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

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Image courtesy of flickr user gsfc

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

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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).

Wednesday Matinee- 'The Apartment'

Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon in
Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon in "The Apartment"

Wednesday, March 18th at 1:30 - The Apartment (1960) Starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray; Rated NR; 125 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Jack Lemmon plays C.C. Baxter, a go-getting office worker who loans his tiny apartment to his philandering superiors for their romantic trysts. He runs into trouble when he finds himself sharing a girlfriend (Shirley MacLaine) with his callous boss (Fred MacMurray). Director/co-writer Billy Wilder claimed that the idea for The Apartment stemmed from a short scene in the 1945 romantic drama Brief Encounter in which the illicit lovers (Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson) arrange a rendezvous in a third person's apartment. Wilder was intrigued about what sort of person would willingly vacate his residence to allow virtual strangers a playing field for hanky panky. His answer to that question wound up winning 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. The Apartment was adapted by Neil Simon and Burt Bacharach into the 1969 Broadway musical Promises, Promises. 

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).

Winter Semester MedEd: Endocrinology

Dr. Misra
Dr. Misra

Wednesday, March 18th 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. Bismruta Misra will provide a detailed overview and introduction to the endocrine system.  She will answer the complicated questions about hormones, what they are and how they affect our body.

About the Presenter

Dr. Misra is Medical Director of Fairfield County Diabetes and Endocrinology, a unique consultative center that offers comprehensive treatment for diabetes and endocrine disorders. She received her master’s degree in public health from Boston University and worked as an epidemiologist prior to obtaining her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC.  She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism.  Dr. Misra was recently named a Connecticut Magazine Top Doc, 2014.  She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and enjoys the time she spends precepting resident clinic and teaching medical students.

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

Writer's Workshop

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Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres

Thursday, March 19th at 7 p.m.

Come join The Writer's Workshop, a monthly class for writers of any genre.  A constructive atmosphere greets aspiring writers as they learn and understand a reader's perspective of their work.  While many in the group have dreams to publish, that is not a requirement.  Presently we have fiction, memoir, mysterY and thriller, short story, personal essay, and poetry writers.  Let's put pen to paper and get writing!

Presented by Laura Cavers, who recently received an MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College. At Manhattanville, Laura was assistant editor to the college's award-winning literary magazine, Inkwell.  She is currently working on her first novel, Bellwethers.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Kill the Messenger'

Friday, March 20th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Kill the Messenger (2014) Starring Jeremy Renner, Andy Garcia, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Paz Vega.; Rated R; 112 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Adapted from author Nick Schou's book Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb, director Michael Cuestra's fact-based drama stars two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner as the reporter whose life came to an abrupt and particularly suspicious end after revealing the CIA's involvement with the importing of cocaine into the United States in the 1980s. 

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).

Passport Days

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Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, March 21st from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 18th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, May 16th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Get your passport at Darien Library! We will process and accept new and renewal applications. We will provide all the paperwork and take photos. Please bring fifteen dollars in cash or check for photos.  If you prefer, you can bring your own photographs. Specifications for passport photos can be found here.

What to Bring: Birth Certificate, Naturalization Certificate, one color 2’’ by 2’’ photo, a valid photo identification (such as a driver’s license) with a front and back photocopy of the ID, and personal check/money order or debit/credit card for payment of the passport fee.

Minors under age 16 cannot apply for a passport by themselves.  Both parents/guardians must appear in person and provide consent, authorizing passport issuance to the minor.  If one parent/guardian is unable to appear in person, then the application must be accompanied by a signed, notarized Form DS-3053: Statement of Consent from the non-applying parent/guardian.  More information on passports for minors can be found here.

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

Take Your Headaches Head On!

Tuesday, March 24th at 7 p.m.

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Many people believe nothing can stop the pain of daily headaches. This does not need to be the case!  Straightforward lifestyle changes, dietary changes and vitamin therapy help to prevent and arrest headaches.  Dr. Litchman will discuss the importance of obtaining the correct headache diagnosis as well as current available treatment options and potential future advances in headache management.

About the Presenter

Charisse D. Litchman MD, ABPN, FAHS is board certified in Neurology and Headache Medicine. She attended medical school at the Yale University School of Medicine and conducted her residencies NY Presbyterian Hospital at Cornell Medical Center (Neurology), and Yale New Haven Hospital (Internal Medicine).

This event is cosponsored with Stamford Hospital.

Making your Marketing More Effective

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Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

Tuesday, March 24th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30

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This workshop will unlock the keys to effective marketing.  It will cover you to make your marketing spend move the needle for your business.

Participants will learn: 

• Find and attract profitable customers that are the best fit for your company.
• Segment your customers into like groups to better help you serve them.
• Determine how your customers make their buying decisions and how that affects your marketing
• Develop effective branding and marketing messaging

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).