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!

Writer's Workshop

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

Thursday, May 21st 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).

First Look Darien: Lauren Acampora

Wednesday, May 13th at 7 p.m.

Lauren Acampora, author of The Wonder Garden, will be our featured speaker.

In the affluent and tranquil town of Old Cranbury, a man strikes an under-the-table deal with a surgeon to spend a few quiet seconds closer to his wife than he's ever been; a young soon-to-be mother looks on in paralyzing astonishment as her husband walks away from a twenty-year career in advertising at the urging of his spirit animal; an elderly artist risks more than he knows when he's commissioned by his newly-arrived neighbors to produce the work of a lifetime. Beneath their dreamy suburban surfaces, none of Acampora’s characters are anything like they appear. Deliciously creepy and masterfully choreographed, The Wonder Garden heralds the arrival of a phenomenal new talent in American fiction.

Advance Praise for The Wonder Garden

“Spooky and fabulous... a cleareyed lens into the strange, human wants of upper-class suburbia.”—Kirkus (STARRED review)

Acampora brilliantly captures the heartaches and delusions of American suburbanites.”—Booklist (STARRED review)

About the Author

Lauren Acampora's fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, New England Review, and Antioch Review. Raised in Connecticut, she now lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband, artist Thomas Doyle, and their daughter.

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

First Look Darien is our debut author series designed to spotlight first novels handpicked by our staff.

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

Meet the Author: Kristin White

Tuesday, May 19th at 7 p.m.

Kristin White, author of It's The Student, Not The College : The Secrets Of Succeeding At Any School -- Without Going Broke Or Crazy, will be our featured speaker.

Today’s college admissions culture has become fraught with more pressure than ever—both for students and for parents. Students are under intense pressure to get into the most elite schools which have minuscule acceptance rates and parents are facing the burden of helping their children afford these schools where application costs alone can be overwhelming. Kristin White helps set the record straight in It’s the Student, Not the College. Elite schools don’t make successful people—they admit students who already have the skills to make their own success. White explains how students and parents can cut the stress (and the debt!):

• Forget the elite-college mystique: Motivated students can make any school their dream school
• Choose the school that fits you best: What to consider—including your finances
• Develop a personal Success Profile: It’s not all about acing the SATs. Learn which traits and skills will help you thrive in high school, college, and beyond!

About the Author

Kristin White is an educational consultant with Darien Academic Advisors, where she works with students throughout the US and all over the world. She is the author of “The Complete Guide to the Gap Year: The Best Things to Do Between High School and College” published by Jossey Bass in 2009. She is also a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and the New England Association for College Admissions Counseling.

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).

Meet the Author: Michael Palmer

Thursday, May 28th at 7 p.m.

Matthew Palmer, author of Secrets of State, will be our featured speaker.

As an outspoken iconoclast, Sam Trainor’s contrary point of view has often gotten in the way in what should be a brilliant career. Now, leaving his post as a South Asia analyst for the Bureau of Intelligence & Research to work for Argus Security, a Beltway Bandit consulting company, he quickly learns that the government and private consulting contractors have very different approaches and agendas. As he struggles to adjust to a more corporate version of the work that has driven him for so long, he stumbles across an anomaly in the intel – the transcript of a phone conversation suggesting that the delicate balance between India and Pakistan could be deliberately upset. As he digs deeper, he realizes that something worse than bad intel is at stake: nuclear war.

Deeply entrenched in real-world global intrigue and politics, Secrets of State is international thriller fiction at its best, from a man who has lived through it all. 

About the Author

As a twenty-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, Matthew Palmer is a seasoned diplomat, whose work has taken him all over the world. From Kosovo to Africa, he has been at ground zero for some of the most pressing global political issues in recent history. Currently serving as the Director of Multilateral Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of Asian and Pacific Affairs, his unrivalled knowledge of the workings of diplomacy and international crisis-solving, made his debut thriller, The American Mission (2014), a riveting and all-too-real page-turner.

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).

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!

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Friday Night Feature - 'What If'

Friday, May 8th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - What If (2013) Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Adam Driver, Zoe Kazan, Megan Park, Oona Chaplin, Rafe Spall; Rated PG-13; 102 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Michael Dowse's romantic comedy What If explores the tried and true question can men and women ever be just friends. Dropout med student Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) makes the acquaintance of aspiring animator Chantry (Zoe Kazan), and though they quickly take an instant liking to each other, she is committed to her live-in boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). They agree just to be friends, but when Ben is forced to live in Europe for work, Wallace and Chantry grow more intimate. Meanwhile, Wallace's best friend Allan (Adam Driver) encourages him to stop dithering and tell Chantry how he really feels about her. What If screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. 

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

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

ESPN Documentary Screening - 'The Lost Trophy'

Saturday, May 9th at 6:30 p.m. - The Lost Trophy: You Can't Take Back History (2015)

Syracuse University has dominated Men's Division I Lacrosse for over thirty years. With a record 11 NCAA Championships, they first made history in 1983 when they defeated top-seeded John's Hopkins, 17-16. The Orange continued to roll to an unprecedented 22 straight final fours. The 1990 team, arguably the greatest college lacrosse team ever, achieved an NCAA championship three-peat. They were led by Canadian box players, twins Paul and Gary Gait, and coached by the legendary Roy Simmons Jr. Together, along with a talented group of All Americans, they transformed the record books and the game of lacrosse forever. This is the story that celebrates a team that continues to inspire today's players and explains why there is an *asterisk next to their vacated 1990 title.

The Lost Trophy is Produced and Directed by Fred Cambria (Syracuse '85) and a member of the 1983 NCAA National Championship SU lacrosse team. Mr. Cambria is an Emmy Award winning Producer ("Assault In The Ring") and has worked with many broadcasting and cable networks including HBO Sports, Court TV, CBS, ABC and NBC News.

A Q&A with the producers will follow the screening.

This event is cosponsored with the Darien Athletic Foundation.

The Mask You Live In

Join us for this special screening on May 11.
Join us for this special screening on May 11.

Monday, May 11, from 7pm to 9pm

Darien Library and YWCA Parent Awareness present a screening of The Mask You Live In from the Representation Project and the director of Miss Representation.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion facilitated by James McGinn, MA, NCC, an Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinician at Family Centers' Center for Hope in Darien. 

Running time is 90 minutes. 

*PARENTAL AND VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. STRONG LANGUAGE IS BRIEFLY USED.

Friday Night Feature - 'Selma'

Friday, May 15th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Selma (2014) David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Jim France, Trinity Simone; Rated PG-13; 128 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

The unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay's "Selma" tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

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

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

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