Senior Moments: History of Grand Central Terminal

Image courtesy of flickr user 96228372@N06
Image courtesy of flickr user 96228372@N06

Tuesday, April 21st at 3 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Bisecting Manhattan’s Park Avenue and boasting 44 train platforms on two levels, this recently restored Beaux Arts masterpiece has remained one of New York’s most famous transportation landmarks since its building in 1913. Come learn about this iconic travel hub!

About the presenter

Arthur Gottlieb is a local historian on subjects of political and military history.  He was formerly a professional curator of naval history and the Technical Director of Exhibits at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in NYC.  In these roles, Mr. Gottlieb worked regularly with veterans of all services towards the creation of exhibits accurately illustrating the history of 20th century warfare.

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.


How to Sell More? – STOP Selling!

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

Tuesday, April 21st from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30


You know all the selling techniques, but it’s not working. Learn how, not to sell, but instead gain clients and business. 

Participants will learn: 

• The latest inbound marketing techniques
• Why traditional marketing no longer works
• How to make more money avoiding the traditional sales approach
• How to position your company in your industry

About the speakers

David Jarcho is the President of Crest Consulting LLC, a Strategic Marketing Agency located in Connecticut.  His vision and experience have resulted in creative solutions that continue to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. As one of the first employees of Corporate Management Solutions; a software company that grew to over 100 employees and more than $130 million dollars in sales, David has lived through the growth pains that business owners deal with on a daily basis.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

Film Screening and Discussion - 'Haze'

Tuesday, April 21st at 7 p.m. screening for parents
Tuesday, April 28th at 7 p.m. screening for teens

The Youth Asset Team presents HAZE, Documentary Film Screening and Discussion about Underage Binge Drinking for Alcohol and Asset Awareness Month. The documentary tells the tragic story of Greenwich, CT native Lynn Gordon Bailey Jr. ("Gordie") who dies from binge drinking in his freshman year of college. The film also weaves together a collection of interviews by many national experts on the subject of alcohol abuse. The program is appropriate for parents and high school-aged students.

Following each screening, there will be a short question and answer session with panelist including former Darien High School students and a representative from Silver Hill Hospital.

Meet Us On Main Street

Caroline and Sally show us what they're reading!
Caroline and Sally show us what they're reading!

Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

Let the experts share what's new and hot in the world of books, movies, audiobooks, articles, and everything in between! Join us for this weekly informal chat to share what you’re reading and get suggestions on what to check out next. 

How to Edit Family Photos

Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

This class is full. To be added to the waitlist, please email

Do you have old family photos that need to be touched up? Using Pixlr, a free online image editor, you will learn how to fix your photos! You will learn how to color correct, crop, remove blemishes, fix stains, and more. There is no need to hire the professionals when you can edit your photos yourself!

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

Politics, Passion and Peril: Life at the Tudor Court

Wednesday, April 22nd at 7 p.m.

Mixing history and Hollywood, Dr. Ford, a historian of Tudor politics, administration, and the court, will offer insights into the historical context behind the Hilary Mantel books and BBC Series. Her talk will cover topics including the anxiety behind Henry’s quest for a bride and an heir, the nature of politics on the move with the Tudor court on progress, is there a private life at court, and how easy is it to (literally) lose your head.

About the presenter

Lisa L. Ford is Assistant Director of Research at the Yale Center for British Art.  Dr. Ford received her PhD in 2001 from St. Andrews for a dissertation on politics and administration during the reign of Henry VII.  She was part of the AHRC/EPSRC-funded project “Representing Re-Formation: Reconstructing Renaissance Monuments” a study of the 16th and 17th Century tombs of the Howard Dukes of Norfolk and their family. Dr. Ford is currently working on further publications from the Howard tombs project, and a book on the visual and material use of the insignia of the Order of the Garter between the 15th and 19th centuries.

This event is cosponsored with the Darien Arts Center.

Music in the Stacks: Hungrytown

Thursday, April 23rd at 7 p.m.

Join us for an evening of folk and Americana music from indie duo Hungrytown. Sit back and enjoy acoustic folk songs presented with a timelessness in beautiful arrangements. 

About the performer

Hungrytown is the musical and married duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson.  They have released two highly acclaimed CDs,  Hungrytown (2008) and Any Forgotten Thing (2011) and tour full time. Their adventures have taken them throughout the US, Canada, Europe and New Zealand. Their songs have been performed by many other artists, including Nashville songwriting legend David Olney and bluegrass veterans the Virginia Ramblers.  Hungrytown's music has also appeared on several television shows, including the Independent Film Channel's hit series, Portlandia

Check our Hungrytown's music here.

Refreshments will be served.

Friday Night Feature - 'Kill the Messenger'

Friday, April 24th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Kill the Messenger (2014) Starring Jeremy Renner, Andy Garcia, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Paz Vega.; Rated R; 112 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Adapted from author Nick Schou's book Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb, director Michael Cuestra's fact-based drama stars two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner as the reporter whose life came to an abrupt and particularly suspicious end after revealing the CIA's involvement with the importing of cocaine into the United States in the 1980s. 

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

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

Darien Students' Resources and Assets Survey Results

Monday, April 27th at 7 p.m.

Did you know that:
• Only 55% of Darien’s 7th-12th graders said that they can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations? 
• Only 42% said that they know how to plan ahead and make choices?

If you want to learn more about what our teens think and feel about their world, come to the The Community Fund of Darien’s public forum to share the survey results for “thriving” and “risky” behaviors for 7th-12th graders.  This forum will focus on our teen’s thoughts about their relationships, values and activities. The survey revealed rich data about our teen’s “developmental assets,” which are key traits that research shows are the building blocks to help our young people become caring, responsible and successful adults. The research is clear: the more developmental assets a teen has, the more likely they are to engage in healthy behaviors and the less likely they are to engage in risky behaviors. Following the presentation of survey results, a panel of experts will offer commentary on the results and answer community questions. Come learn more about our teens. 

Sponsored by The Community Fund of Darien, this event was generously underwritten and co-sponsored by The Darien Library, Communities 4 Action, the Town of Darien Youth Commission, Silver Hill Hospital, and The Southfield Center.  To learn more about The Community Fund of Darien’s mission to identify local needs and fund intelligent solutions, please visit

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

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Portrait of Henry VIII (Walker Gallery copy)
Portrait of Henry VIII (Walker Gallery copy)

Wednesday, April 29th at 7 p.m.

Transport yourself to Tudor England! Learn about the new BBC period drama through a historical context. Henry VIII was King of England from 1509 to 1547. Please join us as we explore the lives of the six women who shared his life as wives and queens. One king, six queens, and England will never be the same.

About the presenter

Dr. Ramona Garcia has taught European history at the collegiate level.  She has presented conference papers in the U.S. and Great Britain, and has publications in her field of English history, one of which has been included in the Bibliography of British and Irish History (formerly the Royal Historical Society Bibliography).

This event is cosponsored with the Darien Arts Center.