Wednesday Matinee- 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Wednesday, July 15th at 1:30 p.m. - To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Starring Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, John Megna, Frank Overton, and Rosemary Murphy; NR; 129 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was translated to film in 1962. Set in a small Alabama town in the 1930s, the story focuses on scrupulously honest, highly respected lawyer Atticus Finch, magnificently embodied by Gregory Peck. Finch puts his career on the line when he agrees to represent Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), a black man accused of rape. The trial and the events surrounding it are seen through the eyes of Finch's six-year-old daughter Scout (Mary Badham). While Robinson's trial gives the film its momentum, there are plenty of anecdotal occurrences before and after the court date: Scout's ever-strengthening bond with older brother Jem (Philip Alford), her friendship with precocious young Dill Harris, her father's no-nonsense reactions to such life-and-death crises as a rampaging mad dog, and especially Scout's reactions to, and relationship with, Boo Radley (Robert Duvall), the reclusive "village idiot" who turns out to be her salvation when she is attacked by a venomous bigot. 

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

Friday Night Feature - 'While We're Young'

Friday, July 17th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - While We're Young (2014) Starring Amanda Seyfried, Ben Stiller, Adam Driverm, Maria Dizzia, and Naomi Watts; Rated R; 94 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Noah Baumbach’s exploration of aging, ambition and success, stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enter their lives. Josh and Cornelia's friends start having children and, instead of following suit, they befriend a young hipster couple. Jamie is an aspiring documentary filmmaker, a vocation Josh already has. Soon the older couple begin enjoying the energy they feel hanging out with the younger generation, but eventually Josh begins to suspect his new best friend might not be as straightforward and trustworthy as he thought.

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).

Foreign Film Fest: 'Saawariya'

Monday, July 20th at 1:30 p.m. - Saawariya (Indian) (2007) Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Salman Khan, Rani Mukerji, Zohra Sehgal, and Begum Para; Rated PG; 142 minutes; Presented with captions.

The title of Saawariya carries a double meaning; it refers to both an epithet for the Hindu god Krishna and to a title sought by many Indian lovers, who wish to reach a state of "Saawariya," or overpowering consumption by love. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's romantic drama Saawariya weaves the tale of the ill-fated romance between two such individuals: artist Raj, who finds the fulfillment of his soul's yearning when he enters one of the most picturesque rural hamlets in India, and his lover, Sakina, a mysterious young woman whom he spots standing on a bridge. Raj tries desperately to win Sakina's love and devotion, but finds it increasingly difficult to accept the truth of her past. 

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Woman in Gold'

Friday, July 24th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Woman in Gold (2015) Starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany, Daniel Brühl, and Charles Dance; Rated PG-13; 107 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Six decades after WWII, an elderly Jewish woman (Helen Mirren) returns to Vienna in order to reclaim family belongings that were once seized by the Nazis in this poignant drama based on a true story. Chief among those items is the Gustav Klimt painting "The Lady in Gold." With the help of her ambitious young lawyer (Ryan Reynolds), the woman takes her fight all the way from Austria to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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).

Foreign Film Fest: 'Life is Beautiful/La Vita È Bella'

Monday, July 27th at 6:30 p.m. - Life is Beautiful/La Vita È Bella (1997) Starring Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano, Sergio Bustric, and Marisa Paredes; Rated PG-13; 110 minutes; Presented with captions.

In this WWII tragicomedy, famed Italian funnyman Roberto Benigni (The Monster) portrays Guido, who moves during the '30s from the country to a Tuscan town, where he is entranced by schoolteacher Dora (Nicoletta Braschi, Benigni's real-life wife). Dora likes Guido, but she remains faithful to her pompous fiancé, so Guido has an uphill struggle. Meanwhile, anti-Semitic attitudes lead to attacks against Guido's Jewish uncle (Giustino Durano). Leaping ahead to five years later, during WWII, Guido and Dora are married and have a son Giosue (Giorgio Cantarini). After they are imprisoned in a concentration camp, Guido goes to elaborate lengths to keep his son from understanding the truth of their situation. He tells the boy that they are competing with others to win an armored tank -- so everything from food shortages to tattoos is explained as necessary for participation in the contest.

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 Longest Ride'

Friday, July 31st at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - The Longest Ride (2015) Starring Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Alan Alda, Jack Huston, and Oona Chaplin; Rated PG-13; 139 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Based on the bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks, The Longest Ride centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world.  As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple.  Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, The Longest Ride explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

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).

Through the Lens Video Series

Marianne Eggler is a distinguished art and design historian. She presented on "Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Disperal" at Darien Library on Thursday, May 29, 2014. Eggler is a gallery lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).


What happens when a book is returned to Darien Library? Come take a ride on the conveyor belt and discover the mystery of what happens behind the scenes!


Through the Lens is proud to present Colum McCann, a critically acclaimed Irish born writer who lives and works in New York City.
He is the 2009 winner of the prestigious National Book Award. His latest book, Transatlantic, has been universally praised for his vision and the audacity of his writing. In person, Colum is everything a diva is not. He is extremely polite, cooperative and articulate with a refreshing, self-deprecating sense of humor.

