Senior Moments: Love Songs of WWII

Image courtesy of flickr user kami_fubuki
Image courtesy of flickr user kami_fubuki

Wednesday, June 3rd at 3 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

In commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II, please join us for a concert featuring love songs from that period of American history, performed by Pace University professor and performer Diane Cypkin

“Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me),”  “You’ll Never Know,” “I’ll Walk Alone,” “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” “Yours,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Bei Mir Bistu Shein,” “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Besame Mucho,” “I’ll Be Seeing You”— these are just some of the many incomparable love songs exceptionally popular during World War II.  Why were they so popular?  Who wrote, played, and sang them?  Who danced and “romanced” to them?  What made them unforgettable both on the fighting and home front?  This one woman concert/lecture delves into it all and, in the process, reveals how the spirit of the time was uplifted by these songs: to hope for a time of peace and an end to a terrible and frightening war.

Support for Senior Moments is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

 

Courtyard Games

Cornhole!
Cornhole!

Friday, June 5th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate summer at Darien Library every Friday with Courtyard Games! Soak up some sun and challenge your friends in cornhole and ladder ball. Who will become Darien's Courtyard Game Champion? Only time will tell!

Wake Up the Library Garden

The Library Garden will look like this soon!
The Library Garden will look like this soon!

Tuesday, May 26th at 10 a.m.

Register

Fresh veggies: you love them and so do we! Come get your hands dirty and learn from Master Gardener Susie how to wake up your garden after a long winter. Please bring a hat and a trowel. All ages welcome!

Social Media for Businesses

Social Media Platforms
Social Media Platforms

Thursday, June 11th at 6:30 p.m.

Like having a website, your customers expect to see you on social media. People no longer look to email you their complaints or praise -- they are tweeting and Facebooking about you to their social networks. In this class, learn the basics of how Twitter and Facebook work for your business -- lessons you can apply to other social networks. You will also learn how to monitor social media, schedule your posts, and how to respond to your customers without becoming the next PR disaster.

Ireland's Great Hunger Museum

Ireland's Great Hunger Museum
Ireland's Great Hunger Museum

Tuesday, May 26th at 7 p.m.

Take a trip to Ireland's Great Hunger Museum without leaving town! The mission of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University is to collect, preserve, exhibit and study its collection of art, artifacts and literature relating to the Irish Famine/Great Hunger that occurred from 1845–52. In doing so, it seeks to educate audiences of all ages about the underlying political, social, economic and historic causes to the Great Hunger, and the magnitude of the disaster on Ireland and its people. The museum contains the world’s largest collection of Great Hunger-related art by noted contemporary Irish and Irish American artists as well as a number of period paintings by some of Ireland’s most important 19th-century artists.

About the presenter

Grace Brady is the first Executive Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University which opened to the public in October 2012. She is responsible for overseeing the museum, which houses the largest collection of visual art, artifacts and printed materials relating to the Irish Famine (1845-52), the worst demographic catastrophe of 19th century Europe. Most recently, Brady co-edited “Famine Folios” with Niamh O’Sullivan, Curator of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum (IGHM). These Folios are the first in a series of essays that cover many aspects of the Famine. They are beautifully illustrated with works from the IGHM collection and interdisciplinary in nature by internationally established scholars in history, art history, cultural theory, media history, political economy, literature and music. Brady received her M.A. in Visual Arts Administration from New York University and holds a B.A. in Speech Communications/Theatre Arts from the University of Richmond.

NYC Historical Landmarks: Pennsylvania Station

Monday, June 1st at 3 p.m.

The peak achievement of renowned architects McKim, Meade and White, whose design was based on the Roman Baths of Caracalla, “Penn Station” was completed in 1913. Unceremoniously torn down in 1963, the loss of this architectural masterpiece led directly to the establishment of the Landmarks Preservation Society. Come learn about this historical landmark!

Senior Moments: Painting Party

Leave with this masterpiece, painted by you!
Leave with this masterpiece, painted by you!

Thursday, May 28th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This event is full. To be added to the waitlist, please email psheary@darienlibrary.org

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in the Conference Room.

Awaken that artistic ability you never knew you had! We provide the supplies, local art instructors, and refreshments, you provide the desire to be the next O'Keeffe or Basquiat. Each participant will leave with a masterpiece, created by them!

Support for Senior Moments is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

 

NYC Historical Landmarks: Statue of Liberty

Monday, June 8th at 3 p.m.

Join us for a photographic journey of one of America’s most iconic monuments, from the ancient origins of its design to her post on Liberty Island standing watch over New York Harbor.

NYC Historical Landmarks: Brooklyn Bridge

Monday, June 15th at 3 p.m.

From the tall gothic arches of its towers to the raised promenade with dramatic views of the New York skyline, this renowned architectural icon has inspired generations with the simple elegance of its design and functional beauty. Take a trip to Brooklyn with us, right at Darien Library!

NYC Historical Landmarks: Empire State Building

Monday, June 22nd at 3 p.m.

Although no longer the world’s tallest building, The Empire State still holds title as New York City’s essential skyscraper. Taking less than a year to build, and opening its doors in the heart of the great depression, the Empire State Building remains a cultural icon and one of New York’s most popular tourist destinations. Come learn about this iconic building!

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