Résumé and Job Application Drop-In

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

Monday, October 6th 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.

Darien Library Artist in Residence: Ben Larrabee

The photographer, Ben Larrabee, and his muse, wife Trudie
The photographer, Ben Larrabee, and his muse, wife Trudie

Register for the Tuesday, October 7th at 11 a.m. session [This session is full]
Register for the Tuesday, October 21st at 11 a.m. session
Register for the Tuesday, November 4th at 11 a.m. session [This session is full]

Join fine art photographer Ben Larrabee in Darien Library's Artist Space on the Second Level for an informal and fun session on exploring your personal vision through photography. All levels are welcome. Bring your questions. Ben will offer attendees guidance on artistic and technical aspects of photographing, including equipment, editing and image selection. Each session limited to three people.

About the Artist

Ben’s formal training as an artist began in 1962 at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) where he discovered his passion through mentor and world renowned photographer Harry Callahan. In 1978, he returned to college to earn an MFA from Yale University.

His fine art background has trained him to photograph as an artist so by instinct he includes artistic elements of composition, rhythm, texture and space in his images. In addition to portraits, he also photographs landscapes and nudes.

Ben has work in the permanent collections of: The George Eastman House (Rochester), The High Museum (Atlanta), The Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and The Museum of Modern Art (New York).

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

Intermediate Microsoft Word

Image courtesy Flickr user Bernard Goldbach
Image courtesy Flickr user Bernard Goldbach

Tuesday, October 7th from 2 to 4 p.m.


In this course, students will learn how to create rich, dynamic documents using Microsoft Word. Topics covered include formatting, printing, setting margins, orientation, page numbers, indents, bulleted lists, tabs and tables, spell checker, thesaurus, grammar checker, help function, and more.

Meet the Author - Jean Hanff Korelitz

Jean Hanff Korelitz [photo credit Mark Czajkowski]
Jean Hanff Korelitz [photo credit Mark Czajkowski]

Tuesday, October 7th at 7 p.m.

Jean Hanff Korelitz, author of You Should Have Known, will be our featured speaker.

Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: she lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the quintessential Upper East Side private school she herself once attended. Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them. But weeks before the book is published a chasm opens in her own life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only an ongoing chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.

Praise for You Should Have Known

"This consuming, expertly plotted thriller moves along at a slow burn, building up to shocking revelations about Grace's past and ending with a satisfying twist on her former relationship mantra; 'doubt can be a gift.'" —People

“The thriller we’re already obsessed with.” —Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Jean Hanff Korelitz was born and raised in New York and graduated from Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge. She is the author of one book of poems, The Properties of Breath, and four previous novels, Admission, A Jury of Her Peers, The Sabbathday River and The White Rose, as well as a novel for children, Interference Powder. Jean runs BOOKTHEWRITER, a service that enables book groups in New York City to invite an author to take part in their discussions. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

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

Senior Moments: Line Dancing for Seniors

Image courtesy Flickr user Steven Martin
Image courtesy Flickr user Steven Martin

Thursday, October 9th at 3 p.m.

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

Line dancing is fun, easy to learn, a great social outlet and fantastic exercise! Come and enjoy the wonderful world of line dancing by learning simple steps to such popular group dances as the "Cha-Cha Slide", the "Cupid Shuffle" and more! All steps are done in a line, thus, no partners are necessary. After mastering the basic moves, students will be encouraged to add their own personal flair. It is as easy going or active as you like! No dance experience necessary, these are beginner movements. Dress comfortably. Leather-soled shoes encouraged. 

Presented by Sharyn Farrell, who has over 15 years of dance experience teaching and performing throughout CT. She has an extensive dance background, however line dance and ballroom dance are her teaching specialties, where she inspires playfulness and the building of strong relationships through the dynamics of group and partner dance.

Save the date for our next Senior Moments program on Thursday, November 13th at 3 p.m. Topic T.B.D.

Support for Senior Moments is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.


Meet the Author - Maureen Corrigan

Maureen Corrigan [credit: Nina Subin]
Maureen Corrigan [credit: Nina Subin]

Thursday, October 9th at 7 p.m.

