The Annual Meeting of the Friends of Darien Library

Kate Manning
Kate Manning

Friends of the Darien Library cordially invite you to the Annual Meeting

Saturday, November 1st at 5 p.m.

Kate Manning, author of My Notorious Life, will be the featured speaker. This novel is the evocative, absolutely unforgettable new novel from Kate Manning. Inspired by the true story of Ann Trow Lohman, a female physician who became one of the most controversial figures in Victorian New York City. My Notorious LIfe, now published in paperback, vibrantly portrays a charismatic, passionate woman who changed the lives of countless others. 

Reviews for My Notorious Life:

“A daring page-turner.” — O, The Oprah Magazine

“This intriguing, thought-provoking work of historical fiction is a testament to the strength of the human spirit.”— Real Simple

Preceding the presentation, election of officers and new trustee nominations for the year 2014/2015 will take place.

Learn about the year's developments at Darien Library from Amy Cholnoky, President of the Board, and Alan Gray, Director of the Library.

Reception and book signing to follow. Books will be available for purchase.

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

Meet the Author - Dana Cowin

Dana Cowin
Dana Cowin

Tuesday, November 11th at 7 p.m.

Dana Cowin, author of Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen will be our featured speaker.

An uproarious, inspiring cookbook from the longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, in which the first lady of food spills the secret of her culinary ineptitude, while learning—finally—to cook, side-by-side with some of the greatest chefs working today, from David Chang to Alice Waters to Thomas Keller.

About the Author

Dana Cowin, Food & Wine’s Editor-in-Chief since 1995, has been covering the world of food, wine, style, and design for over 30 years. She sits on the board of directors of City Harvest, a New York City hunger-relief organization, Wholesome Wave Foundation, dedicated to providing access to sustainable foods, and Hot Bread Kitchen, an organization that helps train low-income men and women to join the culinary workforce. In 2012, she was an inductee into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who in Food & Beverage in America. She is an alumna of Brown University and lives in New York City with her husband and two children. To read more about Dana’s adventures follow her at @fwscout on Twitter and on Instagram.

A book signing will follow the authors’ presentations. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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

Meet the Author - Marilyn Johnson

Marilyn Johnson
Marilyn Johnson

Thursday, November 13th at 7 p.m.

Marilyn Johnson, author of Lives in Ruins, will be our featured speaker.

Lives in Ruins is an absorbing and entertaining look at the lives of contemporary archaeologists as they sweat under the sun for clues to the puzzle of our past. Johnson digs and drinks alongside archaeologists, chases them through the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and even Machu Picchu, and excavates their lives. Her subjects share stories we rarely read in history books, about slaves and Ice Age hunters, ordinary soldiers of the American Revolution, children of the first century, Chinese woman warriors, sunken fleets, mummies.

What drives these archaeologists is not the money (meager) or the jobs (scarce) or the working conditions (dangerous), but their passion for the stories that would otherwise be buried and lost.

About the Author

Marilyn Johnson has been a staff writer for Life and an editor at Esquire, Redbook, and Outside. The Dead Beat was chosen for the Borders Original Voices program and was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award.

A book signing will follow the authors’ presentations. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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

Art On View: Trish Monahan

The work of Trish Monahan
The work of Trish Monahan

July 22nd through September 2nd

Closing Reception Friday, August 29th from 6 to 8 p.m.

In her own words, "As an artist, I always seek to explore and capture moments of wonder in the natural world: the feeling of an open meditative space infused with light, the geometric patterns of a landscape, bodies in motion, twisted trees and gardens that tangle. These constantly changing rhythms and colors fascinate me, for in nature we find the vital force, the very essence of life itself.

My art education came mostly from seeing, from looking deeply at things, and from being exposed to so much great art in the cities where I have visited and lived. It seems I have been been studying art and science for most of my life. After attending art and design classes at Wayne State University, Parsons School of Design and The Art Students League, I fine-tuned my eye working as a textile artist and clothing designer for several years in New York. I now paint in Westport, Connecticut as a member of "The Art Studio."

