2012 September — Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road Wilton, CT 06897 Tel: 203-762-3950

Events

Poetry in Motion
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Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Oct. 15
Poetry in Motion is an annual program for teens in grades 6 – 12. This year’s theme is REWIND, PAUSE, FAST FORWARD. Students are invited to submit original poems (serious or humorous; short or long) about the past, present and/or future. Approximately 35 poems will be selected for a two-performance event in March 2013 at the library. Poems will be paired with art, music and/or dance for the live performances, as well as published in a commemorative book. Submit poems to teenpoetry@wiltonlibrary.org by October 15, 2012. Call Susan Lauricella at 203-762-3950 x.243 for information.

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First Saturday Books for Babies

Saturday, Sept. 1, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Bring your wonderful baby to this infant friendly program at the Wilton Library!  We will sing and play and enjoy gentle stories geared for babies under 12 months old on the first Saturday of each month before the library opens.  This is an excellent forum to meet other new parents in the area.  Bring dad too! Registration suggested.

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OverDrive Volunteers ‘Office Hours’

Saturday, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 10 am – noon.
People who want to get started with downloading e-books and audiobooks from the library to their personal devices now have a little help with Wilton Library’s Overdrive Volunteers. Office hours are Tuesdays in September, from 4 – 6 p.m. Patrons are asked to bring their personal devices (smartphones, Kindles, Nooks, etc.) and their Wilton Library card to receive personal hands-on attention. Additional hours: Saturdays in September, 10 a.m. – noon.

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Teen Advisory Board Applications

Tuesday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Oct. 1.
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join the new Teen Advisory Board. TAB is a group of teens who work with Wilton Library by helping select materials for the teen collection, planning teen events, and more! Your help allows us to make the library better for you and your friends. An introductory meeting on October 1, from 4 – 5 p.m. will allow us to get to know you and start planning for the year ahead.   Click here to register for the meeting.  TAB applications are available in the Teen Library starting Tuesday, September 4th or by emailing Marissa Antosh, Youth Services Assistant.

Click here for the TAB application.

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StorytimeTerrific Tales for Twos and Threes

Tuesday, Sept. 4 through Tuesday, October 23 10:15-10:45 am
Join Wilton Library for 2 and 3-year old story time. Children and their caregivers will sing songs, listen to stories, and enjoy playtime together while building literacy and social skills. The program runs 8 weeks — September 4 – October 23.

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StorytimeLook, Listen and Learn

Tuesday, Sept. 4 through Oct. 23 , 11:00 – 11:30 pm.
For 3 and 4 years-olds with a caregiver. By interacting with stories, singing songs and acting out finger plays and rhymes, children in this program gain pre-reading skills and learn how to participate in a group setting. This program runs 8 weeks – September 4 – October 23.

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Literary Littles

Tuesday, Sept. 4 through October 23, 2:15 – 3 pm.
For independent listeners ages 5-8 years-old. This is a story time that provides children with experiences that enrich early literacy. Children will hear stories, watch short films, sing songs, and do a craft. This program runs 8 weeks – September 4 – October 23.

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OverDrive Volunteers ‘Office Hours’

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, 4 – 6 pm.
People who want to get started with downloading e-books and audiobooks from the library to their personal devices now have a little help with Wilton Library’s Overdrive Volunteers.  Office hours are Tuesdays in September, from 4 – 6 p.m.  Patrons are asked to bring their personal devices (smartphones, Kindles, Nooks, etc.) and their Wilton Library card to receive personal hands-on attention. Additional hours: Saturdays in September, 10 a.m. – noon.

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Stamford Hospital’s Mobile Facility for Mammography Screening

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 9 am – 3 pm.
Wilton Library is teaming up with Stamford Hospital’s Mobile Wellness Program to help bring wellness to you where you live, work, play, and learn. The coach will be in the parking lot of the library. Services Offered: Screening Mammography for Women 35 – 40 years – baseline mammogram; Women 40 plus – annual mammogram.

The service is fully digital, fast, convenient, private, and insurance accepted. To schedule an appointment call 203-276-5990 and choose option 1.

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Books for Babies

Wednesday, Sept. 5 through Oct. 24 , 10:15 am-10:45 am
Bring your wonderful baby to this infant friendly program at the Wilton Library. We will sing and play and enjoy gentle stories geared for babies under 12 months old.  This is an excellent forum to meet other new parents in the area.   Caregivers must be present.  This program runs weekly through October 24.  Please note: in observance of Yom Kippur there will be no session on September 26.

