The Wilton Library Association will welcome guests to its 124th Annual Meeting this Sunday, June 9, from 4-6 p.m. in the Brubeck Room. This year’s meeting is a celebration of the beginning of the library’s 125th year. A brief meeting will include the election of officers and new trustees, appreciation gifts acknowledging retiring trustees and award presentations to the volunteer of the year and the staff member of the year.
The proposed slate of officers for the 2019-2020 fiscal year includes Michele Klink, president; Rob Sanders, vice president; Carol Johnson, secretary; and Kimberley Healy, treasurer. The retiring trustees are Eileen Armstrong, Gary Battaglia, Patty Connor, and Ceci Maher.
The meeting will feature Eric Klinenberg, a professor of sociology and the director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, as the guest speaker. Klinenberg, a recognized leader in his field, will be discussing “social infrastructure” based on his book, Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization and the Decline of Civic Life. He will be addressing the importance of libraries and other public spaces to the well-being of the communities they serve. Klinenberg is the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Modern Romance and the author of Going Solo and Heat Wave. He has contributed to The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, and This American Life.
“We are so pleased to have Eric Klinenberg addressing these issues that affect communities and indeed society,” notes Elaine Tai-Lauria, Wilton Library’s executive director. “His talk ties into our library’s mission of informing, connecting, enriching and inspiring our community–creating a welcoming gathering space for all of these energies to happen. Our constituents remind us that our library is the heart of the Wilton community because we are there for everyone.”
Tai-Lauria can point to multiple moments that illustrate the key role the library plays in Wilton. “Our most vivid example is how the community came together at the library during hurricanes Irene and Sandy when we responded to our residents’ most essential human needs of shared comfort, connection, information and well-being.”
The annual meeting and the author talk are open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. There will be an informal reception after the meeting and the speaker. People are asked to register by visiting the Wilton Library website or by calling 203.762.6321. Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the heart of Wilton Center.