Senior Moments: Origami Ornaments

Image Courtesy of Flickr User __kel
Image Courtesy of Flickr User __kel

Wednesday, December 10th at 3 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in our Conference Room.

It's time to roll up your sleeves and get creative!  Come share in the Holiday Spirit by creating ornaments to decorate your home this season.  Hands-on instruction will be given as we work our way through swans, stars, sailboats, and other festive pieces.  Participants will be given a sturdy folder to help create tight folds and a plethora of folding paper.  Please bring a small box to take your creations home.

Presented by Kathy Hammell, our local Origami Expert!

Support for Senior Moments is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

 

Focusing On You Meditation Series

Julie Punishill [credit Pamela Ha-Stevenson]
Julie Punishill [credit Pamela Ha-Stevenson]

Thursday, December 11 at 7 p.m.

The "Focusing on You" meditation series leads up to the start of the holiday season. Do you find you get swept up in the expectations and "busy"-ness of the holidays? Do you find you lose your sense of self? Would you like to increase your personal enjoyment of this very special season, and for that matter, your every day life? This series of five sessions over six weeks is designed to offer meditations and tools to help you focus on you, your presence and ability to live in the moment.

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.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Begin Again'

Begin Again
Begin Again

Friday, December 12th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Begin Again (2013) Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Adam Levine; Rated R; 104 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

An ambitious young female singer moves to New York City in search of stardom, but finds only disappointment until falling for a struggling record-industry executive who helps her down the road to fame. Songwriting duo Gretta and Dave  had been dating since college when they decided to seek their fortune in NYC. Gretta catches the attention of Dan, a once-respected music executive who's since fallen on hard times. Enchanted by Gretta's powerful voice and skillful songwriting, Dan convinces her to join him in a collaboration that will transform them both over the course of one unforgettable summer.

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

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

Wednesday Matinee - 'Million Dollar Arm'

Million Dollar Arm
Million Dollar Arm

Wednesday, December 17th at 1:30 p.m. - Million Dollar Arm (2014). Starring Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Madhur Mittal, and Bill Paxton; Rated PG; 124 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Million Dollar Arm stars JB Bernstein, a one-time successful sports agent who left the massive company he worked for to start in his own agency, Seven Figures Management, with his business partner Aash. The company is in serious financial straits, and they lose the big client they've been grooming. In a fit of inspiration, JB believes they can go to India, find a cricket bowler, and teach him to be a baseball pitcher. In order to pay for the scheme, he convinces wealthy businessman Chang (Tzi Ma) to create a reality show titled "Million Dollar Arm" to help with his quest for fresh talent. Although at first the going is rough, they eventually find a pair of eager and promising prospects -- Dinesh and Rinku. The two young men are finally given a highly publicized tryout in front of scouts from numerous pro teams, as well as media from around the world. Meanwhile, the fiercely single JB, whose personal life involves dating a string of models, begins to strike up something of a serious romance with his tenant, Brenda, a doctor who rents the guest house on JB's beautiful L.A. estate.

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

Serial Listening Party

Image courtesy of flickr user leahthib.
Image courtesy of flickr user leahthib.

TENTATIVE FOR FINAL EPISODE: Thursday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us as we sip hot chocolate and swap theories during the final episodic retelling of this fifteen year old murder case. Serial explores whether an honor-roll student and onetime junior-prom prince named Adnan Syed was wrongly convicted of the murder of Hae Min Lee, his popular former girlfriend at Woodlawn High School. The show is narrated by Sarah Koenig who spent a year investigating the holes in the case against Adnan. 

About Serial

Serial is a non-fiction podcast where the story is unfolded, week by week, over the couse of a season.  To catch up on the story before our listening party, listen here.

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

 

Friday Night Feature - 'The Hundred Foot Journey'

The Hundred Foot Journey
The Hundred Foot Journey

Friday, December 19th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m.The Hundred Foot Journey (2014) Starring Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Om Puri, and Charlotte Le Bon; Rated PG; 122 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

An Indian teen in France goes to work for his father's culinary adversary in this drama based on the bestselling novel by Richard C. Morais. When Hassan's Kadam’s family is forced to move from their native India, his Papa relocates to a peaceful hamlet in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Determined to give his new neighbors a little taste of home, Papa decides to open an Indian restaurant in the village, and names it Maison Mumbai. Meanwhile, across the street at the traditional French restaurant Le Saule Pleureu, uptight proprietor Madame Mallory doesn't exactly welcome the competition. Subsequently impressed by Hassan's undeniable culinary talents, Mme. Mallory agrees to become Hassan's mentor, in the process providing the perfect creative environment where his unique fusion cuisine can thrive.

