Senior Moments: History of the 1950s and 1960s Through Popular Song

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Thursday, October 8th at 3 p.m.

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

In the 1950s and 1960s, popular music evolved from being an escape from reality to being a powerful method of communication. Relive this colorful time in our history. In this presentation, performer Marc Black uses a wide range of popular songs including surprising favorites like Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, great rock tunes like Blue Suede Shoes and moving folk songs like Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind. This thought provoking, multi-media show is bound to get everyone singing and feeling good about where we are.. and where we’ve been.

Friday Night Feature - 'I'll See You in My Dreams'

Friday, October 9th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - I’ll See You In My Dreams (2015) Starring Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, Malin Akerman, Blythe Danner, Mary Kay Place, June Squibb; Rated PG-13; 92 minutes;

In this vibrant, funny, and heartfelt film, a widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age. After the death of her beloved dog, Carol (Blythe Danner) finds the everyday activities that have given her life structure – her regular bridge game, gardening, a glass of wine or two – have lost their luster. With the support of three loyal girlfriends (June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, and Mary Kay Place), Carol decides to embrace the world, embarking on an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man (Martin Starr), pursuing a new love interest (Sam Elliott), and reconnecting with her daughter

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).

Musical Film Fest - 'Cabaret'

Monday,  October 12th  at 6:30 P.M. - Cabaret  (1972) Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Michael York, Marisa Berenson, Helmut GriemFritz Wepper; Rated PG ; 128 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Originally a 1966 Broadway musical, this groundbreaking Bob Fosse musical was in turn based on Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin, previously dramatized for stage and screen as I Am a Camera with Julie Harris as Sally Bowles. Fosse uses the decadent and vulgar cabaret as a mirror image of German society sliding toward the Nazis, and this intertwining of entertainment with social history marked a new step forward for the movie musical. Michael York plays a British writer who comes to Berlin in the early 1930s in hopes of becoming a teacher. He makes the acquaintance of flamboyant American entertainer Sally Bowles, played by Liza Minnelli. Sally works at the Kit Kat Klub, a George Grosz-like Berlin cabaret where each night the smirking, androgynous Master of Ceremonies (Joel Grey) introduces a jazz-driven "girlie show" to his debauched audience. Virtually all the film's musical numbers are staged within the confines of the Kit Kat Klub, and each song comments on the plot and on Germany's "progression" from hedonism to Hitlerism. Most of the Broadway score by John Kander and Fred Ebb was retained, with the welcome addition of "The Money Song." Although it lost Best Picture to The Godfather, Cabaret won eight Oscars, including awards to Minnelli, Grey, and Fosse.

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).

Elemental Meditation: Space

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Monday, October 12th at 7 p.m.

Open yourself up to Elemental Meditation in this new series. Did you know that each of the elements resides within us? Having these elements in balance inside of us helps us to be more connected to ourselves and centered as we go about our daily lives. In this seven week series, we will begin with an introduction to the five elements, followed by focused meditation based upon the elements (Earth, Space, Fire, Air, and Water), and ending with advanced meditation combining all five elements for a true balanced state.

Instructor Julie Punishill will lead the meditation group on the following dates September 28th, October 5th, October 12th, October 19th, November 16th, November 23rd, and November 30th.

Short Stories for Fall Days

Carroll Stenson
Carroll Stenson

Tuesday, October 13th at 3 p.m.

Our popular discussion series continues with a line-up of stories especially selected to offer insight into the human condition and provoke thoughtful conversation. Please join us and share with other short story enthusiasts.

Stories are available for pickup the week before each meeting.

Managing Legal Liability Risks

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Tuesday, October 13th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.


Legal liability issues confront entrepreneurs at all stages of the business life cycle from inception to exit. This workshop offers practical and timely guidelines relevant to business owners, managers, executives and investors on ways to manage legal liability risk.

This workshop will provide an introduction to:

• How insurance can protect you or not protect you
• Using contracts effectively to minimize liability
• Business related torts including negligence, product liability and defamation
• When litigation or arbitration becomes necessary

About the presenter

Gary Hirsch is a business lawyer who specializes in advising high-growth, privately-held companies on matters ranging from contracts, partnerships and IP, to venture funding, corporate governance and acquisitions.  He has practiced law for over 20 years, including long tenures with a major firm in New York, a Fortune 500 law department, and two successful technology companies, where he ran the legal functions and led his last company through an IPO.  Since starting his own business in 2012, Gary has provided his general counsel services to over 50 private companies, including start-ups in New York and Connecticut. He's also served as a SCORE counselor to numerous local businesses.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

Meet Us On Main Street is back!

Wednesday, October 14th at 11 a.m.

Meet Us On Main Street is returning! Well, sort of.

Based on a recent patron survey, we are making some changes to this popular program. It will now meet by our first floor fireplace, so it will need a new name. (Feel free to leave suggestions in comments!) And we will be unveiling a new format at our first meeting on Wednesday, September 30.

Interested but not sure what we're talking about? Meet Us On Main Street is for bookaholics! Be the first in the know about what's new and hot in books during this informal conversation. Share what you're reading and loving.

The new and improved Meet Us On Main Street will then meet every Wednesday from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. until December 9.

Hope to see you there!

Fall Semester MedEd: Surgery in the 21st Century

Dr. Joey Papa
Dr. Joey Papa

Wednesday, October 14th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Program Director, Josh Herbert, MD, Darien Library, Stamford Hospital, YWCA Darien Norwalk, and the Darien YMCA, cordially invite the public to attend this five week series of lectures that mimic the structure of the medical school experience. Each night will focus on one topic and cover the anatomy, function, common disease states, and available treatments. The physicians are board certified in their area of speciality and leaders in their fields.

Dr. Joey Papa will discuss the history of surgery, components of training for surgeons, and recent advances in the field.

CANCELLED: Raising Financially Responsible Kids

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CANCELLED due to presenter illness

Putting the phrases money management and moral character in the same sentence sounds like an oxymoron.  In fact these experts agree that through teaching their children financial literacy skills, parents can also be helping their kids to develop moral character, resilience and creativity.  This workshop is designed for parents of middle and high school-aged kids.

About the presenters

Maud Purcell, MSW, LCSW, CEAP is a skilled and seasoned Psychotherapist, and the Founder and Executive Director of The Life Solution Center of Darien, a one-of-a-kind consortium of independent businesses and practices designed to treat the whole person.

Patrick Morrow, CDFA, CRPS, is a Wealth Manager and Corporate Retirement Specialist. Patrick recognizes that finances are often emotionally charged, and takes a compassionate approach in creating the greatest benefit for clients through careful planning, analysis, and investment advice.

This program is cosponsored with YWCA Parent Awareness.

Writer's Workshop

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Thursday, October 15th 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.

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