Library Lines: Week of Oct. 3
The library has a Minecraft Computer Club for kids ages 8 and up who want to get together to play the game and create faraway worlds. Using a Fairfield County server that has been set up for Minecraft games, kids can bring their own laptops to the library on Saturdays in October, from 10 to noon beginning Oct. 5. Minecraft is a subscription-based, online game and the kids will have to create their own accounts. To be added to the Fairfield County server, they must visit the Children’s Library reference desk with a valid Wilton Library card to register, which is separate from the online subscription. It is free to join the server; in-person registration is required.
Victorian novels discussed
Mark Schenker continues his discussion of Victorian age novels on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 4 to 5:30, in the program, The Victorian Novel: Approaching 200 Years Old But Still Relevant. In Saturday’s program, he will discuss the late Victorian period, from 1870 through 1901, with novels by Anthony Trollope, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy. There is no charge for the program which is made possible by a generous anonymous donor. Refreshments will be served from 5 to 5:30 for people to leisurely chat about the talk with each other. Registration is highly recommended.
Connecticut composers feature
The library’s Connecticut’s Own Concert Series continues with Connecticut Composers, Inc.: A Concert of Music on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 4 to 5 p.m. This free concert features the works of composer-members of Connecticut Composers — Stan Kaplan, Elizabeth Austin, Frank Vasi, Ryan Jesperson and two long-time residents of Wilton, Elizabeth Lauer and Eugenie Rocherolle — will be performed by such diverse ensembles as saxophone and piano, saxophone quartet, solo clarinet, and solo voice and piano. Also included will be settings of the poetry of Carl Sandburg and musical evocations of New York and New Orleans and the flight of Icarus from Greek mythology. There is no charge for Connecticut’s Own concerts. Registration is strongly suggested. Pre-registrants should arrive by 3:50 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 3:50 if space is available.
Garden blogger visits
The library and the Wilton Garden Club welcome author and blogger Margaret Roach on Monday, Oct. 7, from 11 to 12:30. After 15 years at Martha Stewart Living and a decade each at The New York Times and Newsday, Ms. Roach now writes the nationally acclaimed blog, A Way to Garden. Also known for her 2011 memoir about leaving the corporate world behind, And I shall Have Some Peace There, the writer now has penned The Backyard Parables (published in January 2013) blending a garden memoir with a “how-to” book. The program is sponsored by the library and the Garden Club. There is no charge. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration is encouraged.
The bestselling author Nelson DeMille is coming to the library on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss his novel, The Quest. Originally written in 1975, DeMille embarked on expanding the work with new characters and a new ending. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The event is filled, however people can put their names on a waitlist. Please note: the library will be closing at 5 p.m. on Tuesday in order to prepare for this event.
Book group gathers
Wilton Library Readers will talk about Life After Life on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The discussion of the Kate Atkinson novel will be facilitated by professional book group leader Susan Boyar. People are encouraged to bring their lunches for the program; beverages will be provided by the library. Registration is suggested. A listing of future dates and titles can be found on the library’s website.
Wine classes before wine tasting
The library is offering two wine tasting classes in October so people can have a better appreciation of what they are tasting and buying for home or in restaurants. The knowledge gained will come in handy for the library’s upcoming wine tasting benefit in November. The two programs are Wine Tasting Class: Sunny Tuscany on Wednesday, Oct. 9 and Wine Tasting Class: Napa Valley on Wednesday, Oct. 23; both sessions are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jeff Barbour, owner of New Canaan Wine Merchants and a trustee of the library will take participants on mini tours of the two regions. Tickets are $25 per person per class and each class is limited to 40 people. Registration will be handled in person at the Circulation Desk or by calling 203-762-3950, ext. 213.
The library will be closing tonight, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. to prepare for the Ladies’ Soirée fund-raiser. Also, the library will close at 5 on Tuesday, Oct. 8 to prepare for the Nelson DeMille event. To register for programs, visit the library’s website at wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teen events and ext. 217 for children’s activities.