Good Friends, Good Food, Good Times

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Your support helps the community.

Saturday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m.
Darien Library Courtyard

This year our 7th Annual Gala celebrates Food Truck Frenzy with the arrival of four local food trucks. Enjoy dinner from LobsterCraft, Bounty (gourmet sliders and fries), Wood Fired Pizza, and dessert from The Buzz Truck. We'll also be serving cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as you join in the fun with our silent and live auctions. The Gala is sponsored by Darien Rowayton Bank. 

Purchase your tickets online. All funds raised from the event will be dedicated to expanding library resources, including purchasing new books, technology, and supporting programs and guest speakers. Which author will join us in the coming year? By attending the gala, you'll be mingling with your friends and neighbors, and bringing new resources and speakers to the Library in the coming year. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Senior Moments: History of Grand Central Station

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Image courtesy of flickr user 96228372@N06

Tuesday, April 21st at 3 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Bisecting Manhattan’s Park Avenue and boasting 44 train platforms on two levels, this recently restored Beaux Arts masterpiece has remained one of New York’s most famous transportation landmarks since its building in 1913. Come learn about this iconic travel hub!

About the presenter

Arthur Gottlieb is a local historian on subjects of political and military history.  He was formerly a professional curator of naval history and the Technical Director of Exhibits at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in NYC.  In these roles, Mr. Gottlieb worked regularly with veterans of all services towards the creation of exhibits accurately illustrating the history of 20th century warfare.

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.

 

Darien Students' Resources and Assets Survey Results

Monday, April 27th at 7 p.m.

Did you know that:
• Only 55% of Darien’s 7th-12th graders said that they can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations? 
• Only 42% said that they know how to plan ahead and make choices?

If you want to learn more about what our teens think and feel about their world, come to the The Community Fund of Darien’s public forum to share the survey results for “thriving” and “risky” behaviors for 7th-12th graders.  This forum will focus on our teen’s thoughts about their relationships, values and activities. The survey revealed rich data about our teen’s “developmental assets,” which are key traits that research shows are the building blocks to help our young people become caring, responsible and successful adults. The research is clear: the more developmental assets a teen has, the more likely they are to engage in healthy behaviors and the less likely they are to engage in risky behaviors. Following the presentation of survey results, a panel of experts will offer commentary on the results and answer community questions. Come learn more about our teens. 

Sponsored by The Community Fund of Darien, this event was generously underwritten and co-sponsored by The Darien Library, Communities 4 Action, the Town of Darien Youth Commission, Silver Hill Hospital, and The Southfield Center.  To learn more about The Community Fund of Darien’s mission to identify local needs and fund intelligent solutions, please visit www.communityfunddarien.org.

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

Run Your Business Smarter: The Art Of Lowering Costs and Keeping Customers Happy

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

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

Registration will open soon.

Reducing costs is a very effective way of  improving your cash flow --better than higher sales or increasing your price. This workshop will cover how to uncover problems of cost and inefficiency and will review some tools to solve them.

Participants will learn: 

• 5 Useful Concepts and Principles in managing your business
• How to look for and define important operational weaknesses
• Examples or typical operational problems and tools to fix them
• How to best measure and improve customer satisfaction

About the speakers

John Harmon is Managing Director of Adulant Consulting Services which advises small and medium size businesses on strategies for growth and operating excellence.  He is also a SCORE Counselor. Andy Jawlik is Managing Director at Jawlik and Associates, LLC which provides consulting and training in process and quality improvement.  He is a Lean Six Sigma black belt, and he draws on experience from IBM as a process executive. He is currently writing a book, Statistic from A to Z – Confusing Concepts Made Clear.  He is also a SCORE volunteer.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

Music in the Stacks: Hungrytown

Thursday, April 23rd at 7 p.m.

Join us for an evening of folk and Americana music from indie duo Hungrytown. Sit back and enjoy acoustic folk songs presented with a timelessness in beautiful arrangements. 

