Library At the Beach

A limited edition Darien Library koozie
A limited edition Darien Library koozie

Weed Beach, Saturday, August 16th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Come hang out with your librarians at the beach. Sign up for a library card, ask us what time Low Tide is, or pick up an awesome beach read. We’ll have new copies of some great beach reads.

The first 100 attendees will receive a free Darien Library koozie (pictured). We'll have two games of cornhole going on our Darien Library cornhole sets. The Children’s Library will be there to conduct a kids’ storytime.

This program is co-sponsored by Darien Parks and Recreation. Beach stickers are required for entry to the beach.

Art On View: Trish Monahan

The work of Trish Monahan
The work of Trish Monahan

July 22nd through September 2nd

Closing Reception Friday, August 29th from 6 to 8 p.m.

In her own words, "As an artist, I always seek to explore and capture moments of wonder in the natural world: the feeling of an open meditative space infused with light, the geometric patterns of a landscape, bodies in motion, twisted trees and gardens that tangle. These constantly changing rhythms and colors fascinate me, for in nature we find the vital force, the very essence of life itself.

My art education came mostly from seeing, from looking deeply at things, and from being exposed to so much great art in the cities where I have visited and lived. It seems I have been been studying art and science for most of my life. After attending art and design classes at Wayne State University, Parsons School of Design and The Art Students League, I fine-tuned my eye working as a textile artist and clothing designer for several years in New York. I now paint in Westport, Connecticut as a member of "The Art Studio."

For many years now I have also been working in the Natural Healing field and this certainly influences my artwork. Working hands-on with people in such a close way increases your sensitivity to subtle currents of energy and what lies beneath the surface. The deeper unspoken truths are an integral part of my work, and I hope it is something the viewer feels when observing my paintings.

Wednesday Matinee - 'The Face of Love'

THE FACE OF LOVE will screen in our Community Room Wednesday, August 20th.
THE FACE OF LOVE will screen in our Community Room Wednesday, August 20th.

Wednesday, August 20th at 1:30 p.m. - The Face of Love (2013) Starring Annette Bening, Ed Harris, and Robin Williams; Rated PG-13; 92 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Five years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett, Nikki meets Tom, a man who seems to be Garrett's exact duplicate. Not only does Tom possess the same physical characteristics, but he also shares Garrett's kindness, humor, and passion for art. And yet he is a stranger. As romance blossoms between Nikki and Tom, she finds she can't bring herself to tell him the truth about what drew her to him. But as their relationship progresses, it becomes not a question of if the truth will come out, but when.

"Ms. Bening...immediately [makes] this woman come so satisfyingly alive, breathing believable vitality and at times contradictory emotions into what might have otherwise registered as a blur..." -- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

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

Maximize Your Social Security Benefits

Maximize your benefits.
Maximize your benefits.

Thursday, September 4th at 7 p.m.

When to collect Social Security may be the single most important decision you make when it comes to your retirement. 

Topics covered include:

• How Social Security benefits are calculated and the advanced planning required to increase them.

• Why married couples can miss out on significant lifetime sums.

• Special strategies for married couples, divorced individuals and minor children.

• Case studies that will show you the advantages of some of these strategies.

About the Presenters

Michael Alimo (CRPC; CLU; ChFEBC). A 30 year industry veteran, for the past 15 years financial service advisor Alimo has served jclientele around CT & New England at his USA Financial & Tax Services, LLC. Committed to giving back to the community via educational workshops, Mr. Alimo has hosted many seminars for groups at libraries, churches, and social organization about a variety of financial and planning topics.

David Weyner (H≪ LTC Partnership certification,CT, NY & NJ) Following 20 years as a senior corporate executive, since 2007 Weyner has served insurance and benefits clients around the NY tri-state area.. In collaboration with Michael Alimo, Mr.Weyner has also spoken at many seminars with the objective of helping community members better understand their planning options and various programs available to seniors.

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

Meet the Author - Kristen Harnisch

Kristen Harnisch [credit: Alix Martinex Photography]
Kristen Harnisch [credit: Alix Martinex Photography]

Tuesday, October 21st at 7 p.m.

Kristen Harnisch, author of The Vintner's Daughter, will be our featured speaker.

In 1895, seventeen-year-old Sara Thibault’s dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps as master winemaker at their stunning Loire Valley family vineyard, Saint Martin. Although many don’t understand her ambition, Sara forges ahead toward her goal with a determination that will soon prove essential.

When Sara’s father is killed in a mudslide, her mother sells their land to a business rival whose eldest son married Sara’s sister, Lydia. Sara is shocked and deeply disappointed, having hoped to take over, to make her father proud. Disappointment quickly turns to fear when she realizes that her new brother-in-law Bastien has no real interest in the vineyard and far too much interest in her.

A violent tragedy leaves Bastien dead and compels the sisters to flee to America. Sara plans to eventually reclaim her family’s vineyard, but for now she travels to California in hopes of making her own way in the winemaking world. When she encounters Bastien’s brother, Philippe—a man as committed to bringing his brother’s killer to justice as he is to building the largest vineyard in the Napa region—they are instantly drawn to each other. But now she must make a choice: to risk discovery or run again. Will he help her regain Saint Martin, or prosecute her for her crime? How much more can she lose? And what loss is finally too great to bear?

About the Author

Kristen Harnisch drew upon her extensive research and experiences living in the San Francisco Bay Area and visiting the Loire Valley to create the story for The Vintner's Daughter, the first in a series about the changing world of vineyard life at the turn of the century. Harnisch has a degree in economics from Villanova University and currently resides in Darien, Connecticut, where she has lived for fourteen years.

A book signing will follow the authors’ presentations. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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

Friday Night Features in July

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY will screen in our Community Room Friday, July 18th.
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY will screen in our Community Room Friday, July 18th.

