Pop-Up Library and National Readathon Day

Spokey, our Book Trike, will be making an appearance!
Spokey, our Book Trike, will be making an appearance!

Saturday, May 21st from 2 to 5 p.m. at Grove Street Plaza

Darien Library may be closed for the day, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a good book! Join us at Grove Street Plaza as we celebrate National Readathon Day with a Pop-Up Library. Check out your next great read, grab a DVD or two, bring the little ones for Storytime, and join us for an afternoon of communal reading. Storytime will begin at 2, but your Librarians will be on hand until 5 p.m. Happy reading!

Meet the Author: Ed Gray

Thursday, May 26th at 7 p.m.

Ed Gray, author of Left in the Wind, will be our featured speaker.

Most Americans have heard the story of Roanoke, the first English colony. In 1587, 118 men, women, and children settled at the site, and then later vanished without a trace. They left behind only one clue: the word “CROATOAN,” carved into a tree. But where did they go?

In Left in the Wind, Ed Gray offers one possible answer to this enduring question in the form of a fictional diary of Emme Merrimoth, a real Roanoke colonist. The diary brings readers on the harrowing journey across the Atlantic that brought the colonists to America and into the difficult early days of establishing a colony in the untamed North Carolina landscape. As the colonists struggle to survive in a new land, Emme finds herself in the middle of a series of dangerous conflicts—both between the colonists and the native people of Roanoke as well as strife within the colony itself.

Left in the Wind is an engrossing work of historical fiction that studies both the grand mystery of Roanoke and the quieter secrets of one woman’s life.

About the author
Ed Gray was the founding editor of the revered Gray's Sporting Journal where he discovered and edited the early fiction of E. Annie Proulx, Rick Bass and many others who have gone on to distinguished writing careers. He subsequently founded Graybooks Publishers and Aisle Seat Books, where he originated and developed the concept of Movie Length Tales™. He is also the author of a dozen books of essays and other writings.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

Darien Library is proud to sponsor this event with the Middlesex Genealogical Society.

State Budget Analysis with Keith Phaneuf

Terrie Wood
Terrie Wood

Tuesday, May 17th from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Come join State Representative Terrie Wood as she welcomes Connecticut Mirror’s expert state budget reporter Keith Phaneuf for an in-depth budget analysis.

About the presenters
Terrie Wood is serving her 4th term as State Representative for Darien and Norwalk. She currently serves as ranking member on the Human Services committee, and also serves on the Regulations Review and Finance, Revenue, and Bonding committees.

Keith M. Phaneuf with Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, won first prize in investigative reporting from the Education Writers Association in 2012 for a series of stories on the Board of Regents for Higher Education. The former State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, Keith has spent most of 24 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut's transportation and social services networks. A former contributing writer to The New York Times, Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut. 

Brown Bag Lunch Parenting Series

Wednesday, May 25th from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Join the Community Fund of Darien and Darien Library for a monthly brown bag lunch parenting series. Each month, we will feature a speaker who will provide practical tips on a critical asset to develop in teens, guide a discussion and answer your questions. Our second brown bag lunch will focus on Family Boundaries. 

About the presenter
Tracey Masella, LCSW, received her MSW from the Graduate School of Social Work at Fordham University.  Ms. Masella has worked at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT, for seven years, most recently as the Social Worker for the Adolescent Transitional Living Program, a Dialectical Behavior Therapy-based program.  While at Silver Hill, Tracey has worked with both adults and adolescents as part of a multi-disciplinary team, treating patients with a full range of diagnoses, including mood disorders, substance use disorders, borderline personality disorder, narcissism, psychosis, and bipolar disorder.  She is intensively trained in DBT and has additional training in DBT-S for substance use disorder treatment and DBT for adolescents. Prior to Silver Hill Hospital, Tracey worked at the New Haven Family Alliance developing an adolescent court diversion program, working with adolescents and families in the community through mediation, family therapy, and case management.  Ms. Masella consults for the Westport Public Schools, training school guidance counselors, social workers, and nurses on integrating DBT skills into their student support. Tracey has a private practice in Westport at the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Health and in New Canaan.

The Darien Library is proud to cosponsor this event with the Community Fund of Darien.

Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshops

Sunday, May 22nd at 2 p.m.

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop, now in its 24th year, will present public-staged reading of selections from four original plays in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Plays being performed are:
An Assignation by Jim Gordon
Belt For It by Lisa Power
Invisible Fence by Terry Steimer
Sometimes I Cry by Nicholas Troilo

Co-founded by the late Catherine Lindsey and her husband Robert, the workshop introduces original plays in progress to be developed in a workshop environment with the goal of the public-staged readings. Catherine Lindsey was a beloved friend of the Library and director of Darien Library Theater for over 25 years. The memorial workshops will offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment.

