How to Find People of Color in Your Family Research

Come meet Virginia and hear her tale!
Come meet Virginia and hear her tale!

Saturday, May 17th at 2:00 p.m.

Virginia Banerjee will talk about how she inherited the estate of two free mulatto women -- well to do women from 1850! How did Virginia, who was unrelated to them, inherit? She will talk about her search to learn about these two women. 

The program includes Virginia’s first-hand memories of the last generation of the family, as well as things that they remembered…such as seeing the Lincoln funeral train! Exhibits include photos, as well as documents. Virginia will also offer ideas and methodology gleaned from her experience with searching for persons of color.


Come Talk About Your Work at 1 p.m.

Join your fellow genealogists an hour before Virginia's program to dicuss your family research. Bring your most pressing question or issue and we'll try to help in a group setting. 

These programs are co-hosted by the Middlesex Genealogical Society

Organize and Protect Your Digital Life

Image courtesy of Flickr user magic_quote
Image courtesy of Flickr user magic_quote

Wednesday, April 30th at 7 p.m. In the Mezzanine Conference Room

Is your hard drive clicking? Did you leave your phone behind in a cab? Your digital life is at risk!

Your digital life encompasses the thousands of digital documents, photos, video, etc. that you create every year. If you do not take precautions, you can lose all of your digital memories in one epic loss.

In this one-hour class, you will learn how to prevent data loss through redundant backups and proper storage of your media (CDs, DVDs, and paper objects). Also, you will learn the basics of how to digitize and organize your photos and documents so you continue to have access to your documents for years to come.

This program is for Preservation Week which runs April 27th to May 3rd.

Meet the Author - Evie Wyld

© Roelof Bakker
© Roelof Bakker

Tuesday, April 29th at 12 noon

Evie Wyld, author of All the Birds, Singing will be our featured speaker. A light lunch will be served.

Please register for this event.

Shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Award for Best Novel

Check out Evie's interview with NPR's Weekend Edition

Jake Whyte is living on her own in an old farmhouse on a craggy British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. Her disobedient collie, Dog, and a flock of sheep are her sole companions, which is how she wanted it to be. But every few nights something—or someone—picks off one of the sheep and sounds a new deep pulse of terror. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumors of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is also Jake's past—hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, held in the silences about her family and the scars that stripe her back—a past that threatens to break into the present. With exceptional artistry and empathy, All the Birds, Singing reveals an isolated life in all its struggles and stubborn hopes, unexpected beauty, and hard-won redemption.

About the Author

Evie Wyld grew up in Australia and London, where she currently resides. She received an M.A. in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the recipient of the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize and a Betty Trask Award.

Books will be available for purchase at this event.

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop

Workshop your play.
Workshop your play.

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop is excited to announce that the Actors/Playwrights Workshop, now in its 22nd year, will present a series of workshops at Darien Library.

Submit your play using this form. Submissions are due April 30th.

On Sunday, June 15 at 2 p.m., the Actors/Playwrights Workshop will present the first public-staged reading of selections from the plays in the Library’s Community Room.

The Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes Actors’ Equity actors and non-Equity actors to participate, brings together local and regional playwrights and actors, and encourages a collaborative effort to create new plays and present a public-staged reading.

Co-founded by the late Catherine Lindsey and her husband Robert, the workshop introduces original plays in progress to be developed in a workshop environment with the goal of the public-staged readings. Catherine Lindsey was a beloved friend of the Library and director of Darien Library Theater for over 25 years. The memorial workshops will offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment.

The Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes all interested playwrights and actors, with or without experience, to join. The sessions offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment, culminating in the June 15th program, which will feature  six staged performances. The musicals, monologues, short scenes from full-length and one-act plays to be performed will be chosen by the Darien Library Selection Committee.

When writing your piece please keep in mind that the number of cast members is limited, only one play may be submitted per person, and plays must be 10-minutes long or less. Please limit your plays to 10-pages double-spaced, 12 point font.

