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Wednesdays at 11 a.m. - Meet Us On Main Street
Wednesdays at 11 a.m. - Meet Us On Main Street

"You Are What You Read" goes LIVE!

Wednesday, September 24th at 11 a.m. with Mallory

Darien Library staff members are excited to tell you about the latest and greatest books, movies, apps, and articles that we are currently digging. Please join us for this weekly, informal discussion.

There will be "oooohs." There will be "ahhhhs." There will be laughs. We hope to see you there. 


Join the Evening Library Book Group: Fifty/Fifty!

A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre
A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre

Wednesday, September 24th at 7 p.m.


A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre

Registration is limited to Darien residents, those who work in Darien full-time, and Friends who have donated $300 or more.

The Library's “Fifty/Fifty” book group is back! Join our evening book discussion where participants are invited to read 50% fiction and 50% nonfiction. The group meets the fourth Wednesday evening of each month at 7 p.m. in our conference room.

About the Book

Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain’s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War—while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby’s best friend and fellow officer in MI6. The two men had gone to the same schools, belonged to the same exclusive clubs, grown close through the crucible of wartime intelligence work and long nights of drink and revelry. It was madness for one to think the other might be a communist spy, bent on subverting Western values and the power of the free world...

Praise for A Spy Among Friends

“Macintyre has produced more than just a spy story. He has written a narrative about that most complex of topics, friendship...When devouring this thriller, I had to keep reminding myself it was not a novel.”—Walter Isaacson, New York Times Book Review

Library staff members will lead the discussions.

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

Tech Drop-in Discussion: Dropbox


Thursday, September 25th at 2 p.m.
Technology Center on Lower Level

Carrying around your laptop or a flash drive to share your presentation is so five years ago! Let Alex introduce you to Dropbox, a service that allows you to upload your files and access them wherever you have Internet connection. Other cool features includes a mobile app that automatically backs up your photos after each snap! When you get home, your photos will already be on your computer. 

Following the presentation, Alex, our User Experience Ninja, will be on hand to answer your other technology related questions. 

Tech Drop-In Discussions are informal weekly chats about a chosen topic. These sessions are usually around 15 minutes long. 

Darien Library Writers Group

image courtesy Flickr user J. Paxon Reyes
image courtesy Flickr user J. Paxon Reyes

Thursday, September 25th at 7 p.m. in the Harris Room

If your novel or chapbook isn't finished yet, this group is for you.

If you have a poem, short story, novel or screenplay in your drawer or just in your head please join this friendly, supportive "no judgment" zone to work on your project. Everyone will get a chance to share their struggles and their work. Bring your ideas and any work you wish to contribute.

The workshop will be moderated by Laura Cavers.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Finding Vivian Maier'

We will screen FINDING VIVIAN MAIER in our Community Room Friday, September 26th.
We will screen FINDING VIVIAN MAIER in our Community Room Friday, September 26th.

Friday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Finding Vivian Maier (2014) Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 83 minutes.

This critically acclaimed documentary is about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and discovered decades later, and who is now regarded as among the 20th century’s greatest photographers.

"This may be the most pleasurable 83 minutes you will spend in a theater this year." -- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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

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

Readers’ Advisory Festival

Readers' Advisory Festival
Readers' Advisory Festival

Tuesday, September 30th from 12 to 2 p.m.
Library Courtyard, weather permitting

Join your favorite readers’ advisors to learn more about great fall books, non-fiction favorites, red-hot romances, book group recommendations, and more. We’ll have piles of our favorites at the ready to help you find that next great read on the spot, and we'll also send you home with a reading list longer than your arm. Plus, enter our raffle and take a chance with our grab bag to win fantastic prizes—everybody wins something! We love reading and we know you do too—so read with us!

Refreshments will be served.

The 6-Figure Freelancer : Everything I've Learned Building My Consulting Business

Clinton Warren
Clinton Warren

Wednesday, October 1st from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Register here

Clint Warren left a career in finance 4 years ago to become a personal trainer, getting sidetracked by web development along the way. Since then, he's built his consulting business from $16,000 per year to well over $16,000 per month. In this workshop, he reveals everything he's learned to help others looking to start a new consulting business or grow an existing one.

What's covered:

• How to quickly and effectively build a reputation, brand, and identity
• How to land your first few clients
• The most cost effective strategies for marketing your business, both online and in person
• How to manage projects and when to build a team
• How to consistently charge more and land bigger clients

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

Financial Aid 101: What to Know and Where to Go to Find the Dough

Image courtesy flickr user Simon Cunningham
Image courtesy flickr user Simon Cunningham

Thursday, October 2nd at 7 p.m.

There is a lot of financial aid available to college students if they know where to look. Join Daniel M. Patti as he walks participants through the steps to finding and securing opportunities for financial aid. Recommended for parents of students in grades 8 through 12.

Presented by Daniel M. Patti, a Certified Financial Planner at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC with the Beringer Weinstock Group in Darien, CT. Dan has over 13 years experience helping individuals, families, small businesses and non-profit organizations with investment, education and retirement planning. For several years Dan has presented his Financial Aid expertise to parents and students throughout Fairfield, Westchester and Litchfield counties. Dan resides with his wife and children in Newtown, CT.

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

Googling Your Genealogy

Use Google to discover your family members!
Use Google to discover your family members!

Saturday, October 4th at 2 p.m.
In the Community Room

Expert genealogist and family historian, Philip Hayes, will be presenting on how to use Google to find your family's story. He will teach you to use: 

  • Google Search. With over 20 million indexed pages, Google is the most valuable search tool for Genealogists. Learn how to use boolean search queries to filter your results and discover hidden content related to your ancestors.
  • Google Alerts. Learn how to leverage Google Alerts, a free content monitoring service that will notify you when new content related to your interests appears in the Google Search Index.
  • Google Books. Search the text of almost 130 million books – over 4 billion digital pages, to find content related to your ancestors.
  • Google News. There are over 25,000 news sites in the Google News Index. Google aggregates all the news content from these sites into one search engine
  • Google Maps & Earth. Pinpoint your ancestors homestead and more!
  • Google Translate. Learn how to use Google’s free translation service. It allows you to enter text and translate to and from a variety of languages.

Come Talk About Your Work at 1 p.m.

This is an informal one hour discussion session/round table where everyone is invited to participate. Think of the most important question or issue that you have about your genealogy. It may be a brick wall that you are facing with one of your ancestors, a question of wanting to know where to find a particular resource, or a success that you are dying to share with the rest of us.

Art On View: Kari Cholnoky

"Head," 2014: faux fur, acrylic, spray paint, synthetic hair, foam, collage.

September 3rd through October 20th

The work of Kari Cholnoky will be on display in the Library's Lower Level Art Gallery.

Cholnoky's work examines contemporary psychology as it is affected by and interacts with physical material. She transforms the mass produced into the highly specific and handled, creating works that stare back at their viewer. Currently New York based, Cholnoky is a recent graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art MFA program, located outside of Detroit, MI. Her work has been exhibited in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Detroit and Singapore, and she has been awarded residencies in Singapore and Berlin, Germany. In May of 2014, Cholnoky was awarded the Merdeces-Benz Financial Services 2014 Emerging Artist Award, which provided her with a studio loft at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien during the following summer months.

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