Passport Days

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Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, January 17th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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).

Résumé and Job Application Drop-In

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Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

Monday, December 29th from 2 to 3 p.m.
Technology Conference Center

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.

Friday Night Feature - 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Friday, January 2nd at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m.Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and Michael Rooker; Rated PG-13; 121 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

A group of interstellar outlaws team up to save the galaxy from a villain who seeks ultimate power in this comic book space adventure. Peter Quill was just a young boy when, devastated by his mother's death, he was swept into the stars by Yondu, the leader of an eclectic band of space scavengers known as The Ravagers. Twenty-six years later, Quill has adopted the nickname Star Lord. Subsequently thrown into prison, Star Lord teams up with an assassain, Gamora, a furry bounty hunter, Rocket, a tree-like creature named Groot, and a fearsome warrior, Drax the Destroyer. In the process of making a daring prison break, Star Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Groot, and Drax recover an orb that  houses an Infinity Gem - one of six precious stones that harbors incredible powers that could pose a dire threat should they fall into the wrong hands. 

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

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

Tough to Toss: Overcoming the Hurdles to Clearing the Clutter

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Image courtesy of flickr user andidigress

Wednesday, January 7th at 7 p.m.

With the Holidays just coming to a close, many of us are finding ourselves with more junk than we know what to do with.  Let the experts show you how to get rid of the stuff! This will be a practical evening, featuring actionable solutions to some of the most common hurdles we face when shedding unwanted possessions.

Topics will include:

-Coping With Guilt and Emotional Attachment: "I received it as a gift so I can't get rid of it" or "It has sentimental value so I have to keep it" dilemma.
-Removing the Heavy & Hazardous: Need to give the heavy and hazardous the heave-ho? Here's how.
-Avoiding Waste & Finding Alternatives to the Trash: Tips on how and where to donate, sell and recycle what you no longer use.
-Facing the Fear of "What if I need it?": Ever wonder what you should and shouldn't pitch? Here are some guidelines to make it easier.

This workshop is presented by FOCUS: Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions. With over 30 years of experience between them, the FOCUS organizers offer expertise for anyone looking to get and stay organized.

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

Maximize Your Social Security Benefits

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Image courtesy of flickr user Images_of_Money

Thursday, January 8th at 6 p.m.

Available to everyone filing for Social Security, there are numerous little known strategies which may boost one’s benefits and substantially enhance lifetime retirement income. Social Security benefits alone will likely be insufficient for an individual or couple to retire comfortably.  Decisions discussed at this workshop offer the potential to improve the standard of living we may look forward to.    

Discussion highlights will include:
• Strategies to maximize your Social Security benefits.
• How benefits are calculated and simple strategies available to increase them. 
• Coordinating benefits:  why married couples have added options for when to apply.
• How will my Social Security benefits be taxed
• What are the taxable implications if I collect benefits and continue to work part-time

About the Presenters

Michael Alimo (CRPC; CLU; ChFEBC, Registered Investment Advisor).  Beginning 30 years ago managing money for Wall Street brokerage houses, veteran financial advisor Alimo’s last 15 years have been devoted to serving clientele around CT and New England at his USA Financial & Tax Serices, LLC.  Alimo focuses on retirement planning and risk management.

David Weyner (Health & Life insurance licensed; LTC Partnership certification,  CT, NY & NJ)  Following 20 years as a senior executive managing corporate divisions for major entertainment companies, in 2007 Weyner launched his independent financial service practice. Weyner works with individuals and businesses specializing in Long Term Care and insurance planning, and employee benefits. 

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

Friday Night Feature - 'The Lucky One'

Friday, January 9th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. -  The Lucky One (2012) Starring Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Riley Thomas Stewart, Jay R. Ferguson, and Adam LeFevre; Rated PG-13; 101 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive -- a photograph he found of a woman he doesn't even know. Learning her name is Beth and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm.

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

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

Small Business Tuesday - Running a Nonprofit

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Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

Tuesday, January 13th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30

Register here

This workshop will describe the 4 key components for operating a successful nonprofit organization and will provide case studies on the ways nonprofits use business practices to grow their organizations.

Participants will learn: 

• What are the features of high performing nonprofit organizations?
• Why are strategic and business planning important?
• What resources are available to help nonprofits be more effective?
• Lessons learned from two nonprofit leaders who are implementing growth plans for their organizations

About the speakers

Cynthia L. Russell is Principal of CrossSector Partners, a management consulting firm specializing in providing services to nonprofit organizations. Marilyn Shapiro is the Executive Director of Young Mariners Foundation in Stamford, CT. Tony McDowell is the Executive Director of Earthplace in Westport, CT.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

Senior Moments: Qigong

Photo courtesy of Bill Wrenn
Photo courtesy of Bill Wrenn

Wednesday, January 14th at 3 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in our Conference Room.

Practiced for thousands of years in China, Qigong (pronounced "Chee-Gung") includes gentle, dance-like movements, mindful breathing, meditation and self massage. The movements are designed to improve health, restore vitality and achieve deep relaxation and peace of mind. With regular practice, these exercises have been shown to improve balance, reduce stress and tension, and help heal chronic conditions such as hypertension, arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Presented by Bill Wrenn, a certified Tai Chi and Qigong instructor based in Norwalk who has practiced yoga, meditation and other forms of energy work for 30 years. He received Tai Chi and Qigong certification from the Institute of Integral Qigong & Tai Chi in Santa Barbara, California, and studied with Li Junfeng, Ken Cohen, Francesco Garripolli, Dr. Yang Yang and other Masters.

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.

 

The Living Landscape

Image courtesy of Tree Conservancy of Darien
Image courtesy of Tree Conservancy of Darien

Wednesday, January 14th at 7 p.m.

This evening's lecturer will illustrate and discuss how an understanding of living layers and relational biodiversity can be put to practical use in the making and maintenance of residential gardens and community landscapes. Strategies for employing “organic architecture” in creating beautiful, conserving, highly functional layers will be presented in detail.

Presented by Rick Darke, a landscape design consultant, award-winning author, lecturer, and photographer based in Pennsylvania who blends art, ecology, and cultural geography in the creation and conservation of livable landscapes. Darke served on the staff of Longwood Gardens for twenty years, and in 1998 he received the Scientific Award of the American Horticultural Society. His most recent book is The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, co-authored with Doug Tallamy.

This event is cosponsored with the Tree Conservancy of Darien and the Darien Land Trust.

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

Writer's Workshop

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Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres

Thursday, January 15th 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).