Ten Productive Habits to Start Today

Image courtesy Flickr user Bobbi Newman
Image courtesy Flickr user Bobbi Newman

Thursday, January 16 at 7 PM

Whether for good or bad, few things influence our daily behavior as much as habits. The start of a new year is the perfect time to be intentional in forming habits that will improve both our productivity and contentment. Please join us as we discuss:

- How and why we form habits

- Why having good habits matters

- 10 habits everyone should cultivate (and how to form them!)

Presented by Seana Turner, President and Founder of The Seana Method.

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

Ask the Experts: Thriving (Not Just Surviving) Through Life Transitions

Thriving (Not Just Surviving) Through Life Transitions
Thriving (Not Just Surviving) Through Life Transitions

Tuesday, January 7 at 7 p.m.

Although life transitions are a normal part of living, they can be overwhelming. Whether the transition is a career change, divorce, kids leaving home, aging parents or the loss of a loved one, there is no GPS for navigating the journey. The Life Solution Center of Darien, a consortium of independent practices and businesses, was designed to help negotiate just these kinds of challenges. Founder and Executive Director Maud Purcell, MSW, LCSW, CEAP, will moderate a lively and informative discussion featuring the following panel of Life Solution Center experts:

- Donna Carlin, Career Consultant and Coach
- Lisa Gardner, MSW, LCSW, Couples Therapist
- Maurice Segall, JD, and Victoria Thomas, MS, Divorce Mediation and Financial Analysis
- Erica Jensen, Wardrobe Consultant
- Judy Stoddard, MSW, LCSW, Geriatric and Family Therapist

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

Gardening with Nature: Forest Restoration and Native Plant Gardening at The New York Botanical Garden

flickr image courtesy Kristine Paulus
flickr image courtesy Kristine Paulus

Tuesday, October 22 at 7 p.m.

Todd Forrest will describe how the New York Botanical Garden’s approach to stewardship of the Forest has evolved from a policy of “let alone” to active restoration and discuss the ecological, educational, and research goals of the ongoing management program.

Todd Forrest oversees all aspects of the management and development of the Garden’s landmark 250-acre site, its glasshouses, and indoor and outdoor exhibitions, including the 50-acre Thain Family Forest, 50 gardens and plant collections, exhibitions in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, and outdoor art exhibitions. He manages a staff of 80 including managers, curators, gardeners, and community horticulturists. Todd has taken a leadership role in planning and implementing projects such as the construction of the Benenson Ornamental Conifers, restoration of the Ross Conifer Arboretum, the construction and planting of the 11-acre Azalea Garden, and the new Native Plant Garden. He advises on long-term strategy for future development of the Garden’s landscape, Conservatory and art exhibitions, seasonal events and displays of all kinds.

An advocate for historic trees, forests, urban landscapes, and public gardens, Forrest has written many articles and interpretative materials. He joined The New York Botanical Garden in 1997 as an intern and research assistant in the Science division before joining the Horticulture staff as Associate Curator of Woody Plants in 1999. Previously, Forrest worked at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he has a Master of Forest Science degree from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

This event is co-sponsored by the Tree Conservancy of Darien and the Darien Land Trust.

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

MoMA Highlights: A Guest Lecture

Molleen Theodore
Molleen Theodore

Tuesday, October 29 at 7 p.m.

In this lecture, we will follow the course of MoMA's beginnings and history and its alignment with the history of art. In addition to discussing the many great works of art that define MoMA's collection, we will introduce ways in which to frame a discussion of works of art.

Molleen Theodore is the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Fellow in the Education Department at the Yale University Art Gallery and a lecturer in the Education Department at the Museum of Modern Art. She received her Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2010 with a specialization in twentieth century art, photography, and film studies.

This event is part of Darien Library’s collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan in 2013-14. Stay tuned for special library programs and additions to our collection like modern art books, iPads, and museum passes. This collaboration is designed to enhance the Darien community’s appreciation for and knowledge of modern art.

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

René Magritte’s Early Surrealist Years, Guest Lecture with Anne Umland

Anne Umland
Anne Umland

Tuesday, November 26 at 7 p.m.

Anne Umland, The Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, will give a lecture on the great Belgian painter René Magritte’s early Surrealist years, with special reference to works of art included in the exhibition Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938, on view at MoMA through January 13, 2014.

Dr. Umland will discuss the key strategies and techniques Magritte developed between 1926 and 1938 to defamiliarize the familiar -- to make, in his words, "everyday objects shriek aloud." During this period of intense innovation, Magritte was closely aligned with the Surrealist movement and his work of these years constituted an important new approach to Surrealist art.

