Art on View: John Coots

Moonlit Arrival, courtesy of the artist.
Moonlit Arrival, courtesy of the artist.

On display Tuesday, May 3rd through Monday, June 13th
Please join us for an art reception Friday, May 6th from 6 to 8 p.m.

Local landscape and still life painter John Coots will exhibit his oil paintings in the Lower Level Art Gallery.  Showing recent work, this will be his first solo show since he last exhibited publicly at Atria’s Gratia Gillespie Gallery in January 2012. 

About the artist
John Coots has taken painting classes for 20 years at the Silvermine Art School in New Canaan, studying with Alex McFarlane, David Dunlop,  Kirill Doron, and Claire Watson Garcia.  Coots paints contemporary still life and local landscapes.  He is a self-described “precocious hobbyist” who most admires the art of Sir Winston Churchill “because Churchill found time to paint while doing other things.”

Coots publishes two dozen weekly newspapers in small towns scattered around New England.  His career in journalism started in college at the Yale Daily News.  After business school at University of Virginia, Coots spent twenty years running newspapers for a large publicly-traded corporation until 1994 when he started his own company.

John and his wife Sandy have lived in Darien for 26 years and raised their four boys here.

Friday Night Feature - 'The Lady in The Van'

Friday, May 6th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - The Lady In The Van (2015) Starring Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Alan Bennett, James Corden, Frances De La Tour, Dominic Cooper; Rated PG-13; 104 minutes; Presented with Captions for the hearing impaired.

In 1973 London, playwright Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) develops an unlikely friendship with Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a homeless woman who lives in a van in his driveway for the next 15 years.

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

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

Small Space Gardening and Container Solutions

Saturday, May 7th at 10 a.m.

Many bountiful harvests can be enjoyed if you know the best varieties of seeds/plants and the right containers to get the job done with ease. We will discuss soil and aeroponic options available to help you enjoy growing some of your favorite vegetables, herbs and even fruit – right from your small spaces or to supplement your larger garden.

About the presenters
In 2012, Christine Segalas and Mark Gaulke formed Homegrown Harvest LLC.  The company's mission is to help people grow their own food with ease whether it's on the front porch, balcony, rooftop or backyard. Mark and Christine are committed to providing families with the knowledge and know-how so they can enjoy the multitude of rewards in growing their own homegrown harvests. Both are certified instructors in the Square Foot Gardening (SFG) method from the Square Foot Gardening Foundation. Christine Segalas is an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) as certified by the Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association (CTNOFA)

Résumé and Job Application Drop-In

Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos | CC BY 2.0
Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos | CC BY 2.0

Monday, May 9th from 3 to 4 p.m.

Prepare for a career change, internship, employment search, or just polish up your résumé! Bring your résumé in for help from our Reference Librarians on:

• Editing your résumé
• Proofread your cover letters
• Troubleshoot technology issues with online job applications
• Assist in setting up an email account
• Help with other job application and résumé related advice

Mondays in May

Jihad! Conclusion

Photo by dalbera / CC BY 2.0
Photo by dalbera / CC BY 2.0

Monday, May 9th at 3 p.m.

Join us for a four-week introductory class on one of the globe's most fascinating and misunderstood religions.

The evolving Pan-Islamic movement takes the fight to Western interests in the Near East, spurred on by the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Western actions against Libya, the civil war in Syria all contribute to weakening ties and the rise of the Islamic State.

About the presenter
Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Albertson teaches history at Norwalk Community College. In May 2005, Albertson was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

How to Develop a Business Plan in Six Easy Steps

Photo by Flazingo Photos / CC BY-SA 2.0
Photo by Flazingo Photos / CC BY-SA 2.0

Tuesday, May 10th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.


A business plan is an essential road map for business success, but few small businesses ever complete a plan due to over-complicated approaches that entail too much theory, writing and detail.  This workshop will give you pragmatic, straightforward tools for setting goals, developing action plans for achieving them, measuring how you are doing on a ongoing basis and adjusting accordingly.

• What is a Business Plan and why should a business owner develop one?
• The "Business Plan Express" method for existing businesses
•  How to research the market - your industry, customers and competitors
• How to analyze your own business
• How to define/refine your business niche
• How to set business objectives
• How to create a simple action plan to achieve your objectives
• How to set up monthly tools to monitor your progress against your goals

About the presenter

John Harmon is an active SCORE counselor and Managing Director of Adulant Consulting Services which serves small and medium sized businesses on strategies for growth and operating excellence.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

Digital Design: InDesign

Tuesday, May 10th at 7 p.m.

This class is full. Please register for the waitlist.

Learn How to Create Your Own Layout, Pamphlets, Posters, Business Card Layouts and any Print Based Media. InDesign can help make the design process easier. Learn how to make posters in a snap!

We will go over the
• Basic Tools
• Page Setup
• Adding Images & Logos
• Type Basics
• Print Settings
• Tool use
• Shortcuts
• and answer any questions

Short Stories for Summer Days

Carroll Stenson
Carroll Stenson

Tuesday, May 10th at 3 p.m.

We're back! Our popular discussion series continues with a line-up of stories especially selected to offer insight into the human condition and provoke thoughtful conversation. Please join us and share with other short story enthusiasts.

Stories are available for pickup the week before each meeting.

Lyme Disease and Beyond

Wednesday, May 11th at 7 p.m.

When people hear Lyme disease they don’t realize there is a host of tick-borne illnesses encompassed in that one phrase. Why is this important? Because Lyme disease is a growing problem in lower Fairfield County. A panel including Dr. Zijad Sabovic, a leading physician in the field, Miss Mimi Markham, a patient initially diagnosed at the age of 14, and Ms. Jennifer Reid, a prevention educator with the BLAST program, will be on hand to answer your questions and discuss

- How do you diagnose and Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses?
- Where can you find information about treatment options?
- What are the most effective prevention techniques?
- Once diagnosed, what support is available for patients and their families?
- How can we best advocate for those seeking diagnosis?

The Darien Library is proud to cosponsor this event with the YWCA of Darien/Norwalk.

Books by the Fire

Share what you love!
Share what you love!

Wednesday, May 11th at 11 a.m.

Books by the Fire is the Anti-Book Group. Instead, we're a Reading Group: you pick what you want to read, watch, or listen to. Join this long-running group and be the first in the know about what's new and hot during this informal conversation. Current attendees are on the hunt for industry secrets for brand new titles as well as obsure, you may have missed them titles. We only ask that you share what you're reading and loving too!

Join us every Wednesday, through May, by the First Floor Fireplace.