Senior Moments: History of Hip Hop

Thursday, August 27th at 3 p.m.

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

Artist and educator Tiger will be teaching about the culture of Hip Hop and the foundations that created it. There are four main elements to the Hip Hop lifestyle and one is dance. Tiger will perform some breakin' (break dance) moves with the audience. At the end, we will all be bboys and bbgirls.

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.

 

Courtyard Games

Cornhole!
Cornhole!

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 - '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; 127 minutes;

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).

Music in the Stacks: Romance of the American West

Marc Berger
Marc Berger

Sunday, August 30th at 5 p.m.

Clouds that forever stampede the endless sky, shadows gliding over canyon walls– the West is a vast expanse of magic and mystery.  American artists from John Ford to Frederick Remington to A.B. Guthrie have used film, canvas and the printed page to convey the essence of its unique landscape and mythology. Marc Berger with Rich Depaolo will perform music that captures the vastness and romance of the West while exploring its deep roots in the American psyche.

About the performer

Marc Berger has performed at Austin’s South by Southwest Music Festival and The Kerrville Folk Festival and has opened shows for Bob Dylan and other national acts.  His song THE LAST ONE was a staple of Richie Havens’ concerts for years, and has been quoted in the NY Times and featured on The CBS Evening News.

Listen to Marc's music here.

Short Stories for Summer Days

Carroll Stenson
Carroll Stenson

Tuesdays 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.

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.

Friday Night Feature - '5 Flights Up'

Friday, September 4th at 6:30 and 8:30p.m. - 5 FLIGHTS UP (2014) Starring Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton, Cynthia Nixon , Alysia Reiner, Carrie Preston, Claire van der ; Rated PG-13 ; 92 minutes;


In this bittersweet comedy set in the cutthroat world of New York real estate, old married couple Ruth (Diane Keaton) and Alex (Morgan Freeman) make plans to sell their Brooklyn property and move to Manhattan, only to discover that relocating is never simple.

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).

Intellectual Property: What You Need to Know

Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos
Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

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

Register

Intellectual Property is the foundation of many successful businesses, and it is important to develop a strategy early on.  Proper protection of IP can increase valuation when searching for investors and can protect your position in the market. 

This workshop will provide an introduction to:

• Trademarks
• Copyrights
• Patents
• Trade Secrets

About the presenters

Will Tennant is an Intellectual Property and Business attorney with a practice in Fairfield County, CT and New York City. He has experience in copyright and trademark law including practice before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the Connecticut Federal Court. 
Jonathan Winter is an Intellectual Property attorney with a global Patent, Trademark and Copyright practice. Jonathan regularly advises early stage companies in developing IP protection strategy to help protect and grow their business.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

Create Your Own Public Access TV Show

Image courtesy of flickr user cjtengi
Image courtesy of flickr user cjtengi

Thursday, September 10th at 3 p.m. 

Rich Turcsany, Public Access Coordinator at Cablevision of Connecticut, will discuss what it takes to put together your very own, non-commercial television program, and have it broadcast over Public Access Channel 88. Rich, a 1986 graduate of Emerson College in Boston, and who also has 26 years experience in cable TV, will also discuss the training that is involved.

Friday Night Feature - 'Far From The Madding Crowd'

Friday, September 11th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Far From The Madding Crowd (2015) Starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge and Michael Sheen; Rated PG-13; 119 minutes;

Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.

 

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).