Plot Creation Workshop

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

Sunday, October 27th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In the Mezzanine Conference Room

Everyone has a story in them. But not everyone has time to find out what that story is and how to put it down on paper.

Join us for a Plot Creation Workshop where Roman Godzich and Charles Muir will provide resources and walk attendees through a 60 minute plot creation work packet. Whether you have a plot in need of expanding or want to start from scratch, this event will help you lay that initial story foundation.

Visit an eBook Einstein at Darien Library

eReaders and tablets will be a big hit for the holidays.
eReaders and tablets will be a big hit for the holidays.

Thursday, December 26th from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Did you receive a new iPad, tablet, Nook, or Kindle for the holidays this year? Bring it into the Library and let us show you how to use it to download eBooks, audiobooks, or digital magazines using these services:

OverDrive

3M Cloud Library

Zinio

Receive 1-on-1 help and get answers to your most pressing digital questions. We look forward to seeing you!

Tell Me Another One

At Darien Library, we have a complete line-up of storytimes for children, but did you know that we also have a storytelling circle for grown-ups only? Storytelling has been undergoing a revival in recent times and gives us a chance to wind down and simply listen as folktales, personal stories, legends, and more are shared -- no notes, wires, batteries, or projectors required.

Tellers learn stories that they either find or write themselves, and then craft the story until it's ready to be told with the unique voice of the teller. There's a magical connection that listeners feels when everything aligns. Please join us on Tuesday, September 24 at 7 PM for grown-up storytelling in the Conference Room at Darien Library. Hope you can join our circle!

Friday Night Feature - 'Frances Ha'

We will screen FRANCES HA November 29 in our Community Room.
We will screen FRANCES HA November 29 in our Community Room.

Friday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Frances Ha (2012) Starring Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, and Adam Driver; Rated R; 86 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles.

"The obvious love of New York City echoes Woody Allen at his best. But "Frances Ha" is very much its own film, a story of life and love and messy rooms." -- Tom Long, Detroit News

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

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

 

 

Introduction to Public Access TV

Image courtesy flickr user Iker Merodio
Image courtesy flickr user Iker Merodio

Friday, August 30 at 10 a.m.

Rich Turcsany, Public Access Coordinator, will discuss what it takes to put together your very own, non-commercial television program, and have it broadcast over Public Access Channel 88. Rich, a 1986 graduate of Emerson College in Boston, and who also has 26 years experience in cable TV, will also discuss the training that is involved.

Friday Night Feature - 'Renoir'

We will screen RENOIR December 27th.
We will screen RENOIR December 27th.

Friday, December 27 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Renoir (2012) Starring Michelle Bouquet, Christa Theret, and Vincent Rottiers; Rated R; 111 minutes. Presented in French with English subtitles.

Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir -- son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste -- returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. At his side is Andrée, a young woman who rejuvenates, enchants, and inspires both father and son.

"With its warm colors and sweet streams of light, its love of both the countryside and the human form, it makes you dream of painting. Or making movies. Or just luxuriating in the brilliance." -- Tom Long, Detroit News

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

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

Medicare: What You Should Know

Maura Carley
Maura Carley

Tuesday, October 29 at 10 a.m.

As Medicare approaches its 50th birthday, those on Medicare or soon to go on Medicare should understand how the program has changed and what the near future may bring. Medicare has become more complicated but also more costly. More doctors are deciding to opt out of Medicare altogether. All Americans, especially those considering working beyond age 65, need to understand Medicare’s complex enrollment rules, how to avoid life-time premium penalties and how income-indexing of premiums work.

Maura Carley is the author of Health Insurance: Navigating Traps and Gaps and President of Healthcare Navigation, LLC.

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

First Look Darien - Dagmara Dominczyk

Dagmara Dominczyk [photo credit Patrick Wilson]
Dagmara Dominczyk [photo credit Patrick Wilson]

Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m.

Dagmara Dominczyk, author of The Lullaby of Polish Girls, will be our featured speaker.

The Lullaby of Polish Girls follows three best friends from their early teenage years on the lookout for boys in Kielce—a town so rough its citizens are called “the switchblades”—to the loss of innocence that wrecks them, and the stunning murder that reaches across oceans to bring them back together after they’ve grown and long since left home.

Praise for The Lullaby of Polish Girls

“In this arresting debut novel, Polish American film and TV actress Dagmara Dominczyk pays homage to her native city of Kielce while capturing the joys, insecurities, and struggles of three girlfriends coming-of-age. Spanning 13 years, Dominczyk’s absorbing story is a triptych of tęsknota (Polish for a kind of yearning) and a profound desire for acceptance, freedom, and home.” — Booklist (starred review)

“This gossipy, feisty debut . . . follows a trio of friends across decades and the Iron Curtain, from Communist Poland to adulthood in the U.S. . . . Fresh and revelatory.” — Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Dagmara Dominczyk was born in Poland and immigrated to New York City at the age of seven. She has acted in numerous films, TV series, and plays. Most recently she appeared in the motion picture Higher Ground and on Broadway in Golden Boy. She is married to the actor Patrick Wilson, with whom she has two sons. She lives in New Jersey.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

First Look Darien is our debut author series designed to spotlight first novels handpicked by our staff.

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

Doug Allen Band Concert

Doug Allen will perform Sunday, December 1st.
Doug Allen will perform Sunday, December 1st.

Sunday, December 1st at 5 p.m.

Local favorite Doug Allen and his band will play a selection of holiday and contemporary favorites. His music appeals to the whole family, so join us to listen and sing along at Darien Library’s annual Holiday Concert.

About Doug Allen

People say this singer/songwriter from Connecticut is a cross between the new country sound of Zac Brown Band and bands like The Fray and Train. Doug grew up in the Suburbs of New York City, but it was in the woods of Connecticut that he met his strongest influences--music and a love of the outdoors.

During long road trips to their favorite camping, hunting and fishing spots, some of rock and country’s biggest artists cranked through the speakers of their '65 Ford Falcon. His affection for the lap steel and slide guitar on these records found its way into a number of the songs on his latest release from Nashville.

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

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