You've Got a Story to Tell: Memoir Writing Class

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Image courtesy Flickr user palo

Monday, January 19th, 7 p.m., Conference Room
Monday, January 2th, 7 p.m., Conference Room
Monday, February 2nd, 7 p.m., Harris Room
Monday, February 9th, 7 p.m., Harris Room
Monday, February 16th, 7 p.m., Conference Room
Monday, February 23rd, 7 p.m., Harris Room

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During this six-week course, participants will learn basic memoir writing skills that will help them cultivate and organize their life happenings, turning their memories in to engaging stories. This class is designed for writers looking for a comprehensive step-by-step approach to writing their memoir. Lesson topics and helpful exercises will be given at each class to help students develop their storyline. Each class will include time for Q&A and as the class progresses, the sharing and critiquing of each other's work. Reference materials will be provided.

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).

The Living Landscape

Image courtesy of Tree Conservancy of Darien
Image courtesy of Tree Conservancy of Darien

Wednesday, January 14th at 7 p.m.

This evening's lecturer will illustrate and discuss how an understanding of living layers and relational biodiversity can be put to practical use in the making and maintenance of residential gardens and community landscapes. Strategies for employing “organic architecture” in creating beautiful, conserving, highly functional layers will be presented in detail.

Presented by Rick Darke, a landscape design consultant, award-winning author, lecturer, and photographer based in Pennsylvania who blends art, ecology, and cultural geography in the creation and conservation of livable landscapes. Darke served on the staff of Longwood Gardens for twenty years, and in 1998 he received the Scientific Award of the American Horticultural Society. His most recent book is The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, co-authored with Doug Tallamy.

This event is cosponsored with the Tree Conservancy of Darien and the Darien Land Trust.

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

Meet the Author: Adam Braun

Adam Braun
Adam Braun

Thursday, February 5th at 7 p.m.

Adam Braun, author of The Promise of a Pencil, will be our featured speaker.

In The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary ChangeBraun chronicles his round-the-world adventure through dozens of countries in search of his calling and explains how every person can unlock their own extraordinary journey to success and significance. Each chapter tells the story of an important lesson learned—lessons that everyone can apply—to discover their own sense of passion, purpose and meaning.

About the Author

Adam Braun is the founder of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning nonprofit organization that has built more than two hundred schools around the world. In 2012, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and Wired magazine’s 50 People Who Will Change the World. He is a graduate of Brown University and a frequent speaker at conferences, colleges, and Fortune 1000 companies. He currently resides in New York City.

A book signing will follow the authors’ presentations. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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

Selling Your Treasures on eBay

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Image courtesy of flickr user cytech

Wednesday, January 21st from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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).

FAFSA 101

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Image courtesy of flickr user lendingmemo

Wednesday, January 21st at 7 p.m.

Everything you need to know before, during, and after completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  In this presentation, learn what information is needed prior to completing the FAFSA, display step by step instructions using a live 2015 FAFSA Application and what to expect after submitting the application. The presentation will conclude with advice on how to receive grants and scholarships, regardless of your family’s income.

About the Presenter

Daniel Patti is a Certified Financial Planner with Janney Montgomery Scott’s Beringer Weinstock Group in Darien CT. For more than a decade, Dan has created multi-generational financial plans by providing advice and guidance in the areas of investment management, estate planning, college planning, and tax minimization strategies. 

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

Tough to Toss: Overcoming the Hurdles to Clearing the Clutter

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Image courtesy of flickr user andidigress

Wednesday, January 7th at 7 p.m.

With the Holidays just coming to a close, many of us are finding ourselves with more junk than we know what to do with.  Let the experts show you how to get rid of the stuff! This will be a practical evening, featuring actionable solutions to some of the most common hurdles we face when shedding unwanted possessions.

Topics will include:

-Coping With Guilt and Emotional Attachment: "I received it as a gift so I can't get rid of it" or "It has sentimental value so I have to keep it" dilemma.
-Removing the Heavy & Hazardous: Need to give the heavy and hazardous the heave-ho? Here's how.
-Avoiding Waste & Finding Alternatives to the Trash: Tips on how and where to donate, sell and recycle what you no longer use.
-Facing the Fear of "What if I need it?": Ever wonder what you should and shouldn't pitch? Here are some guidelines to make it easier.

This workshop is presented by FOCUS: Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions. With over 30 years of experience between them, the FOCUS organizers offer expertise for anyone looking to get and stay organized.

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

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!

Introduction to Arduino: four week course

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Image courtesy of flickr user gabriellalevine

Wednesdays in February at 7 p.m.
Course begins on Wednesday, February 4th and ends on Wednesday, February 25th

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Join us for an introductory course that will give you hands-on experience with a tiny yet powerful microcontroller. The Arduino microcontroller allows you to build projects that sense real world properties such as temperature, illumination, and magnetism - light up a light with different colors, make some sound , turn on a motor, or operate another electronic device.

This course will consist of hands-on labs where you will build and program your own circuits. No previous programming or electronics experience necessary. The material we will cover has applications for both inventors and artists. An Arduino kit will be provided for use during the class, however students are required to bring a laptop with the Arduino software installed.  Download the software here

Course is limited to Darien residents, those who work in Darien full-time, and Friends who have donated at the $300 level or higher.

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

Writer's Workshop

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Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres

Thursday, January 15th 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).

Maximize Your Social Security Benefits

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Image courtesy of flickr user Images_of_Money

Thursday, January 8th at 6 p.m.

Available to everyone filing for Social Security, there are numerous little known strategies which may boost one’s benefits and substantially enhance lifetime retirement income. Social Security benefits alone will likely be insufficient for an individual or couple to retire comfortably.  Decisions discussed at this workshop offer the potential to improve the standard of living we may look forward to.    

Discussion highlights will include:
• Strategies to maximize your Social Security benefits.
• How benefits are calculated and simple strategies available to increase them. 
• Coordinating benefits:  why married couples have added options for when to apply.
• How will my Social Security benefits be taxed
• What are the taxable implications if I collect benefits and continue to work part-time

About the Presenters

Michael Alimo (CRPC; CLU; ChFEBC, Registered Investment Advisor).  Beginning 30 years ago managing money for Wall Street brokerage houses, veteran financial advisor Alimo’s last 15 years have been devoted to serving clientele around CT and New England at his USA Financial & Tax Serices, LLC.  Alimo focuses on retirement planning and risk management.

David Weyner (Health & Life insurance licensed; LTC Partnership certification,  CT, NY & NJ)  Following 20 years as a senior executive managing corporate divisions for major entertainment companies, in 2007 Weyner launched his independent financial service practice. Weyner works with individuals and businesses specializing in Long Term Care and insurance planning, and employee benefits. 

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

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