Friday Night Feature - 'Fed Up'

Friday, February 13th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.Fed Up (2014) Starring Katie Couric, Bill Clinton, and Joe Lopez; Rated PG; 92 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Stephanie Soechtig's documentary Fed Up, narrated by Katie Couric, presents the case that the food industry and the government have acted together in order to change the eating habits of America in a way that has led to widespread obesity in children

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).

Music of West Africa: The Kora

Image courtesy of Sean Gaskell
Image courtesy of Sean Gaskell

Saturday, February 14th at 5 p.m.

Enjoy a performance on the Kora, an ancient harp from West Africa. The Kora is a 21 string harp whose roots stretch back to the mid-1700’s. Song performed on the Kora are often traditional tunes that praise leaders of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire.

About the performer

Sean Gaskell has mesmerized audiences across the US, Gambia, and Senegal with his heart rendering performances that spotlight the West African Kora.  Gaskell, having studied the Kora over multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, released his first solo album “Kora Music of West Africa” in 2012.  He has opened for headliner acts such as Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits. To hear Sean on the Kora, please click here.

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

Wednesday Matinee - 'The Good Lie'

Wednesday, February 18th at 1:30 - The Good Lie (2014) Starring Reese Witherspoon, Corey Stoll, Arnold Oceng, and Sarah Baker; Rated PG-13; 110 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Four Sudanese children are orphaned after their village is massacred in the Second Sudanese Civil War. Consequently, they make an arduous and dangerous trek through the plains, enduring hardship, death and sacrifice all the way until they reach safety in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. Years later, these youths are among 3600 selected for resettlement in America, only to have the one girl among them sent to Boston, while the three boys must to make a new life in Kansas City. Together, these young men must adjust to an alien culture even as the emotional baggage of their past haunts them. However, these newcomers, and their new friends like employment counselor Carrie Davis, strive to understand each other in this new home, as they make peace with their histories in a challenge that will change all their lives.

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).

Business Book Group: 'The Hard Thing About Hard Things'

Thursday, February 19 at 6 p.m.

Register here.

Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Ben Horowitz'sThe Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers. The group is invited to an informal discussion of the book from 6 - 6:45 p.m. followed by networking over wine, beer, and light refreshments.

About The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

In The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, draws on his own story of founding, running, selling, buying, managing, and investing in technology companies to offer essential advice and practical wisdom for navigating the toughest problems business schools don't cover. His blog has garnered a devoted following of millions of readers who have come to rely on him to help them run their businesses. A lifelong rap fan, Horowitz amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs and tells it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, from cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in.

We have copies of the book available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussion.

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

Writer's Workshop

Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres
Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres

Thursday, February 19th 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 - 'St. Vincent'

Friday, February 20th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.St. Vincent (2014) Starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, and Chris O'Dowd; Rated PG-13; 103 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Ted Melfi's comedy St. Vincent stars Bill Murray as a crusty old man who ends up caring for the son of his new neighbor (Melissa McCarthy). Although he's a cynic who gambles, drinks, and frequents strip clubs, Vincent turns out to be exactly the mentor the 12-year-old kid needs as the young one adjusts to his parents' divorce, and life at a new school.

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

Image courtesy flickr user clappstar
Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, February 21st 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).

Winter Semester MedEd: Orthopedic Spine Health & Rehabilitation

Dr. Sharma and Dr. Massimi
Dr. Sharma and Dr. Massimi

Wednesday, February 25th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Program Director, Joshua Herbert, MD, Darien Library, Stamford Hospital, YWCA Darien Norwalk, and the Darien YMCA, cordially  invite the public to attend this five week series of lectures that mimic the structure of the medical school experience. Each night will focus on one topic and cover the anatomy, function, common disease states, and available treatments. The physicians are board certified in their area of speciality and leaders in their fields.

Dr. Krishn Sharma and Dr. Stephen Massimi will address how to protect your spine and maintain spine health as you age.  They will also address common spinal injuries, diseases and the proper treatments and alternative measures to rehabilitation and pain management.

About the Presenters

Dr. Krishn Sharma is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with a fellowship in scoliosis and spine surgery.  He graduated from New York Medical College and received his fellowship from Beth Israel Medical Center.  Dr. Sharma currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at New York Medical College.  He practices at Scoliosis and Spinal Surgery in White Plains, NY.

Dr. Stephen Massimi is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in Sports Medicine and specializes in non-surgical spine treatment.  He received his undergraduate degree from Boston College where he graduated with honors.  He earned his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and then did his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia and Cornell, where he served as chief resident.  After residency, he went on to complete a fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine.  Dr. Massimi is an active member of several professional organizations, has extensive research experience, and is the author of numerous scientific articles.  

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

Appy Hour

Courtesy of Flickr user NJSCPA
Courtesy of Flickr user NJSCPA

Thursday, February 26th at 6 p.m.

Join us for a cocktail, pull up a chair, and learn about the latest and greatest apps for Apple and Android devices.

Friday Night Feature - 'Fury'

Friday, February 27th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m.Fury (2014) Starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, and Michael Pena; Rated R; 135 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Brad Pitt leads a tank crew in the final days of World War II in this war drama from End of Watch's David Ayer. The year is 1945. Army sergeant Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) is the grizzled commander of a Sherman tank. Determined to strike a decisive victory for the Allies in the European Theater, Wardaddy leads his five-man crew on a treacherous mission behind enemy lines. His mission complicated by the sudden appearance of a rookie soldier in his platoon, the sergeant knows that victory is within reach, and vows to achieve it by any means necessary.

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).