Introduction to Microsoft Excel

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

Wednesday, October 1st from 2 to 4 p.m.

This workshop is now full. Please email to be added to the waitlist.

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!

The 6-Figure Freelancer : Everything I've Learned Building My Consulting Business

Clinton Warren
Clinton Warren

Wednesday, October 1st from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Register here

Clint Warren left a career in finance 4 years ago to become a personal trainer, getting sidetracked by web development along the way. Since then, he's built his consulting business from $16,000 per year to well over $16,000 per month. In this workshop, he reveals everything he's learned to help others looking to start a new consulting business or grow an existing one.

What's covered:

• How to quickly and effectively build a reputation, brand, and identity
• How to land your first few clients
• The most cost effective strategies for marketing your business, both online and in person
• How to manage projects and when to build a team
• How to consistently charge more and land bigger clients

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

Tech Drop-in Discussion: Evernote

Get used to seeing this elephant!
Get used to seeing this elephant!

Thursday, October 2nd at 2 p.m.
Technology Center on Lower Level

Do you need a one-stop place to store  your grocery lists, your receipts, research notes, and articles you want to read later? Then you're looking for Evernote! We are big fans of Evernote as we use it to keep track of our projects and collaborate together at the Library. Evernote is easy to learn and is available on your desktop, laptop, smartphone, and tablet. 

Following the presentation, Amanda, our User Experience Librarian, 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. 

Financial Aid 101: What to Know and Where to Go to Find the Dough

Image courtesy flickr user Simon Cunningham
Image courtesy flickr user Simon Cunningham

Thursday, October 2nd at 7 p.m.

There is a lot of financial aid available to college students if they know where to look. Join Daniel M. Patti as he walks participants through the steps to finding and securing opportunities for financial aid. Recommended for parents of students in grades 8 through 12.

Presented by Daniel M. Patti, a Certified Financial Planner at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC with the Beringer Weinstock Group in Darien, CT. Dan has over 13 years experience helping individuals, families, small businesses and non-profit organizations with investment, education and retirement planning. For several years Dan has presented his Financial Aid expertise to parents and students throughout Fairfield, Westchester and Litchfield counties. Dan resides with his wife and children in Newtown, CT.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Chef'

We will screen CHEF Friday, October 3rd.
We will screen CHEF Friday, October 3rd.

Friday, October 3rd at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Chef (2014) Starring Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, and Sofia Vergara; Rated R; 114 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

"Jon Favreau's bouncy paean to the culinary arts wins you over in a stridently upbeat, crowd-pleasing way." -- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

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

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


Googling Your Genealogy

Use Google to discover your family members!
Use Google to discover your family members!

Saturday, October 4th at 2 p.m.
In the Community Room

Expert genealogist and family historian, Philip Hayes, will be presenting on how to use Google to find your family's story. He will teach you to use: 

  • Google Search. With over 20 million indexed pages, Google is the most valuable search tool for Genealogists. Learn how to use boolean search queries to filter your results and discover hidden content related to your ancestors.
  • Google Alerts. Learn how to leverage Google Alerts, a free content monitoring service that will notify you when new content related to your interests appears in the Google Search Index.
  • Google Books. Search the text of almost 130 million books – over 4 billion digital pages, to find content related to your ancestors.
  • Google News. There are over 25,000 news sites in the Google News Index. Google aggregates all the news content from these sites into one search engine
  • Google Maps & Earth. Pinpoint your ancestors homestead and more!
  • Google Translate. Learn how to use Google’s free translation service. It allows you to enter text and translate to and from a variety of languages.

Come Talk About Your Work at 1 p.m.

This is an informal one hour discussion session/round table where everyone is invited to participate. Think of the most important question or issue that you have about your genealogy. It may be a brick wall that you are facing with one of your ancestors, a question of wanting to know where to find a particular resource, or a success that you are dying to share with the rest of us.

Résumé and Job Application Drop-In

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

Monday, October 6th from 2 to 3 p.m.
Technology Conference Center

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.

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, October 7th at 11 a.m. session [This session is full]
Register for the Tuesday, October 21st at 11 a.m. session
Register for the Tuesday, November 4th at 11 a.m. session [This session is full]

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).

Intermediate Microsoft Word

Image courtesy Flickr user Bernard Goldbach
Image courtesy Flickr user Bernard Goldbach

Tuesday, October 7th from 2 to 4 p.m.


In this course, students will learn how to create rich, dynamic documents using Microsoft Word. Topics covered include formatting, printing, setting margins, orientation, page numbers, indents, bulleted lists, tabs and tables, spell checker, thesaurus, grammar checker, help function, and more.

Short Stories with Carroll Stenson

Carroll Stenson
Carroll Stenson

Tuesday, October 7th 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.

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