Focusing On You Meditation Series

Julie Punishill [credit Pamela Ha-Stevenson]
Julie Punishill [credit Pamela Ha-Stevenson]

Thursdays October 23rd, 30th, and November 13th and 20th at 7 p.m.

16th,The "Focusing on You" meditation series leads up to Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season. Do you find you get swept up in the expectations and "busy"-ness of the holidays? Do you find you lose your sense of self? Would you like to increase your personal enjoyment of this very special season, and for that matter, your every day life? This series of five sessions over six weeks is designed to offer meditations and tools to help you focus on you, your presence and ability to live in the moment.

The program will be led by Julie Punishill, a graduate of the two-year intensive training program at the Institute for Conscious Counseling and Coaching in Essex, MA.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Words and Pictures'

We will screen WORDS AND PICTURES October 24th.
We will screen WORDS AND PICTURES October 24th.

Friday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Words and Pictures (2013) Starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche; Rated PG-13; 111 minutes. Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

An English teacher and fallen literary star challenges an art teacher to a war of words versus images to determine which form carries the greatest meaning in this romantic comedy drama.

"A love story that actually has something on its mind beyond romance." -- Claudia Puig, USA Today

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

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

Calling All Teenage Cinephiles! It’s Darien’s Deathly Double Feature!

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Aaron Landry
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Aaron Landry

Saturday, October 25 from 5-9 p.m. in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

This program is for teens aged 12-18.

Let’s face it, October just wouldn’t be October without horror films. Whether it’s Jason Voorhees chasing down the counselors of Crystal Lake, the rage zombies of 28 Days Later, or watching a creepy puppet ride around on a tricycle in SAW, watching scary movies is as much a part of October as the leaves changing colors, or the fact that everything suddenly becomes pumpkin flavored.
Darien Library will be carrying on the tradition by hosting a Scary Movie Double Feature for teens on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 5-9 p.m. in the library’s Community Room, starting with the original 1968 Night of the Living Dead.
Most of the action in Night of the Living Dead centers around our hero boarding up windows, but that’s kind of the beauty of it! It’s one of those so-cheesy-it’s-good sort of movies. The film was made for an estimated $114,000, which wouldn’t even cover World War Z’s latte budget! There’s no fancy CGI, the blood’s clearly ketchup and some of the actors aren’t exactly what you’d call “professional,” but this was George “The Grandfather of All Zombie Films” Romero’s first foray into the undead. Think about that: If it wasn’t for Romero and this little black and white picture, there’d be no Walking Dead! No Rick Grimes! No Daryl Dixon! No The Governor! Noooooo!
The night will finish with 2012’s The Woman in Black. The film takes place in Edwardian era England. A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers that a vengeful spirit is terrorizing the locals. Where Night of the Living Dead is all about putting its brain-loving monsters front and center, The Woman in Black takes a quiet--and therefore much more terrifying--approach. It’s all about creaking stairs, empty rooms, and seriously creepy dolls. And of course it stars heartthrob Ciarán Hinds! Just kidding! It’s our beloved Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe! Yay!
Teens are strongly advised to come dressed in costumes as we’ll be holding a costume competition with prizes between movies!

Refreshments will be served i.e. there’ll be candy. Lots and lots of candy, another great October tradition.

Passport Days

Image courtesy flickr user clappstar
Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

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).

Stories to Chill Your Bones

Photo courtesy of flickr user atoach
Photo courtesy of flickr user atoach

Thursday, October 30th at 5:30 p.m. at Tilley Pond Park

Are you afraid of the dark? You might be after hearing the Children's Librarians weave stories of terror, and thrill you with the macabre. Join us at Tilley Pond Park for Stories to Chill your Bones!

Ages 8 and up (warning: these stories may be scary, so the program is advised for children ages 8+)

This program is co-sponsored by the Darien Parks and Recreation Department.

* In the event of rain this program will be held in the Children's Library.

Mini Golf in the Library!

Join us!
Join us!

Saturday, November 15th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

$5 per player, each player will also receive a free hot dog!

