Come Write Your Novel in the Library!

Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month
Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

Sunday, November 30th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In the Mezzanine Conference Room

Join local writers in the annual quest to write 50,000 words during the month of November! We'll be working together on the top floor. Bring your notebook, laptop, sketchpad, whatever it is you need to write your story in. Writing a novel during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) can be tough but you'll find lots of friendly company at this write-in.

Business Book Group

Mission In A Bottle
Mission In A Bottle

Tuesday, December 2 at 6 p.m.

Register here.

Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff's Mission In A Bottle: The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently-- and Succeeding. The group is invited to an informal discussion of the book from 6 - 6:45 p.m. followed by networking over wine, beer, and light refreshments.

About Mission In A Bottle: The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently-- and Succeeding

In Mission In A Bottle: The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently-- and Succeeding, the cofounders of Honest Tea tell the engaging story of how they created and built a mission-driven business, offering a wealth of insights and advice to entrepreneurs, would-be entrepreneurs, and millions of Honest Tea drinkers about the challenges and hurdles of creating a successful business--and the importance of perseverance and creative problem-solving.

Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff began Honest Tea fifteen years ago with little more than a tea leaf of an idea and a passion to offer organic, freshly brewed, lightly sweetened bottled tea. Today Honest Tea is a rapidly expanding national brand sold in more than 100,0000 grocery stores, restaurants, convenience stores and drugstores across the country. The brand has flourished as American consumers move toward healthier and greener lifestyles.

Library staff members will lead the discussion.

We have copies of the book available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussion.

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

LinkedIn Profiles For Business-to-Business Leads

LinkedIn for B2B Leads
LinkedIn for B2B Leads

Wednesday, December 3rd at 6:00 p.m.

LinkedIn is a must-use tool for both job seekers and business owners alike.  This session will reveal some simple but effective best practices and considerations for the small business or nonprofit seeking to make their LinkedIn connections more effective.  Attendees can expect to learn how to complete their profile and attract clients, how to optimize their profile with key words to get noticed, and how to make their profile stand out from all the others!

About the Presenter

Lorraine Duncan is a business coach certified through Coach Training Alliance.  She is a member of the International Federation of Coaching and has over 20 years of marketing experience.

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

National Novel Writing Month Wrap-Up

Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month
Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

Saturday, December 6th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In the Mezzanine Conference Room

Join other local writers to talk about how National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) went for you. We'll also discuss "what happens now" that you've written your novel. Bring your novel with you if you would like to read some of it aloud!

We will be joined by the Fairfield County Writers' Group if you have quesitons about staying involved with your new writing habit year round.

Holiday Concert with Acabella

The Ladies of Acabella
The Ladies of Acabella

Sunday, December 7th at 5 p.m.

Join us in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room as we enjoy a mix of holiday tunes and pop music favorites from local a cappella group - Acabella.

About Acabella

Acabella was founded in 2001 by two friends who had recently moved to Darien and were eager to sing a cappella music, as they had done in college. The group was named Acabella, which combines the musical term, a cappella, which means unaccompanied by musical instruments, and bella, the Italian word for beautiful. The group is currently directed by Heather Raker, one of its founders, and Carolyn Woodberry, who has been singing with the group since its inception.

Acabella presently comprises 12 women from the Lower Fairfield County area. Membership in the group is by audition, including musical exercises and a solo performance. Members’ musical backgrounds include singing in undergraduate and graduate a cappella groups and various choirs, as well as performing in musical theater, bands and coffeehouses (and the shower, of course!)

Refreshments will be served.

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

Intermediate Microsoft Word

Image courtesy Flickr user Bernard Goldbach
Image courtesy Flickr user Bernard Goldbach

Tuesday, December 9th from 2 to 4 p.m.

Register

In this course, students will learn how to create rich, dynamic documents using Microsoft Word. Topics covered include formatting, printing, setting margins, orientation, page numbers, indents, bulleted lists, tabs and tables, spell checker, thesaurus, grammar checker, help function, and more.

Small Business Tuesday - Your Elevator Speech

Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos
Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

Tuesday, December 9th from 6 to 8 p.m.

Register for this workshop

Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.

At this session, we will help you develop a concise, compelling and memorable introduction to enhance your business opportunities.

Participants will learn:

- The 5 elements of a successful introduction
- Be challenged to brand yourself quickly and memorably
- Be taught how to pick up on signals from the audience
- Understand the importance of establishing and maintaining connections

About the Speaker

Stanley Witkow, a SCORE counselor for more than ten years, is the former general counsel of GE Capital IT Solutions. He has been mentoring and providing career counseling since 2008. Currently he moderates Westporters in Transition, a weekly support group for members of the Westport Community who are in career transition. He helps clients develop compelling stories about themselves and to set achievable goals

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

Senior Moments: Origami Ornaments

Image Courtesy of Flickr User __kel
Image Courtesy of Flickr User __kel

Wednesday, December 10th at 3 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in our Conference Room.

It's time to roll up your sleeves and get creative!  Come share in the Holiday Spirit by creating ornaments to decorate your home this season.  Hands-on instruction will be given as we work our way through swans, stars, sailboats, and other festive pieces.  Participants will be given a sturdy folder to help create tight folds and a plethora of folding paper.  Please bring a small box to take your creations home.

Presented by Kathy Hammell, our local Origami Expert!

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.

 

Friday Night Feature - 'Begin Again'

Begin Again
Begin Again

Friday, December 12th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Begin Again (2013) Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Adam Levine; Rated R; 104 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

An ambitious young female singer moves to New York City in search of stardom, but finds only disappointment until falling for a struggling record-industry executive who helps her down the road to fame. Songwriting duo Gretta and Dave  had been dating since college when they decided to seek their fortune in NYC. Gretta catches the attention of Dan, a once-respected music executive who's since fallen on hard times. Enchanted by Gretta's powerful voice and skillful songwriting, Dan convinces her to join him in a collaboration that will transform them both over the course of one unforgettable summer.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.  Check out what else we're screening in December.

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

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