Rubber Stamp Workshop

Image courtesy Flickr user Kasaa
Image courtesy Flickr user Kasaa

Thursday, May 15th at 2 p.m.

Register for this workshop starting May 1st.

Be your own letterpress shop! In this hands-on workshop, we’ll learn how to make do-it-yourself rubber stamps.

Registration is limited to Darien residents, those who work in Darien full-time, and Friends who have donated $300 or more.

This event is part of Darien Library's sixth annual One Book, One Community reading experience. The book selected for the town-wide read is TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. The book selected for young readers is Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari.

Now Hear This: Growl, Moan, Hiccup, and Other Tales from the Audiobook Studio

Tavia Gilbert and Dennis Boutsikaris
Tavia Gilbert and Dennis Boutsikaris

Thursday, May 15th at 7 p.m.

Audiobook lovers rejoice! We have a very special program planned for you. Join Dan Zitt, Vice President, Content Production for the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, as he gives us a behind-the-scenes look at audiobook production. He'll have the popular actors/narrators Tavia Gilbert and Dennis Boutsikaris participate in a lively Q&A and then they'll do live readings of audiobook segments!

About Tavia Gilbert

Six-time Audie nominee and multiple Earphones and Parent’s Choice Award-winning producer, narrator, and writer Tavia Gilbert has appeared on stage and in film. Library Journal said this of the highly-acclaimed actress "as close as you can get to a full cast narration with a solo voice." She has narrated more than 250 multi-cast and single-voice audiobooks. A few of her most recent narrations are Blue Plate Special, Mothers, True Love and We are Water.

About Dennis Boutsikaris

After graduating from Hampshire College, Dennis Boutsikaris toured the country with John Houseman’s The Acting Company. He is a two-time Obie-winning stage actor who was the first American actor to play Mozart on Broadway in “Amadeus" and appeared in the 2009 short-lived revival of “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” Dennis' “transporting voice” can be heard on over 125 audiobooks. He is the recipient of six Audie Awards, given by the Audio Publishers Association. And, nine of his recordings have been given AudioFile Earphones Awards, including Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Tenth Anniversary Edition, Philip Roth’s Nemesis, John Grisham’s The Litigators, and Stephen Kings’ Firestarter.

About Dan Zitt

From the days of reel to reel to the soaring popularity of digital download, Dan Zitt, Vice President, Content Production for the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, has been on the front lines of the evolution of the audiobook industry. During his eighteen year career as a producer Dan has been the creative catalyst for over one thousand audio productions, collaborating with bestselling authors, notable celebrities, and award-winning narrators. Twelve of his recordings have been nominated for Grammy Awards, with former President Bill Clinton’s autobiography, My Life, winning the award for Best Spoken Word Album. He has directed President Clinton three times, as well as directing former President George W. Bush and, most recently, First Lady Michele Obama. With the merger of Penguin and Random House, Dan will oversee the production of 750 audiobooks this year.

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

 

Paper Airplane Contest

Image courtesy flickr user Pen Waggener
Image courtesy flickr user Pen Waggener

Sunday, May 18th at 12 noon

Join us before the Library opens as we make our first nonstop flights across the Mezzanine balconies! Aspiring plane engineers of all ages are invited to use materials to create paper airplanes. Then we will have a contest for whichever aircraft flies the furthest. Materials will be provided for this intergenerational affair. 

This event is part of Darien Library's sixth annual One Book, One Community reading experience. The book selected for the town-wide read is TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. The book selected for young readers is Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari.

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

 

World War I: Versailles, a Turning Point

Soldier going on leave camp le Montfaucon, France
Soldier going on leave camp le Montfaucon, France

Monday, May 19th at 7 p.m.

Mark Albertson will set the stage for the continuation of the Great War when Hitler, with Stalin's connivance, invaded Poland on September 1, 1939.

Mark Albertson is a historian for the Army Aviation Association of America and writer for the periodical Army Aviation magazine. He has authored several books on the history of World War I.

This event is part of Darien Library's sixth annual One Book, One Community reading experience. The book selected for the town-wide read is TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. The book selected for young readers is Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari.

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

Wednesday Matinee - 'Labor Day'

We will screen LABOR DAY in our Community Room May 21st.
We will screen LABOR DAY in our Community Room May 21st.

Wednesday, May 21st at 1:30 p.m. - Labor Day (2014) Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin; Rated PG-13; 111 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.

"...it is a simple, adult romance, made for grownups by grownups, about love and second chances." -- Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

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

Meet the Author - Colum McCann

Colum McCann
Colum McCann

Wednesday, May 21st at 7 p.m.

Author presentation, Q&A Session, and Book Signing

Colum McCann, author of TransAtlantic, will be our featured speaker.

Join us as Colum McCann discusses the catalyst for his latest novel - the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean and the interwoven stories of his characters throughout history.

About Colum McCann

Colum McCann is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Let the Great World Spin, Zoli, Dancer, This Side of Brightness, and Songdogs, as well as two critically acclaimed story collections. His fiction has been published in 35 languages. He has received many honors, including the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, and the Ireland Fund of Monaco Literary Award in Memory of Princess Grace. He has been named one of Esquire’s “Best & Brightest,” and his short film Everything in This Country Must was nominated for an Oscar in 2005. A contributor to the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, and Paris Review, he teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing Program. He lives in New York City with his wife and their three children.

This event is open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations cannot be accommodated. The first 100 attendees will receive a complimentary copy of TransAtlantic. Additional copies will be available for purchase at this event. Colum McCann's appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore. A reception will follow the presentation.

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

 

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.

Meet the Author - Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand [credit Laurie Richards]
Elin Hilderbrand [credit Laurie Richards]

Thursday, June 12th at 7 p.m.

Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Matchmaker will be our featured speaker.

Dabney Kimball Beech, the 48-year-old fifth generation Nantucketer, has had a lifelong gift for matchmaking (52 couples still together to her credit). But when Dabney discovers she is dying of pancreatic cancer, she sets out to find matches for a few people very close to home: her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech; her lover, journalist Clendenin Hughes; and her daughter, Agnes, who is engaged to be married to the wrong man.

As time slips away from Dabney, she is determined to find matches for those she loves most—but at what cost to her own relationships? The Matchmaker is the heartbreaking new novel from Elin Hilderbrand about losing and finding love, even as you’re running out of time.

About the Author

Elin Hilderbrand has lived on Nantucket for 20 years. She runs every morning, delivers her children to their sporting events, and frequents the front row at the Chicken Box. The Matchmaker is her 13th 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).

Money Basics for College Students

Susan Bruno
Susan Bruno

Tuesday, July 29th at 7 p.m.

Parents, high school and college students should all attend to learn what they don’t teach in college about how to handle money basics. Students will learn how to survive in college on a budget, learn the difference between needs vs. wants, learn the importance of saving, earning and most important building credit to avoid boomeranging home after graduation! Come together to have a healthy conversation with your student about money expectations while your student is away from home, and learn how to avoid those inevitable fights about “spending money”! 

About Susan Bruno

Susan is the Founder & CEO of CollegeCFO.org, a peer to peer social movement to empower students by prodiving them with relevant financial knowledge. She is a CPA Financial Planner with the PFS credential and a CFP designation. 

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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