Pick Up Your Farm Share at Darien Library this Summer!

Image courtesy flickr user Suzie's Farm
Image courtesy flickr user Suzie's Farm

You may have heard of a “CSA,” “vegetable box,” or “farm share” before. CSA stands for ‘Community Supported Agriculture” and it means community members get together to invest in a farm during the winter or early Spring and then when the harvest season rolls out, they pick up a weekly package of vegetables at a designated pick-up location (like us, the Library).

In 2015, Darien Library will once again be the pickup location for Stoneledge Farm’s CSA. The farm share pickup will be every Wednesday evening from 4:30-7:30 p.m. running from June 3rd until November 11th (24 weeks).

To take part, you have to sign up for a vegetable share. If you do, you can also sign up for a fruit, mushroom and/or coffee share, too.

There is the option to split a share. When you sign up and add the share to your cart, provide your share partner's name, phone number, and email address.

Costs for a share are as follows:

Vegetable $520.00

Fruit $240.00 

Mushroom $120.00 

Coffee $126.00 

Click here for more information, and here to register. The vegetables are grown locally so they are fresher than anything you’ll find in a grocery store, and incredibly varied. 

As a member of the CSA, you will be asked to complete two hours of volunteer work during the season. Volunteers do things like check people in when they pick up their share, make sure the vegetables are replenished, or move boxes.

Questions? Please contact Mallory Arents, Head of Adult Programming, at marents@darienlibrary.org.

Darien Library vs. Fairfield Public Library

The tweet that started it all.
The tweet that started it all.

Aslan and the White Witch, Frodo and Sauron, Harry Potter and Voldemort. Epic battles are about to come a lot closer to home. Darien Library was challenged to a Fitbit showdown by the folks at Fairfield Public Library and we want YOU to be involved!

What's the challenge? From Monday, March 2nd until end of day Friday, March 6th your Darien Librarians will be competing against the Librarians of Fairfield Public Library to see which Library can rack up the most steps. We will obviously crush them.

What are the stakes? When we win, Fairfield Public Library must display the below sign on their Welcome Desk and social media accounts for one week.

What can we do to show our unwavering support? Get moving with us! During the first week of March, join us for one of these active events.

Monday, March 2nd through Friday, March 6th at 3 p.m.

Ten Minute Recess! Join us for quick group exercise in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Tuesday, March 3rd at 12:45 p.m.
Walking Book Group. Meet at Tilley Pond Park for a walking discussion of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.  Walk begins promptly at 1 p.m.

Thursday, March 5th at 3:45 p.m.
This event is canceled due to inclement weather.
Walking Historical Tour of Darien. Meet at the Darien Historical Society for an easy walking historical tour of our town. Walk begins promptly at 4 p.m.

Tax Preparation and Assistance

Image courtesy of flickr user agrilifetoday
Image courtesy of flickr user agrilifetoday

Every Friday, Walk-in and Appointments available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
February 6th through April 10th

IRS-Certified Trained AARP volunteer tax aides are available to local residents of all ages and incomes at no charge. The nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service is available to all individual filers regardless of income or age.  Started in 1968 and, since 1980, this service has operated under a cooperative agreement with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

If married, both husband and wife should be present.  Certain forms and personal and financial documents are required.  Taxpayers must bring:

Identity Documentation
- Government Issued Photo ID.
- Social Security or ITIN numbers for all taxpayers and dependents.
- Bank account/routing numbers (blank check preferable), if expecting a refund.

All 2014 income report forms received
- SSA1099 if you were paid Social Security benefits.
- W-2(s) from your employer(s).
- W-2G from gambling winnings.
- 1099G from unemployment compensation payments.
- 1099s: Bank interest, stock dividends, retirement distributions, brokers.

Other Important Documents
- Receipts for deductible expenses including real estate and vehicle taxes paid.
- Verification of the original purchase price of sold assets (home, stocks, etc.).
- Receipts/canceled checks if itemizing deductions (e.g., charity contributions).
- Proof of Health Insurance (Form 1095-A from Health Insurance Marketplace or private plan identification).

Copy of last year’s Federal and State tax return(s), if possible.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 203-669-5236

Friday Night Feature: 'Magic in the Moonlight'

Friday, March 6th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.Magic in the Moonlight (2014) Starring Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Jacki Weaver, and Marcia Gay Harden; Rated PG-13; 100 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight' is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake. What follows is a series of events that are magical in every sense of the word and send the characters reeling. In the end, the biggest trick 'Magic in the Moonlight' plays is the one that fools us all.

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).

Introduction to Microsoft Excel

This class has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 10th at 2 p.m.

To be added to the waitlist, please email marents@darienlibrary.org.

Excel is Microsoft’s powerful spreadsheet software. Join us for this beginner class and learn what a cell is, how to create a worksheet, and how to create simple math formulas!

A Business Assessment Tool: How Effective is your Business?

Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos
Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

Tuesday, March 10th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30

Register here

This workshop covers an interactive assessment tool that scores how well your business operates and provides an analysis of what you can do to improve business performance.

Participants will learn: 

• How the assessment tool works: Structure, scoring, and results
• The assessment results for 35 businesses that have undergone this assessment
• How you can apply this tool to your business
• How SCORE can help you utilize this tool

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).

'Behind the Orange Curtain' - Film Screening and Discussion

Behind the Orange Curtain
Behind the Orange Curtain

Rescheduled for Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30 p.m.

Register here

Please join us for a screening of the award winning documentary Behind the Orange Curtain as we take an in-depth look at the prescription drug epidemic among California teens and what is means for Darien youth. The event will include refreshments, panel discussion and thoughtful conversation.

Jamison Monroe, Executive Producer, Maud Purcell, Founder of the Life Solution Center and Dr. Sandra Gomez will field questions from the audience.

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

This event is cosponsored with Newport Academy and the Life Solution Center of Darien.

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

Meet Us On Main Street

Caroline and Sally show us what they're reading!
Caroline and Sally show us what they're reading!

Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

Let the experts share what's new and hot in the world of books, movies, audiobooks, articles, and everything in between! Join us for this weekly informal chat to share what you’re reading and get suggestions on what to check out next. 

Winter Semester MedEd: Integrative Medicine

Dr. Takayasu
Dr. Takayasu

Wednesday, March 11th 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. Katherine Takayasu will describe what integrative medicine is and the role it can play in one’s health and overall wellbeing.  She will discuss a holistic approach to patient care that targets the mind, body and spirit.  Dr. Takayasu will target successful ways to approach managing stress, diet and nutrition and mind-body interactions.

About the Presenter

Dr. Takayasu completed her two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at Stamford Hospital’s Center for Integrative Medicine & Wellness and the University of Arizona. She earned her M.D. and M.B.A. from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Takayasu completed her residency in Family Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia University in New York City,where she served as Chief Resident. A board-certified family medicine physician, Dr. Takayasu’s specific interests include integrating complementary modalities such as nutrition, acupuncture and mind-body medicine into women’s health areas like pregnancy, infertility, chronic pelvic and myofascial pain, peri-menopause, and general stress management. She is a clinical instructor in Medicine at Columbia University and conducts research in nutrition and mind-body medicine.

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

Intermediate Microsoft Excel

Thursday, March 12th at 2:00 p.m.

Class is full. Keep an eye out for next time!

Go beyond the basics! Learn how to use sorting, filtering, and lists to make your data come alive.