Friday Night Feature - 'The Imitation Game'

Friday, April 10th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - The Imitation Game (2014) Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Rory Kinnear, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode, Matthew Beard, and Charles Dance; Rated PG-13; 114 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the brilliant UK mathematician and computer scientist who helped the Allies secure victory in World War II by cracking the German enigma code, and who was later prosecuted as a homosexual by his own government.

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 in the Stacks: Sheri Miller

Sheri Miller
Sheri Miller

Sunday, April 12th at 5 p.m.

Join us for an evening of soulful music. Solo artist Sheri Miller will perform a mix of well-interpreted classics by folks like Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and The Beatles along with her own original pieces.

About the performer

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sheri Miller writes and performs her soulful, heartfelt Beatles-inspired songs, while accompanying herself on guitar.  She also sings a wide range of classic favorites, including the Beatles, Patsy Cline, Sam Cooke and Johnny Cash among others.  Included on the "Hot 100 Unsigned Artists" list, Sheri has released 2 records, “Mantra” and “Winning Hand,” and recently released her original song ”I Could Love You Still.”  Sheri is currently recording a new EP in Nashville, NY, & LA to be released in 2015.  For more info please visit www.sherimiller.com

Watch Sheri's latest music videos here.

Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday Matinee - 'Into the Woods'

Wednesday, April 15th at 1:30 - Into the Woods (2014) Starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, and Anna Kendrick; Rated NR; 125 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods is adapted in this musical from director Rob Marshall and Walt Disney Studios. Inspired by a choice selection of Brothers Grimm fairy tales, this plot centers on a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) who incur the wrath of a witch (Meryl Streep) while attempting to start a family. Subsequently cursed by the vengeful hag, the hapless couple find their fates linked with those of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) and Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) of Jack and the Beanstalk. 

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).

Writer's Workshop

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Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres

Thursday, April 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).

Book Discussion: 'Wolf Hall'

Thursday, April 16th at 6:30 p.m.

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Transport yourself to Tudor England! Learn about the new BBC period drama right from its source material. Join us for an informal discussion of the novel Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Light refreshments will be served.

About Wolf Hall

Imagine England during the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor. Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages. From one of our finest living writers, Wolf Hall is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion and suffering and courage.

This event is cosponsored with the Darien Arts Center.

Rescheduled: An Evening with Emily Dickinson

James Sulzer
James Sulzer

Rescheduled for Thursday, April 16th at 7 p.m.

Join author James Sulzer as he discusses his newest novel about the fictional account of famous poet Emily DickinsonThe Voice at the Door recreates the fateful meeting of Emily Dickinson with the famous Philadelphia pastor, Charles Wadsworth.  The fictional account weaves the letters and poems of this iconic American writer into a rich tapestry of intellectual and spiritual communion.  It encompasses the three great mysteries of Emily Dickinson’s life: her agonized love poetry of the early 1860’s, her partial blindness in1863 – 1865, and her subsequent withdrawal from the world.

James Sulzer is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a Yale National Scholar. He is the author of Nantucket Daybreak (Walker and Co.) and the memoir Mom Comes Home. He has produced countless “sonic id’s” for National Public Radio, some of which aired on Ira Glass’s This American Life. He has spent the past 40 years of his life reading, living with, and cherishing the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

Refreshments will be served.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Big Eyes'

Friday, April 17th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Big Eyes (2014) Starring Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Jason Schwartzman, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, and Terence Stamp; Rated PG-13; 106 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

The story opens in the late 1950s, when Margaret Keane packs up the car with her daughter and their personal belongings, and leaves her husband to start a new life in San Francisco. There, Margaret quickly falls head over heels for Walter an artist and part-time real-estate broker who soon shows great interest in her unique paintings of small children with strikingly expressive, saucer-like eyes. Before long, the two are married, and Walter is claiming credit for Margaret's increasingly popular paintings. With the money rolling in, Margaret initially agrees to go along with the ruse, but the closer she gets to her new husband the more she begins to realize that he's little more than a smooth-talking scam artist. Later, Margaret leaves the increasingly abusive Walter, and moves to Hawaii. Only then does Margaret gain the confidence to reclaim the works that have been credited to her husband, even when doing so entails going before the judge and proving that she and she alone created the enchanting children with the big eyes. 

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, April 18th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, May 16th 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).

All Things Green Festival

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Image courtesy of flickr user flyingsinger

Sunday, April 19th from 2 to 4 p.m.

It's Earth Day all year long in Darien! Celebrate everything sustainable and environmentally concious, with a hyper-local twist, at Darien Library.

• Compete in a Darien Green Organization Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win a brand new, deluxe composter!
• Take a journey on a Green Tour of the LEED Gold Certified features of Darien Library
• Marvel at the Darien High School Earth Day Poster display
• Plant sunflowers to take home or donate to the Library Garden
• Create garbage arts and crafts
• Play basketball and learn about what to recycle and what to trash

Walk away from this event better informed, more connected to local resources, and encouraged to lead a more sustainable way of life!

Senior Moments: History of Grand Central Station

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Image courtesy of flickr user 96228372@N06

Tuesday, April 21st 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.

Bisecting Manhattan’s Park Avenue and boasting 44 train platforms on two levels, this recently restored Beaux Arts masterpiece has remained one of New York’s most famous transportation landmarks since its building in 1913. Come learn about this iconic travel hub!

About the presenter

Arthur Gottlieb is a local historian on subjects of political and military history.  He was formerly a professional curator of naval history and the Technical Director of Exhibits at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in NYC.  In these roles, Mr. Gottlieb worked regularly with veterans of all services towards the creation of exhibits accurately illustrating the history of 20th century warfare.

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.