Annual Tech Fair

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Image courtesy of flickr user mk-creatures

Saturday, October 17th from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

Darien Library is a leader in bringing new technology to the residents of Darien. This year, we'll be showing off our favorite new technologies from drones to raspberry pi to the latest in Virtual Reality. Did you know that we have four 3D printers? We can print anything from delicate pieces of jewelry up to miniature Eiffel Towers using our Z18 Makerbot printer.

Come discover how our Digital Media Lab (DML) is a place for you to shoot video, take photos, digitize your old home movies, and even go paperless with our high speed scanners. Likewise, the Business Center is equipped with an enormous banner printer -- perfect for work or science fair projects -- and business supplies so you can stay local while you work. 

Finally, learn how the Library can help you grow your business, change careers, and more using our technology educational resources. 


The Annual Meeting of the Friends of Darien Library

Kristen Harnisch
Kristen Harnisch

Friends of the Darien Library cordially invite you to the Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 17th at 5 p.m.

Kristen Harnisch, author of The Vintner's Daughter, will be our featured speaker. Kristen will discuss how Darien Library helped her transition from banker, to stay-at-home mom, to debut novelist. The Vintner's Daughter is a captivating story that immerses readers in the rich cultures of the Loire Valley, Napa, and New York and a tenacious heroine's fight to determine her own destiny.

Prior to Kristen's presentation, learn about the year's developments from Amy Cholnoky, President of the Board. Election of officers and new trustee nominations for the 2015-16 year will be held.

A reception and book signing to follow. Books will be available for purchase.

An Afternoon with Author Lisa Reisman

Monday, October 19th at 3 p.m.

Lisa Reisman, author of 5 Months, 10 Years, 2 Hours, will be our featured speaker during this afternoon tea.
Registration is required and space is limited

On August 1, 1998, 32-year-old disillusioned New York attorney Lisa Reisman plans to leave the law and hit the road in a lipstick-red convertible. Instead, she suffers a massive seizure and is found unconscious in her apartment 46 hours later. After undergoing brain surgery, she is diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme, the most lethal of brain tumors, and given a prognosis of one year to live. Five months later, she undergoes an MRI that shows the cancer cells have not spread.

Through the next ten years, Reisman faces what seems an even more daunting challenge: how to make a life equal to her miraculous recovery. Determined to forge an identity separate from one of survivor, she spends years riding on a series of successes and failures—as a writer, in dead-end jobs, and in a string of short-term relationships.

During the two hours of a grueling triathlon to mark her ten-year anniversary of surviving the disease, Reisman realizes she’s already found what she’s been looking for: her family and friends on the sidelines and her work cobbling together stories for a small newspaper about the unsung people, businesses, and visitors in her tiny corner of the world that lend her existence meaning and worth.

About the author

Lisa Reisman studied Ancient Greek and Latin at Haverford, Oxford and Yale, and law at the University of Virginia. She practiced law in New York City for four years. Reisman is a Connecticut freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Shoreline Times, the New Haven Register, the New Haven Advocate, Connecticut Magazine, and Poets & Writers Magazine. A Dean's Fellow at Columbia University's School of the Arts, she also has been supported by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, and Wesleyan University, and a work study scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Elemental Meditation: Fire

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Image courtesy of flickr user aigle_dore.

Monday, October 19th at 7 p.m.

Open yourself up to Elemental Meditation in this new series. Did you know that each of the elements resides within us? Having these elements in balance inside of us helps us to be more connected to ourselves and centered as we go about our daily lives. In this seven week series, we will begin with an introduction to the five elements, followed by focused meditation based upon the elements (Earth, Space, Fire, Air, and Water), and ending with advanced meditation combining all five elements for a true balanced state.

Instructor Julie Punishill will lead the meditation group on the following dates September 28th, October 5th, October 12th, October 19th, November 16th, November 23rd, and November 30th.

Wednesday Matinee - 'My Favorite Year'

Wednesday, October 21st at 1:30 p.m. -  My Favorite Year (1982) Starring Peter O'Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper, Joseph Bologna, Bill Macy, Lainie Kazan; Rated PG; 92minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Mark Linn-Baker stars as Benjy Stone, junior writer on the popular 1950s TV comedy/variety series The King Kaiser Show. Kaiser (Joseph Bologna)'s guest star this week is Hollywood matinee idol Alan Swann (Peter O'Toole), a swashbuckling Errol Flynn type, right down to his indiscriminate womanizing and fondness for mass quantities of booze. Stone is assigned to keep the actor out of trouble during rehearsals and deliver him sober to the performance. Becoming fast friends, Stone and Swann alternate baby-sitting responsibilities: Swann takes the young writer to the Stork Club and on an early-morning jaunt through Central Park with a "borrowed" police horse, while Stone takes Swann to his home, where the star is fawned over by Benji's mom (Lainie Kazan) and asked embarrassing questions about his love life by Uncle Morty (Lou Jacobi). Despite a few anxious moments, all goes well until Swann, panicking at the discovery that King Kaiser's show will be telecast live and not on film, walks out just before airtime.

