Meet Us On Main Street

Wednesdays at 11 a.m. - Meet Us On Main Street
Wednesdays at 11 a.m. - Meet Us On Main Street

"You Are What You Read" goes LIVE!

Wednesday, October 8th at 11 a.m. with Stephanie

Darien Library staff members are excited to tell you about the latest and greatest books, movies, apps, and articles that we are currently digging. Please join us for this weekly, informal discussion.

There will be "oooohs." There will be "ahhhhs." There will be laughs. We hope to see you there. 

 

Meet the Author - Maureen Corrigan

Maureen Corrigan [credit: Nina Subin]
Maureen Corrigan [credit: Nina Subin]

Thursday, October 9th at 7 p.m.

Maureen Corrigan, author of So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why it Endures will be our featured speaker.

Conceived nearly a century ago by a man who died believing himself a failure, The Great Gatsby is now universally revered, and reading it is a rite of passage for millions. But how well do we really know this beloved classic? As Fresh Air critic, Georgetown professor, and Gatsby lover extraordinaire Corrigan adeptly points out, while Fitzgerald’s masterpiece may be one of the most popular novels in America, many of us first read it when we were too young to fully comprehend its power.

Praise for So We Read On

“Maureen Corrigan has produced a minor miracle: a book about The Great Gatsby that stands up to Gatsby itself.” — Michael Cunningham

"I am loving [Gastby] all over again as I read her wonderful, humane, and keen observations.” — Library Journal

About the Author

Maureen Corrigan is the book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air, the critic in residence at Georgetown University, and winner of an Edgar Award for criticism. She is the author of Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'The Railway Man'

Friday, October 10th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Railway Man (2013) Starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman; Rated R; 116 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

A former British Army officer, who was tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.

"Beautifully acted, The Railway Man is profoundly moving..." -- David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer

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

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

 

The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters

Larissa Bailiff
Larissa Bailiff

Sunday, October 12th at 5 p.m.

Larissa Bailiff will join us from the Museum of Modern Art to discuss the preeminent artist of Belle Epoque Paris, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. There is perhaps no other artist whose very name conjures the quintessential image of fin-de-siècle Paris, with its colorful artistic characters, notoriously decadent nightlife, and fabulous divas than Toulouse-Lautrec. During his brief but brilliant career, the artist brought the language of the late-19th-century avant-garde to a broad public through his famous posters, prints, and illustrations for journals and magazines. The talk will include a special preview of the upcoming fall exhibition, The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters.

About the Speaker

Larissa Bailiff is a specialist in late 19th-century French art and culture. She received her MA in art history from Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. Larissa has worked at the Museum of Modern Art for over a decade. Formerly an associate educator there, she continues to give public talks and private tours, as well as to teach classes for the museum. Recently she had the honor and privilege of judging the Darien Arts Center annual art show.

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

Small Business Tuesday - How to Develop a Business Plan in Six Easy Steps

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

Tuesday, October 14th from 6 to 8 p.m.

Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.

Register here.

A business plan is an essential road map for business success, but few small businesses ever complete a plan due to over-complicated approaches that entail too much theory, writing and detail. This workshop will give you pragmatic, straightforward tools for setting goals, developing action plans for achieving them, measuring how you are doing on a ongoing basis and adjusting accordingly.

Participants will learn:

- What is a Business Plan and why should a business owner develop one?
- The "Business Plan Express" method for existing businesses
- How to research the market - your industry, customers and competitors
- How to analyze your own business
- How to define/refine your business niche
- How to set business objectives
- How to create a simple action plan to achieve your objectives
- How to set up monthly tools to monitor your progress against your goals

About the Speaker

David Albright is an active SCORE counselor with extensive experience in the consumer products industry including being President of Pepperidge Farm, Inc., Godiva Chocolatier Worldwide and Glacial Confections, a start-up venture. He currently consults with venture capital firms on the food and confectionery industries. David has a BS degree from Villanova University, an MBA from Indiana University, a Certificate in Financial Planning (CFP) from Boston University, and a Master's in Burgundy from the French Wine Society (FWS).

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

Meet the Author - Susan Jane Gilman

Susan Jane Gilman
Susan Jane Gilman

Tuesday, October 14th at 7 p.m.

Susan Jane Gilman, author of The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street, will be our featured speaker. 

