Library Lines: Sept. 24

Awesome possibilities

Wilton Library runs its Awesome Autumn Book Sale fund-raiser this weekend with something for every age and categories too numerous to mention. The book sale hours are Friday, Sept. 25, from noon to 6, Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 to 5, and Sunday, Sept. 27, from 1 to 5, with items half-price. There is no admission fee. The sale for tots through teens is in the Brubeck Room with the entire Book Cellar open for adults. Book sale volunteers have been busy cleaning, culling and categorizing thousands of book, DVD, CD and audio CD donations that have come in since April, providing a whole new inventory for shoppers.

Reading to Rover

The Tales to Tails program takes place this Saturday, Sept. 26, from 11 to noon. Kids who are independent readers can choose a book or bring a favorite to read to one of the Ridgefield Animal Operation Rescue (ROAR) therapy dogs. The dogs sit quietly while the kids practice reading out loud. Registration is required.

Candlelight concert season begins

The 68th season of the Wilton Candlelight Concerts begins Sunday, Sept. 27, from 4 to 5:30, with the Takács Quartet in a program including works by Haydn, Dvorák, and Shostakovich. The concerts are held at Wilton Congregational Church, 70 Ridgefield Road in Wilton. A portion of the proceeds benefits Wilton Library. For ticket information call 203-762-3401 or visit

A close-knit group

Knitters and crocheters can spend quality time together in a new weekly drop-in session in the library’s Innovation Station maker space. Stitch Time for Knitters and Crocheters begins Monday, Sept. 28 and runs through Monday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 2:30. Crafters can share ideas while working on their own projects and even meet new friends. The library has needles and yarn for anyone to use if they are new to knitting or crocheting. People are invited to join the group for a relaxing time in the heart of the community. There is no registration and no fee.   For information, call 203-762-3950, ext. 243.

A thrilling author talk

Internationally best-selling author Karin Slaughter comes to the library on Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., to introduce the audience to her latest thriller, Pretty Girls, releasing that day. The story centers around two sisters who are dealing with two tragedies that took place 20 years apart, and the crushing impact on their bond. Slaughter has more than 35 million copies of her books in print around the world and is well known for her Will Trent and Grant County Series and the New York Times best-seller, Cop Town. Tickets for the author talk must be purchased in advance. The price is $30 and includes a hardcover copy of Pretty Girls and two seats to the event. A portion of the book sales will benefit Wilton Library. All ticket purchases are non-refundable. Books will be distributed at check-in beginning at 6:30 the night of the event. Additional books will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Elm Street Books.   There will be a Q&A and book signing after the talk. Tickets may be purchased through the library’s website or by calling 203-762-3950, ext. 247.

Chess skills for kids

Kids in grades 1 through 7 now have a chance to learn new or advanced chess skills in classes being offered by the library. The eight-week sessions begin Thursday, Oct. 1, through Thursday, Nov. 19. For kids in grades 1 through 7 who are new to chess and want to learn the basics, Children’s Beginner Chess takes place from 4 to 5. In this program, new players will learn: the history and rules of the game; basic checkmate themes and patterns; basic strategy and tactics.   For children who are more advanced and in grades 3 through 7, Advanced Chess sessions are from 5 to 6. In this program, advanced players will: review the basics; learn more advanced strategy and tactics; learn optimal opening and endgame play; gain an appreciation for the vital importance of making and carrying out sound plans. Christopher Potts, who will be leading the children in their instruction, is a tournament player and US Chess Federation-certified tournament director. Time will be provided for students to play games and put the classroom lessons into practice. The program fee is $80 per student for all eight meetings.   In-person registration is required with payment due at time of registration. For information, call the Children’s Library at 203-762-3950, ext. 217.

A ladies’ night

The library’s 16th Annual Ladies’ Soirée is set for Thursday, Oct. 1, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The fund-raiser is the library’s signature event for women to catch up with old friends, make new ones, enjoy sparkling wine and tantalizing hors d’oeuvres, indulge in some wonderful silent auctions, all while benefiting the library. Food will be provided by Marly’s Bar & Bistro. Soirée committee members are Charlie Albers, Amy Cooper, Suzanne Lishnoff, Sarah McCall, Sarah Taylor, Tara Thompson, and Jessica White. Priscilla Thors is lending her expertise as a chair from seven past Soirée fund-raisers. Tickets are $50 per person and are available now through the library’s website at or by calling 203-762-3950, ext. 239.

The library will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1 for the Ladies’ Soirée fund-raiser. 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.