Readers’ Advisory Festival

Readers' Advisory Festival
Readers' Advisory Festival

Tuesday, September 30th from 12 to 2 p.m.
Library Courtyard, weather permitting

Join your favorite readers’ advisors to learn more about great fall books, non-fiction favorites, red-hot romances, book group recommendations, and more. We’ll have piles of our favorites at the ready to help you find that next great read on the spot, and we'll also send you home with a reading list longer than your arm. Plus, enter our raffle and take a chance with our grab bag to win fantastic prizes—everybody wins something! We love reading and we know you do too—so read with us!

Refreshments will be served.

Intermediate Microsoft Excel

Image courtesy Flickr user AJ Cann
Image courtesy Flickr user AJ Cann

Tuesday, September 30th from 2 to 4 p.m.


Learn how to use sorting, filtering, and lists to make your data come alive.

The 6-Figure Freelancer : Everything I've Learned Building My Consulting Business

Clinton Warren
Clinton Warren

Wednesday, October 1st from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Register here

Clint Warren left a career in finance 4 years ago to become a personal trainer, getting sidetracked by web development along the way. Since then, he's built his consulting business from $16,000 per year to well over $16,000 per month. In this workshop, he reveals everything he's learned to help others looking to start a new consulting business or grow an existing one.

What's covered:

• How to quickly and effectively build a reputation, brand, and identity
• How to land your first few clients
• The most cost effective strategies for marketing your business, both online and in person
• How to manage projects and when to build a team
• How to consistently charge more and land bigger clients

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

Financial Aid 101: What to Know and Where to Go to Find the Dough

Image courtesy flickr user Simon Cunningham
Image courtesy flickr user Simon Cunningham

Thursday, October 2nd at 7 p.m.

There is a lot of financial aid available to college students if they know where to look. Join Daniel M. Patti as he walks participants through the steps to finding and securing opportunities for financial aid. Recommended for parents of students in grades 8 through 12.

Presented by Daniel M. Patti, a Certified Financial Planner at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC with the Beringer Weinstock Group in Darien, CT. Dan has over 13 years experience helping individuals, families, small businesses and non-profit organizations with investment, education and retirement planning. For several years Dan has presented his Financial Aid expertise to parents and students throughout Fairfield, Westchester and Litchfield counties. Dan resides with his wife and children in Newtown, CT.

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

Googling Your Genealogy

Use Google to discover your family members!
Use Google to discover your family members!

Saturday, October 4th at 2 p.m.
In the Community Room

Expert genealogist and family historian, Philip Hayes, will be presenting on how to use Google to find your family's story. He will teach you to use: 

  • Google Search. With over 20 million indexed pages, Google is the most valuable search tool for Genealogists. Learn how to use boolean search queries to filter your results and discover hidden content related to your ancestors.
  • Google Alerts. Learn how to leverage Google Alerts, a free content monitoring service that will notify you when new content related to your interests appears in the Google Search Index.
  • Google Books. Search the text of almost 130 million books – over 4 billion digital pages, to find content related to your ancestors.
  • Google News. There are over 25,000 news sites in the Google News Index. Google aggregates all the news content from these sites into one search engine
  • Google Maps & Earth. Pinpoint your ancestors homestead and more!
  • Google Translate. Learn how to use Google’s free translation service. It allows you to enter text and translate to and from a variety of languages.

Come Talk About Your Work at 1 p.m.

This is an informal one hour discussion session/round table where everyone is invited to participate. Think of the most important question or issue that you have about your genealogy. It may be a brick wall that you are facing with one of your ancestors, a question of wanting to know where to find a particular resource, or a success that you are dying to share with the rest of us.

Art On View: Kari Cholnoky

"Head," 2014: faux fur, acrylic, spray paint, synthetic hair, foam, collage.

September 3rd through October 20th

The work of Kari Cholnoky will be on display in the Library's Lower Level Art Gallery.

