Friday Night Feature - 'Good Will Hunting'

We will screen GOOD WILL HUNTING Friday, September 5th.
We will screen GOOD WILL HUNTING Friday, September 5th.

Friday, September 5th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. - Good Will Hunting (1997) Starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, and Minnie Driver; Rated R; 127 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck co-scripted and star in this drama, set in Boston and Cambridge, about rebellious 20-year-old MIT janitor Will Hunting, gifted with a photographic memory, who hangs out with his South Boston bar buddies, his best friend Chuckie, and his affluent British girlfriend Skylar. After MIT professor Lambeau stumps students with a challenging math formula on a hallway blackboard, Will anonymously leaves the correct solution, prompting Lambeau to track the elusive young genius. As Will's problems with the police escalate, Lambeau offers an out, but with two conditions -- visits to a therapist and weekly math sessions. 

Robin Williams won the Academy Award (Best Supporting Actor) for his role in this film.

"It's acted and directed with care, and Damon is outstanding, his scenes with Driver being especially sparky." -- Derek Adams, Time Out

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

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

Small Business Tuesday - Strategies for Buying or Selling a Business

Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos
Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

Tuesday, September 9th from 6 to 8 p.m.

Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.

Register here.

This workshop covers how someone can prepare to buy and sell a business and what goes into valuing the business.

Participants will learn:

- The players in buying or selling a business: brokers, bankers, attorneys, etc.
- The process of putting a business up for sale
- How to value a business: what buyers and sellers should be looking for
- How to prepare your business for sale; what you should do and not do

Presented by Mac Leask, a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVS). Because he has 30 years of experience in auditing, advising and valuing businesses, as well as 25 years managing and growing a successful accounting firm, he can blend his practical knowledge of business operation with the theory of valuation. 

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

A Local’s Perspective on his Peace Corps Experience in Sierra Leone

Peter Duker (center)
Peter Duker (center)

Tuesday, September 9th at 7 p.m.

Peter Duker, a Darien native, decided to go with a little adventure after college and joined the Peace Corps. After spending over a year in Sierra Leone teaching high school level physics, Peace Corps made the decision to temporarily evacuate due to an ebola outbreak. While stateside he wishes to share with his home community his knowledge of Peace Corps service and the country he grew to love.

If you have any interest in the Peace Corps, want to hear a volunteer’s experience or just want to learn a little bit about an incredible culture in a distant land come and listen to this presentation. Along with the presentation about the Peace Corps process, this specific volunteer’s service and Sierra Leonean culture you will also get to experience this wonderful culture with an example of local dress and a tasting of local cuisine!

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

Senior Moments: Two Shots Heard Round the World

Archduke Franz Ferdinand with his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg and their three children.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand with his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg and their three children.

Thursday, September 11th at 3 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in our Conference Room.

Mark Albertson's talk will focus on the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir apparent to the Hapsburg Empire and, his wife, the Countess Sophie. The chronology of events which saw Austria-Hungary, Serbia, Russia, Germany, France and Britain tumble into war by August 4, 1914 will be explained. This tragicomic sequence of events never ceases to amaze me as to how these nations, with everything to lose, opted for conflict. As Lord Edward Gray, British Foreign Minister, observed, "The lamps are going out all over Europe. We will not see them lit again in our lifetime."

Mark Albertson is a historian for the Army Aviation Association of America and writer for the periodical Army Aviation magazine. He has authored several books on the history of World War I.

Save the date for our next Senior Moments program on Thursday, October 9th at 3 p.m. where we will do some line dancing for seniors.

Screening with the Filmmaker - "From the Rough'

FROM THE ROUGH will screen in our Community Room September 11th
FROM THE ROUGH will screen in our Community Room September 11th

The screening of From the Rough will be followed by a Q&A with Lead Producer Michael J. Critelli and Executive Produce and Writer Michael A. Critelli.

Thursday, September 11th at 7 p.m. - From the Rough (2014) Starring Taraji P. Henson, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Tom Felton; Rated PG; 97 minutes. 

This is the story of Dr. Catana Starks, who made history as the first woman to coach a men's college golf team.

“When I first learned about Catana Starks, I was immediately impressed by her remarkable accomplishments and was convinced that her life story could become the basis of a very inspirational and entertaining film.” -- Michael J. Critelli, Producer

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

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

The APA Presents: AudioFile's Golden Voices Theatre

Audiobook superstars Katherine Kellgren, Richard Ferrone, and Tavia Gilbert.
Audiobook superstars Katherine Kellgren, Richard Ferrone, and Tavia Gilbert.

Saturday, September 13th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Audio Publishers Association presents the Audiobookmobile!

The truck is outfitted with speakers and video screen to broadcast audio and video clips from the recording studio to draw in passersby. There’s even a spot for a photo op: one side of the truck asks attendees to fill in the blank “I love audiobooks because…” and share their reasons via social media using the custom hashtag #listenlit.

Volunteers from APA member publishers and GoGORILLA Media’s professional street team will be on hand to engage with listeners, answering any questions they have about audiobooks and offering free downloads to take home. Attendees will also have the chance to spin a prize wheel mounted to the side of the Audiobookmobile for a chance to win giveaways including headphones, t-shirts, buttons, posters, and more.

Golden Voices Theater Performance

1 p.m. - Children and Families

3 p.m. - All Ages

See and hear audiobook superstars Tavia Gilbert, Richard Ferrone, and Katherine Kellgren perform selections from titles on the theme of Changing Seasons. Then join in a lively Q&A where you can ask all those burning audiobook questions led by Michele Cobb, President of the Audio Publishers Association.

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

Wednesday Matinee - 'To Have and Have Not'

We will screen TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT Wednesday, September 17th in our Community Room.
We will screen TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT Wednesday, September 17th in our Community Room.

Wednesday, September 17th at 1:30 p.m. - To Have and Have Not (1944) Starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; Not rated; 100 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Help the Free French? Not world-weary gunrunner Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart). But he changes his mind when a sultry siren-in-distress named Marie asks, "Anybody got a match?" That red-hot match is Bogart and 19-year-old first-time film actress Lauren Bacall. Full of intrigue and racy banter (including Bacall's legendary whistling instructions), this thriller excites further interest for what it has and has not.

"The scenes between Bogart and Bacall are so dazzlingly about attraction and sex that they encapsulate the whole magic of movies." -- Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter

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

The Bob Button Big Band Performance

The Bob Button Band
The Bob Button Band

Thursday, September 18th at 7 p.m.

Join us in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room for an evening of music from the Big Band era.

About the Bob Button Big Band

For more than 35 years, The Bob Button Big Band has entertained audiences in the New York Metropolitan area with music from the Big Band Era. The Band has played at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, The NY Athletic Club, Playhouse on the Green in Bridgeport, Connecticut Jazz Festival, Glen Island Casino, Hyatt Regency for the 2000 Millenium, The Greenwich Town Party with Paul Simon and Santana, and numerous summer concerts in Fairfield County, Connecticut. 

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

Passport Days

Image courtesy flickr user clappstar
Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, September 20th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, October 25th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, November 22nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 20th 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).

Business Book Group

We'll discuss BUSINESS ADVENTURES September 23rd.
We'll discuss BUSINESS ADVENTURES September 23rd.

Tuesday, September 23rd at 6 p.m.

Please R.S.V.P. for this program.

Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Business Adventures by John Brooks. The group is invited to an informal discussion of the book from 6 - 6:45 p.m. followed by networking over wine, beer, and light refreshments.

About Business Adventures

What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at GE and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.

Library staff members will lead the discussion.

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

The next meeting will be Wednesday, November 19th at 6 p.m. 

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

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