Our Fall Book Discussion Concludes

Daniel James Brown's THE BOYS IN THE BOAT
Daniel James Brown's THE BOYS IN THE BOAT

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m.

Daniel James Brown’s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

Praise for The Boys in the Boat

"A book that informs as it inspires." -- Booklist (starred review)

Library staff members will lead the discussions.

We have copies of the books available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussions.

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

Science Café: Intro to 3D Printing

Flickr image courtesy Rusty Blazenhoff
Flickr image courtesy Rusty Blazenhoff

Friday, August 23 at 7 p.m. in our Conference Room

3D printing has been described as having the power to revolutionize manufacturing and rapid prototyping. Whether you're a tinkerer, inventor, artist, designer or just curious about the world of 3D printing, you don't want to miss this introduction to 3D printing event. You will learn the process of turning a 3D drawing into a physical object. We will have a Makerbot Replicator and a home built Reprap 3D printer.

Science Cafés are monthly workshops that support the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Learn How to Write a Novel in a Month

Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month
Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

Saturday, October 19th at 2:00p.m.
Conference Room

Do you dream of writing that novel that's been in the back of your mind for years? When will you find the time to do it? Then come learn how to write your novel in a month. You will be joining thousands of writers across the country in this month long sprint. At the end of the month, you will have written 50,000 words -- which is a respectable novella length story!

In this session, led by a twice winner of this writing challenge, you will learn:

  • How to write a novel in 30 days
  • What is National Novel Writing Month
  • Tools to help you write your novel

Friday Night Feature - 'The Company You Keep'

We will screen THE COMPANY YOU KEEP September 20.
We will screen THE COMPANY YOU KEEP September 20.

Friday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.The Company You Keep (2013) Starring Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, and Chris Cooper; Rated R; 121 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Shepard knows the significance of the national news story he has exposed and, for a journalist, this is an opportunity of a lifetime. Hell-bent on making a name for himself, he is willing to stop at nothing to capitalize on it. He digs deep into Grant's past. Despite warnings from his editor and threats from the FBI, Shepard relentlessly tracks Grant across the country.

"This film, with its prickly characters and complicated plot, rips along with continuous tension and power." -- David Denby, New Yorker

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

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Happy'

We will screen HAPPY Friday, July 19.
We will screen HAPPY Friday, July 19.

Friday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Happy (2011) Documentary Feature; Not rated; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired; 78 minutes.

Does money make you happy? Kids and family? Your work? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? Are we in the midst of a happiness revolution? This film sets out to answer these questions and more. Taking us from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia, from the beaches of Brazil to the villages of Okinawa, Happy explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.

"A pleasant if lightweight plea for folks to quit the rat race and stop and smell the roses." -- Dennis Harvey, Variety

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

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

Innovate to Success: A Business Networking Event

Joe Nadan
Joe Nadan

Thursday, November 21 at 7 p.m.

What makes some new products and services wildly successful, while most fail to find buyers? How do some entrepreneurs’ efforts deeply satisfy customer needs in new ways, while others’ ideas are rejected?

The good news that is there is a scientific method to evaluate what customers will buy, and you can use it to find out if your product or service is ready for the market — or to get it ready for success in the market.

Inventor and Innovation Sherpa Joe Nadan invented, innovated and/or worked on many products and services that are used by millions of people, including EZ Pass, CDROM, and 16:9 HDTV for which he received a 2002 EMMY for Scientific and Technological Advancement. He is Professor, Management of Technology and Business Innovation, at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering.

His message is that you don’t need to be a scientist to apply scientifically-proven formulas and methods to increase the probability of success for a product or service before it is created. Dr. Nadan will first show entrepreneurs, investors, and anyone wanting to launch a new product, how to reduce risk by applying an Outcome-Driven-Innovation (ODI) method to their enterprise. In the second part of his presentation, Dr. Nadan will demonstrate a vastly-improved brainstorming technique to develop new business opportunities.

Dr. Nadan’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A session, and then a business networking reception where refreshments will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the Darien Entrepreneurs Group and the Darien Chamber of Commerce.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'A Place at the Table'

We will screen A PLACE AT THE TABLE August 23.
We will screen A PLACE AT THE TABLE August 23.

Friday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. A Place at the Table (2012) Documentary Feature; Rated PG; 84 minutes.

50 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.

"A Place at the Table is advocacy journalism at its best, lining up its facts, illustrating the widespread problem with a few trenchant and compelling cases, and offering solutions." -- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out our Friday Night Features in August.

Friday Night Feature - 'Mary and Martha'

We will screen MARY AND MARTHA November 22.
We will screen MARY AND MARTHA November 22.

Friday, November 22 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Mary and Martha (2013) Starring Hilary Swank, Brenda Blethyn, and James Woods; Rated PG; 95 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

After traumatic events engulf their families, two women forge a unique bond to help them deal with their grief and fight for the eradication of malaria.

"Mary and Martha is a moving return to intimate form for HBO." -- Brian Lowry, Variety

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

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

 

Skype Event with Rachel Joyce

Rachel Joyce
Rachel Joyce

Thursday, November 14 at 2 p.m.

Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and the forthcoming Perfect: A Novel will be our featured speaker, skyping into our event all the way from England.

Please register for this special event, as space is limited.

In 1972 two seconds are added to time. Because “time was out of kilter with the natural movement of the Earth,” twelve-year-old Byron Hemming is terrified of what this may mean. It seems only Byron and his friend James take the issue of the added time seriously. But it is on the way to school in the English countryside, along with Byron’s mother Diana where those two seconds become life-changing. An accident occurs – or does it? Byron is sure it happened, but Diana, sitting right next to him in the car, has no reaction to it. Were those two extra seconds to blame? Can what follows ever be set right? In Perfect: A Novel (forthcoming in January 2014), bestselling author Rachel Joyce delivers an exquisite and emotionally resonant novel about the search for the truth and unconditional love.

About the Author

Rachel Joyce is the author of the international bestseller The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. She is also the award-winning writer of more than twenty plays for BBC Radio 4. She started writing after a twenty-year acting career, in which she performed leading roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company and won multiple awards. Rachel Joyce lives with her family on a Gloucestershire farm.

Evernote: Remember Everything

flickr image courtesy Heisenberg Media
flickr image courtesy Heisenberg Media

Thursday, November 14, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Evernote might just be one of the most useful apps you’ll ever use. Use it to capture anything (to-do’s, notes, photos) and access it anywhere (it's a website and a program). Hate to type? Speak and record your voice, or jot with your finger using one of Evernote’s companion apps. Best of all, it’s free. Bring your device and this program to class and find out how to make Evernote work for you.

This workshop will be led by Gary Webster.

Register here.

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

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