He sat with us on May 24, 2014 for a short video interview and allowed us to take a peak into the dignity and humanity of his creative soul.

We hope you enjoy watching him as much as we did filming him.

In Library Auction

The In Library Auction closes on Wednesday, April 24th at 5:00 p.m. Winners will be notified on Thursday, April 25th. To make your bid, come to Main Street on the first level of the Library and visit the auction display table. 

All proceeds to benefit Darien Library.

In Library Auction Items
Certified to Fly -- Value: $1,500

Flywheel, that is… Invite your friends for a private Flywheel Indoor Cycling Party at Flywheel Stadium Cycling at Chelsea Piers CT.

Donated By: Flywheel Sports Inc.

A Musical Birthday Party -- Value: $680

Treat your friends to a party featuring the tunes of Jay and Ray and pizza from Heights Pizza. The lucky birthday boy or girl also receives a ride-on “Kids Car” from BMW!

Donated By: Jay and Ray, Heights Pizza, and BMW of Darien

Sharpen Your Cooking Skills -- Value: $400

Madalene d’Etiveaud of Bash will teach a cooking class for four people. The menu and date can be coordinated with Madalene directly for a mutually-beneficial date.

Donated By: Bash

Enjoy The View -- Value: Priceless!

Head into NYC for the day with a friend and enjoy tickets to a taping of “The View.”

Donated By: Jim Ornstein

Summer Cover-Up -- Value: $240

Enjoy wearing this hot pink tunic all summer long!

Donated By: Letarte

Girly Girls -- Value: $120

Plan the ultimate girl get together for your daughter and her two friends with a private bracelet making session at Sparklers Design Studio (lemonade & snacks included). Top it off with frozen yogurt at Swizzles and you'll have some happy little girls!

Donated By: Swizzles and Femmegems, Greenwich

Oh Baby, Baby! -- Value: $450

Wheel up in this fabulous black Maclaren XLR! Couple the stroller with something adorable from Wiggles and Giggles with a $50 gift certificate and he or she will be the talk of the playground.

Donated By:Maclaren and Wiggles & Giggles

Drinks Anyone? -- Value: $265

Enjoy this lovely painted tray from Palmer’s Market made complete with glasses from Coleur Provence, a lovely pitcher and cocktail mixers!

Donated By: Palmer’s Market, Coleur Provence, and Anne and Gil Holmes

Jack Dog Photography -- Value: $800

Receive a personalized full portrait session and 11” x 14” custom studio print.

Donated By: Jack Dog Photography

Sunset Cocktails -- Value: $85

Head to the beach or out on the boat with your Lilly Pulitzer acrylic wine glasses and insulated beverage bag.

Donated By: Lilly Pulitzer

Bell Portraits -- Value: $850

A signature portrait session (1-2 hours) with photographer Erin Bell plus a 20” x 30” fine art-framed print.

Donated By: Erin Bell

Say Cheese! -- Value $350

A studio sitting with Classic Kids Photography that includes an 8” x 10” portrait print.

Donated By: Classic Kids Photography

Dress Yourself Up and Take Yourself Out! -- Value: $335

Splurge on a new outfit from Togs to go with your Alyssa leather stud tote and scarf from Bling. Then take yourself out for a dinner for two at Aux Delices Bistro in Westport – Yum!

Donated By: Togs, Bling, and Aux Delices Foods/Westport

Meet Senator Bob Duff -- Value: Priceless!

Enjoy lunch at Estia's American in Darien with three of your friends and Senator Bob Duff. Get to know our Senator and share and discuss ideas.

Donated By: Senator Bob Duff, Estia's American

 

2015 Darien Library Spring Gala

Good Friends, Good Food, Good Times

 

Good Friends, Good Food, Good Times

Saturday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: $150 ($100 is tax-deductible)

Purchase a ticket through Paypal, or by mailing a check to:

Darien Library
1441 Post Road
Darien, CT  06820
Attn: Cathy McLachlan

Number of Tickets

Join us at our annual Spring Gala, where all funds raised from the event will be dedicated to expanding library resources, including purchasing new books and supporting programs and guest speakers.

This year, Gala attendees will enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and dinner featuring local food trucks: LobsterCraft, Bounty (gourmet sliders & fries) and Wood Fired Pizza.

The evening will also include a silent and live auction – stay tuned for our exciting list of items!

The Gala is sponsored by Darien Rowayton Bank.

Event Co-Chairs
Melissa Baiera
Marisa DeVicaris
Kristin Nemec

Board of Trustees
Amy Cammann Cholnoky, President
Townsend C. Smith, Vice President
Randall M. Heck, Treasurer
Charles E. Barnett, Secretary
Edgar W. Barksdale, Jr.
Pamela Van Hoven Clark
Robert A.N. Cudd
Sara Franzese
Kevin Gasvoda
Suzanne McGraw
Tara B. Ochman
David C. Ott
Todd Raker
John P. Shutts
Tammy Sload
Jan Smith
Susan Vogel
Susan N. Weaver

Honorary Trustees
Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001)
Harold W. McGraw, Jr. (1918-2010)
Ann S. Mandel
Stephen F. Mandel (1931-2009)
Kimberly D. Huffard
George U. Wyper

Darien Library is recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

 

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