Friday Night Feature - 'I'll See You in My Dreams'

Friday, October 9th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - I’ll See You In My Dreams (2015) Starring Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, Malin Akerman, Blythe Danner, Mary Kay Place, June Squibb; Rated PG-13; 92 minutes;

In this vibrant, funny, and heartfelt film, a widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age. After the death of her beloved dog, Carol (Blythe Danner) finds the everyday activities that have given her life structure – her regular bridge game, gardening, a glass of wine or two – have lost their luster. With the support of three loyal girlfriends (June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, and Mary Kay Place), Carol decides to embrace the world, embarking on an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man (Martin Starr), pursuing a new love interest (Sam Elliott), and reconnecting with her daughter

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).

Musical Film Fest - 'Cabaret'

Monday,  October 12th  at 6:30 P.M. - Cabaret  (1972) Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Michael York, Marisa Berenson, Helmut GriemFritz Wepper; Rated PG ; 128 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Originally a 1966 Broadway musical, this groundbreaking Bob Fosse musical was in turn based on Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin, previously dramatized for stage and screen as I Am a Camera with Julie Harris as Sally Bowles. Fosse uses the decadent and vulgar cabaret as a mirror image of German society sliding toward the Nazis, and this intertwining of entertainment with social history marked a new step forward for the movie musical. Michael York plays a British writer who comes to Berlin in the early 1930s in hopes of becoming a teacher. He makes the acquaintance of flamboyant American entertainer Sally Bowles, played by Liza Minnelli. Sally works at the Kit Kat Klub, a George Grosz-like Berlin cabaret where each night the smirking, androgynous Master of Ceremonies (Joel Grey) introduces a jazz-driven "girlie show" to his debauched audience. Virtually all the film's musical numbers are staged within the confines of the Kit Kat Klub, and each song comments on the plot and on Germany's "progression" from hedonism to Hitlerism. Most of the Broadway score by John Kander and Fred Ebb was retained, with the welcome addition of "The Money Song." Although it lost Best Picture to The Godfather, Cabaret won eight Oscars, including awards to Minnelli, Grey, and Fosse.

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 - 'Ruby Sparks'

Friday, October 16th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Ruby Sparks (2012) Starring Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Chris Messina, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas; Rated R; 104 minutes;

Calvin (Paul Dano) is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing – as well as his romantic life.
Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him.  When Calvin finds Ruby (Zoe Kazan), in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person.

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 - 'My Favorite Year'

Wednesday, October 21st at 1:30 p.m. -  My Favorite Year (1982) Starring Peter O'Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper, Joseph Bologna, Bill Macy, Lainie Kazan; Rated PG; 92minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Mark Linn-Baker stars as Benjy Stone, junior writer on the popular 1950s TV comedy/variety series The King Kaiser Show. Kaiser (Joseph Bologna)'s guest star this week is Hollywood matinee idol Alan Swann (Peter O'Toole), a swashbuckling Errol Flynn type, right down to his indiscriminate womanizing and fondness for mass quantities of booze. Stone is assigned to keep the actor out of trouble during rehearsals and deliver him sober to the performance. Becoming fast friends, Stone and Swann alternate baby-sitting responsibilities: Swann takes the young writer to the Stork Club and on an early-morning jaunt through Central Park with a "borrowed" police horse, while Stone takes Swann to his home, where the star is fawned over by Benji's mom (Lainie Kazan) and asked embarrassing questions about his love life by Uncle Morty (Lou Jacobi). Despite a few anxious moments, all goes well until Swann, panicking at the discovery that King Kaiser's show will be telecast live and not on film, walks out just before airtime.

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 - 'Love & Mercy'

Friday, October 23rd at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m - Love & Mercy- (2014) Starring Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Brett Davern, Graham Rogers, John Cusack, Paul Giamatti; Rated P-13; 120 minutes;

Bill Pohlad's Love & Mercy, a biopic of Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, focuses on two distinct periods in the songwriter's life. One timeline follows Wilson (played as a younger man by Paul Dano) as he quits performing live in order to focus on the creation of the album Pet Sounds, the single "Good Vibrations," and the eventually discarded album Smile. During this period of intense work, Wilson's mental-health issues grow worse. The other section of the film features John Cusack as an older Wilson, as he attempts to escape the influence of a manipulative doctor (Paul Giamatti) who has become a totalitarian guru to him. Helping him in this endeavor is a car saleswoman named Melinda (Elizabeth Banks). Love & Mercy screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

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).

Silent Film with Live Piano Accompaniment: 'Steamboat, Jr.'

Tuesday, October 27th at 7 p.m. - Silent Bill, Jr. (1928) Starring Buster Keaton, Tom McGuire, Ernest Torrence, and Tom Lewis; Rated NR; 70 minutes;

“Steamboat Bill, Jr." is, like so many other Buster Keaton films, the story of a young man who is coming of age, and goes through a series of adventures and trials on the way to becoming a man.  In this film, Buster hasn't seen his father for many years until he returns home from college.  His father, who is the captain of an old-fashioned ramshackle steamboat, expects his son to be a brawny chip-off-the-ol'-block. But when Buster arrives with his pencil-thin mustache and ukulele, the captain nearly loses all hope.

Join us for a screening of this classic film alongside live piano accompaniment.

About the performer

John Mucci has been accompanying and lecturing on silent films since 1972, for schools, libraries, and many other venues, around the United States. Some of his scores are available on DVD at ReelClassicDVD. He was born and raised in Fairfield County, lived in Darien until college years, where he performed classic silent films while at Carnegie-Mellon University and wrote eleven musical plays. He is preparing a book on Carl Laemmle, founder of Universal Films (and producer of the silent classics Phantom of the Opera and Blind Husbands), as a translation from the German of Professor Udo Bayer, of Laupheim, Germany.

Friday Night Feature - 'Shadow of a Doubt'

Friday, October 30th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Starring Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotton ,Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers, Patricia Collinge and Hume Cronyn; Rated PG-; 112 minutes;

Charlotte 'Charlie' Newton is bored with her quiet life at home with her parents and her younger sister. She wishes something exciting would happen and knows exactly what they need: a visit from her sophisticated and much traveled uncle Charlie Oakley, her mother's younger brother. Imagine her delight when, out of the blue, they receive a telegram from uncle Charlie announcing that he is coming to visit them for awhile. Charlie Oakley creates quite a stir and charms the ladies club .  Soon Charlotte discovers her visiting "Uncle Charlie" may not be the man he seems to be.

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).

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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