Learn Photoshop to Edit Your Family Photos

We'll work in Photoshop CS 5.5
We'll work in Photoshop CS 5.5

Tuesday, December 1st at 1 p.m.
Tech Center on the Lower Level


You still have time to edit your family photos before the holiday card rush! In this two hour workshop, George Zariff, will show you how to crop, resize, color correct, and more to bring out the best image from your photos. The first hour will focus on learning the basics and the second will be you working on your own photos. Make sure your photos are already in a digital form on a flash drive or in your email. 

Improv for Professionals

Image courtesy of flickr user eightk.
Image courtesy of flickr user eightk.

Wednesday, December 9th at 7 p.m.


In the US, public speaking is feared more than death. The reality is we all have to do it - and there is a difference between doing it and doing it well. So how do we get over it? We improvise! Improv is rooted in communication - listening, responding, focus, attention, flexibility - all of these skills are flexed in good improv. Flexibility and the ability to “roll with it” are skills that can be taught, and an essential in public speaking.

Maybe you just want to work on your communication skills. Maybe you’ve always been curious about improv. Maybe you just want a fun night of class - improv helps you improve in all areas of your life - the worst that happens is you spend a night laughing a lot! 

Senior Moments: Wrap and Yap

Image courtesy of flickr user alicejt.
Image courtesy of flickr user alicejt.

Wednesday, December 2nd at 3 p.m.

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

Unwrapped presents cluttering every square corner of your home? Take the stress out of wrapping gifts by doing it in the shared company of others! We'll provide the supplies, smooth music, and the snacks. All you need to bring is a pile of unwrapped presents and some friendly chatter.

Art on View: María Esther Magallanes

María Esther Magallanes
María Esther Magallanes

On Display Tuesday, November 10th through Monday, December 21st

María-Esther Magallanes was born and raised in Mexico City. She comes from a family of accomplished artists and was raised surrounded by and appreciating all forms of art. Traveling to many cultural destinations around the world and growing up within Mexico City’s cosmopolitan atmosphere and rich cultural heritage enhanced her motivation to start creating formally while still a teenager. Earning a college degree in graphic design enabled her to experiment with materials, techniques, color and form to express ideas, concepts and feelings. Such experimentation led to mastering acrylic, the material that she has been using consistently over the past 20 years.

Mexico’s cultural, architectural natural and geographic diversity provided María-Esther with plenty of inspiration to experiment with color and forms. Her work is based on the use of vibrant, nearly violent, colors and shapes to interpret nature and landscapes. Her trademark style is marked by her admiration to and the inspiration provided by Pablo Picasso, Al Held, as well as Mexican painters Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and Pedro Coronel. She has remained faithful to her use of vibrant colors and forms to deconstruct reality and nature. 

Maria-Esther also works as a bi-lingual Storytime teacher for children 3-5 years old at the Darien Library.

Travel Tips for the Savvy Traveler

Image courtesy of flickr user tukanuk.
Image courtesy of flickr user tukanuk.

Thursday, December 3rd at 7 p.m.

Does winter have you dreaming of summer travel? Learn personal and professional travel tips to make your next adventure a wonderful experience. Presented by AAA Stamford Branch Manager, Michael Ferrari, and Travel Consultant Deborah Tual, both of whom have traveled extensively throughout the world. Topics include the when, where, why and how for domestic and international travel. Learn about currency, safety, driving, passports and visas and more.

Optimizing Your Mobile Devices and PC

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

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


As the lines between technology and lifestyle blur, the choices become limitless and overwhelming. What works for you? Does your business require a computer at a desk? Are you chauffeuring kids, running errands and need to answer emails throughout the day? This "mid-level" workshop broadly explores

• Syncing— What hardware and software allows for the greatest simplicity, flexibility, and functionality for your business?
• Email — How can "really important" emails be safeguarded and always available? * Mobile computing — Can a tablet or smartphone replace a laptop?
• Avoiding downtime — Is paid antivirus software "worth it"?
• Software — How much is too much and what are some of the productivity choices?

