Video for Inextricably Linked...

 

On Thursday, March 29, 2012, in an event co-sponsored by Northern Trust, we are proud to welcome Chantal Collier, Director of the Long Island Sound Program for The Nature Conservancy to the Library for a presentation titled Inextricably Linked: Long Island Sound and Our Way of Life.

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Health & Wellness Series - Winter 2012

Winter Wellness

Darien Library Health & Wellness Series

In the New Year, why not resolve to get organized, healthy, and active?

Darien Library is a destination for reliable information on health-related topics. This January and February, we present Winter Wellness, a series of lectures, expert panels, workshops, film screenings, and fitness activities designed to help you achieve an even better version of you. The schedule offers sessions on organization, stress management, active aging, healthy eating, brain fitness, and more.

Please join us for this exciting and enriching series.

Lectures, Expert Panels & Workshops
Meet the Author Events
Get Active at the Library
Health & Wellness Film Screenings

 

Lectures, Expert Panels, & Workshops


Get Organized! Panel Discussion

Thursday, January 5 at 7 PM
The entire month of January has been proclaimed a holiday in the organizing world, called “National Get Organized Month” by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). It is time to clean out those closets, deal with those stacks of paperwork, and organize those photographs! Organizing will help you live in the present, decrease feelings of being overwhelmed, and increase your quality of life. A panel of organizers from the group F.O.C.U.S. will share their expertise on topics ranging from clothing to paperwork.

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

Secrets to Active Aging

Monday, January 9 at 10 AM
We’re told that exercise is important as we age, but what kinds of exercise? How much exercise do we need? Why is balance exercise so important? This program discusses why physical activity is critical to healthy aging and how we can incorporate it into our daily lives, no matter what our fitness level. This program is geared towards adults age 50 and over. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and shoes if they wish to practice simple exercises to improve balance.

Presented by Julienne Camhi, Certified Personal Trainer and Health Fitness Specialist at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County.

Combat Stress in Chaotic Times: Reduce the 7 Symptoms of Stress

Wednesday, January 11 at 7 PM
According to the American Psychology Association, stress is taking a toll on people, contributing to health problems, poor relationships, and lost productivity at work. Heart disease, type-II diabetes, cancer, respiratory disorders, and health issues associated with being overweight and obesity are categorized as chronic diseases. Many of these illnesses can be traced back to a root cause: stress.

Presented by Dr. Robert Zembroski, a board-certified Chiropractic Neurologist at The Darien Center for Integrative Medicine.

Navigating Your Hospital Stay

Tuesday, January 17 at 10 AM
For most of us, a visit to the hospital is like travelling to a foreign country. We do not speak the medical “language” and we are expected to answer intimate questions from complete strangers. We worry about medication errors and healthcare-associated infections, but are not sure how to prevent them. We are awake when we should be sleeping, and sleeping when we should be awake. This program provides valuable information about what to ask before you go into the hospital, how to reduce your risk of infection or medication errors, how to get a good night's sleep, and important steps for planning your discharge and follow-up care.

Presented by Sue Worland, RN, Hospital Liaison and Intake Coordinator with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County.

Reversing Chronic Disease

Thursday, January 19 at 7 PM
Often, individuals believe that once a diagnosis is made and a medication given, there will always be the need to continue that medication. Yet chronic disease can be reversed, often with straightforward modifications to the way we live. Understanding the driving forces behind disease allows us to be able to target our efforts. Dr. Roca will discuss the underlying processes that create illness and key changes you can make to begin the process of reversing chronic illness including hormone balance, reducing inflammation, increasing stress resilience, and enhancing detoxification.

Presented by Dr. Henri Roca, Medical Director at Greenwich Hospital’s Integrative Medicine Program.

Ask the Doctors!

Tuesday, January 24 at 7 PM
It’s time to take the anxiety out of the word “healthcare!” Doctors4Darien, a team of four esteemed community physicians, will discuss new research findings and information related to our bodies and our health. The panel will also focus on preventative healthcare from head to toe – literally! From dental care to foot care and everything in between, this is your chance to learn new and better paths to well-being.

Presented by Dr. Maryann Lehmann, D.D.S., Dentist; Dr. Brian P. McKay, D.C., Chiropractor; Dr. Brian S. Sheets, D.O., Ob/Gyn; and Dr. Josephine Velazques, D.P.M., Podiatrist.

