Film Screening and Discussion with Stephen R. Kellert

Mother Nature's Child
Mother Nature's Child

Thursday, January 30 at 7 p.m.

An RSVP for this event is appreciated but not required to attend.

Mother Nature's Child:Growing Outdoors in the Media Age (2011); Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 57 minutes.

This film explores nature’s powerful role in children’s health and development through the experience of toddlers, children in middle childhood and adolescents. The film marks a moment in time when a living generation can still recall childhoods of free play outdoors; this will not be true for most children growing up today. The effects of “nature deficit disorder” are now being noted across the country in epidemics of child obesity, attention disorders, and depression.

Mother Nature’s Child asks the questions: Why do children need unstructured time outside? What is the place of risk-taking in healthy child development? How is play a form of learning? Why are teachers resistant to taking students outside? How can city kids connect with nature? What does it mean to educate the ‘whole’ child?

The film screening will be followed by a brief discussion led by Stephen R. Kellert, Tweedy Ordway Professor Emeritus of Social Ecology and Senior Research Scholar at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Kellert is the author of Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World and Companions in Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Bio-Logical Capital, a firm that invests in and implements sustainable land uses on large landscapes, as well as a founding partner of Environmental Capital Partners, a private equity company investing in the environmental sector.

This program is co-sponsored by the Darien Land Trust, the Darien Nature Center, and the Greenwich Audubon.

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


Art On View: Helen Robinson

"Self Portrait," 2010

Artist's Reception Friday, November 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Helen Robinson's oil paintings will be on display in the Library's Lower Level Art Gallery from October 29 through December 13.

About Helen Robinson

Since graduating from Vanderbilt University this past May with a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and the History of Art, Helen has continued to pursue a career as an artist. She currently works on her paintings out of her studio in New York City on the Lower East Side. Helen’s work focuses on conceptual portraiture that is inspired by people, psychology, and the way we interact and communicate.

What Are Colleges Looking for?

Flickr image courtesy CollegeDegrees360
Flickr image courtesy CollegeDegrees360

Tuesday, February 25th at 7 p.m.

Demystify the high school curriculum planning process to reveal what colleges are really looking for. In this presentation, find out how important standardized tests and extracurricular activities really are.

Presented by Lee Gowen Marine and Lisa Nelson of Dunbar Educational Consultants and Lily Scheyhing, a tutor, teacher, and Program Director at Summit Educational Group.

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

Family Safety and Wellness Tips from the Safety Mom

Alison Jacobson
Alison Jacobson

Wednesday, February 26th at 7p.m. - “Did My Cape Just Fall Off?” Learning To Be Imperfectly Happy

Do you feel like your letting everyone down? Are you trying to live up to unrealistic expectations of what your life should be like? As caregivers, our days are filled with “must do’s” and very little free time. All too often, we allow the media, society and even our friends and family to influence how we should live our lives, leaving us feeling guilty and inadequate when we simply don’t have the time or energy to do so. Join motivational speaker and caregiver Alison Jacobson for insights on how to regain confidence, joy and live life on your terms!

Alison Jacobson is the mom of four children, step-mom to another four and care giver for a father with Alzheimer’s, a husband with Multiple Sclerosis and a son with intellectual disabilities. Alison also understands personal tragedy. In 1997 she lost her first son to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Her ability to reach people in a down-to-earth, uplifting and engaging manner while providing important information has made Alison a popular guest on many national television shows including The Today Show, Neal Cavuto, Fox & Friends and CNN as The Safety Mom.

This event is co-sponsored by Easter Seals Coastal Fairfield County.

Video of Todd Forrest of the NY Botanical Garden

On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, Todd Forest of The New York Botanical Garden was our featured speaker. He described how the New York Botanical Garden’s approach to stewardship of the Forest has evolved from a policy of “let alone” to active restoration and discuss the ecological, educational, and research goals of the ongoing management program.

For more information, please visit the event listing.

35 Years: An Interview with Director Louise Berry

On Saturday, October 19, 2013, Darien Library's honorary trustees, Ann Mandel and George Wyper interviewed Library director, Louise Berry. Berry will be retiring from the Library after 35 years of service in February 2014.

This interviewed took place at the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Darien Library presentation.

Friday Night Feature - 'Last Vegas'

We will screen LAST VEGAS Friday, February 21st.
We will screen LAST VEGAS Friday, February 21st.

Friday, February 21st at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Last Vegas (2013) Starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro; Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline; Rated PG-13; 105 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Four geriatric friends vow to set Las Vegas ablaze during the ultimate bachelor party in this all-star comedy. Amongst his friends, Billy has always been the confirmed bachelor. When Billy finally pops the question to his much-younger girlfriend, his pals Paddy, Archie, and Sam plan to send him off in style. But Vegas has changed since the last time they prowled the Strip, and once the party gets started, there's no telling how it will end.

"The comedy remains a presence throughout, but Last Vegas has a serious purpose, and the resolution of the men's journey of realization is anything but corny." -- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

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

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


Family Jazz Concert

Image courtesy of Darryl Yokley
Image courtesy of Darryl Yokley

Sunday, February 23 at 5pm

Darien Library is proud to announce a Family Jazz Concert in honor of Black History Month. Sound Reformation can be best described as a group that "doesn't play outside the box", but one who has "never acknowledged the box." Helmed by jazz saxophonist Darryl Yokley, the group pays homage to this legacy by acknowledging the music of the past while striving to create new, unprecedented music in the present and does so by drawing from musical styles and time periods from all over the world. All Ages. 

Declutter Your Digital Self

Image courtesy of flickr user naevus
Image courtesy of flickr user naevus

Declutter Your Digital Self

Wednesday, February 26 at 12 noon

Is your desktop hard to navigate? Do you want to understand how to better manage your digital self? Come and learn about methods for de-cluttering your hard drive and backing up your files through Cloud programs like Dropbox or Google Drive. This is a program hosted by the Children's Library as part of the Digital Family Technology Series.

Register online here


Friday Night Feature - 'Enough Said'

We will screen ENOUGH SAID January 17th.
We will screen ENOUGH SAID January 17th.

Friday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Enough Said (2013) Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, and James Gandolfini; Rated PG-13; 93 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A divorced and single parent, Eva spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college. She meets Albert - a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne, her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems "almost perfect" except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne's Ex.

"For all of us who've been waiting way too long for a smart, funny, snappy romantic comedy for grown-ups - here it is." -- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

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

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


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