Wednesday Matinee - 'Mud'

Screening in our Community Room Wednesday, October 16 at 1:30 p.m.
Screening in our Community Room Wednesday, October 16 at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 16 at 1:30 p.m. - Mud (2012) Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jacob Lofland, and Reese Witherspoon; Rated PG-13; 130 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A pair of inquisitive adolescents encounter a charismatic drifter with an incredible story in this drama from Take Shelter writer/director Jeff Nichols. Mississippi adolescents Ellis and Neckbone are exploring along the mighty Mississippi when they stumble upon a small island inhabited by Mud, a desperado who claims to be on the run from brutal bounty hunters after killing a man in Texas. According to Mud, his true love Juniper is awaiting his arrival in town, and together they plan to make a daring escape. Fascinated, the two boys agree to help Mud slip past his pursuers, despite the potential dangers of doing so.

"One of the most creatively rich and emotionally rewarding movies to come along this year." - Betsy Sharkey, Long Angeles Times

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

 

Hula Hoop Contest - All Ages!

Hula hoop!
Hula hoop!

Monday, December 16 from 4 to 5 p.m.

This Monday, we're unveiling an awesome new service for you to to enjoy through the holidays and beyond. To celebrate, join us on our Main Street area any time between 4 and 5 p.m. to compete in a hula hoop contest!

Library staff members will time three attempts per participant. The longest attempt will be the official recorded time. Groups include ages 5-8, 9-12, and 12+. Adults are welcome to compete as well!

The hula hoop victors will enjoy special, annular prizes but everyone who attends will be able to demo our new service. Hoop to it!

Adult Summer Reading Kickoff - The List

Adult Summer Reading began June 19.
Adult Summer Reading began June 19.

You asked for it and we answered...below is a list of the items we discussed at our Adult Summer Reading Kickoff Party!

Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century by Peter Graham

Edith Bouvier Beale of Grey Gardens: A Life in Pictures by Eva Marie Beale

First Position (documentary)

Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell

The Lullaby of Polish Girls by Dagmara Domiczyk

The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll by Jean Nathan

Transatlantic by Colum McCann

And remember to read for prizes!

Prizes: Our weekly prize drawings will feature tote bags filled with new and yet-to-be-published books. And we’re providing you the chance to win a brand new iPad in our Grand Prize drawing!

How to Participate: There is no need to register for our Adult Summer Reading Program. To enter our weekly and Grand Prize drawings, all you have to do is read. Each review of a book, audio book, or eBook counts as a prize entry. To submit reviews, visit Darien Library’s Welcome Desk to pick up and fill out a Review/Prize Entry Card. You can also write your review online at darienlibrary.org. If you review your books online, you still need to fill out a Prize Entry Card at the Library with your name, email address, and the date and title of your online review in order to enter our drawings. The more you read, the more chances to win!

Bonus Book List Journeys: Stop by our Welcome Desk to find new staff-curated reading lists designed to highlight a specific reading experience. If you read through an entire list, not only will you receive a prize entry for each book but you will receive 5 additional prize entries.

Meet the Author - John Searles

John Searles [credit Thomas Caruso]
John Searles [credit Thomas Caruso]

Wednesday, October 16 at 7 p.m.

John Searles, author of Help for the Haunted, will be our featured speaker.

The author of the critically acclaimed Boy Still Missing and Strange but True returns with an unforgettable story of a most unusual family, their deep secrets, their harrowing tragedy, and ultimately, a daughter’s discovery of a dark and unexpected mystery.

Praise for Help for the Haunted

“Superlative storytelling... Searles expertly manages his cleverly conceived plotline as he alternately withholds and doles out key information in tantalizing fashion.” – Booklist, Starred

“Unsettling… Keeps the reader on edge while Sylvie bravely uncovers her family’s many secrets.” – Publishers Weekly, Starred

Chosen for LibraryRead’s Inaugural List for 2013

About the Author

For ten years, John Searles has appeared regularly as a book critic on NBC’s Today Show and CBS's The Early Show. He is also the Editor-at-Large of Cosmopolitan. His essays have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Daily Beast and other national publications. He lives in New York City. Follow John on Twitter: @searlesbooks.

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

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

An Afternoon with Michael Reynolds of Europa Editions

Michael Reynolds, Editor-in-Chief of Europa Editions
Michael Reynolds, Editor-in-Chief of Europa Editions

Friday, November 15 at 12 noon

Join Michael Reynolds, Editor-in-Chief of Europa Editions, as he walks us through the publisher's hottest new and upcoming titles. He will clue us into what's hot overseas and which works are most likely to have universal appeal. Europa Editions is responsible for publishing Darien Library perennial favorites like The Elegance of the Hedgehog, and Old Filth.

Registration for this program is now full. To be added to the waitlist, please contact Erin Shea at eshea@darienlibrary.org.

A complimentary lunch will be provided.

