Wilton Library Selects Topic and Book for 2022 Community-Wide Reading Program


Wilton Library and Public School District explores the rich history of the town of Wilton through the 2022 Wilton Reads community reading program.

As the Town of Wilton welcomes the arrival of many new residents, the library has decided that “now is an opportune time to educate all Wilton residents, from newcomers to veterans, about the rich and vibrant history of the city. “

As such, Wilton’s story will be told throughout the library’s upcoming programming.

At the Thursday, Jan. 20, meeting of the Wilton Board of Education, Elaine Tai-Lauria, retired executive director of the Wilton Library, and Fran Kompar, director of digital learning for the Wilton Public School District, discussed announced the 2022 Wilton Reads Book Selection titled: “Wilton, Connecticut: Three Centuries of People, Places, and Progress,” by author Robert, Bob, H. Russell.

The library will once again collaborate with the Wilton Public Schools District to facilitate intriguing discussions and conversations throughout the community at all levels.

Tai-Lauria credited Wilton Library deputy director Lauren McLaughlin with the idea.

“At Wilton, we are in the midst of change. Our community is growing and changing so rapidly, and we are seeing history unfold before our eyes. We think it’s the perfect time to look inside and explore Wilton’s fascinating history, and we couldn’t think of a better selection than Bob Russell’s “Wilton, Connecticut,” which is the definitive story. of our city,” Tai-Lauria said ahead of the event.

“As with Wilton Reads collaborations in the past, the school district will choose age-appropriate reading selections and create additional activities for different schools,” Kompar said of the schools.

The school superintendent is also involved.

“We believe the library’s selection for Wilton Reads 2022 provides a wonderful learning opportunity for all Wilton residents,” said Wilton Public School District Superintendent Kevin Smith. “For our students, we will be able to engage them on many levels – such as virtual author visits and other educational programs.”

Author Bob Russell led Wilton as First Selectman for six years after his 35-year business career at IBM.

Russell has also served on the boards of several Wilton organizations, including the board of the Wilton Library.

His lifelong interest in history led him to research and write a comprehensive account of Wilton’s 300-year past.

The book was previously published by the Wilton Historical Society in 2004.

To write the book, Russell drew on the records of Wilton Town Hall and local libraries, including the extensive records of the Wilton Library’s History Room and the personal accounts of many Wilton residents.

The Wilton Reads program will culminate with an author talk by Russell in the spring. During his lecture, Russell will receive the Grodin Family Fine Writers Award.

The library plans to give away free copies of the book this spring, courtesy of Fairfield County Bank.

However, copies of the book are currently available through the library catalog at www.wiltonlibrary.org.

For Wilton Reads 2022, a slate of programs featuring Connecticut local and state history is scheduled for the spring. These programs will complement the recommended reading material for participants. The library will also provide educational resources for further exploration upon request.

Further details of the library’s 2022 Wilton Reads lineup will be posted on the library’s website at www.wiltonlibrary.org.

Details of Wilton Public Schools programming can be found by those interested by visiting the school district’s website at wiltonps.org.

Now in its 16th consecutive year, the Wilton Reads program was born from a reading of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

A list of past Wilton Reads book selections is also available at http://www.wiltonlibrary.org/past-wilton-reads-selections.

The Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton.

For more information, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org, call the library’s reference librarians at 203-762-6350, or email [email protected]


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