Weekend One-Acts at Darien Library

The cast of
The cast of "Old Flame" [photo credit Jeffrey Wyant]

Evening Performance with Opening Reception -- Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m.
Matinee Performance -- Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m.

Darien Library is proud to present for the fourth time Weekend One-Acts, a theatrical weekend featuring free performances of one-act plays from three esteemed playwrights. The program of three works includes one-act comedies from 1988 (David Ives), from 2013 (Mira Gibson) and from 1995 (Elaine May).

"Sure Thing" by David Ives

Directed by Autumn Howard

This one act comedy features a chance meeting of two characters, Betty and Bill.

"Old Flame" by Mira Gibson and "Hotline" by Elaine May

Directed by Donna McLaughlin Wyant with Kathleen Sauer

"Old Flame": When a woman runs into her ex-boyfriend in a grocery store, life collides with what really matters.

"Hotline": A neurotic woman with enough urban angst to fill a neighborhood calls a suicide crisis hotline late one night. The counselor who gets the call is overwhelmed - it is his first night on the job.

Doors open 1/2 hour prior to performance time. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. We cannot accommodate reservations. Latecomers cannot be admitted.

This program is free and open to the public.

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

Health Care Reform: What You Need to Know

Randi Redmond Oster
Randi Redmond Oster

Wednesday, December 18 at 7 p.m.

Find the answer to these pressing questions about the Affordable Care Act and more:

When is this all taking place?
How much will the new insurance cost?
Will I qualify for health insurance premium subsidies?
What is the penalty if I don’t purchase insurance?
Does my business have to offer me insurance?
What happens if I am already covered?
Will my Medicare deduction change?

Presented by Randi Oster, a writer, an electrical engineer and a sandwiched-mom. She is a leading speaker on Health Care Reform. She completed legal training approved by the State on the Affordable Care Act and Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange.

Her passion stems from her personal experience caring for her son’s chronic disease – Crohn's. After spending a month advocating for her son in the hospital, Oster experienced first-hand the need for loved ones to understand the system prior to a crisis.

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

Meet the Author - Wally Lamb

Wally Lamb
Wally Lamb

Sunday, December 8th at 5 p.m.

Wally Lamb, author of We Are Water, will be our featured speaker.

With such New York Times bestsellers as She’s Come Undone and The Hour I First Believed, Wally Lamb has won the hearts of millions of readers. We Are Water, Lamb’s first full-scale novel in five years, is another probing exploration of contemporary themes, tempered with the wisdom and empathy that has marked all of this master storyteller’s work. Rooted in the world of a troubled family and driven by riveting drama, this warm-hearted, emotionally powerful novel explores childhood trauma, abuse, and family dynamics, as well as issues of class, race, and cultural inclusion.

Praise for We Are Water

“We are water: ‘fluid, flexible when we have to be. But strong and destructive, too.’ That’s evident in this emotionally involving new novel from the author of She’s Come Undone….Clear and sweetly flowing; highly recommended.” -- Library Journal, starred review

About the Author

Wally Lamb is the author of four previous novels. His first two works of fiction, She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much is True, were both number one New York Times bestsellers and selections of Oprah’s Book Club. Lamb edited Couldn’t Keep it to Myself and I’ll Fly Away, two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for fifteen years. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Christine. The Lambs are the parents of three sons.

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).

Friday Night Feature - 'Now You See Me'

Screening in our Community Room December 20.
Screening in our Community Room December 20.

Friday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Now You See Me (2013) Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, and Woody Harrelson; Rated PG-13; 116 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

FBI agents track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

"...its cast is always fun to watch and the pace never lags. It has the magic..." - Tom Long, Detroit News

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).

Wednesday Matinee - 'The Great Gatsby'

Screening in our Community Room Wednesday, September 18 at 1:30 p.m.
Screening in our Community Room Wednesday, September 18 at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 18 at 1:30 p.m. - The Great Gatsby (2013) Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire; Rated PG-13; 142 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.

"It's a terrific adaptation that succeeds not only as a work of cinema but also, wonderfully, as proof of the novel's greatness." - Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

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


Friday Night Feature - 'The Guilt Trip'

We will screen THE GUILT TRIP Friday, June 14.
We will screen THE GUILT TRIP Friday, June 14.

Friday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.The Guilt Trip (2012) Starring Seth Rogan and Barbra Streisand; Rated PG-13; 95 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A traveling salesman talks his mother into heading out on the road with him so that he can, unbeknownst to her; reunite her with a former fling in this comedy.

"A breezy, funny and warm road-trip comedy." -- Richard Roeper, RichardRoeper.com

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

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

The Library Will Close at 6 p.m. Friday, December 6

Holiday times
Holiday times

The Library building will close at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6th.

