Our Spring Book Discussion Series Concludes

"Stitches" by David Small will be the final book in our Spring Discussion Series.

Stitches by David Small

Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m.

David Small, a best-selling and highly regarded children's book illustrator, comes forward with this unflinching graphic memoir. Remarkable and intensely dramatic, Stitches tells the story of a fourteen-year-old boy who awakes one day from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he has been transformed into a virtual mute—a vocal cord removed, his throat slashed and stitched together like a bloody boot. From horror to hope, Small proceeds to graphically portray an almost unbelievable descent into adolescent hell and the difficult road to physical, emotional, and artistic recovery.

National Book Award Finalist

“A profound and moving gift of graphic literature that has the look of a movie and reads like a poem.” -- Jules Feiffer

“A breathtaking, horrific, and ultimately redemptive work.” -- Miami Herald

Library staff members will lead the discussions.

We have copies of the books available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussions.

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

Meet the Author - Will Schwalbe

Will Schwalbe
Will Schwalbe

Wednesday, June 5 at 7 p.m.

Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club, will be our featured speaker.

During her treatment for cancer, Mary Anne Schwalbe and her son Will spent many hours sitting in waiting rooms together. To pass the time, they would talk about the books they were reading. Once, by chance, they read the same book at the same time—and an informal book club of two was born. Through their wide-ranging reading, Will and Mary Anne—and we, their fellow readers—are reminded how books can be comforting, astonishing, and illuminating, changing the way that we feel about and interact with the world around us.

Praise for The End of Your Life Book Club

"A loving celebration of a mother by a son." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Not only a son’s heartfelt tribute to [his mother’s] courage and grace but vivid testimony to the enduring power of books to create meaning out of chaos, illuminate values, and connect us with each other.” -- The Boston Globe

About the Author

Will Schwalbe has worked in publishing (most recently as senior vice president and editor in chief of Hyperion Books); digital media, as the founder and CEO of Cookstr.com; and as a journalist, writing for various publications including The New York Times and the South China Morning Post. He is on the board of the Kingsborough Community College Foundation. He is the coauthor, with David Shipley, of Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better.

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).

Friday Night Feature - 'Late Bloomers'

We will screen LATE BLOOMERS Friday, June 7.
We will screen LATE BLOOMERS Friday, June 7.

Friday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Late Bloomers (2011) Starring William Hurt and Isabella Rossellini; Not Rated; 95 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Mary and Adam aren’t your typical older couple, they’re high functioning and stylish and to their great surprise, they’ve entered the senior category. Adam is in frantic denial, desperately looking for the fountain of youth as Mary decides to deal with the situation by doing what she does best, taking care of her husband and family. After 30 years together, the married couple confronts the unpalatable realities of getting older and concludes that emotional absence is the easiest way to cope. But at what point does distance become divorce?

"[Rossellini] is radiant in a profoundly ordinary and believable way, as always, and stirs up generational pathos all by herself." -- Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out our Friday Night Features in June.

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

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
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