Meet the Author - Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand
Elin Hilderbrand

Wednesday, November 12th at 7 p.m.

Elin Hilderbrand, author of Winter Street, will be our featured speaker.

Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket's Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray. Patrick, the eldest, is a hedge fund manager with a guilty conscience. Kevin, a bartender, is secretly sleeping with a French housekeeper named Isabelle. Ava, a school teacher, is finally dating the perfect guy but can't get him to commit. And Bart, the youngest and only child of Kelley's second marriage to Mitzi, has recently shocked everyone by joining the Marines.

As Christmas approaches, Kelley is looking forward to getting the family together for some quality time at the inn. But when he walks in on Mitzi kissing Santa Claus (or the guy who's playing Santa at the inn's annual party), utter chaos descends. With the three older children each reeling in their own dramas and Bart unreachable in Afghanistan, it might be up to Kelley's ex-wife, nightly news anchor Margaret Quinn, to save Christmas at the Winter Street Inn. 

About the Author

Elin Hilderbrand made a paper angel ornament in third grade that is still in her family's custody. She celebrates the holidays by making batches of homemade mustard and chive pine nut dip and gifting them to her lucky friends. Her favorite carol is "O Holy Night." Winter Street is her fourteenth novel.

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: A Look Inside Sing Sing Correctional Facility

image courtesy Flickr user jascon 27
image courtesy Flickr user jascon 27

Thursday, November 13th at 3 p.m.

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

The presenter will share the history of the prison as well as show pictures of the inside and outside of the complex, including pictures of the cells and cell block. Then she will describe the different buildings, talk about a day in the life of an inmate, speak of what the incarcerated go through to get into the place, and talk about the problems inmates and volunteers encounter. Attention will be given to how Sing Sing works to rehabilitate inmates and lower the re-incarceration rate. Questions and discussion are encouraged.

Presented by Jackie Labatt-Simon, a volunteer at Sing Sing Correctional Facility.

Save the date for our next Senior Moments program on Thursday, December 11th 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.

 

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).

Mini Golf in the Library!

Join us!
Join us!

Saturday, November 15th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

$5 per player, each player will also receive a free hot dog!

Miniature golf is coming to the library! We are happy to announce the first Darien Library Mini Golf Event. Players of all ages will putt their way through the Library. The Library will become an 18-hole miniature golf course with the course set up throughout the building, along with face painting, corn hole, crafts and other activities.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Premier Hole Sponsors:

Darien Sport Shop, Ring's End, The Wyper Family

Hole Sponsors:

Carta, McCalister & Moore LLC, The Cholnoky Family, Connecticut Green, First County Bank, GWAY Printing & Graphics, Peggy Hersam/Halstead Property, Dr. Maryann Lehmann, Lucky Lawn, Merrill Lynch, Nedder and Associates LLC, TD Bank

Tee and Green Sponsors:

Darien Toy Box, Get it Done Consulting, Ivey, Barnum & O'Mara, LLC, Jumbo Dog Artbooks, Mama Carmela's Italian Deli, Upper Crust Bakery & Cafe

For more information about sponsoring a hole, contact the Darien Library Administrative office at 203-669-5220.

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

Wednesday Matinee - 'Jersey Boys'

We will screen Jersey Boys November 19th.
We will screen Jersey Boys November 19th.

Wednesday, November 19th at 1:30 p.m. - Jersey Boys (2014) Starring Christopher Walken, Steven R. Schirripa, John Lloyd Young, and Kathrine Narducci; Rated R; 134 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Adapted from the 2006 Tony Winner for Best Musical, this bittersweet saga dramatizes the rise and fall of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - one of the key pop groups of the early '60s, responsible for such iconic hits as "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man" and "Big Girls Don't Cry." 

"Jersey Boys hits the high notes with ease..." -- Tom Long, Detroit News

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

Weekend One Acts at Darien Library

Image courtesy Flickr user Heartlover1717
Image courtesy Flickr user Heartlover1717

Evening Performance with Opening Reception -- Friday, November 21st at 7 p.m.
Matinee Performance -- Sunday, November 23rd at 2 p.m.

Darien Library is proud to present for the fifth time Weekend One Acts, a theatrical weekend featuring free performances of one-act plays from three esteemed playwrights. The program of three works includes one-act comedies from David Ives and Christopher Durang.

"Mere Mortals" by David Ives
Directed by Autumn Howard


Three blue-collar construction workers claim to be the Lindbergh baby, the son of Czar Nicholas II of Russia, and the reincarnation of Marie Antoinette.

"Long Ago and Far Away" by David Ives
Directed by Bridget Cusack


A married yuppie couple, about to move out of their apartment, argue about the nature of reality and become caught up in a bizarre scenario.

"Wanda's Visit" by Christopher Durang
Directed by Donna McLaughlin Wyant


Jim and Marsha's average marriage is disrupted when Jim's wacky high school girlfriend comes to visit.

