At Home With Wilton Library
April 7, 2021
The Poetry of Libraries
It's the great conflux of National Library Week and National Poetry Month, so we take this opportunity to share A LIBRARY by Nikki Giovanni.

a Library Is:
a place to be free
to be in space
to be in cave times
to be a cook
to be a crook
to be in love
to be unhappy
to be quick and smart
to be contained and cautious
to surf the rainbow
to sail the dreams
to be blue
to be jazz
to be wonderful
to be you
a place to be
yeah… to be

Be yourself. Find yourself. Discover what you need at Wilton Library. This week we have poetry selections, new true crime reads, an array of Wilton Reads programs, the return of Hot & Cool Jazz, and so much more. Visit us in-person, at the Drive-Thru, or virtually.
April 7 is National Library Giving Day
Today as we celebrate National Library Giving Day, it’s the perfect time to affirm your commitment to Wilton Library. Become a member of the Page Turners Society of Monthly Givers and make a sustaining gift to support the programs, services, and collection items that are not underwritten by the funds Wilton Library receives through the town. We need to raise approximately 25% of our budget annually to support those critical needs. We hope on this day, you can reflect upon the importance of National Library Giving Day and all that libraries give to you by becoming a member of the Page Turners Society. Click here to get started.
Celebrate National Poetry Month
April is National Poetry Month, the time to honor poets and poetry in our culture. We can always rely on poems to offer wisdom and uplifting ideas, truthful reflections of the world, and words that help us mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We've put together this selection of poetry to help you celebrate.
Interfaith Panel - Finding Success: Women Clergy Share Their Experiences
Tuesday, April 13 @6pm via ZOOM 
Please join us for a Wilton Reads interfaith clergy discussion moderated by Our Lady of Fatima Pastor Father Reggie Norman. Wilton is unique in that the majority of our religious leaders are women. Many have overcome discrimination and hardships to fulfill their vocations. A panel will discuss their experiences and how their ministries impact the lives of their congregations during this difficult time.
Gospel, Soul, and Motown: the Transmutation of Rock with Dr. Gil Harel
Wednesday, April 14 @5pm via ZOOM REGISTER HERE
Please join us for a Wilton Reads program centered on the musical environment of Trethewey's life growing up in the 1970s. There are numerous references in Memorial Drive to the music and musicians of that period including Curtis Mayfield. Marvin Gaye and iconic groups such as The Jackson Five. Dr. Gil Harel will take us on a tour of several of the genres of popular music of that era.
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. 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.
New True Crime
From serial killers to shocking current events, true crime stories prove that sometimes real life is a lot darker than fiction. Check out this selection of our newest true crime reads.
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.
Wilton Library Readers: The Jane Austen Society
Wednesday, April 14 @12pm via ZOOM REGISTER HERE
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses The Jane Austen Society, by Natalie Jenner this month. As this is a story about Austen's works, please also come prepared to discuss your favorite Jane Austen book. Wilton Library Readers group meets each month through June; all are welcome. Click here to see upcoming selections. REGISTER HERE in order to receive the 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: Rendevous 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 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. On April 17 from noon to 2pm, representatives from the Drum Hill DAR will be dressed in colonial garb and handing out flags in front of the library. We hope you will join us! REGISTER HERE in order to receive the Zoom invitation link.
Visit Us
Wilton Library has expanded in-person hours with no appointments needed for browsing 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. 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...
  • Visit us during National Library Week, April 5 – 10 to receive a small token of our appreciation
  • 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
  • One lecture remains in the Connecticut Creativity series. Click here for details and registration
  • See all that's Zooming in April for Adults and for Children, Teens, Parents, and Families
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