Audition Notice

All the world's a stage!
All the world's a stage!

Auditions for Weekend One Acts

Auditions for "Sure Thing" by David Ives and "Hotline" by Elaine May will take place on Tuesday, August 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday, August 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. Callbacks, if necessary, will be on 8/22.

Actors should bring a head-shot if available, resume and current contact information, including mobile phone number. Participants will be given audition sides to perform for the audition.

Performances are Actors’ Equity Association approved. Seeking males and females (30s-50s). Good comedy timing a plus.

For best scheduling, contact Erin Shea at eshea@darienlibrary.org to confirm audition appearance and approximate time of arrival. Auditions will take place in the Library’s Conference Room, located on the Mezzanine level. Flexible evening and weekend rehearsal schedule will begin in September and run through the beginning of October.

Summary of Plays:

"Sure Thing" by David Ives is the story of Betty and Bill who meet, by chance, at a cafe. Their conversation moves along with help from outside forces.

In "Hotline" by Elaine May, a neurotic woman with enough urban angst to fill a neighborhood calls a suicide crisis hotline late one night. The counselor who gets the call is overwhelmed - it is his first night on the job.

The performances of Weekend One-Acts will take place in the Community Room on Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m.

Video of Making the Most of the College Experience

On June 18, 2013, we hosted a panel presentation to learn from current college students and recent high school graduates about what college is really like.

The panel was moderated by Donald Kjelleren, Director of Middlebury College’s Career Services Office and Lisa Nelson of Dunbar Educational Consultants in New Canaan, CT.

For more information, please visit the event listing.

Five Building Blocks of Growth for Your Business Series

Grow your business.
Grow your business.

Darien Library is pleased to announce a new series of workshops for small businesses every Tuesday evening in October. Sessions will meet in the Mezzanine Level Conference Room from 6 to 8 p.m., with check-in starting at 5:30 p.m.

All small businesses are welcome but content will be most relevant to those in business at least three years.

Following is a description of these interactive sessions:

October 1: Assessing Your Business: How Well Does It Run?

October 8: Building a Winning Plan to Grow Your Business

October 15: Tapping Your Peoples’ Potential

October 22: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Sales

October 29: Stop Leaking Cash: Simple Methods for Improving Your Operations

Participants may attend the entire series or only those sessions that fit their calendar.

Please register for each workshop using the links provided above.

This series is being coordinated by SCORE counselor, John Harmon, Managing Director of Adulant Consulting Services. He will be joined by other business professionals well-versed in their fields.

The series is co-sponsored by Fairfield County SCORE.

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

Fall Book Sale

A scene from the Winter Book Sale
A scene from the Winter Book Sale

Saturday, September 28th through Friday, October 4th at 12 Noon

Looking to stuff your bookcases with books, audiobooks, and DVDs this fall? Then come to the Darien Library Fall Book Sale! Hardcover and softcover books, audiobooks, and DVDs are $1. 

Special Deals

On Tuesday, October 1st and Wednesday, October 2nd, all items are half priced.

On Thursday, October 3rd, items will be a dollar a bag.

On Friday, October 4th everything is free until we close the book sale at 12 Noon.

Meet the Author - Martha D. Peterson

Martha D. Peterson
Martha D. Peterson

Thursday, September 19 at 7 p.m.

Martha D. Peterson, author of The Widow Spy, will be our featured speaker.

The Widow Spy is the first hand account of a true Cold War spy operation in Moscow, told exclusively by the CIA case offiicer who lived this experience. She was one of the first women to be assigned to Moscow, a very difficult operational environment. Her story begins in Laos during the Vietnam War where she accompanied her husband, a CIA officer. She describes their life in a small city in Laos, ending with the tragic death of her husband. Then her own thirty year career begins in Moscow, where she walks the dark streets alone, placing dead-drops and escaping the relentless eye of the KGB. Experience her arrest and detention in Lyubianka Prison, as only she can relate it. What she reveals in The Widow Spy has never been told.

About the Author

Marti was raised in Darien and graduated from Darien High School in 1963. She attended Drew University in Madison, NJ, receiving a BA degree in Sociology in 1967. It was at Drew that she met her future husband John, a physics major. After their marriage in 1969, John was hired by the CIA to be a paramilitary officer. Together they traveled to Pakse, Laos in 1971, where John managed Lao irregular troops as they attempted to interdict North Vietnamese troops and war materiel headed to South Vietnam along the Ho Chi Minh trail. In October 1972, John was killed in a helicopter accident. Marti returned to Virginia and applied to be an Operations Officer with the CIA. Marti’s career with the CIA lasted thirty-two years. She retired in 2003 to Wilmington, North Carolina, where she has been a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center, and the Wrightsville Beach Turtle Watch.

Books will be available for purchase at this event.

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

Healthy Darien: Health Fair at the Library

Be a part of it!
Be a part of it!

Saturday, September 28, 11 - 2:30 p.m.

The Darien Health Department will provide Flu shots ($15.00 cash/check only).

Post 53 will provide free blood pressure checks

Friday Night Feature - 'The Sapphires'

We will screen THE SAPPHIRES October 18 in our Community Room.
We will screen THE SAPPHIRES October 18 in our Community Room.

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.

"The harmonies they strike in this reality-inspired charmer are sweetly sublime." -- Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

"It's pure joy." -- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

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

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

eBooks Made Simple

Flickr image courtesy Martin Burns
Flickr image courtesy Martin Burns

Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m.: June 20 to July 18

Would you like to know more about borrowing eBooks from the Library? Check in with a savvy senior on Main Street and let him or her show you how to use your eReader. Walk through the steps to downloading eBooks or eMagazines!

Wednesday Matinee - 'Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School'

Screening in our Community Room Wednesday, August 21st at 1:30 p.m.
Screening in our Community Room Wednesday, August 21st at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 21 at 1:30 p.m. - Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (2005) Starring John Goodman, Robert Carlyle, and Marisa Tomei; Rated PG-13; 103 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Robert Carlyle is Frank Keane, a baker by trade but now a man consumed by his wife's death. When fate intervenes, he pulls over to help a stranger in a car wreck, a man near death who urgently discloses a planned reunion, a meeting with a lost childhood love at a school for ballroom dance. So simply one man's dream becomes another man's destiny.

"Ballroom bliss! An extraordinary story. Rich and colorful." - Rex Reed, New York Observer

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

 

Wednesday Matinee - 'The Prestige'

Screening in our Community Room Wednesday, November 20 at 1:30 p.m.
Screening in our Community Room Wednesday, November 20 at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 20 at 1:30 p.m. - The Prestige (2006) Starring Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, and Michael Caine; Rated PG-13; 130 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

From the time they first met as young magicians on the rise, Robert Angier and Alfred Borden were competitors. However, their friendly competition evolves into a bitter rivalry making them fierce enemies-for-life and consequently jeopardizing the lives of everyone around them. This film explores the darker side of magic where fantasy and reality become inextricably entwined and illusion prevails.

"The Prestige is wonderfully engrossing, darkly mysterious and entertaining from start to finish." -- Claudia Puig, USA Today

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

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