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).

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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Tee & Green Sponsors
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Darien Toy Box
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Film Screening and Discussion - 'Haze'

Tuesday, April 21st at 7 p.m. screening for parents
Tuesday, April 28th at 7 p.m. screening for teens

The Youth Asset Team presents HAZE, Documentary Film Screening and Discussion about Underage Binge Drinking for Alcohol and Asset Awareness Month. The documentary tells the tragic story of Greenwich, CT native Lynn Gordon Bailey Jr. ("Gordie") who dies from binge drinking in his freshman year of college. The film also weaves together a collection of interviews by many national experts on the subject of alcohol abuse. The program is appropriate for parents and high school-aged students.

Following each screening, there will be a short question and answer session with panelist including former Darien High School students and a representative from Silver Hill Hospital.

Friday Night Feature - 'Kill the Messenger'

Friday, April 24th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Kill the Messenger (2014) Starring Jeremy Renner, Andy Garcia, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Paz Vega.; Rated R; 112 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Adapted from author Nick Schou's book Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb, director Michael Cuestra's fact-based drama stars two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner as the reporter whose life came to an abrupt and particularly suspicious end after revealing the CIA's involvement with the importing of cocaine into the United States in the 1980s. 

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).

Friday Night Feature - 'The Imitation Game'

Friday, May 1st at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - The Imitation Game (2014) Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Rory Kinnear, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode, Matthew Beard, and Charles Dance; Rated PG-13; 114 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the brilliant UK mathematician and computer scientist who helped the Allies secure victory in World War II by cracking the German enigma code, and who was later prosecuted as a homosexual by his own government.

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).

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.

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).

Wednesday Matinee- 'Unbroken'

Wednesday, May 20th at 1:30 p.m. - Unbroken (2014) Starring Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Finn Wittrock, Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Takamasa Ishihara; Rated PG-13; 137 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Angelina Jolie directs this true-life tale of Louis Zamperini, the Olympic track star who survived a plane crash in World War II, only to fight for his life against nature and eventually as a prisoner of war. Joel and Ethan Coen provide the script. Louis (Jack O'Connell) grows up a rough-hewn kid on the verge of becoming a full-on delinquent, until his brother starts training him to be a track star. Louis excels at the sport, and eventually represents America at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. During his training, he learns to become resilient and disciplined; his brother's words of advice, "If you can take it, you can make it," push him to overcome any adversity. He must live up to that adage under the most extreme circumstances after his plane is shot down during another bombing raid. He is stranded at sea for more than a month, only to be found by the Japanese and forced to endure constant physical abuse at the hands of sadistic prison-camp guard Mutsuhiro Watanabe (Japanese pop star Miyavi), who wants to break Louis' indomitable spirit. 

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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