Wednesday Matinee - 'Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School'

Screening in our Community Room Wednesday, August 21st at 1:30 p.m.
Screening in our Community Room Wednesday, August 21st at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 21 at 1:30 p.m. - Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (2005) Starring John Goodman, Robert Carlyle, and Marisa Tomei; Rated PG-13; 103 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Robert Carlyle is Frank Keane, a baker by trade but now a man consumed by his wife's death. When fate intervenes, he pulls over to help a stranger in a car wreck, a man near death who urgently discloses a planned reunion, a meeting with a lost childhood love at a school for ballroom dance. So simply one man's dream becomes another man's destiny.

"Ballroom bliss! An extraordinary story. Rich and colorful." - Rex Reed, New York Observer

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

 

Wednesday Matinee - 'The Prestige'

Screening in our Community Room Wednesday, November 20 at 1:30 p.m.
Screening in our Community Room Wednesday, November 20 at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 20 at 1:30 p.m. - The Prestige (2006) Starring Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, and Michael Caine; Rated PG-13; 130 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

From the time they first met as young magicians on the rise, Robert Angier and Alfred Borden were competitors. However, their friendly competition evolves into a bitter rivalry making them fierce enemies-for-life and consequently jeopardizing the lives of everyone around them. This film explores the darker side of magic where fantasy and reality become inextricably entwined and illusion prevails.

"The Prestige is wonderfully engrossing, darkly mysterious and entertaining from start to finish." -- Claudia Puig, USA Today

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Appy Hour: Happiness Apps

image courtesy flick user Josh Bancroft
image courtesy flick user Josh Bancroft

Thursday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m.

With so many apps on the market, it can be difficult to know which ones are best. Luckily, our tech experts have sifted through them to bring you the best apps this summer. We’ll present a curated list of apps designed to help you de-clutter your home, body, mind, and spirit.

Refreshments will be served.

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

Our Fall Book Discussion Concludes

Daniel James Brown's THE BOYS IN THE BOAT
Daniel James Brown's THE BOYS IN THE BOAT

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m.

Daniel James Brown’s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

Praise for The Boys in the Boat

"A book that informs as it inspires." -- Booklist (starred review)

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).

Science Café: Intro to 3D Printing

Flickr image courtesy Rusty Blazenhoff
Flickr image courtesy Rusty Blazenhoff

Friday, August 23 at 7 p.m. in our Conference Room

3D printing has been described as having the power to revolutionize manufacturing and rapid prototyping. Whether you're a tinkerer, inventor, artist, designer or just curious about the world of 3D printing, you don't want to miss this introduction to 3D printing event. You will learn the process of turning a 3D drawing into a physical object. We will have a Makerbot Replicator and a home built Reprap 3D printer.

Science Cafés are monthly workshops that support the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Learn How to Write a Novel in a Month

Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month
Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

Saturday, October 19th at 2:00p.m.
Conference Room

Do you dream of writing that novel that's been in the back of your mind for years? When will you find the time to do it? Then come learn how to write your novel in a month. You will be joining thousands of writers across the country in this month long sprint. At the end of the month, you will have written 50,000 words -- which is a respectable novella length story!

In this session, led by a twice winner of this writing challenge, you will learn:

  • How to write a novel in 30 days
  • What is National Novel Writing Month
  • Tools to help you write your novel

Friday Night Feature - 'The Company You Keep'

We will screen THE COMPANY YOU KEEP September 20.
We will screen THE COMPANY YOU KEEP September 20.

Friday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.The Company You Keep (2013) Starring Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, and Chris Cooper; Rated R; 121 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Shepard knows the significance of the national news story he has exposed and, for a journalist, this is an opportunity of a lifetime. Hell-bent on making a name for himself, he is willing to stop at nothing to capitalize on it. He digs deep into Grant's past. Despite warnings from his editor and threats from the FBI, Shepard relentlessly tracks Grant across the country.

"This film, with its prickly characters and complicated plot, rips along with continuous tension and power." -- David Denby, New Yorker

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 - 'Happy'

We will screen HAPPY Friday, July 19.
We will screen HAPPY Friday, July 19.

Friday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Happy (2011) Documentary Feature; Not rated; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired; 78 minutes.

Does money make you happy? Kids and family? Your work? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? Are we in the midst of a happiness revolution? This film sets out to answer these questions and more. Taking us from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia, from the beaches of Brazil to the villages of Okinawa, Happy explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.

"A pleasant if lightweight plea for folks to quit the rat race and stop and smell the roses." -- Dennis Harvey, Variety

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

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

Innovate to Success: A Business Networking Event

Joe Nadan
Joe Nadan

Thursday, November 21 at 7 p.m.

What makes some new products and services wildly successful, while most fail to find buyers? How do some entrepreneurs’ efforts deeply satisfy customer needs in new ways, while others’ ideas are rejected?

The good news that is there is a scientific method to evaluate what customers will buy, and you can use it to find out if your product or service is ready for the market — or to get it ready for success in the market.

Inventor and Innovation Sherpa Joe Nadan invented, innovated and/or worked on many products and services that are used by millions of people, including EZ Pass, CDROM, and 16:9 HDTV for which he received a 2002 EMMY for Scientific and Technological Advancement. He is Professor, Management of Technology and Business Innovation, at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering.

His message is that you don’t need to be a scientist to apply scientifically-proven formulas and methods to increase the probability of success for a product or service before it is created. Dr. Nadan will first show entrepreneurs, investors, and anyone wanting to launch a new product, how to reduce risk by applying an Outcome-Driven-Innovation (ODI) method to their enterprise. In the second part of his presentation, Dr. Nadan will demonstrate a vastly-improved brainstorming technique to develop new business opportunities.

Dr. Nadan’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A session, and then a business networking reception where refreshments will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the Darien Entrepreneurs Group and the Darien Chamber of Commerce.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'A Place at the Table'

We will screen A PLACE AT THE TABLE August 23.
We will screen A PLACE AT THE TABLE August 23.

Friday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. A Place at the Table (2012) Documentary Feature; Rated PG; 84 minutes.

50 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.

"A Place at the Table is advocacy journalism at its best, lining up its facts, illustrating the widespread problem with a few trenchant and compelling cases, and offering solutions." -- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

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

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