Film Screening and Discussion - 'Haze'

Tuesday, April 28th at 7 p.m. screening for teens

The Youth Asset Team presents HAZE, Documentary Film Screening and Discussion about Underage Binge Drinking for Alcohol and Asset Awareness Month. The documentary tells the tragic story of Greenwich, CT native Lynn Gordon Bailey Jr. ("Gordie") who dies from binge drinking in his freshman year of college. The film also weaves together a collection of interviews by many national experts on the subject of alcohol abuse. The program is appropriate for parents and high school-aged students.

Following each screening, there will be a short question and answer session with panelist including former Darien High School students and a representative from Silver Hill Hospital.

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 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.

Friday Night Feature - 'The Imitation Game'

Friday, May 1st at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - The Imitation Game (2014) Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Rory Kinnear, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode, Matthew Beard, and Charles Dance; Rated PG-13; 114 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the brilliant UK mathematician and computer scientist who helped the Allies secure victory in World War II by cracking the German enigma code, and who was later prosecuted as a homosexual by his own government.

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).

An Evening at 'Wolf Hall'

Sunday, May 3rd at 5 p.m.

Join us for ‘An Evening at Wolf Hall’, a concert featuring authentic music from 16th century England. The event is inspired by the award-winning novel and Masterpiece Theatre mini-series, Wolf Hall.

The historical novel, Wolf Hall, provides the observer with an accurate glimpse into the world of Tudor England as it documents the rapid rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII through to the death of Sir/Saint Thomas More. It won both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Observer named it as one of ‘The 10 best historical novels’.

‘An Evening of Music at Wolf Hall’ will provide a special glimpse into the music of the time period of the novel. Dr. Christopher Morrongiello, a former British Marshall Scholar, and his colleague, Peter Walker, a renowned Renaissance instrumentalist and vocalist, will perform at the concert on authentic instruments, including the lute and Renaissance bagpipes. Members of the Darien High School Tudor Singers will collaborate with them. This event provides a unique opportunity for both the audience to hear these authentic instruments, and for a group of students from the Tudor singers to be accompanied by them. A wine and cheese reception will follow.

This event is cosponsored with the Darien Arts Center.

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

Résumé and Job Application Drop-In

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

Monday, May 4th from 2 to 3 p.m.

Prepare for summer employment, internships, a career search, or just polish up your résumé! Bring your résumé in for help from our Reference Librarians on:

• Editing your résumé
• Proofread your cover letters
• Troubleshoot technology issues with online job applications
• Assist in setting up an email account
• Help with other job application and résumé related advice

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

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

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

Register

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

Image courtesy of flickr user hawkexpress
Image courtesy of flickr user hawkexpress

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

This class is full. To register for the waitlist, please email marents@darienlibrary.org

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).