Debate Featuring Candidates for the Office of Board of Education

The League of Women Voters logo
The League of Women Voters logo

Wednesday, October 30, 6:30 p.m. Meet and Greet with the Candidates, 7 p.m. Discussion and Debate

The Darien League of Women Voters is pleased to host this upcoming event:

Candidates for the Office of Board of Education will participate in a discussion and debate. This is a contested race with four candidates, two Democrats and two Republicans, running for three positions on the Board.

During this event, voters will be able to submit written questions to the candidates either in person or online via email to lwv.darien@gmail.com. This is a great opportunity to meet the candidates and ask about the many issues facing our town. Both events will be videotaped by Channel 79 and rebroadcast prior to Election Day November 5th. Please visit our website lwv.darien.org for more information.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'No'

We will screen NO Friday, August 16.
We will screen NO Friday, August 16.

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.

"No is filmmaking of the first order." -- Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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

MoMA Highlights: A Guest Lecture

Molleen Theodore
Molleen Theodore

Tuesday, October 29 at 7 p.m.

In this lecture, we will follow the course of MoMA's beginnings and history and its alignment with the history of art. In addition to discussing the many great works of art that define MoMA's collection, we will introduce ways in which to frame a discussion of works of art.

Molleen Theodore is the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Fellow in the Education Department at the Yale University Art Gallery and a lecturer in the Education Department at the Museum of Modern Art. She received her Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2010 with a specialization in twentieth century art, photography, and film studies.

This event is part of Darien Library’s collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan in 2013-14. Stay tuned for special library programs and additions to our collection like modern art books, iPads, and museum passes. This collaboration is designed to enhance the Darien community’s appreciation for and knowledge of modern art.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Kon-Tiki'

KON-TIKI: Screening in our Community Room November 1.
KON-TIKI: Screening in our Community Room November 1.

Friday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Kon-Tiki (2012) Starring Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, and Gustaf Skarsgård; Rated PG-13; 101 minutes.Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This sweeping adventure details Thor Heyerdahl's daring attempt to prove that early settlers from South America once populated Polynesia by sailing across the Pacific on a simple balsa wood raft. Rejected by every publisher he approaches to print his unusual thesis, Heyerdahl eventually decides that the only way to prove it is to make the journey himself as the entire world watches.

"Kon-Tiki is a widescreen man-against-nature epic, beautifully shot and boasting seamless, stunning visual effects." -- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

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

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

Darien Library at the Darien Farmers Market

Image courtesy flickr user NatalieMaynor
Image courtesy flickr user NatalieMaynor

Wednesdays in July and August, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The great harvest is upon us. Stop by Darien Library's booth at the market every Wednesday this July and August to renew a book, find a delicious recipe, obtain a library card, trace the provenance of an exotic vegetable, or check out a popular cookbook. Our librarians will be on-hand to answer your most pressing produce-related questions.

We will be there rain or shine! The Darien Farmers Market is located in the Goodwives Shopping Center, 25 Old Kings Highway North.

 

Every Child Ready to Read Workshop for Parents

Courtesy of http://www.everychildreadytoread.org/
Courtesy of http://www.everychildreadytoread.org/

Tuesday, January 7th at 10:00 a.m.

Join the Children's Librarians as they provide practical tips and activities for parents on growing a reader. Children are welcome.

Register online.

Friday Night Feature - 'Secondhand Lions'

We will screen SECONDHAND LIONS August 30.
We will screen SECONDHAND LIONS August 30.

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.

"A gentle and sweet whimsy." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"The performances of Caine and Duvall are a double-barreled blast." - Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out our Friday Night Features in August.

René Magritte’s Early Surrealist Years, Guest Lecture with Anne Umland

Anne Umland
Anne Umland

Tuesday, November 26 at 7 p.m.

Anne Umland, The Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, will give a lecture on the great Belgian painter René Magritte’s early Surrealist years, with special reference to works of art included in the exhibition Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938, on view at MoMA through January 13, 2014.

Dr. Umland will discuss the key strategies and techniques Magritte developed between 1926 and 1938 to defamiliarize the familiar -- to make, in his words, "everyday objects shriek aloud." During this period of intense innovation, Magritte was closely aligned with the Surrealist movement and his work of these years constituted an important new approach to Surrealist art.

Anne Umland received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 1997. Umland joined The Museum of Modern Art in 1996 as Assistant Curator and has organized or co-organized a number of exhibitions for MoMA, including Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938 (2013), Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914 (2011), Joan Miró: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927-1937 (2008) and Alberto Giacometti (2001).

This event is part of Darien Library’s collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan in 2013-14. Stay tuned for special library programs and additions to our collection like modern art books, iPads, and museum passes. This collaboration is designed to enhance the Darien community’s appreciation for and knowledge of modern art.

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

Special Halloween Double Feature - 'The Shining' and 'Room 237'

THE SHINING will be followed by a screening of the documentary ROOM 237
THE SHINING will be followed by a screening of the documentary ROOM 237

On Sunday, October 27 starting at 1 p.m., we are hosting a very special Halloween event. Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is a classic psychological horror film. It will be followed by a screening of the documentary Room 237, which explores conspiracy theories surrounding the making of the film.

The Shining (1980) Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd; Rated R; 146 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Called "a masterpiece of modern horror" and "a tour-de-force of sheer terror" by the critics, Stanley Kubrick's film is a chilling adaptation of Stephen King's novel. The Shining combines eerie special effects, haunting performances by Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, and an unmistakable aura of evil into a spectacular horror film.

Approximately 3:30 p.m. - Room 237 (2012) Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 102 minutes.

A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining (1980). The film may be over 30 years old but it continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments.

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

Plot Creation Workshop

Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month
Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

Sunday, October 27th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In the Mezzanine Conference Room

Everyone has a story in them. But not everyone has time to find out what that story is and how to put it down on paper.

Join us for a Plot Creation Workshop where Roman Godzich and Charles Muir will provide resources and walk attendees through a 60 minute plot creation work packet. Whether you have a plot in need of expanding or want to start from scratch, this event will help you lay that initial story foundation.

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