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).

 

Friday Night Features in March

We will screen FLIGHT in our Community Room Friday, March 29.
We will screen FLIGHT in our Community Room Friday, March 29.

Friday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Searching for Sugar Man (2012) Documentary Feature; Rated PG-13; 86 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This is the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ‘70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late '60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero.

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

Friday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The Intouchables (2012) Starring Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, and Anne Le Ny; Rated R; 112 minutes. In French with English subtitles.

A true story of two men who should never have met — a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.

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

Friday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Robot and Frank (2012) Starring Frank Langella, James Marsden, and Susan Sarandon; Rated PG-13; 89 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank’s son chooses a different option: against the old man’s wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is an often hilarious and heartwarming story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places.

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

Friday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.Life of Pi (2012) Starring Irffan Kahn; Rated PG; 123 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

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

Friday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.Flight (2012) Starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman, and Don Cheadle; Rated R; 138 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Whip Whitaker is a seasoned airline pilot who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane?

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

All films are free and open to the public.

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

Friday Night Features in February

We will screen ARGO in our Community Room February 22.
We will screen ARGO in our Community Room February 22.

Friday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Declaration of War (2011) Starring Valérie Donzelli, Jérémie Elkaïm and César Desseix; Not Rated; 100 minutes; In French with English subtitles.

This exuberant and deeply moving film follows a new couple, Romeo and Juliette, who must face the ultimate test when they discover their newborn child is very ill. Gathering their friends and family together, they confront this ordeal together as a form of warfare. Donzelli infuses the story with unexpected verve using a host of cinematic techniques, music and heartbreaking performances that results in a film about a contemporary couple who surprises even themselves with their ability to fight not only for the life of their child but for each other.

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

Friday, February 8 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.Searching for Sugar Man (2012) Documentary Feature; Rated PG-13; 86 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary Feature
This is the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ‘70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late '60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero.

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

Friday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller; Rated PG-13; 103 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A funny and touching coming-of-age story based on the beloved best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a modern classic that captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up. This is a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope—and the unforgettable friends that help us through life.

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

Friday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.Argo (2012) Starring Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, and Bryan Cranston; Rated PG-13; 120 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

When militants seize control of the U.S. embassy in Tehran during the height of the Iranian Revolution, CIA agent Tony Mendez creates a fake Hollywood film production in order to rescue a group of American diplomats who have sought refuge at the home of a Canadian ambassador. Inspired by actual events.

For more information please watch the film's trailer.

All films are free and open to the public.

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

Wednesday Matinee - 'Lincoln'

Showing in our Community Room April 17.
Showing in our Community Room April 17.

Wednesday, April 17 at 1:30 p.m. - Lincoln (2012)Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Daniel Day-Lewis, Walton Goggins, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and John Hawkes; Rated PG-13; 150 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. This film chronicles the President's time in office between 1861 and 1865 as he dealt with personal demons and politics during the Civil War.

"The film masterfully captures the dual dilemmas facing the president in the final months of his life: how to bring the war between the states to an end, and how to eradicate slavery, once and for all." - Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

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

World Book Night Party with Tumbling Bones

Tumbling Bones
Tumbling Bones

Sunday, April 21 at 5 p.m.

In preparation for World Book Night 2013 on April 23, we are hosting a concert with Tumbling Bones. Volunteer book givers who registered to distribute books on April 23 can pick up their books at Darien Library. Even if you don’t know what World Book Night is, you’re still welcome to join us for this toe-tapping concert complete with banjo and harmonica.

Tumbling Bones play a mix of old-time country and old-fashioned blues that belies their relative youth. But their folk music is no museum piece. It is living, breathing music infused with a little of the contemporary rock ‘n’ roll the band members were reared on and reworked into their original arrangements and compositions. Their sound is country with an urban twist, traditional yet current.

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

Coverage of the Public Inauguration and Inaugural Parade Today

Flickr image courtesy dipfan
Flickr image courtesy dipfan

Starting at 10 a.m. in our Community Room

Join your friends and neighbors to watch coverage of the Fifty-Seventh Inaugural Ceremonies live in our Community Room. Or check out this list of resources:

The Senate's Inauguration Page

The Secret Service Twitter Feed

2013 Inauguration Event Resources from the NEH

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