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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

Gardening with Nature: Forest Restoration and Native Plant Gardening at The New York Botanical Garden

flickr image courtesy Kristine Paulus
flickr image courtesy Kristine Paulus

Tuesday, October 22 at 7 p.m.

Todd Forrest will describe 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.

Todd Forrest oversees all aspects of the management and development of the Garden’s landmark 250-acre site, its glasshouses, and indoor and outdoor exhibitions, including the 50-acre Thain Family Forest, 50 gardens and plant collections, exhibitions in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, and outdoor art exhibitions. He manages a staff of 80 including managers, curators, gardeners, and community horticulturists. Todd has taken a leadership role in planning and implementing projects such as the construction of the Benenson Ornamental Conifers, restoration of the Ross Conifer Arboretum, the construction and planting of the 11-acre Azalea Garden, and the new Native Plant Garden. He advises on long-term strategy for future development of the Garden’s landscape, Conservatory and art exhibitions, seasonal events and displays of all kinds.

An advocate for historic trees, forests, urban landscapes, and public gardens, Forrest has written many articles and interpretative materials. He joined The New York Botanical Garden in 1997 as an intern and research assistant in the Science division before joining the Horticulture staff as Associate Curator of Woody Plants in 1999. Previously, Forrest worked at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he has a Master of Forest Science degree from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

This event is co-sponsored by the Tree Conservancy of Darien and the Darien Land Trust.

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

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).

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