This debut novel will draw you in immediately with the irrepressible voice of protagonist Lillian Dunkle, who will proceed to tell you the epic tale of her rise from the squalor of the Lower East Side tenements as a new immigrant to become the greatest ice cream maker in America. While her story is captivating, what will keep you reading is Lillian herself: a charming, hard-working woman who’s overcome her disability to become America’s Ice Cream Queen. Oh, and a ruthless businesswoman who will play every situation to her advantage, regardless of the consequences for others. She is an anti-hero—who verges on villain—and you can’t help but love her.

Praise for The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

“An outstanding fiction debut...Gilman’s numerous strengths are showcased, such as character-driven narrative, a ready sense of wit, and a rich historical canvas.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Susan Jane Gilman has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Ms. magazine, among others. Though she lives in Geneva, Switzerland, she remains, eternally, a child of New York.

This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County and The Stamford Chapter of Hadassah.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

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

Wednesday Matinee - 'A Piece of Work'

We will screen A PIECE OF WORK October 15th.
We will screen A PIECE OF WORK October 15th.

Wednesday, October 15th at 1:30 p.m. - Joan Rivers: A PIece of Work (2010) Documentary feature starring Joan Rivers; Rated R; 84 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work takes the audience on a year long ride with legendary comedian Joan Rivers in her 76th year of life. Peeling away the mask of an iconic comedian and exposing the struggles, sacrifices and joy of living life as a ground breaking female performer. The film is an emotionally surprising and revealing portrait of one the most hilarious and long-standing career women ever in the business.

"The undeniably fascinating and entertaining documentary that looks at the audacious entertainer in the seventy-fifth year of her life." -- Tom Long, Detroit News

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

Meet the Author - Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand
Elin Hilderbrand

Thursday, October 16th at 7 p.m.

Elin Hilderbrand, author of Winter Street, will be our featured speaker.

Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket's Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray. Patrick, the eldest, is a hedge fund manager with a guilty conscience. Kevin, a bartender, is secretly sleeping with a French housekeeper named Isabelle. Ava, a school teacher, is finally dating the perfect guy but can't get him to commit. And Bart, the youngest and only child of Kelley's second marriage to Mitzi, has recently shocked everyone by joining the Marines.

As Christmas approaches, Kelley is looking forward to getting the family together for some quality time at the inn. But when he walks in on Mitzi kissing Santa Claus (or the guy who's playing Santa at the inn's annual party), utter chaos descends. With the three older children each reeling in their own dramas and Bart unreachable in Afghanistan, it might be up to Kelley's ex-wife, nightly news anchor Margaret Quinn, to save Christmas at the Winter Street Inn. 

About the Author

Elin Hilderbrand made a paper angel ornament in third grade that is still in her family's custody. She celebrates the holidays by making batches of homemade mustard and chive pine nut dip and gifting them to her lucky friends. Her favorite carol is "O Holy Night." Winter Street is her fourteenth novel.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

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

Focusing On You Meditation Series

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

Thursdays October 16th, 23rd, 30th, and November 13th and 20th at 7 p.m.

The "Focusing on You" meditation series leads up to Thanksgiving and 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).

Register for 'Come Discover an Ancestor'

Come Discover an Ancestor
Come Discover an Ancestor

A Community Family History Event

Register Here

Saturday, October 18th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon

Come Discover An Ancestor (CDAA) is a half-day open-house style event. The event is designed to help individuals and families gain a greater appreciation of how family history can be a fun and captivating experience. You can learn how family history can enhance your life now, help nurture a sense of identity and instill a deeper sense of pride. Participants will explore first hand how learning more about their ancestors can be a fun activity for children of all ages.

The conference will provide through its key note and break out sessions an informal hands-on learning experience as to get started in family history including how to use simple-to-use Internet based tools to research their family tree.

CDAA will feature an opening keynote speaker followed a choice of three different 40 minute workshops on such subjects as how to use social media to connect to your family, how to write a personal history, how to get started in family history research and a special workshop focused on discovering ancestor artifacts online. The event will conclude with closing remarks and refreshments.

FamilySearch is a service of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About the Keynote Speaker

Tammy A. Hepps graduated Harvard with a degree in Computer Science and embarked on a successful career managing web technology teams for large companies like Barnes and Noble, The New York Times, and NBC Universal, as well as start-ups like Sparknotes and Dow Jones/IAC Online Ventures. With Treelines, she combines her wide-ranging, hands-on digital expertise and her life-long obsession with genealogy to bring to life the family tree curation tools she wished she had had all along. Treelines is a tool focused on family stories, to curate and share the stories you find. Tammy is a board member of the Philadelphia Jewish Archive Center and a regular contributor to Chronicles, the newsletter of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia.

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