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Wonderful Ones and Twos

Wednesday, Sept. 5 through Wednesday, Oct. 24, 11-11:30 am .
This program is a sharing time for 1 and 2 year-olds and their caregivers. The emphasis is on books, with some songs and toy time. This program runs through October 24.  Please note: in observance of Yom Kippur there will be no session on September 26.

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Lego® Club for Littles

Wednesday, Sept. 5  – October 31, 4-5 pm
Kids in grades K-2 are invited to join this weekly Lego® Club.  Each session will be based on a new theme such as castles, vehicles, towers and more.  Children will learn about the theme through stories and non-fiction books and then create a Lego® masterpiece from the library’s Lego® collection.  There are 20 spots available for this program on a first come first serve basis.  Tickets will be passed out at the Children’s reference desk starting at 3:45pm the day of the program.  This program runs for 8 sessions- September 5 – October 31.  Please note: there is no session on Wednesday, September 26 in observance of Yom Kippur.  Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Business Smarts: Social Media Marketing – Case Studies

Thursday, Sept. 6 , 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
This presentation will focus on three of the many Social Media Marketing platforms: Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. Case Studies of B2C and B2B businesses will be profiled with an emphasis on small businesses. Topics include: choosing a Social Media platform, what other businesses have done to capitalize on their social media marketing; the type of information to post, finding target audiences, creative approaches to getting followers/likes. Presenter:  Diane McKeever, a certified Social Media Marketing Professional, returns to the library to continue the conversation about social media for business.  She has worked with a number of non-profit groups in establishing and growing their social media marketing plans. Co-sponsored by Wilton Library, Fairfield County SCORE, and Wilton Chamber of Commerce. Registration starts at 7:30 AM – light breakfast will be served.  $10.00 per session – cash or check.

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Author Talk: Ayad Akhtar—American Dervish

Thursday, Sept. 6, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
American Dervish focuses on one family’s struggle to identify both as Muslim and American, one boy’s devotion to his faith, and the sometimes tragic implications of extremism. As an American-born, first-generation Pakistani-American, Ayad Akhtar wanted to recount the rarely told coming-of-age story of a Muslim-American boy. The Shah family copes with faith and belonging in pre–9/11 suburbia, and through the Shahs the reader understands the struggles, complexities, value, and cost of being Muslim in America.  Ayad Akhtar is an award-winning filmmaker, playwright, and actor, and now, novelist with the publication of American Dervish , a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, and an Indy Next Pick. Q&A following talk. Reservations recommended. Books available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan.

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The Guitar Guy

Friday, Sept. 7, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Children ages 2-6 are invited to a fun performance by Robert the Guitar Guy.  Robert uses music, props, movement, and dance to entertain children and their grown-ups.  Ages 2-6 with a caregiver.  Registration recommended.  This program will take place the first Friday of each month September – January. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Andy Romer Photography Exhibition Reception

Friday, Sept. 7, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
This one-man show features local photographer, Andy Romer, winner of the Wilton Arts Council “Focus 2011” Best in Show Award. Romer is a New York based photographer who grew up in Wilton CT.  He is a recent graduate of The Rhode Island School of Design. Exhibit runs through Wednesday, September 28. A portion of the proceeds benefits the library. Reception open to the public.

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WGG/WLA Green Speaker Series: Jim Motavalli – High Voltage, the Fast Track to Plug In the Auto Industry

Sunday, Sept. 9, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Wilton Go Green & Wilton Library are pleased to present Jim Motavalli, a freelance journalist, speaker, book author, radio personality and expert on all things environmental. Jim will speak about his new book, High Voltage: The Fast Track to Plug In the Auto Industry (Rodale), a behind-the-scenes look at the robustly competitive race to dominate the market for electric cars, the larger-than-life moguls behind them, and the changes that are transforming the auto industry. Motavalli writes on environmental topics for The New York Times, NPR’s Car Talk, Mother Nature Network, and PluginCars.com. He is author or editor of eight books, is a senior writer for E/The Environmental Magazine, and a contributor to Audubon, Success, Popular Mechanics, The Nation, The Boston Globe, Greenwich Magazine, Sierra magazines, and to many other newspapers, magazines, and websites including the Environmental Defense Fund publications and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. This is the first event in a collaborative green speaker series sponsored by Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library.  On November 18th, Doug Mcdonald, owner of the first retrofit Passivhaus in the country, will speak (Details to follow).  Book sales, signing and reception to follow the talk. Book sales courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan. Registration recommended.