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

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, December 20th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, January 17th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, February 21st 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).

Friday Night Feature - 'Love Actually'

Love Actually
Love Actually

Friday, December 26th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.Love Actually (2003) Starring Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, and Colin Firth; Rated R; 130 minutes. Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

All of London is in love -- or longing to be -- in this "the ultimate romantic comedy." Love Actually involves more than a dozen main characters, each weaving his or her way into another's heart over the course of one particularly eventful Christmas. The seemingly perfect wedding of Juliet and Peter brings many of the principals together. There's also recent widower Daniel, trying to help his lonely stepson Sam express his true feelings to a classmate. Across town, devoted working mother Karen tries to rekindle the passion of her husband, Harry, who secretly pines for a young colleague of his. Providing the unofficial soundtrack for all of the couples is an aging rocker who just wants to cash in and get laid -- but even he might find a meaningful relationship in the most unlikely of places.

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

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

Friday Night Features in December

Love Actually
Love Actually

Friday, December 5th - Please excuse us as we celebrate our Staff Holiday Party this evening.  We’ll see you next week!

Friday, December 12th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Begin Again (2013) Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Adam Levine; Rated R; 104 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

An ambitious young female singer moves to New York City in search of stardom, but finds only disappointment until falling for a struggling record-industry executive who helps her down the road to fame. Songwriting duo Gretta and Dave  had been dating since college when they decided to seek their fortune in NYC. Gretta catches the attention of Dan, a once-respected music executive who's since fallen on hard times. Enchanted by Gretta's powerful voice and skillful songwriting, Dan convinces her to join him in a collaboration that will transform them both over the course of one unforgettable summer.

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

Friday, December 19th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m.The Hundred Foot Journey (2014) Starring Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Om Puri, and Charlotte Le Bon; Rated PG; 122 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

An Indian teen in France goes to work for his father's culinary adversary in this drama based on the bestselling novel by Richard C. Morais. When Hassan's Kadam’s family is forced to move from their native India, his Papa relocates to a peaceful hamlet in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Determined to give his new neighbors a little taste of home, Papa decides to open an Indian restaurant in the village, and names it Maison Mumbai. Meanwhile, across the street at the traditional French restaurant Le Saule Pleureu, uptight proprietor Madame Mallory doesn't exactly welcome the competition. Subsequently impressed by Hassan's undeniable culinary talents, Mme. Mallory agrees to become Hassan's mentor, in the process providing the perfect creative environment where his unique fusion cuisine can thrive.

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

Friday, December 26th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.Love Actually (2003) Starring Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, and Colin Firth; Rated R; 130 minutes. Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

All of London is in love -- or longing to be -- in this "the ultimate romantic comedy." Love Actually involves more than a dozen main characters, each weaving his or her way into another's heart over the course of one particularly eventful Christmas. The seemingly perfect wedding of Juliet and Peter brings many of the principals together. There's also recent widower Daniel, trying to help his lonely stepson Sam express his true feelings to a classmate. Across town, devoted working mother Karen tries to rekindle the passion of her husband, Harry, who secretly pines for a young colleague of his. Providing the unofficial soundtrack for all of the couples is an aging rocker who just wants to cash in and get laid -- but even he might find a meaningful relationship in the most unlikely of places.

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).

Maximize Your Social Security Benefits

Image courtesy of flickr user Images_of_Money
Image courtesy of flickr user Images_of_Money

January 8th at 6 p.m.

Available to everyone filing for Social Security, there are numerous little known strategies which may boost one’s benefits and substantially enhance lifetime retirement income. Social Security benefits alone will likely be insufficient for an individual or couple to retire comfortably.  Decisions discussed at this workshop offer the potential to improve the standard of living we may look forward to.    

Discussion highlights will include:
• Strategies to maximize your Social Security benefits.
• How benefits are calculated and simple strategies available to increase them. 
• Coordinating benefits:  why married couples have added options for when to apply.
• How will my Social Security benefits be taxed
• What are the taxable implications if I collect benefits and continue to work part-time

About the Presenters

Michael Alimo (CRPC; CLU; ChFEBC, Registered Investment Advisor).  Beginning 30 years ago managing money for Wall Street brokerage houses, veteran financial advisor Alimo’s last 15 years have been devoted to serving clientele around CT and New England at his USA Financial & Tax Serices, LLC.  Alimo focuses on retirement planning and risk management.

David Weyner (Health & Life insurance licensed; LTC Partnership certification,  CT, NY & NJ)  Following 20 years as a senior executive managing corporate divisions for major entertainment companies, in 2007 Weyner launched his independent financial service practice. Weyner works with individuals and businesses specializing in Long Term Care and insurance planning, and employee benefits. 

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