Forty-five talented teens performed, sang, danced, played music, or did the artwork/photography for Poetry in Motion: Tell Us What You Know. Watch a video from the March 24, 2012 performance which took place in Wilton Library’s Brubeck Room.
Children’s Beginner Chess
Thursday, April 26 through Thursday, June 14, 4-5 pm
Children in grades 1-7 are invited to join the Children’s Library Chess Club instructed by Christopher Potts, a US Chess Federation certified tournament director and scholastic chess instructor. In this program, those brand new to chess will learn: the history and rules of the game, basic checkmate themes and patterns, and basic strategy and tactics. Time will be provided for students to play games and put the classroom lessons into practice. Program fee is $80 per student for all eight meetings, for children in grades 1-7. Registration required.
Children’s Advanced Chess
Thursday, April 26 through Thursday, June 14, 5-6 pm
Children in grades 3-7 are invited to join the Children’s Library Chess Club instructed by Christopher Potts, a US Chess Federation certified tournament director and scholastic chess instructor. In this program, more advanced students 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. Program fee is $80 per student for all eight meetings, for children in grades 3-7. Registration required.
Monday, April 2 through May 21, 2:15-3 pm
For independent listeners ages 4-6 years. Story time that provides children with experiences that enrich early literacy with stories, short films, songs and crafts. No registration. Program runs for 8 weeks.
Weir Farm Artist-in Residence Exhibition/Reception: Liz Leggett
Monday, May 21, 6 – 7:30 pm
May brings Liz Leggett to the Weir Farm artist in residency program. Liz has been taking a hiatus from art-making to raise her two young children. Her paintings and drawings from her residency will show her recurring themes of chaos, balance and emotional and physical states of aftermath re-interpreted through her new role as parent. The objects depicted will be the toys, gear and accessories of children, strewn about and portrayed both abstractly and recognizably with color, energetic mark-making and paint application. Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. Registration suggested.
Good Reads, Great Kids
Monday, May 21 , 6:15-7 pm
Children in grades 2 and 3 and their parents will have the opportunity to meet and discuss books as a group. In addition to personal selections, we will all discuss the book Buddy Files : The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Butler. Snacks will be provided and a craft will be made. Parents and guardians must be present. Sponsored by the Sherman Family Fund. Registration required.
Monday, May 21 , 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Joe Pantoliano, author of Asylum, his deeply moving and resourceful memoir, takes aim at the stigma attached to what he calls ”brain dis-ease” by writing candidly and humorously about his own journey through clinical depression and addiction. Pantoliano is known for his memorable roles in such blockbuster movies as The Matrix, Risky Business, The Fugitive, and Memento, or from his Emmy-winning performance on The Sopranos. But despite all this success, the actor, known as ”Joey Pants,” struggled with what he later found out was clinical depression—or brain dis-ease, as he calls it. This memoir creates an honest portrayal of the true nature of the disease, as well as Joe’s own eventual diagnosis, recovery, and ongoing efforts to educate others and remove the stigma from mental illness. Books will be available for purchase and signing.