Darien Library to host Fairfield County Minecraft Server

The Central Library
The Central Library

Minecrafters!

On Saturday, September 7th, we cut the ribbon on the Fairfield County Minecraft Server.  Darien Library is proud to be hosting and managing the server, but this is a multi-town project that is designed to bring Minecrafters in the region together in a safe and creative environment.  Libraries currently participating are Darien, Westport, Wilton, and Norwalk.

Minecrafters:

The new server features a common spawn-point where all players can gather and socialize--the Central Library.  From there, you can teleport to your town's very own world where you are free to mine, build, and craft to your heart's content.  Curious about what kids from other towns are up to?  You're free to visit their worlds, but you can only build in your own world--the same goes for everyone else.  Worried about griefing? We've got it covered.  The server will be running many of the popular plugins you're used to including Grief Prevention (so that you can claim areas to build upon) and Core Protect, so that if someone does mess with your stuff, we'll know who it was and we can roll back the changes.  If you want to play, bring in your library card and tell us your player name and we'll add you to the server!

Parents:

We've conceptualized this server from the beginning to be a safe environment for kids and teens.  Before players can use the server, they'll need to come in to the library and present their library card and tell us their player name.  They will then be granted access to the server and given permission to build in their hometown world.  We will know who each player is and how to get in touch with them should an issue arise.  Safety and fun are our top priorities!

To Get Started:

Come in to the library, ask to be added to the server and get online.  To connect, start Minecraft, click on multiplayer and add a new server.  You can call it Fairfield County Minecraft and use fcminecraft.org as the server address.

We look forward to building with you!  Dig on!

Friday Night Features in October

We will screen THE SAPPHIRES October 18.
We will screen THE SAPPHIRES October 18.

Friday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.His Way (2011) Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 83 minutes.

A look at the professional, political and personal life of legendary movie producer Jerry Weintraub featuring interviews with friends, family and colleagues.

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

Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m. – Weekend One Acts at Darien Library

Darien Library is proud to present for the fourth time “Weekend One-Acts,” a theatrical weekend featuring free performances of one-act plays from two esteemed playwrights. The program of two works includes David Ives’ "Sure Thing" and Mira Gibson’s "Old Flame." A reception will follow Friday evening’s performance. There will be an encore matinee on Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m. Both performances are free and open to the public.

Friday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.The Sapphires (2012) Starring Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, and Jessica Mauboy; Rated PG-13; 99 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Inspired by a true story, director Wayne Blair's debut feature The Sapphires follows four Aboriginal Australian girls as they are transformed into a soulful singing group by a kindhearted musician, and later travel to Vietnam to entertain battle-weary U.S. troops. Cynthia, Gail, Julie, and Kay are four singers with lots of passion, but precious little talent. Recognizing something special in the way the girls perform, soulful talent scout Dave offers to shape them into a Motown-inspired soul group and get them out on the road. But when their first gig turns out to be on the front lines of Vietnam -- where death has become part of the daily routine -- the ambitious young singers realize they've got their work cut out for them.

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

Friday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Before Midnight (2013) Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy; Rated R; 109 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

The last film of the trilogy, we meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.

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

All films are free and open to the public.

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

Video of Michael Paterniti

On Wednesday, July 7, 2013, Michael Paterniti, author of The Telling Room, was our featured speaker.

For more information, please visit the event listing.

Friday Night Features in September

We will screen WHAT MASIE KNEW September 13.
We will screen WHAT MASIE KNEW September 13.

Friday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.Amour (2013) Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva; Rated PG-13; 127 minutes. Presented in French with English subtitles.

Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

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

Friday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.What Masie Knew (2013) Starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Onata Aprile, Joanna Vanderham, and Steve Coogan; Rated R; 99 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A contemporary reimagining of Henry James' novel, this film tells the story of a captivating little girl's struggle for grace in the midst of her parents' bitter custody battle. Told through the eyes of the title's heroine, Maisie navigates this ever-widening turmoil with a six-year-old's innocence, charm and generosity of spirit.

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

Friday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.The Company You Keep (2013) Starring Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, and Chris Cooper; Rated R; 121 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Shepard knows the significance of the national news story he has exposed and, for a journalist, this is an opportunity of a lifetime. Hell-bent on making a name for himself, he is willing to stop at nothing to capitalize on it. He digs deep into Grant's past. Despite warnings from his editor and threats from the FBI, Shepard relentlessly tracks Grant across the country.

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

Friday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013) Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 79 minutes.

A documentary that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what can be done about it ... if anything.

All films are free and open to the public.

