Bloomberg Terminal Workshop

Wednesday, December 2nd at 7 p.m.

The Bloomberg Terminal is the premier financial information source in the world today. Whether you're a job seeker looking for openings or an amateur investor tracking hot stocks, bonds, and/or commodities, the Bloomberg Terminal has something to offer. The Darien Library is one of the few public libraries in the country to have a Bloomberg Terminal for patron use. Wayne Pasternack, Bloomberg Terminal rep, will go over tips and tricks to get started using Bloomberg and will include new, recently released functions.

Interested in using the Bloomberg Terminal? All Library patrons may use the terminal, but advanced reservations are reserved for Darien residents, employed full-time in Darien, or Friends of the Darien Library who contribute annually at the $300 level. If you would like to place a reservation, please contact our Knowledge and Learning Services staff at 669-5236 or at

Voting Fraud, Voting Suppression: Myths and Realities

League of Women Voters
League of Women Voters

Saturday, October 24th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Louise Parker Berry Community Room

You are invited to attend the free League of Women Voters of Connecticut Education Fund Annual Fall Conference. The topic this year is Voting Fraud, Voting Suppression: Myths and Realities. The moderator is Cheryl Dunson, LWV Greenwich. The panelists:

Lorraine Minnite
Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Undergraduate Urban Studies Program, Rutgers University

Michael J. Brandi
Director, CT State Elections Enforcement Commission and General Counsel

Adam Gitlin
The Brennan Center for Justice, NYU

Pre-registration is recommended to ensure enough coffee and seating.

Resources to Help You Write Your Novel

Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month
Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

Last week, you decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month in November. Congratulations! This week we are looking at resources that you can use to help you plot out your novel, develop your characters, and more! Make sure to hit "Read More" for all the resources as well as this week's assigment. 

Library Books

Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing: Looking for a quick, humorous, light read on writing? Would an illustrated book help? Pick up Elmore Leonard's book then to get you on the path of creating believable characters fast!

The Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters: How do you make your characters live and breathe? What are their realistic traits, ticks, and vices that bring them to life? Marc McCutcheon opens with an introduction to believable characters and then gives you the tools (mainly lists of traits) to help make your character a real person. 

From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction: Robert Olen Butler, a Pulitzer prize winning author, taught a series of workshops about how he writes. He compiled his lectures into an intense how-to-book on the writing process. 

Library Magazines

The Writer's Magazine: Each month's issue of this publication has short, information-packed tips and strategies on everything related to writing. 

Writer's Digest: Discover how to work on the craft of writing and after you have finished your novel, how to think about marketing it. 

Music in the Stacks: Birdwalk

(Image Courtesy of Facebook)
(Image Courtesy of Facebook)

Sunday, July 26th at 5 p.m.

Birdwalk describes themselves as an energetic amalgam of soulful improv and technical precision, focusing on the world of live music. Bandmates John, Trevor, and Brandon met at the School of Rock in New Canaan and have been playing and writing together ever since. They take influence from Jimi Hendrix, Phish, and Frank Zappa. Come enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres while listening to the chill tunes of Birdwalk in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. 

Check out Birdwalk's music here.

Darien All-Schools Art Show

By Caroline Wildish
By Caroline Wildish

Tuesday, March 3rd to Thursday, April 7th

Come view Darien Public Schools students’ artwork from Grades K-12 at the Library. The gallery is located on the Library's Lower Level.

The Art Department ’s progressive curriculum enables the students to build art media skills as well as  educating them to use curiosity and intuitive thinking to express themselves in unique artistic images. Through studio based lessons the students learn, from art historical exploration, the role of the visual arts in reflecting human values. and aesthetics.

The dedicated art faculty help the children to understand  and use the Elements of Art and the Principals of Design as the students learn new ways to see, think and express themselves.

Art On View: Camilla Cook's EXPLORATIONS

Cook's display will showcase a variety of media types.
Cook's display will showcase a variety of media types.

Tuesday, December 9th to Tuesday, January 20th
Located on the Library's Lower Level

“EXPLORATIONS” is the newest exhibition at Darien Library. Camilla Cook, an independent curator specializing in Connecticut and New York venues, showcasing emerging and established artists, curates this exhibit. A vibrant community of people, The Wilson Avenue Loft Artists continues to evolve, as seen in the latest work of thirteen of its fifteen artists, hailing from Connecticut and New York. ‘EXPLORATIONS’ includes diverse interpretations, as it showcases what is currently being explored in each artist’s studio. Featured are conceptual paintings, plein air paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculptural found objects, mixed media and photography.

WALA Gallery and Studios are located at 225 Wilson Avenue, South Norwalk, Connecticut. Parking is off of Ely Avenue and our second floor studios are accessed via the outdoor staircase. If using GPS, enter 372 Ely Avenue, Norwalk, CT as your destination for most direct route. Our artist studios and gallery are open by appointment. Please go to for further information!

Friday Night Feature - 'The End of The Tour'

Friday, December 4th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - The End of The Tour (2014) Starring Anna Chlumsky, Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Joan Cusack; Rated R; 106 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

The End of The Tour tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest.  As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties.

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

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Tangerines'

Friday, December 11th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Tangerines (2014) Starring Lembit Ulfsak , Giorgi Nakashidze , Elmo Nüganen , Mikheil Meskhi ; Rated PG-13; 87 minutes; Presented in Estonian with English Subtitles.

With war raging in the Georgia, Apkhazeti region in 1990, an Estonian man, Ivo, has stayed behind to harvest his crops of tangerines. With conflict at his door, a wounded man is left behind, and Ivo is forced to take him in.

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

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

Wednesday Matinee - 'Holiday Inn'

Wednesday, December 16th at 1:30 p.m.  Holiday Inn  (1942) Starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, Walter Abel, Louise Beavers; Rated PG; 101 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire star in Holiday Inn as a popular nightclub song-and-dance team. When his heart is broken by his girlfriend, Crosby decides to retire from the hustle-bustle of big city showbiz. He purchases a rustic New England farm and converts it to an inn, which he opens to the public (floor show and all) only on holidays.  Featuring the music of Irving Berlin.


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

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation'

Friday, December 18th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Mission Impossible—Rogue Nation  (2015) Starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Simon McBurney, Rebecca Ferguson; Rated PG-13; 132 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his teammates face the odds as they attempt to take down a secret international organization known as the Syndicate--highly skilled ex-IMF agents who are intent on bringing down their former outfit.

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

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

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