Españolando!

Monday, August 24th at 6:30 p.m.

Empápate de la cultura latina y el idioma Español en un entorno amigable e informal. Todas las personas están invitadas a practicar sus habilidades para hablar el idioma. La conversación será guiada por un hispano parlante y los temas dependerán de  la gente que asista, sus intereses y las habilidades que posean!

Immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture in an informal and friendly setting. All levels of fluency are invited to practice their Spanish conversation skills. The evening will be guided by attendees’ interests and skill levels.

Perhaps you'd like to practice your Hebrew, Mandarin, or American Sign Language skills. Interested in leading a coversation group at Darien Library? Email marents@darienlibrary.org

Friday Night Feature - 'Jurassic Park'

Friday, August 28th at 6:30 and 8:45p.m.Jurassic Park (1993) Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, B.D. Wong, Samuel L. Jackson; Rated PG-13 ; 127minutes;

An age-old fantasy becomes a reality as dinosaurs are genetically re-created for the ultimate theme park in this adaptation of Michael Crichton’s best-selling novel, Jurassic Park. The adventure begins in wonder and excitement for the park’s first visitors, but soon takes a suspenseful turn as the dinosaurs break out of their carefully constructed environment and begin to wreak havoc.

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).

Docs and Discussion: Ai Weiwei:The Fake Case

Wednesday, September 2nd at 6:30 p.m. - Ai Weiwei:The Fake Case (2013); NR; 86 minutes.

Docs and Discussion is our new film discussion series meant to inspire thoughtful conversation on a global topic.

Ai Weiwei has a serious problem with authority: The Chinese government not only kidnapped and imprisoned the world-renowned artist in a secret location for protesting its repressive policies, but after his release it conducted a show trial on baseless charges of tax evasion and pornography. Ai Weiwei:The Fake Case, a stunning and stirring documentary by Andreas Johnsen, dissects the persecution and shows how the government's attempts to silence Ai Weiwei have turned him into China's most powerful artist and an irrepressible voice for free speech and human rights around the globe. 

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

This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS. Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case premiers on PBS Friday, October 2nd.

Writer's Workshop

Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres
Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres

Thursday, September 17th 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).

Art on View: Julia Heck

On Display Wednesday, July 29th - Friday, September 18th

Artist's Statement:

"Painting is my meditation and prayer. My work stands as a reminder to connect with the essence of life.  During a recent trip to Costa Rica, I re-discovered a state of contentment and bliss.  For one month, I was fully immersed in nature and surrounded by people who live an untainted, beautiful life. I was inspired by a community that lives in unison with nature and humans alike-- a life of simplicity and vibrancy. My challenge is to apply this positive energy to my art. Each work is a new experience as I freely play with color, line, texture and scale.  I hope to never become static in the evolution of my technique. I intend to capture and illustrate the pulse within a flowerbed, beehive, or the sea-- to value the fire that every living thing holds."

View more of Julia's work at JuliaBerkeleyHeck.com