Business Book Group: 'Work Simply: Embracing The Power Of Your Personal Productivity Style'

Wednesday, August 12th at 6 p.m., at The Goose, 972 Post Road

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Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Carson Tate's Work Simply: Embracing The Power Of Your Personal Productivity StyleThe group is invited to an informal discussion of the book from 6 - 6:45 p.m. followed by networking over wine, beer, and light refreshments.

About Work Simply: Embracing The Power Of Your Personal Productivity Style

Your time is under attack. You just can't get enough done. You find yourself wondering where the hours go. You've tried every time-management system you can get your hands on-and they've only succeeded in making your work more complicated. Sound familiar? If you sometimes feel you spend more time managing your productivity than doing actual work, it's time for a change. In Work Simply, renowned productivity expert Carson Tate offers a step-by-step guide to making work simple again by using the style that works best for you. Tate has helped thousands of men and women better manage their time and become more productive. Her success owes partly to the realization that most of us fit into one of four distinct productivity styles: Arrangers, who think about their projects in terms of the people involved; Prioritizers, who are the definition of "goal-oriented"; Visualizers, who possess a unique ability to comprehend the big picture; and Planners, who live for the details. In this book, you'll learn how to identify your own productivity style as well as the styles of those around you-bosses, coworkers, staff, and family. After reading Work Simply, you'll come away with a productivity system that truly and fundamentally fits you-and you'll never feel overwhelmed again.

We have copies of the book available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussion.

Intro to Meditation

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Image courtesy of flickr user aigle_dore.

Wednesday, August 12th at 7 p.m.

Grab something comfortable to sit on, a pillow, a rolled up yoga mat, or use a chair and open yourself up to meditation. In this introductory class, we will begin with the basics and work our way to guided meditation led by instructor Julie Punishill. In this session, after bringing you to a relaxed state, we will practice approximately 5 minutes of completely quiet sitting. If you have always wanted to try meditation and just haven't been quite sure where to start, come join us.

Friday Night Feature - 'The Decoy Bride'

Friday, August 14th  at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - The Decoy Bride (2011) Starring David Tennant, Alice Eve and Kelly Macdonald; Rated PG; 89 minutes;

When the world's media descend on the remote Scottish island where a Hollywood actress is attempting to get married, a local girl is hired as a decoy bride to put the paparazzi off the scent

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).

Passport Days

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Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, August 15th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Get your passport at Darien Library! We will process and accept new and renewal applications. We will provide all the paperwork and take photos. Please bring fifteen dollars in cash or check for photos.  If you prefer, you can bring your own photographs. Specifications for passport photos can be found here.

What to Bring: Birth Certificate, Naturalization Certificate, one color 2’’ by 2’’ photo, a valid photo identification (such as a driver’s license) with a front and back photocopy of the ID, and personal check/money order or debit/credit card for payment of the passport fee.

Minors under age 16 cannot apply for a passport by themselves.  Both parents/guardians must appear in person and provide consent, authorizing passport issuance to the minor.  If one parent/guardian is unable to appear in person, then the application must be accompanied by a signed, notarized Form DS-3053: Statement of Consent from the non-applying parent/guardian.  More information on passports for minors can be found here.

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

Achieve the Paperless Office

Steamline your office
Steamline your office

Tuesday, August 18th at 6:30 p.m.
In the Mezzanine Conference Room

Is your office a mess? Can you not find important paperwork or are you afraid of losing your work?

In this class, User Experience Librarian, Amanda, will go over how to digitize your documents, how to organize your files, and software that will help you go paperless. You can go paperless using a variety of free and premium paid tools to make your life more organized. 

 

Wednesday Matinee - 'Mr. Turner'

Wednesday,  August 19th at 1:30 P.M. -  Mr. Turner  (2014) Starring Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Paul Jesson, Marion Bailey, Lesley Manville and Martin Savage ; Rated R; 150 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life.

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: The Storm Makers

Wednesday, August 19th at 6:30 p.m. - The Storm Makers (2014); NR; 66 minutes.

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

More than half a million Cambodians work abroad, and a staggering third of those become slaves. Many are young women, held prisoner and forced to work in horrific conditions, sometimes as prostitutes. A chilling exposé of Cambodia's human trafficking underworld, The Storm Makers weaves the story of Aya, a young peasant sold into slavery at age 16, with that of two powerful traffickers (known as "storm makers" for the havoc they wreak) who use deception to funnel a stream of poor and illiterate people across the country's borders. French-Cambodian filmmaker Guillaume Suon presents an eye-opening look at the cycle of poverty, despair and greed that fuels this brutal modern slave trade.

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. The Storm Makers premiers on PBS Friday, August 31st.

Meet the Author: Diana Bletter

Thursday, August 20th at 7 p.m.

Diana Bletter, author of A Remarkable Kindness, will be our featured speaker.

In the seaside village of Peleg, four American women have emigrated to Israel for very different reasons. Despite their differences in age and outlook, these four women find each other in ritual, gathering in a burial circle to perform tahara, a final burial rite, for the women of the community. As their intertwined stories unfold, each woman finds the joys promised by the beauty of the land, in new life, first love, motherhood, and friendship, supporting each other through irrevocable changes, navigating the pressures of marriage, illicit romance, the loss of a child, and, the unthinkable backdrop for this paradise--war. Through moments of humor and sorrow, each woman takes part in the ultimate act of compassion, helping to close the circle of life.

Brimming with wisdom and intelligence, A Remarkable Kindness is a moving testament to women’s friendship, tracing the life lines of women who learn to be strong and capturing the paradoxes and promises of the land they learn to call home.

About the Author

Diana Bletter grew up in Great Neck, New York, and attended Cornell University. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Huffington Post, Glamour, and Beliefnet, and she was the first prize winner of Family Circle Magazine’s 2011 Fiction Contest. Her novel The Witches’ Secret was a semi-finalist in Amazon’s 2009 Breakout Novel Award and her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (in collaboration with prize-winning photographer Lori Grinker) was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. Diana lives in northern Israel with her husband and children.

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

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

Writer's Workshop

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Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres

Thursday, August 20th 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.

 

Friday Night Feature - 'Elsa & Fred'

Friday, August  21st at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Elsa & Fred  (2014) Starring Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Noth, Scott Bakula and Wendell Pierce; Rated PG-13; 104 minutes;

Aged, embittered widower Fred learns to enjoy life thanks to his elderly yet vibrant neighbor Elsa. Upon learning Elsa is terminally ill, Fred takes her to the Fontana di Trevi in Rome in order to reenact her favorite scene from "La Dolce Vita"

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).