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),”  “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “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


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!

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.

Coding for Adults: four week course

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Image courtesy of flickr user rps1_output

Begins Thursday, June 25th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and will continue every Thursday after that, ending on July 16th.


Calling all moms, entrepreneurs, college students, or anyone interested in learning the basics of computer coding! We will explore programming in Python. Think of it as like a new language: in addition to learning syntax, and writing scripts, we will work on developing computational thinking—breaking down big problems into simple individual tasks. The best news? No experience is necessary! Students are required to bring a laptop for use during this class.

This class is open to Darien Residents, those employed full time in Darien, or non-residents who are contributors to the Darien Library Annual Campaign at the $300 level.

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!

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!

NYC Historical Landmarks: Ellis Island

Monday, June 29th at 3 p.m.

It is estimated that over 12 million people passed through Ellis Island, from the time it opened in 1892 through the year 1954 when the last immigrant passed through its door. Join us for a photo tour of this iconic New York landmark that represents America’s rich cultural heritage.

Walking Book Group - 'A Walk in the Woods'

Please arrive at the Darien Nature Center by 1:45 p.m.
Thursday, June 11th, walk begins promptly at 2 p.m.


Join us for a light walk around the Darien Nature Center as we discuss Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods. The hike will be led by the knowledgeable Nature Center staff and the discussion by our loquacious Librarians.

About A Walk in the Woods

The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way–and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

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