Register for These Spring Tech Classes

In April/May: LinkedIn, Word, and Excel
In April/May: LinkedIn, Word, and Excel

Class registration is limited to Darien residents, those who work in Darien full-time, and Friends who have donated $300 or more.

Register: Introduction to Microsoft Excel
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2- 4 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 much more!

Register: Intermediate Excel
Thursday, April 24th, 2 - 4 p.m.

Learn how to use sorting, filtering, and lists to make your data come alive.

Register: LinkedIn
Thursday, May 1st, 2-4 p.m.

Learn about the social media craze and how to set up your own LinkedIn account. This workshop will explore finding and establishing connections, group memberships, and effectively using LinkedIn for your job search!

Register: Introduction to Microsoft Word
Tuesday, May 6th, 2 – 4 p.m.

Use word processing software to your advantage to create professional, dynamic documents.

Poetry for Spring

Wally Swist
Wally Swist

"O Wind, If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?" -- Percy Bysshe Shelley

As Shelley reminds us, April is here and spring has sprung, even though we're not quite in short sleeves yet. April is also National Poetry Month, when we get to celebrate the written word. On Sunday, April 27, Darien Library will present Poet's Voice, part of a series of readings in Fairfield County libraries, with a special program featuring poet Wally Swist.

Author of over 20 books and chapbooks of original poetry, Wally Swist is also a bookseller, editor, and has written hundreds of published feature articles and reviews. He is a native New Englander who shares his journeys in the natural and spiritual worlds through poetry. Please join us at 2 PM on April 27 for his reading, followed by a wine and cheese reception. As reviewer Gary Metras noted, "To read a Wally Swist poem is to see a piece of the world in a special way." 

Information at Your Fingertips

Image courtesy Flickr user lestaylorphoto
Image courtesy Flickr user lestaylorphoto

All classes are on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., in the Conference Room, with one exception noted below.

Tuesday, April 15th at 6:30 p.m. - Register: College Prep

During this session we will explore databases and librarian recommended websites that help students to decipher which college is the right fit. We will also take a look at practice SAT tools that have been instrumental to many students' test success.

Tuesday, April 22nd at 6:30 p.m. - Register: Book Clubs

Join Blanche in exploring great resources for your book club. She'll walk you through different websites to help enhance your club's next discussion. 

Tuesday, April 29th at 6 :30 p.m. - Register: Finance and Investing (meets in the Technology Center)

The Library is home to a wealth of information for first-time investors up through the most seasoned shareholders. Explore these resources to keep your fingers on the pulse of your own investments.

Tuesday, May 6th at 6:30 p.m. - Register: Job Search

Starting a job search can be overwhelming, especially with all of the different websites that are now available. Come learn about the Library's premium online resources available to help you search postings, zoom in on companies in an industry or region, and define your career goals with free asessments.

Senior Moments: Your Jewelry

Joe Brandt
Joe Brandt

Tuesday, April 15th at 3 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in our Conference Room.

This program will cover basic facts you should know about fine jewelry. The subject matter includes home security measures, proper care of jewelry, and estate planning.

Attendees will learn how to:

• Protect family interests when passing jewelry to the next generation.

• Protect against loss of jewelry in the event of burglary.

• Protect the condition of jewelry through routine care.

• Protect jewelry when traveling, or away from home.

• Protect against accidental loss of jewelry.

• Protect the history of family jewelry.

Please do not bring jewelry; this is not an appraisal clinic, and no jewelry will be bought or sold.

Joe Brandt, (J.L. Brandt Co., Inc.) has been in the business of fine jewelry since 1928, and is the oldest firm of its kind in the United States. The firm currently provides a jewelry advisory service to the public, and functions as a marketing consultant to retail jewelers. Mr. Brandt currently writes "The Jewelry Box" column for The Home Monthly section of the Acorn Press newspapers (online any time at, and is the author of the book Protecting The Family Jewels

The group will meet again on the following date:

Tuesday, May 20th at 3 p.m. - 3D Printing

Join us for this friendly, informal program.

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!

Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

After a holiday hiatus, we are back 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. 


Wednesday Matinee - August: Osage County

We will screen August: Osage County April 16th.
We will screen August: Osage County April 16th.

