The Mask You Live In

Join us for this special screening on May 11.
Join us for this special screening on May 11.

Monday, May 11, from 7pm to 9pm

Darien Library and YWCA Parent Awareness present a screening of The Mask You Live In from the Representation Project and the director of Miss Representation.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion facilitated by James McGinn, MA, NCC, an Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinician at Family Centers' Center for Hope in Darien. 

Running time is 90 minutes. 

*PARENTAL AND VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. STRONG LANGUAGE IS BRIEFLY USED.

Arab Nationalism, Arab Socialism

Image courtesy of flickr user piaser
Image courtesy of flickr user piaser

Tuesday, May 12th at 7 p.m.

Credit for the current Arab Spring has been accorded to President Obama with his 2009 speech in Egypt, or President Bush with his unseating of Saddam in 2003, or President Carter with the Camp David Accords in 1978. Yet, the Western military leader who has done more than three American presidents to change the face of the modern Middle East was Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1798, Napoleon led a French Revolutionary Army into Egypt and the Levant.  With this army came the ideas unleashed by the French Revolution:  Liberalism, Democracy, Republicanism, Socialism, Secularism, Nationalism, Parliamentarianism; ideas that would help to accelerate the demise of an already tottering Ottoman Empire.  This talk will explain this phenomenon in relation to the present situation in the Middle East.

About the presenter

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Mark Albertson teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq:  Creation of Colonialism, Iraq:  A History, Vietnam:  A History, World War I, The Turning Points of World War II, The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

First Look Darien: Lauren Acampora

Wednesday, May 13th at 7 p.m.

Lauren Acampora, author of The Wonder Garden, will be our featured speaker.

In the affluent and tranquil town of Old Cranbury, a man strikes an under-the-table deal with a surgeon to spend a few quiet seconds closer to his wife than he's ever been; a young soon-to-be mother looks on in paralyzing astonishment as her husband walks away from a twenty-year career in advertising at the urging of his spirit animal; an elderly artist risks more than he knows when he's commissioned by his newly-arrived neighbors to produce the work of a lifetime. Beneath their dreamy suburban surfaces, none of Acampora’s characters are anything like they appear. Deliciously creepy and masterfully choreographed, The Wonder Garden heralds the arrival of a phenomenal new talent in American fiction.

Advance Praise for The Wonder Garden

“Spooky and fabulous... a cleareyed lens into the strange, human wants of upper-class suburbia.”—Kirkus (STARRED review)

Acampora brilliantly captures the heartaches and delusions of American suburbanites.”—Booklist (STARRED review)

About the Author

Lauren Acampora's fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, New England Review, and Antioch Review. Raised in Connecticut, she now lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband, artist Thomas Doyle, and their daughter.

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

First Look Darien is our debut author series designed to spotlight first novels handpicked by our staff.

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

Spring Book Buzz

Jen's Nightstand
Jen's Nightstand

Thursday, May 14th at 7 p.m.

An exclusive sneak peek chance to hear from publishers about the newest and greatest books coming out this Spring and Summer. Publishing Houses in attendance include:

• Penguin Random House
• Hachette Book Group
• Simon & Schuster
• and a special guest appearance by our very own Jen Dayton

You'll be the first to know about the hottest new titles, before they even hit the shelf!

Refreshments will be served.

Acting Auditions

Catherine Lindsey Workshop Auditions
Catherine Lindsey Workshop Auditions

Thursday, May 14th at 7 p.m.

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop, now in its 23rd year, will be holding acting auditions for roles in their public performances. The playwriting workshops will conclude with a public performance at the Library on Sunday, June 7th at 2 p.m.

Auditions are open to all. Rehearsals will then take place in late May through the performance in June.

The plays selected for performance by the Selection Committee are:

Just As I Promised by Nicholas Troilo

Bad Habit by Katy Murphy

A Last Bouquet of Roses by Kathleen Bernadette

Green Ledges by Terry Steimer

The Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes Actors’ Equity actors and non-Equity actors to participate, brings together local and regional playwrights and actors, and encourages a collaborative effort to create new plays and present a public-staged reading. Co-founded by the late Catherine Lindsey and her husband Robert, the workshop introduces original plays in progress to be developed in a workshop environment with the goal of the public-staged readings. Catherine Lindsey was a beloved friend of the Library and director of Darien Library Theater for over 25 years. The memorial workshops offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment culminating in the staged readings of short scenes from full-length plays, one-act plays, musicals, and monologues.

