Elemental Meditation: Fire

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Image courtesy of flickr user aigle_dore.

Monday, November 16th at 7 p.m.

Open yourself up to Elemental Meditation in this new series. Did you know that each of the elements resides within us? Having these elements in balance inside of us helps us to be more connected to ourselves and centered as we go about our daily lives. In this seven week series, we will begin with an introduction to the five elements, followed by focused meditation based upon the elements (Earth, Space, Fire, Air, and Water), and ending with advanced meditation combining all five elements for a true balanced state.

Instructor Julie Punishill will lead the meditation group on the following dates September 28th, October 5th, October 12th, October 19th, November 16th, November 23rd, and November 30th.

Senior Moments: Animal House

Image courtesy of Two by Two Zoo
Image courtesy of Two by Two Zoo

Thursday, November 12th 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.

Hopping kangaroos, leaping rabbits, a slithering snake thrill and delight all ages. It's a petting zoo: but for adults only! Learn about the habitat, conservation, and eating habits of seven different animals. At the end of the lecture, meet up close and personal a kangaroo, rabbit, tortoise, snake, bearded dragon, pot bellied pig and chinchilla!

Minecraft for Adults

Thursday, November 5th at 7 p.m.


Imagine a virtual lego set with an infinite number of blocks. Now imagine those blocks can do different things, like melt and flow like water, sprout into trees, burn like fire, or ooze like lava. And imagine dozens of other blocks that can be found and crafted into tools and goods that can be used in a myriad of different ways. The possibilities are endless and players are bound only by their imaginations. Minecraft is a phenomenon, not because it's the flashiest game in town, but because it allows players to dream and build.

Whether you're a parent looking to learn more about where your child is spending the bulk of their virtual time, or an adult simply nostalgic for pixelated video games, learn the ins and outs of this radical game.


The Perfect Meatball: Cooking Class

Meatball & Co.
Meatball & Co.

Tuesday, November 3rd at 7 p.m.


Learn how to make the perfect meatball from Chef Joe Criscuolo of Meatball & Co. Chef Joe will demonstrate a classic beef meatball, alongside a traditional bowl of pasta. Learn from his creativity and passion for the kitchen and authentic Italian flavor. Come hungry!

Joe Criscuolo, a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, is the chef and owner of Meatball & Co. His family is originally from the Amalfi Coast of Italy and has been in the restaurant business in Fairfield County for more than 45 years. Cooking is in his genes. Joe specializes in cooking Italian classics from market vegetables to delectable pastas to elegant salads. His culinary background paired with his love for food and culture fuels Joe’s passion for creating diverse dishes and you may even find a traditional Japanese Ramen on the specials menu on a cold winter night. 

Purchase Your Adults' Night Mini Golf Tickets

Adults' Night: Friday, November 13th from 7 to 10 p.m. 
$50 per player (21+), including drinks and appetizers.

Return to the Mini Golf page


Art on View: Billi Kid

On Display Thursday, September 17th through Monday, November 2nd

Billi Kid is a contemporary artist, designer and curator whose artistic vision derives from a passionate urban temperament. His subversive aesthetic and strong brand identity mixes graffiti and street art sensibilities with sophisticated nods to high art, fashion and design. His multidisciplinary approach to storytelling generate beautifully crafted artworks and exhibitions that mirror the city landscape with unrivaled authenticity.

Never too busy to look, feel and listen, his collaboration with urban artists from around the world has yielded well documented commissions and events in partnership with brands such as the NBA, Herman Miller, Barneys New York, Gatorade and Sprite to name a few. Highly inventive, with a proven record for developing results-driven initiatives, he fosters an environment where artists, brands and ideas can flourish. He is an imaginative problem solver who pushes the boundaries of his personal style with solid thinking and original concepts.

View more of Billi's work at billikid.com

Preparing for a Safe Retirement

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Image courtesy of flickr user 120360673@N04

Thursday, October 22nd at 7 p.m.

Retirement is one of the most important life events many of us will ever experience. From both a personal and financial perspective, realizing a comfortable retirement is an incredibly extensive process that takes sensible planning and years of persistence. Even once it is reached, managing your retirement is an ongoing responsibility that carries well into one's golden years.

Learn techniques that will help you navigate your way in preparation to retirement.

• How does timing of Social Security impact my plan? When should I elect benefits?
• What are the effects of inflation and stock market risk on my savings?
• How do taxes play a role in my future retirement plans?
• What happens to my plan when my spouse predeceases me?
• What impact can medical emergency and the potential need for long term care have?

About the Presenter

Michael Alimo (CRPC; CLU; ChFEBC, Registered Investment Advisor) with a focus on retirement planning and risk management, his services portfolio includes:  comprehensive financial planning; investment and portfolio management; wealth preservation and transfer strategies; individual, business and estate tax planning; IRA and 401K rollovers; education funding; Insurance and Long Term Care planning, as well as tax preparation. 

The Annual Meeting of the Friends of Darien Library

Kristen Harnisch
Kristen Harnisch

Friends of the Darien Library cordially invite you to the Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 17th at 5 p.m.

Kristen Harnisch, author of The Vintner's Daughter, will be our featured speaker. Kristen will discuss how Darien Library helped her transition from banker, to stay-at-home mom, to debut novelist. The Vintner's Daughter is a captivating story that immerses readers in the rich cultures of the Loire Valley, Napa, and New York and a tenacious heroine's fight to determine her own destiny.

Prior to Kristen's presentation, learn about the year's developments from Amy Cholnoky, President of the Board. Election of new trustees for the 2015-16 year will be held.

A reception and book signing to follow. Books will be available for purchase.

Annual Tech Fair

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Image courtesy of flickr user mk-creatures

Saturday, October 17th from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

Darien Library is a leader in bringing new technology to the residents of Darien. This year, we'll be showing off our favorite new technologies from drones to raspberry pi to the latest in Virtual Reality. Did you know that we have four 3D printers? We can print anything from delicate pieces of jewelry up to miniature Eiffel Towers using our Z18 Makerbot printer.

Come discover how our Digital Media Lab (DML) is a place for you to shoot video, take photos, digitize your old home movies, and even go paperless with our high speed scanners. Likewise, the Business Center is equipped with an enormous banner printer -- perfect for work or science fair projects -- and business supplies so you can stay local while you work. 

Finally, learn how the Library can help you grow your business, change careers, and more using our technology educational resources. 


CANCELLED: Raising Financially Responsible Kids

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Image courtesy of flickr user 68751915@N05

CANCELLED due to presenter illness

Putting the phrases money management and moral character in the same sentence sounds like an oxymoron.  In fact these experts agree that through teaching their children financial literacy skills, parents can also be helping their kids to develop moral character, resilience and creativity.  This workshop is designed for parents of middle and high school-aged kids.

About the presenters

Maud Purcell, MSW, LCSW, CEAP is a skilled and seasoned Psychotherapist, and the Founder and Executive Director of The Life Solution Center of Darien, a one-of-a-kind consortium of independent businesses and practices designed to treat the whole person.

Patrick Morrow, CDFA, CRPS, is a Wealth Manager and Corporate Retirement Specialist. Patrick recognizes that finances are often emotionally charged, and takes a compassionate approach in creating the greatest benefit for clients through careful planning, analysis, and investment advice.

This program is cosponsored with YWCA Parent Awareness.

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