Eating Right to Feel Great

Tuesday, February 7 at 7 PM
With all the choices we have in supermarkets today, food shopping can be overwhelming. What should we be eating? And how much? Local or organic? Our panel of nutrition experts will help address these food issues and more, including overeating, portion-size awareness, making healthful food choices for your family, the benefits of plant-based living, and how to be a budget organic. Healthy snacks will be provided by Whole Foods Market.

Presented by Tracy Gwodz, Holistic Health Counselor and owner of simplynourish; Maura Maier, Healthy Eating Specialist at Whole Foods Market; and Francine G. Blinten, Certified Clinical Nutritionist.

 

New Year, New You; Resolve to Keep Those New Year Resolutions!

Thursday, February 9 from 10 AM to 12 noon

You’re invited to a health and wellness fair sponsored by The Community Fund of Darien’s Human Services Planning Council and the Darien Community Association, to be held at the DCA, 274 Middlesex Road. Darien Library will be among dozens of groups, agencies, and companies that will be on hand to provide resources and demonstrations of techniques for stress relief, career counseling, health checks and more. Self-care is not selfish!

Ask the Pediatricians: A Panel Discussion

Wednesday, February 15 at 7 PM

When it comes to our children, we're always going to have a lot of questions related to their health. Luckily, our panel of pediatric sub-specialists are here to answer your questions about raising healthy, happy, and energetic kids.

Presented by Dr. Mitchell Lester, M.D., Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology; Dr. Sohail Kayani, M.D., Pediatric Pulmonologist; and Dr. Anthony Porto, M.D., Pediatric Gastroenterologist. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Jamie Roach Murray, M.D., General Pediatrician.

Long-Term Care Insurance: The Missing Link in Retirement Planning

Tuesday, February 28 at 7 PM
You’ve thought of everything – except for how to protect your assets should you need long-term care. Did you know that just one year in a Connecticut nursing home can cost more than $127,000? And Medicare and health insurance may only cover a fraction of these costs. Now there's a way to protect your life savings. If you’re 40 or older, long-term care insurance approved by the State’s Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care should be part of your retirement plan. These policies assure you of the highest quality standards. They’re affordable and provide asset protection, protect against inflation, and – most importantly – give you peace of mind through your retirement years. Come learn about how the State’s Partnership for Long-Term Care can help you plan ahead for your future needs.

Presented by Aldo Pantano, a representative from the CT Partnership for Long-Term Care, with the State Office of Policy and Management.

Meet the Author Events

Meet the Author! Nicole Straight

More Time to Eat!
Tuesday, January 17 at 7 PM
Award-winning local chef Nicole Straight has just published her second cookbook, More Time to Eat!, which aims to teach families how to streamline time spent in the kitchen, as well as make delicious meals in 15 minutes. The new cookbook is an evolution of Straight’s lengthy experience as a cooking instructor who has taught thousands of people how to bring their families back to the table and simplify the nightly 6 o’clock dinner-time dilemma. The book contains a collection of easy recipes, such as BLT Tortellini, Provencal Braised Chicken Thighs, Asian Quinoa Salad, and Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies. She teaches you how to simplify meal preparation while minimizing time spent in the kitchen for both family meals and entertaining friends. A book signing will follow the presentation. Book will be available for purchase at the event.

Nicole Straight, founder of the Time to Eat! cooking school, teaches 90-minute cooking classes at the Christopher Peacock Cabinetry Showroom in Greenwich, as well as in-home cooking classes. Her visit will include a cooking demonstration.

Meet the Author! Priscilla Warner

Learning to Breathe
Thursday, January 26 at 7 PM

For 40 years, Priscilla Warner suffered from anxiety and panic attacks so debilitating that they left her unable to breathe. So when she read about Tibetan monks who had meditated so effectively that they were able to change their brains, Warner wanted in. Learning to Breathe chronicles Warner’s mission to rewire her brain and her body in search of her own “inner monk.” She tries spiritual chanting, meditative painting, restorative yoga, immersion in a Jewish ritual bath, and quasi-hallucinogenic Ayurvedic oil treatments. Meditating in malls instead of monasteries, Warner becomes a monk in a minivan and calms down long enough to examine her colorful family history in a new light, ultimately making peace with her past. A book signing will follow the presentation. Book will be available for purchase at the event.

