Summer reading club aimed at teens

The New Canaan Library will host a summer reading club for teens called "Prizes for Pages" in which students entering grades 7 to 12 will be able to earn prizes for reading.

Research has shown that reading over summer vacation can improve students' classroom performance and test scores when they return to school in the fall.

This will be the first year the library will have this program. Teens can register and log their reading on the library's website.

Books, magazines, newspapers, manga, graphic novels and audiobooks are all eligible reading material.

Quilt exhibit to run through summer

A unique collection of work by local artist Adam Ellyson will be featured at New Canaan Library throughout the summer. Cozy Quilt Cozy will run through Aug. 27 and will be on display in the H. Pelham Curtis Gallery of the library.

With a strong background in textiles and sculpture, Ellyson's focus on the quilt as an art medium seems a natural choice, blending innovation with the traditional art of quilting.

As a student he sculpted life-size pieces of ceramic furniture and created soft sculpture installations. In an early exhibit, "The Apartment," he constructed the interior of a living room, flipping the tactile nature of materials.

All hard objects became soft and the soft, hard. The intention of this effect was to draw the viewer into his work to understand the hardships and blessings of the inhabitant.

A native of Wilbraham, Mass., Ellyson has a B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and an M.F.A. from San Jose State University, with a concentration in textiles and ceramic sculpture.

Ellyson lives in New Canaan and teaches art to young people at the Mead School in Stamford.

Shalin to speak about career, Mattingly book

During his 14-year career with the New York Yankees, popular first baseman Don Mattingly racked up the awards and favorable statistics, yet never had the opportunity to play in a World Series, and only made it to the post season the year of his retirement .

This is just one of the many fascinating facts and anecdotes revealed in Mike Shalin's carefully researched biography of Don Mattingly, one of baseball's greats.

Shalin will speak in depth about his book and experiences as a sports journalist when he appears at the New Canaan Library on July 21 at 7:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by Elm Street Books and will take place in the Lamb Room.

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 who has slated Angelina Jolie to play the legendary queen of Eqypt.

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 Stacy Schiff will take place at the Woodway Country Club in Darien to meet the growing popularity of the event. 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.

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

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