Wednesday Matinee - 'Age of Champions'

Showing in our Community Room June 19.
Showing in our Community Room June 19.

Wednesday, June 19 at 1:30 p.m. - Age of Champions (2011) Documentary feature; Not rated; 75 minutes.

This event is co-sponsored by Aging in Place + Gallivant.

Age of Champions is the inspiring story of five competitors who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. You’ll meet a 100 year-old tennis champion, 86 year-old pole vaulter, and rough-and-tumble basketball grandmothers as they triumph over the limitations of age.

"Infinitely inspirational ... funny and sweet and sure to poke a tear from even the most hard-hearted." -- Austin Chronicle

"...infectiously inspiring!" -- Washington Post

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

About Aging in Place + Gallivant

Aging in Place+Gallivant is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to help older adults in Darien to live independently, comfortably and with dignity in their own homes for as long as possible. For information concerning services, please call 203.585.4094 or visit: www.aginginplacegallivant.org.

Friday Night Feature - 'Promised Land'

We will screen PROMISED LAND Friday, May 31.
We will screen PROMISED LAND Friday, May 31.

Friday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – Promised Land (2012) Starring Matt Damon, John Krasinski, and Frances McDormand; Rated R; 106 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Steve Butler has been dispatched to the rural town of McKinley with his sales partner, Sue Thomason. The town has been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, and the two consummate sales executives see McKinley's citizens as likely to accept their company's offer – for drilling rights to their properties – as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job and a short stay for the duo becomes complicated – professionally by calls for community-wide consideration of the offer by respected schoolteacher Frank Yates and personally by Steve's encounter with Alice. When Dustin Noble, a slick environmental activist, arrives, suddenly the stakes, both personal and professional, rise to the boiling point.

"Damon's performance as corporate salesman Steve Butler is one of his best." -- 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).

Science Café: Attack of the Drones

image courtesy Flickr user steve_lodefink
image courtesy Flickr user steve_lodefink

Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m.

Starting later this Spring, we will kick off a series of inter-generational workshops in which we build a fleet of quadcopters (well, four). In this Science Café, we'll talk about the impending drone "explosion" and what it means for the world at large. We'll touch on some of the misconceptions about UAVs, and try to get people to understand why they should not be feared, rather, that this is an opportunity and a sector where a great deal of innovation is taking place. We'll show some footage taken from a quad flying around the library itself then give a demonstration of the quad.

Registration for this workshop is now full. Please email eshea@darienlibrary.org to be added to the waitlist. Registration is limited to Darien residents, those who work in Darien full-time, and Friends who have donated $300 or more.

This kick-off event will be followed by several hands-on workshops where attendees are invited to work together to build their own quadcopters. The workshops will take place on the following days and participants will be able to register for these at the Science Café.

Tuesday, June 4, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 6, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 13, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

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

Video of David Benioff

On Thursday, April 25, 2013, author David Benioff was our featured speaker. He wrote, "City of Thieves," our One Book One Community read for this year.

For more information, please visit the event page.

Book Group Expo with Special Guest Michael Hainey

Michael Hainey, author of 'After Visiting Friends'
Michael Hainey, author of 'After Visiting Friends'

Tuesday, May 7, 3-4:30 p.m

Calling All Book Group Members…join us at Book Group Expo in the Darien Library Community Room. One lucky attendee will even go home with an iPad mini!

Explore the newest books, earmarked as good Book Group selections, with Jen Dayton, Collection Development Coordinator. Representatives from Harper Collins and Penguin Books will also be in attendance. Jen will present some “under the radar” books now available through the Library’s ‘Books in a Bag’ program and the publishers’ reps will cover new and forthcoming titles of interest to book groups.

Michael Hainey, author of After Visiting Friends will keynote the event. His memoir is a moving account of one man’s attempt to uncover his family’s long-buried secrets.

