Meet the Author: Matthew Palmer

Thursday, May 28th at 7 p.m.

Matthew Palmer, author of Secrets of State, will be our featured speaker.

As an outspoken iconoclast, Sam Trainor’s contrary point of view has often gotten in the way in what should be a brilliant career. Now, leaving his post as a South Asia analyst for the Bureau of Intelligence & Research to work for Argus Security, a Beltway Bandit consulting company, he quickly learns that the government and private consulting contractors have very different approaches and agendas. As he struggles to adjust to a more corporate version of the work that has driven him for so long, he stumbles across an anomaly in the intel – the transcript of a phone conversation suggesting that the delicate balance between India and Pakistan could be deliberately upset. As he digs deeper, he realizes that something worse than bad intel is at stake: nuclear war.

Deeply entrenched in real-world global intrigue and politics, Secrets of State is international thriller fiction at its best, from a man who has lived through it all. 

About the Author

As a twenty-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, Matthew Palmer is a seasoned diplomat, whose work has taken him all over the world. From Kosovo to Africa, he has been at ground zero for some of the most pressing global political issues in recent history. Currently serving as the Director of Multilateral Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of Asian and Pacific Affairs, his unrivalled knowledge of the workings of diplomacy and international crisis-solving, made his debut thriller, The American Mission (2014), a riveting and all-too-real page-turner.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

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

Edible Garden Workshop

Darien Grows
Darien Grows

Friday, May 29th at 10 a.m.


Our Library Garden has been cleaned and gutted for a fresh supply of crops! Whether you're a seasoned gardener or have a black thumb, this workshop is for you. Master Gardnerer Susie is back with this hands-on class on transplanting, soil maintenance, and pest control. Please bring a hat and trowel and prepare to get dirty.  All ages welcome!

So You Think You Can Do Something?

(photo courtesy of flickr user Daehyun Park)
(photo courtesy of flickr user Daehyun Park)

On Saturday, May 30th at 7 p.m. teens are invited to an after hours talent competition at the Darien Library featuring several bands and other acts from Darien High School. A $350 first prize and $250 runner up prize will be offered to the best acts, chosen by members of the Darien Teen Advisory Board. Every audience member in attendance will get a raffle ticket to win an iPad just for walking in the door!

Come to see all of your friends perform or come and be in the show! If you are interested in being an act, talk to any of the TAB members or contact Teen Librarian Erica Gauquier at

To enter: download the attached act submission form and return.

Lights, Camera, Action! :Summer Reading Classes 2015

artwork courtesy of our own Miss Lisa
artwork courtesy of our own Miss Lisa

Registration for summer classes opens May 26th.

Registration is a lottery. The following classes are open to Darien Residents, those employed full time in Darien, or non-residents who are contributors to the Darien Library Annual Campaign at the $300 level.

Registration: Tuesday, May 26th through Monday, June 8th.

Notifications will be sent by Saturday, June 13th.

Please register your child by their grade as of May 26th.




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