Hibiscuses and asters and chrysanthemums, oh my! Last night, we had the pleasure of hosting certified Master Gardener Susan Kelly of Reynolds' Farms Nursery as she reminded us that Fall is a wonderful time to tend to the garden and try out some new plants that crave the cooler, crisper weather.
In addition to commentating a slide show of over 30 different types of breathtaking fall flowers, plants, and grasses, Susan provided us with tons of great tips for planting, such as when to prune, which flowers love sunlight, the best choices for a rock garden, and how long plants usually take to reach full, picturesque bloom. Want to make the most of your garden, even in economically trying times? Susan suggests inviting all of your friends over for a garden trading party, where everyone shares whatever plants they have an abundance of in their own backyards! Trying to figure out what went wrong with your geranium bush this year? Susan recommends keeping a gardening journal of what has and has not worked for you each season.
Two of our Master Gardener's favorite resources are The Well-Tended Perennial Garden and The Well-Designed Mixed Garden, both by Tracy DiSabato-Aust. Each book contains hundreds of color photographs and takes you from basics to more advanced techniques. DiSabato-Aust's books are unique because the author thinks outside the box (er...outside the garden?) when arranging her plants and flowers, and it translates into an incredible display that is at first risky, but always well-rewarded.
For more information about Connecticut's Master Gardener Program, which combines horticulture training with outreach to the community , click here. Also, check out the new gardening books we have at Darien Library.
Brightening up our night tomorrow night, Starre Vartan, the author of The Eco Chick Guide to Life: How to Live Fabulously Green will be here at 7 p.m. to talk about her book.
We know this is going to be a great program. Janet and I spoke with Starre last week, and not only is she knowledgable, she's also interesting, entertaining, and fun.
Please come and join us tomorrow night!
Refreshments will be served.
It's almost time for our Fall Foreign Film Series...our last film series in this building. It is certainly bittersweet. We are so comfy and used to our present room, but...BUT(!) the auditorium in the new building is so great, I am practically swooning. Pardon me for a moment while I fan myself.
I am very pleased to announce the line up for this year's Foreign Film Series. All movies are on Fridays. They all begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7...and, as most of you know (and anticipate), refreshments will be served. Just a reminder...admission is free.
The Band's Visit
Israel (2007) Rated PG-13
In Arabic, English, and Hebrew with English subtitles
When an Egyptian police orchestra gets lost on its way to a performance in Israel, the band and their stoic leader wind up far from home in an obscure Israeli village. Lightly approaching the political issues that surround the band’s visit, this charming, heartfelt comedy shows how people of all cultures share the trials of friendship and romance.
France (2007) Rated PG-13
In French, English, Persian, and German with English subtitles
Persepolis brings to life the poignant story of a young girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Based on the stirring graphic novel memoirs of Marjane Satrapi this witty, yet deeply affecting animated masterpiece has captured the imaginations of audiences and critics worldwide. The issues of love, family, and freedom that fill the adolescent life of a young girl are reflected in the revolutionary struggles that surround her in 1970s Iran.
Austria (2007) Rated R
In German, Russian, English, and Hebrew with English subtitles
Winner of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, this is the true story of Salomon Sorowitsch, counterfeiter extraordinaire, bohemian, and Russian Jew who was captured by the Nazis in 1944. He agrees to help them in an organized counterfeiting operation set up to finance the war effort. It was the biggest counterfeit-money scam of all time. Over 130 million pounds sterling were printed under conditions that couldn’t have been more tragic or spectacular.
The Flight of the Red Balloon
France (2007) Not rated
In French with English subtitles
The details of everyday life are turned to poetry in this tribute to Lamorisse’s 1956 classic short The Red Balloon. Juliette Binoche stars as a single Parisian mother who, overwhelmed by the complications of modern daily life, employs a Taiwanese film student as her son’s babysitter. As the babysitter and the young child explore the streets and cafes of the city, they begin to share an imaginary world where a mysterious red balloon affectionately follows them wherever they go.
In French with English subtitles
It is summer, and 30-year-old Antoine is forced to leave the city to return to his family in Provence. His father is sick, so he must assume the lifestyle he thought he had shed—driving the family grocery cart from hamlet to hamlet, delivering supplies to the few remaining inhabitants. Accompanied by Claire, a friend from Paris whom he has a secret crush on, Antoine gradually warms up to his experience in the country and his encounters with the villagers. This surprise French box-office hit is about the coming-of-age of a man rediscovering life and love in the countryside.
In Japanese with English subtitles
It is 1965 and in Japan, the country has started to shift from coal to oil. One by one, the old mining towns begin their slow decline, but for one small town way up north, its leaders and the local mining company aim to build Japan’s first Hawaiian Village as a way to save the town. Hula Girls is a heartwarming comedy about coal miners’ daughters who took a once-in-a-lifetime chance to escape their monotonous lives, only to become unwitting heroes to their depressed mining town. Based on a true story.
