Spring Cleaning Series: Organizing with Kids in Mind

How do you stay organized with a bunch of kids?
How do you stay organized with a bunch of kids?

Thursday, March 28 at 10 a.m.

Do you ever feel as though you’re a human vacuum cleaner just following your kids around cleaning up after them? In this presentation, we’ll learn ways to stay organized even with a bunch of small children running around.

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

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

- Organizing the Entry and Exit Points of Our Home, Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m.

- Organizing Others, Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m.

- 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).

It’s Never Too Early to Start Saving for College

Saving for College
Saving for College

Tuesday, October 23 at 7 p.m.

Potentially one of the most important financial planning decisions your family will make, this presentation will cover various ways to plan for and pay for college education.

Presented by Chris Haidinger, Certified Financial Planner™. He has created investment and tax planning strategies for private and institutional clients, businesses, and credit unions for over 23 years.

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

Starting a Family? Get Your Financial House in Order

Get Your Financial House in Order
Get Your Financial House in Order

Tuesday, November 6 at 7 p.m.

There’s no better time like the present to start thinking about funding your child’s education. This presentation will address different vehicles for educational savings and explain in detail the importance of life insurance for young families, how to start saving for retirement, and the differences between a 401 (K), Traditional IRA, and a Roth IRA.

Presented by Luke Massetti, insurance services professional and local business owner.

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

Do you sell on Etsy? Is your Etsy shop ready for the holiday season?

image courtesy flickr user hellojenuine
image courtesy flickr user hellojenuine

Tuesday, November 20 at 7 p.m.

Come to our group discussion where we will discuss marketing ideas and strategies for your Etsy shop. We'll conduct as many shop reviews as we can so you leave with information relevant to your work. This is a friendly environment where we want everyone to succeed.

Presented by Jennifer St. Jean, graduate of Etsy's June 2012 Educator training will share what has helped her become a successful shop owner. In addition to shop critiques we'll discuss elements of photography, marketing strategies, and share resources to help you become a better seller. We'll revisit the four keys to success to selling your work online. Jen has been selling on Etsy since 2009, has had thousands of sales both on and off Etsy and has sold her items all over the world.

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

Get Financially Organized!

Susan Bruno, C.E.O. of DivaCFO.
Susan Bruno, C.E.O. of DivaCFO.

Thursday, November 15 at 7 p.m.

The first step to financial security is organization. Come learn how to be your own CFO- "Chief Financial Organizer" from veteran CPA financial planner Susan Bruno, co-founder of DivaCFO.com. She will help you begin your own "scavenger hunt" for all your vital personal and financial documents and help you learn how to file them for immediate access from anywhere in the world. Susan will demonstrate the app she and her daughter created, DivaDocs, so if you have an iPhone or IPad bring it along for a hands on experience!

Based on her 25+ years of experience as a financial planner, Susan can confirm what the media and statistics show: women are still far behind men in taking charge of their financial affairs. Susan decided it was time to help solve this problem. Her passion and dedication to the industry along with her unique combination of expertise in financial planning is the driving force behind DivaCFO. She lives in Darien, Connecticut.

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

Demystifying the Computer with Abby Stokes

Author, Abby Stokes
Author, Abby Stokes

Guest Lecture with Abby Stokes

Thursday, July 19 at 10 a.m.

Abby Stokes, author of Is This Thing On? A Computer Handbook for Late Bloomers, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming will demystify those pesky contraptions we call computers and show participants how to navigate the online world of search engines, web navigation, online banking, shopping, travel planning, and even dating.

Praise for Abby Stokes:

“Stokes gives the feeling that a friend is explaining it all to you.” — The New York Daily News

About the Author:

Abby Stokes has demystified computers for more than 135,000 people, mostly seniors, during the past 17 years. Abby has taught courses in basic computing at Cooper Union and New York University’s School of Lifelong Learning, as well as computer skills to private and corporate clients. She has lectured on the topic across the country. A firm believer that “if my mother can learn the computer anyone can,” Abby is confident that everyone can master the computer and navigate the Internet. She splits her time between New York City and Niantic, Connecticut.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Video of Dr. Ian Ayres

On Monday, May 14, 2012, Dr. Ian Ayres, co-founder of stickK.com gave a guest lecture at Darien Library. He discussed how best to craft incentives to stick to your goals. The new learning of behavioral economics and psychology teaches us that crafting effective incentives is a lot more than just setting the right price. Other people matter. Mindfulness matters. And framing matters.

For more information, please visit the event's listing page.

You Have a Story to Tell: A Screenplay Writing Workshop

Flickr image courtesy Joe in DC
Flickr image courtesy Joe in DC

Guest Lecture by GiGi New

Thursday, June 14 at 7 PM

Everyone has at least one good story to tell. But how to do it? How do you get the nugget of your idea fully realized and into screenplay form? In this workshop, television and screenplay writer GiGi New will guide you through the process of what crafting a screenplay entails. She will cover format, story, character development, and what is happening in today’s marketplace.

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

Exploring Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" - A Discussion with Mark Schenker

flickr image courtesy nyer82
flickr image courtesy nyer82

Tuesday, June 5 at 7 p.m.

In conjunction with Shakespeare on the Sounds’ 2012 season, Mark Schenker of Yale University will lead a lively discussion of Romeo and Juliet with a focus on a range of tensions in the play: between tragedy and comedy, parents and children, passion and responsibility, moral action and fate. He will also discuss the play in the context of Shakespeare’s time and our own, where Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers continue to flourish in classrooms, stage and movie productions, and in the imaginations of contemporary readers.

Copies of Romeo and Juliet will be available for participants’ use during the lecture and audience members may participate by reading parts from the play. It is not necessary to read the play in advance.

Shakespeare on the Sound will present Romeo and Juliet in Greenwich from June 26 – July 8 and in Rowayton from July 18 – July 29. Please see shakespeareonthesound.org for more information to plan your visit.

Mark Schenker has been at Yale College since 1990. He is currently a Senior 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-five 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 on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen’s).

Video of Polar Bear Migration

On Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in an event co-sponsored by Northern Trust, we are proud to welcome Andy Griswold, Director of Eco-Travel for Connecticut Audubon Society (CAS).

Hudson Bay is the land of the Polar Bear, Ursus maritimus. This lecture will show you the bears in their spectacular habitat and one of the world's most wonderful natural phenomena, the annual Polar Bear Migration along the Hudson Bay coast. Because of the relative ease of accessing this sub-population, Churchill is referred to as "The Polar Bear Capital of the World." The bears are not the only attraction as the austere desert-like tundra gives rise to breathtaking views of Arctic Fox, Arctic Hare, Snowy Owl, Gyrfalcon, and other wildlife against a magnificent backdrop.

For more information, please visit the event's listing.

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