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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. 

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop

Workshop your play.
Workshop your play.

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop is excited to announce that the Actors/Playwrights Workshop, now in its 23rd year, will present a series of workshops at Darien Library.

Submit your play using this form. Submissions are due April 1st.

Selected plays will be presented for workshop on Thursday, April 23rd and Thursday, April 30th. The workshops will allow the playwrights to refine their scripts before the final public reading. 

On Sunday, June 7th at 2 p.m., the Actors/Playwrights Workshop will present the first public-staged reading of selections from the plays in the Library’s Community Room.

The Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes Actors’ Equity actors and non-Equity actors to participate, brings together local and regional playwrights and actors, and encourages a collaborative effort to create new plays and present a public-staged reading.

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.

The Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes all interested playwrights and actors, with or without experience, to join. The sessions offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment, culminating in the June 7th program, which will feature four staged performances. The musicals, monologues, short scenes from full-length and one-act plays to be performed will be chosen by the Darien Library Selection Committee.

When writing your piece please keep in mind that the number of cast members is limited, only one play may be submitted per person, and plays must be 10-minutes long or less. Please limit your plays to 10-pages double-spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman font.

For more information, contact Workshop Director Robert Cusack at (203) 655-7699 or at

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

Film Screening and Discussion: 'Tapped'

Join us.
Join us.

Thursday, April 2nd at 7 p.m.

Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig's debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.

From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.

From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water.

This program is cosponsored with The Darien Land Trust, Darien Nature Center, and Greenwich Audubon.

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

Tax Preparation and Assistance

Image courtesy of flickr user agrilifetoday
Image courtesy of flickr user agrilifetoday

Every Friday, Walk-in and Appointments available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
February 6th through April 10th

IRS-Certified Trained AARP volunteer tax aides are available to local residents of all ages and incomes at no charge. The nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service is available to all individual filers regardless of income or age.  Started in 1968 and, since 1980, this service has operated under a cooperative agreement with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

If married, both husband and wife should be present.  Certain forms and personal and financial documents are required.  Taxpayers must bring:

Identity Documentation
- Government Issued Photo ID.
- Social Security or ITIN numbers for all taxpayers and dependents.
- Bank account/routing numbers (blank check preferable), if expecting a refund.

All 2014 income report forms received
- SSA1099 if you were paid Social Security benefits.
- W-2(s) from your employer(s).
- W-2G from gambling winnings.
- 1099G from unemployment compensation payments.
- 1099s: Bank interest, stock dividends, retirement distributions, brokers.

Other Important Documents
- Receipts for deductible expenses including real estate and vehicle taxes paid.
- Verification of the original purchase price of sold assets (home, stocks, etc.).
- Receipts/canceled checks if itemizing deductions (e.g., charity contributions).
- Proof of Health Insurance (Form 1095-A from Health Insurance Marketplace or private plan identification).

Copy of last year’s Federal and State tax return(s), if possible.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 203-669-5236

Friday Night Feature - 'Birdman'

Friday, April 3rd at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Birdman (2014) Starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts; Rated R; 119 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of actor Riggan Thomson, played by Michael Keaton. Famous for portraying an iconic superhero, Riggan struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, career, and himself.

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).

How Financial Statements Help Run the Business Now and Plan for the Future

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

Tuesday, April 7th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30


Knowing how financial statements work can help you run your business better now and help you estimate the financial value of  your growth strategy.

Participants will learn: 

• The purposes and uses of the 3 major financial statements: the P&L, the Balance Sheet, and the Cash Flow Statement
• How the financial statements work together to help you better understand your business
• Some key financial ratios which illuminate your customers strengths and weaknesses
• How to build use financial statements to estimate the financial value of your growth strategy

About the speakers

John Harmon is a SCORE volunteer.  He is Managing Director of Adulant Consulting Services which advises small and medium size businesses on strategies for growth and operating excellence.  John has held senior leadership and executive positions in sales marketing, quality management, strategic planning, and new business development at Eastman Kodak, The Gartner Group, and Pitney Bowes.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

MoMA Lecture: Björk Retrospective

Molleen Theodore
Molleen Theodore

Tuesday, April 7th at 7 p.m.

The Museum of Modern Art presents a retrospective of the multifaceted work of composer, musician, and singer Björk. The exhibition draws from more than 20 years of the artist’s daring and innovative projects and her eight full-length albums to chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, and costumes.

About the Presenter

Molleen Theodore is the assistant Curator of Programs at the Yale University Art Gallery and a lecturer in the Education Department at the Museum of Modern Art. She received her Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2010 with a specialization in twentieth century art, photography, and film studies. Ms. Theodore was appointed critic at the Yale School of Art in 2012.

This event is part of Darien Library’s collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan. Refreshments will be served.

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

Selling Your Treasures on eBay

Image courtesy Flickr user Kazuhisa OTSUBO.
Image courtesy Flickr user Kazuhisa OTSUBO.

Wednesday, April 8th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand! Have you thought about selling your treasures on eBay but you’re not sure where to start? Sue Skerrett has been selling on eBay for 12 years and is here to show you the ropes when it comes to creating an account, setting up a list, accepting payment through PayPal, and more.

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

Business Book Group: 'Zero to One'

Thursday, April 9th at 6 p.m.


Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Peter A. Thiel's Zero To One : Notes On Startups, Or How To Build The Future. 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 Zero To One : Notes On Startups, Or How To Build The Future

In Zero To One : Notes On Startups, Or How To Build The Future, Peter A. Thiel states that, doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.

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).

Meet the Author: Michael Paterniti

Michael Paterniti
Michael Paterniti

Thursday, April 9th at 7 p.m.

Michael Paterniti, author of Love and Other Ways of Dying, will be our featured speaker.

Here are a few things Michael Paterniti does in Love And Other Ways Of Dying: drive across America with Albert Einstein’s brain in the trunk of his rental car, floating in a Tupperware container; eat François Mitterrand’s last meal (including the little songbird) in a rustic dining room in France; pick apples (and face mortality) with a real-life, eight-foot giant in the remote Ukrainian countryside; confront a distraught jumper on a “suicide bridge” in Nanjing, China and witness, firsthand, the ways in which the racial divide turns neighbor against neighbor in Dodge City, Kansas. He delves with heartbreaking detail into the aftermath of a plane crash off the coast of Nova Scotia, an earthquake in Haiti, and a tsunami in Japan— and, in searing swirls of language, unearths the complicated, hidden truths these moments of extremity teach us about our ability to endure, and to love.

About the Presenters

Michael Paterniti is a journalist, an essayist, and the bestselling author of Driving Mr. Albert and The Telling Room, named one of the best books of the year by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and The Christian Science Monitor. Nominated for the National Magazine Award eight times, he is also the recipient of an NEA grant and two MacDowell Fellowships. His stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Harper’s, Outside, Esquire, and GQ, where he works as a correspondent. He is the co-founder of a children’s storytelling center ( in Portland, Maine, where he lives with his wife and their three children.

Andy Ward is the editorial director for nonfiction at Random House. He lives in Dobbs Ferry, New York, with his wife, Jenny Rosenstrach, and their two daughters.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

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