Wednesday Matinee- 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Wednesday, July 15th at 1:30 p.m. - To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Starring Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, John Megna, Frank Overton, and Rosemary Murphy; NR; 129 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was translated to film in 1962. Set in a small Alabama town in the 1930s, the story focuses on scrupulously honest, highly respected lawyer Atticus Finch, magnificently embodied by Gregory Peck. Finch puts his career on the line when he agrees to represent Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), a black man accused of rape. The trial and the events surrounding it are seen through the eyes of Finch's six-year-old daughter Scout (Mary Badham). While Robinson's trial gives the film its momentum, there are plenty of anecdotal occurrences before and after the court date: Scout's ever-strengthening bond with older brother Jem (Philip Alford), her friendship with precocious young Dill Harris, her father's no-nonsense reactions to such life-and-death crises as a rampaging mad dog, and especially Scout's reactions to, and relationship with, Boo Radley (Robert Duvall), the reclusive "village idiot" who turns out to be her salvation when she is attacked by a venomous bigot. 

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

Coffee Brewing Methods Class

Wednesday, July 15th at 6:30 p.m.


There's more to it than just hitting the button on your keurig machine! Join the folks from NEAT Coffee as we taste one coffee prepared 4 or 5 different ways and discuss how each cup differs.

Writer's Workshop

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Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres

Thursday, July 16th at 7 p.m.

Come join The Writer's Workshop, a monthly class for writers of any genre.  A constructive atmosphere greets aspiring writers as they learn and understand a reader's perspective of their work.  While many in the group have dreams to publish, that is not a requirement.  Presently we have fiction, memoir, mystery and thriller, short story, personal essay, and poetry writers.  Let's put pen to paper and get writing!

Presented by Laura Cavers, who recently received an MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College. At Manhattanville, Laura was assistant editor to the college's award-winning literary magazine, Inkwell.  She is currently working on her first novel, Bellwethers.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'While We're Young'

Friday, July 17th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - While We're Young (2014) Starring Amanda Seyfried, Ben Stiller, Adam Driverm, Maria Dizzia, and Naomi Watts; Rated R; 94 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Noah Baumbach’s exploration of aging, ambition and success, stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enter their lives. Josh and Cornelia's friends start having children and, instead of following suit, they befriend a young hipster couple. Jamie is an aspiring documentary filmmaker, a vocation Josh already has. Soon the older couple begin enjoying the energy they feel hanging out with the younger generation, but eventually Josh begins to suspect his new best friend might not be as straightforward and trustworthy as he thought.

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).

Passport Days

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Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, July 18th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, August 15th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Get your passport at Darien Library! We will process and accept new and renewal applications. We will provide all the paperwork and take photos. Please bring fifteen dollars in cash or check for photos.  If you prefer, you can bring your own photographs. Specifications for passport photos can be found here.

What to Bring: Birth Certificate, Naturalization Certificate, one color 2’’ by 2’’ photo, a valid photo identification (such as a driver’s license) with a front and back photocopy of the ID, and personal check/money order or debit/credit card for payment of the passport fee.

Minors under age 16 cannot apply for a passport by themselves.  Both parents/guardians must appear in person and provide consent, authorizing passport issuance to the minor.  If one parent/guardian is unable to appear in person, then the application must be accompanied by a signed, notarized Form DS-3053: Statement of Consent from the non-applying parent/guardian.  More information on passports for minors can be found here.

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

Meet the Author: Sarah Leah Chase

Sunday, July 19th at 5 p.m.

Sarah Leah Chase, author of New England Open-House Cookbook, will be our featured speaker.

The latest from this celebrated cookbook guru pays homage to all the foods Sarah grew up with during those lazy-Sunday Cape Cod mornings and those blustery New England winters. Perfect for anyone who has spent any time on the coast, The New England Open-House Cookbook is full of stews to keep you warm on cold evenings in Maine, salsas and steaks for the summer’s family barbecues, and chilies for the nights where all you want to do is curl up in your oldest Nantucket-red sweatshirt and sit by a fire. 

“Exactly the food you want to cook at home – delicious, satisfying, earthy food that your friends and family will love…Familiar and yet totally original”
–Ina Garten, Intro to New England Open-House Cookbook

About the Author

Sarah Leah Chase, who founded the Massachusetts specialty food shop and catering business Que Sera Sarah, collaborated on The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook. Her other books include Nantucket Open-House Cookbook and Cold-Weather Cooking. Currently she writes a weekly food column for Nantucket’s Inquirer and Mirror newspaper and is recipe consultant to Ina Garten. Sarah and her husband, Nigel, are the owners of Coastal Goods, a retailer of fine seasoning blends. They live with their son on Cape Cod.

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).

Foreign Film Fest: 'Saawariya'

Monday, July 20th at 1:30 p.m. - Saawariya (Indian) (2007) Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Salman Khan, Rani Mukerji, Zohra Sehgal, and Begum Para; Rated PG; 142 minutes; Presented with captions.

The title of Saawariya carries a double meaning; it refers to both an epithet for the Hindu god Krishna and to a title sought by many Indian lovers, who wish to reach a state of "Saawariya," or overpowering consumption by love. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's romantic drama Saawariya weaves the tale of the ill-fated romance between two such individuals: artist Raj, who finds the fulfillment of his soul's yearning when he enters one of the most picturesque rural hamlets in India, and his lover, Sakina, a mysterious young woman whom he spots standing on a bridge. Raj tries desperately to win Sakina's love and devotion, but finds it increasingly difficult to accept the truth of her past. 

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

Become Invisible Online

This could be you.
This could be you.

Tuesday, July 21st from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Internet is a wonderful tool and social experience for most users. However, what do you do if things go wrong? Maybe you start receiving persistent emails and phone calls? Or worse yet, someone steals your identity or attempts to ruin your reputation online. Fortunately, there are ways you can fight back.

In this two hour class, you will learn:
• How to protect your identity
• Remove yourself from people finding search engines
• How to handle being attacked online
• What laws are in place to protect you
• The history of online identities and their evolution thanks to social media

English Conversation Group

Wednesday, July 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

Improve your English conversation skills in an informal group setting. Attendees will have the opportunity to expand vocabulary and practice nuanced speaking. Meet other community members and share perspectives and experiences. All levels of fluency are welcome to attend. Native speakers welcome!

Perhaps you'd like to practice your Hebrew, Mandarin, or American Sign Language skills. Interested in leading a coversation group at Darien Library? Email

Friday Night Feature - 'Woman in Gold'

Friday, July 24th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Woman in Gold (2015) Starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany, Daniel Brühl, and Charles Dance; Rated PG-13; 107 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Six decades after WWII, an elderly Jewish woman (Helen Mirren) returns to Vienna in order to reclaim family belongings that were once seized by the Nazis in this poignant drama based on a true story. Chief among those items is the Gustav Klimt painting "The Lady in Gold." With the help of her ambitious young lawyer (Ryan Reynolds), the woman takes her fight all the way from Austria to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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).