Miniature golf is coming to the library! We are happy to announce the first Darien Library Mini Golf Event. Players of all ages will putt their way through the Library. The Library will become an 18-hole miniature golf course with the course set up throughout the building, along with face painting, corn hole, crafts and other activities.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Premier Hole Sponsors:

Darien Sport Shop, Ring's End, The Wyper Family

Hole Sponsors:

Carta, McCalister & Moore LLC, The Cholnoky Family, Connecticut Green, First County Bank, GWAY Printing & Graphics, Peggy Hersam/Halstead Property, Dr. Maryann Lehmann, Lucky Lawn, Merrill Lynch, Nedder and Associates LLC, TD Bank

Tee and Green Sponsors:

Darien Toy Box, Get it Done Consulting, Ivey, Barnum & O'Mara, LLC, Mama Carmela's Italian Deli, Upper Crust Bakery & Cafe

For more information about sponsoring a hole, contact the Darien Library Administrative office at 203-669-5220.

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

Halloween Crafts

Image courtesy of Flickr user Carolyn Brunelle
Image courtesy of Flickr user Carolyn Brunelle

Monday, October 27th from 4 to 5 p.m.

Join us as we make Halloween inspired crafts. Ages 3 and up. Drop-in. 

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Happening This Week
Starts: Thursday October 23, 9:30 am
Ends: Thursday October 23, 10:00 am
Where: Children's Storytime Room
Starts: Thursday October 23, 3:30 pm
Ends: Thursday October 23, 4:30 pm
Where: Teen Lounge
Starts: Thursday October 23, 4:15 pm
Ends: Thursday October 23, 5:00 pm
Starts: Thursday October 23, 6:00 pm
Ends: Thursday October 23, 7:00 pm
Starts: Thursday October 23, 7:00 pm
Ends: Thursday October 23, 8:00 pm
Where: Conference Room
Starts: Friday October 24, 4:00 pm
Ends: Friday October 24, 6:00 pm
Where: Children's Library
Starts: Friday October 24, 6:30 pm
Ends: Friday October 24, 8:00 pm
Where: Darien Library Community Room
Starts: Friday October 24, 8:30 pm
Ends: Friday October 24, 10:00 pm
Where: Community Room
Starts: Saturday October 25, 9:00 am
Ends: Saturday October 25, 1:00 pm
Where: Conference Room
Starts: Saturday October 25, 2:00 pm
Ends: Saturday October 25, 4:00 pm
Where: Children's Library
Starts: Saturday October 25, 3:00 pm
Ends: Saturday October 25, 4:30 pm
Where: Community Room
Starts: Monday October 27, 10:30 am
Ends: Monday October 27, 11:00 am
Where: Storytime Room
Starts: Monday October 27, 11:15 am
Ends: Monday October 27, 11:45 am
Where: Storytime Room
Starts: Monday October 27, 1:30 pm
Ends: Monday October 27, 2:00 pm
Where: Children's Library
Starts: Monday October 27, 2:00 pm
Ends: Monday October 27, 3:00 pm
Where: Technology Center
Starts: Monday October 27, 4:00 pm
Ends: Monday October 27, 5:00 pm
Where: Storytime Room
Starts: Monday October 27, 7:00 pm
Ends: Monday October 27, 8:30 pm
Where: Harris Room
Starts: Tuesday October 28, 9:30 am
Ends: Tuesday October 28, 10:00 am
Where: Storytime Room
Starts: Tuesday October 28, 10:30 am
Ends: Tuesday October 28, 11:00 am
Where: Storytime Room
Starts: Tuesday October 28, 1:30 pm
Ends: Tuesday October 28, 2:00 pm
Where: Storytime Room
Starts: Tuesday October 28, 4:15 pm
Ends: Tuesday October 28, 5:15 pm
Where: TEA Room
Starts: Wednesday October 29, 9:30 am
Ends: Wednesday October 29, 10:00 am
Where: Louise Parker Berry Community Room
Starts: Wednesday October 29, 10:30 am
Ends: Wednesday October 29, 11:00 am
Where: Storytime Room
Starts: Wednesday October 29, 11:00 am
Ends: Wednesday October 29, 12:00 pm
Where: Main Street
Starts: Wednesday October 29, 11:15 am
Ends: Wednesday October 29, 11:45 am
Where: Storytime Room
Starts: Wednesday October 29, 4:00 pm
Ends: Wednesday October 29, 5:00 pm
Where: Storytime Room
Starts: Wednesday October 29, 4:15 pm
Ends: Wednesday October 29, 5:15 pm
Where: TEA Room