Friday Night Feature - 'Belle'


Friday, November 28th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Belle (2013) Starring Gugu Mabatha-Raw, Sam Reid, Tom Wilkinson, and Emily Watson; Rated PG; 104 minutes. Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

This film is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love.

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

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

Maximize Your Social Security Benefits

Image courtesy of flickr user Images_of_Money
Image courtesy of flickr user Images_of_Money

January 8th at 6 p.m.

Available to everyone filing for Social Security, there are numerous little known strategies which may boost one’s benefits and substantially enhance lifetime retirement income. Social Security benefits alone will likely be insufficient for an individual or couple to retire comfortably.  Decisions discussed at this workshop offer the potential to improve the standard of living we may look forward to.    

Discussion highlights will include:
• Strategies to maximize your Social Security benefits.
• How benefits are calculated and simple strategies available to increase them. 
• Coordinating benefits:  why married couples have added options for when to apply.
• How will my Social Security benefits be taxed
• What are the taxable implications if I collect benefits and continue to work part-time

About the Presenters

Michael Alimo (CRPC; CLU; ChFEBC, Registered Investment Advisor).  Beginning 30 years ago managing money for Wall Street brokerage houses, veteran financial advisor Alimo’s last 15 years have been devoted to serving clientele around CT and New England at his USA Financial & Tax Serices, LLC.  Alimo focuses on retirement planning and risk management.

David Weyner (Health & Life insurance licensed; LTC Partnership certification,  CT, NY & NJ)  Following 20 years as a senior executive managing corporate divisions for major entertainment companies, in 2007 Weyner launched his independent financial service practice. Weyner works with individuals and businesses specializing in Long Term Care and insurance planning, and employee benefits. 

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

Holiday Helpers

Photo courtesy of Flickr user mysza831
Photo courtesy of Flickr user mysza831

Wednesday, December 3 at 11 a.m.

Whether you're searching for the perfect book for a four year old or an electronic gizmo for Grandpa, we have got you covered.  Darien Library staff members are excited to tell you about the latest and greatest books, movies, gadgets, and more that we are recommending this Holiday Season!  Stop by for this lively, festive chat.

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).


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!

Premier Hole Sponsors

Ring's End
Darien Sports Shop

Hole Sponsors
GWay Printing & Graphics
Carta, McAlister, & Moore, LLC
The Cholnoky Family
Maryann Lehmann, DDS
Nedder & Associates, LLC
Merrill Lynch
Lucky Lawn
First County Bank
Halstead Property
TD Bank
Connecticut Green

Tee & Green Sponsors
Darien Toy Box
Mama Carmela's Italian Deli
Ivey, Barnum, & O'Mara
Get It Done Consulting

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).

Passport Days

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Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, December 20th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, January 17th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, February 21st from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Get your passport at Darien Library! We will process and accept new and renewal applications. We will provide all the paperwork and take photos. Please bring fifteen dollars in cash or check for photos.  If you prefer, you can bring your own photographs. Specifications for passport photos can be found here.

What to Bring: Birth Certificate, Naturalization Certificate, one color 2’’ by 2’’ photo, a valid photo identification (such as a driver’s license) with a front and back photocopy of the ID, and personal check/money order or debit/credit card for payment of the passport fee.

Minors under age 16 cannot apply for a passport by themselves.  Both parents/guardians must appear in person and provide consent, authorizing passport issuance to the minor.  If one parent/guardian is unable to appear in person, then the application must be accompanied by a signed, notarized Form DS-3053: Statement of Consent from the non-applying parent/guardian.  More information on passports for minors can be found here.

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

Résumé and Job Application Drop-In

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

Mondays from 2 to 3 p.m.
Technology Conference Center

Bring your résumé in for help from our Reference Librarians on:

• Editing your résumé
• Proofread your cover letters
• Troubleshoot technology issues with online job applications
• Assist in setting up an email account
• Help with other job application and résumé related advice.

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