Technology Engineering Arts Gala

Come celebrate technology and the arts with us!

Saturday, April 5th at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets: $150

This year's Gala will embrace Darien Library's connection to technology, engineering, and the arts (T|E|A).

Gala attendees will enjoy live music by the Doug Allen Band, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres by Simply Creative Catering, a silent auction and a live auction. The Spring Gala will take place at the Darien Library located on 1441 Post Road.

Funds raised from the event will be dedicated to expanding library resources, including purchasing new books and supporting programs and guest speakers.

A list of auction items will be posted online soon.

We'd like to thank Darien Rowayton Bank for their sponsorship of our Gala. 

Event Co-Chairs
Kristin Calve                                                     
Kerrie Kelley
Board of Trustees
Honorary Trustees
Event Volunteers
 
Amy Cammann Cholnoky, President Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001) Natalie Alini  
Townsend C. Smith, Vice President Harold W. McGraw, Jr. (1918-2010) Jen Bannerton  
Kathy E. Hammell, Treasurer Ann S. Mandel Jessica Blouin  
Charles E. Barnett, Secretary Stephen F. Mandel (1931-2009) Sarah Denmark  
Edgar Barksdale, Jr. Kimberly D. Huffard Laurie Duarte  
Pamela Van Hoven Clark George U. Wyper Alison Emel  
Sara Franzese   Millyn Gaaserud  
Kevin Gasvoda   Joanne Gabriel  
Randall M. Heck   Jen Hagen  
Kerrie F. Kelley   Anne Holmes  
Suzanne McGraw   Ali Kinnie  
Tara B. Ochman   Karen Knapp  
Todd Raker   Laura Logan  
S. Curtiss Roach   Kate Lyons  
John P. Schutts   Kathryn Mann  
Jan Smith   Susan Massey  
Susan N. Weaver   Debi McGahren  
    Justine Mullin  
    Lesley Osborn  
    Jessica Reeves Vandervoort  

 

Darien Library Staff Members Recommend

Darien Library Staff Members Recommend for the Holidays!

On Wednesday, December 5, Darien Library librarians shared with you their recommendations for gifts that are fun, classic, memorable, and diverse - for any relative and any occasion. They brought you the best books, DVDs, games, and technology to help spread the holiday cheer this year. Below you will find their choices for adults, children, and teens.

Appy Hour - A List of Travel Apps Handpicked by Our Staff

Here's a list of apps we recommend using before you travel, while you travel, or simply for armchair traveling. Bon voyage!

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!).

Resources to Help You Write Your Novel

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

Last week, you decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month in November. Congratulations! This week we are looking at resources that you can use to help you plot out your novel, develop your characters, and more! Make sure to hit "Read More" for all the resources as well as this week's assigment. 

Library Books

Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing: Looking for a quick, humorous, light read on writing? Would an illustrated book help? Pick up Elmore Leonard's book then to get you on the path of creating believable characters fast!

The Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters: How do you make your characters live and breathe? What are their realistic traits, ticks, and vices that bring them to life? Marc McCutcheon opens with an introduction to believable characters and then gives you the tools (mainly lists of traits) to help make your character a real person. 

From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction: Robert Olen Butler, a Pulitzer prize winning author, taught a series of workshops about how he writes. He compiled his lectures into an intense how-to-book on the writing process. 
 

Library Magazines

The Writer's Magazine: Each month's issue of this publication has short, information-packed tips and strategies on everything related to writing. 

Writer's Digest: Discover how to work on the craft of writing and after you have finished your novel, how to think about marketing it. 

Writing Tools of the Trade

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

In the past two weeks you have made a commitment to join National Novel Writing Month in November and looked at resources to help you plan your novel. This week are going to look at a few writing tools that can help you get that novel out of your head. Instead of focusing on more familar writing tools like paper and pencil/pen or Microsoft Word, we'll be looking at software especially geared towards writers. Make sure to hit "Read More" to see the paid writing tools as well as this week's assigment. 

Free and Trial-Based Writing Tools

Scrivener is available for Mac and Windows users. This is one of the most popular writing programs out there. The special feature of this program is that you can get your story back out in multiple formats including Microsoft Word, RTF, PDF, ePub, Mobi, Open Office, and HTML. You can use a trial version of Scrivener especially for NaNoWriMo which will last till December 7th.

Storyist is a Mac and iPad writing tool that "helps you track your plot, characters, and settings, and keeps all of your writing organized and accessible so you can focus on your manuscript." A trial version is available for NaNoWriMo writers. At the end of the month, you can then export to Mobi (which is Kindle friendly) or ePub. 

Yarny is a cloud-based writing tool that automatically saves every word you write so you'll never lose your work. It is free for NaNo writers this November and will then go into subscription-based service along with a "free forever plan." The downside to this tool is that since your novel exists in the cloud, you will only be able to use it as long as you are online.

yWriter works on Linux, Mac, and Windows computers. It is a stand alone program which means that you will need your own back-up methods to keep your story safe. yWriter was developed by a computer programmer who is also a writer, so he developed a customized system which met his author needs.

Have you ever wanted to write a novel?

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

If you have ever dreamed of getting that idea or moving those characters out of your head and onto paper,  then you are in luck for we are gearing up to celebrate National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this November! 

What is NaNoWriMo?

"National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved."

A number of published books including  The Night CircusWater for Elephants, and other books began as NaNoWriMo projects! To get you started on the right foot, Darien Library will be posting writing tips, Tools of the Trade, and more on the Library's website each Friday throughout October. Then in November we will be hosting a write-in so you can meet with fellow NaNo participants as you work on your novel (details to be announced). 

Assignment for this week

Read the previous links about NaNo and then decide if you want to make the commitment to write a novel. Start planning how you can rearrange each day in November for dedicated writing time.Chris Baty, the founder of NaNoWriMo, suggests that you tell others that you plan on writing a book  as a way to pressure yourself into staying committed.
 
Next Friday we will look at books, magazines, and websites that can help you start thinking about your characters and story. Got any questions? Ask below!

Art on View - Marine Art Exhibit

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The Marine Art Exhibit is Open!

The opening reception last Friday night for this new art exhibition was fun and fabulous! The anticipation for this event has been huge, and with good reason...the exhibit is spectacular!  Many art lovers (and Darien Library lovers!) gathered to examine and enjoy this special exhibition, curated by the Darien Library Art Committee and featuring works represented by the Geary Gallery and Quester Gallery. Exibiting artist, Peter Arguimbau gave a brief speech to the assembled crowd.

Among the featured artists are David Bareford, William Bishop, and Anne Jayson, who are represented by Michael Florio of Quester Gallery, Rowayton, and Peter Arguimbau and A.D. Blake, who are represented by Tom Geary of the Geary Gallery, Darien.

For more information, please click here.

The Marine Art Exhibit will run through June 11th. The Art Gallery is located on the Library's Lower Level.

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