See the Latest Technology at the Tech Fair!

Z18 3D printer
Z18 3D printer

Saturday, September 20th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon
on Main Street in the Library

Darien Library is a leader in bringing technology to the residents of Darien. In this special technology fair, we'll be showing off our favorite new technologies from drones to 3D printers to Google Glass. Did you know that we have four 3D printers? We can print from delicate pieces of jewelry and up to miniature Eiffel Towers using our new Z18 Makerbot printer.

Come discover how our Digital Media Lab (DML) is a place for you to shoot video, take photos, digitize your old home movies, and even go paperless with our high speed scanners. Likewise, the SoHo Business Center is equipped with an enormous banner printer -- perfect for work or science fair projects -- and business supplies so you can stay local while you work. 

Finally, learn how the Library can help you grow your business, change careers, and more using our technology educational resources. The Tech Fair is only two hours so be on time!

 

Friday Night Feature - 'The Other Woman'

We will screen THE OTHER WOMAN Friday, September 19th.
We will screen THE OTHER WOMAN Friday, September 19th.

Friday, September 19th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Other Woman (2009) Starring Natalie Portman, Lisa Kudrow, and Scott Cohen; Rated R; 119 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

An extramarital affair blossoms into a marriage defined by tragedy and hardship in this emotional family drama from director/screenwriter Don Roos. When Emilia met Jack, she was the other woman. In time, she became his only woman. Shortly after attempting to start their new life together by having a child of their own, their newborn dies suddenly. Compounding Emilia's grief over the loss of her child is the fact that her adolescent stepson, William, seems intent on making her life miserable. 

"One of the bigger challenges in Natalie Portman's career, and she responds with sublime work." -- Richard Roeper, RichardRoeper.com

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out what else we're screening in September.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

 

Passport Days

Image courtesy flickr user clappstar
Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, September 20th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, October 25th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, November 22nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 20th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Get your passport at Darien Library! We'll have four Acceptance Agents from the CT Passport Agency ready to process and accept applications. We will provide all the paperwork and have a space for photos, as well. If you prefer, you can bring your own photographs. Specs for passport photos can be found here.

We can process passport renewals as well.

What to Bring: Birth Certificate, Naturalization Certificate, one color 2’’ by 2’’ photo, a valid photo identification (such as a driver’s license) with a front and back photocopy of the ID, and personal check/money order or debit/credit card for payment of the passport fee.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Storytime Saturdays

Children's Library storytime attendees
Children's Library storytime attendees

Saturday, September 20th at 11 a.m.

A weekend storytime for families. Walkers up to 36 months with a parent/caregiver are welcome to attend this Saturday morning storytime, which will include some of our favorite books, rhymes, and fingerplays.

Register for 'Come Discover an Ancestor'

Come Discover an Ancestor
Come Discover an Ancestor

A Community Family History Event

Register Here

Saturday, October 18th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon

Come Discover An Ancestor (CDAA) is a half-day open-house style event. The event is designed to help individuals and families gain a greater appreciation of how family history can be a fun and captivating experience. You can learn how family history can enhance your life now, help nurture a sense of identity and instill a deeper sense of pride. Participants will explore first hand how learning more about their ancestors can be a fun activity for children of all ages.

The conference will provide through its key note and break out sessions an informal hands-on learning experience as to get started in family history including how to use simple-to-use Internet based tools to research their family tree.

CDAA will feature an opening keynote speaker followed a choice of three different 40 minute workshops on such subjects as how to use social media to connect to your family, how to write a personal history, how to get started in family history research and a special workshop focused on discovering ancestor artifacts online. The event will conclude with closing remarks and refreshments.

FamilySearch is a service of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About the Keynote Speaker

Tammy A. Hepps graduated Harvard with a degree in Computer Science and embarked on a successful career managing web technology teams for large companies like Barnes and Noble, The New York Times, and NBC Universal, as well as start-ups like Sparknotes and Dow Jones/IAC Online Ventures. With Treelines, she combines her wide-ranging, hands-on digital expertise and her life-long obsession with genealogy to bring to life the family tree curation tools she wished she had had all along. Treelines is a tool focused on family stories, to curate and share the stories you find. Tammy is a board member of the Philadelphia Jewish Archive Center and a regular contributor to Chronicles, the newsletter of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia.

