Our Fall Book Discussion Series Continues

Colum McCann's TRANSATLANTIC
Colum McCann's TRANSATLANTIC

Transatlantic by Colum McCann

Wednesday, October 30 at 7 p.m.

Newfoundland, 1919. Two aviators—Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown—set course for Ireland as they attempt the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, placing their trust in a modified bomber to heal the wounds of the Great War. Dublin, 1845 and ’46. On an international lecture tour in support of his subversive autobiography, Frederick Douglass finds the Irish people sympathetic to the abolitionist cause—despite the fact that, as famine ravages the countryside, the poor suffer from hardships that are astonishing even to an American slave.

New York, 1998. Leaving behind a young wife and newborn child, Senator George Mitchell departs for Belfast, where it has fallen to him, the son of an Irish-American father and a Lebanese mother, to shepherd Northern Ireland’s notoriously bitter and volatile peace talks to an uncertain conclusion. These three iconic crossings are connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in the swells of history.

Praise for Transatlantic

“This novel is beautifully hypnotic in its movements, from the grand (between two continents, across three centuries) to the most subtle. Silkily threading together public events and private feelings, TransAtlantic says no to death with every line. Those who can’t see the point of historical novels will find their answer here: in all intelligent fiction, the past has not passed.”—Emma Donoghue, author of Room

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 - 'Before Sunset'

We will screen BEFORE SUNSET August 9.
We will screen BEFORE SUNSET August 9.

Friday, August 9 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Before Sunset (2004) Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy; Rated R; 80 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Jesse, a writer from the US, and Celine, a Frenchwoman working for an environment protection organization, acquainted nine years ago on a train from Budapest to Vienna, meet again when Jesse arrives in Paris for a reading of his new book. As they have only a few hours until his plane leaves, they stroll through Paris together.

"...an unusual example of a follow-up that doesn't seem forced, but expands effortlessly on the original." -- Christy Lemire, Associated Press

"This is a wonderful movie." -- Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

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

Adult Summer Reading Party Grand Finale Party with the Darien Community Band

image courtesy flickr user arnybo
image courtesy flickr user arnybo

Sunday, August 11 at 5 p.m.

This concert band is made up of members from Darien and surrounding towns. Join us for musical arrangements that will have you dancing in your seat. Then we’ll have our Grand Prize drawing for a brand new iPad. Attendees will receive an extra chance to win!

Debate Featuring Candidates for the Office of Board of Education

The League of Women Voters logo
The League of Women Voters logo

Wednesday, October 30, 6:30 p.m. Meet and Greet with the Candidates, 7 p.m. Discussion and Debate

The Darien League of Women Voters is pleased to host this upcoming event:

Candidates for the Office of Board of Education will participate in a discussion and debate. This is a contested race with four candidates, two Democrats and two Republicans, running for three positions on the Board.

During this event, voters will be able to submit written questions to the candidates either in person or online via email to lwv.darien@gmail.com. This is a great opportunity to meet the candidates and ask about the many issues facing our town. Both events will be videotaped by Channel 79 and rebroadcast prior to Election Day November 5th. Please visit our website lwv.darien.org for more information.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'No'

We will screen NO Friday, August 16.
We will screen NO Friday, August 16.

Friday, August 16 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.No (2012) Starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Alfredo Castro; Not Rated; 112 minutes. Presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

In 1988, Chilean mili tary dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote YES or NO to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition leaders for the NO persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra, to spearhead their campaign. Against all odds, with scant resources and under scrutiny by the despot‘s minions, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and set Chile free.

"No is filmmaking of the first order." -- Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

MoMA Highlights: A Guest Lecture

Molleen Theodore
Molleen Theodore

Tuesday, October 29 at 7 p.m.

In this lecture, we will follow the course of MoMA's beginnings and history and its alignment with the history of art. In addition to discussing the many great works of art that define MoMA's collection, we will introduce ways in which to frame a discussion of works of art.

Molleen Theodore is the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Fellow in the Education Department at the Yale University Art Gallery and a lecturer in the Education Department at the Museum of Modern Art. She received her Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2010 with a specialization in twentieth century art, photography, and film studies.

This event is part of Darien Library’s collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan in 2013-14. Stay tuned for special library programs and additions to our collection like modern art books, iPads, and museum passes. This collaboration is designed to enhance the Darien community’s appreciation for and knowledge of modern art.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Kon-Tiki'

KON-TIKI: Screening in our Community Room November 1.
KON-TIKI: Screening in our Community Room November 1.

Friday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Kon-Tiki (2012) Starring Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, and Gustaf Skarsgård; Rated PG-13; 101 minutes.Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This sweeping adventure details Thor Heyerdahl's daring attempt to prove that early settlers from South America once populated Polynesia by sailing across the Pacific on a simple balsa wood raft. Rejected by every publisher he approaches to print his unusual thesis, Heyerdahl eventually decides that the only way to prove it is to make the journey himself as the entire world watches.

"Kon-Tiki is a widescreen man-against-nature epic, beautifully shot and boasting seamless, stunning visual effects." -- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

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

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

Darien Library at the Darien Farmers Market

Image courtesy flickr user NatalieMaynor
Image courtesy flickr user NatalieMaynor

Wednesdays in July and August, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The great harvest is upon us. Stop by Darien Library's booth at the market every Wednesday this July and August to renew a book, find a delicious recipe, obtain a library card, trace the provenance of an exotic vegetable, or check out a popular cookbook. Our librarians will be on-hand to answer your most pressing produce-related questions.

We will be there rain or shine! The Darien Farmers Market is located in the Goodwives Shopping Center, 25 Old Kings Highway North.

 

Every Child Ready to Read Workshop for Parents

Courtesy of http://www.everychildreadytoread.org/
Courtesy of http://www.everychildreadytoread.org/

Tuesday, January 7th at 10:00 a.m.

Join the Children's Librarians as they provide practical tips and activities for parents on growing a reader. Children are welcome.

Register online.

Friday Night Feature - 'Secondhand Lions'

We will screen SECONDHAND LIONS August 30.
We will screen SECONDHAND LIONS August 30.

Friday, August 30 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Secondhand Lions (2003) Starring Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, and Haley Joel Osment; Rated PG; 109 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.

"A gentle and sweet whimsy." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"The performances of Caine and Duvall are a double-barreled blast." - Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News

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

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