Girls' Night Out!

Charlotte Smith
Charlotte Smith

It's Girls' Night Out at the Library and our Spring Author Series continues to unfold with an author and fashion expert whose remarks and collection are in vogue, in demand, and most desirable no matter what the season.  

 


Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m.

CHARLOTTE SMITH - Author of Dreaming of Dior: Every Dress Tells a Story

Charlotte Smith, Curator of The Fashion and Textile Gallery in Sydney, Australia, inherited a collection of vintage designer dresses from her godmother. There were also the stories...the stories of the dresses and the women This dreamy collection holds (beholds!) tiny snapshots of joys and disappointments, entrances and exits, and triumphs and tragedies. The book, complete with gorgeous illustrations by Grant Cowan, is for any woman who knows that a dress can hold a lifetime of memories. The author’s presentation will include a display of several pieces from the collection.

 For more information, please click here.

Please join us for this special event!

A book signing will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase.

Refreshments will be served.

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

Ask the Master Gardeners!

So green!
So green!

Container Gardening for Flowers & Vegetables

Tuesday, April 27 at 7pm

Containers can be used to harvest practical and delicious plants like tomatoes, or they can act as decorative displays for growing ornamental beauties such as begonias and geraniums.

First, Darien's own Wally Pugh will offer an assortment of good gardening practices and skills for optimal yield. Then, Regina Campfield will discuss designing your planter, types of plant materials, soil provisions, and watering techniques. Learn the theory of "thrillers, spillers, and fillers" for your pots!

Wally has been involved with veggie gardening for over 50 years, starting with the Victory Gardens of WWII. He currently has a 1500 square foot raised bed veggie garden, 10 container gardens, upside down tomatoes, and a small orchard. He is a graduate of the CT Master Gardener Program at the Bartlett Arboretum. Regina works as the Coordinator of the CT Master Gardener Program at the Barlett Arboretum, in which she leads 30 home gardeners participate in a yearlong training process. She has been gardening in Stamford for over 30 years, and specializes in perennials and container gardening.

 

 

 

 

Come with pen & paper in hand. You'll want to take notes!


Flickr photo courtesy of your idea's photostream.

Sunday at the Library - The Poet's Voice

Annie Boutelle
Annie Boutelle

The Poet's Voice, yearly readings in Fairfield County libraries by outstanding poets, returns to Darien Library on Sunday, April 18th at 3p.m.. Poet Annie Boutelle will read her poems at this annual event, which will be held in the Conference Room on the Library's Mezzanine Level.

In Becoming Bone, (pictured left) Boutelle seeks to recover the inner life of Celia Thaxter, one of nineteenth-century America's most popular poets. "Like whaler's scrimshaw, images incised on shell and bone, Boutelle's lines seem etched, indelible," writes poet Eleanor Wilner. Gerald Stern, former Poet Laureate of New Jersey dubbed the book, "a magnificent secret history."

Annie Boutelle's second book, Nest of Thistles, won the 2005 Samuel French Morse Prize from Northeastern University Press. It is in part, an autobiographical exploration of her childhood in Scotland. With patient care, she maps the borders of unrecoverable loss and unbounded joy.

Boutelle teaches at Smith College, where she founded the Poetry Center. She is considered the guiding light of the Poetry Center and continues to guide the Center's efforts.

A reception will follow the reading.

The reading is supported by the Horace E. Manacher Poetry Fund and contributions to the Darien Library Annual Campaign.

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

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Coming to Darien Library on May 13th

This just in...the Pulitzer Prize for biography goes to T.J. Stiles. In case you've missed our earlier announcements, here's a reminder that Mr. Stiles will be speaking at Darien Library next month as part of our Spring Author Series.

Thursday, May 13 at 7 p.m.

T. J. STILES - Author of The First Tycoon: the Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

This national bestseller and 2009 National Book Award Winner for Nonfiction is a gripping, groundbreaking biography of the combative man whose genius and force of will created modern capitalism.

