The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Portrait of Henry VIII (Walker Gallery copy)
Portrait of Henry VIII (Walker Gallery copy)

Wednesday, April 29th at 7 p.m.

Transport yourself to Tudor England! Learn about the new BBC period drama through a historical context. Henry VIII was King of England from 1509 to 1547. Please join us as we explore the lives of the six women who shared his life as wives and queens. One king, six queens, and England will never be the same.

About the presenter

Dr. Ramona Garcia has taught European history at the collegiate level.  She has presented conference papers in the U.S. and Great Britain, and has publications in her field of English history, one of which has been included in the Bibliography of British and Irish History (formerly the Royal Historical Society Bibliography).

This event is cosponsored with the Darien Arts Center.

Run Your Business Smarter: The Art Of Lowering Costs and Keeping Customers Happy

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Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

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

Registration will open soon.

Reducing costs is a very effective way of  improving your cash flow --better than higher sales or increasing your price. This workshop will cover how to uncover problems of cost and inefficiency and will review some tools to solve them.

Participants will learn: 

• 5 Useful Concepts and Principles in managing your business
• How to look for and define important operational weaknesses
• Examples or typical operational problems and tools to fix them
• How to best measure and improve customer satisfaction

About the speakers

John Harmon is Managing Director of Adulant Consulting Services which advises small and medium size businesses on strategies for growth and operating excellence.  He is also a SCORE Counselor. Andy Jawlik is Managing Director at Jawlik and Associates, LLC which provides consulting and training in process and quality improvement.  He is a Lean Six Sigma black belt, and he draws on experience from IBM as a process executive. He is currently writing a book, Statistic from A to Z – Confusing Concepts Made Clear.  He is also a SCORE volunteer.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

How to Organize Your Photos

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Image courtesy of flickr user hawkexpress

Tuesday, May 5th at 6:30 p.m.

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How long has it been since you had a roll of film developed? Forever, right? However, you still have all those photos sitting around, waiting to be organized and shared with family and friends for #throwbackThursday. In this one hour class, we'll look at different techniques for making sense of those piles of photos. We'll talk about how to digitize the photos, get them into folders on your computer, and software programs that can help you easily access your visual memories.

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

MoMA Lecture: Gustav Klimt's Adele Bloch-Bauer II

Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862–1918). Adele Bloch-Bauer II. 1912. Oil on canvas. Private collection. © 2014 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Jonathan Muzika
Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862–1918). Adele Bloch-Bauer II. 1912. Oil on canvas. Private collection. © 2014 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Jonathan Muzika

Tuesday, May 5th at 7 p.m.

Get a sneak preview of a new painting on display at the Museum of Modern Art. One of two formal portraits that Gustav Klimt made of Adele Bloch-Bauer, an important patron of the artist, is now on view at MoMA as a special long-term loan from a private collection. Adele Bloch-Bauer was the wife of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, a wealthy industrialist in Vienna, where Klimt lived and worked. Completed in 1912, the composition emphasizes Bloch-Bauer’s social station within Vienna’s cultural elite. Her towering figure, in opulent dress, is set against a jewel-toned backdrop of nearly abstract patterned blocks that suggest a richly decorated domestic interior. In 1938, the Nazis took possession of this portrait along with other works of art in the Bloch-Bauer family’s collection (including Adele Bloch-Bauer I, now in the collection of the Neue Galerie, New York). In 2006, after years of legal negotiations, the works were returned to the Bloch-Bauer heirs and subsequently sold to other collections. 

About the Presenter

Larissa Bailiff (PhD, ABD, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University) is a specialist in late 19th-century and early 20th century French art and culture. Formerly an associate educator at MoMA, she continues to give tours and teach online and in-person classes for the museum. Larissa also serves as the coordinator for the Center for Curatorial Leadership’s new Mellon-funded Seminar in Curatorial Practice.

This event is part of Darien Library’s collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan. Refreshments will be served.

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

Meet the Author: The Pollan Family

The Pollan Family
The Pollan Family

Wednesday, May 6th at 7 p.m.

The Pollan Family, author of The Pollan Family Table, will be our featured speakers.