Michael Reynolds has been at Europa Editions, where he is currently the Editor-in-Chief, since the company was founded in 2004. Authors he has worked with include Alina Bronsky, Rebecca Connell, Alessandro Piperno, Amelie Nothomb, Richard Beard, Zane Lovitt, and Jonathan Grimwood. He is also an author and a translator. His published translations include three crime novels by Carlo Lucarelli, Daniele Mastrogiacomo's Days of Fear, and Viola Di Grado’s prize-winning novel 70% Acrylic 30% Wool, all published by Europa Editions. He was born in Australia in 1968 and now lives in New York.

Friday Night Feature - 'Blackfish'

BLACKFISH will screen in our Community Room Friday, December 13.
BLACKFISH will screen in our Community Room Friday, December 13.

Friday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Blackfish (2013) Documentary feature; Rated PG-13; 80 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Dawn Brancheau, a veteran trainer at the well-known Orlando, Florida water park Sea World, lost her life when she was attacked by Tilikum, a bull orca (or "killer whale") weighing ten thousand pounds who was a regular attraction at the park.  Filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite began researching the lives of orcas in captivity after the death of Dawn Brancheau, and in this documentary she offers a powerful and provocative look at a remarkable breed of animals humans still don't fully understand, and how the financial interests of water parks and resorts may run counter to the best interests of the animals they put on display.

"It not only delivers astonishing, suspenseful footage that makes it a legitimate thriller, but also serves up thoughtful meditations about using wild animals for our own entertainment." -- David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

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 available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

 

 

Friday Night Feature - 'Side Effects'

We will screen SIDE EFFECTS November 15 in our Community Room.
We will screen SIDE EFFECTS November 15 in our Community Room.

Friday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Side Effects (2013) Starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, and Catherine Zeta-Jones; Rated R; 90 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A woman turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband's upcoming release from prison.

"Side Effects is a cracking thriller that ranks amongst Soderbergh's best, featuring electric performances by Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum." -- Peter Howell, Toronto Star

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).

An Evening with Gregory Cowles of The New York Times Book Review

Gregory Cowles
Gregory Cowles

Thursday, September 12 at 7 p.m.

Gregory Cowles, preview editor and best-seller columnist for New York Times Book Review, will join us to answer questions about what it's like to work for such a paramount publication. We'll ask him about headline writing, eBooks, small presses, and how he "discovers" new authors. Then we'll open it up to questions from the audience.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'What Maisie Knew'

We will screen WHAT MAISIE KNEW September 13.
We will screen WHAT MAISIE KNEW September 13.

Friday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.What Maisie Knew (2013) Starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Onata Aprile, Joanna Vanderham, and Steve Coogan; Rated R; 99 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A contemporary reimagining of Henry James' novel, this film tells the story of a captivating little girl's struggle for grace in the midst of her parents' bitter custody battle. Told through the eyes of the title's heroine, Maisie navigates this ever-widening turmoil with a six-year-old's innocence, charm and generosity of spirit.

"The result is a film that deeply engages us on multiple levels. Not only do we wonder what Maisie knows and how she knows it, we want to get this seedling to a place where she won't have to be transplanted every day." -- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Intimate, unnerving and entirely addictive." -- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

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

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

Meet the Author - Carol Rifka Brunt

Carol Rifka Brunt [credit Rose Cook]
Carol Rifka Brunt [credit Rose Cook]

Thursday, October 10 at 4 p.m.

Carol Rifka Brunt, author of Tell the Wolves I'm Home, will be our featured speaker.

RSVP here

June can only be herself in her Uncle Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, a victim of AIDS six weeks before the AZT cocktail is released, June’s world is turned upside down—she is alone again, shy and introspective, at odds with her older sister Greta, with her parents, and with herself.

Finn’s death leaves a gaping hole in June’s life; she's shocked when the awkwardly charming Toby, the boyfriend she never knew her uncle had and the man her family holds responsible for his death, makes a bid to fill that emptiness by contacting June secretly. Toby, who misses Finn as desperately as she does, with his own mysterious past, knows things June doesn’t—about Finn and his illness, about June’s family and their secrecy, and perhaps even about her own heart.

Praise for Tell the Wolves I'm Home

“A dazzling debut novel.” — O Magazine

“In this lovely debut novel set in the 1980s, Carol Rifka Brunt takes us under the skin and inside the tumultuous heart of June Elbus…Distracted parents, tussling adolescents, the awful ghost-world of the AIDS-afflicted before AZT—all of it springs to life in Brunt’s touching and ultimately hopeful book.” — People Magazine, 4 stars

About the Author

Carol Rifka Brunt’s work has appeared in several literary journals, including North American Review and The Sun. In 2006, she was one of three fiction writers who received the New Writing Ventures award, and, in 2007 she received a generous Arts Council grant to write Tell the Wolves I'm Home, her first novel. Originally from New York, she currently lives in England with her husband and three children.

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

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

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