April showers don't just bring May flowers . . . they also bring exciting guest speakers to Darien Library! Take a look at who will be visiting us over the course of the month. We hope you will join us!

Let's begin with our Spring Author Series:

Meet the Author! Charlotte Smith
Dreaming of Dior
: Every Dress Tells A Story
Wednesday, April 28 at 7 PM
We LOVE fashion and will talk fashion anytime, but this April is special because this April, our Spring Author Series continues to unfold with an author and fashion expert whose remarks and collection are in vogue, in demand, and most desirable no matter what the season.  Five years ago, Charlotte Smith, Curator of The Fashion and Textile Gallery in Sydney, Australia, inherited a priceless vintage clothing collection from her American Quaker godmother, Doris Darnell. Dating from 1790 to 1995, the collection had been a lifetime labor of love for Darnell and consists of more than 5,000 treasures, ranging from a pioneer womans daintily mended best dress to couture originals by Dior, Chanel, and Balenciaga. Ms. Smith has compiled a gorgeously illustrated book of the dresses, their stories, and the lifetime of memories the collection holds. The presentation will include a display of several pieces from the collection.

And mark your calendars for:

Dr. David Downie
Weathering the Storm: Climate Change, Science, and Policy

Guest Lecture by Dr. David Downie, Fairfield University

Monday, April 5 at 7 PM
During the month of March, Darien and the rest of the Northeast experienced some of the most extreme weather we've seen in quite awhile, with tons of snow, rain, and wind reminding us that while nature is beautiful, it can also take some wild turns. But is it as unpredicable as we may think? Will climate change bring similar conditions in the coming years? Please join us for a special One Book, One Community event, as Dr. David Downie, Director of Environmental Studies and Associate Professor of Politics at Fairfield University, will give a dynamic presentation about the factors that influence extreme weather and global warming, as well as what is being done to help protect the future of our planet.

The Poet's Voice, featuring Anne Boutelle

Sunday, April 18 at 3 PM
April is National Poetry Month! We are celebrating at Darien Library with the return of The Poet's Voice, which features yearly readings in Fairfield County libraries by outstanding poets. Ann Boutelle will read poems from her selected works, Becoming Bone and Nest of Thistles, winner of the 2005 Samuel French Morse Prize from Northeastern University Press. Boutelle teaches at Smith College, where she founded the Poetry Center. She is considered the guiding light of the Poetry Center and continues to guide the Center's efforts.

College Admissions 101: A Panel Discussion for Families

Advice for Student Athletes
Thursday, April 22 at 7 PM

We know how stressful college admissions can be. We also know you can never get too many tips on how to prepare yourself for the admissions process! And if you're a student athlete, the process can be even more confusing and complicated. So we've gathered a panel of coaches, parents of student athletes, and current student athletes who have been through it all and have tried and true advice to offer on college admissions, the recruitment processes, and how to juggle academics and sports all at once.

Ask the Master Gardeners!

Container Gardening for Flowers & Vegetables
Tuesday, April 27 at 7 PM
It's an evening of asking the experts! Wally Pugh and Regina Campfield, both graduates of the CT Master Gardener Program at the Barlett Arboretum, will share their gardening wisdom with us. First Mr. Pugh will offer an assortment of good gardening practices and skills for optimal yield. Then, Ms. Campfield will discuss designing your planter, types of plant materials, soil provisions, and watering techniques. Learn the theory of "thrillers, spillers, and fillers" for your pots! Come with paper and pen in hand. You will want to take notes!

There is so much more that is happening this month! Click here for a full listing of events for April.