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

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.

Geography Bee at Darien Library

Michael Borecki and his coach, Barbara Ivey
Michael Borecki and his coach, Barbara Ivey

Thursday, September 5 at 2 p.m.

Now is your chance to show your geography chops and flex those cartography muscles! We are holding a geography bee in our Community Room where everyone has a chance to compete!

All attendees who are interested in competing are invited to put their name in a hat. Twenty-five competitors will then be selected at random to participate in a 7-round geography bee! And if you're not interested in competing, spectators are welcome to attend as well.

Here are some sample questions (feel free to put your answers in the comments):

1. Which state is knows as the Mountain State because it is covered almost entirely by the Appalachian Mountains - West Virginia or Colorado?

2. To visit the home and museum of the famous painter Rubens and to walk through the world's largest diamond district in Antwerp, you would travel to what country?

All ages are welcome to attend and compete. Three time state geography bee champion Michael Borecki and his coach Barbara Ivey will judge the competition. The bee will be followed by a Q&A session with Michael and Barbara.

The winner will receive a one-year subscription to National Geographic Magazine and $100!

Meet the Author - Susan Conley

Susan Conley [credit Michael Lionstar]
Susan Conley [credit Michael Lionstar]

Thursday, October 3 at 7 p.m.

Susan Conley, author of Paris Was the Place, will be our featured speaker.

When Willie Pears agrees to teach at a Parisian center for immigrant girls who have requested French asylum, she has no idea it will utterly change her life. She has lived in Paris for six months, surrounded by the most important people in her life: her beloved brother, Luke, her funny and wise college roommate, Sara, and Sara’s do-gooder husband, Rajiv. And now there is Macon Ventri, a passionate, dedicated attorney for the detained girls. Theirs is a meeting of both hearts and minds— but not without its problems. As Willie becomes more involved with the immigrant girls who touch her soul, the lines between teaching and mothering are blurred. Conley has written a piercing, deeply humane novel that explores the connections between family and friends and reaffirms the strength of the ties that bind.

About the Author

Susan Conley is the author of The Foremost Good Fortune, a book that won the Maine Literary Award for memoir and was a Goodreads Choice Award Winner. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, The Paris Review, The Harvard Review, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Portland, Maine, with her husband and their two 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).

Video of Jami Attenberg, Rosie Schaap, and Meg Wolitzer

On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, we were honored to have three authors visit us at Darien Library: Jami Attenberg, Rosie Schaap, and Meg Wolitzer.

For more information, please visit the event listing page.

Meet the Author - Michael Sears

Michael Sears [photo credit: Rod Goodman]
Michael Sears [photo credit: Rod Goodman]

Wednesday, November 6 at 7 p.m.

Michael Sears, author of Mortal Bonds, will be our featured speaker.

Mortal Bonds is the second novel in Michael Sears’s extraordinary series featuring Jason Stafford, a former Wall Street trader who, in the wake of serving a prison sentence for fraud, is forced to earn his keep investigating wrongdoings in the financial world he knows intimately. A fundamentally decent man who foolishly got caught up in bad business, Stafford has a complicated personal life, with an autistic son and the ex-wife from hell. Always in need of ready cash, the beleaguered Stafford now finds himself entangled in a high profile case loosely based on the Bernie Madoff scandal that rocked the financial world.

Praise for Mortal Bonds:

“Sears’s knowledge of investment banking makes the plot compelling…Deft, witty prose is a plus.” ––Publishers Weekly

“As densely plotted as Sears’ strong debut (Black Fridays, 2012)…A particularly nice touch is the subordination of the scheming suspects to Stafford’s troubled, loving relationship with his son.” ––Kirkus

About the Author

Michael Sears was 61 when we published his first novel, Black Fridays in 2012. After nine years as a professional actor and an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, Sears received an MBA from Columbia University. He spent over twenty years on Wall Street, rising to become the Managing Director in the bond trading and underwriting divisions of Paine Webber and, later, Jeffries & Co., before heeding his father’s advice: “When it stops being fun, get out.” He did so in 2005, and returned to what had always given him the greatest joy – writing – studying at NYU and the New School. Sears lives in Sea Cliff, New York, with his wife, artist Barbara Segal. They have two 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).

Holiday Helpers: Darien Library Staff Recommends for the Holidays

This event will take place in our Community Room.
This event will take place in our Community Room.

Wednesday, December 4th at 11:00 a.m.

Darien Library librarians share with you their recommendations for gifts that are fun, classic, memorable, and diverse - for any relative and any occasion.

Right before our weekly Meet Us On Main Street program takes a holiday hiatus, we'll bring you the best books, DVDs, games, and technology to help spread the holiday cheer this year. We'll offer up choices for adults, children, and teens, and provide handouts so that you can take notes.

Friday Night Feature - 'His Way'

HIS WAY will screen in our Community Room Friday, October 4.
HIS WAY will screen in our Community Room Friday, October 4.

Friday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.His Way (2011) Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 83 minutes.

A look at the professional, political and personal life of legendary movie producer Jerry Weintraub featuring interviews with friends, family and colleagues.

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

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

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