Iraq: Creation of Colonialism

Image courtesy of flickr user soldiersmediacenter
Image courtesy of flickr user soldiersmediacenter

Thursday, May 7th at 7 p.m.

On October 3, 1932, the British Mandate in Iraq ran out and Iraq was admitted into the League of Nations.  This bundle of grievances known as Iraq is a product of World War I/Colonialism; the result of the imperialist agendas of Britain and France in expectation of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Borders were etched in the sand with little regard for tribal affiliations, clannish associations, religious differences and ethnic passions. This talk will trace this progression beginning with the British East India Company's arrival in Basra in 1763.

About the presenter

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Mark Albertson teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq:  Creation of Colonialism, Iraq:  A History, Vietnam:  A History, World War I, The Turning Points of World War II, The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

Friday Night Feature - 'What If'

Friday, May 8th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - What If (2013) Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Adam Driver, Zoe Kazan, Megan Park, Oona Chaplin, Rafe Spall; Rated PG-13; 102 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Michael Dowse's romantic comedy What If explores the tried and true question can men and women ever be just friends. Dropout med student Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) makes the acquaintance of aspiring animator Chantry (Zoe Kazan), and though they quickly take an instant liking to each other, she is committed to her live-in boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). They agree just to be friends, but when Ben is forced to live in Europe for work, Wallace and Chantry grow more intimate. Meanwhile, Wallace's best friend Allan (Adam Driver) encourages him to stop dithering and tell Chantry how he really feels about her. What If screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. 

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).

Introduction to CPR

Saturday, May 9th 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, May 23rd 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, June 13th 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join Post 53 for an introduction to CPR. The mission of Post 53 is to provide emergency medical services to the Darien community at the highest level of excellence, using Darien High School students and adult volunteers. The members of Post 53 are committed to achieving and maintaining the highest level of training and skill in providing pre-hospital care and transport to the citizens of Darien. Learn how you can help save a life!

ESPN Documentary Screening - 'The Lost Trophy'

Saturday, May 9th at 6:30 p.m. - The Lost Trophy: You Can't Take Back History (2015)

Syracuse University has dominated Men's Division I Lacrosse for over thirty years. With a record 11 NCAA Championships, they first made history in 1983 when they defeated top-seeded John's Hopkins, 17-16. The Orange continued to roll to an unprecedented 22 straight final fours. The 1990 team, arguably the greatest college lacrosse team ever, achieved an NCAA championship three-peat. They were led by Canadian box players, twins Paul and Gary Gait, and coached by the legendary Roy Simmons Jr. Together, along with a talented group of All Americans, they transformed the record books and the game of lacrosse forever. This is the story that celebrates a team that continues to inspire today's players and explains why there is an *asterisk next to their vacated 1990 title.

The Lost Trophy is Produced and Directed by Fred Cambria (Syracuse '85) and a member of the 1983 NCAA National Championship SU lacrosse team. Mr. Cambria is an Emmy Award winning Producer ("Assault In The Ring") and has worked with many broadcasting and cable networks including HBO Sports, Court TV, CBS, ABC and NBC News.

A Q&A with the producers will follow the screening.

This event is cosponsored with the Darien Athletic Foundation.

Résumé and Job Application Drop-In

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

Mondays from 2 to 3 p.m.

Prepare for summer employment, internships, a career search, or just polish up your résumé! Bring your résumé in for help from our Reference Librarians on:

• Editing your résumé
• Proofread your cover letters
• Troubleshoot technology issues with online job applications
• Assist in setting up an email account
• Help with other job application and résumé related advice

The Mask You Live In

Join us for this special screening on May 11.
Join us for this special screening on May 11.

Monday, May 11, from 7pm to 9pm

Darien Library and YWCA Parent Awareness present a screening of The Mask You Live In from the Representation Project and the director of Miss Representation.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion facilitated by James McGinn, MA, NCC, an Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinician at Family Centers' Center for Hope in Darien. 

Running time is 90 minutes. 

*PARENTAL AND VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. STRONG LANGUAGE IS BRIEFLY USED.

Arab Nationalism, Arab Socialism

Image courtesy of flickr user piaser
Image courtesy of flickr user piaser

Tuesday, May 12th at 7 p.m.

Credit for the current Arab Spring has been accorded to President Obama with his 2009 speech in Egypt, or President Bush with his unseating of Saddam in 2003, or President Carter with the Camp David Accords in 1978. Yet, the Western military leader who has done more than three American presidents to change the face of the modern Middle East was Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1798, Napoleon led a French Revolutionary Army into Egypt and the Levant.  With this army came the ideas unleashed by the French Revolution:  Liberalism, Democracy, Republicanism, Socialism, Secularism, Nationalism, Parliamentarianism; ideas that would help to accelerate the demise of an already tottering Ottoman Empire.  This talk will explain this phenomenon in relation to the present situation in the Middle East.

About the presenter

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Mark Albertson teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq:  Creation of Colonialism, Iraq:  A History, Vietnam:  A History, World War I, The Turning Points of World War II, The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

Meet Us On Main Street

Caroline and Sally show us what they're reading!
Caroline and Sally show us what they're reading!

Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

Let the experts share what's new and hot in the world of books, movies, audiobooks, articles, and everything in between! Join us for this weekly informal chat to share what you’re reading and get suggestions on what to check out next. 

First Look Darien: Lauren Acampora

Wednesday, May 13th at 7 p.m.

Lauren Acampora, author of The Wonder Garden, will be our featured speaker.

In the affluent and tranquil town of Old Cranbury, a man strikes an under-the-table deal with a surgeon to spend a few quiet seconds closer to his wife than he's ever been; a young soon-to-be mother looks on in paralyzing astonishment as her husband walks away from a twenty-year career in advertising at the urging of his spirit animal; an elderly artist risks more than he knows when he's commissioned by his newly-arrived neighbors to produce the work of a lifetime. Beneath their dreamy suburban surfaces, none of Acampora’s characters are anything like they appear. Deliciously creepy and masterfully choreographed, The Wonder Garden heralds the arrival of a phenomenal new talent in American fiction.

Advance Praise for The Wonder Garden

“Spooky and fabulous... a cleareyed lens into the strange, human wants of upper-class suburbia.”—Kirkus (STARRED review)

Acampora brilliantly captures the heartaches and delusions of American suburbanites.”—Booklist (STARRED review)

About the Author

Lauren Acampora's fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, New England Review, and Antioch Review. Raised in Connecticut, she now lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband, artist Thomas Doyle, and their daughter.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

First Look Darien is our debut author series designed to spotlight first novels handpicked by our staff.

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

Spring Book Buzz

Jen's Nightstand
Jen's Nightstand

Thursday, May 14th at 7 p.m.

An exclusive sneak peek chance to hear from publishers about the newest and greatest books coming out this Spring and Summer. Publishing Houses in attendance include:

• Penguin Random House
• Hachette Book Group
• Simon & Schuster
• and a special guest appearance by our very own Jen Dayton

You'll be the first to know about the hottest new titles, before they even hit the shelf!

Refreshments will be served.