Business Book Group: 'How to Win Friends and Influence People'

Thursday, April 28th at 6 p.m. at NEAT Darien, 20 Grove St, Darien, CT 06820

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Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleThe group is invited to an informal discussion of the book from 6 to 6:45 p.m. followed by networking over coffee, beer, and light refreshments.

About How to Win Friends and Influence People

For more than sixty years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. How to Win Friends and Influence People promises to help you achieve your maximum potential. Learn:

• Three fundamental techniques in handling people
• The six ways to make people like you
• The twelve ways to win people to you way of thinking
• The nine ways to change people without arousing resentment

We have copies of the book available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussion.

Business Book Group is sponsored by the Darien Rowayton Bank.

Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshops

Thursday, April 28th at 6:30 p.m.

Community members are invited to join us for a two-part workshop on four original one-act plays from local playwrights. The selected plays this year are:

An Assignation by Jim Gordon
Belt For It by Lisa Power
Invisible Fence by Terry Steimer
Sometimes I Cry by Nicholas Troilo

Interested actors are invited to audition on Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, May 22nd at 2 p.m., the Actors/Playwrights Workshop will present the first public-staged reading of selections from the plays in the Library’s Community Room.

The Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes Actors’ Equity actors and non-Equity actors to participate, brings together local and regional playwrights and actors, and encourages a collaborative effort to create new plays and present a public-staged reading. Co-founded by the late Catherine Lindsey and her husband Robert, the workshop introduces original plays in progress to be developed in a workshop environment with the goal of the public-staged readings. Catherine Lindsey was a beloved friend of the Library and director of Darien Library Theater for over 25 years.

The Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes all interested playwrights and actors, with or without experience, to join. The sessions offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment, culminating in the May 22nd program, which will feature four staged performances.

Friday Night Feature - 'Truth'

Friday, April 29th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45p.m. - Truth (2015) Starring Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss ,Dennis Quaid, Bruce Greenwood; Rated R; 125 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

On the morning of September 9, 2004, veteran CBS News producer Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) believed she had every reason to feel proud of a broadcast journalism job well done. By the end of the day, Mapes, CBS News, and the venerable CBS News anchor Dan Rather (Robert Redford) would be under harsh scrutiny.

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).

Résumé and Job Application Drop-In

Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos | CC BY 2.0
Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos | CC BY 2.0

Monday, May 2nd from 3 to 4 p.m.

Prepare for a career change, internship, employment search, or just polish up your résumé! Bring your résumé in for help from our Reference Librarians on:

• Editing your résumé
• Proofread your cover letters
• Troubleshoot technology issues with online job applications
• Assist in setting up an email account
• Help with other job application and résumé related advice

Mondays in May

Gaming for Grownups

Monday, May 2nd 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!

Art on View: Nobuko Miki

Image courtesy of the artist
Image courtesy of the artist

On display Thursday, March 17th through Monday, May 2nd

Come view the work of Nobuko Miki, modern folk artist. The gallery is located on the Library's Lower Level.

Nobu is a native of Tokyo, Japan. She never thought she would be an artist — she graduated with a degree in psychology from Waseda University in Tokyo and then went on to work for a major Japanese cosmetics company to do market research. While she is not classically trained, she always jokes that her psychology background helps her understand what people want to see in a painting.

She first moved to the United States in 1994, soon fell in love with American Folk Art, and started studying decorative painting, a style that makes heavy use of patterns and is painted mostly on wooden surfaces. She didn't speak English very well and had two young sons at the time, but her 75-year-old teacher Rachel Stephans took her under her wing, and they remained very close until Rachel's death 14 years later. 

She moved with her family to Darien, Connecticut in 2003, where she established her art business and her unique Modern Folk Art style. Since then, Nobu has painted scenes of the New England countryside and the towns of Darien and New Canaan in Connecticut. She has designed the cover of the Darien Parks & Recreation Department brochure since 2008, and many local nonprofits have used her works to raise money. She has established herself as one of the most recognizable and beloved artists in Darien.  

Nobu has been commissioned by many to paint house portraits, and in addition, she has launched a line of dog portraits, inspired by her labradoodle, Princess Fiona.

She has two sons, aged 26 and 22.

Short Stories for Summer Days

Carroll Stenson
Carroll Stenson

Tuesday, May 3rd 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.

Film Screening and Discussion: 'No Letting Go'

Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. - No Letting Go (2015) Starring Cheryl Allison, Richard Burgi, and David Schallip; NR; 144 minutes. Following the screening of the film, there will be a Q&A with producer/writer Randi Silverman.

No Letting Go, based on a true story, is a feature drama that follows one family’s journey to understand and to cope with the erratic behavior and emotional instability of their middle son, Tim. The family’s world starts to unravel as they discover that their son’s increasing fragility is due to mental illness. No Letting Go is a powerful film that gives voice to millions of families who suffer alone and in silence. This poignant film honestly depicts the potentially devastating impacts of mental health disorders, which affect 1 in 5 children in the United States every year.

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

About the presenter
Randi Silverman is the Executive Producer and Co-Screenwriter of No Letting Go. She has lead community-based awareness campaigns and support groups on the issue of child and adolescent mental health. As the mother of a child with a mental health disorder, she has experienced first-hand what it is to bring a family of three children through this challenge.

Randi is the co-Founder and Director of Parent-to-Parent Support Group, a support network for parents raising children with issues of anxiety, depression and/or mood disorder. Parent-to-Parent has served over 400 families in the New York City Tri-State Area since 2011. Earlier community work includes serving as Vice-Chair and Chair of Byram Hills C.H.I.L.D., a committee of the local Parent Teacher Association supporting families with children of various abilities, and serving on the Board of Directors for the Rosenthal JCC (Pleasantville, NY) as Chair of their Special Needs Department. A former practicing attorney, Randi helps parents advocate for the educational needs of children of all abilities.

The Darien Library is proud to cosponsor this event with the Community Fund of Darien and Laurel House.

Acting Auditions

Catherine Lindsey Workshop Auditions
Catherine Lindsey Workshop Auditions

Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop, now in its 24th year, will be holding acting auditions for roles in their public performances. The playwriting workshops will conclude with a public performance at the Library on Sunday, May 22nd at 2 p.m.

Auditions are open to all. Playwrights are looking for a diverse group of adult actors to play parts meant for those in their late twenties through early eighties. Rehearsals will then take place in May through the performance.

The plays selected for performance are:

An Assignation by Jim Gordon
Belt For It by Lisa Power
Invisible Fence by Terry Steimer
Sometimes I Cry by Nicholas Troilo

The Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes Actors’ Equity actors and non-Equity actors to participate, brings together local and regional playwrights and actors, and encourages a collaborative effort to create new plays and present a public-staged reading. Co-founded by the late Catherine Lindsey and her husband Robert, the workshop introduces original plays in progress to be developed in a workshop environment with the goal of the public-staged readings. Catherine Lindsey was a beloved friend of the Library and director of Darien Library Theater for over 25 years. The memorial workshops offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment culminating in the staged readings of short scenes from full-length plays, one-act plays, musicals, and monologues.

Digital Design: Photoshop

Tuesday, May 3rd at 7 p.m.

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Interested in learning how to edit images, for work or fun? Whether you are a startup, graphic designer, blogger, or editing family photos, Photoshop is the go-to program for image editing.

We will cover:

• Basic Tools
• Lighting
• Color
• Background
• Layers
• Shortcuts
• Formats (saving files)
• and answer any questions