Friday, July 11th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Love is All You Need (2012) Starring Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, and Molly Blixt Egelind; Rated R; 116 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A hairdresser who has lost her hair to cancer finds out her husband is having an affair, travels to Italy for her daughter's wedding and meets a widower who still blames the world for the loss of his wife.

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

Friday, July 18th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) Starring Ben Stiller; Rated PG; 114 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

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

Friday, July 25th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Pulling Strings (2013) Starring Jaime Camil, Laura Ramsey, Omar Chaparro, and Tom Arnold; Rated PG; 110 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

An ambitious mariachi singer tries to convince a customs worker to accept his application for a visa, and finds much more in the process.

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

All films are free and open to the public.

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

Friday Night Features in August

We will screen DEVIL'S KNOT Friday, August 15th.
We will screen DEVIL'S KNOT Friday, August 15th.

Friday, August 1st at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - We Could Be King (2014) Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 80 minutes. 

Slashing budgets and still facing shortfalls, Philadelphia did the unthinkable. It shuttered Germantown High School and sent its students to archrival Martin Luther King, leaving a first-time head coach and a new principal to join together in a fight to unite bitter adversaries. An intimate and unflinching snapshot of urban America's education crisis, We Could Be King is a celebration of the power of sports to bring young people, neighborhoods and a city together.

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

Friday, August 8th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Girl on a Bicycle (2013) Starring Nora Tschirner, Vincenzo Amato, and Louise Monot; Rated R; 101 minutes.

Paolo, an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, has just proposed to his true love, the German stewardess, Greta, when the young French beauty, Cécile pulls up beside his bus on her bicycle – and, in short order, Paolo, following some very bad advice from his friend, Derek, finds himself with a German fiancée, a French “wife,” two Australian children who call him “Papa,” and his life upside-down.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

Friday, August 15th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Devil's Knot (2013) Starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth; Not Rated; 114 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Director Atom Egoyan adapts journalist Mara Leveritt's  non-fiction book to the screen in this docudrama centered on the investigation into the notorious West Memphis Three case. Centered on the investigation conducted by private detective Ron Lax, The Devil's Knot details the discovery of crucial DNA evidence that helped to win back the freedom of Arkansas teens Damien Echols, James Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr., who were accused of ritualistically murdering three young boys in 1993.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

Friday, August 22nd at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.The Lunchbox (2014) Starring Irrfan Khan; Rated PG; 105 minutes; Presented in Hindi with English subtitles.

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects Ila, a neglected housewife, to Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Through a series of exchanged notes that they pass back and forth through the lunches, Saajan and Ila find comfort in their unexpected friendship.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

Friday, August 29th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Tim's Vermeer (2014) Documentary Feature; Rated PG-13; 80 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography? Spanning a decade, Jenison's adventure takes him to Holland, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and eventually even to Buckingham Palace. The epic research project Jenison embarks on is as extraordinary as what he discovers.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

All films are free and open to the public.

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

Winners of the Tree Conservancy Photo Contest

Best in Show, School age group. Photo taken by Josiah Harris, 7th Grade.
Best in Show, School age group. Photo taken by Josiah Harris, 7th Grade.

Winning photographs in the Tree Conservancy of Darien’s 2014 ‘Celebration of Trees’ photography contest will be on display at Darien Library on the second floor by the fireplace beginning May 6th, 2014 until May 31st.

In its second year, the photo contest promotes the value of Darien’s trees by encouraging participants to capture the beauty of the majestic, historic, attractive and unusual trees around town.

The Tree Conservancy of Darien is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the tree and forest resources for the benefit of the community, its health and its quality of life. Its goals are to educate the community about the value of trees and their care, to identify and revitalize significant (heritage) trees in town, to maintain a stewardship program for the care and maintenance of existing trees, and to build partnerships to achieve conservancy goals.

For more information visit the Tree Conservancy of Darien.

 

Art On View: Tom Kretsch

The work of Tom Kretsch
The work of Tom Kretsch

Tom Kretsch

Opening Reception Friday, March 21st at 6 p.m.

An exhibition of photographs entitled “Street Vibes- Places and Faces of Nicaragua” will open at the Darien Library on March 19th. The work by Tom Kretsch is the culmination of yearly visits to Nicaragua as part of the Norwalk Sister City Project, a non-profit that he serves on as a board member. Tom has traveled to various parts of Nicaragua including Granada, San Juan Del Sur, Leon and Nagarote where the project has helped a very poor barrio for over 25 years. With a keen eye and a wandering spirit, Tom has observed and captured the colorful architecture and the wonderful street life of this beautiful country.

About Tom Kretsch

An award-winning photographer who resides in Westport, Tom has turned his passion for photography into a business called Peaceful Places. A retired educator in Norwalk for 36 years, Tom now exhibits his work in shows in New England during the summer and fall. His work has appeared in Vermont Life Magazine and has been placed in a number of corporate and professional offices.

The exhibit runs March 19th - April 25th.

Friday Night Features in June

We will screen THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Friday, June 20th.
We will screen THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Friday, June 20th.

Friday, June 6th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Still Mine (2012) Starring James Cromwell, Ronan Rees, and Geneviève Bujold; Rated PG-13; 102 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

An older couple fight against local authorities in rural New Brunswick to build their final home.

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

Friday, June 13th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Diana (2013) Starring Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, and Cas Anvar; Rated PG-13; 113 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.

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

Friday, June 20th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Starring Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, and Mathieu Amalric; Rated R; 100 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

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

Friday, June 27th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Invisible Woman (2013) Starring Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, and Kristin Scott Thomas; Rated R; 111 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.

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

All films are free and open to the public.

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

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