Getting Started with Email Marketing Using Constant Contact

Constant Contact is an email marketing tool
Constant Contact is an email marketing tool

Tuesday, February 18th, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Please register for this workshop.

Take a guided tour of Constant Contact while we set up a brand new email marketing campaign in a live, demo account. Great for those thinking about starting up with Constant Contact - as well as those who could use a refresher. You'll get some pro tips on how to work with the tools!

About the Presenter

Robert Clark is a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert and Solution Provider Partner with over 30 years of experience advising small and medium-sized businesses, Fortune 50 companies, nonprofits, associations, and industry groups on marketing, sales, operations, strategy, international trade, and information technology.

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


Wednesday Matinee - 'New Year's Eve'

We will screen New Year's Eve January 15.
We will screen New Year's Eve January 15.

Wednesday, January 15 at 1:30 p.m. - New Year's Eve (2011) Starring Halle Berry; Jessica Biel; Jon Bon Jovi; Abigail Breslin; Robert De Niro; and Josh Duhamel; Rated PG-13; 117 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Director/producer Garry Marshall brings together a stellar ensemble cast to celebrate love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year.

"...a nice box of holiday chocolates..." -- Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review

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


Ten Productive Habits to Start Today

Image courtesy Flickr user Bobbi Newman
Image courtesy Flickr user Bobbi Newman

Thursday, January 16 at 7 PM

Whether for good or bad, few things influence our daily behavior as much as habits. The start of a new year is the perfect time to be intentional in forming habits that will improve both our productivity and contentment. Please join us as we discuss:

- How and why we form habits

- Why having good habits matters

- 10 habits everyone should cultivate (and how to form them!)

Presented by Seana Turner, President and Founder of The Seana Method.

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

Register for the MoMA Course 'From Pigment to Pixel: Color in Modern and Contemporary Art'

The Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art

Tuesdays from 6 - 8 p.m., January 21 - March 11

Enter the Registration Lottery

In the New Year, Darien Library will offer a self-guided course titled, "From Pigment to Pixel: Color in Modern and Contemporary Art" as part of the Library's collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. Each week, a video of an art history lecture from experts in the field will be followed by a staff-facilitated discussion. Following that, students will be invited to explore the online learning module at their own pace.

Dive into color and explore its innovations, impact, and uses through an exciting array of works in MoMA's collection. Curators, educators, and conservators discuss how technological advances and new uses of materials combined with creative experimentation have challenged and expanded ideas of color in painting, sculpture, photography, design, and new media.

Unique behind-the-scenes visits to MoMA’s conservation labs, technical analysis, studio demonstrations, and exercises complement class discussions and enhance understanding of the inventive and provocative uses of color in art and design, from the rational to the exuberant. Artists discussed include Georges-Pierre Seurat, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Vasily Kandinsky, Josef Albers, Hans Hofmann, Yves Klein, Ad Reinhardt, Joe Colombo, Helen Levitt, William Eggleston, Cindy Sherman, and Pipilotti Rist.

Module 1 (January 21): Introduction: What is color?
Module 2 (January 28): Symbolism and Pseudoscience
Module 3 (February 4) : Freedom and Spirituality
Module 4 (February 11): Bauhaus: Relearning Color
Module 5 (February 18): The Monochrome
Module 6 (February 25) : Plastics and the 1960s
Module 7 (March 4) : Color Photography
Module 8 (March 11): Color in the Digital Realm

Registration for this series is a lottery and is open to all Darien residents, those who work in Darien full-time, and non-resident Friends of Darien Library at the Supporter Level (annual donation of $300). Register online from Monday, December 9 to Monday, January 6 with your Library card. Notification via email is Tuesday, January 7. For more information, contact Erin Shea, Head of Adult Programming, at or 203-669-5232.

Meet the Author - J. Michael Lennon

J. Michael Lennon
J. Michael Lennon

Sunday, February 9 at 5 p.m.

J. Michael Lennon, author of Norman Mailer: A Double Life, will be our featured speaker.

After knowing Mailer and his work intimately for many years, Lennon became his authorized biographer in 2006, with complete access to all his papers, library, and massive correspondence – about 45,000 letters over sixty-eight years. In Mailer’s final years, Lennon conducted more than twenty extensive interviews with him, and over the last thirty months of Mailer’s life, Lennon visited him daily in his longtime home in Provincetown, Massachusetts. “While always his own best lawyer,” Lennon writes, “Mailer never hinted at how he wished to be portrayed, nor did he ask my intentions. He answered all my questions candidly and with much good humor, enjoining me to ‘put everything in.’” In addition, Lennon had the full cooperation of Mailer’s last wife of twenty-seven years, the late Norris Church Mailer, as well as his sister and lifelong confidante, Barbara Mailer Wasserman, and the rest of the Mailer family.