Founder of a dynasty, builder of the original Grand Central, creator of an impossibly vast fortune, by far the wealthiest man of his time, Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt is an American icon. In this definitive life of the great capitalist, we see Vanderbilt help to launch the transportation revolution, propel the Gold Rush, reshape Manhattan, and invent the modern corporation. In fact, as T. J. Stiles elegantly argues, Vanderbilt did more than perhaps any other individual to create the economic world we live in today.

"A mighty - and mighty confident - work...This is state-of-the-art biography, crisper and more piquant than a 600-page book has any right to be." -- The New York Times

"Stiles, a superb researcher, has unearthed quantities of new material and crafted them into the illuminating, authoritative portrait of Vanderbilt that has been missing for so long." -- The Washington Post

(T. J. Stiles' appearance is jointly funded by the Friends of the Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore.)

A book signing will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase.

Refreshments will be served.

We've Got a Passion for Fashion

How lovely!
How lovely!

New York Fashion Week is held twice a year. Designers preview and show off their latest collections every February and September inside giants tents covering most of the eight acres of Bryant Park.

We LOVE fashion and will talk fashion anytime, but this April is special because this April, our Spring Author Series continues to unfold with an author and fashion expert whose remarks and collection are in vogue, in demand, and most desirable no matter what the season.  

 

 Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m.

CHARLOTTE SMITH - Author of Dreaming of Dior: Every Dress Tells a Story

Five years ago, Charlotte Smith, Curator of The Fashion and Textile Gallery in Sydney, Australia, inherited a priceless vintage clothing collection from her American Quaker godmother, Doris Darnell. Dating from 1790 to 1995, the collection had been a lifetime labor of love for Darnell and consists of more than 5,000 treasures, ranging from a pioneer womans daintily mended best dress to couture originals by Dior, Chanel, and Balenciaga. Once Smith received the collection and unearthed her godmother’s book of stories about the dresses and the women who wore them, the true value of what was bequeathed to her actually hit home – that this isn’t a mere collection of beautiful things; it is a collection of lives – tiny snapshots of joys and disappointments, entrances and exits, and triumphs and tragedies. The book, complete with gorgeous illustrations by Grant Cowan, is for any woman who knows that a dress can hold a lifetime of memories. The author’s presentation will include a display of several pieces from the collection.

Please join us for this special event!

A book signing will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase.

Refreshments will be served.

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

Guess Who's Coming To Town?!

April showers don't just bring May flowers . . . they also bring exciting guest speakers to Darien Library! Take a look at who will be visiting us over the course of the month. We hope you will join us!

Let's begin with our Spring Author Series:

Meet the Author! Charlotte Smith
Dreaming of Dior
: Every Dress Tells A Story
Wednesday, April 28 at 7 PM
We LOVE fashion and will talk fashion anytime, but this April is special because this April, our Spring Author Series continues to unfold with an author and fashion expert whose remarks and collection are in vogue, in demand, and most desirable no matter what the season.  Five years ago, Charlotte Smith, Curator of The Fashion and Textile Gallery in Sydney, Australia, inherited a priceless vintage clothing collection from her American Quaker godmother, Doris Darnell. Dating from 1790 to 1995, the collection had been a lifetime labor of love for Darnell and consists of more than 5,000 treasures, ranging from a pioneer womans daintily mended best dress to couture originals by Dior, Chanel, and Balenciaga. Ms. Smith has compiled a gorgeously illustrated book of the dresses, their stories, and the lifetime of memories the collection holds. The presentation will include a display of several pieces from the collection.
 

And mark your calendars for:

Dr. David Downie
Weathering the Storm: Climate Change, Science, and Policy

Guest Lecture by Dr. David Downie, Fairfield University

Monday, April 5 at 7 PM
During the month of March, Darien and the rest of the Northeast experienced some of the most extreme weather we've seen in quite awhile, with tons of snow, rain, and wind reminding us that while nature is beautiful, it can also take some wild turns. But is it as unpredicable as we may think? Will climate change bring similar conditions in the coming years? Please join us for a special One Book, One Community event, as Dr. David Downie, Director of Environmental Studies and Associate Professor of Politics at Fairfield University, will give a dynamic presentation about the factors that influence extreme weather and global warming, as well as what is being done to help protect the future of our planet.


