Researching Your German Ancestors

Traditional Costumes of Hegoland, German Bight circa 1897
Traditional Costumes of Hegoland, German Bight circa 1897

Saturday, November 14th at 2 p.m
Louise Parker Berry Community Room

Finding our German ancestors' European origins may be difficult, but is usually possible. What tools will you need? Joseph Lieby will help you trace your ancestors using tools and techniques based on what you know about them. Knowing where our German ancestors lived in Europe, and when they came to America, should be the goal of anyone interested in their family history. Finding out when they came can usually be determined using research tools we already know. Their European origins may be more difficult to find, but is usually possible using those same tools. Tracing our German speaking ancestors beyond that will call for a new set of research tools that need to be acquired, including some German vocabulary, ability to decipher German script, and a little about German geography.

About Joseph Lieby

Joseph Lieby is the current President of the Palatines to America National German Genealogy Society. He retired as a school district administrator, and has over twenty years experience in genealogical research in New York and New Jersey. He has spoken at national and regional societies and has published articles on his research interests in his Palatine Notes blog, and in the New York Palatines newsletter of which he is the editor.

Join us at 1 p.m. to Talk About Your Work

Co-sponsored with the Middlesex Genealogical Society

Passport Days

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Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, October 17th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Get your passport at Darien Library! We will process and accept new and renewal applications. We will provide all the paperwork and take photos. Please bring fifteen dollars in cash or check for photos.  If you prefer, you can bring your own photographs. Specifications for passport photos can be found here.

What to Bring: Birth Certificate, Naturalization Certificate, one color 2’’ by 2’’ photo, a valid photo identification (such as a driver’s license) with a front and back photocopy of the ID, and personal check/money order or debit/credit card for payment of the passport fee.

Minors under age 16 cannot apply for a passport by themselves.  Both parents/guardians must appear in person and provide consent, authorizing passport issuance to the minor.  If one parent/guardian is unable to appear in person, then the application must be accompanied by a signed, notarized Form DS-3053: Statement of Consent from the non-applying parent/guardian.  More information on passports for minors can be found here.

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

Music in the Stacks: Birdwalk

(Image Courtesy of Facebook)
(Image Courtesy of Facebook)

Sunday, July 26th at 5 p.m.

Birdwalk describes themselves as an energetic amalgam of soulful improv and technical precision, focusing on the world of live music. Bandmates John, Trevor, and Brandon met at the School of Rock in New Canaan and have been playing and writing together ever since. They take influence from Jimi Hendrix, Phish, and Frank Zappa. Come enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres while listening to the chill tunes of Birdwalk in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. 

Check out Birdwalk's music here.

Short Stories for Fall Days

Carroll Stenson
Carroll Stenson

Tuesday, October 20th at 3 p.m.

Our popular discussion series continues with a line-up of stories especially selected to offer insight into the human condition and provoke thoughtful conversation. Please join us and share with other short story enthusiasts.

Stories are available for pickup the week before each meeting.

Darien All-Schools Art Show

By Caroline Wildish
By Caroline Wildish

Tuesday, March 3rd to Thursday, April 7th

Come view Darien Public Schools students’ artwork from Grades K-12 at the Library. The gallery is located on the Library's Lower Level.

The Art Department ’s progressive curriculum enables the students to build art media skills as well as  educating them to use curiosity and intuitive thinking to express themselves in unique artistic images. Through studio based lessons the students learn, from art historical exploration, the role of the visual arts in reflecting human values. and aesthetics.

The dedicated art faculty help the children to understand  and use the Elements of Art and the Principals of Design as the students learn new ways to see, think and express themselves.

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 for further information!

Writer's Workshop

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Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres

Thursday, October 15th 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.

For those interested in joining the Writer's Workshop, please come 15 minutes early to meet the workshop leader and learn Workshop guidelines. She will meet you just outside the Harris Room on the second floor.

Mini Golf in the Library!

Mini Golf in the Library!

Adults' Night: Friday, November 13th from 7 to 10 p.m. 
$50 per player (21+), including drinks and appetizers

Family Day: Saturday, November 14th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$5 per player, each player will also receive a free hot dog!

Miniature golf is back! We are happy to announce the second 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.

All funds raised from Mini Golf go directly to the purchase of all of the books, movies, and technology as well as the support of countless programming opportunities throughout the year.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Premier Hole Sponsors

Ring's End
Darien Sports Shop

The Wyper Family

Hole Sponsors
GWay Printing & Graphics
The Cholnoky Family
Everett Hall
Active Air
Maryann Lehmann, DDS
Nedder & Associates, LLC
First County Bank
Carta, McAlister, & Moore, LLC
The Ochman Family
TD Bank

Tee & Green Sponsors
Michael Joseph's Catering
Merrill Lynch

Venture Mom
Alan Hyatt Landscaping

Adults' Night Sponsor
Two Roads Brewing Company
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