Library Lines: Sept. 4

Teen poetry

The new school year has started and with it, a new theme for Wilton Library’s ninth annual Poetry in Motion program for kids in grades 7 through 12. This year’s theme, “Breaking the Mold,” is centered around the theme of daring to be different, unique or unconventional. Poetry submissions are being accepted now through Oct. 31 by emailing: The 30 poems selected will be performed in a two-night event in March 2015. Kids are encouraged to see the library’s website for details or call Jennifer Wallace at 203-762-3950, ext. 224 or Susan Lauricella, ext. 243 for more information. The program is sponsored by the library and funding from generous donors.

Wellness activities this week

The Stamford Mobile Facility for Mammogram Screenings will be in the library’s front parking lot on Friday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The screenings are digital, fast and private. Baseline screenings will be conducted for women ages 35-39 and annual screenings will be performed for women 40+. Insurance is accepted. Appointments may be made by calling 203-276-PINK (7465) and choosing Option 1. The Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group meets monthly beginning Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. The program is co-sponsored by the Breast Cancer Survival Center and the library. Sandwiches, fruits and beverages will be provided. Registration is highly encouraged. For people 50 and older, AARP offers its Driver Safety Class on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The four-hour program fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Registration is required.

Art with a different view

This month’s art exhibition, Aerial Grace & Altered Views: Karen E. Gersch and Pam Rouleau, is set to open Friday, Sept. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. With a life played out in circus arenas, painter Karen Gersch captures the dynamics and poetics of life under the big top with her portraits and scenics of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers and clowns. Celebrated photographer Pam Rouleau strays from her architectural image-making, exploring historical and alternative photographic processes. Their work combined brings a rich palette of color, texture and daring line to the walls of the library. A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The reception is open to the public. The exhibition runs through Monday, Sept. 29.

Technology classes

For those interested in creating a public access television show, Cablevision’s public access coordinator, Rich Turcsany, will present a lecture on what one needs to know to create a show on Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 10:30  to 11:30 in Create a TV Show for Public Access Television. Mr. Turcsany has more than 26 years of experience in cable television production and operations. There is no charge for the program.  Advance registration is suggested. The library’s Innovation Station is in full swing with a month’s worth of technology classes on the schedule. People interested in 3D printing, digital scanning, electronic sewing, soldering and more may look at the library’s website for session times. Innovation Station is for ages 13 to 113. Attendees must have valid Connecticut library cards and signed Innovation Station Agreement Forms. Completed forms should be brought to the workshops. Space is limited. Registration is required. Beginning this month, there will be Open Sessions for Teens, from 3 to 6 on Wednesdays.

Seminars this week

An opportunity to learn about living in a more environmentally responsible way is the focus of the program Recycling, Insulation, Lightbulbs and Lunch on Tuesday, Sept. 9, from noon to 2. Laurel Kohl, energy technical specialist for education and training at The Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut University will engage people in an interactive seminar. Registration is recommended. A light lunch will be served. SCORE’s Making a Break from Employee to Consulting is Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. This presentation revolves around the 8 P’s of consulting success: Prepare, Phantasize, Plan, Productize, Promote, Perform, Persist, re-Phantasize. The class will be taught by Zuhair Suidan, the principal of Suidan Associates. Check-in begins at 5:30. The program is co-sponsored by Fairfield County SCORE, the Wilton Chamber of Commerce and the library. Visit or call SCORE at 203-831-0065 with any questions and to register. Registration is required. There is no charge.

For book lovers

Author Janet Barrett comes to the library on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to share her heartwarming story about Reckless, a Korean pony that helped Marines during the Korean War. The program is co-sponsored by the James B. Whipple American Legion Post 86 and the library. Books will be available for purchase and signing, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Post 86 and the library. Registration is suggested. Wilton Library Readers meet for a discussion of Twan Eng Tan’s Gift of Rain on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from noon to 1:30. Susan Boyar is the book discussion leader. Registration is suggested. An evening Book Buzz is being offered this fall with Lauren McLaughlin and Karen Zeibak handling the facilitation on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 6 to 7. People are encouraged to come with friends or meet new ones. Favorite reads will be discussed, along with new books coming out in the months to come.  Registration is suggested.

Children’s programs can be seen on the website: Robert the Guitar Guy, Minecraft, Fall Story Times, Lego Club and more. To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teen activities and ext. 217 for children’s events. The library will resume Sunday hours, from 1 to 5 p.m. beginning Sept. 7.