Submit Your Play for the Catherine Lindsey Workshop

Plays must be submitted by Tuesday, March 1st
Submit your play

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop is excited to announce that the Actors/Playwrights Workshop, now in its 24th year, will present a series of workshops at Darien Library.

Playwrights are invited to submit their final scripts for consideration to the Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights contest by March 1st. 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 font. 

Four plays will be selected to be workshopped on Tuesday, April 19th and Thursday, April 28th at 6:30 p.m.  Interested actors are invited to audition on Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, May 22nd 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 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 May 22nd program, which will feature four staged performances.

College Funding and Planning

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Image courtesy of flickr user juanillooo / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Thursday, March 3rd from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Planning for college can be difficult, confusing and costly. Don’t go it alone. This is a great opportunity to learn how to make the right college choices and maximize your funding and financial aid results, as well as how to better prepare for SAT & ACT exams and achieve higher scores.

You will learn about:
•    SAT & ACT Prep Courses. Courses help students successfully prepare for SAT & ACT exams. 
•    College Profile Reports. Personalized report specially generated for your family that includes your student’s chances of enrollment at up to 10 colleges.
•    Merit Based Scholarship Eligibility.  This personalized report detailing merit scholarships your student may be eligible to receive.  
•    FAFSA & CSS Profile Form Completion.  Every year simple mistakes are made while filling out financial aid forms that cost families thousands of dollars. Don’t let this happen to you.
•    College Funding Analysis. This analysis will determine if your out-of-pocket college costs can be efficiently reduced.

About the presenter
Michael Alimo (CRPC; CLU; ChFEBC) is a 30 year industry veteran. For the past 15 years, financial service advisor Mr. Alimo has served clientele around CT & New England at his USA Financial & Tax Services, LLC. Committed to giving back to the community via educational workshops, Mr. Alimo has hosted many seminars for groups at libraries, churches, and social organizations about a variety of financial and planning topics.

Art+Feminism Edit-A-Thon and Exhibition Tour

Image courtesy of Art+Feminism
Image courtesy of Art+Feminism

Saturday, March 5th from 1 to 4 p.m.
Tour of the Feminist-themed Exhibition, "Cut-Up," and Reception to follow at Franklin Street Works, 41 Franklin Street, Stamford, CT 06901


Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.

Join us for a half-day edit-a-thon to contribute and expand upon Wikipedia articles relating to art and feminism. After the edit-a-thon, we will celebrate at Franklin Street Works contemporary art space and cafe with a 20-minute tour of their original exhibition “Cut-Up: Contemporary Collage and Cut-Up Histories through a Feminist Lens,” followed by a wine and cheese reception. Edit-a-thon will be from 1 to 4 p.m. and exhibition tour and reception will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Join the revolution!

Reference materials will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to to look at the exhibiting artists in Franklin Street Works' current exhibition for entry/edit inspiration, they are listed in the exhibition description here.

The Darien Library is proud to cosponsor this event with Franklin Street Works.

Meet the Author: Laura Silver

Laura Silver
Laura Silver

Tuesday, March 8th at 7 p.m.

Laura Silver, author of Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food, will be our featured speaker.

When Laura Silver’s favorite knish shop went out of business, the native New Yorker sank into mourning, but then she sprang into action. She embarked on a round-the-world quest for the origins and modern-day manifestations of the knish.

The iconic potato pie leads the author from Mrs. Stahl’s bakery in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, to an Italian pasta maker in New Jersey–and on to a hunt across three continents for the pastry that shaped her identity. Starting in New York, she tracks down heirs to several knish dynasties and discovers that her own family has roots in a Polish town named Knyszyn.

With good humor and a hunger for history, Silver mines knish lore for stories of entrepreneurship, survival, and major deliciousness. Along the way, she meets Minnesota seniors who make knishes for weekly fundraisers, foodies determined to revive the legacy of Mrs. Stahl, and even the legendary knish maker’s granddaughters, who share their joie de vivre–and their family recipe.

Knish connections to Eleanor Roosevelt and rap music? Die-hard investigator Silver unearths those and other intriguing anecdotes involving the starchy snack once so common along Manhattan’s long-lost Knish Alley. In a series of funny, moving, and touching episodes, Silver takes us on a knish-eye tour of worlds past and present, thus laying the foundation for a global knish renaissance.

About the Author

Laura Silver, the world's leading knish expert, is an award-winning journalist whose writing on food and culture has appeared in the New York Times, the Forward, and NPR. Laura has been a writer in residency at the Millay Colony, the Banff Center, and the New York Public Library.

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

The Darien Library is proud to cosponsor this event with the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County.


