Wednesday Matinee - 'Les Miserables'

Showing in our Community Room May 15.
Showing in our Community Room May 15.

Wednesday, May 15 at 1:30 p.m. - Les Miserables (2012) Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway; Rated PG-13; 158 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Ex-prisoner Jean Valjean is hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. The world’s longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale.

"One of the most emotionally devastating and gratifying movies I've ever seen." - Joy Tipping, Dallas Morning News

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

Darien Writers' Workshops

Develop your writing skills.
Develop your writing skills.

Nonfiction

Sunday, February 2nd at 2 p.m.

This workshop is currently full. To be added to the waitlist, please contact Erin Shea, eshea@darienlibrary.org.

About the Facilitator

Sonya Huber has written two books of creative nonfiction, Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir, finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year, and Opa Nobody, shortlisted for the Saroyan Prize. She has also written a textbook, The Backwards Research Guide for Writers: Using Your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration. She teaches in the Department of English at Fairfield University and in the Fairfield Low-Residency MFA Program.

Poetry

Register: Sunday, February 9th at 2 p.m.

About the Facilitator

Carol Ann Davis is the author of Psalm and Atlas Hour, both from Tupelo Press. The recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and the W. K. Rose Fellowship for the Creative Arts from Vassar College, her recent work has appeared in Agni, American Poetry Review, Volt, and on the ArtBeat website for PBS' Newshour. She is currently Assistant Professor of English at Fairfield University.

Fiction

Sunday, February 16th at 2 p.m.

This workshop is currently full. To be added to the waitlist, please contact Erin Shea, eshea@darienlibrary.org.

About the Facilitator

Michael C. White is the author of Beautiful Assassin. His previous novels include the New York Times Notable Book A Brother’s Blood and two Connecticut Book of the Year finalists, The Garden of Martyrs and Soul Catcher. He is the Director of Fairfield University’s MFA program in Creative Writing.

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

Tumblr for Parents Workshop

Image courtesy of Flickr user Romain Toornier
Image courtesy of Flickr user Romain Toornier

Tuesday, February 4 at 10am

What is the Tumblr community and how can parents benefit from joining? Learn how to set up your own Tumblr account, find users to follow, and discuss Tumblr vocabulary such as “reblogging.”

Register online here

On Sunday We'll be Screening Groundhog Day Again and Again and Again

Groundhog Day screening this Sunday
Groundhog Day screening this Sunday

Sunday, February 2nd at 1:30 p.m. and again and again and again - Groundhog Day (1993) Starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell; Rated PG; 101 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Bill Murray plays Phil, a TV weatherman working for a local station in Pennsylvania but convinced that national news stardom is in his grasp. Phil displays a charm and wit on camera that evaporates the moment the red light goes off; he is bitter, appallingly self-centered, and treats his co-workers with contempt, especially his producer Rita (Andie MacDowell) and cameraman Larry (Chris Elliot). On February 2, 1992, Phil, Rita, and Larry are sent on an assignment that Phil especially loathes: the annual Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney, PA, where the citizens await the appearance of Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who will supposedly determine the length of winter by his ability to see his own shadow. A strange déjà vu ensues. 

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

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

 

Friday Night Feature - 'Rush'

We will screen RUSH Friday, January 31st.
We will screen RUSH Friday, January 31st.

Friday, January 31 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. - Rush (2013) Starring Chris Hemsworth, Alexandra Maria Lara, and Olivia Wilde; Rated R; 123 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This drama shows Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1970s, at the peak of their heated rivalry. Both on the track and off, Hunt and Lauda couldn't have been more different. Yet as much as Englishman Hunt's showy public persona clashed with Lauda's reputation for tightly-controlled perfectionism, both men remained bound together by one undeniable fact -- they were both among the best drivers ever to grace the racetrack. When a horrific crash during the 1976 Grand Prix at the Nürburgring nearly claims Lauda's life, however, a grudging respect begins to develop between the two racers as Hunt realizes just how devoted his greatest adversary is to the sport they both love.

