Growing Organic: Soil Importance and Composting

Tuesday, May 24th at 7 p.m.

Organic gardening from the ground up – literally! We will discuss soil structure and composition and what is best for a vegetable garden. Composting is a key component of organic gardening that helps build a healthy soil environment. We will discuss how to compost and easy, simple solutions you can implement at your home.

About the presenters
In 2012, Christine Segalas and Mark Gaulke formed Homegrown Harvest LLC.  The company's mission is to help people grow their own food with ease whether it's on the front porch, balcony, rooftop or backyard. Mark and Christine are committed to providing families with the knowledge and know-how so they can enjoy the multitude of rewards in growing their own homegrown harvests. Both are certified instructors in the Square Foot Gardening (SFG) method from the Square Foot Gardening Foundation. Christine Segalas is an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) as certified by the Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association (CTNOFA)

Growing Organic: Planning Your Garden

Wednesday, May 18th at 7 p.m.

Organic gardening can be simple when you make a plan ahead of time. We will discuss organic methods such as crop rotations and companion planting when creating your garden – methods that unleash a few of Mother Nature’s secrets.

About the presenters
In 2012, Christine Segalas and Mark Gaulke formed Homegrown Harvest LLC.  The company's mission is to help people grow their own food with ease whether it's on the front porch, balcony, rooftop or backyard. Mark and Christine are committed to providing families with the knowledge and know-how so they can enjoy the multitude of rewards in growing their own homegrown harvests. Both are certified instructors in the Square Foot Gardening (SFG) method from the Square Foot Gardening Foundation. Christine Segalas is an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) as certified by the Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association (CTNOFA)

Small Space Gardening: Building a Polyculture Garden

Saturday, May 14th at 10 a.m.

Forget about the inefficient and wasteful old methods of gardening of our grandparents. We will discuss how you can plant your garden in a small space yet yield a multitude of harvests for your family to enjoy. Some know it as square foot or grid gardening, intensive planting, intercropping – potato, pah-tah-toe. We will discuss the how’s and whys of this efficient and effective organic gardening method.

About the presenters
In 2012, Christine Segalas and Mark Gaulke formed Homegrown Harvest LLC.  The company's mission is to help people grow their own food with ease whether it's on the front porch, balcony, rooftop or backyard. Mark and Christine are committed to providing families with the knowledge and know-how so they can enjoy the multitude of rewards in growing their own homegrown harvests. Both are certified instructors in the Square Foot Gardening (SFG) method from the Square Foot Gardening Foundation. Christine Segalas is an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) as certified by the Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association (CTNOFA)

Small Space Gardening and Container Solutions

Saturday, May 7th at 10 a.m.

Many bountiful harvests can be enjoyed if you know the best varieties of seeds/plants and the right containers to get the job done with ease. We will discuss soil and aeroponic options available to help you enjoy growing some of your favorite vegetables, herbs and even fruit – right from your small spaces or to supplement your larger garden.

About the presenters
In 2012, Christine Segalas and Mark Gaulke formed Homegrown Harvest LLC.  The company's mission is to help people grow their own food with ease whether it's on the front porch, balcony, rooftop or backyard. Mark and Christine are committed to providing families with the knowledge and know-how so they can enjoy the multitude of rewards in growing their own homegrown harvests. Both are certified instructors in the Square Foot Gardening (SFG) method from the Square Foot Gardening Foundation. Christine Segalas is an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) as certified by the Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association (CTNOFA)

Art on View: John Coots

Moonlit Arrival, courtesy of the artist.
Moonlit Arrival, courtesy of the artist.

On display Tuesday, May 3rd through Monday, June 13th
Please join us for an art reception Friday, May 6th from 6 to 8 p.m.

Local landscape and still life painter John Coots will exhibit his oil paintings in the Lower Level Art Gallery.  Showing recent work, this will be his first solo show since he last exhibited publicly at Atria’s Gratia Gillespie Gallery in January 2012. 

