A Local’s Perspective on his Peace Corps Experience in Sierra Leone

Peter Duker (center)
Peter Duker (center)

Tuesday, September 9th at 7 p.m.

Peter Duker, a Darien native, decided to go with a little adventure after college and joined the Peace Corps. After spending over a year in Sierra Leone teaching high school level physics, Peace Corps made the decision to temporarily evacuate due to an ebola outbreak. While stateside he wishes to share with his home community his knowledge of Peace Corps service and the country he grew to love.

If you have any interest in the Peace Corps, want to hear a volunteer’s experience or just want to learn a little bit about an incredible culture in a distant land come and listen to this presentation. Along with the presentation about the Peace Corps process, this specific volunteer’s service and Sierra Leonean culture you will also get to experience this wonderful culture with an example of local dress and a tasting of local cuisine!

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

Senior Moments: Two Shots Heard Round the World

Archduke Franz Ferdinand with his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg and their three children.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand with his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg and their three children.

Thursday, September 11th at 3 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in our Conference Room.

Mark Albertson's talk will focus on the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir apparent to the Hapsburg Empire and, his wife, the Countess Sophie. The chronology of events which saw Austria-Hungary, Serbia, Russia, Germany, France and Britain tumble into war by August 4, 1914 will be explained. This tragicomic sequence of events never ceases to amaze me as to how these nations, with everything to lose, opted for conflict. As Lord Edward Gray, British Foreign Minister, observed, "The lamps are going out all over Europe. We will not see them lit again in our lifetime."

Mark Albertson is a historian for the Army Aviation Association of America and writer for the periodical Army Aviation magazine. He has authored several books on the history of World War I.

Save the date for our next Senior Moments program on Thursday, October 9th at 3 p.m. where we will do some line dancing for seniors.

Screening with the Filmmaker - "From the Rough'

FROM THE ROUGH will screen in our Community Room September 11th
FROM THE ROUGH will screen in our Community Room September 11th

The screening of From the Rough will be followed by a Q&A with Lead Producer Michael J. Critelli.

Thursday, September 11th at 7 p.m. - From the Rough (2014) Starring Taraji P. Henson, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Tom Felton; Rated PG; 97 minutes. 

This is the story of Dr. Catana Starks, who made history as the first woman to coach a men's college golf team.

“When I first learned about Catana Starks, I was immediately impressed by her remarkable accomplishments and was convinced that her life story could become the basis of a very inspirational and entertaining film.” -- Michael J. Critelli, Producer

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

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

Wednesday Matinee - 'To Have and Have Not'

We will screen TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT Wednesday, September 17th in our Community Room.
We will screen TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT Wednesday, September 17th in our Community Room.

Wednesday, September 17th at 1:30 p.m. - To Have and Have Not (1944) Starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; Not rated; 100 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Help the Free French? Not world-weary gunrunner Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart). But he changes his mind when a sultry siren-in-distress named Marie asks, "Anybody got a match?" That red-hot match is Bogart and 19-year-old first-time film actress Lauren Bacall. Full of intrigue and racy banter (including Bacall's legendary whistling instructions), this thriller excites further interest for what it has and has not.

"The scenes between Bogart and Bacall are so dazzlingly about attraction and sex that they encapsulate the whole magic of movies." -- Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter

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

The Bob Button Big Band Performance

The Bob Button Band
The Bob Button Band

Thursday, September 18th at 7 p.m.

Join us in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room for an evening of music from the Big Band era.

About the Bob Button Big Band

For more than 35 years, The Bob Button Big Band has entertained audiences in the New York Metropolitan area with music from the Big Band Era. The Band has played at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, The NY Athletic Club, Playhouse on the Green in Bridgeport, Connecticut Jazz Festival, Glen Island Casino, Hyatt Regency for the 2000 Millenium, The Greenwich Town Party with Paul Simon and Santana, and numerous summer concerts in Fairfield County, Connecticut. 

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

Business Book Group

We'll discuss BUSINESS ADVENTURES September 23rd.
We'll discuss BUSINESS ADVENTURES September 23rd.

Tuesday, September 23rd at 6 p.m.

Please R.S.V.P. for this program.

Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Business Adventures by John Brooks. 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 Business Adventures

What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at GE and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.