"Rush ranks among the best movies about auto racing ever made, featuring two great performances from the leads." -- Richard Roeper, RichardRoeper.com

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

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

 

Friday Night Feature - 'Blue Jasmine'

We will screen BLUE JASMINE January 24th.
We will screen BLUE JASMINE January 24th.

Friday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Blue Jasmine (2013) Starring Cate Blanchett, Peter Sarsgaard, and Alec Baldwin; Rated PG-13; 98 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal, elegant New York socialite Jasmine moves into her sister Ginger’s modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again.

"As Jasmine's story is revealed, and as Blanchett manages the fragile mask of her character's sanity, the film builds to a mighty emotional pitch." -- Tom Long, Detroit News

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

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

 

How to Use New Technology in Family Research

Phil Hayes
Phil Hayes

Saturday, January 25th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

"Fire Up Your Research… The Digital Genealogist Is Here”by Phil Hayes will teach those who have access to the latest computers, tablets and smartphones, how to use them to significantly improve their genealogy research, both in the home and on the road. 

In this program, we will cover:

  • Hardware: computers, iPads, Microsoft Surfaces, smartphones, cameras, and scanners
  • Family Tree Apps: An overview of your options
  • Must Have Apps:  If you are a genealogist, you must have these!
  • Other Cool Apps: Neat, but not absolutely necessary apps
  • Tips & Tricks for the Digital Genealogist
  • Digital Photo Management
  • Google Search: Things I bet you didn’t know Google could do
  • Q & A

Art on View: María Esther Magallanes

María Esther Magallanes' show will run from January 22 - February 26.
María Esther Magallanes' show will run from January 22 - February 26.

Opening Reception

Friday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Show runs January 22nd through February 26th

María Esther Magallanes was born in Mexico City. She comes from a family of accomplished artists and was raised surrounded by and appreciating all forms of art. Traveling to many cultural destinations around the world and growing up within Mexico City’s cosmopolitan atmosphere and rich cultural heritage enhanced her motivation to start creating formally while still a teenager. Earning a college degree in graphic design enabled her to experiment with materials, techniques, color and form to express ideas, concepts and feelings. Such experimentation led to mastering acrylic, the material that she has been using consistently over the past 20 years.

Mexico’s cultural, architectural natural and geographic diversity provided María Esther with plenty of inspiration to experiment with color and forms. Her work is based on the use of vibrant, nearly violent, colors and shapes to interpret nature and landscapes. Her trademark style is marked by her admiration to and the inspiration provided by Pablo Picasso, Al Held, as well as Mexican painters Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and Pedro Coronel.

She has remained faithful to her use of vibrant colors and forms to deconstruct reality and nature. Her work decorates the homes of many art collectors throughout Mexico, the United States and Europe.

María Esther Magallanes holds a BA in Graphic Design from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and has completed different painting courses at the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan, CT.

New Year, New Goals – How to Make Your Resolutions Stick

Image courtesy flickr user jenni waterloo
Image courtesy flickr user jenni waterloo

Thursday, January 9 at 7 p.m.

A panel of professional organizers from FOCUS Organizers will discuss rewards and motivators, goal setting and priorities to help make those New Year's resolutions stick.

Did you know the entire month of January is“National Get Organized Month,” proclaimed by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)?

Presented by Cara Brook of S.O.S. LLC, Janet Barnes of Connecticut Closet and Shelf, Jen Burke of JKB Organizing, Susan Lovallo, CPA, CPO of Clutter Solutions, LLC and Matt Baier of Matt Baier Organizing, LLC.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'The Way Way Back'

We will screen THE WAY WAY BACK January 10.
We will screen THE WAY WAY BACK January 10.

Friday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Way Way Back (2013) Starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, and Allison Janney; Rated PG-13; 103 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.

"The Way Way Back gets it wittily, thrillingly right. It turns the familiar into something bracingly fresh and funny. It makes you laugh, then breaks your heart." -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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

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

 

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