Friday Night Features in June

We will screen THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Friday, June 20th.
We will screen THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Friday, June 20th.

Friday, June 6th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Still Mine (2012) Starring James Cromwell, Ronan Rees, and Geneviève Bujold; Rated PG-13; 102 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

An older couple fight against local authorities in rural New Brunswick to build their final home.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, June 13th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Diana (2013) Starring Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, and Cas Anvar; Rated PG-13; 113 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, June 20th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Starring Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, and Mathieu Amalric; Rated R; 100 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, June 27th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Invisible Woman (2013) Starring Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, and Kristin Scott Thomas; Rated R; 111 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

All films are free and open to the public.

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

Friday Night Features in May

We will screen THE MONUMENTS MEN Friday, May 30th.
We will screen THE MONUMENTS MEN Friday, May 30th.

Friday, May 2nd at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, and Paul Giamatti; Rated PG-13; 125 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A doting father, Walt Disney promises his adoring daughters that he will bring their favorite fictional nanny Mary Poppins to the big screen. Little does Walt realize that surly author P.L. Travers has no intention of seeing her most famous creation bastardized on the big screen, a fact that makes keeping his promise a difficult endeavor.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, May 9th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake; Rated R; 104 minutes.

Llewyn Davis is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles—some of them of his own making. Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, scaring up what work he can find, Llewyn’s misadventures take him from the baskethouses of the Village to an empty Chicago club—on an odyssey to audition for a music mogul—and back again.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, May 16th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. - The Book Thief (2013) Starring Roger Allam and Sophie Nélisse; Rated PG-13; 131 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, May 23rd at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Delivery Man (2013) Starring Vince Vaughn, Brittany Robertson, and Chris Pratt; Rated PG-13; 105 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

An aging slacker and former sperm donor discovers that he is the biological father of 533 children, and that 142 of them have filed a lawsuit to learn his true identity in this comedy.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, May 30th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Monuments Men (2014) Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, and Cate Blanchett; Rated PG-13; 112 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

George Clooney adapts author Robert M. Edsel's book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History to tell the incredible true story of the seven art historians and museum curators who went behind enemy lines during World War II on a mission to recover some of the world's greatest works of art.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

All films are free and open to the public.

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

Friday Night Features in April

PHILOMENA will screen in our Community Room April 18th.
PHILOMENA will screen in our Community Room April 18th.

Friday, April 4th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - The Big Year (2011) Starring Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin; Rated PG; 100 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Looking to shake up their routine lives, three amateur bird watchers compete to become the ultimate "birder" by spotting the greatest number of species within a single calendar year. But the friendly rivalry soon turns into a hilariously complicated cross-country adventure as each man begins to realize that the quest for success comes at a price - and that's not chicken feed!

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, April 11th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Spinning Plates (2012) Documentary feature; Not rated; 93 minutes.

Joseph Levy's documentary Spinning Plates profiles people who run three very different restaurants. The subjects include a world-famous chef battling cancer, the owners of a 150-year-old eatery in the U.S. Midwest, and a Mexican family trying to build a better life for their daughter.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, April 18th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Philomena (2013) Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan; Rated PG-13; 98 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Judi Dench plays an elderly Irish woman who, as a teenager, gave birth while she was working at a convent. The Catholic Church had the child adopted, and now, decades later, Philomena is introduced to Martin Sixsmith, onetime government spokesperson who is now working as a freelance journalist. Martin agrees to help Philomena look for her son, and the trail takes them to the United States, and brings them face-to-face with some long-buried secrets.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. - Captain Phillips (2013) Starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi; Rated PG-13; 133 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A U.S. cargo-ship captain surrenders himself to Somali pirates so that his crew will be freed in this true story.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

All films are free and open to the public.

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

Friday Night Features in March

We will screen GRAVITY Friday, March 14th.
We will screen GRAVITY Friday, March 14th.

Friday, March 7th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Nebraska (2013) Starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte; Rated R; 114 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

When a father and his adult son embark on a journey to claim a million-dollar prize, what begins as a fool's errand becomes a search for the road to redemption.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, March 14th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Gravity (2013) Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney; Rated PG-13; 91 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Dr. Ryan Stone is a scientist on a space shuttle mission headed by astronaut Matt Kowalsky, a talkative, charismatic leader full of colorful stories that he shares with his crewmates as well as mission control. As the two are on a space walk, debris hits the area where they are working, and soon the pair finds themselves detached from their ship and stranded in space. While figuring out what steps they can take to save themselves, Stone grapples with a painful past that makes her consider giving up altogether.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, March 21st at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Austenland (2013) Starring Keri Russell and JJ Field ; Rated PG-13; 96 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Obsessed with all things Austen, a woman travels to a Jane Austen resort/theme park in Britain, where all her regency-era fantasies come to life.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - All is Lost (2013) Starring Robert Redford; Rated PG-13; 106 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This tense adventure drama tells the story of a man who must fight for survival after being lost at sea.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

All films are free and open to the public.