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Literary Littles

Monday, Sept. 10 through October 22, 2:15 – 3 pm.
For independent listeners ages 4-6 years-old. This is a story time that provides children with experiences that enrich early literacy. Children will hear stories, watch short films, sing songs, and do a craft. This program runs 6 weeks – September 10 – October 22; there is no session on Sept. 17 in observance of Rosh Hashanah.

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Newcomers Activities Fair/Open House

Monday, September 10, 7– 9 pm.
Are you new to Wilton? Would you like to meet other new residents and find out more about town? The Newcomers Open House is open to new and prospective members of the Wilton Newcomers Club to see what the club and Wilton Library have to offer new residents. The Open House is co-sponsored by the Wilton Newcomers Club and Wilton Library. Open to the public.

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ESL (English as a Second Language) Registration and Placement

Tuesday, Sept. 11 , 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Registration and placement testing for ESOL classes will take place at Wilton Library. Please note that the daytime ESL class at Wilton Library is for the multi-level student. Class size is limited and will be determined by Placement Testing. Classes are open to Wilton, Westport, and Weston residents. Class testing and registration will be conducted by Westport Continuing Education. No registration required for testing. The classes will be held twice-weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30AM-11:30AM starting on Wednesday, September 19.

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Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group

Tuesday, Sept. 11 , 6-8 pm
A monthly support group for post-treatment cancer survivors will be held at Wilton Library. The Breast Cancer Survival Center, a Fairfield county non-profit, has been holding support groups, retreats and candle lightings for the past 12 years. The BCSC has found that once treatment ends (surgery, radiation and/or chemo) and the visits to doctors are less frequent, the survivor often feels very vulnerable and may still have the need for support, understanding and validation beyond what family and friends can give. To learn more about the BCSC visit www.breastcancersurvival.org.  Co-sponsored by the Breast Cancer Survival Center and Wilton Library. Sandwiches, fruit and a beverage will be provided. Please call Nina Marino, LCSW, Clinical Director of The BCSC, at 203-857-7304 with any questions. Registration highly encouraged.

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Wilton Volunteer Ambulance CorpsHands Only CPR-2 Steps to Save a Life

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7-8:30 pm
All are welcome(*) to this free one-hour class sponsored by the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Wilton Library.

(*) Must be a Wilton resident or working for a Wilton business, a minimum of 18 years old and ‘able-bodied’ to perform chest compressions while on one’s knees.

Registration begins at 7 p.m.; class begins promptly at 7:30. Registration required.

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 Wilton Library Readers

Wednesday, Sept. 12, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. Group meets second Wednesday of each month (no meeting in December). Bring lunch; beverages will be provided. Advance registration suggested. For a complete listing of meetings and titles click here.

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Ambler Farm Reads

Wednesday, September 12 , 2:15-3 pm
Children ages 4-6 are invited to join Wilton Library in a visit to Ambler Farm. Caregivers and children will meet at Ambler Farm to enjoy theme-based stories as well as a nature walk. Children may check books out at the farm, so caregivers are reminded to bring library cards. During the month of September the theme is “What’s Growing in the Garden?”; October 10 Pumpkins; November 14 “Harvest Bounty.” Registration required. Children must be accompanied by caregivers. This program runs through November; register for each session separately.

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Mythology Book Club for Kids

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Children in grades 3-5 will read a book on a mythological theme and discuss it in this monthly book club. Snacks will be provided and an activity or craft will be made. The book for the month of September is Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan. Caregivers must remain in the building for children under 12. Registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Adair Burlingham Memorial Lecture: On the Wing: The Met’s New Painting Galleries with Joan Macy Kaskell

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is famous for its impressive collection of American art, including four Julian Alden Weir paintings. After more than 10 years and a $100,000,000 investment, that collection has a larger, better designed home. The resulting new American Paintings Galleries in the completely renovated American Wing display virtually all of the Met’s enormous holdings of 17,000 paintings. Joan Macy Kaskell, lecturer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will discuss problems and solutions to the construction of the galleries and the hanging of the collections, with a look at a selection of the works on view.The Adair Burlingham Memorial Lecture Series was created to commemorate the life of Adair Burlingham, wife of Charles Burlingham, who is president of Weir Farm Art Center and the grandson of Julian Alden Weir, the American Impressionist painter for whom Weir Farm National Historic Site and Weir Farm Art Center are named. Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by the Wilton Library.  Reception follows. Registration recommended.