Please join us for our monthly Wednesday Matinee on Wednesday, December 18th at 1:30 p.m. or any of our upcoming Friday Night Features. Enjoy your weekend!

In Library Auction

The In Library Auction closes on Wednesday, April 24th at 5:00 p.m. Winners will be notified on Thursday, April 25th. To make your bid, come to Main Street on the first level of the Library and visit the auction display table. 

All proceeds to benefit Darien Library.

In Library Auction Items
Certified to Fly -- Value: $1,500

Flywheel, that is… Invite your friends for a private Flywheel Indoor Cycling Party at Flywheel Stadium Cycling at Chelsea Piers CT.

Donated By: Flywheel Sports Inc.

A Musical Birthday Party -- Value: $680

Treat your friends to a party featuring the tunes of Jay and Ray and pizza from Heights Pizza. The lucky birthday boy or girl also receives a ride-on “Kids Car” from BMW!

Donated By: Jay and Ray, Heights Pizza, and BMW of Darien

Sharpen Your Cooking Skills -- Value: $400

Madalene d’Etiveaud of Bash will teach a cooking class for four people. The menu and date can be coordinated with Madalene directly for a mutually-beneficial date.

Donated By: Bash

Enjoy The View -- Value: Priceless!

Head into NYC for the day with a friend and enjoy tickets to a taping of “The View.”

Donated By: Jim Ornstein

Summer Cover-Up -- Value: $240

Enjoy wearing this hot pink tunic all summer long!

Donated By: Letarte

Girly Girls -- Value: $120

Plan the ultimate girl get together for your daughter and her two friends with a private bracelet making session at Sparklers Design Studio (lemonade & snacks included). Top it off with frozen yogurt at Swizzles and you'll have some happy little girls!

Donated By: Swizzles and Femmegems, Greenwich

Oh Baby, Baby! -- Value: $450

Wheel up in this fabulous black Maclaren XLR! Couple the stroller with something adorable from Wiggles and Giggles with a $50 gift certificate and he or she will be the talk of the playground.

Donated By:Maclaren and Wiggles & Giggles

Drinks Anyone? -- Value: $265

Enjoy this lovely painted tray from Palmer’s Market made complete with glasses from Coleur Provence, a lovely pitcher and cocktail mixers!

Donated By: Palmer’s Market, Coleur Provence, and Anne and Gil Holmes

Jack Dog Photography -- Value: $800

Receive a personalized full portrait session and 11” x 14” custom studio print.

Donated By: Jack Dog Photography

Sunset Cocktails -- Value: $85

Head to the beach or out on the boat with your Lilly Pulitzer acrylic wine glasses and insulated beverage bag.

Donated By: Lilly Pulitzer

Bell Portraits -- Value: $850

A signature portrait session (1-2 hours) with photographer Erin Bell plus a 20” x 30” fine art-framed print.

Donated By: Erin Bell

Say Cheese! -- Value $350

A studio sitting with Classic Kids Photography that includes an 8” x 10” portrait print.

Donated By: Classic Kids Photography

Dress Yourself Up and Take Yourself Out! -- Value: $335

Splurge on a new outfit from Togs to go with your Alyssa leather stud tote and scarf from Bling. Then take yourself out for a dinner for two at Aux Delices Bistro in Westport – Yum!

Donated By: Togs, Bling, and Aux Delices Foods/Westport

Meet Senator Bob Duff -- Value: Priceless!

Enjoy lunch at Estia's American in Darien with three of your friends and Senator Bob Duff. Get to know our Senator and share and discuss ideas.

Donated By: Senator Bob Duff, Estia's American


Brew Methods

image courtesy flickr user Lotzman Katzman
image courtesy flickr user Lotzman Katzman

Wednesday, July 17 at 10 a.m.

Have you ever noticed the variety of brewing devices on the market? Are you curious about expanding your coffee brewing arsenal? Representatives from NEAT will teach you the differences between the methods and help you brew the best coffee no matter the occasion and device. This workshop is now full. To be added to the waitlist, please email Erin eshea@darienlibrary.org.

Wednesday Matinee - 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Showing in our Conference Room July 17.
Showing in our Conference Room July 17.

Wednesday, July 17 at 1:30 p.m. - Zero Dark Thirty (2012) Starring Chris Pratt, Jessica Chastain, and Joel Edgerton; Rated R; 157 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

The filmmaking duo behind The Hurt Locker takes on the hunt for -- and the killing of -- Osama bin Laden in this Annapurna Pictures production that tracks SEAL Team Six, the special-ops team who eventually brought down the terrorist leader. Animal Kingdom's Joel Edgerton heads up the cast.

"From the very first scenes of Zero Dark Thirty, director Kathryn Bigelow demonstrates why she is such a formidable filmmaker, as adept with human emotion as with visceral, pulse-quickening action." -- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

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

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