Film Screening and Discussion: 'Tapped'

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Thursday, April 2nd at 7 p.m.

Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig's debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.

From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.

From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water.

This program is cosponsored with The Darien Land Trust, Darien Nature Center, and Greenwich Audubon.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Birdman'

Friday, April 3rd at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Birdman (2014) Starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts; Rated R; 119 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of actor Riggan Thomson, played by Michael Keaton. Famous for portraying an iconic superhero, Riggan struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, career, and himself.

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 Imitation Game'

Friday, April 10th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - The Imitation Game (2014) Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Rory Kinnear, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode, Matthew Beard, and Charles Dance; Rated PG-13; 114 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the brilliant UK mathematician and computer scientist who helped the Allies secure victory in World War II by cracking the German enigma code, and who was later prosecuted as a homosexual by his own government.

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).

Wednesday Matinee - 'Into the Woods'

Wednesday, April 15th at 1:30 - Into the Woods (2014) Starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, and Anna Kendrick; Rated NR; 125 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods is adapted in this musical from director Rob Marshall and Walt Disney Studios. Inspired by a choice selection of Brothers Grimm fairy tales, this plot centers on a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) who incur the wrath of a witch (Meryl Streep) while attempting to start a family. Subsequently cursed by the vengeful hag, the hapless couple find their fates linked with those of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) and Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) of Jack and the Beanstalk. 

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 - 'Big Eyes'

Friday, April 17th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Big Eyes (2014) Starring Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Jason Schwartzman, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, and Terence Stamp; Rated PG-13; 106 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

The story opens in the late 1950s, when Margaret Keane packs up the car with her daughter and their personal belongings, and leaves her husband to start a new life in San Francisco. There, Margaret quickly falls head over heels for Walter an artist and part-time real-estate broker who soon shows great interest in her unique paintings of small children with strikingly expressive, saucer-like eyes. Before long, the two are married, and Walter is claiming credit for Margaret's increasingly popular paintings. With the money rolling in, Margaret initially agrees to go along with the ruse, but the closer she gets to her new husband the more she begins to realize that he's little more than a smooth-talking scam artist. Later, Margaret leaves the increasingly abusive Walter, and moves to Hawaii. Only then does Margaret gain the confidence to reclaim the works that have been credited to her husband, even when doing so entails going before the judge and proving that she and she alone created the enchanting children with the big eyes. 

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).

Film Screening and Discussion - 'Haze'

Tuesday, April 21st at 7 p.m. screening for parents
Tuesday, April 28th at 7 p.m. screening for teens

The Youth Asset Team presents HAZE, Documentary Film Screening and Discussion about Underage Binge Drinking for Alcohol and Asset Awareness Month. The documentary tells the tragic story of Greenwich, CT native Lynn Gordon Bailey Jr. ("Gordie") who dies from binge drinking in his freshman year of college. The film also weaves together a collection of interviews by many national experts on the subject of alcohol abuse. The program is appropriate for parents and high school-aged students.

Following each screening, there will be a short question and answer session with panelist including former Darien High School students and a representative from Silver Hill Hospital.

Friday Night Feature - 'Kill the Messenger'

Friday, April 24th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Kill the Messenger (2014) Starring Jeremy Renner, Andy Garcia, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Paz Vega.; Rated R; 112 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Adapted from author Nick Schou's book Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb, director Michael Cuestra's fact-based drama stars two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner as the reporter whose life came to an abrupt and particularly suspicious end after revealing the CIA's involvement with the importing of cocaine into the United States in the 1980s. 

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).

Passport Days

Image courtesy flickr user clappstar
Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, April 18th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, May 16th 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).

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