The Poet's Voice, featuring Anne Boutelle

Sunday, April 18 at 3 PM
April is National Poetry Month! We are celebrating at Darien Library with the return of The Poet's Voice, which features yearly readings in Fairfield County libraries by outstanding poets. Ann Boutelle will read poems from her selected works, Becoming Bone and Nest of Thistles, winner of the 2005 Samuel French Morse Prize from Northeastern University Press. Boutelle teaches at Smith College, where she founded the Poetry Center. She is considered the guiding light of the Poetry Center and continues to guide the Center's efforts.



College Admissions 101: A Panel Discussion for Families

Advice for Student Athletes
Thursday, April 22 at 7 PM

We know how stressful college admissions can be. We also know you can never get too many tips on how to prepare yourself for the admissions process! And if you're a student athlete, the process can be even more confusing and complicated. So we've gathered a panel of coaches, parents of student athletes, and current student athletes who have been through it all and have tried and true advice to offer on college admissions, the recruitment processes, and how to juggle academics and sports all at once.


Ask the Master Gardeners!

Container Gardening for Flowers & Vegetables
Tuesday, April 27 at 7 PM
It's an evening of asking the experts! Wally Pugh and Regina Campfield, both graduates of the CT Master Gardener Program at the Barlett Arboretum, will share their gardening wisdom with us. First Mr. Pugh will offer an assortment of good gardening practices and skills for optimal yield. Then, Ms. Campfield will discuss designing your planter, types of plant materials, soil provisions, and watering techniques. Learn the theory of "thrillers, spillers, and fillers" for your pots! Come with paper and pen in hand. You will want to take notes!


There is so much more that is happening this month! Click here for a full listing of events for April.

Meet the Author: John Barricelli

John Barricelli will be at the Library on Thursday, March 25th at 7 p.m.
John Barricelli will be at the Library on Thursday, March 25th at 7 p.m.

Our Spring Author Series continues on Thursday, March 25th at 7 p.m. with a visit John Barricelli, author of The SoNo Baking Company Company Cookbook: The Best Sweet and Savory Recipes for Every Occasion. The SoNo Baking Company Cookbook has been named one of 2010's Most Exciting Food Books by Publishers Weekly. 

John Barricelli is the owner of the SoNo Baking Company & Café in South Norwalk, a sought-after destination for artisanal breads, specialty cakes, delicate pastries, and much more. As a third generation baker, host of PBS’s Everyday Baking from Everyday Food, and regular guest on NBC’s The Martha Stewart Show (the book’s foreword is by Martha Stewart), Barricelli emphasizes using the best ingredients, techniques, and equipment to produce beautiful, professional-quality results at home. From his numerous television appearances, Barricelli has become a household name in the world of baking. In this visually stunning new cookbook, he presents 150 comprehensive, easy-to-follow, and inventive recipes for sweet and savory items, including cookies, cobblers, pies, brownies, tarts, and quiches. Feast on delectable treats from SoNo Baking Company & Café while the author shares expert tips that will empower both novices and the most advanced chefs to revamp their baking repertoires and create new variations on old favorites.

A book signing will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase.

 

 

Thursday at 7: Meet the Author - Judith Warner

Judith Warner
Judith Warner

Our (New and Expanded) Spring Author Series Continues on Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m.

JUDITH WARNER - Author of We've Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication

Each year, millions of families struggle with how to help children who are suffering from a host of disorders, including autism, Asperger’s disorder, Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and more. Treatment and remedies are topics that involve some of the most important and complex decisions that parents will ever make for their children.

