StoryCorps: One American Story at a Time

Robin Sparkman
Robin Sparkman

Thursday, March 12th at 7 p.m.

Robin Sparkman, the CEO of StoryCorps and a Rowayton native, will play "Selections from StoryCorps," classic stories from the Brooklyn-based nonprofit. StoryCorps celebrates the dignity, power, and grace that can be heard in the stories we find all around us. Since founder Dave Isay launched StoryCorps in 2003, 100,000 Americans have participated, making it the largest single collection of human voices ever recorded.

About StoryCorps

At the heart of StoryCorps is a simple, timeless idea: provide two friends or loved ones with a quiet space and 40 minutes of uninterrupted time for a meaningful face-to-face conversation; record that conversation; give the participants a copy; and archive another copy at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps seeks out the stories of people most often excluded from the historical record and preserves them so that the experience and wisdom contained within them may be passed from one generation to the next. StoryCorps shares edited excerpts of some of these recordings in its popular weekly broadcasts on NPR, animated shorts, and bestselling books.

About the Presenter

Robin Sparkman joined StoryCorps as its first CEO in January 2014. She is a veteran journalist. Most recently, she was the editor in chief of ALM Media’s The American Lawyer, where she oversaw several of ALM’s print and digital national publications and wrote a monthly column on legal business issues. Under her leadership, The American Lawyer won six Jesse Neal awards for journalism. Robin sits on the boards of the Union Settlement Association of East Harlem and the American Business Media editorial committee. Before joining ALM, she spent five years as an editor for the business and opinion sections of MSNBC.com. Robin was one of the founding members of the site, the world’s top Internet news source. She is also a former reporter for Newsweek, covering terrorism, the United Nations, and politics. Robin is a magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in New York City with her husband and children.

Music of the Grand Ole Opry: Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

Sunday, March 29th at 5 p.m.

Spend an evening on an entertaining musical journey to the Nashville, Tennessee landmark with local band Gunsmoke. The show will feature stories and songs from classic country stars from the longest running radio show in the world.

About the performer

Gunsmoke is enshrined into the Connecticut country music hall of fame, the country music and dance hall of fame in Mount Kisco, NY and elected band of the year six years in a row by the New York Metro Country Music Association.  They have performed for two sitting Presidents of the United States.  They received a citation from the state of Connecticut commemorating the bands silver anniversary of 25 years entertaining audiences with classic country music.

Refreshments will be served.

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

Digital Presentations: PowerPoint and Prezi

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Image courtesy of flickr user gsfc

Tuesday, March 17th at 6:30 p.m.

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You've done the hard work: figuring out what you want to say. Now come learn how to display your presentation visually! Getting your ideas onto slides, adding designs, transitions, graphics and animations is easy and fun. This hands-on class will feature lessons on using PowerPoint, the current standard for presentations in business and academic venues, and Prezi, the fancy newcomer.

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

Digital File Management

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Image courtesy of flickr user earthworm.

Tuesday, March 31st at 6:30 p.m. 

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Do you have difficulty finding files on your computer? Is your computer a virtual display of that junk closet in your home where everything is shoved and nothing is organized? Come learn how to organize your digital documents all while keeping your computer running efficient and safe.

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

Selling Your Treasures on eBay

Image courtesy Flickr user Kazuhisa OTSUBO.
Image courtesy Flickr user Kazuhisa OTSUBO.

Wednesday, April 8th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand! Have you thought about selling your treasures on eBay but you’re not sure where to start? Sue Skerrett has been selling on eBay for 12 years and is here to show you the ropes when it comes to creating an account, setting up a list, accepting payment through PayPal, and more.

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

Winter Semester MedEd: Cardiology

Dr. Schuster
Dr. Schuster

Wednesday, March 4th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Program Director, Joshua Herbert, MD, Darien Library, Stamford Hospital, YWCA Darien Norwalk, and the Darien YMCA, cordially  invite the public to attend this five week series of lectures that mimic the structure of the medical school experience. Each night will focus on one topic and cover the anatomy, function, common disease states, and available treatments. The physicians are board certified in their area of speciality and leaders in their fields.