Undercover with Chris Pavone and Nicholas Roberts Fine Wine

Chris Pavone, photo courtesy of Nina Subin.
Chris Pavone, photo courtesy of Nina Subin.

Wednesday, March 9th at 7 p.m.

Go undercover with Chris Pavone and his world of international intrigue while sipping on some of the wines that are mentioned in his new thriller The Travelers. Following Chris' presentation, Nicholas Roberts Fine Wine will host an informal wine tasting.

About The Travelers
Will Rhodes is an international correspondent for Travelers magazine, hopping around the world to write about food and wine, about foreign cultures and glamorous parties, about local celebrities and adventurous expats. He meets a lot of people; harmless flirtation is part of his job. But the sexy Australian who appears at his Argentinean hotel is not at all harmless, and she pulls Will into a complex and dangerous game.

Malcolm Somers runs Travelers, has a beautiful wife and children, a luxurious apartment, private driver—but Malcolm knows that things could unwind at any moment. He is a classic overachiever, but it isn’t his editorial job at Travelers that often keeps him at the office late at night.

Chloe, Will’s wife and former employee of Travelers, is now working freelance on a few select problematic assignments but is growing increasingly worried that her husband is becoming a problem in his own right. Will has found himself at the center of a dangerous web, completely in the dark, and he can’t figure out what’s going on until it’s nearly too late: his marriage threatened, his career in jeopardy, his life in peril.

About the author
Chris Pavone is author of the New York Times bestsellers The Accident and The Expats, winner of the Edgar and Anthony Awards for best first novel. He was a book editor for nearly two decades and lives in New York City with his family.


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


Senior Moments: Metro North: From First to Worst

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Image courtesy of flickr user mtaphotos / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Thursday, March 10th at 3 p.m.

How did the best commuter railroad in the US suddenly become subject of Federal safety investigations after a series of derailments and collisions claimed lives? Why is Metro-North’s survival crucial to real estate prices in Darien? What’s the future of rail service along CT’s “Gold Coast”?

It’s a story of political intrigue, corporate malfeasance and corruption befitting a cheap novel… but it’s all true. Darien resident and long-time commuter advocate Jim Cameron spins the tale of “Metro-North: From First to Worst”.

About the presenter
Jim Cameron moved to Darien in 1991 and, as a commuter he saw first-hand the deterioration of service on Metro-North. Rather than just “getting mad”, he did something about it, joining the “Connecticut Metro-North Rail Commuter Council”, created by the CT Legislature, on which he served for 19 years, four of them as its Chairman. In 2014 he resigned and formed a new effort, The Commuter Action Group. He is member of the Representative Town Meeting in Darien CT, is Program Director of the town’s TV station, Darien TV79, and is author of the newspaper column, “Talking Transportation” which now runs in 25 newspapers across the state, including the Darien Times.

Coding for Adults: Newbies Only!

Image courtesy of codecademy
Image courtesy of codecademy

Wednesday, March 16th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.     

This event is full. Register for the waitlist.

Calling all moms, dads, entrepreneurs, college students, or anyone interested in coding! We will explore HTML terminology, and how to create tags, headings, images, and links. No experience necessary.

This class is limited to Darien residents, those employed full-time in Darien, or Friends of the Darien Library who contribute annually at the $300 level.

Darien Public Schools Art Show

Lilah Azous, second grade.
Lilah Azous, second grade.

On display Wednesday, February 10th through Wednesday, March 16th

Come view Darien Public Schools students’ artwork from Grades K-12 at the Library. The gallery is located on the Library's Lower Level.

The Art Department ’s progressive curriculum enables the students to build art media skills as well as  educating them to use curiosity and intuitive thinking to express themselves in unique artistic images. Through studio based lessons the students learn, from art historical exploration, the role of the visual arts in reflecting human values. and aesthetics.

The dedicated art faculty help the children to understand  and use the Elements of Art and the Principals of Design as the students learn new ways to see, think and express themselves.

The Novel Tea featuring Cheryl Strayed

Photo credit: Joni Kabana
Photo credit: Joni Kabana

Wednesday, March 30th from 12 to 2 p.m.

Join us on an adventure with Cheryl Strayed at our first Novel Tea fundraiser. The lunch will be held at Wee Burn Country Club on Wednesday, March 30th from 12—2 p.m.

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir WILD, the New York Times bestsellers TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS and BRAVE ENOUGH, and the novel TORCH.

Tickets and tables are currently on sale here. Each table seats 10 people, and all attendees will receive a signed copy of Wild.

All funds raised from the Novel Tea will be dedicated to Darien Library resources, including technology, purchasing new books and supporting programs and guest speakers.