Adult Summer Reading Grand Finale Party with Mariachi

Mariachi Flor de Toloache
Mariachi Flor de Toloache

Salsa Contest and Mariachi Flor de Toloache Performance

Thursday, August 14th at 7 p.m.

Amateur salsa chefs are invited to enter their creations into Darien Library’s salsa-making competition with special guest judges. Bring enough for three judges to sample and the rest will be enjoyed by the crowd. You don’t need to make a salsa in order to attend! Chips will be provided.

After that, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, the first and only established all-female mariachi band founded in New York City, will perform using the traditional instruments of mariachi: violins, trumpets, guitarron, vihuela, and guitar.

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

Wednesday Matinee - 'The Face of Love'

THE FACE OF LOVE will screen in our Community Room Wednesday, August 20th.
THE FACE OF LOVE will screen in our Community Room Wednesday, August 20th.

Wednesday, August 20th at 1:30 p.m. - The Face of Love (2013) Starring Annette Bening, Ed Harris, and Robin Williams; Rated PG-13; 92 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Five years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett, Nikki meets Tom, a man who seems to be Garrett's exact duplicate. Not only does Tom possess the same physical characteristics, but he also shares Garrett's kindness, humor, and passion for art. And yet he is a stranger. As romance blossoms between Nikki and Tom, she finds she can't bring herself to tell him the truth about what drew her to him. But as their relationship progresses, it becomes not a question of if the truth will come out, but when.

"Ms. Bening...immediately [makes] this woman come so satisfyingly alive, breathing believable vitality and at times contradictory emotions into what might have otherwise registered as a blur..." -- Manohla Dargis

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

Maximize Your Social Security Benefits

Maximize your benefits.
Maximize your benefits.

Thursday, September 4th at 7 p.m.

When to collect Social Security may be the single most important decision you make when it comes to your retirement. 

Topics covered include:

• How Social Security benefits are calculated and the advanced planning required to increase them.

• Why married couples can miss out on significant lifetime sums.

• Special strategies for married couples, divorced individuals and minor children.

• Case studies that will show you the advantages of some of these strategies.

About the Presenters

Michael Alimo (CRPC; CLU; ChFEBC). A 30 year industry veteran, for the past 15 years financial service advisor Alimo has served jclientele around CT & New England at his USA Financial & Tax Services, LLC. Committed to giving back to the community via educational workshops, Mr. Alimo has hosted many seminars for groups at libraries, churches, and social organization about a variety of financial and planning topics.

David Weyner (H≪ LTC Partnership certification,CT, NY & NJ) Following 20 years as a senior corporate executive, since 2007 Weyner has served insurance and benefits clients around the NY tri-state area.. In collaboration with Michael Alimo, Mr.Weyner has also spoken at many seminars with the objective of helping community members better understand their planning options and various programs available to seniors.

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

Meet the Author - Kristen Harnisch

Kristen Harnisch [credit: Alix Martinex Photography]
Kristen Harnisch [credit: Alix Martinex Photography]

Tuesday, October 21st at 7 p.m.

Kristen Harnisch, author of The Vintner's Daughter, will be our featured speaker.

In 1895, seventeen-year-old Sara Thibault’s dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps as master winemaker at their stunning Loire Valley family vineyard, Saint Martin. Although many don’t understand her ambition, Sara forges ahead toward her goal with a determination that will soon prove essential.

When Sara’s father is killed in a mudslide, her mother sells their land to a business rival whose eldest son married Sara’s sister, Lydia. Sara is shocked and deeply disappointed, having hoped to take over, to make her father proud. Disappointment quickly turns to fear when she realizes that her new brother-in-law Bastien has no real interest in the vineyard and far too much interest in her.

A violent tragedy leaves Bastien dead and compels the sisters to flee to America. Sara plans to eventually reclaim her family’s vineyard, but for now she travels to California in hopes of making her own way in the winemaking world. When she encounters Bastien’s brother, Philippe—a man as committed to bringing his brother’s killer to justice as he is to building the largest vineyard in the Napa region—they are instantly drawn to each other. But now she must make a choice: to risk discovery or run again. Will he help her regain Saint Martin, or prosecute her for her crime? How much more can she lose? And what loss is finally too great to bear?

About the Author

Kristen Harnisch drew upon her extensive research and experiences living in the San Francisco Bay Area and visiting the Loire Valley to create the story for The Vintner's Daughter, the first in a series about the changing world of vineyard life at the turn of the century. Harnisch has a degree in economics from Villanova University and currently resides in Darien, Connecticut, where she has lived for fourteen years.

A book signing will follow the authors’ presentations. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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

Friday Night Features in July

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY will screen in our Community Room Friday, July 18th.
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY will screen in our Community Room Friday, July 18th.

Friday, July 11th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Love is All You Need (2012) Starring Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, and Molly Blixt Egelind; Rated R; 116 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A hairdresser who has lost her hair to cancer finds out her husband is having an affair, travels to Italy for her daughter's wedding and meets a widower who still blames the world for the loss of his wife.

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

Friday, July 18th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) Starring Ben Stiller; Rated PG; 114 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

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

Friday, July 25th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Pulling Strings (2013) Starring Jaime Camil, Laura Ramsey, Omar Chaparro, and Tom Arnold; Rated PG; 110 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

An ambitious mariachi singer tries to convince a customs worker to accept his application for a visa, and finds much more in the process.

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).

Winners of the Tree Conservancy Photo Contest

Best in Show, School age group. Photo taken by Josiah Harris, 7th Grade.
Best in Show, School age group. Photo taken by Josiah Harris, 7th Grade.