Library staff members will lead the discussion.

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

The next meeting will be Wednesday, November 19th at 6 p.m. 

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

Join the Evening Library Book Group: Fifty/Fifty!

A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre
A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre

Wednesday, September 24th at 7 p.m.

Register.

A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre

Registration is limited to Darien residents, those who work in Darien full-time, and Friends who have donated $300 or more.

The Library's “Fifty/Fifty” book group is back! Join our evening book discussion where participants are invited to read 50% fiction and 50% nonfiction. The group meets the fourth Wednesday evening of each month at 7 p.m. in our conference room.

About the Book

Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain’s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War—while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby’s best friend and fellow officer in MI6. The two men had gone to the same schools, belonged to the same exclusive clubs, grown close through the crucible of wartime intelligence work and long nights of drink and revelry. It was madness for one to think the other might be a communist spy, bent on subverting Western values and the power of the free world...

Praise for A Spy Among Friends

“Macintyre has produced more than just a spy story. He has written a narrative about that most complex of topics, friendship...When devouring this thriller, I had to keep reminding myself it was not a novel.”—Walter Isaacson, New York Times Book Review

Library staff members will lead the discussions.

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

The 6-Figure Freelancer : Everything I've Learned Building My Consulting Business

Clinton Warren
Clinton Warren

Wednesday, October 1st from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Register here

Clint Warren left a career in finance 4 years ago to become a personal trainer, getting sidetracked by web development along the way. Since then, he's built his consulting business from $16,000 per year to well over $16,000 per month. In this workshop, he reveals everything he's learned to help others looking to start a new conulting business or grow an existing one.

What's covered:

• How to quickly and effectively build a reputation, brand, and identity
• How to land your first few clients
• The most cost effective strategies for marketing your business, both online and in person
• How to manage projects and when to build a team
• How to consistently charge more and land bigger clients

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

Meet the Author - Susan Jane Gilman

Susan Jane Gilman
Susan Jane Gilman

Tuesday, October 14th at 7 p.m.

Susan Jane Gilman, author of The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street, will be our featured speaker. 

This debut novel will draw you in immediately with the irrepressible voice of protagonist Lillian Dunkle, who will proceed to tell you the epic tale of her rise from the squalor of the Lower East Side tenements as a new immigrant to become the greatest ice cream maker in America. While her story is captivating, what will keep you reading is Lillian herself: a charming, hard-working woman who’s overcome her disability to become America’s Ice Cream Queen. Oh, and a ruthless businesswoman who will play every situation to her advantage, regardless of the consequences for others. She is an anti-hero—who verges on villain—and you can’t help but love her.

Praise for The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

“An outstanding fiction debut...Gilman’s numerous strengths are showcased, such as character-driven narrative, a ready sense of wit, and a rich historical canvas.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Susan Jane Gilman has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Ms. magazine, among others. Though she lives in Geneva, Switzerland, she remains, eternally, a child of New York.

This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County and The Stamford Chapter of Hadassah.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

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

Meet the Author - Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand
Elin Hilderbrand

Thursday, October 16th at 7 p.m.

Elin Hilderbrand, author of Winter Street, will be our featured speaker.

Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket's Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray. Patrick, the eldest, is a hedge fund manager with a guilty conscience. Kevin, a bartender, is secretly sleeping with a French housekeeper named Isabelle. Ava, a school teacher, is finally dating the perfect guy but can't get him to commit. And Bart, the youngest and only child of Kelley's second marriage to Mitzi, has recently shocked everyone by joining the Marines.

As Christmas approaches, Kelley is looking forward to getting the family together for some quality time at the inn. But when he walks in on Mitzi kissing Santa Claus (or the guy who's playing Santa at the inn's annual party), utter chaos descends. With the three older children each reeling in their own dramas and Bart unreachable in Afghanistan, it might be up to Kelley's ex-wife, nightly news anchor Margaret Quinn, to save Christmas at the Winter Street Inn. 

About the Author

Elin Hilderbrand made a paper angel ornament in third grade that is still in her family's custody. She celebrates the holidays by making batches of homemade mustard and chive pine nut dip and gifting them to her lucky friends. Her favorite carol is "O Holy Night." Winter Street is her fourteenth novel.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

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

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