Books by the Fire

Wednesday, November 25th at 11 a.m.

Books by the Fire is for bookaholics! Formerly known as Meet Us on Main Street, this program has a new location, at our First Floor Fireplace, and a new name. Be the first in the know about what's new and hot in books during this informal conversation. Share what you're reading and loving. All are welcome--no registration required!

Books by the Fire will meet every Wednesday from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. until December 9.

Friday Night Feature - 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.'

Friday, November 27th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - The Man From U.N.C.L.E- (2015) Starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant, Jared Harris, Elizabeth Debicki; Rated P-13; 116 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Director Guy Ritchie brings the popular TV spy series to the big screen in this origin story. Set in the 1960s CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB op Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) pair up to stop an international criminal organization that is dealing in nuclear weapons and technology, which could upset the balance of power in the world.

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).

Upcoming NaNoWriMo Events

Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month
Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

It's that time of year again -- the frenzy to write a 50,000 word manuscript in November! For our fifth year participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), we will be hosting Write-In events. These events are held in the Mezzanine Conference Room on the third floor. We will provide big tables and power to smooth your creative writing path.

Resources to Help You Write Your Novel

Sunday, November 15th from 1 to 5 p.m. 

Sunday, November 29th from 1 to 5 p.m. 

These Write-Ins are co-sponsored with the Fairfield County Writers Group.

Résumé and Job Application Drop-In

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

Monday, November 30th from 3 to 4 p.m.

Prepare for a career change, internship, employment search, or just polish up your résumé! Bring your résumé in for help from our Reference Librarians on:

• Editing your résumé
• Proofread your cover letters
• Troubleshoot technology issues with online job applications
• Assist in setting up an email account
• Help with other job application and résumé related advice

Mondays in November

Elemental Meditation: Water

Image courtesy of flickr user aigle_dore.
Image courtesy of flickr user aigle_dore.

Monday, November 30th at 7 p.m.

Open yourself up to Elemental Meditation in this new series. Did you know that each of the elements resides within us? Having these elements in balance inside of us helps us to be more connected to ourselves and centered as we go about our daily lives. In this seven week series, we will begin with an introduction to the five elements, followed by focused meditation based upon the elements (Earth, Space, Fire, Air, and Water), and ending with advanced meditation combining all five elements for a true balanced state.

Instructor Julie Punishill will lead the meditation group on the following dates September 28th, October 5th, October 12th, October 19th, November 16th, November 23rd, and November 30th.

Resources to Help You Write Your Novel

Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month
Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

Last week, you decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month in November. Congratulations! This week we are looking at resources that you can use to help you plot out your novel, develop your characters, and more! Make sure to hit "Read More" for all the resources as well as this week's assigment. 

Library Books

Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing: Looking for a quick, humorous, light read on writing? Would an illustrated book help? Pick up Elmore Leonard's book then to get you on the path of creating believable characters fast!

The Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters: How do you make your characters live and breathe? What are their realistic traits, ticks, and vices that bring them to life? Marc McCutcheon opens with an introduction to believable characters and then gives you the tools (mainly lists of traits) to help make your character a real person. 

From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction: Robert Olen Butler, a Pulitzer prize winning author, taught a series of workshops about how he writes. He compiled his lectures into an intense how-to-book on the writing process. 

Library Magazines

The Writer's Magazine: Each month's issue of this publication has short, information-packed tips and strategies on everything related to writing. 

Writer's Digest: Discover how to work on the craft of writing and after you have finished your novel, how to think about marketing it. 

Learn Photoshop to Edit Your Family Photos

We'll work in Photoshop CS 5.5
We'll work in Photoshop CS 5.5

Tuesday, December 1st at 1 p.m.
Tech Center on the Lower Level


You still have time to edit your family photos before the holiday card rush! In this two hour workshop, George Zariff, will show you how to crop, resize, color correct, and more to bring out the best image from your photos. The first hour will focus on learning the basics and the second will be you working on your own photos. Make sure your photos are already in a digital form on a flash drive or in your email. 

Senior Moments: Wrap and Yap

Image courtesy of flickr user alicejt.
Image courtesy of flickr user alicejt.

Wednesday, December 2nd at 3 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in the Conference Room.

Unwrapped presents cluttering every square corner of your home? Take the stress out of wrapping gifts by doing it in the shared company of others! We'll provide the supplies, smooth music, and the snacks. All you need to bring is a pile of unwrapped presents and some friendly chatter.

Bloomberg Terminal Workshop

Wednesday, December 2nd at 7 p.m.

The Bloomberg Terminal is the premier financial information source in the world today. Whether you're a job seeker looking for openings or an amateur investor tracking hot stocks, bonds, and/or commodities, the Bloomberg Terminal has something to offer. The Darien Library is one of the few public libraries in the country to have a Bloomberg Terminal for patron use. Wayne Pasternack, Bloomberg Terminal rep, will go over tips and tricks to get started using Bloomberg and will include new, recently released functions.

Interested in using the Bloomberg Terminal? All Library patrons may use the terminal, but advanced reservations are reserved for Darien residents, employed full-time in Darien, or Friends of the Darien Library who contribute annually at the $300 level. If you would like to place a reservation, please contact our Knowledge and Learning Services staff at 669-5236 or at

Business Book Group: 'Strengths Finder 2.0'

Thursday, December 3rd at 6 p.m.


Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Tom Rath's Strengths Finder 2.0The group is invited to an informal discussion of the book from 6 - 6:45 p.m. followed by networking over wine, beer, and light refreshments.

About Strengths Finder 2.0

To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in the 2001 management book Now, Discover Your Strengths. The book has spent more than five years on bestseller lists and ignited a global conversation, while StrengthsFinder has helped millions discover their top five talents. In Strengths Finder 2.0, Gallup unveils the new and improved version of its popular assessment and much more. Loaded with hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths, this new book and accompanying website will change the way you look at yourself-- and the world around you--forever.

We have copies of the book available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussion.

Business Book Group is sponsored by the Darien Rowayton Bank.