Fireside Knitting

Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.
Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.

Thursday, March 10th at 2 p.m.

Calling all fiber artists! Whether you're a casual knitter, an expert crocheter, or dabble in loom weaving, join us as we create and chat. Bring your projects, get tips, and learn from one another. All skill levels welcome.

This group meets Thursdays in February and March.

Senior Moments: Metro North: From First to Worst

Image courtesy of flickr user mtaphotos / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Image courtesy of flickr user mtaphotos / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Thursday, March 10th at 3 p.m.

How did the best commuter railroad in the US suddenly become subject of Federal safety investigations after a series of derailments and collisions claimed lives? Why is Metro-North’s survival crucial to real estate prices in Darien? What’s the future of rail service along CT’s “Gold Coast”?

It’s a story of political intrigue, corporate malfeasance and corruption befitting a cheap novel… but it’s all true. Darien resident and long-time commuter advocate Jim Cameron spins the tale of “Metro-North: From First to Worst”.

About the presenter
Jim Cameron moved to Darien in 1991 and, as a commuter he saw first-hand the deterioration of service on Metro-North. Rather than just “getting mad”, he did something about it, joining the “Connecticut Metro-North Rail Commuter Council”, created by the CT Legislature, on which he served for 19 years, four of them as its Chairman. In 2014 he resigned and formed a new effort, The Commuter Action Group. He is member of the Representative Town Meeting in Darien CT, is Program Director of the town’s TV station, Darien TV79, and is author of the newspaper column, “Talking Transportation” which now runs in 25 newspapers across the state, including the Darien Times.

Coding for Adults: Newbies Only!

Image courtesy of codecademy
Image courtesy of codecademy

Wednesday, March 16th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.     

This event is full. Register for the waitlist.

Calling all moms, dads, entrepreneurs, college students, or anyone interested in coding! We will explore HTML terminology, and how to create tags, headings, images, and links. No experience necessary.

This class is limited to Darien residents, those employed full-time in Darien, or Friends of the Darien Library who contribute annually at the $300 level.

Darien Public Schools Art Show

Lilah Azous, second grade.
Lilah Azous, second grade.

On display Wednesday, February 10th through Wednesday, March 16th

Come view Darien Public Schools students’ artwork from Grades K-12 at the Library. The gallery is located on the Library's Lower Level.

The Art Department ’s progressive curriculum enables the students to build art media skills as well as  educating them to use curiosity and intuitive thinking to express themselves in unique artistic images. Through studio based lessons the students learn, from art historical exploration, the role of the visual arts in reflecting human values. and aesthetics.

The dedicated art faculty help the children to understand  and use the Elements of Art and the Principals of Design as the students learn new ways to see, think and express themselves.

Fireside Knitting

Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.
Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.

Thursday, March 17th at 2 p.m.

Calling all fiber artists! Whether you're a casual knitter, an expert crocheter, or dabble in loom weaving, join us as we create and chat. Bring your projects, get tips, and learn from one another. All skill levels welcome.

This group meets Thursdays in February and March.

Writer's Workshop

Photo by jjpacres / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Photo by jjpacres / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Thursday, March 17th 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.

For those interested in joining the Writer's Workshop, please come 15 minutes early to meet the workshop leader and learn Workshop guidelines. She will meet you just outside the Harris Room on the second floor.

History of Sriracha

Image courtesy of flickr user nukelarburrito / CC BY 2.0
Image courtesy of flickr user nukelarburrito / CC BY 2.0

Tuesday, March 22nd at 7 p.m.

Sriracha is a cultural mashup that typifies American cuisine: based on a Thai sauce, it was created by a Vietnamese immigrant of Chinese descent, and is made outside of LA with California-grown ingredients. In 20 years, it’s crossed over from a condiment for Pho to a mainstream American ingredient.

Historic Gatronomist Sarah Lohman has traveled to Sriracha’s California birthplace to see the factory and interview David Tran, the hot sauce’s genius creator. She’ll share with you we’ll the fascinating history of Sriracha as well exclusive interviews, primary source research, and a special peek into its artisinal production process.All your burning hot sauce questions will be answered as we explore how Sriracha has become more American than apple pie.

About the presenter
Sarah Lohman graduated with a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2005 and for her undergraduate thesis opened a temporary restaurant/installation that reinterpreted food of the Colonial era for a modern audience. Lohman moved to New York in 2006 to work as Video Producer for New York Magazine’s food blog, Grub Street.  Currently, she works with museums and galleries around the city to create public programs focused on food.

Dubbed an “historic gastronomist,” Lohman recreates historic recipes as a way to make a personal connection with the past. She chronicles her explorations in culinary history on her blog, FourPoundsFlour.com, and her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and NPR.  She appeared in NYC-TV’s mini-series Appetite City cooking culinary treats from New York’s past and is featured in The Cooking Channel’s Food: Fact or Fiction. Lohman’s first book, Eight Flavors, is due out with Simon & Schuster in Fall 2016.

Fireside Knitting

Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.
Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.

Thursday, March 24th at 2 p.m.

Calling all fiber artists! Whether you're a casual knitter, an expert crocheter, or dabble in loom weaving, join us as we create and chat. Bring your projects, get tips, and learn from one another. All skill levels welcome.

This group meets Thursdays in February and March.

History of the NYPD

New York (N.Y.) Police Department, Annual Report (1923). Held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Lloyd Sealy Library Special Collections.
New York (N.Y.) Police Department, Annual Report (1923). Held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Lloyd Sealy Library Special Collections.

Tuesday, March 29th at 7 p.m.

This class explores the complicated history of law enforcement in New York City. From its origins in the Dutch night watch system, past the pugilistic and corrupt cops of the Tammany Hall era, through the sporadic attempts at reform, and into the current era of policing, learn about the mechanics of the police force and the politics that drive it.

The class also examines recent trends in crime and criminality: the sharp spike in crimefrom the 1960s to 1990s, followed by the sudden and unexpected reduction in crime in the 1990s and 2000s. This shift, only partially explained, means that we’re living in a city that is possibly safer than ever before, but has also left some communities shattered by the thirty-year long war on drugs, zero tolerance policies, and statistically driven policing tactics.

About the presenter
Patrick Lamson-Hall is an urban planner and a research scholar at the NYU Stern Urbanization Project. His research interests include urbanization in the developing world, alternative transportation, and public space. As part of his work at NYU, he manages the India Urban Expansion Observatory in Mumbai, India, along with the Ethiopia Urban Expansion Initiative, a project to prepare rapidly growing cities for their spatial growth. He hails from Portland, Oregon, and enjoys hiking, biking, and books.

The Novel Tea featuring Cheryl Strayed

Photo credit: Joni Kabana
Photo credit: Joni Kabana

Wednesday, March 30th from 12 to 2 p.m.

Join us on an adventure with Cheryl Strayed at our first Novel Tea fundraiser. The lunch will be held at Wee Burn Country Club on Wednesday, March 30th from 12—2 p.m.

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir WILD, the New York Times bestsellers TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS and BRAVE ENOUGH, and the novel TORCH.

Tickets and tables are currently on sale here. Each table seats 10 people, and all attendees will receive a signed copy of Wild.

All funds raised from the Novel Tea will be dedicated to Darien Library resources, including technology, purchasing new books and supporting programs and guest speakers.