Darien Holds 'Em: poker four-week class

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Image courtesy of flickr user minhimalism / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Class begins Thursday, February 25th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Final class is Thursday, March 17th

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Poker is America’s game, played all over the world for matchsticks or for millions of dollars. It’s a simple game to learn and can be played at any level of skill. Join us as we cover the basics and then play several different poker games – 5 card draw, 7 card stud, Texas Hold’em (the one you see on TV) -- over four weeks. No experience necessary.

Family Concert: From Jazz to Soul

Image courtesy of Rhonda Denét
Image courtesy of Rhonda Denét

Saturday, February 20th at 2 p.m.

Darien Library welcomes the extraordinary vocal talents of Rhonda Denét, who, flanked by the Silver Fox Songs Trio, will perform a collection of jazz standards and soul classics that spans five decades. The group invites you on a musical journey from a time when the "First Lady Of Song," Ella Fitzgerald graced the stage to when the "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin ruled the airways. In addition to Ella and Aretha, this showcase pays tribute to Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Etta James, Martha & The Vandellas, Mary Wells, and Gladys Knight. Through the music, the magic and the message, there is something for everyone!

Listen to the Silver Fox Songs Trio here.

Refreshments will be served.

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

Dreadlocks, Rock 'n Roll, & Human Rights

Ron Kipling Williams
Ron Kipling Williams

Sunday, February 21st at 2:30 p.m.

Dreadlocks, Rock ‘n Roll & Human Rights is an autobiographical play about a black youth who rocks and rolls to his own beat and is forced to battle racism, stereotypes, and ignorance. It is a thought-provoking tale of a man who struggles against society’s intolerance and fights to create a world of acceptance. The play has received critical acclaim from the Baltimore Sun and was a hit at both 2014 and 2015 Charm City Fringe Festivals, and the 2015 Artscape Festival.

About the performer
Ron Kipling Williams is an award-winning performance artist, poet, human rights activist, teacher, and mentor. His first one man show, If the World Were Like Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids won a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. In addition, he received a Baltimore City African American Male Unsung Hero Award, and a United Workers Human Rights Champion award.

Ron is slated to graduate this spring with an MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. He is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honors Society, the ‘Be the Change’ Advisory Council, and is a Student Fellow with the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Ron has taught Summer Bridge, Writing Composition, and Civic and Community Engagement. For the last seven years, Ron has been volunteering as a voice over recording artist for the Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. He is also the voice for the library’s voice mail system.
 

Fireside Knitting

Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.
Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.

Thursday, February 25th at 2 p.m.

Calling all fiber artists! Whether you're a casual knitter, an expert crocheter, or dabble in loom weaving, join us as we create and chat. Bring your projects, get tips, and learn from one another. All skill levels welcome.

This group meets Thursdays in January and February.

Fireside Knitting

Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.
Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.

Thursday, February 18th at 2 p.m.

Calling all fiber artists! Whether you're a casual knitter, an expert crocheter, or dabble in loom weaving, join us as we create and chat. Bring your projects, get tips, and learn from one another. All skill levels welcome.

This group meets Thursdays in January and February.

Forever Young Book Group: 'Dumplin'

Love it.
Love it.

Thursday, February 18th at 6:30 p.m., at The Goose, 972 Post Road

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Introducing Forever Young, a book group for fans of young adult (YA) fiction who are a little less Y and a lot more A. Join us as we discuss Julie Murphy's Dumplin'.

About Dumplin'

Sixteen-year-old Willowdean wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl, so, while grappling with her feelings for a co-worker who is clearly attracted to her, Will and some other misfits prepare to compete in the beauty pageant her mother runs.

Senior Moments: Gelatin Printmaking

Photo by cazatoma | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Photo by cazatoma | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Tuesday, February 16th at 3 p.m.

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

Interested in printmaking and design? Try a unique method to create original, funky greeting cards. Using sheets of gelatin, intrepid printmakers will get to experiment with this unique medium and design art prints.

Business Book Group: 'Making Conflict Work'

Read it
Read it

Tuesday, February 16th at 6 p.m.

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Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Robert Ferguson and Peter T. Coleman's Making Conflict WorkThe group is invited to an informal discussion of the book from 6 to 6:45 p.m. followed by networking over wine, beer, and light refreshments.

About Making Conflict Work: Harnessing the Power of Disagreement

Conflicts at work are as inevitable as they are frustrating. In Making Conflict Work, Peter Coleman and Robert Ferguson’s leading experts in the field of conflict resolution address the key role of power in workplace tension. Whether you’re butting heads with your boss or addressing a direct report’s complaint, your relative position of power affects how you approach conflict.

Coleman and Ferguson explain how power dynamics function, with step-by-step guidance to determining your standing in a conflict and identifying and applying the strategies that will lead to the best resolution. Drawing on the authors’ years of research and consulting experience, the book gives readers effective strategies for negotiating disputes at all levels of an organization.

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

Business Book Group is sponsored by the Darien Rowayton Bank.

Join us on an adventure with Cheryl Strayed at the Novel Tea

Photo credit: Joni Kabana

Wednesday, March 30th from 12—2 p.m.
Wee Burn Country Club
410 Hollow Tree Ridge Rd, Darien, CT

Tickets and tables are currently available for purchase online, or please mail a check payable to Darien Library (1441 Post Road, Darien). Each table seats 10 people, and all attendees will receive a signed copy of Wild.

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir WILD, the New York Times bestsellers TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS and BRAVE ENOUGH, and the novel TORCH.

All funds raised from the Novel Tea will be dedicated to Darien Library resources, including technology, purchasing new books and supporting programs and guest speakers.

If you have a seating request, please enter it in the "Comments" section below.

For more information please contact the Darien Library Administrative Office at 203-669-5220.

 

Books by the Fire

Share what you love!
Share what you love!

Wednesday, February 17th at 11 a.m.

Books by the Fire is the Anti-Book Group. Instead, we're a Reading Group: you pick what you want to read, watch, or listen to. Join this long-running group and be the first in the know about what's new and hot during this informal conversation. Current attendees are on the hunt for industry secrets for brand new titles as well as obsure, you may have missed them titles. We only ask that you share what you're reading and loving too!

Join us every Wednesday, through May, by the First Floor Fireplace.

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