Writer's Workshop

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Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres

Thursday, September 17th at 7 p.m.

Come join The Writer's Workshop, a monthly class for writers of any genre.  A constructive atmosphere greets aspiring writers as they learn and understand a reader's perspective of their work.  While many in the group have dreams to publish, that is not a requirement.  Presently we have fiction, memoir, mystery and thriller, short story, personal essay, and poetry writers.  Let's put pen to paper and get writing!

Presented by Laura Cavers, who recently received an MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College. At Manhattanville, Laura was assistant editor to the college's award-winning literary magazine, Inkwell.  She is currently working on her first novel, Bellwethers.

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

Music in the Stacks: Pianist Virtuoso

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Image courtesy of flickr user OnceCaptured

Sunday, September 20th at 5 p.m.

Enjoy an Evening of Delights featuring classical and jazz Selections by Arkadiy Figlin, Pianist Virtuoso of Lincoln Center/Carnegie Hall.

About the performer

Arkadiy Figlin, graduate of Moscow Gnessin Institute in Moscow, Russia has appeared as a soloist with Chautauqua Symphony, Ashland Symphony, CMSFO, Clarence Summer Symphony and Princeton Symphony with performances of the Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Emerson and Poulenc piano concertos. He has played such illustrious venues as  Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall and Kennedy Center. In 1998, he became the first non-American pianist ever to win one of the most prestigious competitions in the world of jazz, The Great American Jazz piano competition in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2010 Arkadiy Figlin was invited to be the pianist for the preparation and filming of the movie Black Swan, by Darren Aronofksy.

Listen to Arkadiy's music here.

Art on View: Julia Heck

On Display Wednesday, July 29th - Friday, September 18th

Artist's Statement:

"Painting is my meditation and prayer. My work stands as a reminder to connect with the essence of life.  During a recent trip to Costa Rica, I re-discovered a state of contentment and bliss.  For one month, I was fully immersed in nature and surrounded by people who live an untainted, beautiful life. I was inspired by a community that lives in unison with nature and humans alike-- a life of simplicity and vibrancy. My challenge is to apply this positive energy to my art. Each work is a new experience as I freely play with color, line, texture and scale.  I hope to never become static in the evolution of my technique. I intend to capture and illustrate the pulse within a flowerbed, beehive, or the sea-- to value the fire that every living thing holds."

View more of Julia's work at JuliaBerkeleyHeck.com

Friday Night Feature - 'The Age of Adaline'

Friday, September 18th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - The Age of Adaline (2014) Starring Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman , Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew; Rated PG-13; 109 minutes;

Adaline (Blake Lively) has kept to herself for decades in order to keep secret the fact that she has remained 29-years-old for nearly a century. However, when she meets a handsome philanthropist named Ellis (Michiel Huisman), she strains against the self-imposed exile she's lived in. When her secret may become public, she is forced to take greater control over her life. Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker co-star.

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).

Passport Days

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Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, September 19th 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).

Musical Film Fest - 'Funny Girl'

Monday,  September 21st  at 1:30 P.M. -  Funny Girl  (1968) Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis,  Lee Allen; Rated G; 145 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

"Hello, gorgeous!" was Barbra Streisand's first comment to the Oscar statuette which she won for her performance in this biopic of entertainer Fanny Brice. This is also her first line in the film itself, the catalyst for a movie-long flashback. Repeating her Broadway role, Streisand stars as legendary comedienne Brice (1891-1951), whose life until the mid-1920s is romanticized herein. A gawky New Yawker, Brice fast-talks her way into show business, certain that she's destined to be "The Greatest Star." Hired as a "dramatic" singer by impresario Flo Ziegfeld (Walter Pidgeon), Brice defies orders to play it straight, turning a "Beautiful Bride" tableau into a laugh riot by dressing herself up as an extremely pregnant newlywed. The stratagem turns Brice into an overnight star and the toast of Broadway. But all is not roses for Brice, especially in her turbulent private life as the wife of big-time gambler Nicky Arnstein (Omar Sharif). Nicky at first finds it amusing to be referred to as "Mr. Brice," but he begins to resent his wife's fame and fortune and starts taking foolish risks with other people's money. The film was nominated for 8 Oscars, including Best Picture and Kay Medford for her portrayal of Brice's mother, Rose. Funny Girl was produced by Ray Stark, Brice's real-life son-in-law, who had enough material left over for a sequel, 1975's Funny Lady

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).

Writing Stories, Bit by Bit: Fiction Writing Class

This six-week course begins Thursday, September 22nd at 7 p.m.


Designed for the patron who would like a step-by-step approach to writing short stories or the beginnings of a novel. Learn strategies and best practices in hooking the reader, crafting point of view (POV), writing dialogue, character development, story arcs, and developing themes.  In-class writing exercises and discussion of stories of well-known authors will be included. This writing class is open to anyone, at any level, interested in trying their hand at writing.

The course is led by Laura Cavers, a recent graduate of Manhattanville College's MFA program. At Manhattanville, Laura was assistant editor to the college's award-winning literary magazine, Inkwell. She is currently working on her first novel, Bellwethers.

Senior Moments: Coloring for Grown Ups

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Image courtesy of flickr user 28627967@N03

Thursday, September 24th at 3 p.m.

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

Experience the latest trend in creativity and relaxation: coloring for adults! If you have the crafting gene, an artistic mind, or are just looking to unwind, breathe life into complex designs with fresh color. Coloring pages from books designed especially for adults as well as colored pencils and markers will be provided.


Understanding Wine - Part I

Thursday, September 24th at 7 p.m.


Darien merchant Nicholas Troilo of Nicholas Roberts will guide you through the techniques used by professional wine merchants to evaluate and judge wine.  You’ll learn how to examine the color, how to describe the aromas of the wine, and how wine effects various areas of the palate.  Most of all you’ll learn how to enjoy wine.  Please bring two stemmed, clear wine glasses to the class.  There will be both class work and homework.

Friday Night Feature - 'Cinderella'

Friday, September 25th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Cinderella (2015) Starring Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Holliday Grainger , Sophie McShera; Rated PG; 112 minutes;

Kenneth Branagh directs Disney's 2015, live-action take on the classic fairy tale Cinderella, which stars Lily James as the put-upon young women forced to endure a life of labor at the hands of her stepmother (Cate Blanchett) after her father dies unexpectedly. Forced to do every menial chore imaginable, Ella maintains her good spirits and eventually strikes up a friendship with a stranger in the woods who turns out to be the prince. When the royal court holds a gala ball, Cinderella wants nothing more to attend, and although her stepmother won't allow it, she gets help from a surprising source.


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).