Winning photographs in the Tree Conservancy of Darien’s 2014 ‘Celebration of Trees’ photography contest will be on display at Darien Library on the second floor by the fireplace beginning May 6th, 2014 until May 31st.

In its second year, the photo contest promotes the value of Darien’s trees by encouraging participants to capture the beauty of the majestic, historic, attractive and unusual trees around town.

The Tree Conservancy of Darien is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the tree and forest resources for the benefit of the community, its health and its quality of life. Its goals are to educate the community about the value of trees and their care, to identify and revitalize significant (heritage) trees in town, to maintain a stewardship program for the care and maintenance of existing trees, and to build partnerships to achieve conservancy goals.

For more information visit the Tree Conservancy of Darien.

 

Art On View: Tom Kretsch

The work of Tom Kretsch
The work of Tom Kretsch

Tom Kretsch

Opening Reception Friday, March 21st at 6 p.m.

An exhibition of photographs entitled “Street Vibes- Places and Faces of Nicaragua” will open at the Darien Library on March 19th. The work by Tom Kretsch is the culmination of yearly visits to Nicaragua as part of the Norwalk Sister City Project, a non-profit that he serves on as a board member. Tom has traveled to various parts of Nicaragua including Granada, San Juan Del Sur, Leon and Nagarote where the project has helped a very poor barrio for over 25 years. With a keen eye and a wandering spirit, Tom has observed and captured the colorful architecture and the wonderful street life of this beautiful country.

About Tom Kretsch

An award-winning photographer who resides in Westport, Tom has turned his passion for photography into a business called Peaceful Places. A retired educator in Norwalk for 36 years, Tom now exhibits his work in shows in New England during the summer and fall. His work has appeared in Vermont Life Magazine and has been placed in a number of corporate and professional offices.

The exhibit runs March 19th - April 25th.

Friday Night Features in June

We will screen THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Friday, June 20th.
We will screen THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Friday, June 20th.

Friday, June 6th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Still Mine (2012) Starring James Cromwell, Ronan Rees, and Geneviève Bujold; Rated PG-13; 102 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

An older couple fight against local authorities in rural New Brunswick to build their final home.

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

Friday, June 13th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Diana (2013) Starring Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, and Cas Anvar; Rated PG-13; 113 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.

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

Friday, June 20th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Starring Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, and Mathieu Amalric; Rated R; 100 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

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

Friday, June 27th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Invisible Woman (2013) Starring Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, and Kristin Scott Thomas; Rated R; 111 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.

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).

Friday Night Features in May

We will screen THE MONUMENTS MEN Friday, May 30th.
We will screen THE MONUMENTS MEN Friday, May 30th.

Friday, May 2nd at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, and Paul Giamatti; Rated PG-13; 125 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A doting father, Walt Disney promises his adoring daughters that he will bring their favorite fictional nanny Mary Poppins to the big screen. Little does Walt realize that surly author P.L. Travers has no intention of seeing her most famous creation bastardized on the big screen, a fact that makes keeping his promise a difficult endeavor.

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

Friday, May 9th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake; Rated R; 104 minutes.

Llewyn Davis is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles—some of them of his own making. Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, scaring up what work he can find, Llewyn’s misadventures take him from the baskethouses of the Village to an empty Chicago club—on an odyssey to audition for a music mogul—and back again.

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

Friday, May 16th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. - The Book Thief (2013) Starring Roger Allam and Sophie Nélisse; Rated PG-13; 131 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.

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

Friday, May 23rd at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Delivery Man (2013) Starring Vince Vaughn, Brittany Robertson, and Chris Pratt; Rated PG-13; 105 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

An aging slacker and former sperm donor discovers that he is the biological father of 533 children, and that 142 of them have filed a lawsuit to learn his true identity in this comedy.

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

Friday, May 30th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Monuments Men (2014) Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, and Cate Blanchett; Rated PG-13; 112 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

George Clooney adapts author Robert M. Edsel's book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History to tell the incredible true story of the seven art historians and museum curators who went behind enemy lines during World War II on a mission to recover some of the world's greatest works of art.

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).

Friday Night Features in April

PHILOMENA will screen in our Community Room April 18th.
PHILOMENA will screen in our Community Room April 18th.

Friday, April 4th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - The Big Year (2011) Starring Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin; Rated PG; 100 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Looking to shake up their routine lives, three amateur bird watchers compete to become the ultimate "birder" by spotting the greatest number of species within a single calendar year. But the friendly rivalry soon turns into a hilariously complicated cross-country adventure as each man begins to realize that the quest for success comes at a price - and that's not chicken feed!

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

Friday, April 11th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Spinning Plates (2012) Documentary feature; Not rated; 93 minutes.

Joseph Levy's documentary Spinning Plates profiles people who run three very different restaurants. The subjects include a world-famous chef battling cancer, the owners of a 150-year-old eatery in the U.S. Midwest, and a Mexican family trying to build a better life for their daughter.

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

Friday, April 18th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Philomena (2013) Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan; Rated PG-13; 98 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Judi Dench plays an elderly Irish woman who, as a teenager, gave birth while she was working at a convent. The Catholic Church had the child adopted, and now, decades later, Philomena is introduced to Martin Sixsmith, onetime government spokesperson who is now working as a freelance journalist. Martin agrees to help Philomena look for her son, and the trail takes them to the United States, and brings them face-to-face with some long-buried secrets.

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

Friday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. - Captain Phillips (2013) Starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi; Rated PG-13; 133 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A U.S. cargo-ship captain surrenders himself to Somali pirates so that his crew will be freed in this true story.

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).

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