Video of Nicholas Dawidoff

On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, Nicholas Dawidoff, author of "Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football", was our featured speaker.

Football is the country's most popular pastime, and yet most of what happens in today's NFL is a mystery. The New York Jets gave Nicholas Dawidoff a security code, a locker, an office in the scouting department, and for an entire year he lived with the team. He has written a vivid, funny, and moving narrative about an emblematic NFL season that deepens the way we know the game.

For more information, please visit the original event listing.

Video of René Magritte’s Early Surrealist Years

On Tuesday, November 26, 2013, Anne Umland, The Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, gave a lecture on the great Belgian painter René Magritte’s early Surrealist years, with special reference to works of art included in the exhibition Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938, on view at MoMA through January 13, 2014.

For more information, please visit the original event listing.

Understanding Bitcoin : What You Need to Know About the New Digital Currency

Joe Cascio
Joe Cascio

Wednesday, February 12 at 7 p.m.

Bitcoin is a revolutionary and disruptive new open-source technology for value storage and transfer. It allows individuals anywhere on the globe to transfer funds to one another for pennies without an intermediary and without permission from governments. It's sometimes referred to as "Money Without Borders." This session will consist of a brief introductory presentation followed by an extended question and answer discussion. Bring your curiosity and your questions.

Joe Cascio is a semi-retired software developer from Stonington, CT. He has worked in several engineering and science related companies, and was most recently the CTO at a cardiology imaging software company in Westerly, RI. He has been involved in bitcoin since 2011 and is developing bitcoin related software for digital identity.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'The Accidental Husband'

We will screen THE ACCIDENTAL HUSBAND Friday, February 14th.
We will screen THE ACCIDENTAL HUSBAND Friday, February 14th.

Friday, February 14th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Accidental Husband (2009) Starring Uma Thurman, Colin Firth, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan; Rated PG-13; 90 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Firefighter Patrick Sullivan finds his life turned upside-down when his fiancée suddenly calls off their pending nuptials per the recommendation of radio love guru Dr. Emma Lloyd. Determined to get back at this "love doctor," Sullivan forges a fake marriage license, "accidentally" marrying him to Emma,who's already engaged to Richard. But as Patrick's charms begin to wear Emma down, she must decide which of these bachelors is her "Mr. Right."

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

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

 

 

Friday Night Features in January

We will screen ENOUGH SAID January 17th.
We will screen ENOUGH SAID January 17th.

Friday, January 3 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Admission (2013) Starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd; Rated PG-13; 107 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Way Way Back (2013) Starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, and Allison Janney; Rated PG-13; 103 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Enough Said (2013) Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, and James Gandolfini; Rated PG-13; 93 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A divorced and single parent, Eva spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college. She meets Albert - a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne, her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems "almost perfect" except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne's Ex.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Blue Jasmine (2013) Starring Cate Blanchett, Peter Sarsgaard, and Alec Baldwin; Rated PG-13; 98 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal, elegant New York socialite Jasmine moves into her sister Ginger’s modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, January 31 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. - Rush (2013) Starring Chris Hemsworth, Alexandra Maria Lara, and Olivia Wilde; Rated R; 123 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This drama shows Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1970s, at the peak of their heated rivalry. Both on the track and off, Hunt and Lauda couldn't have been more different. Yet as much as Englishman Hunt's showy public persona clashed with Lauda's reputation for tightly-controlled perfectionism, both men remained bound together by one undeniable fact -- they were both among the best drivers ever to grace the racetrack. When a horrific crash during the 1976 Grand Prix at the Nürburgring nearly claims Lauda's life, however, a grudging respect begins to develop between the two racers as Hunt realizes just how devoted his greatest adversary is to the sport they both love.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

All films are free and open to the public.

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

Wednesday Matinee - 'The Butler'

We will screen THE BUTLER February 19th.
We will screen THE BUTLER February 19th.

Wednesday, February 19th at 1:30 p.m. - The Butler (2013) Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, and Cuba Gooding Jr.; Rated PG-13; 132 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Director Lee Daniels teams up with Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Danny Strong to tell the remarkable story of White House butler Eugene Allen, who served eight U.S. presidents over the course of 30 years, and witnessed sweeping social change during his three decades of service at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

"A history lesson in violence and endurance. A sentimental journey. A tribute. Director Daniels and the dedicated cast of The Butler deliver all that." -- Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

 

Video of Michael Reynolds of Europa Editions

On Friday, November 15, 2013, Europa Edition's Editor-in-Chief, Michael Reynolds, was our featured speaker at a special luncheon.

For more information, please visit the original event listing.

Plot Creation Workshop

Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month
Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

Sunday, October 27th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In the Mezzanine Conference Room

Everyone has a story in them. But not everyone has time to find out what that story is and how to put it down on paper.

Join us for a Plot Creation Workshop where Roman Godzich and Charles Muir will provide resources and walk attendees through a 60 minute plot creation work packet. Whether you have a plot in need of expanding or want to start from scratch, this event will help you lay that initial story foundation.

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

 

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