Pick Up Your Farm Share at Darien Library this Summer!

Image courtesy flickr user Suzie's Farm
Image courtesy flickr user Suzie's Farm

You may have heard of a “CSA,” “vegetable box,” or “farm share” before. CSA stands for ‘Community Supported Agriculture” and it means community members get together to invest in a farm during the winter or early Spring and then when the harvest season rolls out, they pick up a weekly package of vegetables at a designated pick-up location (like us, the Library).

In 2015, Darien Library will once again be the pickup location for Stoneledge Farm’s CSA. The farm share pickup will be every Wednesday evening from 4:30-7:30 p.m. running from June 3rd until November 11th (24 weeks).

To take part, you have to sign up for a vegetable share. If you do, you can also sign up for a fruit, mushroom and/or coffee share, too.

There is the option to split a share. When you sign up and add the share to your cart, provide your share partner's name, phone number, and email address.

Costs for a share are as follows:

Vegetable $520.00

Fruit $240.00 

Mushroom $120.00 

Coffee $126.00 

Click here for more information, and here to register. The vegetables are grown locally so they are fresher than anything you’ll find in a grocery store, and incredibly varied. 

As a member of the CSA, you will be asked to complete two hours of volunteer work during the season. Volunteers do things like check people in when they pick up their share, make sure the vegetables are replenished, or move boxes.

Questions? Please contact Mallory Arents, Head of Adult Programming, at marents@darienlibrary.org.

Tax Preparation and Assistance

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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 - 'Fury'

Friday, February 27th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m.Fury (2014) Starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, and Michael Pena; Rated R; 135 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Brad Pitt leads a tank crew in the final days of World War II in this war drama from End of Watch's David Ayer. The year is 1945. Army sergeant Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) is the grizzled commander of a Sherman tank. Determined to strike a decisive victory for the Allies in the European Theater, Wardaddy leads his five-man crew on a treacherous mission behind enemy lines. His mission complicated by the sudden appearance of a rookie soldier in his platoon, the sergeant knows that victory is within reach, and vows to achieve it by any means necessary.

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).

Emily Gray Tedrowe in Conversation with Phil Klay

Phil Klay and Emily Gray Tedrowe
Phil Klay and Emily Gray Tedrowe

Saturday, February 28th at 5 p.m.

Emily Gray Tedrowe, author of Blue Stars, will be in conversation with Phil Klay, 2014 National Book Award Winner and author of Redeployment.

Blue Stars brings to life the realities of the modern day home front: how to get through the daily challenges of motherhood and holding down a job while bearing the stress and uncertainty of war, when everything can change in an instant. It tells the story of Ellen, a Midwestern literature professor, who is drawn into the Iraq war when her legal ward Michael enlists as a Marine; and of Lacey, a proud Army wife who struggles to pay the bills and keep things going for her son while her husband is also deployed. Ellen and Lacey cope with the fear and stress of a loved one at war while trying to get by in a society that often ignores or misunderstands what war means to women today.

Redeployment takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there and to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos

Emily Gray Tedrowe is the author of Commuters: A Novel, which was named a Best New Paperback by Entertainment Weekly. Her short fiction has been published in the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Fifty-Two Stories, and Other Voices. Originally from New York City, Emily now lives in Chicago with her husband and daughters. Visit her at www.emilygraytedrowe.com.

Phil Klay graduated from Dartmouth College in 2005, and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He deployed to Iraq with the 2nd Marine Logistics Group from January 2007 to February 2008. He left the Corps in July, 2009, and received his MFA from Hunter College, where he studied with Colum McCann and Peter Carey, and worked as Richard Ford’s research assistant. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, Tin House, and in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012.

A book signing will follow the authors’ presentations. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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

Darien Library vs. Fairfield Public Library

The tweet that started it all.
The tweet that started it all.

Aslan and the White Witch, Frodo and Sauron, Harry Potter and Voldemort. Epic battles are about to come a lot closer to home. Darien Library was challenged to a Fitbit showdown by the folks at Fairfield Public Library and we want YOU to be involved!

What's the challenge? From Monday, March 2nd until end of day Friday, March 6th your Darien Librarians will be competing against the Librarians of Fairfield Public Library to see which Library can rack up the most steps. We will obviously crush them.

What are the stakes? When we win, Fairfield Public Library must display the below sign on their Welcome Desk and social media accounts for one week.

What can we do to show our unwavering support? Get moving with us! During the first week of March, join us for one of these active events.

Monday, March 2nd through Friday, March 6th at 3 p.m.

Ten Minute Recess! Join us for quick group exercise in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Tuesday, March 3rd at 12:45 p.m.
Walking Book Group. Meet at Tilley Pond Park for a walking discussion of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.  Walk begins promptly at 1 p.m.

Thursday, March 5th at 3:45 p.m.
Walking Historical Tour of Darien. Meet at the Darien Historical Society for an easy walking historical tour of our town. Walk begins promptly at 4 p.m.

Senior Moments: Gabbin' With Grandkids

Image designed by Lisa Nowlain.
Image designed by Lisa Nowlain.

Tuesday, March 3rd at 3 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Long distance grandparents can stay in touch with new technology like Skype and Apple’s FaceTime. We will show you how to utilize these technologies to read your grandkids a cherished book or just gab about what’s good. The first twenty participants will receive a limited edition tote bag filled with some of our favorite story books!

Support for Senior Moments is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.


Information at Your Fingertips: Finding Your Family

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Image courtesy of flickr user arwriterphotog

Tuesday, March 3rd at 7 p.m.

Are you a budding genealogist looking to fill out  your family tree? Join Amanda Goodman as she takes you through the basics of getting started on your search. Learn how to make the most of Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, and Heritage Quest!

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

Meet Us On Main Street

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. 

Winter Semester MedEd: Cardiology

Dr. Schuster
Dr. Schuster

Wednesday, March 4th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Program Director, Joshua Herbert, MD, Darien Library, Stamford Hospital, YWCA Darien Norwalk, and the Darien YMCA, cordially  invite the public to attend this five week series of lectures that mimic the structure of the medical school experience. Each night will focus on one topic and cover the anatomy, function, common disease states, and available treatments. The physicians are board certified in their area of speciality and leaders in their fields.

Dr. Edward Schuster will speak on the structure of the heart, how to promote healthy hearts as you age and common diseases to watch out for.  A healthy balance of exercise, eating and stress management also play a role in keeping and maintaining a healthy heart.

About the Presenter

Dr. Schuster started practicing cardiology at Stamford Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1980. He is board-certified in both internal medicine and cardiology and specializes in all aspects of cardiology with an interest in preventative cardiology.  He received a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from Bowdoin College and his medical degree from University Health Sciences – Chicago Medical School, AOA Honor Society.  He completed an internship and residency at Duke Hospital and a fellowship in cardiology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He has extensive teaching experience with both the house staff at Stamford Hospital and medical students from Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.  He is Chief Medical Officer for the Stamford Police Department, on the Board of Trustees at the Ferguson Library and is a member of the Stamford Health Commission.

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

Introduction to Microsoft Excel

Thursday, March 5th at 2:00 p.m.


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 how to create simple math formulas!