About the performer

Hungrytown is the musical and married duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson.  They have released two highly acclaimed CDs,  Hungrytown (2008) and Any Forgotten Thing (2011) and tour full time. Their adventures have taken them throughout the US, Canada, Europe and New Zealand. Their songs have been performed by many other artists, including Nashville songwriting legend David Olney and bluegrass veterans the Virginia Ramblers.  Hungrytown's music has also appeared on several television shows, including the Independent Film Channel's hit series, Portlandia

Check our Hungrytown's music here.

Refreshments will be served.

How to Sell More? – STOP Selling!

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

Tuesday, April 21st from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30

Registration will open soon.

You know all the selling techniques, but it’s not working. Learn how, not to sell, but instead gain clients and business. 

Participants will learn: 

• The latest inbound marketing techniques
• Why traditional marketing no longer works
• How to make more money avoiding the traditional sales approach
• How to position your company in your industry

About the speakers

David Jarcho is the President of Crest Consulting LLC, a Strategic Marketing Agency located in Connecticut.  His vision and experience have resulted in creative solutions that continue to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. As one of the first employees of Corporate Management Solutions; a software company that grew to over 100 employees and more than $130 million dollars in sales, David has lived through the growth pains that business owners deal with on a daily basis.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

Music in the Stacks: Sheri Miller

Sheri Miller
Sheri Miller

Sunday, April 12th at 5 p.m.

Join us for an evening of soulful music. Solo artist Sheri Miller will perform a mix of well-interpreted classics by folks like Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and The Beatles along with her own original pieces.

About the performer

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sheri Miller writes and performs her soulful, heartfelt Beatles-inspired songs, while accompanying herself on guitar.  She also sings a wide range of classic favorites, including the Beatles, Patsy Cline, Sam Cooke and Johnny Cash among others.  Included on the "Hot 100 Unsigned Artists" list, Sheri has released 2 records, “Mantra” and “Winning Hand,” and recently released her original song ”I Could Love You Still.”  Sheri is currently recording a new EP in Nashville, NY, & LA to be released in 2015.  For more info please visit www.sherimiller.com

Watch Sheri's latest music videos here.

Refreshments will be served.

How Financial Statements Help Run the Business Now and Plan for the Future

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

Tuesday, April 7th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30

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Knowing how financial statements work can help you run your business better now and help you estimate the financial value of  your growth strategy.

Participants will learn: 

• The purposes and uses of the 3 major financial statements: the P&L, the Balance Sheet, and the Cash Flow Statement
• How the financial statements work together to help you better understand your business
• Some key financial ratios which illuminate your customers strengths and weaknesses
• How to build use financial statements to estimate the financial value of your growth strategy

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).

Book Discussion: 'Wolf Hall'

Thursday, April 16th at 6:30 p.m.

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Transport yourself to Tudor England! Learn about the new BBC period drama right from its source material. Join us for an informal discussion of the novel Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Light refreshments will be served.

About Wolf Hall

Imagine England during the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor. Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages. From one of our finest living writers, Wolf Hall is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion and suffering and courage.

This event is cosponsored with the Darien Arts Center.

All Things Green Festival

Image courtesy of flickr user flyingsinger
Image courtesy of flickr user flyingsinger

Sunday, April 19th from 2 to 4 p.m.

It's Earth Day all year long in Darien! Celebrate everything sustainable and environmentally concious, with a hyper-local twist, at Darien Library.

• Compete in a Darien Green Organization Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win a brand new, deluxe composter!
• Take a journey on a Green Tour of the LEED Gold Certified features of Darien Library
• Marvel at the Darien High School Earth Day Poster display
• Plant sunflowers to take home or donate to the Library Garden
• Create garbage arts and crafts
• Play basketball and learn about what to recycle and what to trash

Walk away from this event better informed, more connected to local resources, and encouraged to lead a more sustainable way of life!

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