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. 

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.

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 17th at 11 a.m. with Claire and Lisa

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. 

 

The Bob Button Big Band Performance

The Bob Button Band
The Bob Button Band

Thursday, September 18th at 7 p.m.

Join us in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room for an evening of music from the Big Band era.

About the Bob Button Big Band

For more than 35 years, The Bob Button Big Band has entertained audiences in the New York Metropolitan area with music from the Big Band Era. The Band has played at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, The NY Athletic Club, Playhouse on the Green in Bridgeport, Connecticut Jazz Festival, Glen Island Casino, Hyatt Regency for the 2000 Millenium, The Greenwich Town Party with Paul Simon and Santana, and numerous summer concerts in Fairfield County, Connecticut. 

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

Friday Night Feature - 'The Other Woman'

We will screen THE OTHER WOMAN Friday, September 19th.
We will screen THE OTHER WOMAN Friday, September 19th.

Friday, September 19th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Other Woman (2009) Starring Natalie Portman, Lisa Kudrow, and Scott Cohen; Rated R; 119 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

An extramarital affair blossoms into a marriage defined by tragedy and hardship in this emotional family drama from director/screenwriter Don Roos. When Emilia met Jack, she was the other woman. In time, she became his only woman. Shortly after attempting to start their new life together by having a child of their own, their newborn dies suddenly. Compounding Emilia's grief over the loss of her child is the fact that her adolescent stepson, William, seems intent on making her life miserable. 

"One of the bigger challenges in Natalie Portman's career, and she responds with sublime work." -- Richard Roeper, RichardRoeper.com

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).

 

Passport Days

Image courtesy flickr user clappstar
Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, September 20th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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).

See the Latest Technology at the Tech Fair!

Z18 3D printer
Z18 3D printer

Saturday, September 20th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon
on Main Street in the Library

Darien Library is a leader in bringing technology to the residents of Darien. In this special technology fair, we'll be showing off our favorite new technologies from drones to 3D printers to Google Glass. Did you know that we have four 3D printers? We can print from delicate pieces of jewelry and up to miniature Eiffel Towers using our new Z18 Makerbot printer.

Come discover how our Digital Media Lab (DML) is a place for you to shoot video, take photos, digitize your old home movies, and even go paperless with our high speed scanners. Likewise, the SoHo Business Center is equipped with an enormous banner printer -- perfect for work or science fair projects -- and business supplies so you can stay local while you work. 

Finally, learn how the Library can help you grow your business, change careers, and more using our technology educational resources. The Tech Fair is only two hours so be on time!

 

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).

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