Music of the Grand Ole Opry: Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

Sunday, March 29th at 5 p.m.

Spend an evening on an entertaining musical journey to the Nashville, Tennessee landmark with local band Gunsmoke. The show will feature stories and songs from classic country stars from the longest running radio show in the world.

About the performer

Gunsmoke is enshrined into the Connecticut country music hall of fame, the country music and dance hall of fame in Mount Kisco, NY and elected band of the year six years in a row by the New York Metro Country Music Association.  They have performed for two sitting Presidents of the United States.  They received a citation from the state of Connecticut commemorating the bands silver anniversary of 25 years entertaining audiences with classic country music.

Refreshments will be served.

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

Digital File Management

Image courtesy of flickr user earthworm.
Image courtesy of flickr user earthworm.

Tuesday, March 31st at 6:30 p.m. 

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Do you have difficulty finding files on your computer? Is your computer a virtual display of that junk closet in your home where everything is shoved and nothing is organized? Come learn how to organize your digital documents all while keeping your computer running efficient and safe.

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

Meet Us On Main Street

Caroline and Sally show us what they're reading!
Caroline and Sally show us what they're reading!

Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

Let the experts share what's new and hot in the world of books, movies, audiobooks, articles, and everything in between! Join us for this weekly informal chat to share what you’re reading and get suggestions on what to check out next. 

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 23rd year, will present a series of workshops at Darien Library.

Submit your play using this form. Submissions are due April 1st.

Selected plays will be presented for workshop on Thursday, April 23rd and Thursday, April 30th. The workshops will allow the playwrights to refine their scripts before the final public reading. 

On Sunday, June 7th 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 7th program, which will feature four 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, Times New Roman font.

For more information, contact Workshop Director Robert Cusack at (203) 655-7699 or at robert.cusack1@att.net.

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Film Screening and Discussion: 'Tapped'

Thursday, April 2nd at 7 p.m.

Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig's debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.

From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.

From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water.

This program is cosponsored with The Darien Land Trust, Darien Nature Center, and Greenwich Audubon.

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Tax Preparation and Assistance

Image courtesy of flickr user agrilifetoday
Image courtesy of flickr user agrilifetoday

Every Friday, Walk-in and Appointments available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
February 6th through April 10th

IRS-Certified Trained AARP volunteer tax aides are available to local residents of all ages and incomes at no charge. The nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service is available to all individual filers regardless of income or age.  Started in 1968 and, since 1980, this service has operated under a cooperative agreement with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

If married, both husband and wife should be present.  Certain forms and personal and financial documents are required.  Taxpayers must bring:

Identity Documentation
- Government Issued Photo ID.
- Social Security or ITIN numbers for all taxpayers and dependents.
- Bank account/routing numbers (blank check preferable), if expecting a refund.

All 2014 income report forms received
- SSA1099 if you were paid Social Security benefits.
- W-2(s) from your employer(s).
- W-2G from gambling winnings.
- 1099G from unemployment compensation payments.
- 1099s: Bank interest, stock dividends, retirement distributions, brokers.

Other Important Documents
- Receipts for deductible expenses including real estate and vehicle taxes paid.
- Verification of the original purchase price of sold assets (home, stocks, etc.).
- Receipts/canceled checks if itemizing deductions (e.g., charity contributions).
- Proof of Health Insurance (Form 1095-A from Health Insurance Marketplace or private plan identification).

Copy of last year’s Federal and State tax return(s), if possible.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 203-669-5236

Friday Night Feature - 'Birdman'

Friday, April 3rd at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Birdman (2014) Starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts; Rated R; 119 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of actor Riggan Thomson, played by Michael Keaton. Famous for portraying an iconic superhero, Riggan struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, career, and himself.

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

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How Financial Statements Help Run the Business Now and Plan for the Future

Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos
Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

Tuesday, April 7th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30

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Knowing how financial statements work can help you run your business better now and help you estimate the financial value of  your growth strategy.

Participants will learn: 

• The purposes and uses of the 3 major financial statements: the P&L, the Balance Sheet, and the Cash Flow Statement
• How the financial statements work together to help you better understand your business
• Some key financial ratios which illuminate your customers strengths and weaknesses
• How to build use financial statements to estimate the financial value of your growth strategy

About the speakers

John Harmon is a SCORE volunteer.  He is Managing Director of Adulant Consulting Services which advises small and medium size businesses on strategies for growth and operating excellence.  John has held senior leadership and executive positions in sales marketing, quality management, strategic planning, and new business development at Eastman Kodak, The Gartner Group, and Pitney Bowes.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

MoMA Lecture: Björk Retrospective

Molleen Theodore
Molleen Theodore

Tuesday, April 7th at 7 p.m.

The Museum of Modern Art presents a retrospective of the multifaceted work of composer, musician, and singer Björk. The exhibition draws from more than 20 years of the artist’s daring and innovative projects and her eight full-length albums to chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, and costumes.

About the Presenter

Molleen Theodore is the assistant Curator of Programs at the Yale University Art Gallery and a lecturer in the Education Department at the Museum of Modern Art. She received her Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2010 with a specialization in twentieth century art, photography, and film studies. Ms. Theodore was appointed critic at the Yale School of Art in 2012.

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).

Selling Your Treasures on eBay

Image courtesy Flickr user Kazuhisa OTSUBO.
Image courtesy Flickr user Kazuhisa OTSUBO.

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

Back by popular demand! Have you thought about selling your treasures on eBay but you’re not sure where to start? Sue Skerrett has been selling on eBay for 12 years and is here to show you the ropes when it comes to creating an account, setting up a list, accepting payment through PayPal, and more.

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