First Look Darien - Dagmara Dominczyk

Dagmara Dominczyk [photo credit Patrick Wilson]
Dagmara Dominczyk [photo credit Patrick Wilson]

Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m.

Dagmara Dominczyk, author of The Lullaby of Polish Girls, will be our featured speaker.

The Lullaby of Polish Girls follows three best friends from their early teenage years on the lookout for boys in Kielce—a town so rough its citizens are called “the switchblades”—to the loss of innocence that wrecks them, and the stunning murder that reaches across oceans to bring them back together after they’ve grown and long since left home.

Praise for The Lullaby of Polish Girls

“In this arresting debut novel, Polish American film and TV actress Dagmara Dominczyk pays homage to her native city of Kielce while capturing the joys, insecurities, and struggles of three girlfriends coming-of-age. Spanning 13 years, Dominczyk’s absorbing story is a triptych of tęsknota (Polish for a kind of yearning) and a profound desire for acceptance, freedom, and home.” — Booklist (starred review)

“This gossipy, feisty debut . . . follows a trio of friends across decades and the Iron Curtain, from Communist Poland to adulthood in the U.S. . . . Fresh and revelatory.” — Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Dagmara Dominczyk was born in Poland and immigrated to New York City at the age of seven. She has acted in numerous films, TV series, and plays. Most recently she appeared in the motion picture Higher Ground and on Broadway in Golden Boy. She is married to the actor Patrick Wilson, with whom she has two sons. She lives in New Jersey.

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

First Look Darien is our debut author series designed to spotlight first novels handpicked by our staff.

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

Doug Allen Band Concert

Doug Allen will perform Sunday, December 1st.
Doug Allen will perform Sunday, December 1st.

Sunday, December 1st at 5 p.m.

Local favorite Doug Allen and his band will play a selection of holiday and contemporary favorites. His music appeals to the whole family, so join us to listen and sing along at Darien Library’s annual Holiday Concert.

About Doug Allen

People say this singer/songwriter from Connecticut is a cross between the new country sound of Zac Brown Band and bands like The Fray and Train. Doug grew up in the Suburbs of New York City, but it was in the woods of Connecticut that he met his strongest influences--music and a love of the outdoors.

During long road trips to their favorite camping, hunting and fishing spots, some of rock and country’s biggest artists cranked through the speakers of their '65 Ford Falcon. His affection for the lap steel and slide guitar on these records found its way into a number of the songs on his latest release from Nashville.

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

Friday Night Feature - '42'

We will screen 42 on July 26.
We will screen 42 on July 26.

Friday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. 42 (2013) Starring Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman, and Alan Tudyk; Rated PG-13; 128 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Jackie Robinson's story is told in this biopic from writer/director Brian Helgeland. Robinson paved a new road for minorities by being the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball since the racial barrier was put in place in the late 1800s.

"A stirring, straightforward and ultimately soaring portrayal of Robinson's historic entry into Major League Baseball in 1947." -- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out our Friday Night Features in July.

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

Our Fall Book Discussion Series Begins

"The Telling Room" by Michael Paterniti will be the first book in our Fall book discussion series.

The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti

Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m.

In the fall of 1991, at Zingerman’s deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Michael Paterniti encountered a piece of cheese. Not just any cheese. This was Paramo de Guzmán, a rare Spanish queso, which was one of the most sought-after delicacies on earth. Paterniti travels to Spain and discovers that the story of this cheese is nothing like the idyllic slow-food fable he first imagined. Instead, he’s sucked into the heart of an unfolding mystery, a blood feud that includes accusations of betrayal and theft, death threats, and a murder plot. As the village begins to spill its long-held secrets, Paterniti finds himself implicated in the very story he is writing.

Praise for The Telling Room

Dave Eggers, author of A Hologram for the King, calls Paterniti “one of the best living practitioners of the art of literary journalism, able to fully elucidate and humanize the everyday and the epic. In his hands, every subject, every moment of personal or global upheaval, is treated with the same curiosity, respect, empathy, and clear-eyed wisdom.”

