Looking for Parking?

Extra parking is located on Thorndal Circle, just behind Nielsen's off the Post Road.
Extra parking is located on Thorndal Circle, just behind Nielsen's off the Post Road.

Ever found yourself circling the parking lot searching endlessly for an open spot? Well - look no further!

Extra parking for the Library can be found at the end of Thorndal Circle, which is the road beside Nielsen's Florist. Simply exit our parking lot and return to the Post Road, turn left onto Thorndal Circle, and you're there!

When driving down Thorndal Circle, a large parking lot will be on the left side of the road. There is a walkway that leads to the back corner of the Library's parking lot. 

We'll see you in the stacks!

Foreign Film Fest: 'Life is Beautiful/La Vita È Bella'

Monday, July 27th at 6:30 p.m. - Life is Beautiful/La Vita È Bella (1997) Starring Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano, Sergio Bustric, and Marisa Paredes; Rated PG-13; 110 minutes; Presented with captions.

In this WWII tragicomedy, famed Italian funnyman Roberto Benigni (The Monster) portrays Guido, who moves during the '30s from the country to a Tuscan town, where he is entranced by schoolteacher Dora (Nicoletta Braschi, Benigni's real-life wife). Dora likes Guido, but she remains faithful to her pompous fiancé, so Guido has an uphill struggle. Meanwhile, anti-Semitic attitudes lead to attacks against Guido's Jewish uncle (Giustino Durano). Leaping ahead to five years later, during WWII, Guido and Dora are married and have a son Giosue (Giorgio Cantarini). After they are imprisoned in a concentration camp, Guido goes to elaborate lengths to keep his son from understanding the truth of their situation. He tells the boy that they are competing with others to win an armored tank -- so everything from food shortages to tattoos is explained as necessary for participation in the contest.

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).

Art on View: Julia Heck

On Display Wednesday, July 29th - Friday, September 18th

Artist's Statement:

"Painting is my meditation and prayer. My work stands as a reminder to connect with the essence of life.  During a recent trip to Costa Rica, I re-discovered a state of contentment and bliss.  For one month, I was fully immersed in nature and surrounded by people who live an untainted, beautiful life. I was inspired by a community that lives in unison with nature and humans alike-- a life of simplicity and vibrancy. My challenge is to apply this positive energy to my art. Each work is a new experience as I freely play with color, line, texture and scale.  I hope to never become static in the evolution of my technique. I intend to capture and illustrate the pulse within a flowerbed, beehive, or the sea-- to value the fire that every living thing holds."

View more of Julia's work at JuliaBerkeleyHeck.com

Courtyard Games

Cornhole!
Cornhole!

Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate summer at Darien Library every Friday with Courtyard Games! Soak up some sun and challenge your friends in cornhole and ladder ball. Who will become Darien's Courtyard Game Champion? Only time will tell!

Art Reception: Julia Heck

Friday, July 31st at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for art, cocktails, food, and friends as we celebrate our latest artist on view, Julia Heck.

Friday Night Feature - 'The Longest Ride'

Friday, July 31st at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - The Longest Ride (2015) Starring Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Alan Alda, Jack Huston, and Oona Chaplin; Rated PG-13; 139 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Based on the bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks, The Longest Ride centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world.  As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple.  Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, The Longest Ride explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

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).

Intro to 3D Design

You can even design shoes!
You can even design shoes!

Monday, August 3rd from 1 to 3 p.m.

Register

Up until a few years ago, only high-end designers had access to 3D printers. Learn the cutting edge technology of 3D printing, right at your hometown Library. 

In this class you will learn how to create 3D models for production.  By the end of this class, you will be printing one of your very own designs. A great introduction to 3D modeling, you will gain experience that is applicable in fields such as game design, product design, architecture, and engineering. This is a beginner's class and no experience is required. Patrons are required to bring a laptop for use during this class.

This class is open to Darien Residents, those who work full-time in town, or non-residents who are contributors to the Darien Library Annual Campaign at the $300 level.

Short Stories for Summer Days

Carroll Stenson
Carroll Stenson

Tuesday, August 4th at 3 p.m.

Our popular discussion series continues with a line-up of stories especially selected to offer insight into the human condition and provoke thoughtful conversation. Please join us and share with other short story enthusiasts.

Stories are available for pickup the week before each meeting.

No meetings on July 21st or July 28th.

Connecticut Beer: A History

Tuesday, August 4th at 7 p.m.

Local beer historian Will Siss will lead a discussion of the history of beer in Connecticut and provide profiles for nearly all existing breweries. His talk will include samples of beer from Half Full Brewery.

About the presenter

Will Siss has written the column “Beer Snob” for the Waterbury (Conn.) Republican-American since 2005. He has worked as a reporter for Republican-American and Manchester (Conn.) Journal-Inquirer. He earned a Master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Gettysburg College. He blogs at www.beersnobwrites.com, leads beer tastings and teaches middle school language arts.

Docs and Discussion: Beats of the Antonov

Image courtesy of PBS
Image courtesy of PBS

Wednesday, August 5th at 6:30 p.m. - Beats of the Antonov (2014); NR; 68 minutes.

Docs and Discussion is our new film discussion series meant to inspire thoughtful conversation on a global topic.

Sudan has been in an almost constant state of civil war since it achieved independence in 1956, and it split into a pair of sovereign states in 2011. On the border between the two, Russian-made Antonov planes indiscriminately drop bombs on settlements in the Nuba Mountains below. Yet, incredibly, the people of the Blue Nile respond to adversity with music, singing and dancing to celebrate their survival. Beats of the Antonov explores how music binds a community together, offering hope and a common identity for refugees engaged in a fierce battle to protect cultural traditions and heritage from those trying to obliterate them

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

This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS. Beats of the Antonov premiers on PBS Monday, August 3rd.