Meet the Author: Diana Bletter

Thursday, August 20th at 7 p.m.

Diana Bletter, author of A Remarkable Kindness, will be our featured speaker.

In the seaside village of Peleg, four American women have emigrated to Israel for very different reasons. Despite their differences in age and outlook, these four women find each other in ritual, gathering in a burial circle to perform tahara, a final burial rite, for the women of the community. As their intertwined stories unfold, each woman finds the joys promised by the beauty of the land, in new life, first love, motherhood, and friendship, supporting each other through irrevocable changes, navigating the pressures of marriage, illicit romance, the loss of a child, and, the unthinkable backdrop for this paradise--war. Through moments of humor and sorrow, each woman takes part in the ultimate act of compassion, helping to close the circle of life.

Brimming with wisdom and intelligence, A Remarkable Kindness is a moving testament to women’s friendship, tracing the life lines of women who learn to be strong and capturing the paradoxes and promises of the land they learn to call home.

About the Author

Diana Bletter grew up in Great Neck, New York, and attended Cornell University. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Huffington Post, Glamour, and Beliefnet, and she was the first prize winner of Family Circle Magazine’s 2011 Fiction Contest. Her novel The Witches’ Secret was a semi-finalist in Amazon’s 2009 Breakout Novel Award and her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (in collaboration with prize-winning photographer Lori Grinker) was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. Diana lives in northern Israel with her husband and children.

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

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

Short Stories for Summer Days

Carroll Stenson
Carroll Stenson

Tuesday, August 4th at 3 p.m.

Our popular discussion series continues with a line-up of stories especially selected to offer insight into the human condition and provoke thoughtful conversation. Please join us and share with other short story enthusiasts.

Stories are available for pickup the week before each meeting.

No meetings on July 21st or July 28th.

Courtyard Games

Cornhole!
Cornhole!

Fridays 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!

Connecticut Beer: A History

Tuesday, August 4th at 7 p.m.

Local beer historian Will Siss will lead a discussion of the history of beer in Connecticut and provide profiles for nearly all existing breweries. His talk will include samples of beer from Half Full Brewery.

About the presenter

Will Siss has written the column “Beer Snob” for the Waterbury (Conn.) Republican-American since 2005. He has worked as a reporter for Republican-American and Manchester (Conn.) Journal-Inquirer. He earned a Master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Gettysburg College. He blogs at www.beersnobwrites.com, leads beer tastings and teaches middle school language arts.

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 www.wilsonavenueloftartists.com for further information!

Writer's Workshop

Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres
Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres

Thursday, September 17th at 7 p.m.

Come join The Writer's Workshop, a monthly class for writers of any genre.  A constructive atmosphere greets aspiring writers as they learn and understand a reader's perspective of their work.  While many in the group have dreams to publish, that is not a requirement.  Presently we have fiction, memoir, mystery and thriller, short story, personal essay, and poetry writers.  Let's put pen to paper and get writing!

Presented by Laura Cavers, who recently received an MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College. At Manhattanville, Laura was assistant editor to the college's award-winning literary magazine, Inkwell.  She is currently working on her first novel, Bellwethers.

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

Achieve the Paperless Office

Steamline your office
Steamline your office

Tuesday, August 18th at 6:30 p.m.
In the Mezzanine Conference Room

Is your office a mess? Can you not find important paperwork or are you afraid of losing your work?

In this class, User Experience Librarian, Amanda, will go over how to digitize your documents, how to organize your files, and software that will help you go paperless. You can go paperless using a variety of free and premium paid tools to make your life more organized. 

 

Mini Golf in the Library!

Mini Golf in the Library!

Saturday, November 15th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$5 per player, each player will also receive a free hot dog!

Miniature golf is coming to the Library! We are happy to announce the first Darien Library Mini Golf Event. Players of all ages will putt their way through the Library. The Library will become an 18-hole miniature golf course with the course set up throughout the building.

Schedule of Events

9am-5pm: Mini Golf

9:30am-12:30pm: Face Painting on Main Street

2-3pm: Crafts in the Children's Library Storytime Room

This is a fundraiser for the Library to purchase books, DVDs, technology, information sources, and provide programs. 

Thank you to our sponsors!

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