At Home With Wilton Library
April 14, 2021
All the Feels
To say that the past year has been a rollercoaster is an understatement. There were some ups and many downs. We found solace in each other and, for many, in books. Some of the best books are the ones that provoke strong emotions, both happy and sad. They stick with you for weeks, months, and often longer. Today we bring you some great reads to give you all the feels. We've also got the final programs for Wilton Reads 2021, an invitation to become a Page Turner, the return of Hot & Cool Jazz, Teen Baking, and so much more. Please visit us -- in-person, at the Drive-Thru, or virtually.
Become a Page Turner
On the heels of National Library Week, now is the perfect time to affirm your support to Wilton Library. Become a member of the Page Turners Society of Monthly Givers and support the programs, services and collection items that are not underwritten by funds the library receives through the town. We need to raise approximately 25% of our budget annually. You may choose any amount to give and it all makes an impactful difference, especially over a year. Your contribution will be automatically charged to your credit card each month, and you may change or cancel your gift at any time. The Page Turners Society provides a stable source of funding so that we can continue our mission to inform, enrich, inspire and connect our community. We cannot do it without your help. Click here to easily become a part of this important recurring giving society of supporters.
Books to Make You LOL
We all need a break -- so why not switch off, unplug and pick up a book? We know you could use a chuckle right now — and luckily, our librarians know the latest books to make you 'laugh out loud.' Check out this amusing selection.
Don't Miss These Final Wilton Reads 2021 Programs
Author Talk: Natasha Trethewey: Memorial Drive
Thursday, April 15 @6pm via ZOOM 
Join us for a virtual author talk by Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey, author of the Wilton Reads 2021 pick Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir. The author will be recognized with a Grodin Family Fine Writers award during her virtual talk. The discussion will be moderated by writer/filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris. Recently, Trethewey was named the recipient of the 2021 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, "the only national juried prize for literature that confronts racism and explores diversity." Memorial Drive is a New York Times Bestseller and Notable Book, A Washington Post Top 10 Best Book of 2020, An NPR Best Book of 2020, a Slate Best Book of 2020, a USA Today Best Book of 2020, an Amazon Best Book of 2020, and was named a favorite book of 2020 by former President Obama.
Anatomy of Race Relations: The Way Forward
Tuesday, April 20 @7pm via ZOOM REGISTER HERE
Please join us as four Wilton community members discuss race relations in America and explore ways in which to make further progress on this critical issue. Our panel will include: Adrienne Reedy, currently a member of Wilton’s Police Commission; Kelly Weldon, Director of Foundations in Faith for the Bridgeport Diocese; Bill Harris, adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University and Director of the SHU Community Theatre; and, Chris Brubeck, musician and composer of jazz and classical music. The discussion will be moderated by writer/filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris.
It's not too late to read the 2021 Wilton Reads selection, Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir. Many thanks to GOOD Morning Wilton‘s book reviewer, Gayathri Kaimal, for her astute review. Read it here.
The Return of Hot & Cool Jazz: Taylor Eigsti
Friday, April 30 @7pm via ZOOM REGISTER HERE
On International Jazz Day 2021, please join us for our first Hot & Cool jazz concert since our 2019-2020 season was interrupted. Enjoy a spectacular concert performed by pianist Taylor Eigsti that was recorded in front of a live [socially distanced] audience last winter at the then long-time home of jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Indeed, Taylor works his magic on Dave’s grand piano in the dramatic two-story music room where Dave composed so much of his famous music. As a bonus, Wilton resident Chris Brubeck, award-winning composer and superlative trombonist and bassist, jams with Taylor on a few tunes. Instead of the usual Hot & Cool donation request, please note we are charging a non-refundable $20 fee per 'ticket' [the Zoom invitation link] that is part of the registration process. REGISTER HERE to pay the 'ticket' price and receive the Zoom invitation link.
Tissues and Tearjerkers
Sometimes you just need a good cry. If you’re an emotional book lover, there's nothing as cathartic as getting all blubbery over a novel you’re really invested in. Enjoy these fine reads that pair perfectly with a box of tissues.
Teens Make Chocolate-Fudge Pop Tarts
Wednesday, April 28 @5pm via ZOOM REGISTER HERE
Join Megan, Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers, to make homemade chocolate Pop-Tarts. Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to learn how to make pastry dough from scratch, a chocolate fudge filling and delicious glaze to drizzle on top. Click here to see the list of ingredients and kitchen tools needed. REGISTER HERE in order to receive the invitation link.
Achieving Drawdown: A Hopeful, Science-Based Plan to Stop Climate Change
Thursday, April 29 @7pm via ZOOM REGISTER HERE
Please join Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library for an informative session as Dr. Jonathan Foley, Executive Director of Project Drawdown, shares his expertise on finding solutions to sustain the climate, ecosystems, and natural resources. Dr. Jonathan Foley is a renowned climate scientist, sustainability expert, educator, and public speaker. He is also Executive Director of Project Drawdown — a world leader on climate solutions. REGISTER HERE with Wilton Go Green in order to receive the Zoom invitation link.
CT Poetry Society Workshop
Friday, April 16 @10:30am via ZOOM REGISTER HERE
Please join us on Zoom for the next CT Poetry Society workshop. All that's required is the willingness to share some poetry that you have written by reading it aloud to the group. REGISTER HERE in order to receive the Zoom invitation link.
Daughters of the American Revolution: Rendezvous with Rachel Revere
Friday, April 16 @7pm via ZOOM REGISTER HERE
In commemoration of Patriots' Day weekend, please join Wilton Library and the Drum Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for a re-enactment of Rachel Revere (wife of Paul) at the start of the American Revolution in 1775 as performed by actress and playwright Judith Kalaora of History at Play. REGISTER HERE in order to receive the Zoom invitation link.
Visit Us
Visit us for in-person browsing with no appointments needed in our adult and teen areas. Appointments are still needed for the Children’s Library and for adult computer usage. All COVID safety protocols are in place. There is no seating and studying, working, or reading at the library is not available. Click here for more information.
In-person hours:
Mondays - Saturdays, 11-5
Drive-Thru hours: M - F, 10-6
Saturdays, 10-5
Wait, there's more...
  • In commemoration of Patriots' Day, representatives from the Drum Hill DAR will dress in colonial garb and hand out flags in front of the library this Saturday, April 17, from noon to 2pm.
  • Congrats to the Wilton Garden Club on their 100th anniversary! The club is celebrating with a Daffodil Festival on April 17 from 10-2 at the Wilton Historical Society. Also check out the club's Golden Miles self-guided tour of special daffodil plantings. Wilton Library is proud to be a stop on the tour.
  • Please continue to return items only at the blue return bin located in the library parking lot. Returns are quarantined for 5 days; allow up to 6 days for items to be taken off your account.
  • Our book donation bins remain closed.
  • See all that's Zooming in April for Adults and for Children, Teens, Parents, and Families
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