Friday Night Feature - 'Selma'

Friday, May 15th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Selma (2014) David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Jim France, Trinity Simone; Rated PG-13; 128 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

The unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay's "Selma" tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

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).

Passport Days

Image courtesy flickr user clappstar
Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, May 16th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, June 20th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 18th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, August 15th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Get your passport at Darien Library! We will process and accept new and renewal applications. We will provide all the paperwork and take photos. Please bring fifteen dollars in cash or check for photos.  If you prefer, you can bring your own photographs. Specifications for passport photos can be found here.

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.

Minors under age 16 cannot apply for a passport by themselves.  Both parents/guardians must appear in person and provide consent, authorizing passport issuance to the minor.  If one parent/guardian is unable to appear in person, then the application must be accompanied by a signed, notarized Form DS-3053: Statement of Consent from the non-applying parent/guardian.  More information on passports for minors can be found here.

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

Your People as a Strategic Asset

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

Tuesday, May 19th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30

Registration will open soon.

Understanding the strategic factors that make your people so important to your success.

Participants will learn: 

• How to identify performance potential
• Why consistent feedback on performance is critical
• Succession planning as a total organization process
• Techniques to support your peoples continuous growth

About the speakers

Richard Lewine is founder and President of RSL Consulting Group, LLC, an organization development consultancy. He has over 35 years of experience working with the leaders of small and mid-size organizations, for profit and non-profit, helping them clarify visions, formulate strategy and create personal and organizational goal systems. Richard has facilitated hundreds of management and leadership development workshops in the Northeast Corridor and is a SCORE Mentor.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

Meet the Author: Kristin White

Tuesday, May 19th at 7 p.m.

Kristin White, author of It's The Student, Not The College : The Secrets Of Succeeding At Any School -- Without Going Broke Or Crazy, will be our featured speaker.

Today’s college admissions culture has become fraught with more pressure than ever—both for students and for parents. Students are under intense pressure to get into the most elite schools which have minuscule acceptance rates and parents are facing the burden of helping their children afford these schools where application costs alone can be overwhelming. Kristin White helps set the record straight in It’s the Student, Not the College. Elite schools don’t make successful people—they admit students who already have the skills to make their own success. White explains how students and parents can cut the stress (and the debt!):

• Forget the elite-college mystique: Motivated students can make any school their dream school
• Choose the school that fits you best: What to consider—including your finances
• Develop a personal Success Profile: It’s not all about acing the SATs. Learn which traits and skills will help you thrive in high school, college, and beyond!

About the Author

Kristin White is an educational consultant with Darien Academic Advisors, where she works with students throughout the US and all over the world. She is the author of “The Complete Guide to the Gap Year: The Best Things to Do Between High School and College” published by Jossey Bass in 2009. She is also a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and the New England Association for College Admissions Counseling.

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).

Wednesday Matinee- 'Unbroken'

Wednesday, May 20th at 1:30 p.m. - Unbroken (2014) Starring Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Finn Wittrock, Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Takamasa Ishihara; Rated PG-13; 137 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Angelina Jolie directs this true-life tale of Louis Zamperini, the Olympic track star who survived a plane crash in World War II, only to fight for his life against nature and eventually as a prisoner of war. Joel and Ethan Coen provide the script. Louis (Jack O'Connell) grows up a rough-hewn kid on the verge of becoming a full-on delinquent, until his brother starts training him to be a track star. Louis excels at the sport, and eventually represents America at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. During his training, he learns to become resilient and disciplined; his brother's words of advice, "If you can take it, you can make it," push him to overcome any adversity. He must live up to that adage under the most extreme circumstances after his plane is shot down during another bombing raid. He is stranded at sea for more than a month, only to be found by the Japanese and forced to endure constant physical abuse at the hands of sadistic prison-camp guard Mutsuhiro Watanabe (Japanese pop star Miyavi), who wants to break Louis' indomitable spirit. 

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).