Wilton Public Schools is very proud to once again partner with the Wilton Library on the Community Reads program. Reading a common book provides a perfect springboard for a community-wide, inter-generational conversation that will enrich all of us.
This year our entire school community will be involved in a conversation about music and specifically the importance of jazz in our American culture and history. The selection of books will provide a context and opportunity to celebrate the art while being steeped in a unique history and culture
The selected title chosen by Wilton library is Tales of The Jazz Age, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, it is a collection of 11 short stories published in 1922, most had been published earlier in national magazines. This collection contains probably his most famous short story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Wilton Library has extensive programming planned - refer to their Wilton Reads 2020 Landing Page for Details.
Please refer to both the Wilton Library events and the school-based events to share this experience with your children.
Click on each school to see events planned for that school.
“Tap, twirl, twist, spin! With musical, rhyming text, author Valerie Bolling shines a spotlight on dances from across the globe, while energetic art from Maine Diaz shows off all the moves and the diverse people who do them.”
These titles introduce young readers to the lives and experiences of two jazz legends.
“His name was Duke. Duke Ellington. As a child, he said piano made an umpy-dump sound that was headed nowhere worth following. But, years later, he heard the piano played a whole new way. People called the music "ragtime", and soon the sound had Duke's fingers riding the piano keys.”
The Wilton Reads program at Cider Mill School will kick-off with several jazz and music-related activities in the LLC in April including a Jazz Biography Bingo collaboration with the Wilton Library.
The LLC will feature Jazz events during April, the Jazz Appreciation Month and culminate with a visit from the author, Andrea Davis Pinkney on April 24th
What happens when you invite as many jazz musicians as you can to pose for a photo in 1950s Harlem? Playful verse and glorious artwork capture an iconic moment for American jazz.
Middlebrook School will feature displays in LLC with fiction and non-fiction jazz titles. In collaboration with the English Language Arts department, we will also be celebrating National Poetry Month in April as well as Jazz. The book title selection is a book written in verse about a special day and event - The Making of a Famous Photograph - Jazz Day. The LLC will be featuring Jazz-time lunches including stations for “listen and read”, student performances, “poetry in your pocket”, old record players and listening stations.
Roxanne Orgill, author of Jazz Day will visit on April 2, 2020.
In To a Young Jazz Musician, the renowned jazz musician and Pulitzer Prize—winning composer Wynton Marsalis gives us an invaluable guide to making good music–and to leading a good life...
Marsalis passes on wisdom gained from experience, addressed to a young musician coming up–and to any of us at any stage of life....He poetically expresses our need for healers: “All of it tracks back to how you heal your culture, one patient at a time, beginning with yourself.”
This is a unique book, in which a great artist offers his personal thoughts, both on jazz and on how to live a better, more original, productive, and meaningful life.
Wilton High School will be kicking off this year’s Wilton Reads in our schools at the February 28th Jazz Symposium. Details of our plans will be included in the program, the band will play selections from David Brubeck and students will announce the program.
In addition, on April 7th, the Wilton High School Library Learning Commons will feature poetry readings, student jazz performances, displays and readings.
Finally, to commemorate the special centennial of David Brubeck and to honor the history of jazz in Wilton, our students will create a documentary.