Saturday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m.
Darien Library Courtyard
This year our 7th Annual Gala celebrates Food Truck Frenzy with the arrival of four local food trucks. Enjoy dinner from LobsterCraft, Bounty (gourmet sliders and fries), Wood Fired Pizza, and dessert from The Buzz Truck. We'll also be serving cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as you join in the fun with our silent and live auctions. The Gala is sponsored by Darien Rowayton Bank.
Purchase your tickets online. All funds raised from the event will be dedicated to expanding library resources, including purchasing new books, technology, and supporting programs and guest speakers. Which author will join us in the coming year? By attending the gala, you'll be mingling with your friends and neighbors, and bringing new resources and speakers to the Library in the coming year.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Saturday, April 25th
Our annual Spring Gala is April 25th. We will close the Library all day to prepare for this fundraising event. All funds raised will be dedicated to expanding library resources including purchasing new books, supporting programs, and bringing guest speakers to Darien.
If you don't want to miss out on the fun, purchase your tickets now!
Wednesday, April 22nd at 4:15 p.m.
Jr. Book Club: Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo
Early elementary readers are invited to discuss librarian-selected chapter books. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game or craft inspired by the story. Our book groups are designed to encourage Common Core-required skills such as critical thinking, information literacy, self-direction, and collaboration – all in a fun environment.
Grades 2-3. Drop-in.
Wednesday, April 22nd at 7 p.m.
Mixing history and Hollywood, Dr. Ford, a historian of Tudor politics, administration, and the court, will offer insights into the historical context behind the Hilary Mantel books and BBC Series. Her talk will cover topics including the anxiety behind Henry’s quest for a bride and an heir, the nature of politics on the move with the Tudor court on progress, is there a private life at court, and how easy is it to (literally) lose your head.
About the presenter
Lisa L. Ford is Assistant Director of Research at the Yale Center for British Art. Dr. Ford received her PhD in 2001 from St. Andrews for a dissertation on politics and administration during the reign of Henry VII. She was part of the AHRC/EPSRC-funded project “Representing Re-Formation: Reconstructing Renaissance Monuments” a study of the 16th and 17th Century tombs of the Howard Dukes of Norfolk and their family. Dr. Ford is currently working on further publications from the Howard tombs project, and a book on the visual and material use of the insignia of the Order of the Garter between the 15th and 19th centuries.
This event is cosponsored with the Darien Arts Center.
Thursday, April 23rd at 7 p.m.
Join us for an evening of folk and Americana music from indie duo Hungrytown. Sit back and enjoy acoustic folk songs presented with a timelessness in beautiful arrangements.
About the performer
Hungrytown is the musical and married duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson. They have released two highly acclaimed CDs, Hungrytown (2008) and Any Forgotten Thing (2011) and tour full time. Their adventures have taken them throughout the US, Canada, Europe and New Zealand. Their songs have been performed by many other artists, including Nashville songwriting legend David Olney and bluegrass veterans the Virginia Ramblers. Hungrytown's music has also appeared on several television shows, including the Independent Film Channel's hit series, Portlandia.
Check our Hungrytown's music here.
Refreshments will be served.
Monday, April 27th from 12 noon to 1:30 pm
William Henderson, Ed.D., author of The Blind Advantage: How Going Blind Made me a Stronger Principal and How Including Children with Disabilities Made the School Better for Everyone, will present practical strategies for developing successful inclusive schools.
Dr. Henderson will discuss actions that individuals can take and policies that schools can develop to promote a culture of inclusion, to provide instruction with universal design and specialized supports, and to build a community that collaborates and problem solves. He will also highlight how including students with disabilities can be a catalyst for improving teaching and learning for everyone.
As a first-year teacher, Dr. Henderson learned he was gradually losing his vision and was advised he “should get out of education.” Instead he continued to persevere and went on to become principal of the Patrick O’Hearn Elementary School which is now renamed the Dr. William W. Henderson K- 12 Inclusion School.
This program is co-sponsored by SEPAC, the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee.
There will also be an educator presentation from 3:30 to 5 PM.
Monday, April 27th at 7 p.m.
Did you know that:
• Only 55% of Darien’s 7th-12th graders said that they can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations?
• Only 42% said that they know how to plan ahead and make choices?
If you want to learn more about what our teens think and feel about their world, come to the The Community Fund of Darien’s public forum to share the survey results for “thriving” and “risky” behaviors for 7th-12th graders. This forum will focus on our teen’s thoughts about their relationships, values and activities. The survey revealed rich data about our teen’s “developmental assets,” which are key traits that research shows are the building blocks to help our young people become caring, responsible and successful adults. The research is clear: the more developmental assets a teen has, the more likely they are to engage in healthy behaviors and the less likely they are to engage in risky behaviors. Following the presentation of survey results, a panel of experts will offer commentary on the results and answer community questions. Come learn more about our teens.
Sponsored by The Community Fund of Darien, this event was generously underwritten and co-sponsored by The Darien Library, Communities 4 Action, the Town of Darien Youth Commission, Silver Hill Hospital, and The Southfield Center. To learn more about The Community Fund of Darien’s mission to identify local needs and fund intelligent solutions, please visit www.communityfunddarien.org.
Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behing Nielsen's).
El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30th. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
April 29th at 4:15 p.m. Family Book Group
Discuss diverse picture books with your family, which will be provided by the Library. Stop into the Children's Library anytime before the program to borrow a bag of the three discussion books to take home and share with your family. Ages 5+. Discussion books are:
Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen
April 30th at 4 p.m. Family Film: The Book of Life
The Book of Life (Rated PG, running time 95 minutes). Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Watch the trailer.