Our Book Group Staff will demonstrate how to navigate our Book Groups web page, where you can reserve titles, post current reads, and find book discussion guides. Meet the Library Book Group Team: Marianne, Asha, and Pat over refreshments. Network, share thoughts on book selections, and exchange tips on how to lead a successful book group discussion. And if you missed winning the recent Powerball, have heart, you may win one of the Expo door prizes!

Save the date. We look forward to seeing you!

Spring Cleaning Series: Shop and Get Organized

image courtesy flickr user decaf
image courtesy flickr user decaf

Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m.

Nowadays, there are seemingly limitless options for storage devices and containers. Which ones are really worth your money and which ones will just end up adding to the clutter? Which ones do the professionals use? Find out what the organizers of FOCUS recommend as they teach you how to shop successfully for organizational tools without putting a huge dent in your wallet.

Presented by Matt Baier of Matt Baier Organizing, LLC, Jen Burke of JKB Organizing, Cara Brook of S.O.S. LLC and Susan Lovallo, CPA, CPO of Clutter Solutions.

Also check out our "Get Organized" LibGuide.

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

Video of Douglas Kennedy

On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, author David Kennedy, who wrote Five Days visited Darien Library.

For more information, please visit the event listing page.

Friday Night Features in April

We will screen A LATE QUARTET in our Community Room April 5
We will screen A LATE QUARTET in our Community Room April 5

Friday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.A Late Quartet (2012) Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, and Catherine Keener; Rated R; 107 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

On the eve of a world renowned string quartet’s 25th anniversary season, their beloved cellist, Peter Mitchell, is diagnosed with the early symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. When Peter announces he wishes to make the upcoming season his last, his three colleagues find themselves at a crossroad. Competing egos and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration.

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

Friday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Hitchcock (2013) Starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, and Scarlet Johansson; Rated PG-13; 98 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This film lays bare the captivating and complex love story between Alfred Hitchcock and his steadfast wife and filmmaking collaborator, Alma Reville. It does so through the sly, shadowy lens of their most daring filmmaking adventure: the making of the spine-tingling 1960 thriller, Psycho, which would become the director’s most controversial and legendary film.

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

Friday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Playing for Keeps (2012) Starring Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel; Rated PG-13; 105 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This romantic comedy follows a charming, down-on-his luck former soccer star who returns home to put his life back together. Looking for a way to rebuild his relationship with his son, he gets roped into coaching the boy’s soccer team. But his attempts to finally become an adult are met with hilarious challenges from the attractive soccer moms who pursue him at every turn.

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

Friday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.The Impossible (2012) Starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts; Rated PG-13; 114 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Maria, Henry and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her. This film is the unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time.

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).

Friday Night Feature - 'Safe Haven'

We will screen SAFE HAVEN Friday, May 17.
We will screen SAFE HAVEN Friday, May 17.

Friday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. – Safe Haven (2012) Starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough; Rated PG-13; 120 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

When a mysterious young woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller.

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

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

Friday Night Feature - 'The Well-Digger's Daughter'

We will screen THE WELL-DIGGER'S DAUGHTER Friday, June 28.
We will screen THE WELL-DIGGER'S DAUGHTER Friday, June 28.

Friday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The Well-Digger’s Daughter (2011) Starring Daniel Auteuil, Kad Merad, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Sabine Azema, Jean-Pierre Darroussin; Not Rated; 105 minutes. Presented in French with English subtitles.

This remake of the 1940’s classic stars Auteuil as the eponymous well-digger Pascal, a widower living with his six daughters in the Provence countryside at the start of World War I. His eldest, Patricia, has returned home from Paris to help raise her sisters, and Pascal dreams of marrying her off to his loyal assistant Felipe. But when she’s impregnated by a wealthy young pilot who promptly abandons her for the frontlines, Pascal is left to contend with the consequences.

"It's classical moviemaking of a sort rarely seen now, a love story of surprising joy with rounded, flawed but humane characters." -- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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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