In her newest book, Judith Warner, New York Times bestselling author of 2005’s Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety, returns to explore the answers to two very timely questions: Are we overdiagnosing and overmedicating our children? Are parents and physicians labeling children to “explain away” bad behavior? The author followed and spoke with a cross-section of parents, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other experts over the course of her five years of rigorous research for her insightful and compelling book. With sensitivity, compassion, honesty, and clarity, as seen through the stories of real children and their families, Warner brings concerns and perspective to this controversial debate. 

"In a debate that is all too often conducted at the pitch of a shriek, Warner is a measured voice of reason" - Newsweek

"In We've Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication, Judith Warner has written a brilliant and compelling book, a must-read for any parent who has a child who is miserable and struggling. It is also a must-read for anyone who things he knows that childhood mental illness is over-diagnosed and over-treated." - Salon

A book signing will follow the presentation. Refreshments will be served.

This program is co-sponsored by YWCA Parent Awareness Network.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle.

Spring Author Abundance!

It's not even officially spring yet, but we are abloom with spring author news! Our spring has just been extended with some added bounty and color for our Spring Author Series. As if it wasn't already great enough (great? It's fantastic!), we have just added two authors to our Meet the Author events. T. J. Stiles, author of The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt will be here on Thursday, May 13th at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, June 6 at 5:30 p.m. we will welcome Lee Child, whose new Reacher novel, 61 Hours will be hot off the presses. All the details are below.

Our March authors focus on family and home; health and hearth.

 

Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m.

JUDITH WARNER - Author of We've Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication

Each year, millions of families struggle with how to help children who are suffering from a host of disorders, including autism, Asperger’s disorder, Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and more. Treatment and remedies are topics that involve some of the most important and complex decisions that parents will ever make for their children. In her newest book, Judith Warner, New York Times bestselling author of 2005’s Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety, returns to explore the answers to two very timely questions: Are we overdiagnosing and overmedicating our children? Are parents and physicians labeling children to “explain away” bad behavior? The author followed and spoke with a cross-section of parents, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other experts over the course of her five years of rigorous research for her insightful and compelling book. With sensitivity, compassion, honesty, and clarity, as seen through the stories of real children and their families, Warner brings concerns and perspective to this controversial debate. This program is co-sponsored by YWCA Parent Awareness Network.

 

 

Thursday, March 25 at 7 p.m.

JOHN BARRICELLI - Author of The SoNo Baking Company Cookbook: The Best Sweet and Savory Recipes for Every Occasion

John Barricelli is the owner of the SoNo Baking Company & Café in South Norwalk, a sought-after destination for artisanal breads, specialty cakes, delicate pastries, and much more. As a third generation baker, host of PBS’s Everyday Baking from Everyday Food, and regular guest on NBC’s The Martha Stewart Show, Barricelli emphasizes using the best ingredients, techniques, and equipment to produce beautiful, professional-quality results at home. In this visually stunning new cookbook, he presents 150 comprehensive, easy-to-follow, and inventive recipes for sweet and savory items, including cookies, cobblers, pies, brownies, tarts, and quiches. Feast on delectable treats from SoNo Baking Company & Café while the author shares expert tips that will empower both novices and the most advanced chefs to revamp their baking repertoires and create new variations on old favorites.

 

 

Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m.

CHARLOTTE SMITH - Author of Dreaming of Dior: Every Dress Tells a Story

Five years ago, Charlotte Smith, Curator of The Fashion and Textile Gallery in Sydney, Australia, inherited a priceless vintage clothing collection from her American Quaker godmother, Doris Darnell. Dating from 1790 to 1995, the collection had been a lifetime labor of love for Darnell and consists of more than 5,000 treasures, ranging from a pioneer womans daintily mended best dress to couture originals by Dior, Chanel, and Balenciaga. Once Smith received the collection and unearthed her godmother’s book of stories about the dresses and the women who wore them, the true value of what was bequeathed to her actually hit home – that this isn’t a mere collection of beautiful things; it is a collection of lives – tiny snapshots of joys and disappointments, entrances and exits, and triumphs and tragedies. The book, complete with gorgeous illustrations by Grant Cowan, is for any woman who knows that a dress can hold a lifetime of memories. The author’s presentation will include a display of several pieces from the collection.

