Short Stories with Carroll Stenson

Carroll Stenson
Carroll Stenson

Tuesday, September 16th at 3 p.m.

Our popular discussion series continues with a line-up of stories especially selected by Carroll to offer insight into the human condition and provoke thoughtful conversation.

Please join us and share with other short story enthusiasts.

The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters

Larissa Bailiff
Larissa Bailiff

Sunday, October 12th at 5 p.m.

Larissa Bailiff will join us from the Museum of Modern Art to discuss the preeminent artist of Belle Epoque Paris, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. There is perhaps no other artist whose very name conjures the quintessential image of fin-de-siècle Paris, with its colorful artistic characters, notoriously decadent nightlife, and fabulous divas than Toulouse-Lautrec. During his brief but brilliant career, the artist brought the language of the late-19th-century avant-garde to a broad public through his famous posters, prints, and illustrations for journals and magazines. The talk will include a special preview of the upcoming fall exhibition, The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters.

About the Speaker

Larissa Bailiff is a specialist in late 19th-century French art and culture. She received her MA in art history from Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. Larissa has worked at the Museum of Modern Art for over a decade. Formerly an associate educator there, she continues to give public talks and private tours, as well as to teach classes for the museum. Recently she had the honor and privilege of judging the Darien Arts Center annual art show.

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

Video of René Magritte’s Early Surrealist Years

On Tuesday, November 26, 2013, Anne Umland, The Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, gave 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.

For more information, please visit the original event listing.

Understanding Bitcoin : What You Need to Know About the New Digital Currency

Joe Cascio
Joe Cascio

Wednesday, February 12 at 7 p.m.

Bitcoin is a revolutionary and disruptive new open-source technology for value storage and transfer. It allows individuals anywhere on the globe to transfer funds to one another for pennies without an intermediary and without permission from governments. It's sometimes referred to as "Money Without Borders." This session will consist of a brief introductory presentation followed by an extended question and answer discussion. Bring your curiosity and your questions.

Joe Cascio is a semi-retired software developer from Stonington, CT. He has worked in several engineering and science related companies, and was most recently the CTO at a cardiology imaging software company in Westerly, RI. He has been involved in bitcoin since 2011 and is developing bitcoin related software for digital identity.

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

Video of Michael Reynolds of Europa Editions

On Friday, November 15, 2013, Europa Edition's Editor-in-Chief, Michael Reynolds, was our featured speaker at a special luncheon.

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Video of Medicare: What You Should Know

On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, Maura Carley, author of "Health Insurance: Navigating Traps and Gaps" and President of Healthcare Navigation, LLC. was our featured speaker.

To learn more, please visit the event listing.

What Are Colleges Looking for?

Flickr image courtesy CollegeDegrees360
Flickr image courtesy CollegeDegrees360

Tuesday, February 25th at 7 p.m.

Demystify the high school curriculum planning process to reveal what colleges are really looking for. In this presentation, find out how important standardized tests and extracurricular activities really are.

Presented by Lee Gowen Marine and Lisa Nelson of Dunbar Educational Consultants and Lily Scheyhing, a tutor, teacher, and Program Director at Summit Educational Group.

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

Video of Todd Forrest of the NY Botanical Garden

On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, Todd Forest of The New York Botanical Garden was our featured speaker. He described how the New York Botanical Garden’s approach to stewardship of the Forest has evolved from a policy of “let alone” to active restoration and discuss the ecological, educational, and research goals of the ongoing management program.

For more information, please visit the event listing.

Ten Productive Habits to Start Today

Image courtesy Flickr user Bobbi Newman
Image courtesy Flickr user Bobbi Newman

Thursday, January 16 at 7 PM

Whether for good or bad, few things influence our daily behavior as much as habits. The start of a new year is the perfect time to be intentional in forming habits that will improve both our productivity and contentment. Please join us as we discuss:

- How and why we form habits

- Why having good habits matters

- 10 habits everyone should cultivate (and how to form them!)

Presented by Seana Turner, President and Founder of The Seana Method.

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

Ask the Experts: Thriving (Not Just Surviving) Through Life Transitions

Thriving (Not Just Surviving) Through Life Transitions
Thriving (Not Just Surviving) Through Life Transitions

Tuesday, January 7 at 7 p.m.

Although life transitions are a normal part of living, they can be overwhelming. Whether the transition is a career change, divorce, kids leaving home, aging parents or the loss of a loved one, there is no GPS for navigating the journey. The Life Solution Center of Darien, a consortium of independent practices and businesses, was designed to help negotiate just these kinds of challenges. Founder and Executive Director Maud Purcell, MSW, LCSW, CEAP, will moderate a lively and informative discussion featuring the following panel of Life Solution Center experts:

- Donna Carlin, Career Consultant and Coach
- Lisa Gardner, MSW, LCSW, Couples Therapist
- Maurice Segall, JD, and Victoria Thomas, MS, Divorce Mediation and Financial Analysis
- Erica Jensen, Wardrobe Consultant
- Judy Stoddard, MSW, LCSW, Geriatric and Family Therapist

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

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