Senior Moments: Two Shots Heard Round the World

Archduke Franz Ferdinand with his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg and their three children.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand with his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg and their three children.

Thursday, September 11th at 3 p.m.

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

Mark Albertson's talk will focus on the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir apparent to the Hapsburg Empire and, his wife, the Countess Sophie. The chronology of events which saw Austria-Hungary, Serbia, Russia, Germany, France and Britain tumble into war by August 4, 1914 will be explained. This tragicomic sequence of events never ceases to amaze me as to how these nations, with everything to lose, opted for conflict. As Lord Edward Gray, British Foreign Minister, observed, "The lamps are going out all over Europe. We will not see them lit again in our lifetime."

Mark Albertson is a historian for the Army Aviation Association of America and writer for the periodical Army Aviation magazine. He has authored several books on the history of World War I.

Save the date for our next Senior Moments program on Thursday, October 9th at 3 p.m. where we will do some line dancing for seniors.

Screening with the Filmmaker - "From the Rough'

FROM THE ROUGH will screen in our Community Room September 11th
FROM THE ROUGH will screen in our Community Room September 11th

The screening of From the Rough will be followed by a Q&A with Lead Producer Michael J. Critelli and Executive Produce and Writer Michael A. Critelli.

Thursday, September 11th at 7 p.m. - From the Rough (2014) Starring Taraji P. Henson, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Tom Felton; Rated PG; 97 minutes. 

This is the story of Dr. Catana Starks, who made history as the first woman to coach a men's college golf team.

“When I first learned about Catana Starks, I was immediately impressed by her remarkable accomplishments and was convinced that her life story could become the basis of a very inspirational and entertaining film.” -- Michael J. Critelli, Producer

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

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

The APA Presents: AudioFile's Golden Voices Theatre

Audiobook superstars Katherine Kellgren, Richard Ferrone, and Tavia Gilbert.
Audiobook superstars Katherine Kellgren, Richard Ferrone, and Tavia Gilbert.

Saturday, September 13th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Audio Publishers Association presents the Audiobookmobile!

The truck is outfitted with speakers and video screen to broadcast audio and video clips from the recording studio to draw in passersby. There’s even a spot for a photo op: one side of the truck asks attendees to fill in the blank “I love audiobooks because…” and share their reasons via social media using the custom hashtag #listenlit.

Volunteers from APA member publishers and GoGORILLA Media’s professional street team will be on hand to engage with listeners, answering any questions they have about audiobooks and offering free downloads to take home. Attendees will also have the chance to spin a prize wheel mounted to the side of the Audiobookmobile for a chance to win giveaways including headphones, t-shirts, buttons, posters, and more.

Golden Voices Theater Performance

1 p.m. - Children and Families

3 p.m. - All Ages

See and hear audiobook superstars Tavia Gilbert, Richard Ferrone, and Katherine Kellgren perform selections from titles on the theme of Changing Seasons. Then join in a lively Q&A where you can ask all those burning audiobook questions led by Michele Cobb, President of the Audio Publishers Association.

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

Wednesday Matinee - 'To Have and Have Not'

We will screen TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT Wednesday, September 17th in our Community Room.
We will screen TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT Wednesday, September 17th in our Community Room.

Wednesday, September 17th at 1:30 p.m. - To Have and Have Not (1944) Starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; Not rated; 100 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Help the Free French? Not world-weary gunrunner Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart). But he changes his mind when a sultry siren-in-distress named Marie asks, "Anybody got a match?" That red-hot match is Bogart and 19-year-old first-time film actress Lauren Bacall. Full of intrigue and racy banter (including Bacall's legendary whistling instructions), this thriller excites further interest for what it has and has not.

"The scenes between Bogart and Bacall are so dazzlingly about attraction and sex that they encapsulate the whole magic of movies." -- Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter

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

The Bob Button Big Band Performance

The Bob Button Band
The Bob Button Band

Thursday, September 18th at 7 p.m.

Join us in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room for an evening of music from the Big Band era.

About the Bob Button Big Band

For more than 35 years, The Bob Button Big Band has entertained audiences in the New York Metropolitan area with music from the Big Band Era. The Band has played at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, The NY Athletic Club, Playhouse on the Green in Bridgeport, Connecticut Jazz Festival, Glen Island Casino, Hyatt Regency for the 2000 Millenium, The Greenwich Town Party with Paul Simon and Santana, and numerous summer concerts in Fairfield County, Connecticut. 

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, September 20th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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).

Business Book Group

We'll discuss BUSINESS ADVENTURES September 23rd.
We'll discuss BUSINESS ADVENTURES September 23rd.

Tuesday, September 23rd at 6 p.m.

Please R.S.V.P. for this program.

Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Business Adventures by John Brooks. The 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 Business Adventures

What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at GE and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.

Library staff members will lead the discussion.

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

The next meeting will be Wednesday, November 19th at 6 p.m. 

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

Join the Evening Library Book Group: Fifty/Fifty!

A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre
A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre

Wednesday, September 24th at 7 p.m.

Register.

A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre

Registration is limited to Darien residents, those who work in Darien full-time, and Friends who have donated $300 or more.

The Library's “Fifty/Fifty” book group is back! Join our evening book discussion where participants are invited to read 50% fiction and 50% nonfiction. The group meets the fourth Wednesday evening of each month at 7 p.m. in our conference room.

About the Book

Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain’s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War—while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby’s best friend and fellow officer in MI6. The two men had gone to the same schools, belonged to the same exclusive clubs, grown close through the crucible of wartime intelligence work and long nights of drink and revelry. It was madness for one to think the other might be a communist spy, bent on subverting Western values and the power of the free world...

Praise for A Spy Among Friends

“Macintyre has produced more than just a spy story. He has written a narrative about that most complex of topics, friendship...When devouring this thriller, I had to keep reminding myself it was not a novel.”—Walter Isaacson, New York Times Book Review

Library staff members will lead the discussions.

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

Darien Library Writers Group

image courtesy Flickr user J. Paxon Reyes
image courtesy Flickr user J. Paxon Reyes

Thursday, September 25th at 7 p.m. in the Harris Room

If your novel or chapbook isn't finished yet, this group is for you.

If you have a poem, short story, novel or screenplay in your drawer or just in your head please join this friendly, supportive "no judgment" zone to work on your project. Everyone will get a chance to share their struggles and their work. Bring your ideas and any work you wish to contribute.

The workshop will be moderated by Laura Cavers.

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

The 6-Figure Freelancer : Everything I've Learned Building My Consulting Business

Clinton Warren
Clinton Warren

Wednesday, October 1st from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Register here

Clint Warren left a career in finance 4 years ago to become a personal trainer, getting sidetracked by web development along the way. Since then, he's built his consulting business from $16,000 per year to well over $16,000 per month. In this workshop, he reveals everything he's learned to help others looking to start a new conulting business or grow an existing one.

What's covered:

• How to quickly and effectively build a reputation, brand, and identity
• How to land your first few clients
• The most cost effective strategies for marketing your business, both online and in person
• How to manage projects and when to build a team
• How to consistently charge more and land bigger clients

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

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