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

Speed Dating for Book Groups Bash

Image courtesy flickr user Jay Springett
Image courtesy flickr user Jay Springett

Monday, February 24th at 7 p.m.

Event is now full.

Please join us for an evening of book matchmaking! Speed dating for book groups is a fast-paced, fun-filled way to hear about new and forthcoming book group reads from Hachette Book Group.

 

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

 

Art On View: Jeff Gardner

"Reckoning," a work by Jeff Gardner

Artist's Reception Friday, January 3 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jeff's selected artworks present interesting perspectives on common scenes. His photographs showcase movement and light to create almost abstract images. Black and white photos evoke a more reflective serenity. The pastel paintings on silver gelatin prints combine the realism of a photo with the expressionism of painting.

About Jeff Gardner

Jeff is a photographer and painter, and has studied with Bert Seabourn, Clive R. Tyler, and Poteet Victory. His works have been exhibited in Oklahoma City, OK at the In Your Eye Gallery, at Adelante! Gallery, and in the national juried show of the Oklahoma Art Guild. A native of suburban Chicago, Jeff now lives with his family in Demarest, NJ, where he paints out of his home studio.

The exhibit runs December 18 - January 31.

Friday Night Features in February

We will screen LAST VEGAS Friday, February 21st.
We will screen LAST VEGAS Friday, February 21st.

Friday, February 7th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Jobs (2013) Starring Ashton Kutcher; Rated PG-13; 128 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This biopic follows the life of Steve Jobs, tracing the Apple co-founder's career from his early years in that Palo Alto garage to his rise as one of the computing industry's most admired innovators. By focusing on the key moments that drove Jobs' success and the conversations that made him such a controversial figure among critics, we are presented with an intimate portrait of a driven, deeply complex man who dedicated his life to revolutionizing the way we use computers.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, February 14th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Accidental Husband (2009) Starring Uma Thurman, Colin Firth, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan; Rated PG-13; 90 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Firefighter Patrick Sullivan finds his life turned upside-down when his fiancée suddenly calls off their pending nuptials per the recommendation of radio love guru Dr. Emma Lloyd. Determined to get back at this "love doctor," Sullivan forges a fake marriage license, "accidentally" marrying him to Emma,who's already engaged to Richard. But as Patrick's charms begin to wear Emma down, she must decide which of these bachelors is her "Mr. Right."

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, February 21st at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Last Vegas (2013) Starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro; Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline; Rated PG-13; 105 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Four geriatric friends vow to set Las Vegas ablaze during the ultimate bachelor party in this all-star comedy.. Amongst his friends, Billy has always been the confirmed bachelor. When Billy finally pops the question to his much-younger girlfriend, his pals Paddy, Archie, and Sam plan to send him off in style. But Vegas has changed since the last time they prowled the Strip, and once the party gets started, there's no telling how it will end.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, February 28th - There will be no film this evening so the Darien Library Staff can say goodbye to their Director.

All films are free and open to the public.

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

Announcing Hoopla Digital - Online and Mobile Access to Free Movies, TV Shows, Music and Audiobooks!

Hoopla Digital partners with Darien Library
Hoopla Digital partners with Darien Library

Thousands of movies, television shows, music and audiobooks, are now available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with Hoopla Digital.

Darien card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets, computers and Apple TV.

Download 10 items of any combination each calendar month. Hoop to it!

Video of Nicholas Dawidoff

On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, Nicholas Dawidoff, author of "Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football", was our featured speaker.

Football is the country's most popular pastime, and yet most of what happens in today's NFL is a mystery. The New York Jets gave Nicholas Dawidoff a security code, a locker, an office in the scouting department, and for an entire year he lived with the team. He has written a vivid, funny, and moving narrative about an emblematic NFL season that deepens the way we know the game.

For more information, please visit the original event listing.

Video of René Magritte’s Early Surrealist Years

On Tuesday, November 26, 2013, Anne Umland, The Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Curator of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, gave a lecture on the great Belgian painter René Magritte’s early Surrealist years, with special reference to works of art included in the exhibition Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938, on view at MoMA through January 13, 2014.

For more information, please visit the original event listing.

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