Courtyard Games

Cornhole!
Cornhole!

Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate summer at Darien Library every Friday with Courtyard Games! Soak up some sun and challenge your friends in cornhole and ladder ball. Who will become Darien's Courtyard Game Champion? Only time will tell!

Short Stories for Summer Days

Carroll Stenson
Carroll Stenson

Tuesdays at 3 p.m.

Our popular discussion series continues with a line-up of stories especially selected to offer insight into the human condition and provoke thoughtful conversation. Please join us and share with other short story enthusiasts.

Stories are available for pickup the week before each meeting.

Docs and Discussion: Ai Weiwei:The Fake Case

Wednesday, September 2nd at 6:30 p.m. - Ai Weiwei:The Fake Case (2013); NR; 86 minutes.

Docs and Discussion is our new film discussion series meant to inspire thoughtful conversation on a global topic.

Ai Weiwei has a serious problem with authority: The Chinese government not only kidnapped and imprisoned the world-renowned artist in a secret location for protesting its repressive policies, but after his release it conducted a show trial on baseless charges of tax evasion and pornography. Ai Weiwei:The Fake Case, a stunning and stirring documentary by Andreas Johnsen, dissects the persecution and shows how the government's attempts to silence Ai Weiwei have turned him into China's most powerful artist and an irrepressible voice for free speech and human rights around the globe. 

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

This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS. Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case premiers on PBS Friday, October 2nd.

Friday Night Feature - '5 Flights Up'

Friday, September 4th at 6:30 and 8:30p.m. - 5 FLIGHTS UP (2014) Starring Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton, Cynthia Nixon , Alysia Reiner, Carrie Preston, Claire van der ; Rated PG-13 ; 92 minutes;


In this bittersweet comedy set in the cutthroat world of New York real estate, old married couple Ruth (Diane Keaton) and Alex (Morgan Freeman) make plans to sell their Brooklyn property and move to Manhattan, only to discover that relocating is never simple.

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).

Intellectual Property: What You Need to Know

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

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

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Intellectual Property is the foundation of many successful businesses, and it is important to develop a strategy early on.  Proper protection of IP can increase valuation when searching for investors and can protect your position in the market. 

This workshop will provide an introduction to:

• Trademarks
• Copyrights
• Patents
• Trade Secrets

About the presenters

Will Tennant is an Intellectual Property and Business attorney with a practice in Fairfield County, CT and New York City. He has experience in copyright and trademark law including practice before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the Connecticut Federal Court. 
Jonathan Winter is an Intellectual Property attorney with a global Patent, Trademark and Copyright practice. Jonathan regularly advises early stage companies in developing IP protection strategy to help protect and grow their business.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

Create Your Own Public Access TV Show

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Image courtesy of flickr user cjtengi

Thursday, September 10th at 3 p.m. 

Rich Turcsany, Public Access Coordinator at Cablevision of Connecticut, will discuss what it takes to put together your very own, non-commercial television program, and have it broadcast over Public Access Channel 88. Rich, a 1986 graduate of Emerson College in Boston, and who also has 26 years experience in cable TV, will also discuss the training that is involved.

Friday Night Feature - 'Far From The Madding Crowd'

Friday, September 11th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Far From The Madding Crowd (2015) Starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge and Michael Sheen; Rated PG-13; 119 minutes;

Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.

 

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).

Musical Film Fest - 'Chicago'

Monday, September 14th  at 6:30 P.M. - Chicago (2002) Starring Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere; Rated PG-13 113 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

A starry-eyed would-be star discovers just how far the notion that "there's no such thing as bad publicity" can go in this screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Chicago, originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. In the mid-'20s, Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) is a small-time chorus dancer married to a well-meaning dunderhead named Amos (John C. Reilly). Roxie is having an affair on the side with Fred Casley (Dominic West), a smooth talker who insists he can make her a star. However, Fred strings Roxie along a bit too far for his own good, and when she realizes that his promises are empty, she becomes enraged and murders Fred in cold blood. Roxie soon finds herself behind bars alongside Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a sexy vaudeville star who used to perform with her sister until Velma discovered that her sister had been sleeping with her husband. Velma shot them both dead, and, after scheming prison matron "Mama" Morton hooks Velma up with hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), Velma becomes the new Queen of the scandal sheets. Roxie is just shrewd enough to realize that her poor fortune could also bring her fame, so she convinces Amos to also hire Flynn. Soon Flynn is splashing Roxie's story -- or, more accurately, a highly melodramatic revision of Roxie's story -- all over the gutter press, and Roxy and Velma are soon battling neck-to-neck over who can win greater fame through the headlines.

 

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).

Writers Read

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Image courtesy of flickr user paulinebalba

Tuesday, September 15th at 7 p.m.

Hear from local authors as they share pieces from their unfinished works. Members of Darien Library's Writer's Workshop and  students of the Memoir Class will present excerpts of their work to family and friends, the public and to other writers interested in the craft.  Selections include sci-fi, parody, fiction, memoir, personal essay, short story, and poetry.

Wednesday Matinee - 'Best in Show'

Wednesday, September 16th at 1:30 p.m. - Best in Show  (2000) Starring Christopher Guest, Parker Posey, Michael Hitchcock, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, John Michael Higgins; Rated PG-13; 88 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Christopher Guest directs and stars in this semi-improvised comedy that casts a satirical gaze on the world of championship dog breeding and training.  A television crew is on hand to document the prestigious Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show,and competition is fierce among the canine devotees vying for top honors.

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).