Books by the Fire

Share what you love!
Share what you love!

Wednesday, May 25th at 11 a.m.

Books by the Fire is the Anti-Book Group. Instead, we're a Reading Group: you pick what you want to read, watch, or listen to. Join this long-running group and be the first in the know about what's new and hot during this informal conversation. Current attendees are on the hunt for industry secrets for brand new titles as well as obsure, you may have missed them titles. We only ask that you share what you're reading and loving too!

Join us every Wednesday, through May, by the First Floor Fireplace.

Meet the Author: Ed Gray

Thursday, May 26th at 7 p.m.

Ed Gray, author of Left in the Wind, will be our featured speaker.

Most Americans have heard the story of Roanoke, the first English colony. In 1587, 118 men, women, and children settled at the site, and then later vanished without a trace. They left behind only one clue: the word “CROATOAN,” carved into a tree. But where did they go?

In Left in the Wind, Ed Gray offers one possible answer to this enduring question in the form of a fictional diary of Emme Merrimoth, a real Roanoke colonist. The diary brings readers on the harrowing journey across the Atlantic that brought the colonists to America and into the difficult early days of establishing a colony in the untamed North Carolina landscape. As the colonists struggle to survive in a new land, Emme finds herself in the middle of a series of dangerous conflicts—both between the colonists and the native people of Roanoke as well as strife within the colony itself.

Left in the Wind is an engrossing work of historical fiction that studies both the grand mystery of Roanoke and the quieter secrets of one woman’s life.

About the author
Ed Gray was the founding editor of the revered Gray's Sporting Journal where he discovered and edited the early fiction of E. Annie Proulx, Rick Bass and many others who have gone on to distinguished writing careers. He subsequently founded Graybooks Publishers and Aisle Seat Books, where he originated and developed the concept of Movie Length Tales™. He is also the author of a dozen books of essays and other writings.

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

Darien Library is proud to sponsor this event with the Middlesex Genealogical Society.

Friday Night Feature - 'The Finest Hours'

Friday, May 27th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - The Finest Hours- (2016) Starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Casey Affleck, Josh Stewart, Eric Bana, Holliday Grainger; Rated P-13; 117 minutes; Presented with Captions for the hearing impaired.

This docudrama depicts the incredible true story of a daring Coast Guard rescue operation off of Cape Cod during a ferocious storm in the winter of 1952. When an oil tanker splits in half, trapping its crew aboard the sinking vessel, four brave Guardsmen set out to save them.

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).

Passport Day

Photo by clappstar | CC BY-NC 2.0
Photo by clappstar | CC BY-NC 2.0

Saturday, May 28th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Get your passport at Darien Library! We will process and accept new and renewal applications. We will provide all the paperwork. Passport Photos in Darien can be taken at CVS and Big Shots. Specifications for passport photos can be found here.

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.

Minors under age 16 cannot apply for a passport by themselves.  Both parents/guardians must appear in person and provide consent, authorizing passport issuance to the minor.  If one parent/guardian is unable to appear in person, then the application must be accompanied by a signed, notarized Form DS-3053: Statement of Consent from the non-applying parent/guardian.  More information on passports for minors can be found here.

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

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business

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Photo by Flazingo Photos / CC BY-SA 2.0

Five-Week Series begins Tuesday, May 31st from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.
Workshop ends Tuesday, June 28th

Register

Want to start a business but do not know where to start? This workshop series, conducted by a team of professionals from the SCORE Fairfield County Chapter, will give you the boost to get you on your way!

Tuesday, May 31, Self-Assessment/Business Plan - Learn about the risk and reward of starting a business in today's competitive marketplace. The traits of successful entrepreneurs will be discussed for the purpose of assessing one'e innate and acquired ability to start and manage a successful business. The session will also focus on structuring a dynamic plan.

Tuesday, June 7, Marketing Strategy & Research - Learn the importance of market research and planning to start-up and build a competitive and successful business. Emphasis will be on sound market positioning of a small business's products or services within its target market that will enhance profitable sales and success.

