Library Lines: Sept. 29

Moms and daughters read

The Children’s Library is announcing a new Mother and Daughter Book Club for families that want to read about heroines who are smart, brave, strong and kind. The first meeting of this club takes place on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 3 to 4. The initial selection is Roald Dahl’s Matilda about a very intelligent girl and the obstacles she overcomes, with a lot of humor along the way. The program is for girls in grades 3 through 5 and their moms. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Grownup book groups

Two adult book groups meeting this week are the Food Lit Book Group and the Wilton Library Readers. The Food Lit group gets together on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 11 to noon with a discussion of Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste by Luke Barr. Pamela Lillis leads the group. The Wilton Library Readers discuss My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from noon to 1:30. Susan Boyar facilitates this book group. Participants are reminded to bring their lunches; the library will provide beverages. Registration is recommended for both book groups especially when the weather turns inclement.  Additional titles and dates can be found for both groups on the library’s website.

Literary series begins

Gerald Weiss returns to the library with a new literary series entitled, Passion and Politics, Piety and Pathos in Vergil's The Aeneid, beginning Thursday, Oct. 6, from 10:30 to noon. This is a four-part series on consecutive Thursdays through Oct. 27. At a time of global turmoil when the world is suffering from terror, violence, displacement, and political struggles for power, this might be the time to revisit Vergil's The Aeneid and discover the beauty and passion of his poetry as well as its relevance for today. Dr. Gerald Weiss earned both a B.A and an M.A. in classical languages from St. Louis University. He pursued graduate studies in philosophy and theology at Innsbruck University (Austria) and later at the Gregorian University (Rome, Italy) where he received his Ph.D. While writing his dissertation he taught for a year at the Rome Center of Loyola University of Chicago. See the registration link for more details. There is no charge for the program. Packets are available at the circulation desk. Advance registration is required; by registering for the first session, attendees will automatically be registered for all four sessions.

Chess strategies for kids

Children’s Beginner and Advanced Chess Classes are forming for children in grades 1 through 7 instructed by Christopher Potts, an instructor, tournament player and U.S. Chess Federation-certified tournament director. The seven-session classes begin on Thursday, Oct. 6, through Thursday, Nov. 17. The beginner session is from 4 to 5 for children in grades 1 through 7. In this program, new players will learn the history and rules of the game; basic checkmate themes and patterns; and basic strategy and tactics. The advanced class, from 5 to 6, is for kids in grades 3 through 7. They will review the basics, learn more advanced strategy and tactics, learn optimal opening and endgame play, and gain an appreciation for the vital importance of making and carrying out sound plans. Time will be provided for students to play games and put the classroom lessons into practice in all sessions. The program fee is $70 per student for all seven meetings. In-person registration is required, payment is due at the time of registration.

A ‘See and Be Seen’ event

As of this writing, there may still be a few tickets available to the 17th Annual Ladies’ Soirée at the library on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The theme for the fund-raiser is Women in Film and like all good “celebrity” events, it’s important to “see and be seen” here! This is the time for people to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Guests will enjoy wonderful food, fantastic silent auction items, which can be previewed on the library’s website, music courtesy of Darren Litzie, a must-have photo booth, along with fun opportunities to further support the library. Proceeds will benefit the library, allowing it to continue to offer and develop the programs and services that patrons have come to expect. Tickets are $55 per person and may be purchased online at or by calling 203-762-6321. Please note the library will be closing at 6 p.m. on Thursday in preparation for the event.

Reminder about tonight’s program: The Yellow Dress Performance, 7-8:30 p.m. 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.