Friday Night Feature - 'Pulling Strings'

PULLING STRINGS will screen in our Community Room Friday, July 25th.
PULLING STRINGS will screen in our Community Room Friday, July 25th.

Friday, July 25th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Pulling Strings (2013) Starring Jaime Camil, Laura Ramsey, Omar Chaparro, and Tom Arnold; Rated PG; 110 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

An ambitious mariachi singer tries to convince a customs worker to accept his application for a visa, and finds much more in the process.

"This entertaining crossover vehicle for Mexican star Jaime Camil sets a familiar love story to a mariachi beat." -- Joe Leydon, Variety

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

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

Short Stories for Long Days with Carroll Stenson

Carroll Stenson
Carroll Stenson

Tuesday, July 29th at 3 p.m.

Our popular discussion series, Short Stories for Long Days with Carroll Stenson is about to begin with a new line-up of stories especially selected by Carroll to offer insight into the human condition and provoke thoughtful conversation.

Our program will begin on Tuesday, June 3rd at 3 p.m. in the Darien Library Conference Room and will continue every Tuesday through August 26th. The first story is "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" by Bret Harte. Copies are available at the Welcome Desk.

In subsequent weeks stories will be passed out at the end of each session or may be picked up at the Welcome Desk. 

Please join us and share with other short story enthusiasts.

Money Basics for College Students and Recent College Grads

Susan Bruno
Susan Bruno

Tuesday, July 29th at 7 p.m.

Parents, high school and college students should all attend to learn what they don’t teach in college about how to handle money basics. Students will learn how to survive in college on a budget, learn the difference between needs vs. wants, learn the importance of saving, earning and most important building credit to avoid boomeranging home after graduation! Come together to have a healthy conversation with your student about money expectations while your student is away from home, and learn how to avoid those inevitable fights about “spending money”! 

About Susan Bruno

Susan is the Founder & CEO of CollegeCFO.org, a peer to peer social movement to empower students by providing them with relevant financial knowledge. She is a CPA Financial Planner with the PFS credential and a CFP designation. 

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

Art On View: Trish Monahan

The work of Trish Monahan
The work of Trish Monahan

July 22nd through September 2nd

Closing Reception Friday, August 29th from 6 to 8 p.m.

In her own words, "As an artist, I always seek to explore and capture moments of wonder in the natural world: the feeling of an open meditative space infused with light, the geometric patterns of a landscape, bodies in motion, twisted trees and gardens that tangle. These constantly changing rhythms and colors fascinate me, for in nature we find the vital force, the very essence of life itself.

My art education came mostly from seeing, from looking deeply at things, and from being exposed to so much great art in the cities where I have visited and lived. It seems I have been been studying art and science for most of my life. After attending art and design classes at Wayne State University, Parsons School of Design and The Art Students League, I fine-tuned my eye working as a textile artist and clothing designer for several years in New York. I now paint in Westport, Connecticut as a member of "The Art Studio."

For many years now I have also been working in the Natural Healing field and this certainly influences my artwork. Working hands-on with people in such a close way increases your sensitivity to subtle currents of energy and what lies beneath the surface. The deeper unspoken truths are an integral part of my work, and I hope it is something the viewer feels when observing my paintings.

Meet Us On Main Street

Wednesdays at 11 a.m. - Meet Us On Main Street
Wednesdays at 11 a.m. - Meet Us On Main Street

"You Are What You Read" goes LIVE!

Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

After a holiday hiatus, we are back to tell you about the latest and greatest books, movies, apps, and articles that we are currently digging. Please join us for this weekly, informal discussion.

There will be "oooohs." There will be "ahhhhs." There will be laughs. We hope to see you there. 

 

Friday Night Feature and Q&A with the Editors - 'We Could Be King'

WE COULD BE KING will screen in our Community Room Friday, August 1st.
WE COULD BE KING will screen in our Community Room Friday, August 1st.

Both screenings of We Could be King will be followed by a Q&A with the film's editors, David Lieberman and Chris Iversen.

Friday, August 1st at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - We Could Be King (2014) Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 80 minutes. 

Slashing budgets and still facing shortfalls, Philadelphia did the unthinkable. It shuttered Germantown High School and sent its students to archrival Martin Luther King, leaving a first-time head coach and a new principal to join together in a fight to unite bitter adversaries. An intimate and unflinching snapshot of urban America's education crisis, We Could Be King is a celebration of the power of sports to bring young people, neighborhoods and a city together.

"By addressing the impact of cuts to sports programs - for some students, the main reason they stay enrolled - "King" is an indictment of anyone quick to write off public schools or the children they teach." -- Daniel M. Gold, New York Times

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

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

Evening Meditation Series

Julie Punishill
Julie Punishill

Wednesday, August 6th at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 13th at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 20th at 7 p.m.

Are you looking for a little more balance or calm in your life? Come join Julie Punishill (fresh off a spiritual retreat in Costa Rica) to learn some new breathing tools, meditations and chants to aid your body, mind and spirit into better alignment. This series is designed for each night to build upon the previous one.

Participants are asked to bring a throw pillow or cushion.

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

Computers, Tablets, and Smartphones - What Works For You?

Image courtesy flickr user Siddartha Thota
Image courtesy flickr user Siddartha Thota

Tuesday, August 12th from 6 to 8 p.m.

Register for this workshop

As the lines between technology and lifestyle blur, the choices become limitless and overwhelming. What works for you? Does your business require a computer at a desk? Are you chauffeuring kids, running errands and need to answer emails throughout the day? This workshop explores:

• Email - How can "really important" emails be safeguarded?

• Mobile computing — Can a tablet or smartphone replace a laptop?

• Avoiding downtime — Is paid antivirus software "worth it"?

• Software alternatives — Are there solutions besides MS Office?

• Online research — Can free web browser add-ons improve research skills?

About the Presenter

Bud Freund teaches technology at Bi-Cultural Day School and provides tech support to small businesses and families looking for reasonable, cost-effective technology solutions. Mr. Freund also provides training to individuals, groups and corporations including GE, UBS and the YMCA. His curriculum covers a broad range of hardware and software skills including safe internet practices, tablets, and Excel. As a capstone project, his students create their yearbook pages using PowerPoint and Photoshop. Bud gives back to the community as a SCORE volunteer specializing in IT.

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

Mushrooms of the Northeast

Image courtesy flickr user Aleksey Gnilenkov
Image courtesy flickr user Aleksey Gnilenkov

Tuesday, August 12th at 7 p.m.

Join naturalist, permaculture practitioner, and landscaper John Root for this comprehensive introduction to our fascinating fungi including habitats, seasons of availability, and identifying characteristics of both edible and poisonous species.

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

Adult Summer Reading Grand Finale Party with Mariachi

Mariachi Flor de Toloache
Mariachi Flor de Toloache

Salsa Contest and Mariachi Flor de Toloache Performance

Thursday, August 14th at 7 p.m.

Amateur salsa chefs are invited to enter their creations into Darien Library’s salsa-making competition with special guest judges. Bring enough for three judges to sample and the rest will be enjoyed by the crowd. You don’t need to make a salsa in order to attend! Chips will be provided.

After that, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, the first and only established all-female mariachi band founded in New York City, will perform using the traditional instruments of mariachi: violins, trumpets, guitarron, vihuela, and guitar.

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

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