Tuesday, June 14, Website & Social Media Marketing - This session focuses on the current online marketing tools available for start-up and operating businesses. Proven providers of website design/marketing programs and of social media marketing tools will help navigate your business to the proper balance of a website and social media marketing strategies for your business.

Tuesday 21, Financial Reporting & Planning - This presentation reviews a business's key financial statements and walks the participants through the development of a comprehensive financial plan. The importance of understanding the key financial drivers of the business will be a center-piece of the discussion.

Tuesday, June 28, Funding Sources/Conversation with Entrepreneurs - Learn how the funding structure required for start-up businesses today, including a presentation from lending sources specializing in start-up and small businesses. Includes discussion and Q&A with SCORE mentored, start-up business entrepreneurs

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

Short Stories for Summer Days

Carroll Stenson
Carroll Stenson

Tuesday, May 31st at 3 p.m.

We're back! Our popular discussion series continues with a line-up of stories especially selected to offer insight into the human condition and provoke thoughtful conversation. Please join us and share with other short story enthusiasts.

Stories are available for pickup the week before each meeting.

A Gift That Pays Dividends: Launch Kids' Financial Security

Wednesday, June 1st at 7 p.m.

How can you leverage tax-free gifts into substantial nest eggs for kids and grandkids? In this presentation, Julie Jason will discuss tax-free gifting. If you want to start the young people in your family on the right track toward financial security, there is no better way than through a short-term gifting program that leverages time.

Attendees will learn:

• The mechanics of setting up an account for a child
• How to gift to the account
• How to research investments that will appreciate over the long-term
• How to manage risk
• How to teach kids to take advantage of time

About the presenter
Julie Jason
, JD, LLM, Chief Investment Officer, Jackson, Grant Investment Advisers, Inc. Stamford, CT, is the author of "Managing Retirement Wealth: An Expert Guide to Personal Portfolio Management in Good Times and Bad" and "The AARP Retirement Survival Guide: How to Make Smart Decisions in Good Times and Bad.”

Book Buzz for Book Groups

Join us under the stars!
Join us under the stars!

Thursday, June 2nd at 7 p.m.

Register

Meet the stars of the publishing industry under the stars! Please join us in the Library courtyard for our Spring 2016 Book Buzz for Book Groups. This year we’re excited to bring back our popular speed dating version of the Book Buzz. Bring yourself, a friend, or your entire book group for this unforgettable evening! Meet the stars from major publishing firms as they regale us with the newest, soon-to-be-published books that we'll all be reading in the near future.  Meet publishing representatives from Europa, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Soho Press and Workman, with a special guest appearance from our own, Jen Dayton, head of Collection Development at the Darien Library. Refreshments will be served.

Friday Night Feature - 'Concussion'

Friday,  June 3rd at 6:30 and 8:45p.m. - Concussion (2015) Starring Will Smith, Stephen Moyer, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Eddie Marsan, Luke Wilson; Rated PG-13; 123 minutes; Presented with Captions for the hearing impaired.

Filmmaker Peter Landesman (Parkland) wrote and directed this sports-themed drama based on Jeanne Marie Laskas' GQ article "Game Brain," about the potentially horrific cost of playing football. Pittsburgh-based neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) discovers a degenerative brain disease now known as CTE in the autopsies of several deceased pro-football players, but after presenting his research, he finds himself under fire from the NFL.

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).

Gaming for Grownups

Monday, June 6th at 6:30 p.m.

Why do kids get to have all the fun? Join us on the first Monday of every month for an evening of tabletop gaming.

Set aside some time to play this week. The Library will provide a slew of games including mah jongg sets, playing cards, jenga, pandemic, scattergories, trivial pursuit, bananagrams, taboo, fluxx, sushi go!, and forbidden island. Have a favorite game at home? Bring it in the share with the group! Play an old favorite, learn a completely new, silly game, and make some friends along the way too. Game on, Darien!