Friday Night Feature - 'Life Itself'

Friday, June 5th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Life Itself (2015) Starring Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Raven Evans, Ava DuVernay, Ramin Bahrani, and Richard Corliss; Rated R; 120 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Director Steve James creates a portrait of influential Chicago Sun Times film critic Roger Ebert. Officially an adaptation of Ebert's bestselling memoir of the same name, the documentary uses Ebert's valiant struggle with cancer as a structural device to examine his many career accomplishments. As a series of flashbacks take us through Ebert's colorful life and times, James periodically returns to his subject's traumatic last days in the hospital, where his wife Chaz and other loved ones prepare to say their last goodbyes. The result is a reverent meditation on the life and death of the writer whose passion for film was evident in every review he penned, but whose love of life taught his loyal readers to treasure every moment. 

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).

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop

Sunday, June 7th at 2 p.m.

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop, now in its 23rd year, will present the first public-staged reading of selections from four original plays in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Plays being performed are:
Just As I Promised by Nicolas Trolio
Grant James and his wife Alison, years ago, made a promise that they both want to help each other keep.

Green’s Ledges by Terry Steimer
A woman tries to maintain a friendship with her ex-boyfriend, much to the displeasure of her current one.

Bad Habit by Katy Murphy
Whether it was poor timing, a challenging age-difference, or the people surrounding them; Dahlia and Josie didn’t work out. Things were left unfinished until an unexpected meeting forces them to confront the memories of their brief affair.

A Last Bouquet of Roses by Kathleen Bernadette
Four friends find themselves following very different romantic paths.

Co-founded by the late Catherine Lindsey and her husband Robert, the workshop introduces original plays in progress to be developed in a workshop environment with the goal of the public-staged readings. Catherine Lindsey was a beloved friend of the Library and director of Darien Library Theater for over 25 years. The memorial workshops will offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment.

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

Intro to Online Dating

Monday, June 8th at 6:30 p.m.

Look for love at your Library! Interested in Online Dating, but not sure where to start? This class will introduce an array of online dating sites and apps, provide tips for creating an attractive profile, and dicuss online and offline safety. A photo booth will be available for attendees to take new profile pictures!

NYC Historical Landmarks: Statue of Liberty

Monday, June 8th at 3 p.m.

Join us for a photographic journey of one of America’s most iconic monuments, from the ancient origins of its design to her post on Liberty Island standing watch over New York Harbor.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business

Image courtesy of flickr user vintagechica
Image courtesy of flickr user vintagechica

Tuesday, June 9th from 6 to 8:30 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.


Want to start a business but do not know where to start? This workshop series, conducted by a team of professionals from SCORE, will give you the boost to get you on your way! Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.

Week 2: Marketing Strategy & Research
Learn the importance of market research and planning to start-up and build a competitive and successful business. Emphasis will be on sound market positioning of a small business's products or services within its target market that will enhance profitable sales and success.

Walking Book Group - 'A Walk in the Woods'

Please arrive at the Darien Nature Center by 1:45 p.m.
Thursday, June 11th, walk begins promptly at 2 p.m.


Join us for a light walk around the Darien Nature Center as we discuss Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods. The hike will be led by the knowledgeable Nature Center staff and the discussion by our loquacious Librarians.

About A Walk in the Woods

The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way–and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

Social Media for Businesses

Social Media Platforms
Social Media Platforms

Thursday, June 11th at 6:30 p.m.

Like having a website, your customers expect to see you on social media. People no longer look to email you their complaints or praise -- they are tweeting and Facebooking about you to their social networks. In this class, learn the basics of how Twitter and Facebook work for your business -- lessons you can apply to other social networks. You will also learn how to monitor social media, schedule your posts, and how to respond to your customers without becoming the next PR disaster.

Friday Night Feature - 'Spare Parts'

Friday, June 12th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Spare Parts (2015) Starring George Lopez, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Lee Curtis, Carlos Peña, David Del Rio. and Esai Morales; Rated PG-13; 83 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

George Lopez and Marisa Tomei star in this drama inspired by the true story of four undocumented Mexican-American high-school students who enter the National Underwater Robotics Competition. There, with the help of their teacher, the savvy young students test their tech skills against some of the brightest minds at MIT. Jamie Lee Curtis, Esai Morales, and Alexa PenaVega co-star. 

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).

Introduction to CPR

Saturday, June 13th 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join Post 53 for an introduction to CPR. The mission of Post 53 is to provide emergency medical services to the Darien community at the highest level of excellence, using Darien High School students and adult volunteers. The members of Post 53 are committed to achieving and maintaining the highest level of training and skill in providing pre-hospital care and transport to the citizens of Darien. Learn how you can help save a life!

Family Film- 'Wings of Life'

Saturday, June 13th at 1 p.m. - Wings of Life (2011) Starring Meryl Streep; Rated G; 77 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

From Disneynature, the studio that brought you "Earth", "Oceans", "African Cats" and "Chimpanzee", comes "Wings of Life" – a stunning adventure full of intrigue, drama and mesmerizing beauty. Narrated by Meryl Streep, this intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers is a celebration of life, as a third of the world’s food supply depends on these incredible – and increasingly threatened – creatures.

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

The Darien Library is proud to cosponsor this event with the Darien Land Trust, Darien Nature Center, and the Garden Club of Darien.

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