Anne Umland received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 1997. Umland joined The Museum of Modern Art in 1996 as Assistant Curator and has organized or co-organized a number of exhibitions for MoMA, including Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938 (2013), Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914 (2011), Joan Miró: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927-1937 (2008) and Alberto Giacometti (2001).

This event is part of Darien Library’s collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan in 2013-14. Stay tuned for special library programs and additions to our collection like modern art books, iPads, and museum passes. This collaboration is designed to enhance the Darien community’s appreciation for and knowledge of modern art.

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

Medicare: What You Should Know

Maura Carley
Maura Carley

Tuesday, October 29 at 10 a.m.

As Medicare approaches its 50th birthday, those on Medicare or soon to go on Medicare should understand how the program has changed and what the near future may bring. Medicare has become more complicated but also more costly. More doctors are deciding to opt out of Medicare altogether. All Americans, especially those considering working beyond age 65, need to understand Medicare’s complex enrollment rules, how to avoid life-time premium penalties and how income-indexing of premiums work.

Maura Carley is the author of Health Insurance: Navigating Traps and Gaps and President of Healthcare Navigation, LLC.

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

Video of Making the Most of the College Experience

On June 18, 2013, we hosted a panel presentation to learn from current college students and recent high school graduates about what college is really like.

The panel was moderated by Donald Kjelleren, Director of Middlebury College’s Career Services Office and Lisa Nelson of Dunbar Educational Consultants in New Canaan, CT.

For more information, please visit the event listing.

Five Building Blocks of Growth for Your Business Series

Grow your business.
Grow your business.

Darien Library is pleased to announce a new series of workshops for small businesses every Tuesday evening in October. Sessions will meet in the Mezzanine Level Conference Room from 6 to 8 p.m., with check-in starting at 5:30 p.m.

All small businesses are welcome but content will be most relevant to those in business at least three years.

Following is a description of these interactive sessions:

October 1: Assessing Your Business: How Well Does It Run?

October 8: Building a Winning Plan to Grow Your Business

October 15: Tapping Your Peoples’ Potential

October 22: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Sales

October 29: Stop Leaking Cash: Simple Methods for Improving Your Operations

Participants may attend the entire series or only those sessions that fit their calendar.

Please register for each workshop using the links provided above.

This series is being coordinated by SCORE counselor, John Harmon, Managing Director of Adulant Consulting Services. He will be joined by other business professionals well-versed in their fields.

The series is co-sponsored by Fairfield County SCORE.

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

Innovate to Success: A Business Networking Event

Joe Nadan
Joe Nadan

Thursday, November 21 at 7 p.m.

What makes some new products and services wildly successful, while most fail to find buyers? How do some entrepreneurs’ efforts deeply satisfy customer needs in new ways, while others’ ideas are rejected?

The good news that is there is a scientific method to evaluate what customers will buy, and you can use it to find out if your product or service is ready for the market — or to get it ready for success in the market.

Inventor and Innovation Sherpa Joe Nadan invented, innovated and/or worked on many products and services that are used by millions of people, including EZ Pass, CDROM, and 16:9 HDTV for which he received a 2002 EMMY for Scientific and Technological Advancement. He is Professor, Management of Technology and Business Innovation, at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering.

His message is that you don’t need to be a scientist to apply scientifically-proven formulas and methods to increase the probability of success for a product or service before it is created. Dr. Nadan will first show entrepreneurs, investors, and anyone wanting to launch a new product, how to reduce risk by applying an Outcome-Driven-Innovation (ODI) method to their enterprise. In the second part of his presentation, Dr. Nadan will demonstrate a vastly-improved brainstorming technique to develop new business opportunities.

Dr. Nadan’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A session, and then a business networking reception where refreshments will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the Darien Entrepreneurs Group and the Darien Chamber of Commerce.

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

Health Care Reform: What You Need to Know

Randi Redmond Oster
Randi Redmond Oster

Wednesday, December 18 at 7 p.m.

Find the answer to these pressing questions about the Affordable Care Act and more:

When is this all taking place?
How much will the new insurance cost?
Will I qualify for health insurance premium subsidies?
What is the penalty if I don’t purchase insurance?
Does my business have to offer me insurance?
What happens if I am already covered?
Will my Medicare deduction change?

Presented by Randi Oster, a writer, an electrical engineer and a sandwiched-mom. She is a leading speaker on Health Care Reform. She completed legal training approved by the State on the Affordable Care Act and Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange.

Her passion stems from her personal experience caring for her son’s chronic disease – Crohn's. After spending a month advocating for her son in the hospital, Oster experienced first-hand the need for loved ones to understand the system prior to a crisis.

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

Syndicate content