Short Stories for Summer Days

Carroll Stenson
Carroll Stenson

Tuesday, June 30th 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.

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. 

Coffee Home-Brewing Class

Wednesday, July 1st at 6:30 p.m.


Join the folks from NEAT Coffee for a workshop that brings to light the most relevant factors during the preparation of coffee regardless of brewing device used.  We will taste coffee the way it should be made, alongside examples that are not made properly. 

Courtyard Games


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 - 'Wild'

Friday, July 3rd at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Wild (2014) Starring Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, and Keene McRae; Rated R; 115 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Overcome with grief at her recent divorce and death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed needs a change. After years of reckless, unhealthy behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals 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).

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.

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

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.