Fireside Knitting

Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.
Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.

Thursday, February 11th at 2 p.m.

Calling all fiber artists! Whether you're a casual knitter, an expert crocheter, or dabble in loom weaving, join us as we create and chat. Bring your projects, get tips, and learn from one another. All skill levels welcome.

This group meets Thursdays in January and February.

Forever Young Book Group: 'Dumplin'

Love it.
Love it.

Thursday, February 18th at 6:30 p.m., at The Goose, 972 Post Road


Introducing Forever Young, a book group for fans of young adult (YA) fiction who are a little less Y and a lot more A. Join us as we discuss Julie Murphy's Dumplin'.

About Dumplin'

Sixteen-year-old Willowdean wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl, so, while grappling with her feelings for a co-worker who is clearly attracted to her, Will and some other misfits prepare to compete in the beauty pageant her mother runs.

Senior Moments: Gelatin Printmaking

Photo by cazatoma | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Photo by cazatoma | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Tuesday, February 16th at 3 p.m.


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

Interested in printmaking and design? Try a unique method to create original, funky greeting cards. Using sheets of gelatin, intrepid printmakers will get to experiment with this unique medium and design art prints.

Business Book Group: 'Making Conflict Work'

Read it
Read it

Tuesday, February 16th at 6 p.m.


Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Robert Ferguson and Peter T. Coleman's Making Conflict WorkThe group is invited to an informal discussion of the book from 6 to 6:45 p.m. followed by networking over wine, beer, and light refreshments.

About Making Conflict Work: Harnessing the Power of Disagreement

Conflicts at work are as inevitable as they are frustrating. In Making Conflict Work, Peter Coleman and Robert Ferguson’s leading experts in the field of conflict resolution address the key role of power in workplace tension. Whether you’re butting heads with your boss or addressing a direct report’s complaint, your relative position of power affects how you approach conflict.

Coleman and Ferguson explain how power dynamics function, with step-by-step guidance to determining your standing in a conflict and identifying and applying the strategies that will lead to the best resolution. Drawing on the authors’ years of research and consulting experience, the book gives readers effective strategies for negotiating disputes at all levels of an organization.

We have copies of the book available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussion.

Business Book Group is sponsored by the Darien Rowayton Bank.

Small Business Workshop: Elevator Speech

Photo by Flazingo Photos / CC BY-SA 2.0
Photo by Flazingo Photos / CC BY-SA 2.0

Tuesday, February 9th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.


Our speaker will help you to develop a concise, compelling and memorable introduction to enhance your business opportunities.You will learn:

• Learn the five elements of a successful introduction
• Be challenged to brand yourself quickly and memorably
• Be taught how to pick up on signals from the audience
•Understand the importance of establishing and maintaining connections

About the presenter

Stanley Witkow, a SCORE counselor for more than five years, is the former general counsel of GE Capital IT Solutions. He has been mentoring and providing career counseling since 2008. Currently he moderates Westporters in Transition, a weekly support group for members of the Westport Community who are in Career transition. He helps clients develop compelling stories about themselves and to set achievable goals.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

Join us on an adventure with Cheryl Strayed at the Novel Tea

Photo credit: Joni Kabana

Wednesday, March 30th from 12—2 p.m.
Wee Burn Country Club
410 Hollow Tree Ridge Rd, Darien, CT

Tickets and tables are currently available for purchase online, or please mail a check payable to Darien Library (1441 Post Road, Darien). Each table seats 10 people, and all attendees will receive a signed copy of Wild.

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir WILD, the New York Times bestsellers TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS and BRAVE ENOUGH, and the novel TORCH.

All funds raised from the Novel Tea will be dedicated to Darien Library resources, including technology, purchasing new books and supporting programs and guest speakers.

If you have a seating request, please enter it in the "Comments" section below.

For more information please contact the Darien Library Administrative Office at 203-669-5220.


Books by the Fire

Share what you love!
Share what you love!

Wednesday, February 10th at 11 a.m.

Books by the Fire is the Anti-Book Group. Instead, we're a Reading Group: you pick what you want to read, watch, or listen to. Join this long-running group and be the first in the know about what's new and hot during this informal conversation. Current attendees are on the hunt for industry secrets for brand new titles as well as obsure, you may have missed them titles. We only ask that you share what you're reading and loving too!

Join us every Wednesday, through May, by the First Floor Fireplace.

Meet the Author: Laura Silver

Laura Silver
Laura Silver

Tuesday, March 8th at 7 p.m.

Laura Silver, author of Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food, will be our featured speaker.

When Laura Silver’s favorite knish shop went out of business, the native New Yorker sank into mourning, but then she sprang into action. She embarked on a round-the-world quest for the origins and modern-day manifestations of the knish.

The iconic potato pie leads the author from Mrs. Stahl’s bakery in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, to an Italian pasta maker in New Jersey–and on to a hunt across three continents for the pastry that shaped her identity. Starting in New York, she tracks down heirs to several knish dynasties and discovers that her own family has roots in a Polish town named Knyszyn.

