Knitting programs

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 p.m. daily, is for those entering seventh grade and older. No need to bring anything; they will supply what you need to get started.

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.

Pulitzer 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,

`Harmony' discussion

The library's popular World Events, History and Culture Book Group will initiate its Fall 2011 session with a discussion of "Harmony," authored by His Royal Highness Prince Charles.

The group will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Plaut Room. Refreshments will be served.

Author appearance

Author of "The Memory of All That: George Gershwin, Kay Swift, and My Family's Legacy of Infidelities," Katharine Weber has written an evocative and insightful memoir of her extraordinary family.

As her exploration stretches back over generations of highly influential, creative individuals, central to the tale is the dynamic relationship between her maternal grandmother Kay Swift and composer George Gershwin.

Weber will appear on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by Elm Street Books and will be held in the Adrian Lamb Room.

`Hush' writer speaks

New Canaan Library announces that Kate White, author of the New York Times best-seller "Hush" and the Bailey Weggins mystery series, will introduce her latest thriller, "The Sixes" Monday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by Elm Street Books and will be held in the Lamb Room.

Portrait exhibit

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.

Librarians on the radio

When Jane Williams, host of Bloomberg Radio EDU, wanted to explore the impact Harry Potter has had on the reading habits of America's youth she knew just where to go: New Canaan Library. There she found two excellent sources and self-avowed Harry Potter fans, young adult librarian Gretchen Kolerup and children's librarian Mary Sorhus.

Kolerup and Sorhus were invited into Bloomberg Radio's New York City studio, where they were interviewed by Williams for EDU, her weekly show that targets education and related issues. The interview can be heard live Friday evening at 10 p.m., Saturday at 5 a.m., 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at midnight and 7 p.m. or by podcast at and on iTunes.

Memoir writing

Writing your memoir can be a rewarding and life- enriching experience. Last year's Memoir Writing Workshop was such a success and so fulfilling for all involved that this year the Library is proud to offer the third annual Memoir Writing Workshop.

Everyone has a story to tell. Whether you are just thinking about a memoir or have already begun, the library's workshop is designed to provide the motivation and inspiration to get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper!

Roger Langevin returns to lead the group, which will be held the second Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon.

"Roger's sensitivity to his students' recollections of their life experiences offers a unique perspective to the memoir-writing process," said Cynde Bloom Lahey, director of library services. The workshop will begin Sept. 8 and run through June 2012. All sessions will be held in the Lamb Room. Registration is required.

All programs are free. Registration is recommended. Visit

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