Drop-In Tech: Website Like a Pro

Thursday, June 2nd from 10 to 11 a.m.

Have you heard? We've got a shiny new website! Stop by to learn how to search like an expert, check out eBooks with one click, register for events, create a wishlist, and become a Darien Library Pro!

Drop-In Tech: Website Like a Pro

Thursday, June 2nd from 3 to 4 p.m.

Have you heard? We've got a shiny new website! Stop by to learn how to search like an expert, check out eBooks with one click, register for events, create a wishlist, and become a Darien Library Pro!

Meet Your Maker: We've Got a New Website!

Wednesday, June 1st at 12 noon

Surprise! We've got a new website, just for you. We've kept everything you love about our current website, added new, fresh design, and put in a whole bunch of features you've been asking for. Come get a first look at what we've been working on. We're keeping things simple: eBooks can be checked out with one click, family members can link accounts, and you'll be able to keep track of all your events. Join us for this informal presentation as we celebrate our new digital playground! Presented by John Blyberg, Assistant Director for Innovation and UX.

How to Publish: Panel Discussion

Thursday, June 23rd at 7 p.m.

Come hear how to publish your memoir, manuscript or personal essay article from members of the Writer's Workshop who have successfully published.  A friendly atmosphere of first timers who embarked on a dream to become an author and have actually done so.  Learn the ins and outs for first time authors.

Senior Moments: The Art of Zentangle

Wednesday, June 22nd at 3 p.m.


The Art of Zentangle is an engaging, relaxing modern art form where images are created by drawing a series of repetitive patterns. The formation of a Zentangle is absorbing and brings a person into the flow of creativity easily. That is why the word “Zen” is used. It’s an art that brings a type of inspired meditation where beautiful, intricate images are made. This form helps a person focus, be creative and provides artistic satisfaction.

Attendees will become familiar with using watercolor paints and paper; pastels and paper; creating collages incorporating written stories or poems; and with writing personal stories or poems.

Chair Yoga

Monday, June 20th from 11 a.m. to 12 noon

Interested in yoga and not sure where to start? Chair yoga is a wonderful option for people with mobility issues, seniors and anyone who has difficulty getting down on the ground. The classes are taught on chairs using classic yoga poses that have been modified just for you. Incorporating breathing techniques, relaxation, stretches and yoga poses, you'll leave feeling like a new person. Chair yoga helps increase flexibility and strength, improves posture and balance and helps reduce stress and anxiety. Join us!

Writers Read

Thursday, June 9th at 7 p.m.

Members of Darien Library's Writer's Workshop and students from the Library's writing classes will present excerpts of their works as a means of hearing their work aloud. Afterwards, discussion with the writers will be made available so they may hear what listener's have to say about their piece.  Family and friends of the writers are invited as well as anyone interested in the craft of creative writing.  Selections may include sci-fi, parody, fiction, memoir, personal essay, short story, and poetry.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business

Photo by Flazingo Photos / CC BY-SA 2.0
Photo by Flazingo Photos / CC BY-SA 2.0

Five-Week Series begins Tuesday, May 31st from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.
Workshop ends Tuesday, June 28th


Want to start a business but do not know where to start? This workshop series, conducted by a team of professionals from the SCORE Fairfield County Chapter, will give you the boost to get you on your way!

Tuesday, May 31, Self-Assessment/Business Plan - Learn about the risk and reward of starting a business in today's competitive marketplace. The traits of successful entrepreneurs will be discussed for the purpose of assessing one'e innate and acquired ability to start and manage a successful business. The session will also focus on structuring a dynamic plan.

Tuesday, June 7, Marketing Strategy & Research - Learn the importance of market research and planning to start-up and build a competitive and successful business. Emphasis will be on sound market positioning of a small business's products or services within its target market that will enhance profitable sales and success.

Tuesday, June 14, Website & Social Media Marketing - This session focuses on the current online marketing tools available for start-up and operating businesses. Proven providers of website design/marketing programs and of social media marketing tools will help navigate your business to the proper balance of a website and social media marketing strategies for your business.

Tuesday 21, Financial Reporting & Planning - This presentation reviews a business's key financial statements and walks the participants through the development of a comprehensive financial plan. The importance of understanding the key financial drivers of the business will be a center-piece of the discussion.

Tuesday, June 28, Funding Sources/Conversation with Entrepreneurs - Learn how the funding structure required for start-up businesses today, including a presentation from lending sources specializing in start-up and small businesses. Includes discussion and Q&A with SCORE mentored, start-up business entrepreneurs

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

Library Closed for Memorial Day

Photo courtesy of Flickr user PS-OV-ART Patty Sue O'Hair-Vicknair, Artist
Photo courtesy of Flickr user PS-OV-ART Patty Sue O'Hair-Vicknair, Artist

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observation of Memorial Day. We will be open our normal hours on Saturday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (1 to 5 p.m.).  

Did you know...

Next door to the Library is the Spring Grove Cemetery for State Veterans which is home to over two thousand soldiers. You can find an online listing of these soldiers or check out the book, State Veterans Cemetery at Spring Grove Cemetery Darien, Connecticut: Listing of All Soldiers. Between 1864 and 1940, Darien was home to the Fitch Home for Soldiers and their Orphans  started by Darien resident and philanthropist, Benjamin Fitch. Thousands of soldiers and orphaned children spent years of their lives at the Home.

Book Buzz for Book Groups

Join us under the stars!
Join us under the stars!

Thursday, June 2nd at 7 p.m.

This event is full. Register for the waitlist.

Meet the stars of the publishing industry under the stars! Please join us in the Library courtyard for our Spring 2016 Book Buzz for Book Groups. This year we’re excited to bring back our popular speed dating version of the Book Buzz. Bring yourself, a friend, or your entire book group for this unforgettable evening! Meet the stars from major publishing firms as they regale us with the newest, soon-to-be-published books that we'll all be reading in the near future.  Meet publishing representatives from Europa, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Soho Press and Workman, with a special guest appearance from our own, Jen Dayton, head of Collection Development at the Darien Library. Refreshments will be served.

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