Friday Night Feature - 'The Way Way Back'

We will screen THE WAY WAY BACK January 10.
We will screen THE WAY WAY BACK January 10.

Friday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Way Way Back (2013) Starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, and Allison Janney; Rated PG-13; 103 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.

"The Way Way Back gets it wittily, thrillingly right. It turns the familiar into something bracingly fresh and funny. It makes you laugh, then breaks your heart." -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out what we're screening in January.

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

 

Friday Night Features in March

We will screen FLIGHT in our Community Room Friday, March 29.
We will screen FLIGHT in our Community Room Friday, March 29.

Friday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Searching for Sugar Man (2012) Documentary Feature; Rated PG-13; 86 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This is the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ‘70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late '60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero.

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

Friday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The Intouchables (2012) Starring Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, and Anne Le Ny; Rated R; 112 minutes. In French with English subtitles.

A true story of two men who should never have met — a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.

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

Friday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Robot and Frank (2012) Starring Frank Langella, James Marsden, and Susan Sarandon; Rated PG-13; 89 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank’s son chooses a different option: against the old man’s wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is an often hilarious and heartwarming story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places.

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

Friday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.Life of Pi (2012) Starring Irffan Kahn; Rated PG; 123 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

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

Friday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.Flight (2012) Starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman, and Don Cheadle; Rated R; 138 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Whip Whitaker is a seasoned airline pilot who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane?

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 Features in February

We will screen ARGO in our Community Room February 22.
We will screen ARGO in our Community Room February 22.

Friday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Declaration of War (2011) Starring Valérie Donzelli, Jérémie Elkaïm and César Desseix; Not Rated; 100 minutes; In French with English subtitles.

This exuberant and deeply moving film follows a new couple, Romeo and Juliette, who must face the ultimate test when they discover their newborn child is very ill. Gathering their friends and family together, they confront this ordeal together as a form of warfare. Donzelli infuses the story with unexpected verve using a host of cinematic techniques, music and heartbreaking performances that results in a film about a contemporary couple who surprises even themselves with their ability to fight not only for the life of their child but for each other.

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

Friday, February 8 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.Searching for Sugar Man (2012) Documentary Feature; Rated PG-13; 86 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary Feature
This is the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ‘70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late '60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero.

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

Friday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller; Rated PG-13; 103 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A funny and touching coming-of-age story based on the beloved best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a modern classic that captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up. This is a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope—and the unforgettable friends that help us through life.

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

Friday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.Argo (2012) Starring Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, and Bryan Cranston; Rated PG-13; 120 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

When militants seize control of the U.S. embassy in Tehran during the height of the Iranian Revolution, CIA agent Tony Mendez creates a fake Hollywood film production in order to rescue a group of American diplomats who have sought refuge at the home of a Canadian ambassador. Inspired by actual events.

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).

Wednesday Matinee - 'Lincoln'

Showing in our Community Room April 17.
Showing in our Community Room April 17.

Wednesday, April 17 at 1:30 p.m. - Lincoln (2012)Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Daniel Day-Lewis, Walton Goggins, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and John Hawkes; Rated PG-13; 150 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. This film chronicles the President's time in office between 1861 and 1865 as he dealt with personal demons and politics during the Civil War.

"The film masterfully captures the dual dilemmas facing the president in the final months of his life: how to bring the war between the states to an end, and how to eradicate slavery, once and for all." - Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

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

World Book Night Party with Tumbling Bones

Tumbling Bones
Tumbling Bones

Sunday, April 21 at 5 p.m.

In preparation for World Book Night 2013 on April 23, we are hosting a concert with Tumbling Bones. Volunteer book givers who registered to distribute books on April 23 can pick up their books at Darien Library. Even if you don’t know what World Book Night is, you’re still welcome to join us for this toe-tapping concert complete with banjo and harmonica.

Tumbling Bones play a mix of old-time country and old-fashioned blues that belies their relative youth. But their folk music is no museum piece. It is living, breathing music infused with a little of the contemporary rock ‘n’ roll the band members were reared on and reworked into their original arrangements and compositions. Their sound is country with an urban twist, traditional yet current.