Maureen Corrigan, author of So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why it Endures will be our featured speaker.

Conceived nearly a century ago by a man who died believing himself a failure, The Great Gatsby is now universally revered, and reading it is a rite of passage for millions. But how well do we really know this beloved classic? As Fresh Air critic, Georgetown professor, and Gatsby lover extraordinaire Corrigan adeptly points out, while Fitzgerald’s masterpiece may be one of the most popular novels in America, many of us first read it when we were too young to fully comprehend its power.

Praise for So We Read On

“Maureen Corrigan has produced a minor miracle: a book about The Great Gatsby that stands up to Gatsby itself.” — Michael Cunningham

"I am loving [Gastby] all over again as I read her wonderful, humane, and keen observations.” — Library Journal

About the Author

Maureen Corrigan is the book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air, the critic in residence at Georgetown University, and winner of an Edgar Award for criticism. She is the author of Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'The Railway Man'

Friday, October 10th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Railway Man (2013) Starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman; Rated R; 116 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

A former British Army officer, who was tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.

"Beautifully acted, The Railway Man is profoundly moving..." -- David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer

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).


Art On View: Kari Cholnoky

"Head," 2014: faux fur, acrylic, spray paint, synthetic hair, foam, collage.

September 3rd through October 20th

The work of Kari Cholnoky will be on display in the Library's Lower Level Art Gallery.

Cholnoky's work examines contemporary psychology as it is affected by and interacts with physical material. She transforms the mass produced into the highly specific and handled, creating works that stare back at their viewer. Currently New York based, Cholnoky is a recent graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art MFA program, located outside of Detroit, MI. Her work has been exhibited in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Detroit and Singapore, and she has been awarded residencies in Singapore and Berlin, Germany. In May of 2014, Cholnoky was awarded the Merdeces-Benz Financial Services 2014 Emerging Artist Award, which provided her with a studio loft at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien during the following summer months.

The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters

Larissa Bailiff
Larissa Bailiff

Sunday, October 12th at 5 p.m.

Larissa Bailiff will join us from the Museum of Modern Art to discuss the preeminent artist of Belle Epoque Paris, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. There is perhaps no other artist whose very name conjures the quintessential image of fin-de-siècle Paris, with its colorful artistic characters, notoriously decadent nightlife, and fabulous divas than Toulouse-Lautrec. During his brief but brilliant career, the artist brought the language of the late-19th-century avant-garde to a broad public through his famous posters, prints, and illustrations for journals and magazines. The talk will include a special preview of the upcoming fall exhibition, The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters.

About the Speaker

Larissa Bailiff is a specialist in late 19th-century French art and culture. She received her MA in art history from Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. Larissa has worked at the Museum of Modern Art for over a decade. Formerly an associate educator there, she continues to give public talks and private tours, as well as to teach classes for the museum. Recently she had the honor and privilege of judging the Darien Arts Center annual art show.

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

Small Business Tuesday - How to Develop a Business Plan in Six Easy Steps

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

Tuesday, October 14th from 6 to 8 p.m.

Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.

Register here.

A business plan is an essential road map for business success, but few small businesses ever complete a plan due to over-complicated approaches that entail too much theory, writing and detail. This workshop will give you pragmatic, straightforward tools for setting goals, developing action plans for achieving them, measuring how you are doing on a ongoing basis and adjusting accordingly.

Participants will learn:

- What is a Business Plan and why should a business owner develop one?
- The "Business Plan Express" method for existing businesses
- How to research the market - your industry, customers and competitors
- How to analyze your own business
- How to define/refine your business niche
- How to set business objectives
- How to create a simple action plan to achieve your objectives
- How to set up monthly tools to monitor your progress against your goals

About the Speaker

David Albright is an active SCORE counselor with extensive experience in the consumer products industry including being President of Pepperidge Farm, Inc., Godiva Chocolatier Worldwide and Glacial Confections, a start-up venture. He currently consults with venture capital firms on the food and confectionery industries. David has a BS degree from Villanova University, an MBA from Indiana University, a Certificate in Financial Planning (CFP) from Boston University, and a Master's in Burgundy from the French Wine Society (FWS).

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

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