Portrait exhibit nears end

Far more than a simple collection of self-portraits, the art exhibition now on display at the library speaks to the viewer from an intriguingly unexpected perspective.

In 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 through Sunday, Oct. 9.

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Library offers books for Kindle

New Canaan Library announces that Amazon's recent decision to make its Kindle open to library eBook lending now lets the library add Kindle to its list of devices compatible with the library's downloadable eBook collection.

Group talks `Floor of Heaven'

The library's world events, history and culture book group moves into session two of Fall 2011 with a discussion of "The Floor of Heaven" by New York Times bestselling author Howard Blum. The group will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Plaut Room. Refreshments will be served.

Coordinated by Cynde Bloom Lahey, director of library services, the World Events, History and Culture book group is led by New Canaan resident Ken Hecht, whose interest in and knowledge of history provides a springboard for lively discussion. The group meets monthly to discuss a book that has been selected for its historic, global or cultural relevance.

Author Gidwitz to speak to kids

New Canaan Library announces children's author Adam Gidwitz will visit the Library on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. Gidwitz will talk about his debut novel, "A Tale Dark & Grimm," which puts a fresh and audaciously funny twist on classic fairy tales.

Children in grades 4 to 7, their parents and interested adults are invited to this program. Guests at the program, including the library's Young Critics Book Discussion Club, are welcome to ask questions. The event will take place in the Curtis Gallery and a reception will follow.

Dialogue session

New Canaan Library hosts a dialogue between NBC news journalist Chris Hansen and David Sean Ferriero, 10th Archivist of the United States. Prior to his appointment as Archivist, Ferriero served as the Andrew W. Mellon director of the New York Public Libraries, and in top positions at the libraries of MIT and Duke University.

The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the library's Adrian Lamb Room. At the conclusion of the presentation, Ferriero will take questions from the audience.

Memoir writing workshop

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 offering it again.

The workshop, which began Sept. 8, 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 take place the second Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon.

The workshop will run through June. All sessions will take place in the Lamb Room. Registration is required.

All programs are free. Registration is recommended. For more information, visit www.newcanaanlibrary.org.