Senior Moments: Qigong

Photo courtesy of Bill Wrenn
Photo courtesy of Bill Wrenn

Wednesday, January 14th at 3 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in our Conference Room.

Practiced for thousands of years in China, Qigong (pronounced "Chee-Gung") includes gentle, dance-like movements, mindful breathing, meditation and self massage. The movements are designed to improve health, restore vitality and achieve deep relaxation and peace of mind. With regular practice, these exercises have been shown to improve balance, reduce stress and tension, and help heal chronic conditions such as hypertension, arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Presented by Bill Wrenn, a certified Tai Chi and Qigong instructor based in Norwalk who has practiced yoga, meditation and other forms of energy work for 30 years. He received Tai Chi and Qigong certification from the Institute of Integral Qigong & Tai Chi in Santa Barbara, California, and studied with Li Junfeng, Ken Cohen, Francesco Garripolli, Dr. Yang Yang and other Masters.

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.

 

The Living Landscape

Image courtesy of Tree Conservancy of Darien
Image courtesy of Tree Conservancy of Darien

Wednesday, January 14th at 7 p.m.

This evening's lecturer will illustrate and discuss how an understanding of living layers and relational biodiversity can be put to practical use in the making and maintenance of residential gardens and community landscapes. Strategies for employing “organic architecture” in creating beautiful, conserving, highly functional layers will be presented in detail.

Presented by Rick Darke, a landscape design consultant, award-winning author, lecturer, and photographer based in Pennsylvania who blends art, ecology, and cultural geography in the creation and conservation of livable landscapes. Darke served on the staff of Longwood Gardens for twenty years, and in 1998 he received the Scientific Award of the American Horticultural Society. His most recent book is The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, co-authored with Doug Tallamy.

This event is cosponsored with the Tree Conservancy of Darien and the Darien Land Trust.

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

Writer's Workshop

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Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres

Thursday, January 15th 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).

Artist-in-Residence Closing Reception

The photographer, Ben Larrabee, and his muse, wife Trudie
The photographer, Ben Larrabee, and his muse, wife Trudie

Friday, January 16th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Join fine art photographer Ben Larrabee in Darien Library's Artist Space on the Second Level for a chance to celebrate his work as the first Darien Library Artist-in-Residence. Ben will be sharing his experience and answering questions from attendees.

About the Artist

Ben’s formal training as an artist began in 1962 at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) where he discovered his passion through mentor and world renowned photographer Harry Callahan. In 1978, he returned to college to earn an MFA from Yale University.

His fine art background has trained him to photograph as an artist so by instinct he includes artistic elements of composition, rhythm, texture and space in his images. In addition to portraits, he also photographs landscapes and nudes.

Ben has work in the permanent collections of: The George Eastman House (Rochester), The High Museum (Atlanta), The Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and The Museum of Modern Art (New York).

Refreshments will be served.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Are You Here'

Friday, January 16th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Are You Here (2013) Starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, Laura Ramsey, Jenna Fischer, and Melissa Rauch; Rated R; 113 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Owen Wilson stars as Steve, a glib TV weatherman in Virginia who spends his free time picking up women or getting stoned with his deadbeat best friend Ben (Zach Galifianakis). When Ben learns that his father has died, he and Steve travel to the funeral and the reading of the will, where they discover that Ben has inherited an estate worth more than $2 million dollars while Ben's sister got some cash and thinks her brother is in no position to take care of their father's business. Steve romances Ben's father's girlfriend (Laura Ramsey), while Ben tries to get his life in order.

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

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

Monday Belongs to Oscar

Monday, January 19th at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, January 26th at 1:30 p.m.
Monday, February 2nd at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, February 9th at 1:30 p.m.
Monday, February 16th at 6:30 p.m.

Come see some of the hottest films of this past year in preparation for the film industry's biggest night! Enjoy a screening of a selection of the 2015 Oscar nominated films in January and February. Nominations will be announced on January 15th.

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

You've Got a Story to Tell: Memoir Writing Class

Image courtesy Flickr user palo
Image courtesy Flickr user palo

Monday, January 19th, 7 p.m., Conference Room
Monday, January 2th, 7 p.m., Conference Room
Monday, February 2nd, 7 p.m., Harris Room
Monday, February 9th, 7 p.m., Harris Room
Monday, February 16th, 7 p.m., Conference Room
Monday, February 23rd, 7 p.m., Harris Room

Register

During this six-week course, participants will learn basic memoir writing skills that will help them cultivate and organize their life happenings, turning their memories in to engaging stories. This class is designed for writers looking for a comprehensive step-by-step approach to writing their memoir. Lesson topics and helpful exercises will be given at each class to help students develop their storyline. Each class will include time for Q&A and as the class progresses, the sharing and critiquing of each other's work. Reference materials will be provided.

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).

Information at Your Fingertips: The Job Search

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Image courtesy of flickr user flazingo_photos

Tuesday, January 20th at 6 p.m.

Starting a job search can be overwhelming, especially with all of the different websites that are now available. Come learn about the Library's premium online resources available to help you search postings, zoom in on companies in an industry or region, and define your career goals with free assessments.

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

Wednesday Matinee- 'Get On Up'

Wednesday, January 21st at 1:30 p.m.Get On Up (2014) Starring Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, and Tika Sumpter; Rated PG-13; 138 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown in this biopic from Universal Studios and director Tate Taylor. From a childhood spent in poverty to his emergence as the Godfather of Soul, Brown's incredible life story is one of talent, determination, and perseverance.

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

Selling Your Treasures on eBay

Image courtesy of flickr user cytech
Image courtesy of flickr user cytech

Wednesday, January 21st from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Have you thought about selling your treasures on eBay but you’re not sure where to start? Sue Skerrett has been selling on eBay for 12 years and is here to show you the ropes when it comes to creating an account, setting up a list, accepting payment through PayPal, and more.

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