Friday Night Feature - 'American Sniper'

Friday, May 29th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - American Sniper (2014) Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Jake McDorman, and Ben Reed; Rated R; 134 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

 In the aftermath of 9/11, Chris Kyle decides to serve his country by becoming a Navy SEAL. Once deployed, Chris' reputation as a sniper who never misses makes him a legend among his fellow troops, and earns him the moniker "The Devil of Ramadi" from his enemies. With a substantial bounty on his head, Kyle makes it his personal mission to take out a sadistic Iraqi soldier known as "The Butcher," as well as an elusive enemy marksman with a skill to rival his own. The closer he gets to achieving his goals during repeat tours of duty, however, the more fellow soldiers he sees die, and the further he drifts from his wife and their two children back home. It all leads up to a tense rooftop gunfight in a raging sandstorm -- one that convinces the sniper once and for all to make his family his top priority. Unfortunately, all is not well as Kyle struggles to make the transition back to civilian life, but he discovers that helping his fellow veterans is an effective way to do good and make peace with his wartime experiences.

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).

Résumé and Job Application Drop-In

Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos
Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

Mondays from 2 to 3 p.m.

Prepare for summer employment, internships, a career 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

NYC Historical Landmarks: Pennsylvania Station

Monday, June 1st at 3 p.m.

The peak achievement of renowned architects McKim, Meade and White, whose design was based on the Roman Baths of Caracalla, “Penn Station” was completed in 1913. Unceremoniously torn down in 1963, the loss of this architectural masterpiece led directly to the establishment of the Landmarks Preservation Society. Come learn about this historical landmark!

Short Stories for Long Days

Carroll Stenson
Carroll Stenson

Tuesday, June 2nd at 3 p.m.

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.

Walking Historical Tour of Darien

Darien Historical Society
Darien Historical Society

Tuesday, June 2nd at 3:30 p.m.

Register

Please join us at the Darien Historical Society for an easy, walking tour of town. Hear the incredible tale of Darien's evolution from a simple farming hamlet to a much sought-after residential community filled with top-notch schools and gracious homes. Members of the Historical Society will lead small groups through town, sharing stories of who we are and what makes our town so special. Maps and itinerary will be handed out for those who wish to self-lead.

This event is cosponsored with the Darien Historical Society.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business

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

Five-week series begins Tuesday, June 2nd from 6 to 8:30 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.

Register

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 1: Self Assessment/Business Plan
Learn about the risk and reward of starting a business in today's competitive marketplace. The traits of successful entrepreneurs will be discussed for the purpose of assessing one'e innate and acquired ability to start and manage a successful business. The session will also focus on structuring a dynamic plan.

Meet Us On Main Street

Caroline and Sally show us what they're reading!
Caroline and Sally show us what they're reading!

Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

Let the experts share what's new and hot in the world of books, movies, audiobooks, articles, and everything in between! Join us for this weekly informal chat to share what you’re reading and get suggestions on what to check out next. 

Senior Moments: Love Songs of WWII

Image courtesy of flickr user kami_fubuki
Image courtesy of flickr user kami_fubuki

Wednesday, June 3rd at 3 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

In commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II, please join us for a concert featuring love songs from that period of American history, performed by Pace University professor and performer Diane Cypkin

“Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me),”  “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “I’ll Be Seeing You”— these are just some of the many incomparable love songs exceptionally popular during World War II.  Why were they so popular?  Who wrote, played, and sang them?  Who danced and “romanced” to them?  What made them unforgettable both on the fighting and home front?  This one woman concert/lecture delves into it all and, in the process, reveals how the spirit of the time was uplifted by these songs: to hope for a time of peace and an end to a terrible and frightening war.

Support for Senior Moments is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

 

Business Book Group: 'Marissa Mayer And The Fight To Save Yahoo!'

Wednesday, June 3rd at 6 p.m.

Register

Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Nicholas Carlson's Marissa Mayer And The Fight To Save Yahoo! The group is invited to an informal discussion of the book from 6 - 6:45 p.m. followed by networking over wine, beer, and light refreshments.

About Marissa Mayer And The Fight To Save Yahoo!

When Yahoo hired star Google executive Marissa Mayer to be its CEO in 2012, employees rejoiced. They put posters on the walls throughout Yahoo's California's headquarters. On them, there was Mayer's face and one word: HOPE. But just more than a year later--on November 4, 2013--Mayer sat in front those same employees in a huge cafeteria on Yahoo's campus and took the beating of her life. Her hair wet, and her tone defensive, Mayer read and answered a series of employee-posed questions challenging the basic elements of her plan. There was anger in the room - and behind it, a question: Was Mayer actually going to be able to do this thing? Nicholas Carlson's fast-paced narrative is the inside story of how Yahoo got into such awful shape in the first place, Mayer's controversial rise at Google, and her desperate fight to save an Internet icon.

We have copies of the book available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussion.

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

Email Marketing for Small Businesses

MailChimp's mascot, Freddie
MailChimp's mascot, Freddie

Thursday, June 4th at 6:30 p.m.

Email marketing is one of the best ways to get your products, news, and promotional tools directly in front of your customer’s eyes. Learn how to create gorgeous emails using MailChimp, a leader in the email marketing industry. You can sign up for a free account for up to 2,000 subscribers or upgrade for more users. You will learn how to use MailChimps built-in templates and discuss some of the legal aspects of email marketing.