A little icy rain on Sunday morning made us remember to be wary on the roads but the colder temps also reminded us that we've got 99 hats and scarves on their way to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. Our shout-out for helping hands for our 3rd annual knit-a-thon, brought the community together -- teens, adults, and children -- and their needles together, resulting in 52 hats and 47 scarves, which will be delivered to the shelters run by the Crisis Center. We put our hands together for you! Thank you so much! We look forward to offerering more opportunites to serve the community. Read about the enthusiasm that's already building for our new teen space!
We close this building in less than 4 weeks. We're looking forward. We're looking back. It's a wonder our heads aren't spinning...there is no time to wind down before we gear up for everything that's to come with our big, exciting move.
Besides, we still have lots going on here throughout the month of November!
In other November-news, our final Book Sale in this building begins next Saturday, the 8th! There will be an enormous amount of really great stuff for sale and you'll have through noon on the 12th to come by and sort through. Here are all the details.
On Sunday, November 16th, our Fall Book Discussion Series concludes with Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri. It's the 4th and final book of our series, OF THEE I SING: NOVELS ABOUT THE CHANGING FACE OF AMERICA. We'll meet with our discussion leader Jordon Pecile (pictured at left) at 2:30 p.m. in the Program Room.
And fall is not fall in Darien without our Foreign Film Series! There are still two more films on the schedule and you won't want to miss them!
On Friday, November 14th, we'll be showing The Grocer's Son. In French with English subtitles, running time is 96 minutes.
And then on Friday November 21st (our last Friday in the building), Hula Girls will be the feature. In Japanese with English subtitles, the films runs 120 minutes.
We also have a fine art show that just went up and will be our Art On View through the rest of our time here. The exhibit is by the Art Faculty of the Darien Schools and not only is it a privilege to view, it's fabulous knowing that we are so privileged to have these talented individuals teaching in our schools!
And, now we return to our biggest Event-news of the month...we will close this building for good on Wednesday, November 26th at 6 p.m.
They went up around town yesterday and are the result of the effort of the Darien Domestic Violence Task Force. There are 84 ribbons, each one representing a dometic abuse/violence call to Darien Police during the fiscal year 2007-2008. The ribbons will be up throughout the month of October because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The Library is an active participant in the Task Force. The Proclamation will be here at the Library this Thursday, October 2nd at 11 a.m. On Friday, October 3rd at 7:30 p.m., we will be showing the film, The Color Purple downstairs in the Program Room.
Our annual knit-a-thon will be from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, October 17th.
We'll be knitting scarves and hats for the benefit of those staying in the shelters run by the Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC).
The knit-a-thon is open to adults and children. Registration and previous knitting experience is required. Patterns, knitting needles, and yarn will be provided. Final drop-off of hats and scarves will be on Friday, November 21. Register at the Children’s Room desk: 669-5235.
Here are a few thoughts on this question:
Monday's New York Times article, After Suicide, Blog Insults Are Debated, reported on an incredibly disturbing event. After being personally attacked by unwarranted comments posted on two well-known advertising blogs, the very successful and accomplished creative director of DDB-Chicago committed suicide. The article also discussed the 2006 suicide of a 13-year old girl who, in the months leading up to her death, had been cyber-bullied by an adult neighbor pretending to be a teenage boy.
We can certainly ponder the cause-and-effect relationship of bullying in the virtual world. The hard truth, however, is that what so many of us value and praise the Internet for providing - anonymity, ease of communication, freedom of expression - has, in part, morphed into a venue for virtual bashing without consequence. There it is - the electronic mob.
The even harder truth is that yes, the mob is right here in Darien. It's happening in the Darien News Blog. It's inevitably happening on our MySpace and Facebook accounts. It's even happening in The Darien Times, where individuals are using the public forum to personally attack people or the paper itself rather than presenting a civil argument on concrete issues affecting the town.
It's a curious thing. We would all take action if we saw a child being outright bullied on the playground by another child. We would stop what was happening to the best of our ability, wouldn't we? So why do we so readily accept the type of from-afar bullying that goes on in this town - the kind that tries to pass itself off as valid criticism? Why do we allow anonymity and personal attacking to occur while accountability falls by the wayside?
Another, and perhaps the most important, question for us all: What can we do about it?
For our close-knit community, as part of a world that has embraced the Internet age and freedom of speech with open arms, it's a question that should be confronted and answered. There's no doubt about that.
Perhaps a starting point for action will be the program being held at Darien Library tomorrow night at 7pm, when author Lee Siegel will be visiting to speak about the ideas in his new book, Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob. Mr. Siegel clarifys the urgency with which we need to deal with the hidden dangers of the Internet and the lack of accountability that has become a norm in our society. Please join us and let's get the ideas rolling on how we can implement the changes that need to take place.
Don't let your excitement for Super Bowl Sunday overshadow the fact that Super Tuesday is right around the corner. If you haven't registered to vote yet for the Presidential Primary, it's not too late! You can still register in-person at the Town Clerk's office by Monday, February 4th, at 12pm. Remember that you'll need to declare your political party affiliation at the time of registration so that you can vote in the primary election.
Visiting the polls on Tuesday? Voting hours are 6am to 8pm. Check your district location before heading out:
Ox Ridge Elementary School
395 Mansfield Avenue
2 Renshaw Road
Holmes Elementary School
18 Hoyt Street
Hindley Elementary School
10 Nearwater Lane
Darien High School
80 High School Lane
2 Renshaw Road
Searching for something fun to do on Saturday evening? Here is my suggestion, considering winter is in full swing and temperatures are set to dip into the 20s:
Rather than standing out on the platform in the wind and cold at Darien Station, waiting for a train heading into the Big Apple, instead visit the warm and cozy Library to experience New York City transportation through exquisite photographs.
This Saturday, January 19th, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, the Library will hold an Artist Reception displaying The Astoria Elevated Line, a collection by photographer June Steffensen Hagen. Stop by, meet the artist, and mingle with your fellow community members. Refreshments will be served, and you're all invited!
The holiday season will soon be upon us, so it's a great time to begin scouting out the perfect tree for your family to enjoy this Christmas. Whether you are a first-time buyer or an ol' pro, you'll enjoy the Connecticut Grown brochure of the state's Christmas tree farms. It includes a directory of locations as well as some great tips on how to care for your tree to keep it looking festive through the new year. Consider taking home one of the 33 million real trees that will be sold this season!
Stop by the Library's Information Desk to pick up a brochure, bundle up the little ones, and take a ride to some of the many farms right here in Fairfield County. Also visit the CT Christmas Tree Growers website for tree selection tips, safety guidelines, fun facts, travel directions, hours of operation, and the special amenities that each farm provides. Most offer both pre-cut and cut-your-own trees, and some have complimentary treats, such as donuts, hot cocoa, and mailboxes for first-class letters to the North Pole!
Here are some locations near Darien:
CT Audubon Society H. Smith Richardson Tree Farm
November 23rd through December 23rd
Everett's Corner Tree Farm
Weekends December 1st through December 9th
Jones Family Farms
November 18th through December 24th
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture has introduced a fun, new way for you to locate a variety of fresh, top quality produce at neighborhood farms throughout the state. Visit the Farm Map Website for an interactive exploration of the farms & commodities that each county has to offer, including farmer's markets & stands, Christmas trees, honey, ice cream, maple syrup, orchards, seafood, wineries, and greenhouses.
Want a foldable map so that you can embark on a Connecticut Grown road trip at a moment's notice? Stop by the information desk at the Library to pick up a paper version of the website, as well as brochures for Connecticut Grown pumpkin picking, hay rides, farm festivals, and wine tastings.