Every Child Ready to Read Workshop for Parents

Courtesy of http://www.everychildreadytoread.org/
Courtesy of http://www.everychildreadytoread.org/

Tuesday, January 7th at 10:00 a.m.

Join the Children's Librarians as they provide practical tips and activities for parents on growing a reader. Children are welcome.

Register online.

Friday Night Feature - 'Secondhand Lions'

We will screen SECONDHAND LIONS August 30.
We will screen SECONDHAND LIONS August 30.

Friday, August 30 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Secondhand Lions (2003) Starring Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, and Haley Joel Osment; Rated PG; 109 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.

"A gentle and sweet whimsy." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"The performances of Caine and Duvall are a double-barreled blast." - Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out our Friday Night Features in August.

René Magritte’s Early Surrealist Years, Guest Lecture with Anne Umland

Anne Umland
Anne Umland

Tuesday, November 26 at 7 p.m.

Anne Umland, The Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, will give a lecture on the great Belgian painter René Magritte’s early Surrealist years, with special reference to works of art included in the exhibition Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938, on view at MoMA through January 13, 2014.

Dr. Umland will discuss the key strategies and techniques Magritte developed between 1926 and 1938 to defamiliarize the familiar -- to make, in his words, "everyday objects shriek aloud." During this period of intense innovation, Magritte was closely aligned with the Surrealist movement and his work of these years constituted an important new approach to Surrealist art.

Anne Umland received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 1997. Umland joined The Museum of Modern Art in 1996 as Assistant Curator and has organized or co-organized a number of exhibitions for MoMA, including Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938 (2013), Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914 (2011), Joan Miró: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927-1937 (2008) and Alberto Giacometti (2001).

This event is part of Darien Library’s collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan in 2013-14. Stay tuned for special library programs and additions to our collection like modern art books, iPads, and museum passes. This collaboration is designed to enhance the Darien community’s appreciation for and knowledge of modern art.

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

Special Halloween Double Feature - 'The Shining' and 'Room 237'

THE SHINING will be followed by a screening of the documentary ROOM 237
THE SHINING will be followed by a screening of the documentary ROOM 237

On Sunday, October 27 starting at 1 p.m., we are hosting a very special Halloween event. Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is a classic psychological horror film. It will be followed by a screening of the documentary Room 237, which explores conspiracy theories surrounding the making of the film.

The Shining (1980) Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd; Rated R; 146 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Called "a masterpiece of modern horror" and "a tour-de-force of sheer terror" by the critics, Stanley Kubrick's film is a chilling adaptation of Stephen King's novel. The Shining combines eerie special effects, haunting performances by Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, and an unmistakable aura of evil into a spectacular horror film.

Approximately 3:30 p.m. - Room 237 (2012) Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 102 minutes.

A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining (1980). The film may be over 30 years old but it continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments.

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

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).

 

 

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).

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