Darien Summer Strings' Performance

Darien Summer Strings
Darien Summer Strings

Friday, July 5th at 11:00 a.m.

Join us tomorrow to enjoy a performance by the Darien Summer Strings in the Library's Courtyard. The Darien Summer Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Jane Minnis, is an ensemble of 20 middle school and high school string players. The group performs classical and popular music favorites at local venues.

We happily welcome them back to Darien Library for this special summertime treat.

Please come by for some great music, linger by the fountain, and enjoy the refreshing sounds of these talented young musicians.

Friday Night Feature - 'Unfinished Song'

We will screen UNFINISHED SONG November 8 in our Community Room.
We will screen UNFINISHED SONG November 8 in our Community Room.

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.

"Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp and those voices - their solos contain this picture like carved book-ends, vintage and lovely and still so profoundly of use." -- Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

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).

Meet the Author - Nicholas Dawidoff

Nicholas Dawidoff [credit: Koren-Angell Studios]
Nicholas Dawidoff [credit: Koren-Angell Studios]

Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:00 p.m.

Nicholas Dawidoff, author of Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football, will be our featured speaker.

Football is the country's most popular pastime, and yet most of what happens in today's NFL is a mystery. The New York Jets gave Nicholas Dawidoff a security code, a locker, an office in the scouting department, and for an entire year he lived with the team. He has written a vivid, funny, and moving narrative about an emblematic NFL season that deepens the way we know the game.

Praise for Collision Low Crossers

"Dawidoff is a crack writer, saturating the book with the best of a year's worth of anecdotes and lacing it with the backgrounds of coaches and players with an intimacy that begs the question how he got all this sharp and often moving material.... Dawidoff has a sure hand with the nature of passion, the rancor and weeping joy that characterizes every season in the most popular sport in the country. Insightful, immediate sportswriting. Readers will feel every bit of the team's frustration and elation." -- Kirkus (starred review)

About the Author

Nicholas Dawidoff is the author of four previous critically-acclaimed books, including the bestselling The Catcher Was a Spy and The Crowd Sounds Happy. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Civitella Ranieri Fellow, a Berlin Prize Fellow of the American Academy, and an Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University, and is now a Branford Fellow at Yale University. A Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Fly Swatter, Dawidoff is a contributor to The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and Rolling Stone. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with his family.

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).

Finding Your Fabulous Ancestor

David Mordy
David Mordy

Saturday, October 5th at 2:00 p.m.
In the Community Room

David Mordy will speak on the topic "Finding Your Fabulous Ancestor." He will feature a man that was a Marine Lieutenant during the Revolutionary War (one of the first Marines) and a second man who served on a privateer, capturing British ships during the Revolutionary War.

Mr. Mordy is a Past President of the Middlesex Genealogy Society, and after living many years in Darien, he now resides in New Canaan. He will speak about researching and writing family history and genealogy from his own experience in published and not-yet-published projects.  Along with co-authors Perney and Storey, he published Ancestors and Descendants of Daniel Morgan and Polly Frost in 1996. With co-author James Mordy, he published William Radford, Revolutionary Patriot of the Continental Marines (2011) and The Phoenix Privateering Syndicate and Marine Captain John Floyd (2012).

This event is co-sponsored by the Middlesex Genealogical Society.

Friday Night Feature - 'Before Sunrise'

We will screen BEFORE SUNRISE Friday, July 5.
We will screen BEFORE SUNRISE Friday, July 5.

Friday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Before Sunrise (1995) Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy; Rated R; 101 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Two strangers, a man and a woman in their twenties, meet on the Eurorail and spend a night exploring Vienna together.

"Hawke and Delpy keep the tone not only afloat but mesmerizing. So natural are their performances that it seems impossible not to believe they truly are soulmates who are locked in a doomed, all-too-short affair." -- Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star

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

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

Basics of Coffee Homebrewing

image courtesy flickr user epSos.de
image courtesy flickr user epSos.de

Wednesday, July 10 at 10 a.m.

In this hands-on workshop, baristas from NEAT will walk participants through the fundamentals of selecting, storing, grinding, and brewing coffee at home.

Registration for this workshop is now full. If you'd like to be added to the waitlist, please email Erin at eshea@darienlibrary.org.

Downloading Public Domain eBooks

image courtesy flickr user thalita-carvalho
image courtesy flickr user thalita-carvalho

Thursday, July 11 at 10 a.m.

Did you know that you can download works that are in the public domain onto your eReader device? There are a ton of classic works of literature available because their intellectual property rights have expired. We’ll walk you through the process of downloading these ebooks so they are yours to keep.

Video of Coffee Brewin' at the Library

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, we held a coffee workshop in the Conference Room. The presentation was done by Rachel Haughey, owner of Espresso NEAT and barista, Kyle Tush.

For more information about the presentation, visit the event page.

Dedicate a Book to Someone You Love!

Image courtesy of flickr user cathredfern
Image courtesy of flickr user cathredfern

Bookplate sales for the 2013 Spring Gala will kick off on Saturday, March 30th at Darien Library.

"Dedicate a Book to Someone You Love" by purchasing bookplates. Each purchase of a bookplate helps the Library buy books, and they will be placed in our collection with your bookplate dedication. 

Bookplate sales are part of the fundraising for the Library's 5th Annual Spring Gala, which will take place on Saturday, April 27th at 6:30 p.m. Purchase your ticket now for the Gala.

Bookplate Sales at the Library

  • Saturday, March 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 3rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 10th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Other Bookplate Sale locations

  • Darien Sports Shop: Saturday, April 13th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Espresso Neat: Saturday, April 6th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Espresso Neat: Sunday, April 14th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Palmer's: Friday, April 5th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Palmer's: Friday, April 12th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday Night Feature - 'Quartet'

We will screen QUARTET Friday, June 21.
We will screen QUARTET Friday, June 21.

Friday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Quartet (2013) Starring Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, and Michael Gambon; Rated R; 105 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it’s a star. For Reginald Paget, Wilfred Bond and Cecily Robson this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they’re in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton. Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. Can the passage of time heal old wounds? And will the famous quartet be able to patch up their differences in time for Beecham House’s gala concert?

"Hoffman directs with elegance, allowing the denizens to be dignified, as well as adorable. We get a strong sense of each major character." -- Claudia Puig, USA Today

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

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

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