Walking Historical Tour of Darien

Darien Historical Society
Darien Historical Society

Tuesday, June 2nd at 3:30 p.m.

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Please join us at the Darien Historical Society for an easy, walking tour of town. Hear the incredible tale of Darien's evolution from a simple farming hamlet to a much sought-after residential community filled with top-knotch schools and gracious homes. Members of the Historical Society will lead small groups through town, sharing stories of who we are and what makes our town so special. Maps and itinerary will be handed out for those who wish to self-lead.

This event is cosponsored with the Darien Historical Society.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business

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Image courtesy of flickr user vintagechica

Five-week series begins Tuesday, June 2nd from 6 to 8:30 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.

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Want to start a business but do not know where to start? This workshop series, conducted by a team of professionals from SCORE, will give you the boost to get you on your way! Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.

Week 1: Self Assessment/Business Plan
Learn about the risk and reward of starting a business in today's competitive marketplace. The traits of successful entrepreneurs will be discussed for the purpose of assessing one'e innate and acquired ability to start and manage a successful business. The session will also focus on structuring a dynamic plan.

Senior Moments: Love Songs of WWII

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Image courtesy of flickr user kami_fubuki

Wednesday, June 3rd at 3 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

In commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II, please join us for a concert featuring love songs from that period of American history, performed by Pace University professor and performer Diane Cypkin

“Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me),”  “You’ll Never Know,” “I’ll Walk Alone,” “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” “Yours,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Bei Mir Bistu Shein,” “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Besame Mucho,” “I’ll Be Seeing You”— these are just some of the many incomparable love songs exceptionally popular during World War II.  Why were they so popular?  Who wrote, played, and sang them?  Who danced and “romanced” to them?  What made them unforgettable both on the fighting and home front?  This one woman concert/lecture delves into it all and, in the process, reveals how the spirit of the time was uplifted by these songs: to hope for a time of peace and an end to a terrible and frightening war.

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.

 

Business Book Group: 'Marissa Mayer And The Fight To Save Yahoo!'

Wednesday, June 3rd at 6 p.m.

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Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Nicholas Carlson's Marissa Mayer And The Fight To Save Yahoo! The group is invited to an informal discussion of the book from 6 - 6:45 p.m. followed by networking over wine, beer, and light refreshments.

About Marissa Mayer And The Fight To Save Yahoo!

When Yahoo hired star Google executive Marissa Mayer to be its CEO in 2012, employees rejoiced. They put posters on the walls throughout Yahoo's California's headquarters. On them, there was Mayer's face and one word: HOPE. But just more than a year later--on November 4, 2013--Mayer sat in front those same employees in a huge cafeteria on Yahoo's campus and took the beating of her life. Her hair wet, and her tone defensive, Mayer read and answered a series of employee-posed questions challenging the basic elements of her plan. There was anger in the room - and behind it, a question: Was Mayer actually going to be able to do this thing? Nicholas Carlson's fast-paced narrative is the inside story of how Yahoo got into such awful shape in the first place, Mayer's controversial rise at Google, and her desperate fight to save an Internet icon.

We have copies of the book available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussion.

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

Email Marketing for Small Businesses

MailChimp's mascot, Freddie
MailChimp's mascot, Freddie

Thursday, June 4th at 6:30 p.m.

Email marketing is one of the best ways to get your products, news, and promotional tools directly in front of your customer’s eyes. Learn how to create gorgeous emails using MailChimp, a leader in the email marketing industry. You can sign up for a free account for up to 2,000 subscribers or upgrade for more users. You will learn how to use MailChimps built-in templates and discuss some of the legal aspects of email marketing.

Courtyard Games

Cornhole!
Cornhole!

Friday, June 5th 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!

Friday Night Feature - 'Life Itself'

Friday, June 5th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Life Itself (2015) Starring Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Raven Evans, Ava DuVernay, Ramin Bahrani, and Richard Corliss; Rated R; 120 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Director Steve James creates a portrait of influential Chicago Sun Times film critic Roger Ebert. Officially an adaptation of Ebert's bestselling memoir of the same name, the documentary uses Ebert's valiant struggle with cancer as a structural device to examine his many career accomplishments. As a series of flashbacks take us through Ebert's colorful life and times, James periodically returns to his subject's traumatic last days in the hospital, where his wife Chaz and other loved ones prepare to say their last goodbyes. The result is a reverent meditation on the life and death of the writer whose passion for film was evident in every review he penned, but whose love of life taught his loyal readers to treasure every moment. 

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).

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop

Sunday, June 7th at 2 p.m.

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop, now in its 23rd year, will present the first public-staged reading of selections from original plays in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

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 will offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment.

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

Intro to Online Dating

Monday, June 8th at 6:30 p.m.

Look for love at your Library! Interested in Online Dating, but not sure where to start? This class will introduce an array of online dating sites and apps, provide tips for creating an attractive profile, and dicuss online and offline safety. A photo booth will be available for attendees to take new profile pictures!

NYC Historical Landmarks: Statue of Liberty

Monday, June 8th at 3 p.m.

Join us for a photographic journey of one of America’s most iconic monuments, from the ancient origins of its design to her post on Liberty Island standing watch over New York Harbor.