Meet the Author: Matthew Palmer

Thursday, May 28th at 7 p.m.

Matthew Palmer, author of Secrets of State, will be our featured speaker.

As an outspoken iconoclast, Sam Trainor’s contrary point of view has often gotten in the way in what should be a brilliant career. Now, leaving his post as a South Asia analyst for the Bureau of Intelligence & Research to work for Argus Security, a Beltway Bandit consulting company, he quickly learns that the government and private consulting contractors have very different approaches and agendas. As he struggles to adjust to a more corporate version of the work that has driven him for so long, he stumbles across an anomaly in the intel – the transcript of a phone conversation suggesting that the delicate balance between India and Pakistan could be deliberately upset. As he digs deeper, he realizes that something worse than bad intel is at stake: nuclear war.

Deeply entrenched in real-world global intrigue and politics, Secrets of State is international thriller fiction at its best, from a man who has lived through it all. 

About the Author

As a twenty-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, Matthew Palmer is a seasoned diplomat, whose work has taken him all over the world. From Kosovo to Africa, he has been at ground zero for some of the most pressing global political issues in recent history. Currently serving as the Director of Multilateral Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of Asian and Pacific Affairs, his unrivalled knowledge of the workings of diplomacy and international crisis-solving, made his debut thriller, The American Mission (2014), a riveting and all-too-real page-turner.

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).

Mini Golf in the Library!

Mini Golf in the Library!

Saturday, November 15th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$5 per player, each player will also receive a free hot dog!

Miniature golf is coming to the Library! We are happy to announce the first 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.

Schedule of Events

9am-5pm: Mini Golf

9:30am-12:30pm: Face Painting on Main Street

2-3pm: Crafts in the Children's Library Storytime Room

This is a fundraiser for the Library to purchase books, DVDs, technology, information sources, and provide programs. 

Thank you to our sponsors!

Premier Hole Sponsors



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GWay Printing & Graphics
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The Cholnoky Family
Maryann Lehmann, DDS
Nedder & Associates, LLC
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Halstead Property
TD Bank
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Tee & Green Sponsors
Jumbo
Darien Toy Box
UCBC
Mama Carmela's Italian Deli
Ivey, Barnum, & O'Mara
Get It Done Consulting

Passport Days

Image courtesy flickr user clappstar
Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, June 20th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 18th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, August 15th 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).

Résumé and Job Application Drop-In

Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos
Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

Mondays from 2 to 3 p.m.

Prepare for summer employment, internships, a career search, or just polish up your résumé! Bring your résumé in for help from our Reference Librarians on:

• Editing your résumé
• Proofread your cover letters
• Troubleshoot technology issues with online job applications
• Assist in setting up an email account
• Help with other job application and résumé related advice

Friday Night Feature - 'Still Alice'

Friday, May 22nd at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Still Alice (2014) Starring Julianne Moore, Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin, and Shane McRae; Rated PG-13; 101 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Alice Howland is a renowned linguistics professor happily married with three grown children. All that begins to change when she strangely starts to forget words and then more. When her doctor diagnoses her with Early-onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice and her family's lives face a harrowing challenge as this terminal degenerative neurological ailment slowly progresses to an inevitable conclusion they all dread. Along the way, Alice struggles to not only to fight the inner decay, but to make the most of her remaining time to find the love and peace to make simply living worthwhile.

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 - 'American Sniper'

Friday, May 29th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - American Sniper (2014) Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Jake McDorman, and Ben Reed; Rated R; 134 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

 In the aftermath of 9/11, Chris Kyle decides to serve his country by becoming a Navy SEAL. Once deployed, Chris' reputation as a sniper who never misses makes him a legend among his fellow troops, and earns him the moniker "The Devil of Ramadi" from his enemies. With a substantial bounty on his head, Kyle makes it his personal mission to take out a sadistic Iraqi soldier known as "The Butcher," as well as an elusive enemy marksman with a skill to rival his own. The closer he gets to achieving his goals during repeat tours of duty, however, the more fellow soldiers he sees die, and the further he drifts from his wife and their two children back home. It all leads up to a tense rooftop gunfight in a raging sandstorm -- one that convinces the sniper once and for all to make his family his top priority. Unfortunately, all is not well as Kyle struggles to make the transition back to civilian life, but he discovers that helping his fellow veterans is an effective way to do good and make peace with his wartime experiences.

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 - 'Life Itself'

Friday, June 5th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Life Itself (2015) Starring Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Raven Evans, Ava DuVernay, Ramin Bahrani, and Richard Corliss; Rated R; 120 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Director Steve James creates a portrait of influential Chicago Sun Times film critic Roger Ebert. Officially an adaptation of Ebert's bestselling memoir of the same name, the documentary uses Ebert's valiant struggle with cancer as a structural device to examine his many career accomplishments. As a series of flashbacks take us through Ebert's colorful life and times, James periodically returns to his subject's traumatic last days in the hospital, where his wife Chaz and other loved ones prepare to say their last goodbyes. The result is a reverent meditation on the life and death of the writer whose passion for film was evident in every review he penned, but whose love of life taught his loyal readers to treasure every moment. 

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).

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