Priscilla Warner grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, and raised her two sons with her husband in Westchester County, New York. She coauthored the New York Times bestseller The Faith Club, and spent three years promoting the book while engaging in interfaith dialogue all across America. She has appeared on such national media outlets as the Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, and NPR, and writes for More magazine and The Huffington Post, among others.

Get Active at the Library

Yoga with Shelly

Friday mornings from 10 to 11 AM, January 6 through February 10
Connect mind with body, posture with breath, and the philosophical with the physical in this yoga series for practitioners at all levels (beginners are welcome). Each class will feature specific yoga techniques, and we will practice poses inspired by popular books. Participants are asked to bring their own yoga mats.

The class will be led by Shelly Ransom, Certified Yoga Instructor.

Registration for this series is a lottery and is open to all Darien residents, those who work in Darien full-time, and non-resident Friends of Darien Library at the Contributor Level (annual donation of $300). Register online at http://bit.ly/yogawithshelly from Monday, December 12 to Wednesday, December 21 with your Library card. Notification via email is Thursday, December 22. For more information, contact Erin Shea, Head of Adult Programming, at eshea@darienlibrary.org or 203-669-5232.

Wii Sports: Gaming for Adults

Wednesday, January 18, 10 AM - 12 noon
Wednesday, February 1, 10 AM - 12 noon
Who says video games are for couch potatoes? We're turning our Conference Room into a sports arena with Nintendo Wii! We will show you how to play, and then you can join in on a round of golf, go bowling, have an archery contest, and even throw a Frisbee! Enjoy the rush of video game-induced endorphins.

Health & Wellness Film Screenings

FAT: What No One is Telling You

Monday, January 16 at 1:30 PM
Open abuse of fat people is our last accepted prejudice. As the number of obese Americans climbs to frightening levels, the quest for answers is becoming even more urgent. Obesity experts have a sobering awareness of the complex human puzzle that is driving this epidemic and creating so much personal pain. This program gives viewers a window into the intense human dramas of those labeled obese and the difficulty of solving weight problems. Not rated; 90 minutes (2006).

The Brain Fitness Program

Thursday, February 16 at 1:30 PM
Can you exercise your brain to get it into better shape? Dr. Michael Merzenich and more than 50 neuroscientists around the world say, "Absolutely!" They have developed a scientifically-based system of exercises to help retain mental acuity throughout a lifespan of 80+ years. Designed to drive beneficial chemical, physical, and functional changes in the brain, The Brain Fitness Program will strengthen your brain and make it perform with greater agility, speed, and comprehension. Studies have shown an average improvement of more than 10 years in auditory, memory, and cognitive function. Not rated; 60 minutes (2008).

Meet the Author: Priscilla Warner (Author of "Learning to Breathe")

Priscilla Warner (photo credit Jim Warner)
Priscilla Warner (photo credit Jim Warner)

On Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m., as part of our Health & Wellness Series, Priscilla Warner, author of Learning to Breathe, will be our featured speaker.

For 40 years, Priscilla Warner suffered from anxiety and panic attacks so debilitating that they left her unable to breathe. So when she read about Tibetan monks who had meditated so effectively that they were able to change their brains, Warner wanted in. Learning to Breathe chronicles Warner’s mission to rewire her brain and her body in search of her own “inner monk.” She tries spiritual chanting, meditative painting, restorative yoga, immersion in a Jewish ritual bath, and quasi-hallucinogenic Ayurvedic oil treatments. Meditating in malls instead of monasteries, Warner becomes a monk in a minivan and calms down long enough to examine her colorful family history in a new light, ultimately making peace with her past.

Priscilla Warner grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, and raised her two sons with her husband in Westchester County, New York. She coauthored the New York Times bestseller The Faith Club, and spent three years promoting the book while engaging in interfaith dialogue all across America. She has appeared on such national media outlets as the Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, and NPR, and writes for More magazine and The Huffington Post, among others.

A book signing and reception will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

This program is part of the Library’s Health & Wellness Series, “Winter Wellness,” an extensive series of lectures, expert panels, workshops, film screenings, and fitness activities designed to help you achieve an even better version of you. For more information, please click here.