Praise for Norman Mailer: A Double Life

“A must-read for students and admirers of Mailer’s work.” — Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

J. Michael Lennon is Emeritus Vice President for Academic Affairs and Emeritus Professor of English at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. In addition to being chair of the editorial board of The Mailer Review, he has written or edited several books about and with Mailer, including Norman Mailer’s Letters on An American Dream, 1963-69; Norman Mailer: Works and Days; Conversations with Norman Mailer; and Critical Essays on Norman Mailer. He is the past president of both the Norman Mailer Society and the James Jones Literary Society and serves on the board of both organizations. From 2005-2007, he was a literary consultant to the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas-Austin, where he assisted in the cataloguing of Mailer’s papers, and was a Fellow there in 2009. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Playboy, Provincetown Arts, New York, Modern Language Studies, Chicago Tribune, and New England Review, among other publications. He lives in Westport, Massachusetts.

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).

Friday Night Features in November

We will screen KON-TIKI November 1.
We will screen KON-TIKI November 1.

Friday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Kon-Tiki (2012) Starring Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, and Gustaf Skarsgård; Rated PG-13; 101 minutes.Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This sweeping adventure details Thor Heyerdahl's daring attempt to prove that early settlers from South America once populated Polynesia by sailing across the Pacific on a simple balsa wood raft. Rejected by every publisher he approaches to print his unusual thesis, Heyerdahl eventually decides that the only way to prove it is to make the journey himself as the entire world watches.

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

Friday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Unfinished Song (2012) Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, and Christopher Eccleston; Rated PG-13; 93 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Unfinished Song is a funny and inspiring story about Arthur, a curmudgeonly old soul, who is perfectly content sticking with his dull daily routine until his beloved wife introduces him to a local seniors singing group. The group is led by the youthful and charming Elizabeth and her unexpected friendship with Arthur reignites his passion for new adventures and shows us all life should be celebrated at any age.

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

Friday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Side Effects (2013) Starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, and Catherine Zeta-Jones; Rated R; 90 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A woman turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband's upcoming release from prison.

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

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.

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.

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

Friday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Frances Ha (2012) Starring Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, and Adam Driver; Rated R; 86 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles.

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

All films are free and open to the public.

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

Inter-generational Crafting Programs for Adults

flickr image courtesy phillconnellphotos
flickr image courtesy phillconnellphotos

Why should the kids have all the fun? Join us for these crafty inter-generational programs this Fall.

Needle & Thread
At this inter-generational crafting program, enjoy tea and cookies while learning the art of needlework!
Tuesday, October 22
4:15-5:15 p.m.

Learn to Hand Sew
In this inter-generational program, participants will learn the art of hand sewing and make a project of their own to take home!
Saturday, November 16
10-11:30 a.m.

These workshops are now full. Please email Erin Shea at to be added to the waitlist for these programs.

Fall Book Discussion Series

Michael Paterniti's THE TELLING ROOM
Michael Paterniti's THE TELLING ROOM


Here's one of our most-anticipated annual announcements!

We are getting ready for our Fall Book Discussion Series! Below, are the book selections and discussion dates.

Please join us in our Conference Room this Fall as we read and discuss three carefully selected, critically-acclaimed, and discussion-worthy books. Library staff members will lead discussions. Prior reading of the books is not necessary to join the discussion.

The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese
by Michael Paterniti
Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m.

by Colum McCann
Wednesday, October 30 at 7 p.m.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Daniel Brown
Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m.

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

Gregory Cowles Recommends

An Evening with Gregory Cowles
An Evening with Gregory Cowles

On September 12, 2013, we welcomed Gregory Cowles, preview editor and best-seller columnist for the New York Times Book Review for a discussion and Q&A. During our discussion, he recommended a number of recent and forthcoming titles, along with some review blogs. Here's a roundup of what he mentioned:

Duplex by Kathryn Davis

The Dark Path by David Schickler

Bark by Loorie Moore

Literary blogs that he enjoys:

The Millions

The Rumpus

The Nervous Breakdown


(and many more)

Darien Library to host Fairfield County Minecraft Server

The Central Library
The Central Library


On Saturday, September 7th, we cut the ribbon on the Fairfield County Minecraft Server.  Darien Library is proud to be hosting and managing the server, but this is a multi-town project that is designed to bring Minecrafters in the region together in a safe and creative environment.  Libraries currently participating are Darien, Westport, Wilton, and Norwalk.


The new server features a common spawn-point where all players can gather and socialize--the Central Library.  From there, you can teleport to your town's very own world where you are free to mine, build, and craft to your heart's content.  Curious about what kids from other towns are up to?  You're free to visit their worlds, but you can only build in your own world--the same goes for everyone else.  Worried about griefing? We've got it covered.  The server will be running many of the popular plugins you're used to including Grief Prevention (so that you can claim areas to build upon) and Core Protect, so that if someone does mess with your stuff, we'll know who it was and we can roll back the changes.  If you want to play, bring in your library card and tell us your player name and we'll add you to the server!


We've conceptualized this server from the beginning to be a safe environment for kids and teens.  Before players can use the server, they'll need to come in to the library and present their library card and tell us their player name.  They will then be granted access to the server and given permission to build in their hometown world.  We will know who each player is and how to get in touch with them should an issue arise.  Safety and fun are our top priorities!

To Get Started:

Come in to the library, ask to be added to the server and get online.  To connect, start Minecraft, click on multiplayer and add a new server.  You can call it Fairfield County Minecraft and use as the server address.

We look forward to building with you!  Dig on!

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