Art On View: Lisa Field

The work of Lisa Field.
The work of Lisa Field.

Lisa Field

Opening Reception Friday, May 2nd at 6 p.m.

About Lisa Field

Lisa Field is a graduate of Duke University with degree in Advertising and Photography. Her 20+ year photography career began with black and white portraiture specializing in capturing the spirit of young families with sibling dynamics as her focus. Several hundred Darien and Nantucket families have Lisa’s work on their walls today.

For the past few years Lisa has traveled extensively and has changed lenses and format to capture the beauty of the world’s coastal shores - Cape Town, South Africa; British Virgin Islands; St. Lucia; Panama, and her most favorite subject of all, Nantucket, MA.

Lisa lives in Darien and Nantucket with her husband and two daughters. 

The exhibit runs April 29th - June 6th.

Meditation for Beginners

Meditation for Beginners
Meditation for Beginners

Tuesday, May 6th at 9:30 a.m.

Bring a little quiet meditative space into your daily life with this contemplative start to the week. Participants are encouraged to bring a throw pillow for their own comfort but no special dress is required for this beginner class.

The program will be led by Julie Punishill, a graduate of the two-year intensive training program at the Institute for Conscious Counseling and Coaching in Essex, MA.

Tea with the Author - Beatriz Williams

Beatriz Williams
Beatriz Williams

Tuesday, May 6th at 3 p.m.

Beatriz Williams, author of A Hundred Summers, will be our featured speaker.

RSVP here

As the summer of 1938 begins, New York socialite Lily Dane has arrived at her family’s idyllic cottage on the Rhode Island coast with her mother and six-year-old sister in tow. Seven years earlier, as a Smith College senior, Lily fell head-over-heels for Dartmouth quarterback Nick Greenwald in a whirlwind romance gone wrong. Now, after a difficult year, Lily is looking forward to a rejuvenating respite in the place that helped her heal after her broken engagement.

But her plan is upended when Budgie, her ex-best friend, and Lily’s former fiancé arrive in Seaview for the season. Newly married to Nick, Budgie intends to restore her family’s cottage and reclaim her spot in Seaview’s posh social scene. The pair’s arrival rekindles a wildfire of gossip and casts a pall over Lily’s beloved home-away-from-home. In this small, class-conscious community, Lily is hard-pressed to avoid her faithless ex-friend. Budgie is nothing if not seductive and resourceful and she soon pulls kindhearted Lily back into her orbit, insinuating herself into Lily’s good graces. As a cataclysmic hurricane churns north through the Atlantic, and uneasy secrets slowly reveal themselves, Lily and Nick will confront an emotional storm that will change their worlds forever.

Slipping gracefully back and forth between fictional Seaview and glimmering moneyed New York in the ‘30s, A Hundred Summers brilliantly captures the time after the Great Depression and with the uncertainty of war on the horizon, and the twin devastations heaped upon a community that summer: the loss of innocence and the loss of a way of life.

About the Author

A Stanford University honors graduate with an MBA from Columbia, Beatriz Williams spent several years in New York and London as a corporate and communications strategy consultant. She now lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore, where she divides her time between writing and laundry. She is the author of the international bestseller Overseas and also writes as Juliana Gray.

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

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

Darien Library Artist in Residence: Ben Larrabee

The photographer, Ben Larrabee, and his muse, wife Trudie
The photographer, Ben Larrabee, and his muse, wife Trudie

Tuesday, May 6th at 6 p.m.

Join fine art photographer Ben Larrabee in Darien Library’s Artist Space on the Second Level for a discussion on developing your personal vision through photography. Larrabee will share with those interested his process of editing and selecting images, and use examples of his work and other photographers’ to broaden the definition of what makes a good photograph. Larrabee will be available to answer questions about his art and process, as well as offer guidance on the technical and artistic aspects of image making. Examples of Larrabee's photographs will be on display in the Artist Space.

About the Artist

Ben’s formal training as an artist began in 1962 at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) where he discovered his passion through mentor and world renowned photographer Harry Callahan. In 1978, he returned to college to earn an MFA from Yale University.

His fine art background has trained him to photograph as an artist so by instinct he includes artistic elements of composition, rhythm, texture and space in his images. In addition to portraits, he also photographs landscapes and nudes.

