Wednesday Matinee - 'The Face of Love'

THE FACE OF LOVE will screen in our Community Room Wednesday, August 20th.
THE FACE OF LOVE will screen in our Community Room Wednesday, August 20th.

Wednesday, August 20th at 1:30 p.m. - The Face of Love (2013) Starring Annette Bening, Ed Harris, and Robin Williams; Rated PG-13; 92 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Five years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett, Nikki meets Tom, a man who seems to be Garrett's exact duplicate. Not only does Tom possess the same physical characteristics, but he also shares Garrett's kindness, humor, and passion for art. And yet he is a stranger. As romance blossoms between Nikki and Tom, she finds she can't bring herself to tell him the truth about what drew her to him. But as their relationship progresses, it becomes not a question of if the truth will come out, but when.

"Ms. Bening...immediately [makes] this woman come so satisfyingly alive, breathing believable vitality and at times contradictory emotions into what might have otherwise registered as a blur..." -- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Evening Meditation

Julie Punishill
Julie Punishill

Wednesday, August 20th at 7 p.m.

Are you looking for a little more balance or calm in your life? Come join Julie Punishill (fresh off a spiritual retreat in Costa Rica) to learn some new breathing tools, meditations and chants to aid your body, mind and spirit into better alignment.

Participants are asked to bring a throw pillow or cushion.

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

Donate Blood and Your Library Overdue Fines are Waived

One donation can help save the lives of up to three people. Source
One donation can help save the lives of up to three people. Source

Wednesday, August 27th

From 1:00 p.m. until the last appointment at 6:15 p.m.

Darien Library will be hosting the American Red Cross for a blood drive in August. Registration that day will be in the Community Room then donations will occur in the Red Cross' specially equipped bus in the parking lot. Visit the Red Cross' website to schedule an appointment. 

Blood donors and those who attempt to donate are eligible to have their overdue fines waived (does not apply to bills or replacement charges). 

Facts about blood donation from the Red Cross

  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
  • Roughly 1 pint of blood is given during a donation.

Source

Friday Night Feature - 'The Lunchbox'

We will screen THE LUNCHBOX in our Community Room August 22nd
We will screen THE LUNCHBOX in our Community Room August 22nd

Friday, August 22nd at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.The Lunchbox (2014) Starring Irrfan Khan; Rated PG; 105 minutes; Presented in Hindi with English subtitles.

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects Ila, a neglected housewife, to Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Through a series of exchanged notes that they pass back and forth through the lunches, Saajan and Ila find comfort in their unexpected friendship.

"The Lunchbox is a feast of delights, one of the best stories about the connection between food and love the movies have ever seen." -- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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

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

Family Military History

Amanda Goodman
Amanda Goodman

Wednesday, August 27th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
In the Tech Center on the Lower Level

Your ancestors fought for freedom, family, and home. On June 28, 1914, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand led to the beginning of the Great War, what we now call World War I. Millions of soldiers joined the war on all sides and left behind for us records of their military enlistment and activity. 

In this workshop, you will learn how to find your ancestor's military enlistment, draft papers, and more through Ancestry.com, Heritage Quest, and FamilySearch. The first part of the program will be an overview of resources and in the second portion, you will work on your own family .

Art On View: Trish Monahan

The work of Trish Monahan
The work of Trish Monahan

July 22nd through September 2nd

Closing Reception Friday, August 29th from 6 to 8 p.m.

In her own words, "As an artist, I always seek to explore and capture moments of wonder in the natural world: the feeling of an open meditative space infused with light, the geometric patterns of a landscape, bodies in motion, twisted trees and gardens that tangle. These constantly changing rhythms and colors fascinate me, for in nature we find the vital force, the very essence of life itself.

My art education came mostly from seeing, from looking deeply at things, and from being exposed to so much great art in the cities where I have visited and lived. It seems I have been been studying art and science for most of my life. After attending art and design classes at Wayne State University, Parsons School of Design and The Art Students League, I fine-tuned my eye working as a textile artist and clothing designer for several years in New York. I now paint in Westport, Connecticut as a member of "The Art Studio."

