Foreign Film Fest: 'The Sea Inside/Mar Adentro'

Monday, July 6th at 1:30 p.m. - The Sea Inside/Mar Adentro (Spanish) (2004) Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas, Mabel Rivera, Celso Bugallo, and Clara Segura; Rated PG-13; 125 minutes; Presented with captions.

Two of the most talented figures in contemporary Spanish cinema -- actor Javier Bardem and director Alejandro Amenábar -- collaborate for this powerful drama, based on a true story. Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem) was a fisherman and part-time poet who, at the age of 26, suffered an accident while diving that left him a bedridden quadriplegic. Now 54, Ramón must depend on his family to survive -- his macho brother José (Celso Bugallo), José's wife, Manuela (Mabel Rivera), and their son, Javi (Tamar Novas). While grateful to his family and friends for their help, Ramón was always an active person, and as the years wore on, he has come to see his life as frustrating and pointless and wishes to die with what remains of his dignity. José, however, is bitterly opposed to the notion of assisted suicide, and Spanish laws would implicate anyone who helped Ramón end his own life, which is something Ramón does not want to do. Through Gené (Carla Segura), a friend who works with a "Right to Die" organization, Ramón is introduced to Julia (Belen Rueda), a lawyer he hopes will help him persuade the courts to let him end his own life. As Ramón and Julia work together on his case, Ramón finds himself falling in love with his attorney, who happens to be married. 

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

Short Stories for Summer Days

Carroll Stenson
Carroll Stenson

Tuesday, July 8th at 3 p.m.

Our popular discussion series continues with a line-up of stories especially selected to offer insight into the human condition and provoke thoughtful conversation. Please join us and share with other short story enthusiasts.

Stories are available for pickup the week before each meeting.

No meetings on July 21st or July 28th.

Venez parler français!

Tuesday, July 7th at 6:30 p.m.

Practice or maintain your French Conversation skills in an informal and genial setting. Discuss the arts, current events, and meet other Francophiles! This event is intended for French speakers at an intermediate level or above.

Perhaps you'd like to practice your Hebrew, Mandarin, or American Sign Language skills. Interested in leading a coversation group at Darien Library? Email marents@darienlibrary.org

On Display: Darien Arts Center 2015 Art Show Winners

Friday, June 12th to Wednesday, July 8th

Come view the DAC adult winners' artwork at the Library. The gallery is located on the Library's Lower Level.

This year’s show featured 14 categories and 41 winners. All adult first-, second- and third-place winners will be on display at the Library Friday, June 12 through Wednesday, July 8. Adult honorable mention winning entries will be on display from Thursday, June 11 through Tuesday, July 7 at the Darien Town Hall. Children’s first place winners will be at Dr. David Osherow’s Orthodontics office from Monday, June 8 through Monday, July 6.

Intro to Meditation

Image courtesy of flickr user aigle_dore.
Image courtesy of flickr user aigle_dore.

Wednesday, July 8th at 7 p.m.

Grab something comfortable to sit on, a pillow, a rolled up yoga mat, or use a chair and open yourself up to meditation. In this introductory class, we will begin with the basics and work our way to guided meditation led by instructor Julie Punishill. In this session, after bringing you to a relaxed state, we will practice approximately 5 minutes of completely quiet sitting. If you have always wanted to try meditation and just haven't been quite sure where to start, come join us.

Senior Moments: Hula Zen

Image courtesy of Arts for Learning Connecticut
Image courtesy of Arts for Learning Connecticut

Thursday, July 9th 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.

Hula Zen makes exercising a tropical breeze.  Achieve overall fitness by dancing to Hawaiian songs and melodies and learn the graceful art of traditional Hawaiian dance called hula.  Engage in dance movements that tell a story and express emotion while learning the culture, traditions, language and history of Hawai’i.  Attendees will learn basic hula motions and Hawaiian dance terminology, progressing to learn simple dances to their choice of their favorite Don Ho or Elvis songs.  

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.

 

Courtyard Games

Cornhole!
Cornhole!

Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate summer at Darien Library every Friday with Courtyard Games! Soak up some sun and challenge your friends in cornhole and ladder ball. Who will become Darien's Courtyard Game Champion? Only time will tell!

Friday Night Feature - 'McFarland USA'

Friday, July 10th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - McFarland USA (2015) Starring Kevin Costner, Carlos Pratts, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higareda, and Michael Aguero; Rated PG; 128 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

In this inspiring sports drama based on actual events, Kevin Costner plays a high-school football coach who ends up leading a cross-country track team made up of lower-class Latino students to a state championship. Jim White (Costner) finds his days as a football coach numbered when an incident with a player leads to his dismissal. Desperate for work, he moves his wife (Maria Bello) and daughters (Morgan Saylor and Elsie Fisher) from Idaho to McFarland, CA, a rural town that's predominately Latino and the only place willing to give him a teaching job. The family feel like they don't fit into their new community, but White has an epiphany one day when he sees his students running from their early-morning farming jobs to school: Why not channel their talents into running cross-country track? Soon enough, White is connecting with his young charges, particularly a gifted athlete named Thomas (Carlos Pratts), and the squad set their sights on a state championship. 

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).

Korean Cooking Class

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Image courtesy of pixabay user jyleen21

Sunday, July 12th from 2 to 4 p.m.

This class is full. Register for the waitlist.

From kimchi to bibimbop, the signature dishes of Korea have seduced America with their intoxicating flavors for years. Come learn about another culture through the most tasty way possible: a cooking class! This event is designed in a way that attendees will be able to cook a full Korean meal for their friends and family. Attendees will taste and learn how to prepare kimchi, bulgogi, bibimbop, and dubujorim. Come hungry!

The Library is proud to cosponsor this event with the Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project.

Foreign Film Fest: 'Amelie'

Monday, July 13th at 6:30 p.m. - Amelie (French) (2001) Starring Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Serge Merlin, Rufus, Jamel Debbouze, and Yolande Moreau; Rated R; 120 minutes; Presented with captions.

Amelie is a shy young woman who has a love of life’s small pleasures. While she takes joy in the slightest things in life she is still looking for love as well as the course her life should take. Her slightly dysfunctional family have fostered her tentative interaction with her neighbors as well as the customers of the Parisian restaurant where she waitresses. When she successfully tracks down the owner of a box of boyhood treasures that she found in her house she begins to believe she might have the power to influence more of the people around her. This fairy-tale style film follows the heroine until she finds love and her place in life even though everyone around her has always underestimated her.

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).