For more information, contact Workshop Director Robert Cusack at (203) 655-7699 or at

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

Register for These Spring Tech Classes

In April/May: LinkedIn, Word, and Excel
In April/May: LinkedIn, Word, and Excel

Class registration is limited to Darien residents, those who work in Darien full-time, and Friends who have donated $300 or more.

Register: Intermediate Excel (This class is now full. Please contact to be added to the waitlist.)
Thursday, April 24th, 2 - 4 p.m.

Learn how to use sorting, filtering, and lists to make your data come alive.

Register: LinkedIn
Thursday, May 1st, 2-4 p.m.

Learn about the social media craze and how to set up your own LinkedIn account. This workshop will explore finding and establishing connections, group memberships, and effectively using LinkedIn for your job search!

Register: Introduction to Microsoft Word
Tuesday, May 6th, 2 – 4 p.m.

Use word processing software to your advantage to create professional, dynamic documents.

Friday Night Feature - 'Captain Phillips'

We will screen CAPTAIN PHILLIPS in our Community Room April 25th.
We will screen CAPTAIN PHILLIPS in our Community Room April 25th.

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.

"This is acting of the highest order in a movie that raises the bar on what a true-life action thriller can do." -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out what else we're screening in April.

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




Poetry for Spring

Wally Swist
Wally Swist

Sunday, April 27th at 2 p.m.

"O Wind, If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?" -- Percy Bysshe Shelley

As Shelley reminds us, April is here and spring has sprung, even though we're not quite in short sleeves yet. April is also National Poetry Month, when we get to celebrate the written word. On Sunday, April 27, Darien Library will present Poet's Voice, part of a series of readings in Fairfield County libraries, with a special program featuring poet Wally Swist.

Author of over 20 books and chapbooks of original poetry, Wally Swist is also a bookseller, editor, and has written hundreds of published feature articles and reviews. He is a native New Englander who shares his journeys in the natural and spiritual worlds through poetry. Please join us at 2 PM on April 27 for his reading, followed by a wine and cheese reception. As reviewer Gary Metras noted, "To read a Wally Swist poem is to see a piece of the world in a special way." 

Information at Your Fingertips

Image courtesy Flickr user lestaylorphoto
Image courtesy Flickr user lestaylorphoto

All classes are on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., in the Conference Room, with one exception noted below.

Tuesday, April 29th at 6 :30 p.m. - Register: Finance and Investing (meets in the Technology Center)

The Library is home to a wealth of information for first-time investors up through the most seasoned shareholders. Explore these resources to keep your fingers on the pulse of your own investments.

Tuesday, May 6th at 6:30 p.m. - Register: Job Search

Starting a job search can be overwhelming, especially with all of the different websites that are now available. Come learn about the Library's premium online resources available to help you search postings, zoom in on companies in an industry or region, and define your career goals with free asessments.

Save time! Save money! Save the planet!

Single Stream Recycling Logo
Single Stream Recycling Logo

Single Stream Recycling can do it all!

Sunday, April 27th at 2 p.m.

Are you still picking through your weekly trash? “Plastic goes here, metal goes here, paper goes here,” sound familiar? Do you think recycling is too complicated? Not worth the effort?

Please join local single stream recycling experts and learn how easy it is to know before you throw. You will have a chance to test your recycling IQ-- are you doing everything you can to reduce, reuse, and recycle?

Refreshments will be served-- we will show you how to properly dispose of the wrappers, plates, cups, and napkins!

This event is for all ages, you are never too young or too old to start recycling!

The first 50 Darien residents will receive a free pass to the Darien Refuse and Recycling Center. (limited to one pass per household)

This event is cosponsored by the Darien Recycling Center Advisory Committee.

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

Meet Us On Main Street

Wednesdays at 11 a.m. - Meet Us On Main Street
Wednesdays at 11 a.m. - Meet Us On Main Street

"You Are What You Read" goes LIVE!

Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

After a holiday hiatus, we are back to tell you about the latest and greatest books, movies, apps, and articles that we are currently digging. Please join us for this weekly, informal discussion.

There will be "oooohs." There will be "ahhhhs." There will be laughs. We hope to see you there. 


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