Sitting down together for dinner every night has been the cornerstone of the Pollan family for generations. Corky Pollan, despite a busy career as the Style Director of Gourmet magazine and the acclaimed Best Bets editor at New York magazine, managed to make wholesome and nourishing meals every night for her husband and four children, utilizing local and fresh ingredients long before the advent of the ―eat local movement. The shared family meal inspired Corky’s daughters ― Dana, Tracy, and Lori ― to carry the tradition into their adult lives, making it a point to cook and share meals with their own families. This stunning and practical cookbook gives readers the tools they need to implement the Pollan food philosophy in their everyday lives and to make great, nourishing, delectable meals that bring families back to the table.

The inspiration for The Pollan Family Table began when Dana, Tracy, and Lori––busy with careers, marriages, and children––found themselves routinely calling each other to ask, ―What are you making for dinner tonight? ―We kept turning to each other for fresh ideas whenever we felt stuck or we would regularly call Mom and ask for one of her recipes. Although we each had a large repertoire of our families’ favorite dishes, we would find ourselves, time and again, unable to remember the whole range of possibilities.

About the Authors

The Pollan women decided it was time to collect all their family recipes and write them down. Now, in The Pollan Family Table readers will delight in a bounty of more than 110 time-tested family recipes, cooking techniques, and pantry wisdom for delicious, wholesome, and harmonious family meals from the incredible Pollan women―mother Corky and daughters Lori, Tracy, and Dana—with a foreword from Michael Pollan, whose bestselling books have shaped our culture and the way we think about food.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

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

Iraq: Creation of Colonialism

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Image courtesy of flickr user soldiersmediacenter

Thursday, May 7th at 7 p.m.

On October 3, 1932, the British Mandate in Iraq ran out and Iraq was admitted into the League of Nations.  This bundle of grievances known as Iraq is a product of World War I/Colonialism; the result of the imperialist agendas of Britain and France in expectation of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Borders were etched in the sand with little regard for tribal affiliations, clannish associations, religious differences and ethnic passions. This talk will trace this progression beginning with the British East India Company's arrival in Basra in 1763.

About the presenter

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Mark Albertson teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq:  Creation of Colonialism, Iraq:  A History, Vietnam:  A History, World War I, The Turning Points of World War II, The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

Arab Nationalism, Arab Socialism

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Image courtesy of flickr user piaser

Tuesday, May 12th at 7 p.m.

Credit for the current Arab Spring has been accorded to President Obama with his 2009 speech in Egypt, or President Bush with his unseating of Saddam in 2003, or President Carter with the Camp David Accords in 1978. Yet, the Western military leader who has done more than three American presidents to change the face of the modern Middle East was Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1798, Napoleon led a French Revolutionary Army into Egypt and the Levant.  With this army came the ideas unleashed by the French Revolution:  Liberalism, Democracy, Republicanism, Socialism, Secularism, Nationalism, Parliamentarianism; ideas that would help to accelerate the demise of an already tottering Ottoman Empire.  This talk will explain this phenomenon in relation to the present situation in the Middle East.

About the presenter

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Mark Albertson teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq:  Creation of Colonialism, Iraq:  A History, Vietnam:  A History, World War I, The Turning Points of World War II, The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

Pick Up Your Farm Share at Darien Library this Summer!

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Image courtesy flickr user Suzie's Farm

You may have heard of a “CSA,” “vegetable box,” or “farm share” before. CSA stands for ‘Community Supported Agriculture” and it means community members get together to invest in a farm during the winter or early Spring and then when the harvest season rolls out, they pick up a weekly package of vegetables at a designated pick-up location (like us, the Library).

In 2015, Darien Library will once again be the pickup location for Stoneledge Farm’s CSA. The farm share pickup will be every Wednesday evening from 4:30-7:30 p.m. running from June 3rd until November 11th (24 weeks).

To take part, you have to sign up for a vegetable share. If you do, you can also sign up for a fruit, mushroom and/or coffee share, too.

There is the option to split a share. When you sign up and add the share to your cart, provide your share partner's name, phone number, and email address.

Costs for a share are as follows:

Vegetable $520.00

Fruit $240.00 

Mushroom $120.00 

Coffee $126.00 

Click here for more information, and here to register. The vegetables are grown locally so they are fresher than anything you’ll find in a grocery store, and incredibly varied. 

As a member of the CSA, you will be asked to complete two hours of volunteer work during the season. Volunteers do things like check people in when they pick up their share, make sure the vegetables are replenished, or move boxes.

Questions? Please contact Mallory Arents, Head of Adult Programming, at marents@darienlibrary.org.