For many years now I have also been working in the Natural Healing field and this certainly influences my artwork. Working hands-on with people in such a close way increases your sensitivity to subtle currents of energy and what lies beneath the surface. The deeper unspoken truths are an integral part of my work, and I hope it is something the viewer feels when observing my paintings.

Passport Day

Image courtesy flickr user clappstar
Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, August 23rd 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).

Meet Harold W. McGraw Fellow Lisa Nowlain!

Lisa is from California, and in this picture she is trying to learn how to stay warm for winter.
Lisa is from California, and in this picture she is trying to learn how to stay warm for winter.

Most of you know Krishna Grady, who for the past two years has been the Harold W. McGraw fellow here in the Children's Library at Darien.  The fellowship is a two-year Children's Librarian opportunity for a children's librarian who has recently graduated from library school, and people from all over the country apply to work in this special library.  Two years have passed, and lucky for us, Krishna is staying on as Coordinator of Children's Programs!

We are happy to welcome the 2014-2016 Fellow this month - Lisa Nowlain. Lisa was born in San Francisco, CA and has driven from California all the way to Connecticut this month - with her husband, her cat Risso, and most of her belongings packed in the car!  Lisa became a librarian after returning from her time Laos, where she was giving art and mural workshops.  She realized that in her next job, she wanted to connect people with ideas, information, and each other in the heart of a community.  And so she went to librarian school in San Jose, CA!

Lisa is half Swedish and grew up eating a lot of potatoes, pancakes, and lingonberry jam, and speaks Swedish with her mom and grandparents.  She loves Pippi Longstocking because she is extraordinarily silly and a swashbuckling adventurer - most of Astrid Lindgren's books are her favorites.  She also loves books about edible wild plants and Neil Gaiman's creepy books make her a little afraid of the dark (but she reads them anyway).

Lisa has said, "If there's one thing about Darien that makes me the most excited, it's the TEA room! I can't wait to make art with kids and their families."  Lisa is also very excited about the giant printer in the Small Office Home Office center and the fact that she gets to read books, sing songs, play with iPads, and brainstorm how to support Darien's children with talented librarians - for her job!

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Happening This Week
Starts: Thursday August 21, 9:30 am
Ends: Thursday August 21, 10:00 am
Where: Children's Storytime Room
Starts: Thursday August 21, 11:15 am
Ends: Thursday August 21, 12:15 pm
Where: Storytime Room
Starts: Thursday August 21, 2:00 pm
Ends: Thursday August 21, 3:00 pm
Where: Storytime Room
Starts: Thursday August 21, 3:30 pm
Ends: Thursday August 21, 4:30 pm
Where: Teen Lounge
Starts: Friday August 22, 9:30 am
Ends: Friday August 22, 10:00 am
Where: Storytime Room
Starts: Friday August 22, 3:15 pm
Ends: Friday August 22, 4:15 pm
Where: Storytime Room
Starts: Friday August 22, 6:30 pm
Ends: Friday August 22, 8:00 pm
Where: Darien Library Community Room
Starts: Friday August 22, 8:30 pm
Ends: Friday August 22, 10:00 pm
Where: Community Room
Starts: Saturday August 23, 9:00 am
Ends: Saturday August 23, 1:00 pm
Where: Conference Room
Starts: Monday August 25, 10:00 am
Ends: Monday August 25, 10:30 am
Where: Community Room
Starts: Tuesday August 26, 3:00 pm
Ends: Tuesday August 26, 4:00 pm
Where: Conference Room
Starts: Tuesday August 26, 4:15 pm
Ends: Tuesday August 26, 5:15 pm
Where: TEA Room
Starts: Wednesday August 27, 9:30 am
Ends: Wednesday August 27, 10:00 am
Where: Louise Parker Berry Community Room
Starts: Wednesday August 27, 6:30 pm
Ends: Wednesday August 27, 8:30 pm
Where: Tech Center
Starts: Wednesday August 27, 7:00 pm
Ends: Wednesday August 27, 8:30 pm
Where: Conference Room