Business Book Group: 'Marissa Mayer And The Fight To Save Yahoo!'

Wednesday, June 3rd at 6 p.m.


Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Nicholas Carlson's Marissa Mayer And The Fight To Save Yahoo! 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 Marissa Mayer And The Fight To Save Yahoo!

When Yahoo hired star Google executive Marissa Mayer to be its CEO in 2012, employees rejoiced. They put posters on the walls throughout Yahoo's California's headquarters. On them, there was Mayer's face and one word: HOPE. But just more than a year later--on November 4, 2013--Mayer sat in front those same employees in a huge cafeteria on Yahoo's campus and took the beating of her life. Her hair wet, and her tone defensive, Mayer read and answered a series of employee-posed questions challenging the basic elements of her plan. There was anger in the room - and behind it, a question: Was Mayer actually going to be able to do this thing? Nicholas Carlson's fast-paced narrative is the inside story of how Yahoo got into such awful shape in the first place, Mayer's controversial rise at Google, and her desperate fight to save an Internet icon.

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).

Email Marketing for Small Businesses

MailChimp's mascot, Freddie
MailChimp's mascot, Freddie

Thursday, June 4th at 6:30 p.m.

Email marketing is one of the best ways to get your products, news, and promotional tools directly in front of your customer’s eyes. Learn how to create gorgeous emails using MailChimp, a leader in the email marketing industry. You can sign up for a free account for up to 2,000 subscribers or upgrade for more users. You will learn how to use MailChimps built-in templates and discuss some of the legal aspects of email marketing.

Courtyard Games


Friday, June 5th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate summer at Darien Library every Friday with Courtyard Games! Soak up some sun and challenge your friends in cornhole and ladder ball. Who will become Darien's Courtyard Game Champion? Only time will tell!

Friday Night Feature - 'Life Itself'

Friday, June 5th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Life Itself (2015) Starring Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Raven Evans, Ava DuVernay, Ramin Bahrani, and Richard Corliss; Rated R; 120 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Director Steve James creates a portrait of influential Chicago Sun Times film critic Roger Ebert. Officially an adaptation of Ebert's bestselling memoir of the same name, the documentary uses Ebert's valiant struggle with cancer as a structural device to examine his many career accomplishments. As a series of flashbacks take us through Ebert's colorful life and times, James periodically returns to his subject's traumatic last days in the hospital, where his wife Chaz and other loved ones prepare to say their last goodbyes. The result is a reverent meditation on the life and death of the writer whose passion for film was evident in every review he penned, but whose love of life taught his loyal readers to treasure every moment. 

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).

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop

Sunday, June 7th at 2 p.m.

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop, now in its 23rd year, will present the first public-staged reading of selections from four original plays in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Plays being performed are:
Just As I Promised by Nicolas Trolio
Grant James and his wife Alison, years ago, made a promise that they both want to help each other keep.

Green’s Ledges by Terry Steimer
A woman tries to maintain a friendship with her ex-boyfriend, much to the displeasure of her current one.

Bad Habit by Katy Murphy
Whether it was poor timing, a challenging age-difference, or the people surrounding them; Dahlia and Josie didn’t work out. Things were left unfinished until an unexpected meeting forces them to confront the memories of their brief affair.

A Last Bouquet of Roses by Kathleen Bernadette
Four friends find themselves following very different romantic paths.

Co-founded by the late Catherine Lindsey and her husband Robert, the workshop introduces original plays in progress to be developed in a workshop environment with the goal of the public-staged readings. Catherine Lindsey was a beloved friend of the Library and director of Darien Library Theater for over 25 years. The memorial workshops will offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment.

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

Intro to Online Dating

Monday, June 8th at 6:30 p.m.

Look for love at your Library! Interested in Online Dating, but not sure where to start? This class will introduce an array of online dating sites and apps, provide tips for creating an attractive profile, and dicuss online and offline safety. A photo booth will be available for attendees to take new profile pictures!

NYC Historical Landmarks: Statue of Liberty

Monday, June 8th at 3 p.m.

Join us for a photographic journey of one of America’s most iconic monuments, from the ancient origins of its design to her post on Liberty Island standing watch over New York Harbor.

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business

Image courtesy of flickr user vintagechica
Image courtesy of flickr user vintagechica

Tuesday, June 9th from 6 to 8:30 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.


Want to start a business but do not know where to start? This workshop series, conducted by a team of professionals from SCORE, will give you the boost to get you on your way! Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.

Week 2: Marketing Strategy & Research
Learn the importance of market research and planning to start-up and build a competitive and successful business. Emphasis will be on sound market positioning of a small business's products or services within its target market that will enhance profitable sales and success.

Walking Book Group - 'A Walk in the Woods'

Please arrive at the Darien Nature Center by 1:45 p.m.
Thursday, June 11th, walk begins promptly at 2 p.m.


Join us for a light walk around the Darien Nature Center as we discuss Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods. The hike will be led by the knowledgeable Nature Center staff and the discussion by our loquacious Librarians.

About A Walk in the Woods

The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way–and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

Social Media for Businesses

Social Media Platforms
Social Media Platforms

Thursday, June 11th at 6:30 p.m.

Like having a website, your customers expect to see you on social media. People no longer look to email you their complaints or praise -- they are tweeting and Facebooking about you to their social networks. In this class, learn the basics of how Twitter and Facebook work for your business -- lessons you can apply to other social networks. You will also learn how to monitor social media, schedule your posts, and how to respond to your customers without becoming the next PR disaster.