Friday Night Feature - 'Big Eyes'

Friday, April 17th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Big Eyes (2014) Starring Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Jason Schwartzman, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, and Terence Stamp; Rated PG-13; 106 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

The story opens in the late 1950s, when Margaret Keane packs up the car with her daughter and their personal belongings, and leaves her husband to start a new life in San Francisco. There, Margaret quickly falls head over heels for Walter an artist and part-time real-estate broker who soon shows great interest in her unique paintings of small children with strikingly expressive, saucer-like eyes. Before long, the two are married, and Walter is claiming credit for Margaret's increasingly popular paintings. With the money rolling in, Margaret initially agrees to go along with the ruse, but the closer she gets to her new husband the more she begins to realize that he's little more than a smooth-talking scam artist. Later, Margaret leaves the increasingly abusive Walter, and moves to Hawaii. Only then does Margaret gain the confidence to reclaim the works that have been credited to her husband, even when doing so entails going before the judge and proving that she and she alone created the enchanting children with the big eyes. 

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

Image courtesy flickr user clappstar
Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, April 18th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, May 16th 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).

All Things Green Festival

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Image courtesy of flickr user flyingsinger

Sunday, April 19th from 2 to 4 p.m.

It's Earth Day all year long in Darien! Celebrate everything sustainable and environmentally concious, with a hyper-local twist, at Darien Library.

• Compete in a Darien Green Organization Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win a brand new, deluxe composter!
• Take a journey on a Green Tour of the LEED Gold Certified features of Darien Library
• Marvel at the Darien High School Earth Day Poster display
• Plant sunflowers to take home or donate to the Library Garden
• Create garbage arts and crafts
• Play basketball and learn about what to recycle and what to trash

Walk away from this event better informed, more connected to local resources, and encouraged to lead a more sustainable way of life!

Senior Moments: History of Grand Central Station

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Image courtesy of flickr user 96228372@N06

Tuesday, April 21st at 3 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Bisecting Manhattan’s Park Avenue and boasting 44 train platforms on two levels, this recently restored Beaux Arts masterpiece has remained one of New York’s most famous transportation landmarks since its building in 1913. Come learn about this iconic travel hub!

About the presenter

Arthur Gottlieb is a local historian on subjects of political and military history.  He was formerly a professional curator of naval history and the Technical Director of Exhibits at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in NYC.  In these roles, Mr. Gottlieb worked regularly with veterans of all services towards the creation of exhibits accurately illustrating the history of 20th century warfare.

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.

 

How to Sell More? – STOP Selling!

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Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

Tuesday, April 21st from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30

Registration will open soon.

You know all the selling techniques, but it’s not working. Learn how, not to sell, but instead gain clients and business. 

Participants will learn: 

• The latest inbound marketing techniques
• Why traditional marketing no longer works
• How to make more money avoiding the traditional sales approach
• How to position your company in your industry

About the speakers

David Jarcho is the President of Crest Consulting LLC, a Strategic Marketing Agency located in Connecticut.  His vision and experience have resulted in creative solutions that continue to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. As one of the first employees of Corporate Management Solutions; a software company that grew to over 100 employees and more than $130 million dollars in sales, David has lived through the growth pains that business owners deal with on a daily basis.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

Film Screening and Discussion - 'Haze'

Tuesday, April 21st at 7 p.m. screening for parents
Tuesday, April 28th at 7 p.m. screening for teens

The Youth Asset Team presents HAZE, Documentary Film Screening and Discussion about Underage Binge Drinking for Alcohol and Asset Awareness Month. The documentary tells the tragic story of Greenwich, CT native Lynn Gordon Bailey Jr. ("Gordie") who dies from binge drinking in his freshman year of college. The film also weaves together a collection of interviews by many national experts on the subject of alcohol abuse. The program is appropriate for parents and high school-aged students.

Following each screening, there will be a short question and answer session with panelist including former Darien High School students and a representative from Silver Hill Hospital.

How to Edit Family Photos

Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

Register

Do you have old family photos that need to be touched up? Using Pixlr, a free online image editor, you will learn how to fix your photos! You will learn how to color correct, crop, remove blemishes, fix stains, and more. There is no need to hire the professionals when you can edit your photos yourself!

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

Politics, Passion and Peril: Life at the Tudor Court

Wednesday, April 22nd at 7 p.m.

Mixing history and Hollywood, Dr. Ford, a historian of Tudor politics, administration, and the court, will offer insights into the historical context behind the Hilary Mantel books and BBC Series. Her talk will cover topics including the anxiety behind Henry’s quest for a bride and an heir, the nature of politics on the move with the Tudor court on progress, is there a private life at court, and how easy is it to (literally) lose your head.

About the presenter

Lisa L. Ford is Assistant Director of Research at the Yale Center for British Art.  Dr. Ford received her PhD in 2001 from St. Andrews for a dissertation on politics and administration during the reign of Henry VII.  She was part of the AHRC/EPSRC-funded project “Representing Re-Formation: Reconstructing Renaissance Monuments” a study of the 16th and 17th Century tombs of the Howard Dukes of Norfolk and their family. Dr. Ford is currently working on further publications from the Howard tombs project, and a book on the visual and material use of the insignia of the Order of the Garter between the 15th and 19th centuries.

Music in the Stacks: Hungrytown

Thursday, April 23rd at 7 p.m.

Join us for an evening of folk and Americana music from indie duo Hungrytown. Sit back and enjoy acoustic folk songs presented with a timelessness in beautiful arrangements. 

About the performer

Hungrytown is the musical and married duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson.  They have released two highly acclaimed CDs,  Hungrytown (2008) and Any Forgotten Thing (2011) and tour full time. Their adventures have taken them throughout the US, Canada, Europe and New Zealand. Their songs have been performed by many other artists, including Nashville songwriting legend David Olney and bluegrass veterans the Virginia Ramblers.  Hungrytown's music has also appeared on several television shows, including the Independent Film Channel's hit series, Portlandia

Check our Hungrytown's music here.

Refreshments will be served.

Friday Night Feature - 'Kill the Messenger'

Friday, April 24th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Kill the Messenger (2014) Starring Jeremy Renner, Andy Garcia, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Paz Vega.; Rated R; 112 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Adapted from author Nick Schou's book Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb, director Michael Cuestra's fact-based drama stars two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner as the reporter whose life came to an abrupt and particularly suspicious end after revealing the CIA's involvement with the importing of cocaine into the United States in the 1980s. 

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).