Ben has work in the permanent collections of: The George Eastman House (Rochester), The High Museum (Atlanta), The Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and The Museum of Modern Art (New York).

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

Business Book Group

We will discuss THE POWER OF HABIT May 7th.
We will discuss THE POWER OF HABIT May 7th.

Wednesday, May 7th at 6 p.m.

Register here.

Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Charles Duhigg's The Power of Habit. 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 The Power of Habit

In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

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.

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

Meet the Author - Robert H. Patton

Robert H. Patton [Joyce Ravid]
Robert H. Patton [Joyce Ravid]

Thursday, May 8th at 7 p.m.

Robert H. Patton, author of Hell Before Breakfast will be our featured speaker.

From the acclaimed author of The Pattons and Patriot Pirates: a book that celebrates America’s forgotten war correspondents, men who were legends in their time; who, between 1860 and 1910, between the Civil War and the Spanish-American War—when empires fell and dynasties flourished—led romantic, thrilling lives on the edgiest frontiers of time and place: seeing the world, breaking the stories, making news themselves during the time when newspapers made the most foreign of landscapes available, and the circulation wars were revolutionizing contemporary life, shaping global events, and making history.

About the Author

Robert H. Patton graduated from Brown University and Northwestern University. He lives with his wife in Darien, Connecticut.

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

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

Meet the Author - Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick [credit Ellen Warner]
Nathaniel Philbrick [credit Ellen Warner]

Saturday, May 10th at 5 p.m.

Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Bunker Hill, will be our featured speaker.

In Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution, Nathaniel Philbrick, award-winning and bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea and Mayflower, brings his prodigious talents to the story that ignited the American Revolution. With passion and insight, Philbrick reconstructs the revolutionary landscape—geographic and ideological—in a mesmerizing narrative of the robust, messy, and blisteringly real origins of America.

Praise for Bunker Hill

“Masterly narrative… Philbrick tells the complex story superbly… gripping book…”  -- Wall Street Journal

“A masterpiece of narrative and perspective…” -- Boston Globe

“You will delight in the story and the multitude of details Philbrick offers up.” -- USA Today

About the Author

Nathaniel Philbrick is The New York Times bestselling author of National Book Award winner In the Heart of the Sea, Pulitzer Prize finalist Mayflower, Sea of Glory, and The Last Stand. Bunker Hill won the 2013 New England Book Award for Non-Fiction. He is also the author of Why Read Moby-Dick? and Away Off Shore. He lives on Nantucket.

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

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

Keeping Safe - Children and Dogs

Susan Kaminsky
Susan Kaminsky

Tuesday, May 13th at 4 p.m.

This program, aimed at 7 to10-year-olds and their parents, includes an interactive video for attendees. Susan Kaminsky will ask questions and engage kids in what is safe behavior around dogs, as well as look at a dog’s body language and discuss what it tells us.

Susan Kaminsky, owner and founder of The Country Dog, has been named a Certified Pet Professional Dog Trainer by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers ,as well as a Pat Miller Certified Trainer. Both certifications were earned after more than 300 hours of training, multiple exams and 3 week long courses dedicated to the study of how dogs learn and hands-on training of shelter dogs.

Dublin in Song and Story

Tom O'Carroll
Tom O'Carroll

Tuesday, May 13th at 7 p.m.

This capital city on the River Liffey has an abundance of history and colorful characters that you will be introduced to through storytelling and song. This program is ideal for those interested in Irish literature.

Dublin-born folklorist, folk-singer, and instrumentalist Tom O’Carroll has played at concerts, festivals, colleges, libraries, and pubs all over the U.S. and Canada, as well as his native Ireland, including a stint for one month in Seoul, South Korea.

This event is part of Darien Library's sixth annual One Book, One Community reading experience. The book selected for the town-wide read is TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. The book selected for young readers is Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari.

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

The Causes of World War I

Italian alpine troops
Italian alpine troops

Wednesday, May 14th  at 7 p.m.

From the French Revolution to 1914, Mark Albertson will concentrate on such facets as nationalism and the rise of Italy and Germany, while including the movements that worked to undermine the regal system in Europe and bring on the war.

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.

This event is part of Darien Library's sixth annual One Book, One Community reading experience. The book selected for the town-wide read is TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. The book selected for young readers is Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari.

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

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