NYC Historical Landmarks: Brooklyn Bridge

Monday, June 15th at 3 p.m.

From the tall gothic arches of its towers to the raised promenade with dramatic views of the New York skyline, this renowned architectural icon has inspired generations with the simple elegance of its design and functional beauty. Take a trip to Brooklyn with us, right at Darien Library!

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business

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Tuesday, June 16th from 6 to 8:30 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.

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Want to start a business but do not know where to start? This workshop series, conducted by a team of professionals from SCORE, will give you the boost to get you on your way! Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.

Week 3: Website & Social Media Marketing
This session focuses on the current online marketing tools available for start-up and established businesses.  Proven providers of website design / marketing programs and of social media marketing tools will help you determine the proper website and social media marketing strategies for your business.

Wednesday Matinee- 'Interstellar'

Wednesday, June 17th at 1:30 - Interstellar (2014) Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain; Rated PG-13; 169 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

In the near future, Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen its lifespan. A group of explorers must travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. The crew of the Endurance are required to think bigger and go further than any human in history as they embark on an interstellar voyage into the unknown. Coop, the pilot of the Endurance, must decide between seeing his children again and the future of the human race.

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).

Writer's Workshop

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Thursday, June 18th at 7 p.m.

Come join The Writer's Workshop, a monthly class for writers of any genre.  A constructive atmosphere greets aspiring writers as they learn and understand a reader's perspective of their work.  While many in the group have dreams to publish, that is not a requirement.  Presently we have fiction, memoir, mystery and thriller, short story, personal essay, and poetry writers.  Let's put pen to paper and get writing!

Presented by Laura Cavers, who recently received an MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College. At Manhattanville, Laura was assistant editor to the college's award-winning literary magazine, Inkwell.  She is currently working on her first novel, Bellwethers.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Caddyshack'

Friday, June 19th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Caddyshack (1980) Starring Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Bill Murray, Michael O'Keefe, and Sarah Holcomb; Rated R; 99 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

At an exclusive country club for WASPish snobs, an ambitious young caddy (Michael O'Keefe) from an overpopulated home eagerly pursues a caddy scholarship in hopes of attending college and, in turn, avoiding a job at the lumber yard. In order to succeed, he must first win the favor of the elitist Judge Smails (Ted Knight), then the caddy golf tournament which the good judge sponsors. Of course, there are love interests as well -- one good, one naughty -- not to mention several foes he must vanquish along the way. 

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).

Passport Days

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Saturday, June 20th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 18th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, August 15th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Get your passport at Darien Library! We will process and accept new and renewal applications. We will provide all the paperwork and take photos. Please bring fifteen dollars in cash or check for photos.  If you prefer, you can bring your own photographs. Specifications for passport photos can be found here.

What to Bring: Birth Certificate, Naturalization Certificate, one color 2’’ by 2’’ photo, a valid photo identification (such as a driver’s license) with a front and back photocopy of the ID, and personal check/money order or debit/credit card for payment of the passport fee.

Minors under age 16 cannot apply for a passport by themselves.  Both parents/guardians must appear in person and provide consent, authorizing passport issuance to the minor.  If one parent/guardian is unable to appear in person, then the application must be accompanied by a signed, notarized Form DS-3053: Statement of Consent from the non-applying parent/guardian.  More information on passports for minors can be found here.

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

NYC Historical Landmarks: Empire State Building

Monday, June 22nd at 3 p.m.

Although no longer the world’s tallest building, The Empire State still holds title as New York City’s essential skyscraper. Taking less than a year to build, and opening its doors in the heart of the great depression, the Empire State Building remains a cultural icon and one of New York’s most popular tourist destinations. Come learn about this iconic building!

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business

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Image courtesy of flickr user vintagechica

Tuesday, June 23rd from 6 to 8:30 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.

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Want to start a business but do not know where to start? This workshop series, conducted by a team of professionals from SCORE, will give you the boost to get you on your way! Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.

Week 4: Financial Reporting & Planning
This presentation reviews a business's key financial statements and walks the participants through the development of a comprehensive financial plan. The importance of understanding the key financial drivers of the business will be a center-piece of the discussion.

Coding for Adults: four week course

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Begins Thursday, June 25th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and will continue every Thursday after that, ending on July 16th.

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Calling all moms, entrepreneurs, college students, or anyone interested in learning the basics of computer coding! We will explore programming in Python. Think of it as like a new language: in addition to learning syntax, and writing scripts, we will work on developing computational thinking—breaking down big problems into simple individual tasks. The best news? No experience is necessary! Students are required to bring a laptop for use during this class.

This class is open to Darien Residents, those employed full time in Darien, or non-residents who are contributors to the Darien Library Annual Campaign at the $300 level.

Friday Night Feature - 'Le Chef'

Friday, June 26th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Le Chef (2012) Starring Jean Reno, Michaël Youn, Julien Boisselier, Raphaëlle Agogué, Salomé Stévenin, and Serge Larivière; Rated PG-13; 85 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

A famous chef finds his position at a renowned restaurant threatened by a young hotshot who specializes in chemically enhanced cuisine, and partners with a self-taught gourmet to save his failing career. Alexandre Lagarde (Jean Reno) is the king of the kitchen at Cargo Lagarde. But his position at the top is threatened when scheming CEO Stanislas Matter (Julien Boisselier) plots to have the restaurant's rating lowered in order to make room for an ambitious young chef with more modern sensibilities. Meanwhile, things go from bad to worse for the old pro when he runs out of new ideas as Matter begins trimming his kitchen staff. Just when it seems that all hope is lost, however, Legarde meets Jacky Bonnot (Michaël Youn), a young cook whose creativity in the kitchen makes up for his lack of formal training. Together with his talented new assistant Bonnot, Legarde prepares to whip up an exciting menu just in time to impress the discerning critics from the Guide, and save his sinking career. 

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).