Ozzy ROAR Therapy Dog to Visit Library During Exams


Monday, January 12th from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Welcome Desk on the Main Level

Ozzy, a Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue (ROAR) certified therapy dog will be visiting the Library during extended hours for midterm exams. Ozzy and his owner Anna will be located on the First Level of the Library. Ozzy will be availble to help ease the stress and calm the nerves of studying students. If you're in the Library during those times be sure to stop by and say hello to this sweet beast.

Mid-Winter Book Sale

Baby got books.
Baby got books.

Saturday, January 24th through Tuesday, February 3rd at 12 noon

Snuggle up at home with a great selection of old and new fiction, detective mystery, non-fiction and large type books. We will also have DVDs and audiobooks for sale.

Information at Your Fingertips: Tax Time

Image courtesy of flickr user 401(K) 2013
Image courtesy of flickr user 401(K) 2013

Tuesday, February 3rd at 6 p.m.

Are you looking at a shoebox filled with receipts and monthly statements? Let the experts show you how to organize your materials and find the forms you need to file your individual 2014 State and Federal taxes.

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

Emily Gray Tedrowe in Conversation with Phil Klay

Phil Klay and Emily Gray Tedrowe
Phil Klay and Emily Gray Tedrowe

Saturday, February 28th at 5 p.m.

Emily Gray Tedrowe, author of Blue Stars, will be in conversation with Phil Klay, 2014 National Book Award Winner and author of Redeployment.

Blue Stars brings to life the realities of the modern day home front: how to get through the daily challenges of motherhood and holding down a job while bearing the stress and uncertainty of war, when everything can change in an instant. It tells the story of Ellen, a Midwestern literature professor, who is drawn into the Iraq war when her legal ward Michael enlists as a Marine; and of Lacey, a proud Army wife who struggles to pay the bills and keep things going for her son while her husband is also deployed. Ellen and Lacey cope with the fear and stress of a loved one at war while trying to get by in a society that often ignores or misunderstands what war means to women today.

Redeployment takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there and to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos

Emily Gray Tedrowe is the author of Commuters: A Novel, which was named a Best New Paperback by Entertainment Weekly. Her short fiction has been published in the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Fifty-Two Stories, and Other Voices. Originally from New York City, Emily now lives in Chicago with her husband and daughters. Visit her at www.emilygraytedrowe.com.

Phil Klay graduated from Dartmouth College in 2005, and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He deployed to Iraq with the 2nd Marine Logistics Group from January 2007 to February 2008. He left the Corps in July, 2009, and received his MFA from Hunter College, where he studied with Colum McCann and Peter Carey, and worked as Richard Ford’s research assistant. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, Tin House, and in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012.

A book signing will follow the authors’ presentations. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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

Art On View: Camilla Cook's EXPLORATIONS

Cook's display will showcase a variety of media types.
Cook's display will showcase a variety of media types.

Tuesday, December 9th to Tuesday, January 20th
Located on the Library's Lower Level

“EXPLORATIONS” is the newest exhibition at Darien Library. Camilla Cook, an independent curator specializing in Connecticut and New York venues, showcasing emerging and established artists, curates this exhibit. A vibrant community of people, The Wilson Avenue Loft Artists continues to evolve, as seen in the latest work of thirteen of its fifteen artists, hailing from Connecticut and New York. ‘EXPLORATIONS’ includes diverse interpretations, as it showcases what is currently being explored in each artist’s studio. Featured are conceptual paintings, plein air paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculptural found objects, mixed media and photography.

WALA Gallery and Studios are located at 225 Wilson Avenue, South Norwalk, Connecticut. Parking is off of Ely Avenue and our second floor studios are accessed via the outdoor staircase. If using GPS, enter 372 Ely Avenue, Norwalk, CT as your destination for most direct route. Our artist studios and gallery are open by appointment. Please go to www.wilsonavenueloftartists.com for further information!

