Friday Night Feature - 'Burnt'

Friday, May 13th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Burnt (2015) Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Lily James, Uma Thurman, Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl; Rated R; 100 minutes; Presented with Captions for the hearing impaired.


Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper), a young chef who was once a rising star in the restaurant world, is recovering from a drug addiction that had decimated his promising career. After getting clean he heads to London to take the helm of a top restaurant and is determined to earn it three Michelin stars.

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).

Small Space Gardening: Building a Polyculture Garden

Saturday, May 14th at 10 a.m.

Forget about the inefficient and wasteful old methods of gardening of our grandparents. We will discuss how you can plant your garden in a small space yet yield a multitude of harvests for your family to enjoy. Some know it as square foot or grid gardening, intensive planting, intercropping – potato, pah-tah-toe. We will discuss the how’s and whys of this efficient and effective organic gardening method.

About the presenters
In 2012, Christine Segalas and Mark Gaulke formed Homegrown Harvest LLC.  The company's mission is to help people grow their own food with ease whether it's on the front porch, balcony, rooftop or backyard. Mark and Christine are committed to providing families with the knowledge and know-how so they can enjoy the multitude of rewards in growing their own homegrown harvests. Both are certified instructors in the Square Foot Gardening (SFG) method from the Square Foot Gardening Foundation. Christine Segalas is an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) as certified by the Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association (CTNOFA)

Finding Italian Records - Italian Genealogy

Photo by Alessandroferri / CC BY-SA 4.0
Photo by Alessandroferri / CC BY-SA 4.0

Saturday, May 14th at 2 p.m. 
In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room

For the last 12 years, while not doing continuing research on her own family, Toni has been teaching several levels of genealogy in her home town of Ridgefield, CT. Toni is on a mission to expose as many people as possible to the fun, excitement, and importance of tracing their own genealogy. She believes documenting your family history is important for yourself and for future generations, even if they are not interested or don't have the time now. Over the years she has taught over 2100 hours of genealogy courses at Founders Hall in Ridgefield, and Redding, CT as well as Bronxville and Mamaroneck, NY.

She has also been a popular lecturer at various genealogy societies in the New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Boston, and Long Island areas.

About Toni McKeen

Toni was born in Miami, Florida. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Biology from C.W. Post College on L.I. Toni has been married for over 40 years, and has two children and two grandchildren (both gorgeous and brilliant, naturally). Her training from her research background while earning her degrees in biology helped her to establish organized systems and charts for recording family information for herself and her students…a problem for most researchers.

Social Hour at 1 p.m. 

Join your fellow genealogists and family historians an hour before the program at the Social Hour. Drinks and cookies will be provided as you meet with other researchers.

This event is co-sponsored with the Middlesex Genealogical Society.

Music in the Stacks: Bob Dylan Tribute

Image courtesy of Jeff Slate
Image courtesy of Jeff Slate

Sunday, May 15th at 5 p.m.

Join us for an evening of classic rock with a concert celebrating the music of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Elo from some of the top musicians in New York City, Jeff Slate & Friends.

About the performers
Jeff Slate is a singer/songwriter from New York City. In the mid-90’s he released The Townshend Tapes, on which The Who’s Pete Townshend acted as Executive Producer, and opened for Sheryl Crow on her “Tuesday Night Music Club” tour. In 1997 he founded the band The Badge, who released four albums and countless singles, EPs and live “bootleg” sets, and went on to become darlings of the UK/European “mod” scene in the 2000’s. Birds of Paradox, his first solo album of original material, was released in 2012. It was followed in November 2013 by Imposters & Attractions. Slate is a regular contributor to EsquireRolling Stone, and many other outlets, writing about music and culture. 

Earl Slick toured the world with David Bowie and appeared on many Bowie albums, from David Live! through The Next Day, and played on John Lennon’s last recording sessions. Steve Holley was a member of Paul McCartney & Wings from 1978-1981. Rick Mullen has toured the world with Don McLean and The Commander Cody Band. Charly Roth has played with a who’s who of rock legends, including Ozzy Osbourne, and currently serves as the Chief Music Supervisor on the Denis Leary show Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. Jimmy “Mack” McElligott has performed and/or recorded with including Gene Cornish (Young Rascals), Carlos Alomar (Bowie, Lennon), Arno Hecht (Rolling Stones), Rob Stoner (Bob Dylan), and many others.

