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Wilton Library Books Its 121st Annual Friends Meeting For June

Bryan Mattimore, co-founder of The Growth Co. in Norwalk, is the guest speaker for Wilton Library’s 121st Annual Friends of the Library meeting.
Bryan Mattimore, co-founder of The Growth Co. in Norwalk, is the guest speaker for Wilton Library’s 121st Annual Friends of the Library meeting. Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. — Booked for the summer? Before you head out on summer vacation, head over to the Wilton Library for the 121st Annual Friends of the Library meeting on Sunday, June 5, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. 

“We’ve just finished celebrating our 120th year and a good year it was. We’re grateful to the Wilton community for supporting the library, taking part in our fundraising gala, our annual Gigantic Book Sale and making Wilton Library a part of their daily lives," said Elaine Tai-Lauria, executive director for Wilton Library. 

The event will include a brief business meeting with the election of new officers and trustees, along with a celebration of those who are retiring from the board. Awards to the staff person and volunteer of the year will be presented. 

The slate of candidates for 2016-17 is as follows: 

  • Glenn Hemmerle, president; 
  • Michele Klink, vice president, 
  • Kim Healy, secretary and 
  • Bob Kelso, treasurer. 
The retiring board members are Ann Duffy, Jeff Barbour, Diane Wilson and Karen Sackowitz. 

New trustees will be named at the meeting, along with an honorary trustee. 

After the general meeting, “Chief Idea Guy” Bryan Mattimore will speak on innovation and creativity, and how the Wilton Library has a “unique capability to provide ‘creative thinking triggers’ to help invent the next big thing.” 

Mattimore has facilitated over 1,000 brainstorming sessions, moderated over 500 creative focus groups, and managed over 200 innovation projects, leading to over $3 billion in new sales for a variety of Fortune 500 clients, including Kraft, Unilever, Ford, Merck, and Pepsi. 

He is a graduate of Dartmouth, and a three-time author of best-selling books. His newest book is "21 Days to a Big Idea" from Diversion Books.  Mattimore is co-founder of The Growth Engine Co., an innovation agency based in Norwalk. 

"We are embracing the next year wholeheartedly with new initiatives and look forward to hearing from our speaker, Bryan Mattimore, to help people ignite some critical thinking and new ideas while at the library,” Tai-Lauria said. 

The annual meeting is open to the public. An informal reception follows the general meeting and the speaker. 

People are asked to RSVP to 203-762-6323 or visit and click on the annual meeting icon on the homepage. Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton Center.

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