Wednesday Matinee - 'The Face of Love'

THE FACE OF LOVE will screen in our Community Room Wednesday, August 20th.
THE FACE OF LOVE will screen in our Community Room Wednesday, August 20th.

Wednesday, August 20th at 1:30 p.m. - The Face of Love (2013) Starring Annette Bening, Ed Harris, and Robin Williams; Rated PG-13; 92 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Five years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett, Nikki meets Tom, a man who seems to be Garrett's exact duplicate. Not only does Tom possess the same physical characteristics, but he also shares Garrett's kindness, humor, and passion for art. And yet he is a stranger. As romance blossoms between Nikki and Tom, she finds she can't bring herself to tell him the truth about what drew her to him. But as their relationship progresses, it becomes not a question of if the truth will come out, but when.

"Ms. Bening...immediately [makes] this woman come so satisfyingly alive, breathing believable vitality and at times contradictory emotions into what might have otherwise registered as a blur..." -- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

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

Evening Meditation

Julie Punishill
Julie Punishill

Wednesday, August 20th at 7 p.m.

Are you looking for a little more balance or calm in your life? Come join Julie Punishill (fresh off a spiritual retreat in Costa Rica) to learn some new breathing tools, meditations and chants to aid your body, mind and spirit into better alignment.

Participants are asked to bring a throw pillow or cushion.

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

Add Extra Security to Your Online Accounts

Amanda, User Experience Librarian
Amanda, User Experience Librarian

Thursday, August 21st at 2 p.m.
Technology Center on Lower Level

So you have different passwords for all your sites, but are you still feeling nervous? The latest in online security is two-factor authentication. Instead of relying on just a password, a user has to have a secondary code in order to access their account.

Who offers two factor authenication: Gmail, Facebook, eBay, LastPass, LinkedIn, Yahoo! mail, and more!

Who benefits from this extra layer of protection? Anyone who wants to make sure their online accounts cannot be compromised.

Following the presentation, Amanda will be on hand to answer your other technology related questions. 

Friday Night Feature - 'The Lunchbox'

We will screen THE LUNCHBOX in our Community Room August 22nd
We will screen THE LUNCHBOX in our Community Room August 22nd

Friday, August 22nd at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.The Lunchbox (2014) Starring Irrfan Khan; Rated PG; 105 minutes; Presented in Hindi with English subtitles.

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects Ila, a neglected housewife, to Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Through a series of exchanged notes that they pass back and forth through the lunches, Saajan and Ila find comfort in their unexpected friendship.

"The Lunchbox is a feast of delights, one of the best stories about the connection between food and love the movies have ever seen." -- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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

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

Passport Day

Image courtesy flickr user clappstar
Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, August 23rd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Get your passport at Darien Library! We'll have four Acceptance Agents from the CT Passport Agency ready to process and accept applications. We will provide all the paperwork and have a space for photos, as well. If you prefer, you can bring your own photographs. Specs for passport photos can be found here.

We can process passport renewals as well.

What to Bring: Birth Certificate, Naturalization Certificate, one color 2’’ by 2’’ photo, a valid photo identification (such as a driver’s license) with a front and back photocopy of the ID, and personal check/money order or debit/credit card for payment of the passport fee.

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

Short Stories with Carroll Stenson

Carroll Stenson
Carroll Stenson

Tuesday, August 26th 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.

Family Military History

Amanda Goodman
Amanda Goodman

Wednesday, August 27th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
In the Tech Center on the Lower Level

Your ancestors fought for freedom, family, and home. On June 28, 1914, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand led to the beginning of the Great War, what we now call World War I. Millions of soldiers joined the war on all sides and left behind for us records of their military enlistment and activity. 

In this workshop, you will learn how to find your ancestor's military enlistment, draft papers, and more through Ancestry.com, Heritage Quest, and FamilySearch. The first part of the program will be an overview of resources and in the second portion, you will work on your own family .

Audition Notice

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

Auditions for Weekend One Acts

Auditions for "Wanda's Visit" by Christopher Durang, "Long Ago and Far Away" by David Ives, and "Mere Mortals" by David Ives will take place on Wednesday, August 27th, from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Thursday, August 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. Callbacks, if necessary, will be on 9/4.

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 and some are available to borrow at our Welcome Desk to prepare in advance.

Performances are Actors’ Equity Association approved. Seeking various male and female actors, ages 20-50, and others 50+.

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 middle of November.

Summary of Plays:

"Wanda's Visit" by Christopher Durang is the story of Jim and Marsha who have been married for thirteen years and are feeling a little bored and unhappy. Wanda, Jim's old girlfriend, shows up for a visit and becomes the guest from hell. Out one night for dinner, all hell breaks loose in the restaurant as a waiter tries to cope on his first day with the confused threesome.

In "Long Ago and Far Away" by David Ives, a married yuppie couple, about to move out of their apartment, argue about the nature of reality and become caught up in a bizarre scenario.

"Mere Mortals" by David Ives features construction workers building a skyscraper up on the 50th floor having lunch on a beam. They reveal strange, long held, secrets over lunch.

The performances of Weekend One-Acts will take place in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room on Friday, November 21st at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, November 23rd at 2 p.m.

Friday Night Feature - 'Tim's Vermeer'

We will screen TIM'S VERMEER Friday, August 29th in our Community Room
We will screen TIM'S VERMEER Friday, August 29th in our Community Room

Friday, August 29th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Tim's Vermeer (2014) Documentary Feature; Rated PG-13; 80 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography? Spanning a decade, Jenison's adventure takes him to Holland, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and eventually even to Buckingham Palace. The epic research project Jenison embarks on is as extraordinary as what he discovers.

"Unexpectedly dazzling." -- Tom Long, Detroit News

"Tim's Vermeer is film as forensics, bringing math and science to bear to solve an art-world mystery." -- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

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

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

Constant Contact - Newsletters and Announcements and LinkedIn for Business

Constant Contact is an email marketing tool
Constant Contact is an email marketing tool

Wednesday, September 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Please register for this workshop.

Newsletters and Announcements have become a core component of campaign choices. Email is more important than ever – to the communication efforts of businesses and nonprofits everywhere; and to the customer, donor, client or supporter of those organizations. This session will reveal some simple but effective best practices and considerations for the small business or nonprofit seeking to make their email newsletters more effective.

LinkedIn is a must-use tool for both job seekers and business owners alike. Susan Catalano of HireWorthy reviews the layout of LinkedIn, explains the importance of LinkedIn, and how to use it effectively.

About the Presenters

Robert Clark is a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert and Solution Provider Partner with over 30 years of experience advising small and medium-sized businesses, Fortune 50 companies, nonprofits, associations, and industry groups on marketing, sales, operations, strategy, international trade, and information technology.

Susan LaCorte Catalano is co-founder of HireWorthy, a career coaching firm. With more than a decade in corporate Human Resources in the finance and health care industries, she is an expert on employee relations, performance management and manager training.

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

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