Knitting programs for adults and kids

The library continues the tradition of library knitting programs. In addition to the annual Knitting Camp for kids and Teen Knitting in the afternoons, it is offering a Knit Together time for adult knitters.

Knitting Camp, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. daily, is for kids entering fifth and sixth grades. No need to bring supplies, they will provide what you need to get started. Register by calling 203-594-5002.

Teen Knitting, from 3 to 4:30 daily, is for those entering seventh grade and older. No need to bring anything; they will supply what you need to get started.

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Alumni of previous years are welcome to return, and if you have a project in progress they will help you with that. Register by calling 203-594-5040.

Summer Reading Club ends after 7 weeks

The New Canaan Library's Children's Room recently completed its Summer Reading Club "One World, Many Stories!" During the seven-week program a total of 342 children registered and over 3,985 books were read and listened to. Congratulations to all children who participated.

Parents are reminded to have their children pick up their reading logs and game sheets, if they have not done so already. They will be held in the Children's Room until Sept. 30. It is suggested that children show their new teachers their summer reading accomplishments.

The Library's Teen Services Department also hosted a Summer Reading Club. Over the eight-week program, 69 teens read books, magazines, audiobooks, graphic novels, and manga. Collectively they logged 324,144 pages and wrote 448 reviews.

If all of the pages they logged were laid end-to-end, they would stretch from New Canaan to Manhattan.

For a list of all teen readers and listeners visit www.newcanaannewsonline.com.

Library benefit to host Pulitzer Prize winner

Stacy Schiff, bestselling biographer and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, will be the featured speaker at the New Canaan Library's fourth annual Literary Luncheon Sept. 22.

Schiff is the author of "Cleopatra: A Life," published last fall to popular and critical acclaim. The screen rights have been purchased by "The Social Network" producer Scott Rudin.

Schiff's published works are available at the New Canaan Library in multiple formats. In addition, her book, "Vera," will be the subject of the Friends of the Library Lunch Bunch Book Group on Sept. 7 at noon in the Lamb Room and led by director of library services Cynde Bloom Lahey.

The benefit with Schiff will take place at the Woodway Country Club in Darien.

Proceeds from the luncheon series help underwrite library programs, with more than $60,000 netted to date.

Individual invitations will be available next month. For more information contact Susan LaPerla, slaperla@newcanaanlibrary.org.

`How My Kitchen Sees Me' exhibition

Far more than a simple collection of self-portraits, the art exhibition that opens at New Canaan Library on Sept. 7 speaks to the viewer from an intriguingly unexpected perspective.

In these graphite drawings, artist Barbara Griffiths' face appears at first comically distorted, as reflected by her coffee pot, her bottle opener, and her cheese grater - until gradually the portraits morph into a head-on confrontation with aging and death.

The series has accompanying texts which explore the extent to which our sense of self is an illusion.

"How My Kitchen Sees Me" will be on view in the library's H. Pelham Curtis Gallery from Sept. 7 to Oct. 9, with a reception on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 3 to 5 p.m.

All programs are free. Registration is recommended. Visit www.newcanaanlibrary.org.