Wilton Library and Wilton School District Explore Climate Change and Meaning of Community for Wilton Reads 2023

Wilton Library has announced that Vigil Harbor by Julia Glass has been selected for Wilton Reads 2023, the library’s community-wide reading event in collaboration with Wilton Public Schools. Programs will be posted on the library’s website at www.wiltonlibrary.org and the school district website at www.wiltonps.org in the spring. The school district will make age-appropriate book selections and create supplemental programming for the district schools. The library plans to give away free copies of the book this spring, courtesy of Fairfield County Bank. The Wilton Reads program will culminate with an author talk by Julia Glass on Tuesday, May 9 at Wilton Library. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT; www.wiltonlibrary.org; Main number: 203-762-3950.

Wilton, CT – Wilton Library is pleased to announce that Vigil Harbor has been chosen as the book selection for Wilton Reads 2023, the library’s annual community-wide reading program. Vigil Harbor by National Book Award winner Julia Glass is a contemporary novel, set 10 years in the future in a small coastal community in Massachusetts, where residents are struggling with changes and difficulties including climate instability, political violence, and domestic upheavals. The library will again collaborate with Wilton Public Schools to facilitate discussions and conversations throughout the community on all levels.

Caroline Mandler, Executive Director of Wilton Library, credited Lauren McLaughlin, Associate Director of Wilton Library, for the selection. “Building upon last year’s Wilton Reads discussion of Wilton, Connecticut by Robert H. Russell, Vigil Harbor by Julia Glass also addresses what it means to be part of a community, while navigating the instability of our ever-changing world and tackling issues like climate change and mental health. We think this selection is perfect for book groups, and that they will find a lot to discuss after reading this novel,” said Mandler of the choice.

Julia Glass is the author of six previous books of fiction, including the best-selling Three Junes, winner of the National Book Award, and I See You Everywhere, winner of the Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Book Award. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Glass is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emerson College. She lives with her family north of Boston. This is Julia’s second appearance at the library, having spoken about I See You Everywhere in 2009.

“We believe that the library’s selection for Wilton Reads 2023 highlights important and timely topics – climate change and the environment – that provide a special learning opportunity for the entire Wilton community. For our students, we will be able to engage them with many educational programs and discussions, including observing Earth Day on April 22,” said Dr. Kevin Smith, Superintendent of Wilton Public Schools.

“We are looking forward to working with Wilton Library again for Wilton Reads. As with our previous collaborations, the school district will choose age-appropriate reading selections and create supplemental activities for the various schools,” said Fran Kompar, Director of Digital Learning who will lead this initiative for Wilton Public Schools.

The Wilton Reads program will culminate with an author talk by Julia Glass on Tuesday, May 9 at Wilton Library. During her talk, the author will be recognized with the Grodin Family Fine Writers award.

The library plans to offer free copies of Vigil Harbor this spring, courtesy of Fairfield County Bank. Books are currently available via the library’s catalog at www.wiltonlibrary.org; eBooks and eAudiobooks are available to download to mobile devices on the Libby by OverDrive app. Please call the Reference Desk at (203) 762-6350 or email reference@wiltonlibrary.org for help with obtaining a copy of the book.

For Wilton Reads 2023, a full slate of programs is being planned for this spring. The library will also provide educational resources for further exploration. Further details of the library’s Wilton Reads programming will be posted this spring on the library’s website at www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Public Schools’ programming details may be found by visiting the school district’s website at www.wiltonps.org.
This is the seventeenth season of Wilton Reads. The program originated in 2005 with a reading of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. A list of past Wilton Reads selections can be found at www.wiltonlibrary.org/wilton-reads-2023.
The media sponsor of Wilton Reads is GOOD Morning Wilton.
Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the heart of Wilton Center. For more information, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org, call the library’s reference librarians at 203-762-6350 or email reference@wiltonlibrary.org.

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