Evening and Weekend Parking

On evenings and weekends, when the parking lot is full at Darien Library, there is plenty of overflow parking behind Nielsen's. Just drive over onto Thorndal Circle and turn left at the 2nd driveway where you'll find a sea of spots!  And here's even better news! There is a lighted, paved walkway that connects directly to the Library parking lot. (A shortcut!) (You do not have to walk all the way around and down to the Post Road.)

So, on evenings and weekends, when our parking lot is full, please go to the land where the parking is plentiful and lit (and legal!).

Special Encore Matinee Performance - "Midnight in Paris"

Showing Wednesday, January 25 at 1:30 p.m.
Showing Wednesday, January 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Woody Allen fans rejoice! Because our Friday Film screening of Midnight in Paris was so popular, we would like to welcome you to a special encore matinee performance. Prepare to be whisked away to another time and another place in this whimsical comedy. We're purposely being vague about the plot because we think you'll enjoy it more that way. C'est magnifique!

Wednesday, January 25 at 1:30 p.m. -- MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (2011) Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, and Kurt Fuller; Rated PG-13; 94 minutes.

This is a romantic comedy set in Paris about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married in the fall have experiences there that change their lives. It's about a young man's great love for a city, Paris, and the illusion people have that a life different from theirs would be much better.

3 Academy Award Nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay.

"Smart, funny, whimsical--one of the best romantic comedies in recent years." - Richard Roeper

"Midnight in Paris is a loving embrace of the city, of art and of life itself." - Tom Long, Detroit News

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

Friday Films in January

Friday, January 6 at 7:30 p.m. - Midnight in Paris (2011) Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, and Kurt Fuller; Rated PG-13; 94 minutes.

 

This is a romantic comedy set in Paris about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married in the fall have experiences there that change their lives. It's about a young man's great love for a city, Paris, and the illusion people have that a life different from theirs would be much better.

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

 

 

 

Friday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m. - Beginners (2011) Starring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, and Melanie Laurent; Rated R; 105 minutes.

This film imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver. Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna only months after his father Hal has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who – following 44 years of marriage – came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life. The upheavals of Hal’s new honesty brought father and son closer than they’d ever been able to be. Now Oliver endeavors to love Anna with all the bravery, humor, and hope that his father taught him.

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

 

 

Friday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. - Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) Documentary feature directed by Werner Herzog; Not Rated; 90 minutes.

 

This film is a breathtaking new documentary from the incomparable Werner Herzog which follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man. This unforgettable cinematic experience that provides a unique glimpse of pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago -- almost twice as old as any previous discovery.

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

 

 

 

Friday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. - The Ides of March (2011) Starring Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman; Rated R; 101 minutes.

This film takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency. Based on the play by Beau Willimon.

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

 

All films are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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

This Month's Wednesday Matinee - The Debt

Showing Wednesday, February 15 at 1:30 p.m.
Showing Wednesday, February 15 at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 15 at 1:30 p.m. - THE DEBT (2010) Starring Ciaran Hinds, Helen Mirren, and Sam Worthington; Rated R; 113 minutes

In 1965, three young Israeli Mossad agents on a secret mission capture and kill a notorious Nazi war criminal. Now, thirty years later, a man claiming to be the Nazi has surfaced in Ukraine and one of the former agents must go back undercover to seek out the truth.

"A superbly crafted espionage thriller." - Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

"An intelligient thriller with moments of unnerving suspense!" - Claudia Puig, USA TODAY

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

The Secrets to Self-Publishing: A Panel Discussion

Have you ever dreamed of publishing your own novel, memoir, or cookbook of herring recipes passed down from your Norwegian grandmother? Well now you can! And you can do it all using Darien Library's brand new Espresso Book Machine. (The EBM was removed in August 2012. Please contact On Demand Books for information about publishing from an EBM)

On Thursday, February 2 at 7 p.m. in an event co-sponsored by On Demand Books, we will host a panel presentation to show the secrets of self-publishing.

Panelists include:

- Self-Published Author William Edgerton will speak about his experience publishing his mystery novel "Wine Killer."

