Introduction to Public Access TV

Image courtesy flickr user Iker Merodio
Image courtesy flickr user Iker Merodio

Friday, August 30 at 10 a.m.

Rich Turcsany, Public Access Coordinator, will discuss what it takes to put together your very own, non-commercial television program, and have it broadcast over Public Access Channel 88. Rich, a 1986 graduate of Emerson College in Boston, and who also has 26 years experience in cable TV, will also discuss the training that is involved.

Friday Night Feature - 'Renoir'

We will screen RENOIR December 27th.
We will screen RENOIR December 27th.

Friday, December 27 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Renoir (2012) Starring Michelle Bouquet, Christa Theret, and Vincent Rottiers; Rated R; 111 minutes. Presented in French with English subtitles.

Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir -- son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste -- returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. At his side is Andrée, a young woman who rejuvenates, enchants, and inspires both father and son.

"With its warm colors and sweet streams of light, its love of both the countryside and the human form, it makes you dream of painting. Or making movies. Or just luxuriating in the brilliance." -- Tom Long, Detroit News

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

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

Medicare: What You Should Know

Maura Carley
Maura Carley

Tuesday, October 29 at 10 a.m.

As Medicare approaches its 50th birthday, those on Medicare or soon to go on Medicare should understand how the program has changed and what the near future may bring. Medicare has become more complicated but also more costly. More doctors are deciding to opt out of Medicare altogether. All Americans, especially those considering working beyond age 65, need to understand Medicare’s complex enrollment rules, how to avoid life-time premium penalties and how income-indexing of premiums work.

Maura Carley is the author of Health Insurance: Navigating Traps and Gaps and President of Healthcare Navigation, LLC.

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

First Look Darien - Dagmara Dominczyk

Dagmara Dominczyk [photo credit Patrick Wilson]
Dagmara Dominczyk [photo credit Patrick Wilson]

Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m.

Dagmara Dominczyk, author of The Lullaby of Polish Girls, will be our featured speaker.

The Lullaby of Polish Girls follows three best friends from their early teenage years on the lookout for boys in Kielce—a town so rough its citizens are called “the switchblades”—to the loss of innocence that wrecks them, and the stunning murder that reaches across oceans to bring them back together after they’ve grown and long since left home.

Praise for The Lullaby of Polish Girls

“In this arresting debut novel, Polish American film and TV actress Dagmara Dominczyk pays homage to her native city of Kielce while capturing the joys, insecurities, and struggles of three girlfriends coming-of-age. Spanning 13 years, Dominczyk’s absorbing story is a triptych of tęsknota (Polish for a kind of yearning) and a profound desire for acceptance, freedom, and home.” — Booklist (starred review)

“This gossipy, feisty debut . . . follows a trio of friends across decades and the Iron Curtain, from Communist Poland to adulthood in the U.S. . . . Fresh and revelatory.” — Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Dagmara Dominczyk was born in Poland and immigrated to New York City at the age of seven. She has acted in numerous films, TV series, and plays. Most recently she appeared in the motion picture Higher Ground and on Broadway in Golden Boy. She is married to the actor Patrick Wilson, with whom she has two sons. She lives in New Jersey.

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

First Look Darien is our debut author series designed to spotlight first novels handpicked by our staff.

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

Doug Allen Band Concert

Doug Allen will perform Sunday, December 1st.
Doug Allen will perform Sunday, December 1st.

Sunday, December 1st at 5 p.m.

Local favorite Doug Allen and his band will play a selection of holiday and contemporary favorites. His music appeals to the whole family, so join us to listen and sing along at Darien Library’s annual Holiday Concert.

About Doug Allen

People say this singer/songwriter from Connecticut is a cross between the new country sound of Zac Brown Band and bands like The Fray and Train. Doug grew up in the Suburbs of New York City, but it was in the woods of Connecticut that he met his strongest influences--music and a love of the outdoors.

During long road trips to their favorite camping, hunting and fishing spots, some of rock and country’s biggest artists cranked through the speakers of their '65 Ford Falcon. His affection for the lap steel and slide guitar on these records found its way into a number of the songs on his latest release from Nashville.

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

Friday Night Feature - '42'

We will screen 42 on July 26.
We will screen 42 on July 26.

Friday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. 42 (2013) Starring Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman, and Alan Tudyk; Rated PG-13; 128 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Jackie Robinson's story is told in this biopic from writer/director Brian Helgeland. Robinson paved a new road for minorities by being the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball since the racial barrier was put in place in the late 1800s.

"A stirring, straightforward and ultimately soaring portrayal of Robinson's historic entry into Major League Baseball in 1947." -- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out our Friday Night Features in July.

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

Our Fall Book Discussion Series Begins

"The Telling Room" by Michael Paterniti will be the first book in our Fall book discussion series.

The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti

Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m.

In the fall of 1991, at Zingerman’s deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Michael Paterniti encountered a piece of cheese. Not just any cheese. This was Paramo de Guzmán, a rare Spanish queso, which was one of the most sought-after delicacies on earth. Paterniti travels to Spain and discovers that the story of this cheese is nothing like the idyllic slow-food fable he first imagined. Instead, he’s sucked into the heart of an unfolding mystery, a blood feud that includes accusations of betrayal and theft, death threats, and a murder plot. As the village begins to spill its long-held secrets, Paterniti finds himself implicated in the very story he is writing.

Praise for The Telling Room

Dave Eggers, author of A Hologram for the King, calls Paterniti “one of the best living practitioners of the art of literary journalism, able to fully elucidate and humanize the everyday and the epic. In his hands, every subject, every moment of personal or global upheaval, is treated with the same curiosity, respect, empathy, and clear-eyed wisdom.”

Library staff members will lead the discussions.

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

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Terms and Conditions May Apply'

We will screen TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY Friday, September 27.
We will screen TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY Friday, September 27.

Friday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013) Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 79 minutes.

A documentary that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what can be done about it ... if anything.

"It presents a terrifying reality -- the future is now! -- where all of the things we consider to be personal and private in our lives are easily accessible to anyone anywhere with a few clicks of a keyboard." -- Peter Howell, Toronto Star

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

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Admission'

We will screen ADMISSION in our Community Room Friday, January 3rd.
We will screen ADMISSION in our Community Room Friday, January 3rd.

Friday, January 3 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Admission (2013) Starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd; Rated PG-13; 107 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption.

"You'll be glad you enrolled." - Stephen Witty, Newark Star-Ledger

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

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

Audition Notice

All the world's a stage!
All the world's a stage!

Auditions for Weekend One Acts

Auditions for "Sure Thing" by David Ives and "Hotline" by Elaine May will take place on Tuesday, August 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday, August 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. Callbacks, if necessary, will be on 8/22.

Actors should bring a head-shot if available, resume and current contact information, including mobile phone number. Participants will be given audition sides to perform for the audition.

Performances are Actors’ Equity Association approved. Seeking males and females (30s-50s). Good comedy timing a plus.

For best scheduling, contact Erin Shea at eshea@darienlibrary.org to confirm audition appearance and approximate time of arrival. Auditions will take place in the Library’s Conference Room, located on the Mezzanine level. Flexible evening and weekend rehearsal schedule will begin in September and run through the beginning of October.

Summary of Plays:

"Sure Thing" by David Ives is the story of Betty and Bill who meet, by chance, at a cafe. Their conversation moves along with help from outside forces.

In "Hotline" by Elaine May, a neurotic woman with enough urban angst to fill a neighborhood calls a suicide crisis hotline late one night. The counselor who gets the call is overwhelmed - it is his first night on the job.

The performances of Weekend One-Acts will take place in the Community Room on Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m.

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