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Meet the Author - Evie Wyld

© Roelof Bakker
© Roelof Bakker

Tuesday, April 29th at 12 noon

Evie Wyld, author of All the Birds, Singing will be our featured speaker. A light lunch will be served.

Please register for this event.

Shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Award for Best Novel

Check out Evie's interview with NPR's Weekend Edition

Jake Whyte is living on her own in an old farmhouse on a craggy British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. Her disobedient collie, Dog, and a flock of sheep are her sole companions, which is how she wanted it to be. But every few nights something—or someone—picks off one of the sheep and sounds a new deep pulse of terror. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumors of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is also Jake's past—hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, held in the silences about her family and the scars that stripe her back—a past that threatens to break into the present. With exceptional artistry and empathy, All the Birds, Singing reveals an isolated life in all its struggles and stubborn hopes, unexpected beauty, and hard-won redemption.

About the Author

Evie Wyld grew up in Australia and London, where she currently resides. She received an M.A. in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the recipient of the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize and a Betty Trask Award.

Books will be available for purchase at this event.

Friday Night Feature - 'Captain Phillips'

We will screen CAPTAIN PHILLIPS in our Community Room April 25th.
We will screen CAPTAIN PHILLIPS in our Community Room April 25th.

Friday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. - Captain Phillips (2013) Starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi; Rated PG-13; 133 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A U.S. cargo-ship captain surrenders himself to Somali pirates so that his crew will be freed in this true story.

"This is acting of the highest order in a movie that raises the bar on what a true-life action thriller can do." -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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

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

 

 

 

Register for These Spring Tech Classes

In April/May: LinkedIn, Word, and Excel
In April/May: LinkedIn, Word, and Excel

Class registration is limited to Darien residents, those who work in Darien full-time, and Friends who have donated $300 or more.

Register: Intermediate Excel (This class is now full. Please contact eshea@darienlibrary.org to be added to the waitlist.)
Thursday, April 24th, 2 - 4 p.m.

Learn how to use sorting, filtering, and lists to make your data come alive.

Register: LinkedIn
Thursday, May 1st, 2-4 p.m.

Learn about the social media craze and how to set up your own LinkedIn account. This workshop will explore finding and establishing connections, group memberships, and effectively using LinkedIn for your job search!

Register: Introduction to Microsoft Word
Tuesday, May 6th, 2 – 4 p.m.

Use word processing software to your advantage to create professional, dynamic documents.

You Are What You Read!

Hosted by Jen Dayton
Hosted by Jen Dayton

Spring is suddenly everywhere we look and we are all out there staking our claim. Like the swallows to Capistrano, and the buzzards to Hinckley Ohio, the osprey’s have returned to their summer home over at the police station.  The pansies are out next door and across the street and I have seen the eight man shells out on the Norwalk and Saugatuck rivers from my train.  What is probably the ultimate sign that we are hurtling into spring, The Traveling Companion is with the rest of his Writing Brethren at Augusta reporting on his 29th (!)  Masters.  I suspect he must have felt a bit like Dorothy leaving behind the gray of Kansas and stepping into Technicolor Munchkin Land. Erin is rocking the seersucker and she has stated that she refuses to wear her winter coat anymore. As for myself, I have committed to the Bare Leg. Not so much because it’s spring, it is more that I am down to one pair of hose and I just can’t face buying more.  So there’s that. And the fact that I hate wearing hose, and that Babs B. started the Bare Leg  earlier this week.  I figure if Babs says it is fine to do so, then it is so. This week we have a road trip, a spooky mystery, donations of a kind, some flawed humans (are there any other kind?), April in Paris, a marriage, and the love of books. And really? A weekend without The Play List?  Not happening.


Let us begin!

Meet the Author - Colum McCann

Colum McCann
Colum McCann

Wednesday, May 21st at 7 p.m.

Author presentation, Q&A Session, and Book Signing

Colum McCann, author of TransAtlantic, will be our featured speaker.

Join us as Colum McCann discusses the catalyst for his latest novel - the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean and the interwoven stories of his characters throughout history.

About Colum McCann

Colum McCann is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Let the Great World Spin, Zoli, Dancer, This Side of Brightness, and Songdogs, as well as two critically acclaimed story collections. His fiction has been published in 35 languages. He has received many honors, including the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, and the Ireland Fund of Monaco Literary Award in Memory of Princess Grace. He has been named one of Esquire’s “Best & Brightest,” and his short film Everything in This Country Must was nominated for an Oscar in 2005. A contributor to the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, and Paris Review, he teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing Program. He lives in New York City with his wife and their three children.

This event is open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations cannot be accommodated. The first 100 attendees will receive a complimentary copy of TransAtlantic. Additional copies will be available for purchase at this event. Colum McCann's appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore. A reception will follow the presentation.

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

 

Museum Passes

Photo courtesy of Flickr user RISD museum.
Photo courtesy of Flickr user RISD museum.

The following Museum Passes are now available in the Children's Library for check out. Families can use the passes to gain free or discounted admission depending on the location. Passes are available for residents, members who work in Darien full-time, and non-residents who are Friends at the $300 level and above. Place one on hold today! 

Stepping Stones Museum for Children 

The New Children's Museum 

Mystic Aquarium

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum 

The Maritime Aquarium

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art 

Did you know that you and your family can also reserve a MoMA Pass from the Library

Information at Your Fingertips

Image courtesy Flickr user lestaylorphoto
Image courtesy Flickr user lestaylorphoto

All classes are on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., in the Conference Room, with one exception noted below.

Tuesday, April 29th at 6 :30 p.m. - Register: Finance and Investing (meets in the Technology Center)

The Library is home to a wealth of information for first-time investors up through the most seasoned shareholders. Explore these resources to keep your fingers on the pulse of your own investments.