For many years now I have also been working in the Natural Healing field and this certainly influences my artwork. Working hands-on with people in such a close way increases your sensitivity to subtle currents of energy and what lies beneath the surface. The deeper unspoken truths are an integral part of my work, and I hope it is something the viewer feels when observing my paintings.

Friday Night Features in August

We will screen DEVIL'S KNOT Friday, August 15th.
We will screen DEVIL'S KNOT Friday, August 15th.

Friday, August 1st at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - We Could Be King (2014) Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 80 minutes. 

Slashing budgets and still facing shortfalls, Philadelphia did the unthinkable. It shuttered Germantown High School and sent its students to archrival Martin Luther King, leaving a first-time head coach and a new principal to join together in a fight to unite bitter adversaries. An intimate and unflinching snapshot of urban America's education crisis, We Could Be King is a celebration of the power of sports to bring young people, neighborhoods and a city together.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, August 8th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Girl on a Bicycle (2013) Starring Nora Tschirner, Vincenzo Amato, and Louise Monot; Rated R; 101 minutes.

Paolo, an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, has just proposed to his true love, the German stewardess, Greta, when the young French beauty, Cécile pulls up beside his bus on her bicycle – and, in short order, Paolo, following some very bad advice from his friend, Derek, finds himself with a German fiancée, a French “wife,” two Australian children who call him “Papa,” and his life upside-down.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

Friday, August 15th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Devil's Knot (2013) Starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth; Not Rated; 114 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Director Atom Egoyan adapts journalist Mara Leveritt's  non-fiction book to the screen in this docudrama centered on the investigation into the notorious West Memphis Three case. Centered on the investigation conducted by private detective Ron Lax, The Devil's Knot details the discovery of crucial DNA evidence that helped to win back the freedom of Arkansas teens Damien Echols, James Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr., who were accused of ritualistically murdering three young boys in 1993.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

Friday, August 22nd at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.The Lunchbox (2014) Starring Irrfan Khan; Rated PG; 105 minutes; Presented in Hindi with English subtitles.

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects Ila, a neglected housewife, to Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Through a series of exchanged notes that they pass back and forth through the lunches, Saajan and Ila find comfort in their unexpected friendship.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

Friday, August 29th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Tim's Vermeer (2014) Documentary Feature; Rated PG-13; 80 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography? Spanning a decade, Jenison's adventure takes him to Holland, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and eventually even to Buckingham Palace. The epic research project Jenison embarks on is as extraordinary as what he discovers.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

All films are free and open to the public.

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

Winners of the Tree Conservancy Photo Contest

Best in Show, School age group. Photo taken by Josiah Harris, 7th Grade.
Best in Show, School age group. Photo taken by Josiah Harris, 7th Grade.

Winning photographs in the Tree Conservancy of Darien’s 2014 ‘Celebration of Trees’ photography contest will be on display at Darien Library on the second floor by the fireplace beginning May 6th, 2014 until May 31st.

In its second year, the photo contest promotes the value of Darien’s trees by encouraging participants to capture the beauty of the majestic, historic, attractive and unusual trees around town.

The Tree Conservancy of Darien is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the tree and forest resources for the benefit of the community, its health and its quality of life. Its goals are to educate the community about the value of trees and their care, to identify and revitalize significant (heritage) trees in town, to maintain a stewardship program for the care and maintenance of existing trees, and to build partnerships to achieve conservancy goals.

For more information visit the Tree Conservancy of Darien.

 

Art On View: Tom Kretsch

The work of Tom Kretsch
The work of Tom Kretsch

Tom Kretsch

Opening Reception Friday, March 21st at 6 p.m.

An exhibition of photographs entitled “Street Vibes- Places and Faces of Nicaragua” will open at the Darien Library on March 19th. The work by Tom Kretsch is the culmination of yearly visits to Nicaragua as part of the Norwalk Sister City Project, a non-profit that he serves on as a board member. Tom has traveled to various parts of Nicaragua including Granada, San Juan Del Sur, Leon and Nagarote where the project has helped a very poor barrio for over 25 years. With a keen eye and a wandering spirit, Tom has observed and captured the colorful architecture and the wonderful street life of this beautiful country.