Cholnoky's work examines contemporary psychology as it is affected by and interacts with physical material. She transforms the mass produced into the highly specific and handled, creating works that stare back at their viewer. Currently New York based, Cholnoky is a recent graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art MFA program, located outside of Detroit, MI. Her work has been exhibited in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Detroit and Singapore, and she has been awarded residencies in Singapore and Berlin, Germany. In May of 2014, Cholnoky was awarded the Merdeces-Benz Financial Services 2014 Emerging Artist Award, which provided her with a studio loft at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien during the following summer months.

Résumé and Job Application Drop-In

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

Stop by the technology center in our Lower Level Monday, October 6th from 2 to 3 p.m. with your résumé in hand!

Reference Librarians will be available to:
• Edit résumés
• Proofread 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.

Meet the Author - Jean Hanff Korelitz

Jean Hanff Korelitz [photo credit Mark Czajkowski]
Jean Hanff Korelitz [photo credit Mark Czajkowski]

Tuesday, October 7th at 7 p.m.

Jean Hanff Korelitz, author of You Should Have Known, will be our featured speaker.

Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: she lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the quintessential Upper East Side private school she herself once attended. Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them. But weeks before the book is published a chasm opens in her own life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only an ongoing chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.

Praise for You Should Have Known

"This consuming, expertly plotted thriller moves along at a slow burn, building up to shocking revelations about Grace's past and ending with a satisfying twist on her former relationship mantra; 'doubt can be a gift.'" —People

“The thriller we’re already obsessed with.” —Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Jean Hanff Korelitz was born and raised in New York and graduated from Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge. She is the author of one book of poems, The Properties of Breath, and four previous novels, Admission, A Jury of Her Peers, The Sabbathday River and The White Rose, as well as a novel for children, Interference Powder. Jean runs BOOKTHEWRITER, a service that enables book groups in New York City to invite an author to take part in their discussions. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.

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).

Senior Moments: Line Dancing for Seniors

Image courtesy Flickr user Steven Martin
Image courtesy Flickr user Steven Martin

Thursday, October 9th at 3 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in our Conference Room.

Line dancing is fun, easy to learn, a great social outlet and fantastic exercise! Come an enjoy the wonderful world of line dancing by learning simple steps to such popular group dances as: The "Cha-Cha Slide", The "Cupid Shuffle" and more! All steps are done in a line, thus, no partners are necessary. After mastering the basic moves, students will be encouraged to add their own personal flair. It is as easy going or active as you like! No dance experience necessary, these are beginner movements. Dress comfortably. Leather-soled shoes encouraged. 

Presented by Sharyn Farrell, who has over 15 years of dance experience teaching and performing throughout CT. She has an extensive dance background, however line dance and ballroom dance are her teaching specialties, where she inspires playfulness and the building of strong relationships through the dynamics of group and partner dance.

Save the date for our next Senior Moments program on Thursday, November 13th at 3 p.m. Topic T.B.D.

Support for Senior Moments is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.


The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters

Larissa Bailiff
Larissa Bailiff

Sunday, October 12th at 5 p.m.

Larissa Bailiff will join us from the Museum of Modern Art to discuss the preeminent artist of Belle Epoque Paris, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. There is perhaps no other artist whose very name conjures the quintessential image of fin-de-siècle Paris, with its colorful artistic characters, notoriously decadent nightlife, and fabulous divas than Toulouse-Lautrec. During his brief but brilliant career, the artist brought the language of the late-19th-century avant-garde to a broad public through his famous posters, prints, and illustrations for journals and magazines. The talk will include a special preview of the upcoming fall exhibition, The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters.

About the Speaker

Larissa Bailiff is a specialist in late 19th-century French art and culture. She received her MA in art history from Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. Larissa has worked at the Museum of Modern Art for over a decade. Formerly an associate educator there, she continues to give public talks and private tours, as well as to teach classes for the museum. Recently she had the honor and privilege of judging the Darien Arts Center annual art show.

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

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