Meet the Author - Edmund Levin

Edmund Levin
Edmund Levin

Sunday, June 1 at 5 p.m.

Edmund Levin, author of A Child of Christian Blood will be our featured speaker.

On March 20, 1911, thirteen-year-old Andrei Yushchinsky was found stabbed to death in a cave on the outskirts of Kiev. Four months later, Russian police arrested Mendel Beilis, a 37-year-old father of five who worked as a clerk in a brick factory nearby, and charged him not only with Andrei’s murder but also with the Jewish ritual murder of a Christian child. Despite the fact that there was no evidence linking him to the crime, that he had a solid alibi, and that his main accuser was a professional criminal who was herself under suspicion for the murder, Beilis was imprisoned for more than two years before being brought to trial. This is the story of a Jewish factory worker who is falsely accused of ritually murdering a Christian boy in Russia in 1913, and the trial that followed.

Praise for A Child of Christian Blood

“Good Morning America writer/producer Levin makes a century-old murder case come to life in a suspenseful true-crime thriller that had broad implications at the time. . . . [His] stellar re-creation of the personalities and events places them into the context of Russia during the last years of the tsar, and makes good use of records unavailable before the fall of the Soviet Union.” —Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Edmund Levin is a Writers Guild and Emmy award–winning writer/producer for Good Morning America. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Atlantic, and Slate, among other periodicals, and was included in The Best of Slate: A 10th Anniversary Anthology.

This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County.

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).

Friday Night Feature - 'Jobs'

We will screen JOBS Friday, February 7th.
We will screen JOBS Friday, February 7th.

Friday, February 7th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Jobs (2013) Starring Ashton Kutcher; Rated PG-13; 128 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This biopic follows the life of Steve Jobs, tracing the Apple co-founder's career from his early years in that Palo Alto garage to his rise as one of the computing industry's most admired innovators. By focusing on the key moments that drove Jobs' success and the conversations that made him such a controversial figure among critics, we are presented with an intimate portrait of a driven, deeply complex man who dedicated his life to revolutionizing the way we use computers.

"I was surprised and frequently compelled by what a starkly honest portrait it is." -- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

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

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

 

Video of Medicare: What You Should Know

On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, Maura Carley, author of "Health Insurance: Navigating Traps and Gaps" and President of Healthcare Navigation, LLC. was our featured speaker.

To learn more, please visit the event listing.

Film Screening and Discussion with Stephen R. Kellert

Mother Nature's Child
Mother Nature's Child

Thursday, January 30 at 7 p.m.

An RSVP for this event is appreciated but not required to attend.

Mother Nature's Child:Growing Outdoors in the Media Age (2011); Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 57 minutes.

This film explores nature’s powerful role in children’s health and development through the experience of toddlers, children in middle childhood and adolescents. The film marks a moment in time when a living generation can still recall childhoods of free play outdoors; this will not be true for most children growing up today. The effects of “nature deficit disorder” are now being noted across the country in epidemics of child obesity, attention disorders, and depression.

Mother Nature’s Child asks the questions: Why do children need unstructured time outside? What is the place of risk-taking in healthy child development? How is play a form of learning? Why are teachers resistant to taking students outside? How can city kids connect with nature? What does it mean to educate the ‘whole’ child?

The film screening will be followed by a brief discussion led by Stephen R. Kellert, Tweedy Ordway Professor Emeritus of Social Ecology and Senior Research Scholar at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Kellert is the author of Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World and Companions in Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Bio-Logical Capital, a firm that invests in and implements sustainable land uses on large landscapes, as well as a founding partner of Environmental Capital Partners, a private equity company investing in the environmental sector.

This program is co-sponsored by the Darien Land Trust, the Darien Nature Center, and the Greenwich Audubon.

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

 

Art On View: Helen Robinson

"Self Portrait," 2010

Artist's Reception Friday, November 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Helen Robinson's oil paintings will be on display in the Library's Lower Level Art Gallery from October 29 through December 13.

About Helen Robinson

Since graduating from Vanderbilt University this past May with a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and the History of Art, Helen has continued to pursue a career as an artist. She currently works on her paintings out of her studio in New York City on the Lower East Side. Helen’s work focuses on conceptual portraiture that is inspired by people, psychology, and the way we interact and communicate.

What Are Colleges Looking for?

Flickr image courtesy CollegeDegrees360
Flickr image courtesy CollegeDegrees360

Tuesday, February 25th at 7 p.m.

Demystify the high school curriculum planning process to reveal what colleges are really looking for. In this presentation, find out how important standardized tests and extracurricular activities really are.

Presented by Lee Gowen Marine and Lisa Nelson of Dunbar Educational Consultants and Lily Scheyhing, a tutor, teacher, and Program Director at Summit Educational Group.

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

Family Safety and Wellness Tips from the Safety Mom

Alison Jacobson
Alison Jacobson

Wednesday, February 26th at 7p.m. - “Did My Cape Just Fall Off?” Learning To Be Imperfectly Happy

Do you feel like your letting everyone down? Are you trying to live up to unrealistic expectations of what your life should be like? As caregivers, our days are filled with “must do’s” and very little free time. All too often, we allow the media, society and even our friends and family to influence how we should live our lives, leaving us feeling guilty and inadequate when we simply don’t have the time or energy to do so. Join motivational speaker and caregiver Alison Jacobson for insights on how to regain confidence, joy and live life on your terms!

Alison Jacobson is the mom of four children, step-mom to another four and care giver for a father with Alzheimer’s, a husband with Multiple Sclerosis and a son with intellectual disabilities. Alison also understands personal tragedy. In 1997 she lost her first son to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Her ability to reach people in a down-to-earth, uplifting and engaging manner while providing important information has made Alison a popular guest on many national television shows including The Today Show, Neal Cavuto, Fox & Friends and CNN as The Safety Mom.

This event is co-sponsored by Easter Seals Coastal Fairfield County.

Video of Todd Forrest of the NY Botanical Garden

On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, Todd Forest of The New York Botanical Garden was our featured speaker. He described how the New York Botanical Garden’s approach to stewardship of the Forest has evolved from a policy of “let alone” to active restoration and discuss the ecological, educational, and research goals of the ongoing management program.

For more information, please visit the event listing.

35 Years: An Interview with Director Louise Berry

On Saturday, October 19, 2013, Darien Library's honorary trustees, Ann Mandel and George Wyper interviewed Library director, Louise Berry. Berry will be retiring from the Library after 35 years of service in February 2014.

This interviewed took place at the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Darien Library presentation.

Friday Night Feature - 'Last Vegas'

We will screen LAST VEGAS Friday, February 21st.
We will screen LAST VEGAS Friday, February 21st.

Friday, February 21st at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Last Vegas (2013) Starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro; Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline; Rated PG-13; 105 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Four geriatric friends vow to set Las Vegas ablaze during the ultimate bachelor party in this all-star comedy. Amongst his friends, Billy has always been the confirmed bachelor. When Billy finally pops the question to his much-younger girlfriend, his pals Paddy, Archie, and Sam plan to send him off in style. But Vegas has changed since the last time they prowled the Strip, and once the party gets started, there's no telling how it will end.

"The comedy remains a presence throughout, but Last Vegas has a serious purpose, and the resolution of the men's journey of realization is anything but corny." -- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

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

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

 

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