Refreshments will be served.

Résumé and Job Application Drop-In

Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos | CC BY 2.0
Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos | CC BY 2.0

Monday, May 16th from 3 to 4 p.m.

Prepare for a career change, internship, employment search, or just polish up your résumé! Bring your résumé in for help from our Reference Librarians on:

• Editing your résumé
• Proofread your cover letters
• Troubleshoot technology issues with online job applications
• Assist in setting up an email account
• Help with other job application and résumé related advice

Mondays in May

State Budget Analysis with Keith Phaneuf

Terrie Wood
Terrie Wood

Tuesday, May 17th from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Come join State Representative Terrie Wood as she welcomes Connecticut Mirror’s expert state budget reporter Keith Phaneuf for an in-depth budget analysis.

About the presenters
Terrie Wood is serving her 4th term as State Representative for Darien and Norwalk. She currently serves as ranking member on the Human Services committee, and also serves on the Regulations Review and Finance, Revenue, and Bonding committees.

Keith M. Phaneuf with Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, won first prize in investigative reporting from the Education Writers Association in 2012 for a series of stories on the Board of Regents for Higher Education. The former State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, Keith has spent most of 24 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut's transportation and social services networks. A former contributing writer to The New York Times, Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut. 

A Home with Heart

Tuesday, May 17th at 7 p.m.

Psychologist and Executive Director of The Southfield Center, Dr. Christopher Bogart, presents.  He will focus on the importance of the home environment in fostering mentally healthy youth. The talk will cover compelling research about factors that promote resilience and grit, as well as parenting styles that create confidence and a healthy independence in children. Dr. Bogart will discuss the importance of predictability and structure in the home, and will examine current thinking on how to balance outside activities with unscheduled time for family interaction.

A Home with Heart is presented by The Southfield Center in conjunction with The Thriving Youth Initiative (of The Community Fund of Darien), The Darien House Tour:  Homes with Heart, and the Darien Library.

Wednesday Matinee - 'Greenfingers'

Wednesday May 18th at 1:30 P.M. Greenfingers (2001) Starring Clive Owen, Helen Mirren, Natasha Little, David Kelly, Warren Clarke , Danny Dyer Rated R; 100 minutes; Presented with Captions for the hearing impaired.


When Colin Briggs is placed in an experimental program to finish off his prison sentence, all he wants is peace and quiet. After his wise, elderly roommate Fergus introduces him to gardening, Colin uncovers a talent and passion for plants. Teaming up with his fellow inmates, Colin gets the attention of celebrated gardener Georgina Woodhouse. Soon, the unexpected gardeners are preparing to compete for the Hampton Court Flower Show. When Colin meets Georgina's beautiful daughter Primrose, he discovers another reason to fight for his freedom: true love

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).

Growing Organic: Planning Your Garden

Wednesday, May 18th at 7 p.m.

Organic gardening can be simple when you make a plan ahead of time. We will discuss organic methods such as crop rotations and companion planting when creating your garden – methods that unleash a few of Mother Nature’s secrets.

About the presenters
In 2012, Christine Segalas and Mark Gaulke formed Homegrown Harvest LLC.  The company's mission is to help people grow their own food with ease whether it's on the front porch, balcony, rooftop or backyard. Mark and Christine are committed to providing families with the knowledge and know-how so they can enjoy the multitude of rewards in growing their own homegrown harvests. Both are certified instructors in the Square Foot Gardening (SFG) method from the Square Foot Gardening Foundation. Christine Segalas is an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) as certified by the Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association (CTNOFA)

Friday Night Feature - 'East Side Sushi'

Friday, May 20th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - East Side Sushi (2014) Starring Diana Elizabeth Torres, Yutaka Takeuchi, Rodrigo Duarte Clark, Kaya Jade Aguirre, Roji Oyama ; Rated PG; 107 minutes; Presented with Captions for the hearing impaired.


Single mom Juana can slice and dice anything with great speed and precision. After working at a fruit-vending cart for years, she decides to take a job at a local Japanese restaurant. Intrigued by the food, she learns to make a multitude of sushi on her own. Eventually she attempts to become a sushi chef, but is unable to because she is the 'wrong' race and gender. Against all odds, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, determined to not let anyone stop her from achieving her dream.

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).