Introduction to Arduino: four week course

Image courtesy of flickr user gabriellalevine
Image courtesy of flickr user gabriellalevine

Wednesdays in February at 7 p.m.
Registrants should expect to attend each weekly class.
Course begins on Wednesday, February 4th and ends on Wednesday, February 25th

Register here

Join us for an introductory course that will give you hands-on experience with a tiny yet powerful microcontroller. The Arduino microcontroller allows you to build projects that sense real world properties such as temperature, illumination, and magnetism - light up a light with different colors, make some sound, turn on a motor, or operate another electronic device.

This course will consist of hands-on labs where you will build and program your own circuits. No previous programming or electronics experience necessary. The material we will cover has applications for both inventors and artists. An Arduino kit will be provided for use during the class, however students are required to bring a laptop with the Arduino software installed.  Download the software here

Course is limited to Darien residents, those who work in Darien full-time, and Friends who have donated at the $300 level or higher.

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

Writer's Workshop

Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres
Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres

Thursday, February 19th at 7 p.m.

Come join The Writer's Workshop, a monthly class for writers of any genre.  A constructive atmosphere greets aspiring writers as they learn and understand a reader's perspective of their work.  While many in the group have dreams to publish, that is not a requirement.  Presently we have fiction, memoir, mysterY and thriller, short story, personal essay, and poetry writers.  Let's put pen to paper and get writing!

Presented by Laura Cavers, who recently received an MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College. At Manhattanville, Laura was assistant editor to the college's award-winning literary magazine, Inkwell.  She is currently working on her first novel, Bellwethers.

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

Rescheduled: An Evening with Emily Dickinson

James Sulzer
James Sulzer

Rescheduled for Thursday, April 16th at 7 p.m.

Join author James Sulzer as he discusses his newest novel about the fictional account of famous poet Emily DickinsonThe Voice at the Door recreates the fateful meeting of Emily Dickinson with the famous Philadelphia pastor, Charles Wadsworth.  The fictional account weaves the letters and poems of this iconic American writer into a rich tapestry of intellectual and spiritual communion.  It encompasses the three great mysteries of Emily Dickinson’s life: her agonized love poetry of the early 1860’s, her partial blindness in1863 – 1865, and her subsequent withdrawal from the world.

James Sulzer is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a Yale National Scholar. He is the author of Nantucket Daybreak (Walker and Co.) and the memoir Mom Comes Home. He has produced countless “sonic id’s” for National Public Radio, some of which aired on Ira Glass’s This American Life. He has spent the past 40 years of his life reading, living with, and cherishing the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

Refreshments will be served.

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

'Behind the Orange Curtain' - Film Screening and Discussion

Behind the Orange Curtain
Behind the Orange Curtain

Rescheduled for Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30 p.m.

Register here

Please join us for a screening of the award winning documentary Behind the Orange Curtain as we take an in-depth look at the prescription drug epidemic among California teens and what is means for Darien youth. The event will include refreshments, panel discussion and thoughtful conversation.

Jamison Monroe, Executive Producer, Maud Purcell, Founder of the Life Solution Center and Dr. Sandra Gomez will field questions from the audience.

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

This event is cosponsored with Newport Academy and the Life Solution Center of Darien.

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

Mini Golf in the Library!

Mini Golf in the Library!

Saturday, November 15th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$5 per player, each player will also receive a free hot dog!

Miniature golf is coming to the Library! We are happy to announce the first Darien Library Mini Golf Event. Players of all ages will putt their way through the Library. The Library will become an 18-hole miniature golf course with the course set up throughout the building.

Schedule of Events

9am-5pm: Mini Golf

9:30am-12:30pm: Face Painting on Main Street

2-3pm: Crafts in the Children's Library Storytime Room

This is a fundraiser for the Library to purchase books, DVDs, technology, information sources, and provide programs. 

Thank you to our sponsors!

Premier Hole Sponsors

Ring's End
Darien Sports Shop

Hole Sponsors
GWay Printing & Graphics
Carta, McAlister, & Moore, LLC
The Cholnoky Family
Maryann Lehmann, DDS
Nedder & Associates, LLC
Merrill Lynch
Lucky Lawn
First County Bank
Halstead Property
TD Bank
Connecticut Green

Tee & Green Sponsors
Darien Toy Box
Mama Carmela's Italian Deli
Ivey, Barnum, & O'Mara
Get It Done Consulting
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