- Self-Published Book Designer and Author Sandy Garnett will recount his experience with designing self-published books and publishing his memoir "Baloney Express."

- Award-Winning Author Adair Heitmann will discuss how to promote oneself as an author.

- Stephanie Anderson of WORD Brooklyn will discuss the decision-making process in purchasing self-published works to sell.

A Facebook RSVP is appreciated but not required to attend this event.

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

Meet the Author: Priscilla Warner (Author of "Learning to Breathe")

Priscilla Warner (photo credit Jim Warner)
Priscilla Warner (photo credit Jim Warner)

On Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m., as part of our Health & Wellness Series, Priscilla Warner, author of Learning to Breathe, will be our featured speaker.

For 40 years, Priscilla Warner suffered from anxiety and panic attacks so debilitating that they left her unable to breathe. So when she read about Tibetan monks who had meditated so effectively that they were able to change their brains, Warner wanted in. Learning to Breathe chronicles Warner’s mission to rewire her brain and her body in search of her own “inner monk.” She tries spiritual chanting, meditative painting, restorative yoga, immersion in a Jewish ritual bath, and quasi-hallucinogenic Ayurvedic oil treatments. Meditating in malls instead of monasteries, Warner becomes a monk in a minivan and calms down long enough to examine her colorful family history in a new light, ultimately making peace with her past.

Priscilla Warner grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, and raised her two sons with her husband in Westchester County, New York. She coauthored the New York Times bestseller The Faith Club, and spent three years promoting the book while engaging in interfaith dialogue all across America. She has appeared on such national media outlets as the Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, and NPR, and writes for More magazine and The Huffington Post, among others.

A book signing and reception will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

This program is part of the Library’s Health & Wellness Series, “Winter Wellness,” an extensive series of lectures, expert panels, workshops, film screenings, and fitness activities designed to help you achieve an even better version of you. For more information, please click here.

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

Friday Film - "The Ides of March"

Showing this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Showing this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. -- THE IDES OF MARCH (2011) Starring George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman; Rated R; 101 minutes.

This film takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency. Based on the play by Beau Willimon.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

4 Golden Globe Award Nominations for Best PIcture (Drama), Best Actor - Ryan Gosling (Drama), Best Director, and Best Screenplay.

"The Ides of March soars." -- Rex Reed, The New York Observer

"A pulse racing thriller." -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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

Click here for a complete list of Friday Films in January.

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

Friday Film - "Cave of Forgotten Dreams"

Showing Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Showing Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. - CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (2010) Documentary feature directed by Werner Herzog; Not Rated; 90 minutes.

This film is a breathtaking new documentary from the incomparable Werner Herzog which follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man. This unforgettable cinematic experience that provides a unique glimpse of pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago -- almost twice as old as any previous discovery.

"If you're a member of the human race - you owe it to yourself to see this movie." -- Dana Stevens, Slate

"Four stars! Wonderful. See this film. It takes you to a place you won't soon forget." -- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

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

Click here for a complete list of Friday Films in January.

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

Letting City Directories Work for You

Darien City Directory, 1953
Darien City Directory, 1953

Saturday, January 21 at 2 PM

Co-sponsored by Darien Library and the Middlesex Genealogical Society, presented by Toni McKeen.

City directories are one of the most overlooked source of historical information about families. You will learn how and where to find city directories, the important and surprising clues they hold, and their use in finding those missing census records and vital records.

For the last 7 years, Toni McKeen has been teaching several levels of genealogy in her home town of Ridgefield, Connecticut. Toni also has been a popular lecturer at various genealogical societies in the New York, Connecticut, Boston, and Long Island areas. Toni has been a frequent presenter at MGS meetings. In her lectures, Toni shares the tips and tricks she has developed over the years to help locate difficult relatives who don’t seem to want to be found.

Effective Use of City Directories

Skill Building: Analyzing City Directories

Using City Directories in Genealogical Research

City Directories on Microfilm at the Library of Congress

Circa 1930 City Directories available at the National Archives

City Directories of the United States of America

Old Directory Search: Stamford, Connecticut, 1907

Your Guide to Finding Ancestors in City Directories

City Directories at DistantCousin.com

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

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