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).

Fall Semester MedEd: Lung Cancer and Screening

Doctors Bernstein, Ebright, and King
Doctors Bernstein, Ebright, and King

Wednesday, October 21st from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Program Director, Josh Herbert, MD, Darien Library, Stamford Hospital, YWCA Darien Norwalk, and the Darien YMCA, cordially invite the public to attend this five week series of lectures that mimic the structure of the medical school experience. Each night will focus on one topic and cover the anatomy, function, common disease states, and available treatments. The physicians are board certified in their area of speciality and leaders in their fields.

Doctors Ebright, King, and Bernstein: a thoracic surgeon, radiologist, and pulmonologist, respectively, will discuss the importance of screening for lung cancer, as well as the most current treatments available

Preparing for a Safe Retirement

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Image courtesy of flickr user 120360673@N04

Thursday, October 22nd at 7 p.m.

Retirement is one of the most important life events many of us will ever experience. From both a personal and financial perspective, realizing a comfortable retirement is an incredibly extensive process that takes sensible planning and years of persistence. Even once it is reached, managing your retirement is an ongoing responsibility that carries well into one's golden years.

Learn techniques that will help you navigate your way in preparation to retirement.

• How does timing of Social Security impact my plan? When should I elect benefits?
• What are the effects of inflation and stock market risk on my savings?
• How do taxes play a role in my future retirement plans?
• What happens to my plan when my spouse predeceases me?
• What impact can medical emergency and the potential need for long term care have?

About the Presenter

Michael Alimo (CRPC; CLU; ChFEBC, Registered Investment Advisor) with a focus on retirement planning and risk management, his services portfolio includes:  comprehensive financial planning; investment and portfolio management; wealth preservation and transfer strategies; individual, business and estate tax planning; IRA and 401K rollovers; education funding; Insurance and Long Term Care planning, as well as tax preparation. 

Friday Night Feature - 'Love & Mercy'

Friday, October 23rd at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m - Love & Mercy- (2014) Starring Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Brett Davern, Graham Rogers, John Cusack, Paul Giamatti; Rated P-13; 120 minutes;

Bill Pohlad's Love & Mercy, a biopic of Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, focuses on two distinct periods in the songwriter's life. One timeline follows Wilson (played as a younger man by Paul Dano) as he quits performing live in order to focus on the creation of the album Pet Sounds, the single "Good Vibrations," and the eventually discarded album Smile. During this period of intense work, Wilson's mental-health issues grow worse. The other section of the film features John Cusack as an older Wilson, as he attempts to escape the influence of a manipulative doctor (Paul Giamatti) who has become a totalitarian guru to him. Helping him in this endeavor is a car saleswoman named Melinda (Elizabeth Banks). Love & Mercy screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

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).

Haunted Connecticut

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Image courtesy of flickr user pavlinajane

Monday, October 26th at 7 p.m.

From the White Lady who supposedly roams Union Cemetery, to the departed soul of Ernie, the keeper, who haunts the New London Ledge Lighthouse, to the spirits that possibly roam the former home of Mark Twain, hear stories of about some of Connecticut's best-known ghosts and spirits.

About the presenter

Author and editor Ray Bendici is the content manager of Connecticut Magazine as well as one of the founders of Damned Connecticut, a website devoted to everything weird and unusual in the state, from supposedly haunted destinations to weird legends to curious events.

Silent Film with Live Piano Accompaniment: 'Steamboat, Jr.'

Tuesday, October 27th at 7 p.m. - Silent Bill, Jr. (1928) Starring Buster Keaton, Tom McGuire, Ernest Torrence, and Tom Lewis; Rated NR; 70 minutes;

“Steamboat Bill, Jr." is, like so many other Buster Keaton films, the story of a young man who is coming of age, and goes through a series of adventures and trials on the way to becoming a man.  In this film, Buster hasn't seen his father for many years until he returns home from college.  His father, who is the captain of an old-fashioned ramshackle steamboat, expects his son to be a brawny chip-off-the-ol'-block. But when Buster arrives with his pencil-thin mustache and ukulele, the captain nearly loses all hope.

Join us for a screening of this classic film alongside live piano accompaniment.

About the performer

John Mucci has been accompanying and lecturing on silent films since 1972, for schools, libraries, and many other venues, around the United States. Some of his scores are available on DVD at ReelClassicDVD. He was born and raised in Fairfield County, lived in Darien until college years, where he performed classic silent films while at Carnegie-Mellon University and wrote eleven musical plays. He is preparing a book on Carl Laemmle, founder of Universal Films (and producer of the silent classics Phantom of the Opera and Blind Husbands), as a translation from the German of Professor Udo Bayer, of Laupheim, Germany.