Dr. Edward Schuster will speak on the structure of the heart, how to promote healthy hearts as you age and common diseases to watch out for.  A healthy balance of exercise, eating and stress management also play a role in keeping and maintaining a healthy heart.

About the Presenter

Dr. Schuster started practicing cardiology at Stamford Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1980. He is board-certified in both internal medicine and cardiology and specializes in all aspects of cardiology with an interest in preventative cardiology.  He received a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from Bowdoin College and his medical degree from University Health Sciences – Chicago Medical School, AOA Honor Society.  He completed an internship and residency at Duke Hospital and a fellowship in cardiology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He has extensive teaching experience with both the house staff at Stamford Hospital and medical students from Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.  He is Chief Medical Officer for the Stamford Police Department, on the Board of Trustees at the Ferguson Library and is a member of the Stamford Health Commission.

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

Winter Semester MedEd: Integrative Medicine

Dr. Takayasu
Dr. Takayasu

Wednesday, March 11th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Program Director, Joshua Herbert, MD, Darien Library, Stamford Hospital, YWCA Darien Norwalk, and the Darien YMCA, cordially  invite the public to attend this five week series of lectures that mimic the structure of the medical school experience. Each night will focus on one topic and cover the anatomy, function, common disease states, and available treatments. The physicians are board certified in their area of speciality and leaders in their fields.

Dr. Katherine Takayasu will describe what integrative medicine is and the role it can play in one’s health and overall wellbeing.  She will discuss a holistic approach to patient care that targets the mind, body and spirit.  Dr. Takayasu will target successful ways to approach managing stress, diet and nutrition and mind-body interactions.

About the Presenter

Dr. Takayasu completed her two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at Stamford Hospital’s Center for Integrative Medicine & Wellness and the University of Arizona. She earned her M.D. and M.B.A. from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Takayasu completed her residency in Family Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia University in New York City,where she served as Chief Resident. A board-certified family medicine physician, Dr. Takayasu’s specific interests include integrating complementary modalities such as nutrition, acupuncture and mind-body medicine into women’s health areas like pregnancy, infertility, chronic pelvic and myofascial pain, peri-menopause, and general stress management. She is a clinical instructor in Medicine at Columbia University and conducts research in nutrition and mind-body medicine.

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

Winter Semester MedEd: Endocrinology

Dr. Misra
Dr. Misra

Wednesday, March 18th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Program Director, Joshua Herbert, MD, Darien Library, Stamford Hospital, YWCA Darien Norwalk, and the Darien YMCA, cordially  invite the public to attend this five week series of lectures that mimic the structure of the medical school experience. Each night will focus on one topic and cover the anatomy, function, common disease states, and available treatments. The physicians are board certified in their area of speciality and leaders in their fields.

Dr. Bismruta Misra will provide a detailed overview and introduction to the endocrine system.  She will answer the complicated questions about hormones, what they are and how they affect our body.

About the Presenter

Dr. Misra is Medical Director of Fairfield County Diabetes and Endocrinology, a unique consultative center that offers comprehensive treatment for diabetes and endocrine disorders. She received her master’s degree in public health from Boston University and worked as an epidemiologist prior to obtaining her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC.  She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism.  Dr. Misra was recently named a Connecticut Magazine Top Doc, 2014.  She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and enjoys the time she spends precepting resident clinic and teaching medical students.

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

How to Edit Family Photos

Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

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Do you have old family photos that need to be touched up? Using Pixlr, a free online image editor, you will learn how to fix your photos! You will learn how to color correct, crop, remove blemishes, fix stains, and more. There is no need to hire the professionals when you can edit your photos yourself!

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

How to Organize Your Photos

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Image courtesy of flickr user hawkexpress

Tuesday, May 5th at 6:30 p.m.

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How long has it been since you had a roll of film developed? Forever, right? However, you still have all those photos sitting around, waiting to be organized and shared with family and friends for #throwbackThursday. In this one hour class, we'll look at different techniques for making sense of those piles of photos. We'll talk about how to digitize the photos, get them into folders on your computer, and software programs that can help you easily access your visual memories.

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

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