Tuesday, May 6th at 6:30 p.m. - Register: Job Search

Starting a job search can be overwhelming, especially with all of the different websites that are now available. Come learn about the Library's premium online resources available to help you search postings, zoom in on companies in an industry or region, and define your career goals with free asessments.

Form 1 3D Printer now available

High resolution replica of the Statue of Liberty
High resolution replica of the Statue of Liberty

Formlabs, the manufacturer behind the Form 1 3D printer, would like to bring stereolithographic 3D printing technology to the masses. The library has acquired a Form 1 printer and would like YOU to bring your designs to reality with exquisite detail and exceptional surface finish. Built for more intricate quality designs than standard plastic extrusion printers, it uses an ultraviolet laser to cure liquid plastic resin. That's right, a LASER, pew pew pew. 

Interested in printing a toy for a gift? Inventing a prototype for a new part to manufacture? Want to blow minds at your next science fair? Whether you're a casual tinkerer, inventor, designer or other creative type looking for high quality prints, this is the printer for you. The Form 1 offers a few default resolutions: the highest resolution of 0.025mm per layer, a medium resolution of 0.05mm per layer, and a low resolution of 0.1mm per layer. It's the perfect tool for printing intricate designs. 

For more information, visit our Form 1 page.

 

Introducing: You Are What You Read Next

Main Street
Main Street

The Darien Library is proud to offer You Are What You Read Next, a new online Reader's Advisory service offering personalized book recommedations. If you've spoken with our readers' advisors at the Welcome Desk before, you know that we have a full staff of trained librarians to help you find that perfect next read. Whether you're in the mood for the hottest new mystery, want to go back to the classics, or have a few questions about the book all your friends are reading, we're here with answers and recommendations. Now we're taking that show online with our online form You Are What You Read Next

If you take just 5-10 minutes to answer a few questions about what you're looking for in your next few books, we'll send you a list of 5 hand-picked books in whatever format you prefer. You don't even have to answer all the questions--just the ones that you think are necessary. Click here to get started. We can't wait to hear from you!

Nice New Book Goodness!

Selected by Jen
Selected by Jen

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up!

Check out Hoopla's videos, music, and more!
Borrow an eMagazine from the Library!
Browse our downloadable books and audiobooks!
Your donation goes towards purchasing all Library materials including technology resources.
Happening This Week
Starts: Thursday April 24, 9:30 am
Ends: Thursday April 24, 10:00 am
Where: Children's Storytime Room
Starts: Thursday April 24, 2:00 pm
Ends: Thursday April 24, 4:00 pm
Where: Technology Center
Starts: Thursday April 24, 4:00 pm
Ends: Thursday April 24, 5:00 pm
Starts: Thursday April 24, 4:15 pm
Ends: Thursday April 24, 4:45 pm
Where: Children's Library
Starts: Friday April 25, 9:30 am
Ends: Friday April 25, 10:00 am
Where: Storytime Room
Starts: Friday April 25, 10:30 am
Ends: Friday April 25, 11:00 am
Starts: Friday April 25, 3:00 pm
Ends: Friday April 25, 4:00 pm
Starts: Friday April 25, 6:30 pm
Ends: Friday April 25, 8:00 pm
Where: Darien Library Community Room
Starts: Friday April 25, 8:45 pm
Ends: Friday April 25, 10:15 pm
Where: Community Room
Starts: Saturday April 26, 12:00 pm
Ends: Saturday April 26, 1:00 pm
Where: Storytime Room
Starts: Sunday April 27, 2:00 pm
Ends: Sunday April 27, 3:00 pm
Where: Conference Room
Starts: Sunday April 27, 2:00 pm
Ends: Sunday April 27, 3:00 pm
Where: Community Room
Starts: Monday April 28, 10:30 am
Ends: Monday April 28, 11:00 am
Where: Children's Storytime Room
Starts: Monday April 28, 11:15 am
Ends: Monday April 28, 11:45 am
Starts: Monday April 28, 1:30 pm
Ends: Monday April 28, 2:00 pm
Where: Children's Library
Starts: Monday April 28, 3:30 pm
Ends: Monday April 28, 4:30 pm
Where: Teen Lounge
Starts: Tuesday April 29, 9:30 am
Ends: Tuesday April 29, 10:00 am
Starts: Tuesday April 29, 10:30 am
Ends: Tuesday April 29, 11:00 am
Starts: Tuesday April 29, 11:15 am
Ends: Tuesday April 29, 11:45 am
Where: Children's Room
Starts: Tuesday April 29, 12:00 pm
Ends: Tuesday April 29, 2:00 pm
Where: Community Room
Starts: Tuesday April 29, 1:30 pm
Ends: Tuesday April 29, 2:00 pm
Starts: Tuesday April 29, 4:15 pm
Ends: Tuesday April 29, 5:15 pm
Where: TEA Room
Starts: Tuesday April 29, 7:00 pm
Ends: Tuesday April 29, 8:30 pm
Where: Community room
Starts: Wednesday April 30, 9:30 am
Ends: Wednesday April 30, 10:00 am
Where: Louise Parker Berry Community Room
Starts: Wednesday April 30, 10:30 am
Ends: Wednesday April 30, 11:00 am
Starts: Wednesday April 30, 11:00 am
Ends: Wednesday April 30, 12:00 pm
Where: Main Street
Starts: Wednesday April 30, 11:15 am
Ends: Wednesday April 30, 11:45 am
Starts: Wednesday April 30, 1:30 pm
Ends: Wednesday April 30, 3:30 pm
Where: Darien Library Community Room
Starts: Wednesday April 30, 3:30 pm
Ends: Wednesday April 30, 4:30 pm