Your People as a Strategic Asset

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

Tuesday, May 19th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30

Registration will open soon.

Understanding the strategic factors that make your people so important to your success.

Participants will learn: 

• How to identify performance potential
• Why consistent feedback on performance is critical
• Succession planning as a total organization process
• Techniques to support your peoples continuous growth

About the speakers

Richard Lewine is founder and President of RSL Consulting Group, LLC, an organization development consultancy. He has over 35 years of experience working with the leaders of small and mid-size organizations, for profit and non-profit, helping them clarify visions, formulate strategy and create personal and organizational goal systems. Richard has facilitated hundreds of management and leadership development workshops in the Northeast Corridor and is a SCORE Mentor.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

Walking Book Group - 'A Walk in the Woods'

Please arrive at the Darien Nature Center by 1:45 p.m.
Thursday, June 11th, walk begins promptly at 2 p.m.

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Join us for a light walk around the Darien Nature Center as we discuss Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods. The hike will be led by the knowledgeable Nature Center staff and the discussion by our loquacious Librarians.

About A Walk in the Woods

The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way–and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

Business Book Group: 'Marissa Mayer And The Fight To Save Yahoo!'

Wednesday, June 3rd at 6 p.m.

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Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Nicholas Carlson's Marissa Mayer And The Fight To Save Yahoo! 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 Marissa Mayer And The Fight To Save Yahoo!

When Yahoo hired star Google executive Marissa Mayer to be its CEO in 2012, employees rejoiced. They put posters on the walls throughout Yahoo's California's headquarters. On them, there was Mayer's face and one word: HOPE. But just more than a year later--on November 4, 2013--Mayer sat in front those same employees in a huge cafeteria on Yahoo's campus and took the beating of her life. Her hair wet, and her tone defensive, Mayer read and answered a series of employee-posed questions challenging the basic elements of her plan. There was anger in the room - and behind it, a question: Was Mayer actually going to be able to do this thing? Nicholas Carlson's fast-paced narrative is the inside story of how Yahoo got into such awful shape in the first place, Mayer's controversial rise at Google, and her desperate fight to save an Internet icon.

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).

Spring Book Buzz

Jen's Nightstand
Jen's Nightstand

Thursday, May 14th at 7 p.m.

An exclusive sneak peek chance to hear from publishers about the newest and greatest books coming out this Spring and Summer. Publishing Houses in attendance include:

• Penguin Random House
• Hachette Book Group
• Simon & Schuster
• and a special guest appearance by our very own Jen Dayton

You'll be the first to know about the hottest new titles, before they even hit the shelf!

Refreshments will be served.

Introduction to CPR

Saturday, May 9th 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, May 23rd 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, June 13th 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join Post 53 for an introduction to CPR. The mission of Post 53 is to provide emergency medical services to the Darien community at the highest level of excellence, using Darien High School students and adult volunteers. The members of Post 53 are committed to achieving and maintaining the highest level of training and skill in providing pre-hospital care and transport to the citizens of Darien. Learn how you can help save a life!

An Evening at 'Wolf Hall'

Sunday, May 3rd at 5 p.m.

Join us for ‘An Evening at Wolf Hall’, a concert featuring authentic music from 16th century England. The event is inspired by the award-winning novel and Masterpiece Theatre mini-series, Wolf Hall.

The historical novel, Wolf Hall, provides the observer with an accurate glimpse into the world of Tudor England as it documents the rapid rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII through to the death of Sir/Saint Thomas More. It won both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Observer named it as one of ‘The 10 best historical novels’.

‘An Evening of Music at Wolf Hall’ will provide a special glimpse into the music of the time period of the novel. Dr. Christopher Morrongiello, a former British Marshall Scholar, and his colleague, Peter Walker, a renowned Renaissance instrumentalist and vocalist, will perform at the concert on authentic instruments, including the lute and Renaissance bagpipes. Members of the Darien High School Tudor Singers will collaborate with them. This event provides a unique opportunity for both the audience to hear these authentic instruments, and for a group of students from the Tudor singers to be accompanied by them. A wine and cheese reception will follow.

This event is cosponsored with the Darien Arts Center.

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

Good Friends, Good Food, Good Times

Your support helps the community.
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!

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

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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).

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.

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