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

Video of The Fabulous Beekman Boys

 

Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, better known as The Beekman Boys and authors of The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook will be our featured speakers on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. For more information about their please see this page!

Video of Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs

Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, authors of The Food52 Cookbook were our featured speakers on Monday, November 28, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Former New York Times food columnist and bestsellling author Amanda Hesser and her Food52.com co-founder Merrill Stubbs had a mission: to discover and celebrate the best home cooks in the country. Each week for 52 weeks, they ran recipe contests on their site, Food52.com, and the 140 winning recipes make up The Food52 Cookbook. For more about the authors, please visit the post announcing their visit. 

Meet the Authors - Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs

Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs
Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs

Meet the Authors

Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs

Authors of The Food52 Cookbook

Monday, November 28 at 7 p.m.

Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, authors of The Food52 Cookbook will be our featured speakers on Monday, November 28 at 7 p.m.

Former New York Times food columnist and bestsellling author Amanda Hesser and her Food52.com co-founder Merrill Stubbs had a mission: to discover and celebrate the best home cooks in the country. Each week for 52 weeks, they ran recipe contests on their site, Food52.com, and the 140 winning recipes make up The Food52 Cookbook.

This first-ever online-community cookbook includes recipes like:

  • Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies
  • Secret Ingredient Beef Stew
  • Simple Summer Peach Cake
  • Wishbone Roast Chicken with Herb Butter

The book also features Amanda and Merrill’s expert comments on every recipe, plus behind-the-scenes photos, tips and variations, reader responses, and brief features on the contributors.

Amanda Hesser has been named one of 50 women game-changers in food by Gourmet. A longtime writer and editor at the New York Times, Hesser has written the award-winning books Cooking for Mr. Latte and The Cook and the Gardener, and edited the essay collection, Eat, Memory. Her latest book, a New York Times bestseller and the winner of a James Beard award, is The Essential New York Times Cookbook. Hesser lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Tad Friend, and their two children.

Merrill Stubbs is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in London. She has written for various publications, including the New York Times’ “T Living,” Edible Brooklyn, Body+Soul and Culinate.com, and she was the food editor for Herb Quarterly magazine. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

Four lucky winners will take home a complimentary copy of the Food52 Cookbook.

A reception and book signing will follow the author presentation. Books will be available for purchase. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs’ appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore.

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

Video of The Fabulous Beekman Boys

 

Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, better known as The Beekman Boys and authors of The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook were our featured speakers on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. For more information about their visit please see this page!

Meet the Authors - The Fabulous Beekman Boys

The Beekman Boys are Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge.
The Beekman Boys are Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge.

Meet the Authors

The Beekman Boys

Authors of The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook

Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m.

Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, better known as The Beekman Boys and authors of The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook  will be our featured speakers on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m.

“Heirlooms” of any type have a sentimental or intrinsic value greater than their assigned monetary figure. They are often irreplaceable, and because of this, they are treasured and passed down from one generation to the next.

With this in mind, best-selling Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, also known as The Fabulous Beekman Boys set out to create The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook showcasing heirloom fruits and vegetables and recipes from their farm, family, and friends. Each recipe is simple and delicious, arranged by season, and intended for both every day and special occasions. From springtime pea pod risotto and summery strawberry shortcake to quick braised collards in autumn and yummy chicken ‘n’ dumplings for a snowy winter’s day, this is simple yet luscious farm-fresh fare that everyone will love.

Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge are the founders of Beekman 1802, one of the fastest-growing lifestyle brands in the United States. Their decision to leave city life behind has been chronicled in Kilmer-Purcell’s national best-seller, The Bucolic Plague, and on the hit Planet Green TV show, The Fabulous Beekman Boys. Their website, Beekman1802.com, has previously been nominated for a James Beard Award and Epicurious hailed them as “the next Martha Stewart.” Their company, based out of their 60-acre goat farm in Sharon Springs, NY, designs products that are sold throughout their website and in major retail stores as well as smaller shops and boutiques throughout the country. Ridge is a physician and formerly a vice president at Martha Steward Living Omnimedia. Kilmer-Purcell is an advertising executive and the New York Times best-selling author of I Am Not Myself These Days.

What the critics are saying...

