Résumé and Job Application Drop-In

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Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos | CC BY 2.0

Monday, May 23rd from 3 to 4 p.m.

Prepare for a career change, internship, employment search, or just polish up your résumé! Bring your résumé in for help from our Reference Librarians on:

• Editing your résumé
• Proofread your cover letters
• Troubleshoot technology issues with online job applications
• Assist in setting up an email account
• Help with other job application and résumé related advice

Mondays in May

Growing Organic: Soil Importance and Composting

Tuesday, May 24th at 7 p.m.

Organic gardening from the ground up – literally! We will discuss soil structure and composition and what is best for a vegetable garden. Composting is a key component of organic gardening that helps build a healthy soil environment. We will discuss how to compost and easy, simple solutions you can implement at your home.

About the presenters
In 2012, Christine Segalas and Mark Gaulke formed Homegrown Harvest LLC.  The company's mission is to help people grow their own food with ease whether it's on the front porch, balcony, rooftop or backyard. Mark and Christine are committed to providing families with the knowledge and know-how so they can enjoy the multitude of rewards in growing their own homegrown harvests. Both are certified instructors in the Square Foot Gardening (SFG) method from the Square Foot Gardening Foundation. Christine Segalas is an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) as certified by the Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association (CTNOFA)

Brown Bag Lunch Parenting Series

Wednesday, May 25th from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Join the Community Fund of Darien and Darien Library for a monthly brown bag lunch parenting series. Each month, we will feature a speaker who will provide practical tips on a critical asset to develop in teens, guide a discussion and answer your questions. Our second brown bag lunch will focus on Family Boundaries. 

About the presenter
Tracey Masella, LCSW, received her MSW from the Graduate School of Social Work at Fordham University.  Ms. Masella has worked at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT, for seven years, most recently as the Social Worker for the Adolescent Transitional Living Program, a Dialectical Behavior Therapy-based program.  While at Silver Hill, Tracey has worked with both adults and adolescents as part of a multi-disciplinary team, treating patients with a full range of diagnoses, including mood disorders, substance use disorders, borderline personality disorder, narcissism, psychosis, and bipolar disorder.  She is intensively trained in DBT and has additional training in DBT-S for substance use disorder treatment and DBT for adolescents. Prior to Silver Hill Hospital, Tracey worked at the New Haven Family Alliance developing an adolescent court diversion program, working with adolescents and families in the community through mediation, family therapy, and case management.  Ms. Masella consults for the Westport Public Schools, training school guidance counselors, social workers, and nurses on integrating DBT skills into their student support. Tracey has a private practice in Westport at the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Health and in New Canaan.

The Darien Library is proud to cosponsor this event with the Community Fund of Darien.

Meet the Author: Ed Gray

Thursday, May 26th at 7 p.m.

Ed Gray, author of Left in the Wind, will be our featured speaker.

Most Americans have heard the story of Roanoke, the first English colony. In 1587, 118 men, women, and children settled at the site, and then later vanished without a trace. They left behind only one clue: the word “CROATOAN,” carved into a tree. But where did they go?

In Left in the Wind, Ed Gray offers one possible answer to this enduring question in the form of a fictional diary of Emme Merrimoth, a real Roanoke colonist. The diary brings readers on the harrowing journey across the Atlantic that brought the colonists to America and into the difficult early days of establishing a colony in the untamed North Carolina landscape. As the colonists struggle to survive in a new land, Emme finds herself in the middle of a series of dangerous conflicts—both between the colonists and the native people of Roanoke as well as strife within the colony itself.

Left in the Wind is an engrossing work of historical fiction that studies both the grand mystery of Roanoke and the quieter secrets of one woman’s life.

About the author
Ed Gray was the founding editor of the revered Gray's Sporting Journal where he discovered and edited the early fiction of E. Annie Proulx, Rick Bass and many others who have gone on to distinguished writing careers. He subsequently founded Graybooks Publishers and Aisle Seat Books, where he originated and developed the concept of Movie Length Tales™. He is also the author of a dozen books of essays and other writings.

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

Darien Library is proud to sponsor this event with the Middlesex Genealogical Society.

Friday Night Feature - 'The Finest Hours'

Friday, May 27th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - The Finest Hours- (2016) Starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Casey Affleck, Josh Stewart, Eric Bana, Holliday Grainger; Rated P-13; 117 minutes; Presented with Captions for the hearing impaired.

This docudrama depicts the incredible true story of a daring Coast Guard rescue operation off of Cape Cod during a ferocious storm in the winter of 1952. When an oil tanker splits in half, trapping its crew aboard the sinking vessel, four brave Guardsmen set out to save them.

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 Day

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Photo by clappstar | CC BY-NC 2.0

Saturday, May 28th 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. Passport Photos in Darien can be taken at CVS and Big Shots. 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).

A Gift That Pays Dividends: Launch Kids' Financial Security

Wednesday, June 1st at 7 p.m.

How can you leverage tax-free gifts into substantial nest eggs for kids and grandkids? In this presentation, Julie Jason will discuss tax-free gifting. If you want to start the young people in your family on the right track toward financial security, there is no better way than through a short-term gifting program that leverages time.

Attendees will learn:

• The mechanics of setting up an account for a child
• How to gift to the account
• How to research investments that will appreciate over the long-term
• How to manage risk
• How to teach kids to take advantage of time

About the presenter
Julie Jason
, JD, LLM, Chief Investment Officer, Jackson, Grant Investment Advisers, Inc. Stamford, CT, is the author of "Managing Retirement Wealth: An Expert Guide to Personal Portfolio Management in Good Times and Bad" and "The AARP Retirement Survival Guide: How to Make Smart Decisions in Good Times and Bad.”

Create Your Own Public Access TV Show

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Image courtesy of flickr user cjtengi

Thursday, June 9th at 5 p.m.

Rich Turcsany, Public Access Coordinator at Cablevision of Connecticut, will discuss what it takes to put together your very own, non-commercial television program, and have it broadcast over Public Access Channel 88. Rich, a 1986 graduate of Emerson College in Boston, and who also has 26 years experience in cable TV, will also discuss the training that is involved.