Sunday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m.

JONATHAN EIG - Author of Get Capone: The Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster

Packed with booze, bullets, and blood, this is American history at its most riveting, written by New York Times best-selling and critically-acclaimed author Jonathan Eig (Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season). Part biography and part detective story, Get Capone shatters many of the myths surrounding the man referred to as “Scarface.” Drawing on newly discovered wiretaps, memos, IRS documents, prison records, and personal letters of Al Capone, the book explores how America’s “Public Enemy No. 1” was caught not by Elliot Ness and his “Untouchables” but by government attorneys and accountants operating on direct orders from President Herbert Hoover. Eig explains how Capone, a son of Italian immigrants, rose from small-time thuggery in Brooklyn to become one of the world’s first international celebrities and America’s most ruthless and successful gangster.  

 

Thursday, May 13 at 7 p.m.

T. J. STILES - Author of The First Tycoon: the Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

This national bestseller and 2009 National Book Award Winner for Nonfiction is a gripping, groundbreaking biography of the combative man whose genius and force of will created modern capitalism.

Founder of a dynasty, builder of the original Grand Central, creator of an impossibly vast fortune, by far the wealthiest man of his time, Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt is an American icon. In this definitive life of the great capitalist, we see Vanderbilt help to launch the transportation revolution, propel the Gold Rush, reshape Manhattan, and invent the modern corporation. In fact, as T. J. Stiles elegantly argues, Vanderbilt did more than perhaps any other individual to create the economic world we live in today.

"A mighty - and mighty confident - work...This is state-of-the-art biography, crisper and mroe piquant than a 600-page book has any right to be." -- The New York Times

"Stiles, a superb researcher, has unearthed quantities of new material and crafted them into the illuminating, authoritative portrait of Vanderbilt that has been missing for so long." -- The Washington Post

(T. J. Stiles' appearance is jointly funded by the Friends of the Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore.)

 

 Sunday, June 6 at 5:30 p.m.

LEE CHILD - Author of 61 Hours

Lee Child is the #1 internationally bestselling author of 13 Reacher thrillers, including The New York Times bestsellers The Enemy, One Shot, The Hard Way, and the #1 bestselling Bad Luck and Trouble, and Nothing to Lose. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and the Nero awards for Best Novel. Child, a native of England and a former television director, lives in New York City.

61 Hours is Lee Child's 14th Reacher novel. Jack Reacher is back and the countdown has begun! Get ready for the most exciting 61 hours of your life. Lee Child's latest thriller is a ticking time bomb of suspense that builds electric tension on every page.

“All good thriller writers know how to build suspense and keep the pages turning, but only better ones deliver tight plots as well, and only the best allow the reader to match wits with both the hero and the author. Bestseller Child does all of that in spades.... [He] sets things up subtly and ingeniously, then lets Reacher use both strength and guile to find his way to the exciting climax.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review (Review for Gone Tomorrow)

"Do yourself a favor and get hooked on this series." - Cleaveland Plain Dealer

Each presentation will conclude with a book signing. Books will be available for purchase.

Refreshments will be served.

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

Today at the Library: Meet the Author -Chris Cleave, Author of "Little Bee"

Chris Cleave
Chris Cleave

On February 28 at 2 p.m., we will welcome Chris Cleave, author of the global sensation, Little Bee.This program is part of our 2010 Spring Author Series.

 

Published in the United States in February 2009, Chris Cleave’s incandescent novel, Little Bee, was an instant favorite with readers (including ours!), a New York Times bestseller, and praise poured in from booksellers and critics alike.

 “Stunning” – People (Four Stars and a People Pick) 

“…[an] immensely readable and moving second novel… The character and voice of ‘Little Bee’ reveals Cleave at his finest… An affecting story of human triumph.” – New York Times Book Review

A book signing will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served.

For all the details, click here.

For more information about our Spring Author Series, click here.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle.

 

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