Yay for Nutmeg Book Groups for grades 4 to 6! We will continue through Fall 2008 and then break in November and December to get ready for the new library!!! Call the Children's Room to signup.
Tuesday, September 16 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
MVP*: *Magellan Voyage Project Adam Story is chosen as a player in the MVP challenge. To win the four million dollar prize, Adam must circle the world in forty days - no flying allowed. Competing against other players through time zones and across continents, he faces danger and unknown risks. Get ready for the trip of a lifetime.
Wednesday, October 22 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Eager Would you like to live in the future where robots do all the work? All Gavin and Fleur wanted was a normal robot. Instead they have Eager, who creates more problems than he solves.
Other Nutmeg Book Groups we did in 2008:
March: Shakespeare's Secret
April: The Homework Machine
July: Three Good Deeds
Vote for your favorite Nutmeg in January 2009--at the Darien Library or at school!
They're all on the Events Calendar here at the Library during September. We promised you that we'd continue to present fabulous programs even as we prepare to move to the new building, and we're keeping our word!
Master Gardener Sue Kelley presents "Fall is for Planting—Perennials and Bulbs" at the Darien Library on September 16th at 7pm.
After taking an Adult Education class in Basic Gardening at Darien High School, Sue became involved with the UConn Master Gardening Program. She graduated as a Certified Master Gardener in 2002 and is currently working towards her Advanced Certification. Sue currently works at Reynolds' Farms Nursery in Norwalk, where she has enjoyed working and learning for the past 10 years.
Photo taken by Flickr user Muffet.
By the evidence of the size of our collective carbon footprint(s), Starre Vartan, author or The Eco Chick Guide to Life: How to Be Fabulously Green, may be arriving just in time. Proving that we don't have to sacrifice style, fun, or fashion to lead an eco-friendly life, we get the opportunity to follow in her very cool, very chic, and very green (and fabulous) footsteps. Starre will be here on Wednesday, September 17th at 7 p.m. to talk about her new book which hits shelves later this month. A book signing will follow the presentation and books will be available for purchase. We'll also have refreshments.
Eco Chick has been featured on national broadcast networks, the Wall Street Journal, Shape magazine, Glamour, The Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Grist, Treehugger.com, and numerous green blogs. She's apparently all over the place and all over the map, but she's also our neighbor. This native Australian lives (fabulously) right next door in Norwalk and we can't wait to meet her. Join us!
Brad Meltzer is coming to Darien (and that's no lie)!
The book comes out on September 2nd and we'll barely have a chance to recover from reading this thriller before Meltzer arrives here at Darien Library to talk about the book! Here's the scoop: Sunday, September 21st, beginning PROMPTLY at 5:30 p.m., Brad Meltzer will be our featured speaker. Following the presentation, there will be a book signing (books will be available for purchase) and a reception. I know! It's big news! Okay, I'll wait while you go mark your calendar...
Meltzer is also the author of The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, The Tenth Justice, and most recently, The Book of Fate), he is legendary for his expertise in comics (he the writer of Justice League, and the author of the top-grossing graphic novel, Identity Crisis).
Journalist Lily Koppel found buried treasure right outside her front door in a NYC dumpster. The treasure was in the form of a little red book; the five-year diary of a young girl -- Florence Wolfson. The years? 1929-1934. The place? Manhattan's Upper West Side. Wow. This is not the NYC I know! And I wanted to know more.
Luckily, Lily did a great job with this story. She tracked down Florence, who now lives in Connecticut (and Florida), and is in her 90s. Florence's still-sharp memory fills in the blanks of the short daily entries in the diary which, despite the crumbling pages, sparkle with intelligence, culture, curiosity, sophistication, and intimacy. What's resulted is a fascinating memoir -- The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal.
The diary is quite revealing and we can find out even more when Lily comes to the Library on Thursday, October 2nd at 7 p.m. to talk about the book and this adventure! There will be a book signing following the presentation. Books will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served. Please join us!
Eighteen of the 39 Groovy Gardeners who helped tend our library garden this summer gathered on August 21 to enjoy the fruits of their labors. The lively and enthusiastic group enjoyed pizza accompanied by salad which included squash, cucumbers, pear tomatoes, peppers, and nasturtium blossoms nurtured by them. In addition, we had eggplant dip, dill dip, basil dressing and iced mint tea made from vegetables and herbs we grew. One young gardener wished we could have grown a pizza plant! We topped off the meal with ice cream and cookies, and sang "Happy Birthday" to one attendee who chose to eat vegetables with us on her special day.