Meet the Author - Kristen Harnisch

Kristen Harnisch [credit: Alix Martinex Photography]
Kristen Harnisch [credit: Alix Martinex Photography]

Tuesday, October 21st at 7 p.m.

Kristen Harnisch, author of The Vintner's Daughter, will be our featured speaker.

In 1895, seventeen-year-old Sara Thibault’s dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps as master winemaker at their stunning Loire Valley family vineyard, Saint Martin. Although many don’t understand her ambition, Sara forges ahead toward her goal with a determination that will soon prove essential.

When Sara’s father is killed in a mudslide, her mother sells their land to a business rival whose eldest son married Sara’s sister, Lydia. Sara is shocked and deeply disappointed, having hoped to take over, to make her father proud. Disappointment quickly turns to fear when she realizes that her new brother-in-law Bastien has no real interest in the vineyard and far too much interest in her.

A violent tragedy leaves Bastien dead and compels the sisters to flee to America. Sara plans to eventually reclaim her family’s vineyard, but for now she travels to California in hopes of making her own way in the winemaking world. When she encounters Bastien’s brother, Philippe—a man as committed to bringing his brother’s killer to justice as he is to building the largest vineyard in the Napa region—they are instantly drawn to each other. But now she must make a choice: to risk discovery or run again. Will he help her regain Saint Martin, or prosecute her for her crime? How much more can she lose? And what loss is finally too great to bear?

About the Author

Kristen Harnisch drew upon her extensive research and experiences living in the San Francisco Bay Area and visiting the Loire Valley to create the story for The Vintner's Daughter, the first in a series about the changing world of vineyard life at the turn of the century. Harnisch has a degree in economics from Villanova University and currently resides in Darien, Connecticut, where she has lived for fourteen years.

A book signing will follow the authors’ presentations. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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

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!

Wednesday, October 22nd at 11 a.m.

Darien Library staff members are excited 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. 

 

Intermediate Microsoft Excel

Image courtesy flickr user AJ Cann
Image courtesy flickr user AJ Cann

Wednesday, October 22nd from 2 to 4 p.m.

Learn how to use sorting, filtering, and lists to make your data come alive.

Focusing On You Meditation Series

Julie Punishill [credit Pamela Ha-Stevenson]
Julie Punishill [credit Pamela Ha-Stevenson]

Thursdays October 23rd, 30th, and November 13th and 20th at 7 p.m.

16th,The "Focusing on You" meditation series leads up to Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season. Do you find you get swept up in the expectations and "busy"-ness of the holidays? Do you find you lose your sense of self? Would you like to increase your personal enjoyment of this very special season, and for that matter, your every day life? This series of five sessions over six weeks is designed to offer meditations and tools to help you focus on you, your presence and ability to live in the moment.

The program will be led by Julie Punishill, a graduate of the two-year intensive training program at the Institute for Conscious Counseling and Coaching in Essex, MA.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Words and Pictures'

We will screen WORDS AND PICTURES October 24th.
We will screen WORDS AND PICTURES October 24th.

Friday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Words and Pictures (2013) Starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche; Rated PG-13; 111 minutes. Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

An English teacher and fallen literary star challenges an art teacher to a war of words versus images to determine which form carries the greatest meaning in this romantic comedy drama.

"A love story that actually has something on its mind beyond romance." -- Claudia Puig, USA Today

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

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

Passport Days

Image courtesy flickr user clappstar
Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, October 25th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, November 22nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 20th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Get your passport at Darien Library! We'll have four Acceptance Agents from the CT Passport Agency ready to process and accept applications. We will provide all the paperwork and have a space for photos, as well. If you prefer, you can bring your own photographs. Specs for passport photos can be found here.

We can process passport renewals as well.

What to Bring: Birth Certificate, Naturalization Certificate, one color 2’’ by 2’’ photo, a valid photo identification (such as a driver’s license) with a front and back photocopy of the ID, and personal check/money order or debit/credit card for payment of the passport fee.

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

Résumé and Job Application Drop-In

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

Monday, October 27th from 2 to 3 p.m.
Technology Conference Center

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.

Friday Night Feature - 'Practical Magic'

We will screen PRACTICAL MAGIC on Halloween.
We will screen PRACTICAL MAGIC on Halloween.

Friday, October 31st at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Practical Magic (1998) Starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman; Rated PG-13; 108 minutes. Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Sally and Gillian Owens have always known they were different. Raised by their aunts after their parents' death, the sisters grew up in a household that was anything but typical--their aunts fed them chocolate cake for breakfast and taught them the uses of practical magic. But the invocation of the Owens' sorcery also carries a price--some call it a curse: the men they fall in love with are doomed to an untimely death. Now adult women with very different personalities, the quiet Sally and the fiery Gillian must use all of their powers to fight the family curse and a swarm of supernatural forces that threatens the lives of all the Owens women.

"A crafty chick flick about likable witches!" -- Philip Wuntch

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

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

 

 

Come Write Your Novel in the Library!

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

Join local writers in the annual quest to write 50,000 words during the month of November! We'll be working together on the top floor. Bring your notebook, laptop, sketchpad, whatever it is you need to write your story in. Writing a novel during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) can be tough but you'll find lots of friendly company at this write-in.

Saturday, November 1st from 12 noon to 5 p.m
Sunday, November 9th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 30th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In the Mezzanine Conference Room

The Annual Meeting of the Friends of Darien Library

Kate Manning
Kate Manning

Friends of the Darien Library cordially invite you to the Annual Meeting

Saturday, November 1st at 5 p.m.

Kate Manning, author of My Notorious Life, will be the featured speaker. This novel is the evocative, absolutely unforgettable new novel from Kate Manning. Inspired by the true story of Ann Trow Lohman, a female physician who became one of the most controversial figures in Victorian New York City. My Notorious Life, now published in paperback, vibrantly portrays a charismatic, passionate woman who changed the lives of countless others. 

Reviews for My Notorious Life:

“A daring page-turner.” — O, The Oprah Magazine

“This intriguing, thought-provoking work of historical fiction is a testament to the strength of the human spirit.”— Real Simple

Preceding the presentation, election of officers and new trustee nominations for the year 2014/2015 will take place.

Learn about the year's developments at Darien Library from Amy Cholnoky, President of the Board, and Alan Gray, Director of the Library.

Reception and book signing to follow. Books will be available for purchase.

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

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