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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. 

How to Edit Family Photos

Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

This class is full. To be added to the waitlist, please email

Do you have old family photos that need to be touched up? Using Pixlr, a free online image editor, you will learn how to fix your photos! You will learn how to color correct, crop, remove blemishes, fix stains, and more. There is no need to hire the professionals when you can edit your photos yourself!

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

Politics, Passion and Peril: Life at the Tudor Court

Wednesday, April 22nd at 7 p.m.

Mixing history and Hollywood, Dr. Ford, a historian of Tudor politics, administration, and the court, will offer insights into the historical context behind the Hilary Mantel books and BBC Series. Her talk will cover topics including the anxiety behind Henry’s quest for a bride and an heir, the nature of politics on the move with the Tudor court on progress, is there a private life at court, and how easy is it to (literally) lose your head.

About the presenter

Lisa L. Ford is Assistant Director of Research at the Yale Center for British Art.  Dr. Ford received her PhD in 2001 from St. Andrews for a dissertation on politics and administration during the reign of Henry VII.  She was part of the AHRC/EPSRC-funded project “Representing Re-Formation: Reconstructing Renaissance Monuments” a study of the 16th and 17th Century tombs of the Howard Dukes of Norfolk and their family. Dr. Ford is currently working on further publications from the Howard tombs project, and a book on the visual and material use of the insignia of the Order of the Garter between the 15th and 19th centuries.

This event is cosponsored with the Darien Arts Center.

Music in the Stacks: Hungrytown

Thursday, April 23rd at 7 p.m.

Join us for an evening of folk and Americana music from indie duo Hungrytown. Sit back and enjoy acoustic folk songs presented with a timelessness in beautiful arrangements. 

About the performer

Hungrytown is the musical and married duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson.  They have released two highly acclaimed CDs,  Hungrytown (2008) and Any Forgotten Thing (2011) and tour full time. Their adventures have taken them throughout the US, Canada, Europe and New Zealand. Their songs have been performed by many other artists, including Nashville songwriting legend David Olney and bluegrass veterans the Virginia Ramblers.  Hungrytown's music has also appeared on several television shows, including the Independent Film Channel's hit series, Portlandia

Check our Hungrytown's music here.

Refreshments will be served.

Friday Night Feature - 'Kill the Messenger'

Friday, April 24th 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).

Darien Students' Resources and Assets Survey Results

Monday, April 27th at 7 p.m.

Did you know that:
• Only 55% of Darien’s 7th-12th graders said that they can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations? 
• Only 42% said that they know how to plan ahead and make choices?

If you want to learn more about what our teens think and feel about their world, come to the The Community Fund of Darien’s public forum to share the survey results for “thriving” and “risky” behaviors for 7th-12th graders.  This forum will focus on our teen’s thoughts about their relationships, values and activities. The survey revealed rich data about our teen’s “developmental assets,” which are key traits that research shows are the building blocks to help our young people become caring, responsible and successful adults. The research is clear: the more developmental assets a teen has, the more likely they are to engage in healthy behaviors and the less likely they are to engage in risky behaviors. Following the presentation of survey results, a panel of experts will offer commentary on the results and answer community questions. Come learn more about our teens. 

Sponsored by The Community Fund of Darien, this event was generously underwritten and co-sponsored by The Darien Library, Communities 4 Action, the Town of Darien Youth Commission, Silver Hill Hospital, and The Southfield Center.  To learn more about The Community Fund of Darien’s mission to identify local needs and fund intelligent solutions, please visit

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

Film Screening and Discussion - 'Haze'

Tuesday, April 28th at 7 p.m. screening for teens

The Youth Asset Team presents HAZE, Documentary Film Screening and Discussion about Underage Binge Drinking for Alcohol and Asset Awareness Month. The documentary tells the tragic story of Greenwich, CT native Lynn Gordon Bailey Jr. ("Gordie") who dies from binge drinking in his freshman year of college. The film also weaves together a collection of interviews by many national experts on the subject of alcohol abuse. The program is appropriate for parents and high school-aged students.

Following each screening, there will be a short question and answer session with panelist including former Darien High School students and a representative from Silver Hill Hospital.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Portrait of Henry VIII (Walker Gallery copy)
Portrait of Henry VIII (Walker Gallery copy)

Wednesday, April 29th at 7 p.m.

Transport yourself to Tudor England! Learn about the new BBC period drama through a historical context. Henry VIII was King of England from 1509 to 1547. Please join us as we explore the lives of the six women who shared his life as wives and queens. One king, six queens, and England will never be the same.

About the presenter

Dr. Ramona Garcia has taught European history at the collegiate level.  She has presented conference papers in the U.S. and Great Britain, and has publications in her field of English history, one of which has been included in the Bibliography of British and Irish History (formerly the Royal Historical Society Bibliography).

This event is cosponsored with the Darien Arts Center.

Friday Night Feature - 'The Imitation Game'

Friday, May 1st at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - The Imitation Game (2014) Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Rory Kinnear, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode, Matthew Beard, and Charles Dance; Rated PG-13; 114 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the brilliant UK mathematician and computer scientist who helped the Allies secure victory in World War II by cracking the German enigma code, and who was later prosecuted as a homosexual by his own government.

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).

An Evening at 'Wolf Hall'

Sunday, May 3rd at 5 p.m.

Join us for ‘An Evening at Wolf Hall’, a concert featuring authentic music from 16th century England. The event is inspired by the award-winning novel and Masterpiece Theatre mini-series, Wolf Hall.

The historical novel, Wolf Hall, provides the observer with an accurate glimpse into the world of Tudor England as it documents the rapid rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII through to the death of Sir/Saint Thomas More. It won both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Observer named it as one of ‘The 10 best historical novels’.

‘An Evening of Music at Wolf Hall’ will provide a special glimpse into the music of the time period of the novel. Dr. Christopher Morrongiello, a former British Marshall Scholar, and his colleague, Peter Walker, a renowned Renaissance instrumentalist and vocalist, will perform at the concert on authentic instruments, including the lute and Renaissance bagpipes. Members of the Darien High School Tudor Singers will collaborate with them. This event provides a unique opportunity for both the audience to hear these authentic instruments, and for a group of students from the Tudor singers to be accompanied by them. A wine and cheese reception will follow.

This event is cosponsored with the Darien Arts Center.

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