Friday Night Feature - 'This is Where I Leave You'

Friday, January 23rd at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.This is Where I Leave You (2014) Starring Abigail Spencer, Connie Britton, Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda, and Corey Stollr; Rated R; 103 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

A Jewish family that isn't used to observing their faith's traditions is forced to fulfill their father's final wish and sit Shivah together for an entire week and confront their problems.

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 on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Mid-Winter Book Sale

Baby got books.
Baby got books.

Saturday, January 24th through Friday, January 30th at 12 noon

Snuggle up at home with a great selection of old and new fiction, detective mystery, non-fiction and large type books. We will also have DVDs and audiobooks for sale.

Information at Your Fingertips: Learn a Language!

Learn a language with Mango Languages!
Learn a language with Mango Languages!

Tuesday, January 27th at 6 p.m.

Learning a language can be tough. Come experiment with a lively, interactive method to make the learning fun, engaging, and impactful. Brush up on a foreign language or experiment with a brand new one using resources available from the library. No foreign language experience necessary, just a willingness to try!

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

An Evening with Emily Dickinson

James Sulzer
James Sulzer

Thursday, January 29th at 7 p.m.

Join author James Sulzer as he discusses his newest novel about the fictional account of famous poet Emily DickinsonThe Voice at the Door recreates the fateful meeting of Emily Dickinson with the famous Philadelphia pastor, Charles Wadsworth.  The fictional account weaves the letters and poems of this iconic American writer into a rich tapestry of intellectual and spiritual communion.  It encompasses the three great mysteries of Emily Dickinson’s life: her agonized love poetry of the early 1860’s, her partial blindness in1863 – 1865, and her subsequent withdrawal from the world.

James Sulzer is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a Yale National Scholar. He is the author of Nantucket Daybreak (Walker and Co.) and the memoir Mom Comes Home. He has produced countless “sonic id’s” for National Public Radio, some of which aired on Ira Glass’s This American Life. He has spent the past 40 years of his life reading, living with, and cherishing the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'The Judge'

Friday, January 30th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m.The Judge (2014) Starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Billy Bob Thornton, and Leighton Meester; Rated R; 142 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

In “The Judge,” Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

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 on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Information at Your Fingertips: Tax Time

Image courtesy of flickr user 401(K) 2013
Image courtesy of flickr user 401(K) 2013

Tuesday, February 3rd at 6 p.m.

Are you looking at a shoebox filled with receipts and monthly statements? Let the experts show you how to organize your materials and find the forms you need to file your individual 2014 State and Federal taxes.

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

Introduction to Arduino: four week course

Image courtesy of flickr user gabriellalevine
Image courtesy of flickr user gabriellalevine

Wednesdays in February at 7 p.m.
Course begins on Wednesday, February 4th and ends on Wednesday, February 25th

Register here

Join us for an introductory course that will give you hands-on experience with a tiny yet powerful microcontroller. The Arduino microcontroller allows you to build projects that sense real world properties such as temperature, illumination, and magnetism - light up a light with different colors, make some sound , turn on a motor, or operate another electronic device.

This course will consist of hands-on labs where you will build and program your own circuits. No previous programming or electronics experience necessary. The material we will cover has applications for both inventors and artists. An Arduino kit will be provided for use during the class, however students are required to bring a laptop with the Arduino software installed.  Download the software here

Course is limited to Darien residents, those who work in Darien full-time, and Friends who have donated at the $300 level or higher.

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

Meet the Author: Adam Braun

Adam Braun
Adam Braun

Thursday, February 5th at 7 p.m.

Adam Braun, author of The Promise of a Pencil, will be our featured speaker.

In The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary ChangeBraun chronicles his round-the-world adventure through dozens of countries in search of his calling and explains how every person can unlock their own extraordinary journey to success and significance. Each chapter tells the story of an important lesson learned—lessons that everyone can apply—to discover their own sense of passion, purpose and meaning.

About the Author

Adam Braun is the founder of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning nonprofit organization that has built more than two hundred schools around the world. In 2012, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and Wired magazine’s 50 People Who Will Change the World. He is a graduate of Brown University and a frequent speaker at conferences, colleges, and Fortune 1000 companies. He currently resides in New York City.

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).

Music of West Africa: The Kora

Image courtesy of Sean Gaskell
Image courtesy of Sean Gaskell

Saturday, February 14th at 5 p.m.

Enjoy a performance on the Kora, an ancient harp from West Africa. The Kora is a 21 string harp whose roots stretch back to the mid-1700’s. Song performed on the Kora are often traditional tunes that praise leaders of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire.

About the performer

Sean Gaskell has mesmerized audiences across the US, Gambia, and Senegal with his heart rendering performances that spotlight the West African Kora.  Gaskell, having studied the Kora over multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, released his first solo album “Kora Music of West Africa” in 2012.  He has opened for headliner acts such as Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits. To hear Sean on the Kora, please click here.

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