Music of West Africa: The Kora

Image courtesy of Sean Gaskell
Image courtesy of Sean Gaskell

Saturday, February 14th at 5 p.m.

Enjoy a performance on the Kora, an ancient harp from West Africa. The Kora is a 21 string harp whose roots stretch back to the mid-1700’s. Song performed on the Kora are often traditional tunes that praise leaders of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire.

About the performer

Sean Gaskell has mesmerized audiences across the US, Gambia, and Senegal with his heart rendering performances that spotlight the West African Kora.  Gaskell, having studied the Kora over multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, released his first solo album “Kora Music of West Africa” in 2012.  He has opened for headliner acts such as Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits. To hear Sean on the Kora, please click here.

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

Ozzy ROAR Therapy Dog to Visit Library During Exams

Ozzy
Ozzy

Ozzy, a Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue (ROAR) certified therapy dog will be visiting the Library during extended hours for midterm exams. Ozzy and his owner Anna will be located on the first level of the Library across from the Welcome Desk on Thursday, January 8th and Monday, January 12th from 7-8pm. Ozzy will be availble to help ease the stress and calm the nerves of studying students. If you're in the Library during those times be sure to stop by and say hello to this sweet beast.

Small Business Tuesday - Running a Nonprofit

Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos
Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

Tuesday, January 13th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30

Register here

This workshop will describe the 4 key components for operating a successful nonprofit organization and will provide case studies on the ways nonprofits use business practices to grow their organizations.

Participants will learn: 

• What are the features of high performing nonprofit organizations?
• Why are strategic and business planning important?
• What resources are available to help nonprofits be more effective?
• Lessons learned from two nonprofit leaders who are implementing growth plans for their organizations

About the speakers

Cynthia L. Russell is Principal of CrossSector Partners, a management consulting firm specializing in providing services to nonprofit organizations. Marilyn Shapiro is the Executive Director of Young Mariners Foundation in Stamford, CT. Tony McDowell is the Executive Director of Earthplace in Westport, CT.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

Mid-Winter Book Sale

Baby got books.
Baby got books.

Saturday, January 24th through Friday, January 30th at 12 noon

Snuggle up at home with a great selection of old and new fiction, detective mystery, non-fiction and large type books. We will also have DVDs and audiobooks for sale.

Artist-in-Residence Closing Reception

The photographer, Ben Larrabee, and his muse, wife Trudie
The photographer, Ben Larrabee, and his muse, wife Trudie

Friday, January 16th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Join fine art photographer Ben Larrabee in Darien Library's Artist Space on the Second Level for a chance to celebrate his work as the first Darien Library Artist-in-Residence. Ben will be sharing his experience and answering questions from attendees.

About the Artist

Ben’s formal training as an artist began in 1962 at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) where he discovered his passion through mentor and world renowned photographer Harry Callahan. In 1978, he returned to college to earn an MFA from Yale University.

His fine art background has trained him to photograph as an artist so by instinct he includes artistic elements of composition, rhythm, texture and space in his images. In addition to portraits, he also photographs landscapes and nudes.

Ben has work in the permanent collections of: The George Eastman House (Rochester), The High Museum (Atlanta), The Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and The Museum of Modern Art (New York).

Refreshments will be served.

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

Information at Your Fingertips: Tax Time

Image courtesy of flickr user 401(K) 2013
Image courtesy of flickr user 401(K) 2013

Tuesday, February 3rd at 6 p.m.

Are you looking at a shoebox filled with receipts and monthly statements? Let the experts show you how to organize your materials and find the forms you need to file your individual 2014 State and Federal taxes.

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

Information at Your Fingertips: Learn a Language!

Learn a language with Mango Languages!
Learn a language with Mango Languages!

Tuesday, January 27th at 6 p.m.

Learning a language can be tough. Come experiment with a lively, interactive method to make the learning fun, engaging, and impactful. Brush up on a foreign language or experiment with a brand new one using resources available from the library. No foreign language experience necessary, just a willingness to try!

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

Information at Your Fingertips: The Job Search

Image courtesy of flickr user flazingo_photos
Image courtesy of flickr user flazingo_photos

Tuesday, January 20th at 6 p.m.

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 assessments.

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

Senior Moments: Qigong

Photo courtesy of Bill Wrenn
Photo courtesy of Bill Wrenn

Wednesday, January 14th at 3 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in our Conference Room.

Practiced for thousands of years in China, Qigong (pronounced "Chee-Gung") includes gentle, dance-like movements, mindful breathing, meditation and self massage. The movements are designed to improve health, restore vitality and achieve deep relaxation and peace of mind. With regular practice, these exercises have been shown to improve balance, reduce stress and tension, and help heal chronic conditions such as hypertension, arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Presented by Bill Wrenn, a certified Tai Chi and Qigong instructor based in Norwalk who has practiced yoga, meditation and other forms of energy work for 30 years. He received Tai Chi and Qigong certification from the Institute of Integral Qigong & Tai Chi in Santa Barbara, California, and studied with Li Junfeng, Ken Cohen, Francesco Garripolli, Dr. Yang Yang and other Masters.

Support for Senior Moments is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

 

An Evening with Emily Dickinson

James Sulzer
James Sulzer

Thursday, January 29th at 7 p.m.

Join author James Sulzer as he discusses his newest novel about the fictional account of famous poet Emily DickinsonThe Voice at the Door recreates the fateful meeting of Emily Dickinson with the famous Philadelphia pastor, Charles Wadsworth.  The fictional account weaves the letters and poems of this iconic American writer into a rich tapestry of intellectual and spiritual communion.  It encompasses the three great mysteries of Emily Dickinson’s life: her agonized love poetry of the early 1860’s, her partial blindness in1863 – 1865, and her subsequent withdrawal from the world.

James Sulzer is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a Yale National Scholar. He is the author of Nantucket Daybreak (Walker and Co.) and the memoir Mom Comes Home. He has produced countless “sonic id’s” for National Public Radio, some of which aired on Ira Glass’s This American Life. He has spent the past 40 years of his life reading, living with, and cherishing the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

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

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