Library Lines: Sept. 8

Artist’s work on display

Local artist Mark Schiff opens a one-man art exhibition, Edge of Existence, this Friday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Through his collection of watercolors, oils and acrylics he experiments with different brushes, paints, media and surfaces. His eclectic, colorful abstracts bring a joyfulness to the walls of Wilton Library. According to the artist, “The edge of my existence is an emphasis for me to experience and explore. It challenges me to paint in a complex, dynamic and meaningful way. To create art that is stimulating, loose and soothing is the challenge. I am bold and let the edge of existence and creativity find my paintings rather than searching for my art.” Close to 50 paintings 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 Friday, Oct. 7.

Weiner’s self-destruction

In a “ripped from the headlines” situation, the documentary chosen for the New Perspectives Film Series is Weiner, which will be screened on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The interesting part of the choice is that it was selected days before Anthony Weiner, the disgraced New York politician, was once again plastered across the headlines for his most recent inappropriate selfies and the realization that his marriage to Huma Abedin had disintegrated as a result. For this documentary, directors Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg had unprecedented access to Weiner at his peak, a crusading liberal politician with the kind of media savvy and quick wit that would make him a natural for higher office. The filmmakers also happen to be aboard as Weiner’s image crashes loudly with the infamous sexual selfies that ruined his profile. It’s a fascinating portrait of tenacity or delusion as the directors are allowed to keep filming by Weiner. The suggested donation is $5 to help offset the screening costs. Refreshments are served. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker, Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration is highly recommended.

The track of painkillers

The quarterly health literacy series, Get Well, Stay Well, presented by Western Connecticut Health Network and Wilton Library continues with a three-person panel covering the use of opioid painkillers, their potential for unintended abuse, the path to dependency and the road to recovery. “Painkillers — Routine Use to Dependence, Recovery and Back to Normalcy will be the topic on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the library. The featured speakers are Dr. Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, commissioner of the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS); Robert Bepko, administrative director of Network Pharmacy Services for the Western Connecticut Health Network which comprises Norwalk, Danbury and New Milford hospitals; Daryl McGraw, director of the Office of Recovery Community Affairs at DMHAS, who has made a personal journey in recovery. The program will be moderated by Wilton Library Trustee Saras Nair, MD, former chairman of the Department of Pathology at Norwalk Hospital. See the library’s registration link for more details about the program and the speakers. There is no charge. Registration is highly recommended.

Book groups this week

September begins the regular sessions of several book groups with two convening this week. This month's Food Lit Book Group meets on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 11 to noon to discuss 32 Yolks: From My Mother's Table to Working the Line by Eric Ripert. Pamela Lillis, a nutritional health coach, avid reader, and lover of food lit, will moderate the discussion. Wilton Library Readers meet on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from noon to 1:30 with a discussion of Middlemarch by George Eliot, led by Susan Boyar. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch. Registration is recommended for both book groups.

Downloadables made easy

The library is open 24/7 when people with Wilton Library cards use the free downloadable eBooks and audiobook services of the library. Melissa Baker demonstrates the free services at the Wilton Senior Center on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 2:30. Attendees are reminded to bring their personal devices, Wilton Library cards and passwords so they can learn how to use these digital services. Registration is recommended. The program is free.

Cuba explored

International documentary photographer Daryl Hawk recounts his unprecedented 2,700-mile circumnavigation of Cuba on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Hawk spent two weeks capturing Cuba’s perennially colorful city streets, the rural Vinales region, its diverse coastline, fertile lowlands plains, interior villages, and people. The resulting photographs depict a people and place both lost in time and on the cusp of change. A photographer, travel writer, lecturer, and explorer whose articles and photographs appear in national magazines and publications worldwide, Hawk has traversed the globe and brings it back to Wilton with his talks. See the registration link for more details about the speaker. There is no charge. Registration is recommended.

The library begins its Sunday hours, from 1 to 5, on Sept. 11. To register for programs, 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.