Art On View: Kari Cholnoky

"Head," 2014: faux fur, acrylic, spray paint, synthetic hair, foam, collage.

September 3rd through October 20th

The work of Kari Cholnoky will be on display in the Library's Lower Level Art Gallery.

Cholnoky's work examines contemporary psychology as it is affected by and interacts with physical material. She transforms the mass produced into the highly specific and handled, creating works that stare back at their viewer. Currently New York based, Cholnoky is a recent graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art MFA program, located outside of Detroit, MI. Her work has been exhibited in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Detroit and Singapore, and she has been awarded residencies in Singapore and Berlin, Germany. In May of 2014, Cholnoky was awarded the Merdeces-Benz Financial Services 2014 Emerging Artist Award, which provided her with a studio loft at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien during the following summer months.

Family Tech Night

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Brian Sawyer
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Brian Sawyer

Wednesday, September 24th at 5 p.m.

Come learn about eBook access through the library while playing with our iPads, Nooks, and other tech gadgets. We will also explore content available on Hoopla, Overdrive, 3M Cloud Library, and Zinio.

All ages and parents.

Tech Drop-in Discussion: Dropbox

Alex
Alex

Thursday, September 25th at 2 p.m.
Technology Center on Lower Level

Carrying around your laptop or a flash drive to share your presentation is so five years ago! Let Alex introduce you to Dropbox, a service that allows you to upload your files and access them wherever you have Internet connection. Other cool features includes a mobile app that automatically backs up your photos after each snap! When you get home, your photos will already be on your computer. 

Following the presentation, Alex, our User Experience Ninja, will be on hand to answer your other technology related questions. 

Tech Drop-In Discussions are informal weekly chats about a chosen topic. These sessions are usually around 15 minutes long. 

Googling Your Genealogy

Use Google to discover your family members!
Use Google to discover your family members!

Saturday, October 4th at 2 p.m.
In the Community Room

Expert genealogist and family historian, Philip Hayes, will be presenting on how to use Google to find your family's story. He will teach you to use: 

  • Google Search. With over 20 million indexed pages, Google is the most valuable search tool for Genealogists. Learn how to use boolean search queries to filter your results and discover hidden content related to your ancestors.
  • Google Alerts. Learn how to leverage Google Alerts, a free content monitoring service that will notify you when new content related to your interests appears in the Google Search Index.
  • Google Books. Search the text of almost 130 million books – over 4 billion digital pages, to find content related to your ancestors.
  • Google News. There are over 25,000 news sites in the Google News Index. Google aggregates all the news content from these sites into one search engine
  • Google Maps & Earth. Pinpoint your ancestors homestead and more!
  • Google Translate. Learn how to use Google’s free translation service. It allows you to enter text and translate to and from a variety of languages.

Come Talk About Your Work at 1 p.m.

This is an informal one hour discussion session/round table where everyone is invited to participate. Think of the most important question or issue that you have about your genealogy. It may be a brick wall that you are facing with one of your ancestors, a question of wanting to know where to find a particular resource, or a success that you are dying to share with the rest of us.

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Happening Today
Starts: Saturday September 20, 9:00 am
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Where: Conference Room
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Ends: Saturday September 20, 12:00 pm
Where: Darien Library
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Ends: Saturday September 20, 11:30 am
Where: storytime room
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Ends: Tuesday September 23, 10:00 am
Where: Storytime Room
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Ends: Tuesday September 23, 11:00 am
Where: Storytime Room
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Where: Louise Parker Berry Community Room
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Where: Storytime Room
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Ends: Wednesday September 24, 11:45 am
Where: Storytime Room
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Starts: Wednesday September 24, 7:00 pm
Ends: Wednesday September 24, 8:00 pm
Where: Conference Room
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Ends: Thursday September 25, 10:00 am
Where: Children's Storytime Room
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Ends: Thursday September 25, 11:00 am
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Starts: Friday September 26, 10:30 am
Ends: Friday September 26, 11:00 am
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Ends: Friday September 26, 6:00 pm
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Where: Darien Library Community Room
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Ends: Friday September 26, 10:00 pm
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