Entertaining and informative…They call themselves ‘accidental farmers,’ but they could just as easily be described as ‘accidental reality-show stars.’”--Ari Karpel, The New York Post

“It's by turns funny, instructive, even inspirational. (These guys just don't quit!) And befitting its co-stars, it's also fabulous.”--Frazier Moore of the Associated Press

“Puts the fabulous back into farming while proving that people can still look immaculate surrounded by mud and manure.”--Jill Sergeant, Reuters

The Beekman Boys' appearance at Darien Library is part of our 2011 Fall Author Series. Upcoming author events at Darien Library are:

All Author Series programs will feature a book signing and refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at each event.

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

Meet the Author - Nina Sankovitch

Nina Sankovitch
Nina Sankovitch

Meet the Author

Nina Sankovitch

Author of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading

Tuesday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

Nina Sankovitch, author of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading will be our featured speaker on Tuesday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

Catalyzed by the loss of her sister, Nina Sankovitch, a mother of four, spent one year savoring a great book every day, from Thomas Pynchon to Nora Ephron, and beyond. In the tradition of Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project and Joan Dideon’s A Year of Magical Thinking, Nina Sankovitch’s soul-baring and literary-minded memoir is a chronicle of loss, hope, and redemption. In her grief, the author turned to reading as therapy and through her journey illuminates the power of books to help us reclaim our lives.

“Anyone who has ever sought refuge in literature will identify with ‘Tolstoy and the Purple Chair.’” -- O, The Oprah Magazine

“The beauty of her project lies in seeing how books intertwine with daily life, how very much they affect our moods, interactions, and, especially important for Sankovitch, how we recover and process our memories….She makes reading seem accessible, relaxing, inspiring, fun.”  -- The Los Angeles Times

Ms. Sankovitch’s appearance at Darien Library is part of our 2011 Fall Author Series. Upcoming author events at Darien Library are:

  • Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. -- The Beekman Boys (Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge), authors of  The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook: Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables, and More Than 100 Heritage Recipes to Inspire Every Generation
  • Monday, November 28 at 7 p.m. -- Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, authors of The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes from Exceptional Home Cooks (This author appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore.)

All Author Series programs will feature a book signing and refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at each event.

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

Meet the Author - Diana Abu-Jaber

Diana Abu-Jaber
Diana Abu-Jaber

Meet the Author

Diana Abu-Jaber

Author of Birds of Paradise

Tuesday, October 11 at 7 p.m.

Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Birds of Paradise will be our featured speaker on Tuesday, October 11 at 7 p.m.

In the tropical paradise that is Miami, Avis and Brian Muir are still haunted by the disappearance of their ineffably beautiful daughter, Felice, who ran away when she was thirteen. Now, after five years of modeling tattoos, skateboarding, clubbing, and sleeping in a squat house or on the beach, Felice is about to turn eighteen. Her family—Avis, an exquisitely talented pastry chef; Brian, a corporate real estate attorney; and her brother, Stanley, the proprietor of Freshly Grown, a trendy food market—will each be forced to confront their anguish, loss, and sense of betrayal. Meanwhile, Felice must reckon with the guilty secret that drove her away, and must face her fear of losing her family and her sense of self forever.

“Abu-Jaber makes us wonder about more than what will happen to one girl with a guilty secret. What, after all, does it mean to be a family? Is love really 'exchangeable, malleable'? We can’t help turning pages full of stunning prose to find out.” — Sarah Nelson, O, The Oprah Magazine

“This Jordanian American author writes about food so enticingly that her books should be published on sheets of phyllo dough. ‘Birds of Paradise’ contains her most mouthwatering writing ever, but it’s no light after-dinner treat. This is a full-course meal, a rich, complex and memorable story that will leave you lingering gratefully at her table.” — Ron Charles, The Washington Post

“The Muirs’ absorbing story builds to a thoroughly satisfying climax.” — Sue Corbett, People Magazine

Diana Abu-Jaber is the author of, most recently, Origin and The Language of Baklava. She has won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the American Book Award, and other prizes and divides her time between Coral Gables, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.

Please enjoy a videocast of Ms. Abu-Jaber's visit to Darien Library.

Ms. Abu-Jaber’s appearance at Darien Library is part of our 2011 Fall Author Series. Upcoming author events at Darien Library are:

All Author Series programs will feature a book signing and refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at each event.

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

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