As usual, our loyal Library users were waiting to get in this morning.
One last time, Jim opens the doors.
Louise arrives bright and early! (News12 is on the way!)
Peter Hayward, who's been coming here for 40 years, was here this morning to read and reflect.
We'll be taking photos throughout our final day.ao check out our flickr.com pictures. (And don't forget to watch News12 later today!)
There. I said it out loud. This Friday, the 21st, will be our final film of our final film series on our final Friday in this building. We are in such a whirlwind of preparation for the move right now, we're wondering when the reality of it is going to hit us.
Let's enjoy our last Friday together with good friends, the best cookies (ever), and an uplifting and spirited film. We'll be showing Hula Girls, a truly enjoyable film. Hula Girls has won several awards, including five major awards at the 2007 Japan Academy Awards -- Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, and Most Popular Film. I screened this film last year and was determined to secure the showing rights for our series this year. It's such a charmer about change and trying new things (and it's based on a true story!), I thought it the perfect fit for our final film before we embark on an exciting future together.
Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7.
Admission is free.
Saturday night's going to be a blast...a blast about the past!
This Saturday, November 22nd from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., we will be hosting A Fond Farewell, a gathering to say goodbye to our beloved building on Leroy Avenue.
It's not too late to RSVP!
The ticket price is $75.00 per person and you can save your spot by calling 655-1234. It's going to be a wonderful party, with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres being served as we mingle and reminisce. To add to the festive atmosphere of the event, there will also be a silent auction -- the opportunity to own a piece of the old Darien Library! Please join us! You won't want to miss it!
Stocking up takes on a whole new meaning here during the month of November. We close the doors at Leroy Avenue for good at 6 p.m. on November 26th (that's the day before Thanksgiving)*, so it's time to start thinking about the books, audiobooks, movies, music, electronics, etc., that will get you through the holidays, the cold days, and the too-much-food daze ahead.
Any move usually makes those involved take stock...reflect, reminisce, hope, and dream. It's certainly been the case for us; it's been bittersweet and very exciting, but we know that we're taking with us the best of the best... the best collection, the best technology, the best ideas, and the best staff...in the best community anywhere. (For information about A Fond Farewell, a gathering to say goodbye to our beloved building, click here.)
We know you have questions about the move and what to expect (we feel your pain)...so, we've put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and we'll be adding to it as necessary. Click here to get to the page. We've also been putting lots of thought into trying to anticipate what questions you might have. Recently, Jen wrote from the front lines of the Circulation Desk about what to expect, and Kate took us on a sneak peek of the new Reference/Non-Fiction area of the New Building in her new post. Gretchen reports great news from the Children's Room, including more drop-in storytimes, two dedicated programming spaces, pre-literacy programs, a "Tot Spot," a "Creation Station," and much more!
Sounds great, right? Factor in our GREEN-ness, better parking, abundant natural light, more study rooms, specialty areas, more programs, and the familiar faces of our staff, and it is a recipe for success. There's still plenty going on throughout November right here. Do stop by to say hello (and goodbye...perhaps hum a bar or two of Auld Land Syne?), and enjoy all there is to do at the Library.
*The Grand Opening of the New Library is January 10, 2009.
We close this building in less than 4 weeks. We're looking forward. We're looking back. It's a wonder our heads aren't spinning...there is no time to wind down before we gear up for everything that's to come with our big, exciting move.
Besides, we still have lots going on here throughout the month of November!
In other November-news, our final Book Sale in this building begins next Saturday, the 8th! There will be an enormous amount of really great stuff for sale and you'll have through noon on the 12th to come by and sort through. Here are all the details.
On Sunday, November 16th, our Fall Book Discussion Series concludes with Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri. It's the 4th and final book of our series, OF THEE I SING: NOVELS ABOUT THE CHANGING FACE OF AMERICA. We'll meet with our discussion leader Jordon Pecile (pictured at left) at 2:30 p.m. in the Program Room.
And fall is not fall in Darien without our Foreign Film Series! There are still two more films on the schedule and you won't want to miss them!
On Friday, November 14th, we'll be showing The Grocer's Son. In French with English subtitles, running time is 96 minutes.
And then on Friday November 21st (our last Friday in the building), Hula Girls will be the feature. In Japanese with English subtitles, the films runs 120 minutes.
We also have a fine art show that just went up and will be our Art On View through the rest of our time here. The exhibit is by the Art Faculty of the Darien Schools and not only is it a privilege to view, it's fabulous knowing that we are so privileged to have these talented individuals teaching in our schools!
And, now we return to our biggest Event-news of the month...we will close this building for good on Wednesday, November 26th at 6 p.m.
"Heart Flux" is the name of the piece at left, and it is part of The Teachers Art Show which opened today in the Main Reading Room. The exhibition of art by faculty members of the Darien Public Schools Art Department will run until the end of next month...in fact, it will be the final art exhibit in this building. Below, is a photo-montage of some of the works included.
This new exhibition explores the creative process and the relationship between teacher and student work. Many of the works were initiated as part of classroom demonstrations. See the attachment below for a fuller description.
When we meet tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. for our Fall Book Discussion Series and Jordon leads the talk about The Garden of Last Days, there's certain to be discussion of the pre 9/11 setting of the novel. There will also be discussion of Jordon's personal Dubus history. Jordon knew the author's father, Andre Dubus many years ago .When Janet and I went with Jordon this past summer to hear Andre (III) speak, it was a reunion of sorts...Jordon last saw the author more than 40 years ago!
The party will include a silent auction of some well-loved, recognizable items, giving attendees the opportunity to own a piece of the Old Darien Library. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Ticket price is $75.00 per person. RSVP by returning the card, attached below, or call 655-1234.
It was the last Annual Meeting in this building.The air outside was crisp and clear and the atmosphere inside was crackling and cheerful.
We heard from Kim Huffard, David Campbell, Louise Berry, and our Annual Meeting speaker Philip Van Munching...all great...but yes, it was bittersweet. There were reminiscences. There were thanks. There were kudos. There were laughs...and smiles...but, most of all, there was what holds us all together in the first place...this community...and the love that this community has for its Library. The anticipation for the Grand Opening of the New Darien Library is palpable. Remember the date: JANUARY 10, 2009.