Please join us for a wine and cheese reception with the playwrights and actors following the staged reading.

Music in the Stacks: Bob Dylan Tribute

Image courtesy of Jeff Slate
Image courtesy of Jeff Slate

Sunday, May 15th at 5 p.m.

Join us for an evening of classic rock with a concert celebrating the music of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Elo from some of the top musicians in New York City, Jeff Slate & Friends.

About the performers
Jeff Slate is a singer/songwriter from New York City. In the mid-90’s he released The Townshend Tapes, on which The Who’s Pete Townshend acted as Executive Producer, and opened for Sheryl Crow on her “Tuesday Night Music Club” tour. In 1997 he founded the band The Badge, who released four albums and countless singles, EPs and live “bootleg” sets, and went on to become darlings of the UK/European “mod” scene in the 2000’s. Birds of Paradox, his first solo album of original material, was released in 2012. It was followed in November 2013 by Imposters & Attractions. Slate is a regular contributor to EsquireRolling Stone, and many other outlets, writing about music and culture. 

Earl Slick toured the world with David Bowie and appeared on many Bowie albums, from David Live! through The Next Day, and played on John Lennon’s last recording sessions. Steve Holley was a member of Paul McCartney & Wings from 1978-1981. Rick Mullen has toured the world with Don McLean and The Commander Cody Band. Charly Roth has played with a who’s who of rock legends, including Ozzy Osbourne, and currently serves as the Chief Music Supervisor on the Denis Leary show Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. Jimmy “Mack” McElligott has performed and/or recorded with including Gene Cornish (Young Rascals), Carlos Alomar (Bowie, Lennon), Arno Hecht (Rolling Stones), Rob Stoner (Bob Dylan), and many others.

Refreshments will be served.

Stamford Hospital Focus Group

Thursday, May 12th from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

During the months of April and May, Stamford Health will be meeting with members of the community to better understand the health needs and concerns specific to our community. During these focus groups, Stamford Health is asking to hear from as many people as possible! 

What are some of the most significant health challenges faced by members of our community? How do you see mental health and/or substance abuse issues impacting wellbeing in our community? Please join us for a focus group to discuss these questions and more.

Lyme Disease and Beyond

Wednesday, May 11th at 7 p.m.

When people hear Lyme disease they don’t realize there is a host of tick-borne illnesses encompassed in that one phrase. Why is this important? Because Lyme disease is a growing problem in lower Fairfield County. A panel including Dr. Zijad Sabovic, a leading physician in the field, Miss Mimi Markham, a patient initially diagnosed at the age of 14, and Ms. Jennifer Reid, a prevention educator with the BLAST program, will be on hand to answer your questions and discuss

- How do you diagnose and Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses?
- Where can you find information about treatment options?
- What are the most effective prevention techniques?
- Once diagnosed, what support is available for patients and their families?
- How can we best advocate for those seeking diagnosis?

The Darien Library is proud to cosponsor this event with the YWCA of Darien/Norwalk.

Genealogy By Appointment: How to Get Started

Will you discover royalty in your family?
Will you discover royalty in your family?

Thursday, May 19th from 7 to 9 p.m.
In the Writers Room on the Mezzanine Level


Do you want to get started on your family history, but don't know where to begin? Skilled genealogy volunteers from the Middlesex Genealogical Society can help!

They will show you how to find important clues in your ancestors' paper trail using databases such as Ancestry, FamilySearch, Find-a-Grave, and more. Uncover those many clues which already exist online in census data, naturalization records, military records, birth, death, and marriage indices. Or discuss anything genealogical. It's your hour, let's discuss whatever you like. 

Bring your family tree if you have one and any details you have to make searching or future planning easier. 

Senior Moments: Tree Identification Walk

Image courtesy of flickr user derekbruff | CC BY-ND 2.0
Image courtesy of flickr user derekbruff | CC BY-ND 2.0

Thursday, May 12th at 3 p.m.


Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors will meet at the Darien Nature Center, 120 Brookside Road.

Join us at the Darien Nature Center for a beginner’s tree identification walk. We’ll start indoors with an overview of identification terminology and a review of several types of identification guides. Then we’ll head outside and use our skills to identify some of the specimens in Cherry Lawn. The program runs rain or shine, so please dress for the weather.

The Darien Library is proud to sponsor this event with the Darien Nature Center.

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