Community Discussion: Darien Town Plan of Conservation and Development

Monday, February 22nd at 1 p.m.

Community Members are invited to a panel discussion on the Town Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). The panel discussion and audience participation will be enhanced by an interactive audience response system supported by Meridia software. 

Panelists will include Jeremy Ginsberg, Director of Planning and Zoning for Darien, Susan Cameron, Chairman of the Darien  Planning and Zoning Commission, Steven Olvany,  Darien Planning and Zoning Commission member and Glenn Chalder, AICP, President and Project Manager for Planimetrics, the land use consulting firm which is working with Darien to develop a Plan of Conservation and Development.

Planimetrics is a land use consulting firm providing planning, zoning and development services primarily in the public sector. For more than twenty years the firm has helped Connecticut communities prepare new Plans of Conservation and Development or update existing ones so that communities become better places for future generations. Because the Town Plan is updated only once every ten years, citizens have a unique opportunity to contribute ideas about their vision for this community.  The Town POCD is scheduled to be adopted in June, 2016 following many months of discussion and community input.

This event is cosponsored with the Darien League of Women Voters.

Submit Your Play for the Catherine Lindsey Workshop

Plays must be submitted by Tuesday, March 1st
Submit your play

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop is excited to announce that the Actors/Playwrights Workshop, now in its 24th year, will present a series of workshops at Darien Library.

Playwrights are invited to submit their final scripts for consideration to the Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights contest by March 1st. The musicals, monologues, short scenes from full-length and one-act plays to be performed will be chosen by the Darien Library Selection Committee. When writing your piece please keep in mind that the number of cast members is limited, only one play may be submitted per person, and plays must be 10-minutes long or less. Please limit your plays to 10-pages double-spaced, 12 point font. 

Four plays will be selected to be workshopped on Tuesday, April 19th and Thursday, April 28th at 6:30 p.m.  Interested actors are invited to audition on Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, May 22nd at 2 p.m., the Actors/Playwrights Workshop will present the first public-staged reading of selections from the plays in the Library’s Community Room.

The Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes Actors’ Equity actors and non-Equity actors to participate, brings together local and regional playwrights and actors, and encourages a collaborative effort to create new plays and present a public-staged reading. 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 Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes all interested playwrights and actors, with or without experience, to join. The sessions offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment, culminating in the May 22nd program, which will feature four staged performances.

Darien Public Schools Art Show

Lilah Azous, second grade.
Lilah Azous, second grade.

On display Wednesday, February 10th through Wednesday, March 16th

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.

Art+Feminism Edit-A-Thon and Exhibition Tour

Image courtesy of Art+Feminism
Image courtesy of Art+Feminism

Saturday, March 5th from 1 to 4 p.m.
Tour of the Feminist-themed Exhibition, "Cut-Up," and Reception to follow at Franklin Street Works, 41 Franklin Street, Stamford, CT 06901

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Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.

Join us for a half-day edit-a-thon to contribute and expand upon Wikipedia articles relating to art and feminism. After the edit-a-thon, we will celebrate at Franklin Street Works contemporary art space and cafe with a 20-minute tour of their original exhibition “Cut-Up: Contemporary Collage and Cut-Up Histories through a Feminist Lens,” followed by a wine and cheese reception. Edit-a-thon will be from 1 to 4 p.m. and exhibition tour and reception will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Join the revolution!

Reference materials will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to to look at the exhibiting artists in Franklin Street Works' current exhibition for entry/edit inspiration, they are listed in the exhibition description here.

The Darien Library is proud to cosponsor this event with Franklin Street Works.

Darien Holds 'Em: poker four-week class

Image courtesy of flickr user minhimalism / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Image courtesy of flickr user minhimalism / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Class begins Thursday, February 25th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Final class is Thursday, March 17th

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Poker is America’s game, played all over the world for matchsticks or for millions of dollars. It’s a simple game to learn and can be played at any level of skill. Join us as we cover the basics and then play several different poker games – 5 card draw, 7 card stud, Texas Hold’em (the one you see on TV) -- over four weeks. No experience necessary.

Family Concert: From Jazz to Soul

Image courtesy of Rhonda Denét
Image courtesy of Rhonda Denét

Saturday, February 20th at 2 p.m.

The Darien Library welcomes the extraordinary vocal talents of Rhonda Denét, who, flanked by the Silver Fox Songs Trio, will perform a collection of jazz standards and soul classics that spans five decades. The group invites you on a musical journey from a time when the "First Lady Of Song," Ella Fitzgerald graced the stage to when the "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin ruled the airways. In addition to Ella and Aretha, this showcase pays tribute to Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Etta James, Martha & The Vandellas, Mary Wells, and Gladys Knight. Through the music, the magic and the message, there is something for everyone!

Listen to the Silver Fox Songs Trio here.

Refreshments will be served.

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

Dreadlocks, Rock 'n Roll, & Human Rights

Ron Kipling Williams
Ron Kipling Williams

Sunday, February 21st at 2:30 p.m.

Dreadlocks, Rock ‘n Roll & Human Rights is an autobiographical play about a black youth who rocks and rolls to his own beat and is forced to battle racism, stereotypes and ignorance. It is a thought-provoking tale of a man who struggles against society’s intolerance and fights to create a world of acceptance. The play has received critical acclaim from the Baltimore Sun and was a hit at both 2014 and 2015 Charm City Fringe Festivals, and the 2015 Artscape Festival.

About the performer
Ron Kipling Williams is an award-winning performance artist, poet, human rights activist, teacher, and mentor. His first one man show, If the World Were Like Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids won a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. In addition, he received a Baltimore City African American Male Unsung Hero Award, and a United Workers Human Rights Champion award.

Ron is slated to graduate this spring with an MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. He is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honors Society, the ‘Be the Change’ Advisory Council, and is a Student Fellow with the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Ron has taught Summer Bridge, Writing Composition, and Civic and Community Engagement. For the last seven years, Ron has been volunteering as a voice over recording artist for the Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. He is also the voice for the library’s voice mail system.
 

Fireside Knitting

Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.
Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.

Thursday, February 25th at 2 p.m.

Calling all fiber artists! Whether you're a casual knitter, an expert crocheter, or dabble in loom weaving, join us as we create and chat. Bring your projects, get tips, and learn from one another. All skill levels welcome.

This group meets Thursdays in January and February.

Fireside Knitting

Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.
Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.

Thursday, February 18th at 2 p.m.

Calling all fiber artists! Whether you're a casual knitter, an expert crocheter, or dabble in loom weaving, join us as we create and chat. Bring your projects, get tips, and learn from one another. All skill levels welcome.

This group meets Thursdays in January and February.

Forever Young Book Group: 'Dumplin'

Love it.
Love it.

Thursday, February 18th at 6:30 p.m., at The Goose, 972 Post Road

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Introducing Forever Young, a book group for fans of young adult (YA) fiction who are a little less Y and a lot more A. Join us as we discuss Julie Murphy's Dumplin'.

About Dumplin'

Sixteen-year-old Willowdean wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl, so, while grappling with her feelings for a co-worker who is clearly attracted to her, Will and some other misfits prepare to compete in the beauty pageant her mother runs.

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