The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop is excited to announce that the Actors/Playwrights Workshop, now in its 17th year, will present a series of workshops here at the Darien Library. The playwright participants will workshop their plays at the following sessions:
A little icy rain on Sunday morning made us remember to be wary on the roads but the colder temps also reminded us that we've got 99 hats and scarves on their way to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. Our shout-out for helping hands for our 3rd annual knit-a-thon, brought the community together -- teens, adults, and children -- and their needles together, resulting in 52 hats and 47 scarves, which will be delivered to the shelters run by the Crisis Center. We put our hands together for you! Thank you so much! We look forward to offerering more opportunites to serve the community. Read about the enthusiasm that's already building for our new teen space!
We close this building in less than 4 weeks. We're looking forward. We're looking back. It's a wonder our heads aren't spinning...there is no time to wind down before we gear up for everything that's to come with our big, exciting move.
Besides, we still have lots going on here throughout the month of November!
In other November-news, our final Book Sale in this building begins next Saturday, the 8th! There will be an enormous amount of really great stuff for sale and you'll have through noon on the 12th to come by and sort through. Here are all the details.
On Sunday, November 16th, our Fall Book Discussion Series concludes with Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri. It's the 4th and final book of our series, OF THEE I SING: NOVELS ABOUT THE CHANGING FACE OF AMERICA. We'll meet with our discussion leader Jordon Pecile (pictured at left) at 2:30 p.m. in the Program Room.
And fall is not fall in Darien without our Foreign Film Series! There are still two more films on the schedule and you won't want to miss them!
On Friday, November 14th, we'll be showing The Grocer's Son. In French with English subtitles, running time is 96 minutes.
And then on Friday November 21st (our last Friday in the building), Hula Girls will be the feature. In Japanese with English subtitles, the films runs 120 minutes.
We also have a fine art show that just went up and will be our Art On View through the rest of our time here. The exhibit is by the Art Faculty of the Darien Schools and not only is it a privilege to view, it's fabulous knowing that we are so privileged to have these talented individuals teaching in our schools!
And, now we return to our biggest Event-news of the month...we will close this building for good on Wednesday, November 26th at 6 p.m.
They went up around town yesterday and are the result of the effort of the Darien Domestic Violence Task Force. There are 84 ribbons, each one representing a dometic abuse/violence call to Darien Police during the fiscal year 2007-2008. The ribbons will be up throughout the month of October because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The Library is an active participant in the Task Force. The Proclamation will be here at the Library this Thursday, October 2nd at 11 a.m. On Friday, October 3rd at 7:30 p.m., we will be showing the film, The Color Purple downstairs in the Program Room.
Our annual knit-a-thon will be from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, October 17th.
We'll be knitting scarves and hats for the benefit of those staying in the shelters run by the Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC).
The knit-a-thon is open to adults and children. Registration and previous knitting experience is required. Patterns, knitting needles, and yarn will be provided. Final drop-off of hats and scarves will be on Friday, November 21. Register at the Children’s Room desk: 669-5235.
These organizations all use Darien Library's web site hosting:
Here are a few thoughts on this question:
Monday's New York Times article, After Suicide, Blog Insults Are Debated, reported on an incredibly disturbing event. After being personally attacked by unwarranted comments posted on two well-known advertising blogs, the very successful and accomplished creative director of DDB-Chicago committed suicide. The article also discussed the 2006 suicide of a 13-year old girl who, in the months leading up to her death, had been cyber-bullied by an adult neighbor pretending to be a teenage boy.
We can certainly ponder the cause-and-effect relationship of bullying in the virtual world. The hard truth, however, is that what so many of us value and praise the Internet for providing - anonymity, ease of communication, freedom of expression - has, in part, morphed into a venue for virtual bashing without consequence. There it is - the electronic mob.
The even harder truth is that yes, the mob is right here in Darien. It's happening in the Darien News Blog. It's inevitably happening on our MySpace and Facebook accounts. It's even happening in The Darien Times, where individuals are using the public forum to personally attack people or the paper itself rather than presenting a civil argument on concrete issues affecting the town.
It's a curious thing. We would all take action if we saw a child being outright bullied on the playground by another child. We would stop what was happening to the best of our ability, wouldn't we? So why do we so readily accept the type of from-afar bullying that goes on in this town - the kind that tries to pass itself off as valid criticism? Why do we allow anonymity and personal attacking to occur while accountability falls by the wayside?
Another, and perhaps the most important, question for us all: What can we do about it?
For our close-knit community, as part of a world that has embraced the Internet age and freedom of speech with open arms, it's a question that should be confronted and answered. There's no doubt about that.
Perhaps a starting point for action will be the program being held at Darien Library tomorrow night at 7pm, when author Lee Siegel will be visiting to speak about the ideas in his new book, Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob. Mr. Siegel clarifys the urgency with which we need to deal with the hidden dangers of the Internet and the lack of accountability that has become a norm in our society. Please join us and let's get the ideas rolling on how we can implement the changes that need to take place.