning at 7 p.m. The carefully constructed program stimulates thought-provoking discussion about relationships — a topic important to every young person’s life. Audiences are clearly moved by the story of a young woman who warmly tells us of her relationship that begins as young love full of passion and promise and ends in tragedy. The program is recommended for ages 13 and older due to its mature content. This program is co-sponsored by Wilton Teen PeaceWorks, Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force and the library. Free, registration is highly recommended.

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.