Passport Days

Image courtesy flickr user clappstar
Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, October 25th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, November 22nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 20th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Get your passport at Darien Library! We'll have four Acceptance Agents from the CT Passport Agency ready to process and accept applications. We will provide all the paperwork and have a space for photos, as well. If you prefer, you can bring your own photographs. Specs for passport photos can be found here.

We can process passport renewals as well.

What to Bring: Birth Certificate, Naturalization Certificate, one color 2’’ by 2’’ photo, a valid photo identification (such as a driver’s license) with a front and back photocopy of the ID, and personal check/money order or debit/credit card for payment of the passport fee.

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

You've Got a Story to Tell: Memoir Writing Class

Image courtesy Flickr user palo
Image courtesy Flickr user palo

Registration for this workshop is now full. Please email eshea@darienlibrary.org to be added to the waitlist.

Monday, September 22nd, 7 p.m., Conference Room
Monday, September 29th, 7 p.m., Conference Room
Monday, October 6th, 7 p.m., Conference Room
Monday, October 20th, 7 p.m., Harris Room
Monday, October 27th, 7 p.m., Harris Room
Monday, November 3rd, 7 p.m., Conference Room

This class is designed for writers looking for a comprehensive step-by-step approach to writing their memoir. Lesson topics and helpful exercises will be given at each class to help students develop their storyline. Each class will include time for Q&A and as the class progresses, the sharing and critiquing of each other's work. Reference materials will be provided.

The class will be taught by Laura Woodward Cavers, who currently heads up the Darien Library Writers' Group. She recently received an MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College where she was assistant editor to the college's award-winning literary magazine, Inkwell. She is currently working on her novel, Bellwethers.

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

Introduction to Microsoft Excel

Image courtesy Flickr user AJ Cann
Image courtesy Flickr user AJ Cann

Tuesday, September 23rd from 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Register

Excel is Microsoft’s powerful spreadsheet software. Join us for this beginner class and learn what a cell is, how to create a worksheet, and much more!

Darien Library Artist in Residence: Ben Larrabee

The photographer, Ben Larrabee, and his muse, wife Trudie
The photographer, Ben Larrabee, and his muse, wife Trudie

Register for the Tuesday, September 23rd at 11 a.m. session
Register for the Tuesday, October 7th at 11 a.m. session
Register for the Tuesday, October 21st at 11 a.m. session
Register for the Tuesday, November 4th at 11 a.m. session

Join fine art photographer Ben Larrabee in Darien Library's Artist Space on the Second Level for an informal and fun session on exploring your personal vision through photography. All levels are welcome. Bring your questions. Ben will offer attendees guidance on artistic and technical aspects of photographing, including equipment, editing and image selection. Each session limited to three people.

About the Artist

Ben’s formal training as an artist began in 1962 at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) where he discovered his passion through mentor and world renowned photographer Harry Callahan. In 1978, he returned to college to earn an MFA from Yale University.

His fine art background has trained him to photograph as an artist so by instinct he includes artistic elements of composition, rhythm, texture and space in his images. In addition to portraits, he also photographs landscapes and nudes.

Ben has work in the permanent collections of: The George Eastman House (Rochester), The High Museum (Atlanta), The Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and The Museum of Modern Art (New York).

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

Short Stories with Carroll Stenson

Carroll Stenson
Carroll Stenson

Tuesday, September 23rd at 3 p.m.

Our popular discussion series continues with a line-up of stories especially selected by Carroll to offer insight into the human condition and provoke thoughtful conversation.

Please join us and share with other short story enthusiasts.

Business Book Group

We'll discuss BUSINESS ADVENTURES September 23rd.
We'll discuss BUSINESS ADVENTURES September 23rd.

Tuesday, September 23rd at 6 p.m.

Please R.S.V.P. for this program.

Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Business Adventures by John Brooks. 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 Business Adventures

What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at GE and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.

Library staff members will lead the discussion.

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

The next meeting will be Wednesday, November 19th at 6 p.m. 

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

Meet Us On Main Street

Wednesdays at 11 a.m. - Meet Us On Main Street
Wednesdays at 11 a.m. - Meet Us On Main Street

"You Are What You Read" goes LIVE!

Wednesday, September 24th at 11 a.m. with Mallory

Darien Library staff members are excited to tell you about the latest and greatest books, movies, apps, and articles that we are currently digging. Please join us for this weekly, informal discussion.

There will be "oooohs." There will be "ahhhhs." There will be laughs. We hope to see you there. 

 

Join the Evening Library Book Group: Fifty/Fifty!

A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre
A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre

Wednesday, September 24th at 7 p.m.

Register.

A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre

Registration is limited to Darien residents, those who work in Darien full-time, and Friends who have donated $300 or more.

The Library's “Fifty/Fifty” book group is back! Join our evening book discussion where participants are invited to read 50% fiction and 50% nonfiction. The group meets the fourth Wednesday evening of each month at 7 p.m. in our conference room.

About the Book

Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain’s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War—while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby’s best friend and fellow officer in MI6. The two men had gone to the same schools, belonged to the same exclusive clubs, grown close through the crucible of wartime intelligence work and long nights of drink and revelry. It was madness for one to think the other might be a communist spy, bent on subverting Western values and the power of the free world...

Praise for A Spy Among Friends

“Macintyre has produced more than just a spy story. He has written a narrative about that most complex of topics, friendship...When devouring this thriller, I had to keep reminding myself it was not a novel.”—Walter Isaacson, New York Times Book Review

Library staff members will lead the discussions.

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

Tech Drop-in Discussion: Dropbox

Alex
Alex

Thursday, September 25th at 2 p.m.
Technology Center on Lower Level

Carrying around your laptop or a flash drive to share your presentation is so five years ago! Let Alex introduce you to Dropbox, a service that allows you to upload your files and access them wherever you have Internet connection. Other cool features includes a mobile app that automatically backs up your photos after each snap! When you get home, your photos will already be on your computer. 

Following the presentation, Alex, our User Experience Ninja, will be on hand to answer your other technology related questions. 

Tech Drop-In Discussions are informal weekly chats about a chosen topic. These sessions are usually around 15 minutes long. 

Darien Library Writers Group

image courtesy Flickr user J. Paxon Reyes
image courtesy Flickr user J. Paxon Reyes

Thursday, September 25th at 7 p.m. in the Harris Room

If your novel or chapbook isn't finished yet, this group is for you.

If you have a poem, short story, novel or screenplay in your drawer or just in your head please join this friendly, supportive "no judgment" zone to work on your project. Everyone will get a chance to share their struggles and their work. Bring your ideas and any work you wish to contribute.

The workshop will be moderated by Laura Cavers.

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

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