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

Art on View: Krejcir and Tiano

Lemons by Sharon Ohmen Krejcir
Lemons by Sharon Ohmen Krejcir

Sharon Ohmen Krejcir and Lynne Stitzel Tiano

Artist's Reception Friday, August 2nd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The theme of this exhibit is food and fun, their relationship in color, location, and balance.

About Sharon Ohmen Krejcir

Sharon Ohmen Krejcir finds inspiration and beauty in everyday objects, particularly fruits and vegetables. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut. Additionally, she studied with Edward DeVoe, Alain Picard, and in the studio of Richard Stalter. Sharon is a member of the Society of Creative Artists in Newtown. Her work has been exhibited in Darien,CT at the Darien Arts Center show, the Gillespie Gallery at Atria, and at Pine Brook Studio Gallery. She has also shown at various SCAN shows in Newtown CT. Awards include Third Place oil category DAC Show 2013, and Society of Creative Arts of Newtown Award 2013. Sharon lives in Newtown with her chef husband, two children and an enormous vegetable garden.

About Lynne Stitzel Tiano

Lynne Stitzel Tiano's creations capture the art of mystical creatures and spaces of tranquility. She received her art education at LaSalle College in Boston and continued her studies with local artist Robert Krouskoff. She taught art at St. Luke's Parish for the Children's Ministry. Her works have been exhibited in juried shows at Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich, CT, Darien Art Council, Darien, CT., Silvermine School of Arts, New Canaan, CT, and Orpheus, San Francisco, CA. She is a native of Darien, CT.

The exhibit runs July 23 - September 6.

Art On View: Bruce Horan

'Philosophy' by Bruce Horan
'Philosophy' by Bruce Horan

Artist's Reception Friday, September 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Bruce explores and redefines the energy and space around us through his work. By examining and reinterpreting our environment, we find new perspectives of our world and the many dimensions and states that it holds. From rigid design and order to energetic unbalance, the elements of our consciousness are combined with the textures, colors and imagery of our imagination to create new scenes where anything is possible.

The artworks incorporate painting, experimental printmaking, expressive gesture and digital design to create images that engage the viewer through bold color, textural landscapes and graphic abstraction.

About Bruce Horan

Since receiving his Masters of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in 2010, Bruce works out of his studio in Norwalk, CT and shows his work regionally. He is a graduate of Darien High School and the University of Connecticut.

The exhibit runs September 10 - October 25.

 

Video of Jia-Yi He

World-class harmonica virtuoso Jia-Yi He plays different kinds of harmonicas: Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo, and Bass, as well as the largest harmonica and the smallest harmonica in the world. For this performance, he will be accompanied by a string quartet.

Video of Susan Conley

On Thursday, October 3, 2013, Susan Conley, author of "The Foremost Good Fortune" and "Paris was the Place", was our featured speaker.

For more information, please visit the author's event page.

Friday Night Feature - 'Before Midnight'

We will screen BEFORE MIDNIGHT Friday, October 25 in our Community Room.
We will screen BEFORE MIDNIGHT Friday, October 25 in our Community Room.

Friday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Before Midnight (2013) Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy; Rated R; 109 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

The last film of the trilogy, we meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.

"Having created and aged into their characters, both Delpy and Hawke are superb at doing what professional actors find so difficult - not seeming to act." -- Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

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

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

 

Friday Night Features in August

We will screen BROOKLYN CASTLE on August 2.
We will screen BROOKLYN CASTLE on August 2.

Friday, August 2 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Brooklyn Castle (2012) Documentary Feature; Rated PG; 102 minutes.

This documentary tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories.

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

Friday, August 9 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Before Sunset (2004) Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy; Rated R; 80 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Jesse, a writer from the US, and Celine, a Frenchwoman working for an environment protection organization, acquainted nine years ago on a train from Budapest to Vienna, meet again when Jesse arrives in Paris for a reading of his new book. As they have only a few hours until his plane leaves, they stroll through Paris together.

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

Friday, August 16 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.No (2012) Starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Alfredo Castro; Not Rated; 112 minutes. Presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

In 1988, Chilean mili tary dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote YES or NO to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition leaders for the NO persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra, to spearhead their campaign. Against all odds, with scant resources and under scrutiny by the despot‘s minions, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and set Chile free.

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

Friday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. A Place at the Table (2012) Documentary Feature; Rated PG; 84 minutes.

50 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.

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

Friday, August 30 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Secondhand Lions (2003) Starring Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, and Haley Joel Osment; Rated PG; 109 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.

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

All films are free and open to the public.

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

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