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).

Video of Coffee Brewin' at the Library

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, we held a coffee workshop in the Conference Room. The presentation was done by Rachel Haughey, owner of Espresso NEAT and barista, Kyle Tush.

For more information about the presentation, visit the event page.

Video for Organizing the Entry and Exit Points of Our Homes

On Tuesday, April 9, 2013, Susan Lovallo, CPA, CPO of Clutter Solutions and Jen Burke of JKB Organizing, both members of the organizing group F.O.C.U.S. presented on organizing your home.

For more information, please visit the original post.

Exploring Shakespeare's "As You Like It" - A Discussion with Mark Schenker

Shakespeare on the Sound
Shakespeare on the Sound

Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m.

Join Shakespeare on the Sound and Yale Professor Mark Schenker for a lively discussion of their 2013 production of William Shakespeare's pastoral comedy, "As You Like It"!

Read from the text and discuss the many elements in the play that make Shakespeare one of the greatest writers of all time!

Bring your copy of the play or we will provide one for you!

Mark J. Schenker has been at Yale College since 1990. He is currently an associate dean of the College and dean of academic affairs. Born and raised in New York City, he received his Ph.D. in English Literature from Columbia University and has taught at Columbia, New York University, and Trinity College (Hartford). He has led book discussion series in public libraries in Connecticut for over twenty years through programs sponsored by the Connecticut Humanities Council and lectures frequently on literary topics for public audiences. He was the recipient of the 2001 Wilbur Cross Award for Outstanding Humanities Scholar, presented by the Connecticut Humanities Council.

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

How to Use New Technology in Family Research

Phil Hayes
Phil Hayes

Saturday, January 25th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

"Fire Up Your Research… The Digital Genealogist Is Here”by Phil Hayes will teach those who have access to the latest computers, tablets and smartphones, how to use them to significantly improve their genealogy research, both in the home and on the road. 

In this program, we will cover:

  • Hardware: computers, iPads, Microsoft Surfaces, smartphones, cameras, and scanners
  • Family Tree Apps: An overview of your options
  • Must Have Apps:  If you are a genealogist, you must have these!
  • Other Cool Apps: Neat, but not absolutely necessary apps
  • Tips & Tricks for the Digital Genealogist
  • Digital Photo Management
  • Google Search: Things I bet you didn’t know Google could do
  • Q & A

New Year, New Goals – How to Make Your Resolutions Stick

Image courtesy flickr user jenni waterloo
Image courtesy flickr user jenni waterloo

Thursday, January 9 at 7 p.m.

A panel of professional organizers from FOCUS Organizers will discuss rewards and motivators, goal setting and priorities to help make those New Year's resolutions stick.

Did you know the entire month of January is“National Get Organized Month,” proclaimed by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)?

Presented by Cara Brook of S.O.S. LLC, Janet Barnes of Connecticut Closet and Shelf, Jen Burke of JKB Organizing, Susan Lovallo, CPA, CPO of Clutter Solutions, LLC and Matt Baier of Matt Baier Organizing, LLC.

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

Spring Cleaning Series: Organizing Others

image courtesy flickr user thinkdanijel
image courtesy flickr user thinkdanijel

Monday, April 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

Even if you’re the most organized person on the planet, that doesn’t necessarily mean this quality will translate to the ones you hold near and dear. Learn handy ways to inspire even the most disorganized around you to adapt their ways.

Presented by Cara Brook of S.O.S. LLC and Jen Burke of JKB Organizing, both members of the organizing group F.O.C.U.S.

Check out our "Get Organized" LibGuide and join us for the rest of our Spring Cleaning Series:

- Shop and Get Organized, Tuesday May 7 at 7 p.m.

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

The 19th-Century Russian Novel, Guest Lecture with Mark Schenker

image courtesy Flickr user jimforest
image courtesy Flickr user jimforest

Tuesday, April 30 at 7 p.m.

Mark Schenker, Dean of Academic Affairs in Yale College, will give a lecture on the 19th-Century Russian Novel, with special reference to Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy. Dean Schenker will discuss how 19th-century Russia enjoyed one of the most fruitful periods in world literature, and how the religion, politics, and philosophy of the day combined with a longstanding tradition of story-telling to create the great Russian novels—which are not just long, but deep and broad in their political and spiritual implications.

This program is part of our One Book, One Community series. The book selected for the town-wide read is City of Thieves by David Benioff, who will be speaking at the Library Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. The book selected for young readers is Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin.

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

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