Selling Your Treasures on eBay

Image courtesy Flickr user Kazuhisa OTSUBO.
Image courtesy Flickr user Kazuhisa OTSUBO.

Wednesday, April 8th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand! Have you thought about selling your treasures on eBay but you’re not sure where to start? Sue Skerrett has been selling on eBay for 12 years and is here to show you the ropes when it comes to creating an account, setting up a list, accepting payment through PayPal, and more.

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

Business Book Group: 'Zero to One'

Thursday, April 9th at 6 p.m.

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Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Peter A. Thiel's Zero To One : Notes On Startups, Or How To Build The Future. 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 Zero To One : Notes On Startups, Or How To Build The Future

In Zero To One : Notes On Startups, Or How To Build The Future, Peter A. Thiel states that, doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.

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

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Meet the Author: Michael Paterniti

Michael Paterniti
Michael Paterniti

Thursday, April 9th at 7 p.m.

Michael Paterniti, author of Love and Other Ways of Dying, will be our featured speaker.

Here are a few things Michael Paterniti does in Love And Other Ways Of Dying: drive across America with Albert Einstein’s brain in the trunk of his rental car, floating in a Tupperware container; eat François Mitterrand’s last meal (including the little songbird) in a rustic dining room in France; pick apples (and face mortality) with a real-life, eight-foot giant in the remote Ukrainian countryside; confront a distraught jumper on a “suicide bridge” in Nanjing, China and witness, firsthand, the ways in which the racial divide turns neighbor against neighbor in Dodge City, Kansas. He delves with heartbreaking detail into the aftermath of a plane crash off the coast of Nova Scotia, an earthquake in Haiti, and a tsunami in Japan— and, in searing swirls of language, unearths the complicated, hidden truths these moments of extremity teach us about our ability to endure, and to love.

About the Author

Michael Paterniti is a journalist, an essayist, and the bestselling author of Driving Mr. Albert and The Telling Room, named one of the best books of the year by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and The Christian Science Monitor. Nominated for the National Magazine Award eight times, he is also the recipient of an NEA grant and two MacDowell Fellowships. His stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Harper’s, Outside, Esquire, and GQ, where he works as a correspondent. He is the co-founder of a children’s storytelling center (www.tellingroom.org) in Portland, Maine, where he lives with his wife and their three children.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

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Friday Night Feature - 'The Imitation Game'

Friday, April 10th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - The Imitation Game (2014) Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Rory Kinnear, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode, Matthew Beard, and Charles Dance; Rated PG-13; 114 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the brilliant UK mathematician and computer scientist who helped the Allies secure victory in World War II by cracking the German enigma code, and who was later prosecuted as a homosexual by his own government.

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).

Music in the Stacks: Sheri Miller

Sheri Miller
Sheri Miller

Sunday, April 12th at 5 p.m.

Join us for an evening of soulful music. Solo artist Sheri Miller will perform a mix of well-interpreted classics by folks like Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and The Beatles along with her own original pieces.

About the performer

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sheri Miller writes and performs her soulful, heartfelt Beatles-inspired songs, while accompanying herself on guitar.  She also sings a wide range of classic favorites, including the Beatles, Patsy Cline, Sam Cooke and Johnny Cash among others.  Included on the "Hot 100 Unsigned Artists" list, Sheri has released 2 records, “Mantra” and “Winning Hand,” and recently released her original song ”I Could Love You Still.”  Sheri is currently recording a new EP in Nashville, NY, & LA to be released in 2015.  For more info please visit www.sherimiller.com

Watch Sheri's latest music videos here.

Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday Matinee - 'Into the Woods'

Wednesday, April 15th at 1:30 - Into the Woods (2014) Starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, and Anna Kendrick; Rated NR; 125 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods is adapted in this musical from director Rob Marshall and Walt Disney Studios. Inspired by a choice selection of Brothers Grimm fairy tales, this plot centers on a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) who incur the wrath of a witch (Meryl Streep) while attempting to start a family. Subsequently cursed by the vengeful hag, the hapless couple find their fates linked with those of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) and Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) of Jack and the Beanstalk. 

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

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Writer's Workshop

Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres
Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres

Thursday, April 16th at 7 p.m.

Come join The Writer's Workshop, a monthly class for writers of any genre.  A constructive atmosphere greets aspiring writers as they learn and understand a reader's perspective of their work.  While many in the group have dreams to publish, that is not a requirement.  Presently we have fiction, memoir, mystery and thriller, short story, personal essay, and poetry writers.  Let's put pen to paper and get writing!

Presented by Laura Cavers, who recently received an MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College. At Manhattanville, Laura was assistant editor to the college's award-winning literary magazine, Inkwell.  She is currently working on her first novel, Bellwethers.

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Book Discussion: 'Wolf Hall'

Thursday, April 16th at 6:30 p.m.

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Transport yourself to Tudor England! Learn about the new BBC period drama right from its source material. Join us for an informal discussion of the novel Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Light refreshments will be served.

About Wolf Hall

Imagine England during the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor. Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages. From one of our finest living writers, Wolf Hall is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion and suffering and courage.

This event is cosponsored with the Darien Arts Center.

Rescheduled: An Evening with Emily Dickinson

James Sulzer
James Sulzer

Rescheduled for Thursday, April 16th at 7 p.m.

Join author James Sulzer as he discusses his newest novel about the fictional account of famous poet Emily DickinsonThe Voice at the Door recreates the fateful meeting of Emily Dickinson with the famous Philadelphia pastor, Charles Wadsworth.  The fictional account weaves the letters and poems of this iconic American writer into a rich tapestry of intellectual and spiritual communion.  It encompasses the three great mysteries of Emily Dickinson’s life: her agonized love poetry of the early 1860’s, her partial blindness in1863 – 1865, and her subsequent withdrawal from the world.

James Sulzer is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a Yale National Scholar. He is the author of Nantucket Daybreak (Walker and Co.) and the memoir Mom Comes Home. He has produced countless “sonic id’s” for National Public Radio, some of which aired on Ira Glass’s This American Life. He has spent the past 40 years of his life reading, living with, and cherishing the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

Refreshments will be served.

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Friday Night Feature - 'Big Eyes'

Friday, April 17th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Big Eyes (2014) Starring Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Jason Schwartzman, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, and Terence Stamp; Rated PG-13; 106 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

The story opens in the late 1950s, when Margaret Keane packs up the car with her daughter and their personal belongings, and leaves her husband to start a new life in San Francisco. There, Margaret quickly falls head over heels for Walter an artist and part-time real-estate broker who soon shows great interest in her unique paintings of small children with strikingly expressive, saucer-like eyes. Before long, the two are married, and Walter is claiming credit for Margaret's increasingly popular paintings. With the money rolling in, Margaret initially agrees to go along with the ruse, but the closer she gets to her new husband the more she begins to realize that he's little more than a smooth-talking scam artist. Later, Margaret leaves the increasingly abusive Walter, and moves to Hawaii. Only then does Margaret gain the confidence to reclaim the works that have been credited to her husband, even when doing so entails going before the judge and proving that she and she alone created the enchanting children with the big eyes. 

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).