Wednesday, April 16th at 1:30 p.m. - August: Osage County (2013) Starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Ewan McGregor, and Benedict Cumberbatch; Rated R; 121 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Director John Wells' adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize winning play August: Osage County tells the tale of the dysfunctional Westin clan, who all come together after the death of patriarch Beverly Weston. His wife Violet, who is fighting mouth cancer and a growing dependency on pain pills, sees her entire clan return home for the services, including her sister Mattie Fae Aiken and her husband Charles and their son "Little" Charles. Also arriving are Violet's three daughters: Barbara and her husband Bill, Ivy, and wild child Karen, who brings her fiancé Steve. As the clan bickers and jokes, old truths come to the surface, jealousies flourish, and eventually each of the characters confronts some past hurt or future fear.

"With a talent roster this large and a script this pointed, there's not much more director Wells can do than get out of the way - and indeed, that's what he does." -- Peter Howell, Toronto Star

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

Announcing One Book, One Community 2014

TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

Join Darien Library for our sixth annual One Book, One Community reading experience. The book selected for the town-wide read is TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. Beginning in the year of the Irish famine and ending in 2011 when President Obama lands on Irish shores, truth meets the imagination and fact meets fiction in this exciting, sophisticated work from an incomparable writer. The book selected for young readers is Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari.

Meet Colum McCann

Wednesday, May 21st at 7 p.m.

Author presentation, Q&A Session, and Book Signing.

Join us as Colum McCann discusses the catalyst for his latest novel - the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean and the interwoven stories of his characters throughout history.

This event is open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations cannot be accommodated. The first 100 attendees will receive a complimentary copy of TransAtlantic. Additional copies will be available for purchase at this event. Colum McCann's appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore. A reception will follow the presentation.

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


Meet the Author - James Rickards

James Rickards
James Rickards

Thursday, April 17th at 7 p.m.

James Rickards, author of The Death of Money, will be our featured speaker.

The international monetary system has collapsed three times in the past hundred years, in 1914, 1939 and 1971. Each collapse was followed by a period of tumult: war, civil unrest, or significant damage to the stability of the global economy. Now James Rickards, the acclaimed author of Currency Wars, shows why another collapse is rapidly approaching – and why this time, nothing less than the institution of money itself is at risk.

Advance Praise for The Death of Money

"A terrifically interesting and useful book . . . fascinating.” — Kenneth W. Dam, Former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury and Adviser to three Presidents

About the Author

James Rickards is Senior Managing Director at Tangent Capital Partners LLC, a merchant bank based in New York City, and is Senior Managing Director for Market Intelligence at Omnis, Inc., a technical, professional and scientific consulting firm located in McLean, VA. Mr. Rickards is a seasoned counselor, investment banker and risk manager with over thirty years experience in capital markets including all aspects of portfolio management, risk management, product structure, financing, regulation and operations. Mr. Rickards’ market experience is focused in alternative investing and derivatives in global markets. He has also served as General Counsel at several alternative asset management companies and a stock exchange facility and is expert in fund governance and international fund structures. He lives in Darien.

All author programs will feature a book signing and refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at each event.

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

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop

Workshop your play.
Workshop your play.

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop is excited to announce that the Actors/Playwrights Workshop, now in its 22nd year, will present a series of workshops at Darien Library.

Participants are invited to workshop their plays at the following session:

Thursday, April 17th at 7 p.m.

The workshops will allow the playwrights to refine their scripts before submitting them to the Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights contest by April 30. Playwrights are not required to attend these sessions in order to have their play considered. Submit your play using this form.

On Sunday, June 15 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 memorial workshops will offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment.

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 June 15th program, which will feature  six staged performances. 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.

For more information, contact Workshop Director Robert Cusack at (203) 655-7699 or at

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Philomena'

PHILOMENA will screen in our Community Room April 18th.
PHILOMENA will screen in our Community Room April 18th.

Friday, April 18th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Philomena (2013) Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan; Rated PG-13; 98 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Judi Dench plays an elderly Irish woman who, as a teenager, gave birth while she was working at a convent. The Catholic Church had the child adopted, and now, decades later, Philomena is introduced to Martin Sixsmith, onetime government spokesperson who is now working as a freelance journalist. Martin agrees to help Philomena look for her son, and the trail takes them to the United States, and brings them face-to-face with some long-buried secrets.

"An utterly charming combination of road trip, odd-couple comedy and heart-touching true story that will leave few dry-eyed, Philomena rests comfortably in the lap of the great Judi Dench." -- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

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

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



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