With good humor and a hunger for history, Silver mines knish lore for stories of entrepreneurship, survival, and major deliciousness. Along the way, she meets Minnesota seniors who make knishes for weekly fundraisers, foodies determined to revive the legacy of Mrs. Stahl, and even the legendary knish maker’s granddaughters, who share their joie de vivre–and their family recipe.

Knish connections to Eleanor Roosevelt and rap music? Die-hard investigator Silver unearths those and other intriguing anecdotes involving the starchy snack once so common along Manhattan’s long-lost Knish Alley. In a series of funny, moving, and touching episodes, Silver takes us on a knish-eye tour of worlds past and present, thus laying the foundation for a global knish renaissance.

About the Author

Laura Silver, the world's leading knish expert, is an award-winning journalist whose writing on food and culture has appeared in the New York Times, the Forward, and NPR. Laura has been a writer in residency at the Millay Colony, the Banff Center, and the New York Public Library.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

The Darien Library is proud to cosponsor this event with the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County.


Undercover with Chris Pavone and Nicholas Roberts Fine Wine

Chris Pavone, photo courtesy of Nina Subin.
Chris Pavone, photo courtesy of Nina Subin.

Wednesday, March 9th at 7 p.m.

Go undercover with Chris Pavone and his world of international intrigue while sipping on some of the wines that are mentioned in his new thriller The Travelers. Following Chris' presentation, Nicholas Roberts Fine Wine will host an informal wine tasting.

About The Travelers
Will Rhodes is an international correspondent for Travelers magazine, hopping around the world to write about food and wine, about foreign cultures and glamorous parties, about local celebrities and adventurous expats. He meets a lot of people; harmless flirtation is part of his job. But the sexy Australian who appears at his Argentinean hotel is not at all harmless, and she pulls Will into a complex and dangerous game.

Malcolm Somers runs Travelers, has a beautiful wife and children, a luxurious apartment, private driver—but Malcolm knows that things could unwind at any moment. He is a classic overachiever, but it isn’t his editorial job at Travelers that often keeps him at the office late at night.

Chloe, Will’s wife and former employee of Travelers, is now working freelance on a few select problematic assignments but is growing increasingly worried that her husband is becoming a problem in his own right. Will has found himself at the center of a dangerous web, completely in the dark, and he can’t figure out what’s going on until it’s nearly too late: his marriage threatened, his career in jeopardy, his life in peril.

About the author
Chris Pavone is author of the New York Times bestsellers The Accident and The Expats, winner of the Edgar and Anthony Awards for best first novel. He was a book editor for nearly two decades and lives in New York City with his family.


Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.


Art on View: Quiet Places, Empty Spaces

Ladders, 1990
Ladders, 1990

On display Monday, December 22nd through Monday, February 8th

The photographs in this exhibition reflect the artist's fondness for and interest in the seashore—regardless of season—that began with his childhood visits to South Carolina beaches during the 1960s and 1970s and has continued in many years living in New England and travels around the United States and overseas.

Golf—the focus for much of the artist's professional career—plays only a supporting role in this show. In addition to beach scenes there are other moments of peacefulness or solitude, restful places or forgotten ones, where life has paused for a while or for good. 

The images were made with a variety of technology—from a 1930s Kodak box camera (Twilight Swim, 2011) to an iPhone (Sunseeker Plus Two, 2013) and with a range of 35mm film and digital cameras. They are printed on archival fine-art paper and framed with archival materials.

Artist's Statement
"I enjoy a sense of order in my photography, in capturing patterns of people or objects in their environment with the smaller elements in an image adding interest and depth to the greater view. My work is in color and black-and-white, depending on which style I believe best conveys a scene. I am influenced by an admiration for a number of wonderful 20th century photographers, including but not limited to Brassai, Elliott Erwitt and William Eggleston. I have been taking photographs since I was a boy, when my tools were a Kodak Instamatic and a Polaroid Swinger. In this largely digital age, I sometimes still shoot film. Regardless of camera choice, my goal is producing photographs that cause someone to pause, wonder or smile."

About the Artist
Bill Fields was born in North Carolina in 1959 but has lived in southwestern Connecticut for nearly three decades. He has spent much of his career writing about sports—mostly golf—as a newspaper and magazine journalist. His work has been honored multiple times by the Golf Writers Association of America and included in the 1996 edition of The Best American Sports Writing. A collection of his golf writing, Arnie, Seve, and a Fleck of Golf History, was published in 2014. He spent more than two decades as a senior editor at Golf World magazine.

In addition to his reporting and editing experience, from the mid-1980s through the late-1990s, Fields was a professional golf photographer and photo editor, shooting 40 major championships and dozens of other tournaments, along with feature and travel assignments. His photograph of 1987 Masters champion Larry Mize was chosen as the cover image of the Best Sports Stories anthology the following year. 

This exhibition highlights a frequent theme in the personal photography work that he has concentrated on for the past decade.

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