Senior Moments: Hula Zen

Image courtesy of Arts for Learning Connecticut
Image courtesy of Arts for Learning Connecticut

Thursday, July 9th at 3 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Hula Zen makes exercising a tropical breeze.  Achieve overall fitness by dancing to Hawaiian songs and melodies and learn the graceful art of traditional Hawaiian dance called hula.  Engage in dance movements that tell a story and express emotion while learning the culture, traditions, language and history of Hawai’i.  Attendees will learn basic hula motions and Hawaiian dance terminology, progressing to learn simple dances to their choice of their favorite Don Ho or Elvis songs.  

Support for Senior Moments is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.


Friday Night Feature - 'McFarland USA'

Friday, July 10th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - McFarland USA (2015) Starring Kevin Costner, Carlos Pratts, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higareda, and Michael Aguero; Rated PG; 128 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

In this inspiring sports drama based on actual events, Kevin Costner plays a high-school football coach who ends up leading a cross-country track team made up of lower-class Latino students to a state championship. Jim White (Costner) finds his days as a football coach numbered when an incident with a player leads to his dismissal. Desperate for work, he moves his wife (Maria Bello) and daughters (Morgan Saylor and Elsie Fisher) from Idaho to McFarland, CA, a rural town that's predominately Latino and the only place willing to give him a teaching job. The family feel like they don't fit into their new community, but White has an epiphany one day when he sees his students running from their early-morning farming jobs to school: Why not channel their talents into running cross-country track? Soon enough, White is connecting with his young charges, particularly a gifted athlete named Thomas (Carlos Pratts), and the squad set their sights on a state championship. 

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).

Korean Cooking Class

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Image courtesy of pixabay user jyleen21

Sunday, July 12th from 2 to 4 p.m.

This class is full. Register for the waitlist.

From kimchi to bibimbop, the signature dishes of Korea have seduced America with their intoxicating flavors for years. Come learn about another culture through the most tasty way possible: a cooking class! This event is designed in a way that attendees will be able to cook a full Korean meal for their friends and family. Attendees will taste and learn how to prepare kimchi, bulgogi, bibimbop, and dubujorim. Come hungry!

The Library is proud to cosponsor this event with the Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project.

Foreign Film Fest: 'Amelie'

Monday, July 13th at 6:30 p.m. - Amelie (French) (2001) Starring Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Serge Merlin, Rufus, Jamel Debbouze, and Yolande Moreau; Rated R; 120 minutes; Presented with captions.

Amelie is a shy young woman who has a love of life’s small pleasures. While she takes joy in the slightest things in life she is still looking for love as well as the course her life should take. Her slightly dysfunctional family have fostered her tentative interaction with her neighbors as well as the customers of the Parisian restaurant where she waitresses. When she successfully tracks down the owner of a box of boyhood treasures that she found in her house she begins to believe she might have the power to influence more of the people around her. This fairy-tale style film follows the heroine until she finds love and her place in life even though everyone around her has always underestimated her.

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).

Wednesday Matinee- 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Wednesday, July 15th at 1:30 p.m. - To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Starring Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, John Megna, Frank Overton, and Rosemary Murphy; NR; 129 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was translated to film in 1962. Set in a small Alabama town in the 1930s, the story focuses on scrupulously honest, highly respected lawyer Atticus Finch, magnificently embodied by Gregory Peck. Finch puts his career on the line when he agrees to represent Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), a black man accused of rape. The trial and the events surrounding it are seen through the eyes of Finch's six-year-old daughter Scout (Mary Badham). While Robinson's trial gives the film its momentum, there are plenty of anecdotal occurrences before and after the court date: Scout's ever-strengthening bond with older brother Jem (Philip Alford), her friendship with precocious young Dill Harris, her father's no-nonsense reactions to such life-and-death crises as a rampaging mad dog, and especially Scout's reactions to, and relationship with, Boo Radley (Robert Duvall), the reclusive "village idiot" who turns out to be her salvation when she is attacked by a venomous bigot. 

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

Coffee Brewing Methods Class

Wednesday, July 15th at 6:30 p.m.


There's more to it than just hitting the button on your keurig machine! Join the folks from NEAT Coffee as we taste one coffee prepared 4 or 5 different ways and discuss how each cup differs.

Writer's Workshop

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Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres

Thursday, July 16th 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).

Friday Night Feature - 'While We're Young'

Friday, July 17th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - While We're Young (2014) Starring Amanda Seyfried, Ben Stiller, Adam Driverm, Maria Dizzia, and Naomi Watts; Rated R; 94 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Noah Baumbach’s exploration of aging, ambition and success, stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enter their lives. Josh and Cornelia's friends start having children and, instead of following suit, they befriend a young hipster couple. Jamie is an aspiring documentary filmmaker, a vocation Josh already has. Soon the older couple begin enjoying the energy they feel hanging out with the younger generation, but eventually Josh begins to suspect his new best friend might not be as straightforward and trustworthy as he thought.

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, July 18th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, August 15th 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).

Meet the Author: Sarah Leah Chase

Sunday, July 19th at 5 p.m.

Sarah Leah Chase, author of New England Open-House Cookbook, will be our featured speaker.

The latest from this celebrated cookbook guru pays homage to all the foods Sarah grew up with during those lazy-Sunday Cape Cod mornings and those blustery New England winters. Perfect for anyone who has spent any time on the coast, The New England Open-House Cookbook is full of stews to keep you warm on cold evenings in Maine, salsas and steaks for the summer’s family barbecues, and chilies for the nights where all you want to do is curl up in your oldest Nantucket-red sweatshirt and sit by a fire. 

“Exactly the food you want to cook at home – delicious, satisfying, earthy food that your friends and family will love…Familiar and yet totally original”
–Ina Garten, Intro to New England Open-House Cookbook

About the Author

Sarah Leah Chase, who founded the Massachusetts specialty food shop and catering business Que Sera Sarah, collaborated on The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook. Her other books include Nantucket Open-House Cookbook and Cold-Weather Cooking. Currently she writes a weekly food column for Nantucket’s Inquirer and Mirror newspaper and is recipe consultant to Ina Garten. Sarah and her husband, Nigel, are the owners of Coastal Goods, a retailer of fine seasoning blends. They live with their son on Cape Cod.

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).