Please note: a bus trip is planned for Wednesday, September 19th for a day trip to see the American Wing in person.

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Top Ten Parenting Tips for Parents of Kids with ADHD

Thursday, Sept. 13, 10 – 11 am.
Susan Bauerfeld, Ph.D. is a Wilton mom and licensed psychologist who works with families and their children, including kids with ADHD. This presentation will provide an overview of ADHD beyond diagnosis as well as an overview of the essential steps, tools, skills and perspectives needed to help your child thrive. All parents are welcome – a diagnosed child is not necessary. The material is relevant for those wishing to understand ADHD better, those wondering if their family is affected by ADHD as well as those who have been dealing with ADHD for some time. Reservations are highly recommended.

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Wilton Reads Book Giveaway: The Buddha in the Attic – Julie Otsuka,

Thursday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m.
The selection for Wilton Library’s community reads program, Wilton Reads, is Julie Otsuka’s latest tale, The Buddha in the Attic, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, a “spellbinding novel about identity and loyalty, and what it means to be an American in uncertain times.” The author will be at Wilton Library to discuss her work on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. One hundred books will be given away free on a first come, first served basis beginning at 10 a.m. on Sept. 13 thanks to the Grodin Family Fine Writers Fund.

Book discussion dates: Oct. 3, 7 p.m. with Susan Boyar; Tuesday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. with Joanna Ecke.

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Visions and Versions of America: Three Views from Fiction – Mark Schenker

Saturday, Sept. 15, Sept. 29 & Oct. 6, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
In this presidential election year, we are reminded that the federalist philosophy reflected in the Electoral College system envisions an America that is not a single homogenized nation but an amalgam of states and regions. In three lectures on American fiction, Mark Schenker, Yale College Dean of Academic Affairs, will consider how the geographical and cultural aspects of Northern New England, the Deep South, and the American West enrich and complicate our national identity. Each session will consist of a one hour talk, followed by a Q&A. Wine and cheese will be served. The lecture series has been generously sponsored by an anonymous donor. Registration highly recommended. Please register separately for each program in the series.

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Sept 15 Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896)
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Sept 29 William Faulkner, Absalom! Absalom! (1936)
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Oct 6 Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian (1985)
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New Perspectives Film Series: Being Elmo—A Puppeteer’s Journey

Saturday, Sept. 15, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Beloved by millions of children around the world, Elmo is an international icon. However, few people know the soft-spoken man behind the furry red monster: Kevin Clash. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER’S JOURNEY follows Clash’s remarkable career, while also offering a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop. Suggested donation of $5. Refreshments served. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker, Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A will follow the film. Registration highly recommended.

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Tuesday Book Buzz

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 11 – noon.
There will be a Book Buzz conversation moderated by one of Wilton Library’s reference librarians on the third Tuesday of each month. Participants are encouraged to come and chat about one of their most recent favorite reads or just listen to what others recommend.  Registration suggested but not required. Additional dates: Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.

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Day Trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The American Wing

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Join us for a trip to see the Painting Galleries at the New American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This trip is planned as a follow-up to the Adair Burlingham Memorial Lecture by Joan Macy Kaskell on September 12th. Trip includes a one-hour guided tour of the newly expanded painting galleries. Featuring 26 rooms, the new floor devoted to American art features works by John Singer Sargent, Frederic Edwin Church, Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington among others. A three-part renovation of the American Wing began 10 years ago and with its completion the museum has spent $100 million. The cost of the trip is $62 per person ($55 for seniors) and includes museum admission, a one-hour guided tour and round trip bus transportation (lunch is not included).The bus will leave the library promptly at 9:30 a.m. and will return by approximately 4:30 p.m. Payment with registration must be complete by Thursday, September 13th. Refunds will be provided only if space is filled. Co-sponsored by Wilton Library and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.

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ESL (English as a Second Language)

Wednesday, Sept. 19 through Wednesday, December 12, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Twice-weekly ESL classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday, September 19 through Wednesday, December 12 at Wilton Library given by Westport Continuing Education. (There are no classes on Monday, Oct. 8 and Wednesday, Nov. 21.) Testing and registration required (Tuesday, Sept. 11, 9:30 a.m. at Wilton Library).

