Black History Film Fest- 'Ray'

Enjoy
Enjoy

Wednesday, February 17th at 1:30 p.m. -  Ray (2003) Starring Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Clifton Powell, Harry Lennix, Bokeem Woodbine; Rated PG-13; 152 minutes. Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

This biopic profiles the life of legendary musician Ray Charles. Despite humble beginnings and the loss of his eyesight due to glaucoma at the age of six, Charles, depicted by Jamie Foxx, would nonetheless become an icon in both the music industry and the civil rights era. While the film delves into his problems with drugs and women, the bulk of the story details his career; among the highlights of that career are 12 Grammy awards and 11 R&B chart-toppers, such as "Unchain My Heart," "Hit the Road, Jack," "Georgia," "Doin' the Mess Around," and "Hallelujah I Just Love Her So."

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).

Fireside Knitting

Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.
Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.

Thursday, February 18th at 2 p.m.

Calling all fiber artists! Whether you're a casual knitter, an expert crocheter, or dabble in loom weaving, join us as we create and chat. Bring your projects, get tips, and learn from one another. All skill levels welcome.

This group meets Thursdays in January and February.

Forever Young Book Group: 'Dumplin'

Love it.
Love it.

Thursday, February 18th at 6:30 p.m., at The Goose, 972 Post Road

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Introducing Forever Young, a book group for fans of young adult (YA) fiction who are a little less Y and a lot more A. Join us as we discuss Julie Murphy's Dumplin'.

About Dumplin'

Sixteen-year-old Willowdean wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl, so, while grappling with her feelings for a co-worker who is clearly attracted to her, Will and some other misfits prepare to compete in the beauty pageant her mother runs.

Writer's Workshop

Photo by jjpacres / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Photo by jjpacres / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Thursday, February 18th at 7 p.m.

Come join The Writer's Workshop, a monthly class for writers of any genre.  A constructive atmosphere greets aspiring writers as they learn and understand a reader's perspective of their work.  While many in the group have dreams to publish, that is not a requirement.  Presently we have fiction, memoir, mystery and thriller, short story, personal essay, and poetry writers.  Let's put pen to paper and get writing!

Presented by Laura Cavers, who recently received an MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College. At Manhattanville, Laura was assistant editor to the college's award-winning literary magazine, Inkwell.  She is currently working on her first novel, Bellwethers.

For those interested in joining the Writer's Workshop please come 15 minutes early to meet the workshop leader and learn the Workshop guidelines.  She will meet you just outside the Writer's Room on the second floor.

Friday Night Feature - 'Black Mass'

So many stars
So many stars

Friday, February 19th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. - Black Mass (2015) Starring Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Jesse Plemons, Dakota Johnson, Rory Cochrane; Rated PG; 122 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

The true story of one of America's most violent and infamous gangsters, Whitey Bulger. Johnny Depp stars as Bulger, who was the brother of a state senator and was eventually convinced to wear a wire for the FBI to bring down the Italian mafia in Boston after they invaded his territory. Scott Cooper directs, with Mark Mallouk penning the screenplay based on Dick Lehr and Gerald O'Neill's 2001 best-seller Black Mass: The True Story of An Unholy Alliance Between The FBI and The Irish Mob .

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 Days

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

Saturday, February 20th 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. We will not be able to take passport photos at our February Passport Day. Passport Photos in Darien can be done 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).

Family Concert: From Jazz to Soul

Image courtesy of Rhonda Denét
Image courtesy of Rhonda Denét

Saturday, February 20th at 2 p.m.

The Darien Library welcomes the extraordinary vocal talents of Rhonda Denét, who, flanked by the Silver Fox Songs Trio, will perform a collection of jazz standards and soul classics that spans five decades. The group invites you on a musical journey from a time when the "First Lady Of Song," Ella Fitzgerald graced the stage to when the "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin ruled the airways. In addition to Ella and Aretha, this showcase pays tribute to Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Etta James, Martha & The Vandellas, Mary Wells, and Gladys Knight. Through the music, the magic and the message, there is something for everyone!

Listen to the Silver Fox Songs Trio here.

Refreshments will be served.

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

Dreadlocks, Rock 'n Roll, & Human Rights

Ron Kipling Williams
Ron Kipling Williams

Sunday, February 21st at 2:30 p.m.

Dreadlocks, Rock ‘n Roll & Human Rights is an autobiographical play about a black youth who rocks and rolls to his own beat and is forced to battle racism, stereotypes and ignorance. It is a thought-provoking tale of a man who struggles against society’s intolerance and fights to create a world of acceptance. The play has received critical acclaim from the Baltimore Sun and was a hit at both 2014 and 2015 Charm City Fringe Festivals, and the 2015 Artscape Festival.

About the performer
Ron Kipling Williams is an award-winning performance artist, poet, human rights activist, teacher, and mentor. His first one man show, If the World Were Like Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids won a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. In addition, he received a Baltimore City African American Male Unsung Hero Award, and a United Workers Human Rights Champion award.

Ron is slated to graduate this spring with an MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. He is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honors Society, the ‘Be the Change’ Advisory Council, and is a Student Fellow with the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Ron has taught Summer Bridge, Writing Composition, and Civic and Community Engagement. For the last seven years, Ron has been volunteering as a voice over recording artist for the Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. He is also the voice for the library’s voice mail system.
 

Community Discussion: Darien Town Plan of Conservation and Development

Monday, February 22nd at 1 p.m.

Community Members are invited to a panel discussion on the Town Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). The panel discussion and audience participation will be enhanced by an interactive audience response system supported by Meridia software. 

Panelists will include Jeremy Ginsberg, Director of Planning and Zoning for Darien, Susan Cameron, Chairman of the Darien  Planning and Zoning Commission, Steven Olvany,  Darien Planning and Zoning Commission member and Glenn Chalder, AICP, President and Project Manager for Planimetrics, the land use consulting firm which is working with Darien to develop a Plan of Conservation and Development.

Planimetrics is a land use consulting firm providing planning, zoning and development services primarily in the public sector. For more than twenty years the firm has helped Connecticut communities prepare new Plans of Conservation and Development or update existing ones so that communities become better places for future generations. Because the Town Plan is updated only once every ten years, citizens have a unique opportunity to contribute ideas about their vision for this community.  The Town POCD is scheduled to be adopted in June, 2016 following many months of discussion and community input.

This event is cosponsored with the Darien League of Women Voters.

Sewing 101

Image courtesy of Chandni Thawani
Image courtesy of Chandni Thawani

Tuesday, February 23rd from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Always wondered how to get started on fun DIY projects with a sewing machine? Hoping to get reacquainted with a beloved machine?

In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Thread the machine & bobbin
  • Understand machine parts
  • Use sewing tools & terms
  • Investigate new book group websites
  • Sew a straight line

Feel free to bring your own machine for a hands-on approach. Our instructor can help you learn to use and troubleshoot your specific machine. A few sewing machines will be available for demo and shared use.

About the presenter
Chandni Thawani is a graduate of Parsons the New School for Design and Designer of Chaandu, a Collection of Indian & Elephant inspired smart and functional fashion. Visit her at chaandu.com. She is passionate about eco-clothing and design and enjoys teaching Sewing and Repairing Clothes as a way of preserving the health and value of your clothes.