About Tom Kretsch

An award-winning photographer who resides in Westport, Tom has turned his passion for photography into a business called Peaceful Places. A retired educator in Norwalk for 36 years, Tom now exhibits his work in shows in New England during the summer and fall. His work has appeared in Vermont Life Magazine and has been placed in a number of corporate and professional offices.

The exhibit runs March 19th - April 25th.

Friday Night Features in June

We will screen THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Friday, June 20th.
We will screen THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Friday, June 20th.

Friday, June 6th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Still Mine (2012) Starring James Cromwell, Ronan Rees, and Geneviève Bujold; Rated PG-13; 102 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

An older couple fight against local authorities in rural New Brunswick to build their final home.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, June 13th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Diana (2013) Starring Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, and Cas Anvar; Rated PG-13; 113 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, June 20th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Starring Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, and Mathieu Amalric; Rated R; 100 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, June 27th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Invisible Woman (2013) Starring Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, and Kristin Scott Thomas; Rated R; 111 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

All films are free and open to the public.

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

Friday Night Features in May

We will screen THE MONUMENTS MEN Friday, May 30th.
We will screen THE MONUMENTS MEN Friday, May 30th.

Friday, May 2nd at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, and Paul Giamatti; Rated PG-13; 125 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A doting father, Walt Disney promises his adoring daughters that he will bring their favorite fictional nanny Mary Poppins to the big screen. Little does Walt realize that surly author P.L. Travers has no intention of seeing her most famous creation bastardized on the big screen, a fact that makes keeping his promise a difficult endeavor.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, May 9th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake; Rated R; 104 minutes.

Llewyn Davis is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles—some of them of his own making. Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, scaring up what work he can find, Llewyn’s misadventures take him from the baskethouses of the Village to an empty Chicago club—on an odyssey to audition for a music mogul—and back again.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, May 16th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. - The Book Thief (2013) Starring Roger Allam and Sophie Nélisse; Rated PG-13; 131 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, May 23rd at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Delivery Man (2013) Starring Vince Vaughn, Brittany Robertson, and Chris Pratt; Rated PG-13; 105 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

An aging slacker and former sperm donor discovers that he is the biological father of 533 children, and that 142 of them have filed a lawsuit to learn his true identity in this comedy.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, May 30th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Monuments Men (2014) Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, and Cate Blanchett; Rated PG-13; 112 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

George Clooney adapts author Robert M. Edsel's book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History to tell the incredible true story of the seven art historians and museum curators who went behind enemy lines during World War II on a mission to recover some of the world's greatest works of art.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

All films are free and open to the public.

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

Friday Night Features in April

PHILOMENA will screen in our Community Room April 18th.
PHILOMENA will screen in our Community Room April 18th.

Friday, April 4th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - The Big Year (2011) Starring Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin; Rated PG; 100 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Looking to shake up their routine lives, three amateur bird watchers compete to become the ultimate "birder" by spotting the greatest number of species within a single calendar year. But the friendly rivalry soon turns into a hilariously complicated cross-country adventure as each man begins to realize that the quest for success comes at a price - and that's not chicken feed!

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, April 11th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Spinning Plates (2012) Documentary feature; Not rated; 93 minutes.

Joseph Levy's documentary Spinning Plates profiles people who run three very different restaurants. The subjects include a world-famous chef battling cancer, the owners of a 150-year-old eatery in the U.S. Midwest, and a Mexican family trying to build a better life for their daughter.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, April 18th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Philomena (2013) Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan; Rated PG-13; 98 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Judi Dench plays an elderly Irish woman who, as a teenager, gave birth while she was working at a convent. The Catholic Church had the child adopted, and now, decades later, Philomena is introduced to Martin Sixsmith, onetime government spokesperson who is now working as a freelance journalist. Martin agrees to help Philomena look for her son, and the trail takes them to the United States, and brings them face-to-face with some long-buried secrets.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

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.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

All films are free and open to the public.

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

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