Wilton Library’s 117th annual meeting for the Friends of the Library takes place on Sunday, June 17, beginning at 4 p.m. with a nod to transitions. A brief business meeting will include the election of new trustees and officers, a celebration of those who are retiring from the Board of Trustees, and the presentation of awards for Wilton Library's outstanding volunteer and staff person of the year. Gina Barreca, professor of English and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut will speak about “Transitions,” following the general meeting and election.
The proposed slate of officers for the new fiscal year beginning July 1 includes Michael Kaelin, president; Ann Duffy, vice president; Robert Kelso, treasurer; and Whitney Janeway, secretary. Retiring board members are Patricia Gould and Ken Kempson.
With Kathy Leeds retiring this year after fifteen years at the library, twelve of them as director, and Elaine Tai-Lauria recently announced as taking over the helm, and therefore stepping down from the board, the subject of transitions is quite appropriate, and Gina Barreca is an entertaining speaker to deliver the message. Ms. Barreca is a world-renowned author and public speaker as well as a professor at UConn. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Chicago Tribune, Cosmopolitan, and many other major publications. She writes a weekly column for The Hartford Courant. Her most recent book title is It's Not That I'm Bitter...or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World. She blogs about teaching, television, magazines, sex, humor, money, publishing, ambition, books, marriage, envy (professional and personal), politics (professional and personal), aging, and politics. Wilton Library patrons may already know her from her entertaining talk at an author luncheon held at the library in February, 2011.
A short reception will follow the election, award presentations and speaker all of which is open to the public. Advance registration is encouraged. For information, registration and directions, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213. Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the heart of Wilton Center. The library will be closing at 4 p.m. on Sunday to accommodate the meeting.