Video of Todd Forrest of the NY Botanical Garden

On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, Todd Forest of The New York Botanical Garden was our featured speaker. He described how the New York Botanical Garden’s approach to stewardship of the Forest has evolved from a policy of “let alone” to active restoration and discuss the ecological, educational, and research goals of the ongoing management program.

For more information, please visit the event listing.

35 Years: An Interview with Director Louise Berry

On Saturday, October 19, 2013, Darien Library's honorary trustees, Ann Mandel and George Wyper interviewed Library director, Louise Berry. Berry will be retiring from the Library after 35 years of service in February 2014.

This interviewed took place at the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Darien Library presentation.

Friday Night Feature - 'Last Vegas'

We will screen LAST VEGAS Friday, February 21st.
We will screen LAST VEGAS Friday, February 21st.

Friday, February 21st at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Last Vegas (2013) Starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro; Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline; Rated PG-13; 105 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Four geriatric friends vow to set Las Vegas ablaze during the ultimate bachelor party in this all-star comedy. Amongst his friends, Billy has always been the confirmed bachelor. When Billy finally pops the question to his much-younger girlfriend, his pals Paddy, Archie, and Sam plan to send him off in style. But Vegas has changed since the last time they prowled the Strip, and once the party gets started, there's no telling how it will end.

"The comedy remains a presence throughout, but Last Vegas has a serious purpose, and the resolution of the men's journey of realization is anything but corny." -- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

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

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

 

Family Jazz Concert

Image courtesy of Darryl Yokley
Image courtesy of Darryl Yokley

Sunday, February 23 at 5pm

Darien Library is proud to announce a Family Jazz Concert in honor of Black History Month. Sound Reformation can be best described as a group that "doesn't play outside the box", but one who has "never acknowledged the box." Helmed by jazz saxophonist Darryl Yokley, the group pays homage to this legacy by acknowledging the music of the past while striving to create new, unprecedented music in the present and does so by drawing from musical styles and time periods from all over the world. All Ages. 

Declutter Your Digital Self

Image courtesy of flickr user naevus
Image courtesy of flickr user naevus

Declutter Your Digital Self

Wednesday, February 26 at 12 noon

Is your desktop hard to navigate? Do you want to understand how to better manage your digital self? Come and learn about methods for de-cluttering your hard drive and backing up your files through Cloud programs like Dropbox or Google Drive. This is a program hosted by the Children's Library as part of the Digital Family Technology Series.

Register online here

 

Friday Night Feature - 'Enough Said'

We will screen ENOUGH SAID January 17th.
We will screen ENOUGH SAID January 17th.

Friday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Enough Said (2013) Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, and James Gandolfini; Rated PG-13; 93 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A divorced and single parent, Eva spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college. She meets Albert - a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne, her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems "almost perfect" except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne's Ex.

"For all of us who've been waiting way too long for a smart, funny, snappy romantic comedy for grown-ups - here it is." -- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

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

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

 

Getting Started with Email Marketing Using Constant Contact

Constant Contact is an email marketing tool
Constant Contact is an email marketing tool

Tuesday, February 18th, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Please register for this workshop.

Take a guided tour of Constant Contact while we set up a brand new email marketing campaign in a live, demo account. Great for those thinking about starting up with Constant Contact - as well as those who could use a refresher. You'll get some pro tips on how to work with the tools!

About the Presenter

Robert Clark is a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert and Solution Provider Partner with over 30 years of experience advising small and medium-sized businesses, Fortune 50 companies, nonprofits, associations, and industry groups on marketing, sales, operations, strategy, international trade, and information technology.

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

 

Wednesday Matinee - 'New Year's Eve'

We will screen New Year's Eve January 15.
We will screen New Year's Eve January 15.

Wednesday, January 15 at 1:30 p.m. - New Year's Eve (2011) Starring Halle Berry; Jessica Biel; Jon Bon Jovi; Abigail Breslin; Robert De Niro; and Josh Duhamel; Rated PG-13; 117 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Director/producer Garry Marshall brings together a stellar ensemble cast to celebrate love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year.

"...a nice box of holiday chocolates..." -- Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review

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

 

Ten Productive Habits to Start Today

Image courtesy Flickr user Bobbi Newman
Image courtesy Flickr user Bobbi Newman

Thursday, January 16 at 7 PM

Whether for good or bad, few things influence our daily behavior as much as habits. The start of a new year is the perfect time to be intentional in forming habits that will improve both our productivity and contentment. Please join us as we discuss:

- How and why we form habits

- Why having good habits matters

- 10 habits everyone should cultivate (and how to form them!)

Presented by Seana Turner, President and Founder of The Seana Method.

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

Register for the MoMA Course 'From Pigment to Pixel: Color in Modern and Contemporary Art'

The Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art

Tuesdays from 6 - 8 p.m., January 21 - March 11

Enter the Registration Lottery

In the New Year, Darien Library will offer a self-guided course titled, "From Pigment to Pixel: Color in Modern and Contemporary Art" as part of the Library's collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. Each week, a video of an art history lecture from experts in the field will be followed by a staff-facilitated discussion. Following that, students will be invited to explore the online learning module at their own pace.

Dive into color and explore its innovations, impact, and uses through an exciting array of works in MoMA's collection. Curators, educators, and conservators discuss how technological advances and new uses of materials combined with creative experimentation have challenged and expanded ideas of color in painting, sculpture, photography, design, and new media.

Unique behind-the-scenes visits to MoMA’s conservation labs, technical analysis, studio demonstrations, and exercises complement class discussions and enhance understanding of the inventive and provocative uses of color in art and design, from the rational to the exuberant. Artists discussed include Georges-Pierre Seurat, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Vasily Kandinsky, Josef Albers, Hans Hofmann, Yves Klein, Ad Reinhardt, Joe Colombo, Helen Levitt, William Eggleston, Cindy Sherman, and Pipilotti Rist.

Module 1 (January 21): Introduction: What is color?
Module 2 (January 28): Symbolism and Pseudoscience
Module 3 (February 4) : Freedom and Spirituality
Module 4 (February 11): Bauhaus: Relearning Color
Module 5 (February 18): The Monochrome
Module 6 (February 25) : Plastics and the 1960s
Module 7 (March 4) : Color Photography
Module 8 (March 11): Color in the Digital Realm

Registration for this series is a lottery and is open to all Darien residents, those who work in Darien full-time, and non-resident Friends of Darien Library at the Supporter Level (annual donation of $300). Register online from Monday, December 9 to Monday, January 6 with your Library card. Notification via email is Tuesday, January 7. For more information, contact Erin Shea, Head of Adult Programming, at eshea@darienlibrary.org or 203-669-5232.

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