About the artist
John Coots has taken painting classes for 20 years at the Silvermine Art School in New Canaan, studying with Alex McFarlane, David Dunlop,  Kirill Doron, and Claire Watson Garcia.  Coots paints contemporary still life and local landscapes.  He is a self-described “precocious hobbyist” who most admires the art of Sir Winston Churchill “because Churchill found time to paint while doing other things.”

Coots publishes two dozen weekly newspapers in small towns scattered around New England.  His career in journalism started in college at the Yale Daily News.  After business school at University of Virginia, Coots spent twenty years running newspapers for a large publicly-traded corporation until 1994 when he started his own company.

John and his wife Sandy have lived in Darien for 26 years and raised their four boys here.

How to Develop a Business Plan in Six Easy Steps

Photo by Flazingo Photos / CC BY-SA 2.0
Photo by Flazingo Photos / CC BY-SA 2.0

Tuesday, May 10th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.

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A business plan is an essential road map for business success, but few small businesses ever complete a plan due to over-complicated approaches that entail too much theory, writing and detail.  This workshop will give you pragmatic, straightforward tools for setting goals, developing action plans for achieving them, measuring how you are doing on a ongoing basis and adjusting accordingly.

• What is a Business Plan and why should a business owner develop one?
• The "Business Plan Express" method for existing businesses
•  How to research the market - your industry, customers and competitors
• How to analyze your own business
• How to define/refine your business niche
• How to set business objectives
• How to create a simple action plan to achieve your objectives
• How to set up monthly tools to monitor your progress against your goals

About the presenter

John Harmon is an active SCORE counselor and Managing Director of Adulant Consulting Services which serves small and medium sized businesses on strategies for growth and operating excellence.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

Gaming for Grownups

Monday, May 2nd at 6:30 p.m.

Why do kids get to have all the fun? Join us on the first Monday of every month for an evening of tabletop gaming.

Set aside some time to play this week. The Library will provide a slew of games including mah jongg sets, playing cards, jenga, pandemic, scattergories, trivial pursuit, bananagrams, taboo, fluxx, sushi go!, and forbidden island. Have a favorite game at home? Bring it in the share with the group! Play an old favorite, learn a completely new, silly game, and make some friends along the way too. Game on, Darien!

Party on Post

Join us!
Join us!

Darien Library Spring Fundraiser 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 7:00pm

Celebrate spring and Party on Post with friends at a festive street fair right in the Library courtyard.  This year our annual Spring fundraiser features live music by Chasing Day, silent and live auctions, cocktails, Two Roads, Simply Creative Catering, and LobsterCraft, Hapa and MeltMobile food trucks.

Purchase your tickets

All funds raised from the event will be dedicated to expanding library resources, including purchasing new books, technology, and supporting programs and guest speakers. By attending Party on Post, you'll be mingling with your friends and neighbors, and bringing new resources to the Library in the coming year.

Party on Post is sponsored by David Harvey Fine Jewelers, Darien Rowayton Bank, New Canaan/Darien Magazine and Two Roads Brewing Company.  

For more information, contact the Darien Library Administrative Office at 203-669-5220 or visit the Party on Post page.

Party on Post

Party on Post

Darien Library Spring Fundraiser 2016
Saturday, May 21st at 7 p.m.

Celebrate spring and Party on Post with friends at a festive street fair right in the Library courtyard. This year our annual Spring fundraiser features live music by Chasing Day, silent and live auctions, cocktails, Two Roads, Simply Creative Catering, and the arrival of LobsterCraft, Hapa and MeltMobile.

All funds raised from the event will be dedicated to expanding library resources, including purchasing new books, technology, and supporting programs and guest speakers. Which author will join us in the coming year? By attending Party on Post, you'll be mingling with your friends and neighbors, and bringing new resources to the Library in the coming year.



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Digital Design: InDesign

Tuesday, May 10th at 7 p.m.

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Learn How to Create Your Own Layout, Pamphlets, Posters, Business Card Layouts and any Print Based Media. InDesign can help make the design process easier. Learn how to make posters in a snap!

We will go over the
• Basic Tools
• Page Setup
• Adding Images & Logos
• Type Basics
• Print Settings
• Tool use
• Shortcuts
• and answer any questions

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