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Literary Olio with Ben Van Vechten

Thursday, Sept 20 & Friday, Sept. 21 , 10:30-noon.
Ben Van Vechten returns to the Wilton Library for a special 2-day seminar highlighting his choices in what he calls an olio—“a collection of miscellaneous pieces.”  Copies of the selections will be available at the front desk before the seminar begins. This program is made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Advance registration is required.

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Tots to Teens Book Sale

Friday, Sept. 21: noon – 6pm, Saturday, Sept. 22: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Wilton Library’s Tots to Teens Book Sale Fundraiser features books for children of all ages – from board books and picture books to young adult novels, including fantasy and science fiction – all gently used or like-new. Also available are books on tape and CD, DVDs, and music CDs. All items are bargain priced. Proceeds benefit the library. Items are ½ price on Sunday, Sept. 23. call-icon1

Drop-in Fall Crafts

Saturday, September 22, 10 am-5 pm
Children of all ages can stop by during regular library hours and make a craft to take home.  Made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

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Good Reads, Great Kids

Monday, Sept. 24, 4- 4:45 p.m.
Children in grades 2 and 3 and their parents will have the opportunity to meet and discuss books as a group in this monthly book club. For this session children are invited to bring a book that they have read recently to talk about in this group setting. In addition to personal selections, we will all discuss the book My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Gannett. Snacks will be provided and a craft will be made. Grades 2 and 3; parents and guardians must be present. Sponsored by the Sherman Family Fund.

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Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Exhibition/Reception: Lisa Sanders

Monday, Sept. 24, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
September brings Lisa Sanders to the Weir Farm artist in residency program. Lisa is interested in using form to express complex experiences. Her sculptures embody personal emotional and corporal memories of lived experiences filtered through sentiment and anxiety. The sculptures trace feeling through transitions between movement and stillness. Ms. Sanders graduated with an MFA from the New York Studio School in 2011. Click on registration link for more details about artist. Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. Registration suggested.

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Senior Center Book Discussion: The Wild Iris

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m. – noon.
Judson Scruton will lead a discussion of The Wild Iris by Louise Gluck. Louise Gluck, US Poet Laureate from 2003-2004, won the Pulitzer Prize for The Wild Iris in 1993. Group meets 4th Tuesday of each month from September through May, excluding December. Call the Senior Center for details and to register at 834-6240.

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Wilton, My Take—Teen Writing and Photography Project

Thursday, Sept. 27, 4 – 6 p.m.
Wilton, MyTake is a program for students in grades 8 – 12 who will document their “take” on the town of Wilton through writing and photography. During sessions with creative professionals and walks through the town of Wilton, students will explore the built environment. The program hopes students will come to know their community in a more meaningful way by encouraging them to think and ask questions about the “landscape” in which they live. It will help awaken their intellectual curiosity, hone their powers of detection and observation and enrich their understanding of place. The project will culminate with an exhibit in the main gallery of the library during the month of February, 2013 with an Opening Reception on Friday, Feb. 1, from 6 to 7 p.m.

The program dates are: Kickoff: Thurs. 9/27, 4 – 6 p.m.; Photo Excursions: Wed. 10/3 and 10/17, 4 – 6 p.m. (Rain dates are 10/18, 10/24 and 11/1); Writing Workshop: Wed. 11/7, 5-8 p.m.; Editing Workshop: Wed. 11/14, 5-8 p.m.; Framing Workshop: Wed. 1/6/13, 5-8 p.m.; Opening Reception: Fri. 2/1/13, 6-7 p.m. Students must have their own cameras and commit to making all of the above dates. Limited space. The fee is $40 per student to offset a portion of the framing costs. To register, contact Meg Fuentes, 203-762-3950 ext. 224 or mfuentes@wiltonlibrary.org. Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

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Wilton Library’s 13th Annual Ladies’ Soirée

Wilton Library’s Ladies’ Soirée fundraiser promises lots of fun, food and friends along with wonderful items to bid on in the Silent Auction.  Tickets available for purchase at $50 each. The library will close at 6 p.m. for the event.

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Wilton Candlelight Concerts at Wilton Congregational Church

Sunday, Sept. 30, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Candlelight Concerts opens its gala 65th season with a return visit by the renowned Takacs Quartet in a program including works by Haydn, Britten, and Dvorak. The New York Times calls the Takacs “a consistently invigorating, satisfying ensemble.” All performances are on Sunday afternoons at the Wilton Congregational Church located at 70 Ridgefield Road, Wilton. A portion of the proceeds benefits Wilton Library. For ticket information call 203-762-3401 or visit www.wiltoncandlelightconcerts.org

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