Film Screening and Discussion: 'Tapped'

Thursday, March 5th at 7 p.m. Tapped (2009); Rated NR; 76 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired

Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig's debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.

From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.

From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water.

This program is cosponsored with The Darien Land Trust and Greenwich Audubon.

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

Friday Night Feature: 'Magic in the Moonlight'

Friday, March 6th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.Magic in the Moonlight (2014) Starring Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Jacki Weaver, and Marcia Gay Harden; Rated PG-13; 100 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight' is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake. What follows is a series of events that are magical in every sense of the word and send the characters reeling. In the end, the biggest trick 'Magic in the Moonlight' plays is the one that fools us all.

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).

A Business Assessment Tool: How Effective is your Business?

Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos
Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

Tuesday, March 10th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30

Registration will open soon.

This workshop covers an interactive assessment tool that scores how well your business operates and provides an analysis of what you can do to improve business performance.

Participants will learn: 

• How the assessment tool works: Structure, scoring, and results
• The assessment results for 35 businesses that have undergone this assessment
• How you can apply this tool to your business
• How SCORE can help you utilize this tool

About the speakers

John Harmon is a SCORE volunteer.  He is Managing Director of Adulant Consulting Services which advises small and medium size businesses on strategies for growth and operating excellence.  John has held senior leadership and executive positions in sales marketing, quality management, strategic planning, and new business development at Eastman Kodak, The Gartner Group, and Pitney Bowes.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

'Behind the Orange Curtain' - Film Screening and Discussion

Behind the Orange Curtain
Behind the Orange Curtain

Rescheduled for Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30 p.m.

Register here

Please join us for a screening of the award winning documentary Behind the Orange Curtain as we take an in-depth look at the prescription drug epidemic among California teens and what is means for Darien youth. The event will include refreshments, panel discussion and thoughtful conversation.

Jamison Monroe, Executive Producer, Maud Purcell, Founder of the Life Solution Center and Dr. Sandra Gomez will field questions from the audience.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

This event is cosponsored with Newport Academy and the Life Solution Center of Darien.

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

Winter Semester MedEd: Integrative Medicine

Dr. Takayasu
Dr. Takayasu

Wednesday, March 11th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Program Director, Joshua Herbert, MD, Darien Library, Stamford Hospital, YWCA Darien Norwalk, and the Darien YMCA, cordially  invite the public to attend this five week series of lectures that mimic the structure of the medical school experience. Each night will focus on one topic and cover the anatomy, function, common disease states, and available treatments. The physicians are board certified in their area of speciality and leaders in their fields.

Dr. Katherine Takayasu will describe what integrative medicine is and the role it can play in one’s health and overall wellbeing.  She will discuss a holistic approach to patient care that targets the mind, body and spirit.  Dr. Takayasu will target successful ways to approach managing stress, diet and nutrition and mind-body interactions.

About the Presenter

Dr. Takayasu completed her two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at Stamford Hospital’s Center for Integrative Medicine & Wellness and the University of Arizona. She earned her M.D. and M.B.A. from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Takayasu completed her residency in Family Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia University in New York City,where she served as Chief Resident. A board-certified family medicine physician, Dr. Takayasu’s specific interests include integrating complementary modalities such as nutrition, acupuncture and mind-body medicine into women’s health areas like pregnancy, infertility, chronic pelvic and myofascial pain, peri-menopause, and general stress management. She is a clinical instructor in Medicine at Columbia University and conducts research in nutrition and mind-body medicine.

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

Intermediate Microsoft Excel

Thursday, March 12th at 2:00 p.m.

Class is full. Keep an eye out for next time!

Go beyond the basics! Learn how to use sorting, filtering, and lists to make your data come alive.

StoryCorps: One American Story at a Time

Robin Sparkman
Robin Sparkman

Thursday, March 12th at 7 p.m.

Robin Sparkman, the CEO of StoryCorps and a Rowayton native, will play "Selections from StoryCorps," classic stories from the Brooklyn-based nonprofit. StoryCorps celebrates the dignity, power, and grace that can be heard in the stories we find all around us. Since founder Dave Isay launched StoryCorps in 2003, 100,000 Americans have participated, making it the largest single collection of human voices ever recorded.

About StoryCorps

At the heart of StoryCorps is a simple, timeless idea: provide two friends or loved ones with a quiet space and 40 minutes of uninterrupted time for a meaningful face-to-face conversation; record that conversation; give the participants a copy; and archive another copy at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps seeks out the stories of people most often excluded from the historical record and preserves them so that the experience and wisdom contained within them may be passed from one generation to the next. StoryCorps shares edited excerpts of some of these recordings in its popular weekly broadcasts on NPR, animated shorts, and bestselling books.

About the Presenter

Robin Sparkman joined StoryCorps as its first CEO in January 2014. She is a veteran journalist. Most recently, she was the editor in chief of ALM Media’s The American Lawyer, where she oversaw several of ALM’s print and digital national publications and wrote a monthly column on legal business issues. Under her leadership, The American Lawyer won six Jesse Neal awards for journalism. Robin sits on the boards of the Union Settlement Association of East Harlem and the American Business Media editorial committee. Before joining ALM, she spent five years as an editor for the business and opinion sections of Robin was one of the founding members of the site, the world’s top Internet news source. She is also a former reporter for Newsweek, covering terrorism, the United Nations, and politics. Robin is a magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in New York City with her husband and children.

Friday Night Feature - 'Advanced Style'

Friday, March 13th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.Advanced Style (2014) Starring Ari Cohen; Rated NR; 72 minutes; This film does not come closed captioned.

Advanced Style examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s famed blog of the same name, this film paints intimate and colorful portraits of independent, stylish women aged 62 to 95 who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, aging, and Western’s culture’s increasing obsession with youth.

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).

Putting Flesh on the Bones of Your Ancestors

Adriaen van Utrecht, Vanitas: Still Life with Bouquet
Adriaen van Utrecht, Vanitas: Still Life with Bouquet

Saturday, March 14th at 2 p.m.
In the Darien Library Community Room

“As soon as you tell someone that you are doing genealogy, the response is usually either 'How far back do you go’ or ‘How many people do you have on your tree?’” said Ms McKeen. While both are interesting numbers, it is equally important to tell the life story of one individual with stories, documents, charts, and photos." Toni Mckeen, who has over 2,000 hours of teaching experience, will take attendees through the process of recording another person’s life with easy, step-by-step directions, with the end result being a book that will be treasured by future generations.

Come Talk About Your Work at 1 p.m.

This is an informal one hour discussion session/round table where all are invited to participate. Think of the most important question or issue that you have about your genealogy. It may be a brick wall that you are facing with one of your ancestors, a question of wanting to know where to find a particular resource, or a success that you are dying to share with the rest of us. The goal is to share your experiences and to help your fellow genealogists and hopefully gain new insights.

Digital Presentations: PowerPoint and Prezi

Image courtesy of flickr user gsfc
Image courtesy of flickr user gsfc

Tuesday, March 17th at 6:30 p.m.


You've done the hard work: figuring out what you want to say. Now come learn how to display your presentation visually! Getting your ideas onto slides, adding designs, transitions, graphics and animations is easy and fun. This hands-on class will feature lessons on using PowerPoint, the current standard for presentations in business and academic venues, and Prezi, the fancy newcomer.

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