About the presenter

Bud Freund teaches technology and provides tech support to small businesses and families looking for reasonable, cost-effective technology solutions. Mr. Freund also provides training to individuals, groups and corporations including GE, UBS and the YMCA. His curriculum covers a broad range of hardware and software skills including safe internet practices, mobility, digital imaging and Excel. His skill set also enables him to give back to the community as a SCORE volunteer specializing in IT.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

Broadway Listening Party: 'Hamilton' Cast Recording

Tuesday, December 15th from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Inspired by Ron Chernow's 2004 biography, "Hamilton" tells the story of immigrant orphan Alexander Hamilton as he navigates New York City and the founding of a new nation. Grab a comfy chair, a cup of hot chocolate, and sit back and enjoy the original cast recording from the hottest ticket on Broadway.

"A show about young rebels grabbing and shaping the future of an unformed country, 'Hamilton' is making its own resonant history by changing the language of musicals. And it does so by insisting that the forms of song most frequently heard on pop radio stations in recent years — rap, hip-hop, R&B ballads — have both the narrative force and the emotional interiority to propel a hefty musical about long-dead white men whose solemn faces glower from the green bills in our wallets."

"I am loath to tell people to mortgage their houses and lease their children to acquire tickets to a hit Broadway show. But 'Hamilton,' directed by Thomas Kail and starring Mr. [Lin-Manuel] Miranda, might just about be worth it — at least to anyone who wants proof that the American musical is not only surviving but also evolving in ways that should allow it to thrive and transmogrify in years to come...'Hamilton' makes us feel the unstoppable, urgent rhythm of a nation being born." -Ben Brantley, The New York Times



Holiday Concert with the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones

Image courtesy of The Veritones.
Image courtesy of The Veritones.

Sunday, December 6th at 5 p.m.

Join us in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room as we enjoy a mix of holiday tunes and pop music favorites from The Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones.

About The Veritones

Founded in 1985 by a small group of passionate undergraduates including Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino, the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones are one of Harvard College’s contemporary, co-ed a cappella groups. They are known for the originality of their student-composed arrangements, their poise and stage presence, and the traditions that bring their tight-knit group together. 

A passion for complex harmony and musical excellence has afforded once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunities, including booking celebrity engagement parties, performing for Laverne Cox, Jason Alexander, Henry Cavill, and hosting and singing on Harvard Campus with Josh Groban and Bobby McFerrin. Additionally, the Veritones have recently been featured on BuzzFeed’s Top 15 Contemporary A Cappella Performances

One ticket per person, tickets will be distributed at 4 p.m. 

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

Business Book Group: 'Strengths Finder 2.0'

Thursday, December 3rd at 6 p.m.


Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Tom Rath's Strengths Finder 2.0The 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 Strengths Finder 2.0

To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in the 2001 management book Now, Discover Your Strengths. The book has spent more than five years on bestseller lists and ignited a global conversation, while StrengthsFinder has helped millions discover their top five talents. In Strengths Finder 2.0, Gallup unveils the new and improved version of its popular assessment and much more. Loaded with hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths, this new book and accompanying website will change the way you look at yourself-- and the world around you--forever.

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

Business Book Group is sponsored by the Darien Rowayton Bank.

Bloomberg Terminal Workshop

Wednesday, December 2nd at 7 p.m.

The Bloomberg Terminal is the premier financial information source in the world today. Whether you're a job seeker looking for openings or an amateur investor tracking hot stocks, bonds, and/or commodities, the Bloomberg Terminal has something to offer. The Darien Library is one of the few public libraries in the country to have a Bloomberg Terminal for patron use. Wayne Pasternack, Bloomberg Terminal rep, will go over tips and tricks to get started using Bloomberg and will include new, recently released functions.

Interested in using the Bloomberg Terminal? All Library patrons may use the terminal, but advanced reservations are reserved for Darien residents, employed full-time in Darien, or Friends of the Darien Library who contribute annually at the $300 level. If you would like to place a reservation, please contact our Knowledge and Learning Services staff at 669-5236 or at askus@darienlibrary.org.

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