Business Book Group: 'Zero to One'

Thursday, April 9th at 6 p.m.

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Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Peter A. Thiel's Zero To One : Notes On Startups, Or How To Build The Future. The group is invited to an informal discussion of the book from 6 - 6:45 p.m. followed by networking over wine, beer, and light refreshments.

About Zero To One : Notes On Startups, Or How To Build The Future

In Zero To One : Notes On Startups, Or How To Build The Future, Peter A. Thiel states that, doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.

We have copies of the book available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussion.

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

Darien All-Schools Art Show

By Caroline Wildish
By Caroline Wildish

Tuesday, March 3rd to Thursday, April 7th

Come view Darien Public Schools students’ artwork from Grades K-12 at the Library. The gallery is located on the Library's Lower Level.

The Art Department ’s progressive curriculum enables the students to build art media skills as well as  educating them to use curiosity and intuitive thinking to express themselves in unique artistic images. Through studio based lessons the students learn, from art historical exploration, the role of the visual arts in reflecting human values. and aesthetics.

The dedicated art faculty help the children to understand  and use the Elements of Art and the Principals of Design as the students learn new ways to see, think and express themselves.

Putting Flesh on the Bones of Your Ancestors

Adriaen van Utrecht, Vanitas: Still Life with Bouquet
Adriaen van Utrecht, Vanitas: Still Life with Bouquet

Saturday, March 14th at 2 p.m.
In the Darien Library Community Room

“As soon as you tell someone that you are doing genealogy, the response is usually either 'How far back do you go’ or ‘How many people do you have on your tree?’” said Ms McKeen. While both are interesting numbers, it is equally important to tell the life story of one individual with stories, documents, charts, and photos." Toni Mckeen, who has over 2,000 hours of teaching experience, will take attendees through the process of recording another person’s life with easy, step-by-step directions, with the end result being a book that will be treasured by future generations.

Come Talk About Your Work at 1 p.m.

This is an informal one hour discussion session/round table where all are invited to participate. Think of the most important question or issue that you have about your genealogy. It may be a brick wall that you are facing with one of your ancestors, a question of wanting to know where to find a particular resource, or a success that you are dying to share with the rest of us. The goal is to share your experiences and to help your fellow genealogists and hopefully gain new insights.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel

Thursday, March 5th at 2:00 p.m.

This class is now full.

Excel is Microsoft’s powerful spreadsheet software. Join us for this beginner class and learn what a cell is, how to create a worksheet, and how to create simple math formulas!

Passport to Crime

Wednesday, March 25th at 7 p.m.

Crack a case and gain exposure to another culture, all from the comfort of your favorite reading spot! Come hear from the good folks of Soho Crime, an independent NYC based publisher, as they discuss what is hot in international mystery. Whether you're interested in WWII Berlin espionage, or a 1970's quirky Laotian mystery, we will have something for every mystery lover!

About Soho Crime

For more than twenty years, Soho Crime has been publishing atmospheric crime fiction set all over the world. Some of theirmost popular series will whisk you away to France, China, England, Laos, Northern Ireland, Australia, Japan, Germany, South Africa, Italy, Denmark, and Palestine. Their books run the entire range of crime fiction—detective fiction, police procedurals, thrillers, espionage novels, revenge novels, stories of thieves, assassins, and underworld mob bosses—but you can count on an immersive adventure steeped in cultural and setting detail.

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

Darien Library vs. Fairfield Public Library

The tweet that started it all.
The tweet that started it all.

Aslan and the White Witch, Frodo and Sauron, Harry Potter and Voldemort. Epic battles are about to come a lot closer to home. Darien Library was challenged to a Fitbit showdown by the folks at Fairfield Public Library and we want YOU to be involved!

What's the challenge? From Monday, March 2nd until end of day Friday, March 6th your Darien Librarians will be competing against the Librarians of Fairfield Public Library to see which Library can rack up the most steps. We will obviously crush them.

What are the stakes? When we win, Fairfield Public Library must display the below sign on their Welcome Desk and social media accounts for one week.

What can we do to show our unwavering support? Get moving with us! During the first week of March, join us for one of these active events.

Monday, March 2nd through Friday, March 6th at 3 p.m.

Ten Minute Recess! Join us for quick group exercise in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Tuesday, March 3rd at 12:45 p.m.
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Walking Book Group. Meet at Tilley Pond Park for a walking discussion of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.  Walk begins promptly at 1 p.m.

Thursday, March 5th at 3:45 p.m.
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Walking Historical Tour of Darien. Meet at the Darien Historical Society for an easy walking historical tour of our town. Walk begins promptly at 4 p.m.

Take Your Headaches On!

Tuesday, March 24th at 12 noon

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Many people believe nothing can stop the pain of daily headaches. This does not need to be the case!  Straightforward lifestyle changes, dietary changes and vitamin therapy help to prevent and arrest headaches.  Dr. Litchman will discuss the importance of obtaining the correct headache diagnosis as well as current available treatment options and potential future advances in headache management.

About the Presenter

Charisse D. Litchman M.D. is board certified in Neurology and specializes in Headache Medicine. She attended medical school at the Yale University School of Medicine and conducted her residencies NY Presbyterian Hospital at Cornell Medical Center (Neurology), and Yale New Haven Hospital (Internal Medicine).

This event is cosponsored with Stamford Hospital.

Making your Marketing More Effective

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

Tuesday, March 24th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30

Registration will open soon.

This workshop will unlock the keys to effective marketing.  It will cover you to make your marketing spend move the needle for your business.

Participants will learn: 

• Find and attract profitable customers that are the best fit for your company.
• Segment your customers into like groups to better help you serve them.
• Determine how your customers make their buying decisions and how that affects your marketing
• Develop effective branding and marketing messaging

About the speakers

John Harmon is a SCORE volunteer.  He is Managing Director of Adulant Consulting Services which advises small and medium size businesses on strategies for growth and operating excellence.  John has held senior leadership and executive positions in sales marketing, quality management, strategic planning, and new business development at Eastman Kodak, The Gartner Group, and Pitney Bowes.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

A Business Assessment Tool: How Effective is your Business?

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

Tuesday, March 10th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30

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This workshop covers an interactive assessment tool that scores how well your business operates and provides an analysis of what you can do to improve business performance.

Participants will learn: 

• How the assessment tool works: Structure, scoring, and results
• The assessment results for 35 businesses that have undergone this assessment
• How you can apply this tool to your business
• How SCORE can help you utilize this tool

About the speakers

John Harmon is a SCORE volunteer.  He is Managing Director of Adulant Consulting Services which advises small and medium size businesses on strategies for growth and operating excellence.  John has held senior leadership and executive positions in sales marketing, quality management, strategic planning, and new business development at Eastman Kodak, The Gartner Group, and Pitney Bowes.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

Intermediate Microsoft Excel

Thursday, March 12th at 2:00 p.m.

Class is full. Keep an eye out for next time!

Go beyond the basics! Learn how to use sorting, filtering, and lists to make your data come alive.

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