Library staff members will lead the discussions.

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

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Terms and Conditions May Apply'

We will screen TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY Friday, September 27.
We will screen TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY Friday, September 27.

Friday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013) Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 79 minutes.

A documentary that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what can be done about it ... if anything.

"It presents a terrifying reality -- the future is now! -- where all of the things we consider to be personal and private in our lives are easily accessible to anyone anywhere with a few clicks of a keyboard." -- Peter Howell, Toronto Star

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

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Admission'

We will screen ADMISSION in our Community Room Friday, January 3rd.
We will screen ADMISSION in our Community Room Friday, January 3rd.

Friday, January 3 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Admission (2013) Starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd; Rated PG-13; 107 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption.

"You'll be glad you enrolled." - Stephen Witty, Newark Star-Ledger

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

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

Video of Making the Most of the College Experience

On June 18, 2013, we hosted a panel presentation to learn from current college students and recent high school graduates about what college is really like.

The panel was moderated by Donald Kjelleren, Director of Middlebury College’s Career Services Office and Lisa Nelson of Dunbar Educational Consultants in New Canaan, CT.

For more information, please visit the event listing.

Five Building Blocks of Growth for Your Business Series

Grow your business.
Grow your business.

Darien Library is pleased to announce a new series of workshops for small businesses every Tuesday evening in October. Sessions will meet in the Mezzanine Level Conference Room from 6 to 8 p.m., with check-in starting at 5:30 p.m.

All small businesses are welcome but content will be most relevant to those in business at least three years.

Following is a description of these interactive sessions:

October 1: Assessing Your Business: How Well Does It Run?

October 8: Building a Winning Plan to Grow Your Business

October 15: Tapping Your Peoples’ Potential

October 22: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Sales

October 29: Stop Leaking Cash: Simple Methods for Improving Your Operations

Participants may attend the entire series or only those sessions that fit their calendar.

Please register for each workshop using the links provided above.

This series is being coordinated by SCORE counselor, John Harmon, Managing Director of Adulant Consulting Services. He will be joined by other business professionals well-versed in their fields.

The series is co-sponsored by Fairfield County SCORE.

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

Meet the Author - Martha D. Peterson

Martha D. Peterson
Martha D. Peterson

Thursday, September 19 at 7 p.m.

Martha D. Peterson, author of The Widow Spy, will be our featured speaker.

The Widow Spy is the first hand account of a true Cold War spy operation in Moscow, told exclusively by the CIA case offiicer who lived this experience. She was one of the first women to be assigned to Moscow, a very difficult operational environment. Her story begins in Laos during the Vietnam War where she accompanied her husband, a CIA officer. She describes their life in a small city in Laos, ending with the tragic death of her husband. Then her own thirty year career begins in Moscow, where she walks the dark streets alone, placing dead-drops and escaping the relentless eye of the KGB. Experience her arrest and detention in Lyubianka Prison, as only she can relate it. What she reveals in The Widow Spy has never been told.

About the Author

Marti was raised in Darien and graduated from Darien High School in 1963. She attended Drew University in Madison, NJ, receiving a BA degree in Sociology in 1967. It was at Drew that she met her future husband John, a physics major. After their marriage in 1969, John was hired by the CIA to be a paramilitary officer. Together they traveled to Pakse, Laos in 1971, where John managed Lao irregular troops as they attempted to interdict North Vietnamese troops and war materiel headed to South Vietnam along the Ho Chi Minh trail. In October 1972, John was killed in a helicopter accident. Marti returned to Virginia and applied to be an Operations Officer with the CIA. Marti’s career with the CIA lasted thirty-two years. She retired in 2003 to Wilmington, North Carolina, where she has been a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center, and the Wrightsville Beach Turtle Watch.

Books will be available for purchase at this event.

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

Healthy Darien: Health Fair at the Library

Be a part of it!
Be a part of it!

Saturday, September 28, 11 - 2:30 p.m.

The Darien Health Department will provide Flu shots ($15.00 cash/check only).

Post 53 will provide free blood pressure checks

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