Serial Listening Party

Image courtesy of flickr user leahthib.
Image courtesy of flickr user leahthib.

TENTATIVE FOR FINAL EPISODE: Thursday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us as we sip hot chocolate and swap theories during the final episodic retelling of this fifteen year old murder case. Serial explores whether an honor-roll student and onetime junior-prom prince named Adnan Syed was wrongly convicted of the murder of Hae Min Lee, his popular former girlfriend at Woodlawn High School. The show is narrated by Sarah Koenig who spent a year investigating the holes in the case against Adnan. 

About Serial

Serial is a non-fiction podcast where the story is unfolded, week by week, over the couse of a season.  To catch up on the story before our listening party, listen here.

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

 

Wednesday Matinee - 'Million Dollar Arm'

Million Dollar Arm
Million Dollar Arm

Wednesday, December 17th at 1:30 p.m. - Million Dollar Arm (2014). Starring Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Madhur Mittal, and Bill Paxton; Rated PG; 124 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Million Dollar Arm stars JB Bernstein, a one-time successful sports agent who left the massive company he worked for to start in his own agency, Seven Figures Management, with his business partner Aash. The company is in serious financial straits, and they lose the big client they've been grooming. In a fit of inspiration, JB believes they can go to India, find a cricket bowler, and teach him to be a baseball pitcher. In order to pay for the scheme, he convinces wealthy businessman Chang (Tzi Ma) to create a reality show titled "Million Dollar Arm" to help with his quest for fresh talent. Although at first the going is rough, they eventually find a pair of eager and promising prospects -- Dinesh and Rinku. The two young men are finally given a highly publicized tryout in front of scouts from numerous pro teams, as well as media from around the world. Meanwhile, the fiercely single JB, whose personal life involves dating a string of models, begins to strike up something of a serious romance with his tenant, Brenda, a doctor who rents the guest house on JB's beautiful L.A. estate.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday Night Feature - 'Love Actually'

Love Actually
Love Actually

Friday, December 26th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.Love Actually (2003) Starring Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, and Colin Firth; Rated R; 130 minutes. Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

All of London is in love -- or longing to be -- in this "the ultimate romantic comedy." Love Actually involves more than a dozen main characters, each weaving his or her way into another's heart over the course of one particularly eventful Christmas. The seemingly perfect wedding of Juliet and Peter brings many of the principals together. There's also recent widower Daniel, trying to help his lonely stepson Sam express his true feelings to a classmate. Across town, devoted working mother Karen tries to rekindle the passion of her husband, Harry, who secretly pines for a young colleague of his. Providing the unofficial soundtrack for all of the couples is an aging rocker who just wants to cash in and get laid -- but even he might find a meaningful relationship in the most unlikely of places.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.  Check out what else we're screening in December.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'The Hundred Foot Journey'

The Hundred Foot Journey
The Hundred Foot Journey

Friday, December 19th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m.The Hundred Foot Journey (2014) Starring Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Om Puri, and Charlotte Le Bon; Rated PG; 122 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

An Indian teen in France goes to work for his father's culinary adversary in this drama based on the bestselling novel by Richard C. Morais. When Hassan's Kadam’s family is forced to move from their native India, his Papa relocates to a peaceful hamlet in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Determined to give his new neighbors a little taste of home, Papa decides to open an Indian restaurant in the village, and names it Maison Mumbai. Meanwhile, across the street at the traditional French restaurant Le Saule Pleureu, uptight proprietor Madame Mallory doesn't exactly welcome the competition. Subsequently impressed by Hassan's undeniable culinary talents, Mme. Mallory agrees to become Hassan's mentor, in the process providing the perfect creative environment where his unique fusion cuisine can thrive.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out what else we're screening in December.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Begin Again'

Begin Again
Begin Again

Friday, December 12th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Begin Again (2013) Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Adam Levine; Rated R; 104 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

An ambitious young female singer moves to New York City in search of stardom, but finds only disappointment until falling for a struggling record-industry executive who helps her down the road to fame. Songwriting duo Gretta and Dave  had been dating since college when they decided to seek their fortune in NYC. Gretta catches the attention of Dan, a once-respected music executive who's since fallen on hard times. Enchanted by Gretta's powerful voice and skillful songwriting, Dan convinces her to join him in a collaboration that will transform them both over the course of one unforgettable summer.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.  Check out what else we're screening in December.

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

Mini Golf in the Library!

Mini Golf in the Library!

Saturday, November 15th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$5 per player, each player will also receive a free hot dog!

Miniature golf is coming to the Library! We are happy to announce the first Darien Library Mini Golf Event. Players of all ages will putt their way through the Library. The Library will become an 18-hole miniature golf course with the course set up throughout the building.

Schedule of Events

9am-5pm: Mini Golf

9:30am-12:30pm: Face Painting on Main Street

2-3pm: Crafts in the Children's Library Storytime Room

This is a fundraiser for the Library to purchase books, DVDs, technology, information sources, and provide programs. 

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Focusing On You Meditation Series

Julie Punishill [credit Pamela Ha-Stevenson]
Julie Punishill [credit Pamela Ha-Stevenson]

Thursday, December 11 at 7 p.m.

The "Focusing on You" meditation series leads up to the start of the holiday season. Do you find you get swept up in the expectations and "busy"-ness of the holidays? Do you find you lose your sense of self? Would you like to increase your personal enjoyment of this very special season, and for that matter, your every day life? This series of five sessions over six weeks is designed to offer meditations and tools to help you focus on you, your presence and ability to live in the moment.

The program will be led by Julie Punishill, a graduate of the two-year intensive training program at the Institute for Conscious Counseling and Coaching in Essex, MA.

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

Weekend One Acts at Darien Library

Image courtesy Flickr user Heartlover1717
Image courtesy Flickr user Heartlover1717

Evening Performance with Opening Reception -- Friday, November 21st at 7 p.m.
Matinee Performance -- Sunday, November 23rd at 2 p.m.

Darien Library is proud to present for the fifth time Weekend One Acts, a theatrical weekend featuring free performances of one-act plays from two esteemed playwrights. The program of three works includes one-act comedies from David Ives and Christopher Durang.

"Mere Mortals" by David Ives
Directed by Autumn Howard


Three working class guys on lunch break 50 stories up.

"Long Ago and Far Away" by David Ives
Directed by Bridget Cusack


A married yuppie couple, about to move out of their apartment, argue about the nature of reality and become caught up in a bizarre scenario.

"Wanda's Visit" by Christopher Durang
Directed by Donna McLaughlin Wyant


Jim and Marsha's average marriage is disrupted when Jim's wacky high school girlfriend comes to visit.

Doors open 1/2 hour prior to performance time. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. We cannot accommodate reservations. Latecomers cannot be admitted.

This program is free and open to the public.

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

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