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

Coverage of the Public Inauguration and Inaugural Parade Today

Flickr image courtesy dipfan
Flickr image courtesy dipfan

Starting at 10 a.m. in our Community Room

Join your friends and neighbors to watch coverage of the Fifty-Seventh Inaugural Ceremonies live in our Community Room. Or check out this list of resources:

The Senate's Inauguration Page

The Secret Service Twitter Feed

2013 Inauguration Event Resources from the NEH

Calling All Playwrights!

Calling all playwrights!
Calling all playwrights!

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop is excited to announce that the Actors/Playwrights Workshop, now in its 21st year, will present a series of workshops at Darien Library.

Interested playwrights should submit ten pages of their scripts using this online form by February 1, 2013. Playwrights are responsible for casting and directing their plays if their script is chosen.

Participants are invited to workshop their plays at the following sessions:

Thursday, February 21 from 7 – 9 p.m.
Thursday, March 14 from 7 – 9 p.m.
Thursday, April 18 from 7 – 9 p.m.

The workshops will allow the playwrights to refine their scripts. Playwrights are not required to attend these sessions in order to have their play considered.

On Sunday, June 9 at 2 p.m., the Actors/Playwrights Workshop will present the first public-staged reading of selections from the plays in the Library’s Community Room.

The Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes Actors’ Equity actors and non-Equity actors to participate, brings together local and regional playwrights and actors, and encourages a collaborative effort to create new plays and present a public-staged reading.

Co-founded by the late Catherine Lindsey and her husband Robert, the workshop introduces original plays in progress to be developed in a workshop environment with the goal of the public-staged readings. Catherine Lindsey was a beloved friend of the Library and director of Darien Library Theater for over 25 years. The memorial workshops will offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment.

The Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes all interested playwrights and actors, with or without experience, to join. The sessions offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment, culminating in the June 10 program, which will feature  six staged performances. The musicals, monologues, short scenes from full-length and one-act plays to be performed will be chosen by the Darien Library Selection Committee.

When writing your piece please keep in mind that the number of cast members is limited, only one play may be submitted per person, and plays must be 10-minutes long or less. Please limit your plays to 10-pages double-spaced, 12 point font.

For more information, contact Workshop Director Robert Cusack at (203) 655-7699 or at robert.cusack1@att.net.

World Book Night 2013 - Apply to Be a Giver!

image courtesy Flickr user Alan in Belfast
image courtesy Flickr user Alan in Belfast

The time is now! Apply to be a giver on World Book Night, April 23, 2013.

Volunteer book givers are central to World Book Night U.S., putting wonderful books into the hands of light or non-readers in their communities. On April 23, 2012, U.S. book givers personally handed out half a million printed books in 5,800 towns and cities across the country. And we’re doing it again together this year!

World Book Night provide the free books, and the book givers seek out light or non-readers, especially people who may not have access to printed books for reasons of means or geography. Book givers receive 20 free paperback copies of one World Book Night title, not too many to carry but enough to share with a good number of potential new readers. Givers can pick up their books at Darien Library's World Book Night Party Sunday, April 21.

What is World Book Night?

World Book Night U.S. is a celebration of books and reading held on April 23, when 25,000 passionate volunteers across America give a total of half a million books within their communities to those who don’t regularly read. In 2012, World Book Night was celebrated in the U.S., the UK, Ireland, and Germany and saw over 80,000 people gift more than 2.5 million books.

 

Science Café: Predicting the Weather

Image courtesy Flickr user NASA Goddard Photo and Video
Image courtesy Flickr user NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in our Conference Room

Do you follow @SWCTWeather on Twitter? If so, you know that Jacob Meisel is a weather savant who predicts storm accumulation in Fairfield County with startling accuracy. During a storm, he typically receives 3,000 to 4,000 hits a day on his website. And he’s only seventeen! Join us for our next Science Café in which Jacob shows us his tricks of the trade and explains how he makes his weather predictions.

Science Cafés are monthly workshops that support the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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

Friday Night Feature - "A Late Quartet"

We will screen A LATE QUARTET April 5
We will screen A LATE QUARTET 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.

"An auspicious feature debut for a director whose sensitivity to emotional harmonies is as rewarding as his reverence for timeless, transcendent music." -- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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

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

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