Doors open 1/2 hour prior to performance time. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. We cannot accommodate reservations. Latecomers cannot be admitted.

This program is free and open to the public.

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

Passport Days

Image courtesy flickr user clappstar
Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, November 22nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 20th 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 have a space for photos, as well. Please bring fifteen dolls 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, autorizing 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).

Holiday Concert with Acabella

The Ladies of Acabella
The Ladies of Acabella

Sunday, December 7th at 5 p.m.

Join us in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room as we enjoy a mix of holiday tunes and pop music favorites from local a cappella group - Acabella.

About Acabella

Acabella was founded in 2001 by two friends who had recently moved to Darien and were eager to sing a cappella music, as they had done in college. The group was named Acabella, which combines the musical term, a cappella, which means unaccompanied by musical instruments, and bella, the Italian word for beautiful. The group is currently directed by Heather Raker, one of its founders, and Carolyn Woodberry, who has been singing with the group since its inception.

Acabella presently comprises 12 women from the Lower Fairfield County area. Membership in the group is by audition, including musical exercises and a solo performance. Members’ musical backgrounds include singing in undergraduate and graduate a cappella groups and various choirs, as well as performing in musical theater, bands and coffeehouses (and the shower, of course!)

Refreshments will be served.

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

Friday Night Features in November

We will screen A LONG WAY DOWN November 14th.
We will screen A LONG WAY DOWN November 14th.

Friday, November 7th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. - Divergent (2014) Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, and Ansel Elgort; Rated PG-13; 140 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

In a world where the population is divided into factions by personality types, Tris Prior is classified as Divergent. When she uncovers a conspiracy to eliminate all Divergents, she teams with the mysterious Four to find out what makes the powers-that-be so frightened of them. Kate Winslet also stars in this action thriller adapted from the novel by Veronica Roth.

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

Friday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - A Long Way Down (2013) Starring Pierce Brosnan, Rosamund Pike, and Toni Collette; Rated R; 100 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Four suicidal strangers find support in the last place they ever expected to in this emotionally charged comedy-drama based on the novel by Nick Hornby. It's New Year's Eve in London, and disgraced television personality Martin is about to take a flying leap off of Topper's Tower when he's interrupted by Maureen, a lonely single mother who's reached the end of her rope. Meanwhile, as the pair realize their suicide plans have overlapped, onto the rooftop dashes Jess, a rebellious teen with nothing left to live for. Just when it seems this despairing group can't possibly get any bigger, rocker-turned-pizza delivery driver J.J. shows up with a fresh pie and a death wish. Rather than taking the plunge together, the unlikely foursome decide to put their plans off until Valentine's Day -- sticking together and supporting one another in the interim. 

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

Friday, November 21st at 7 p.m. - Weekend One Acts, a theatrical weekend featuring free performances of one-act plays from three esteemed playwrights.

The program of three works includes one act plays from David Ives (Mere Mortals and Long Ago and Far Away) and Christopher Durang (Wanda's Visit). Doors open 1/2 hour prior to performance time. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. We cannot accommodate reservations. Latecomers cannot be admitted. 

Friday, November 28th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Belle (2013) Starring Gugu Mabatha-Raw, Sam Reid, Tom Wilkinson, and Emily Watson; Rated PG; 104 minutes. Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

This film is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love.

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 October

We will screen CHEF October 3rd in our Louise Parker Berry Community Room.
We will screen CHEF October 3rd in our Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Friday, October 3rd at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Chef (2014) Starring Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, and Sofia Vergara; Rated R; 114 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

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

Friday, October 10th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Railway Man (2013) Starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman; Rated R; 116 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

A former British Army officer, who was tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

Friday, October 17th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Love Punch (2013) Starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson; Rated PG-13; 94 minutes.

Spanning locations in Paris, London and the French Riviera this film brings together Pierce Brosnan and Academy-Award winner Emma Thompson for the first time, as ex-husband and wife Richard and Kate whose biting banter suggests that the flames of their former relationship have not been fully extinguished. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for their retirement nest egg which is wiped out when Richard’s investment firm is defrauded and the pension fund is siphoned away.

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

Friday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Words and Pictures (2013) Starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche; Rated PG-13; 111 minutes. Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

An English teacher and fallen literary star challenges an art teacher to a war of words versus images to determine which form carries the greatest meaning in this romantic comedy drama.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

Friday, October 31st at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Practical Magic (1998) Starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman; Rated PG-13; 108 minutes. Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Sally and Gillian Owens have always known they were different. Raised by their aunts after their parents' death, the sisters grew up in a household that was anything but typical--their aunts fed them chocolate cake for breakfast and taught them the uses of practical magic. But the invocation of the Owens' sorcery also carries a price--some call it a curse: the men they fall in love with are doomed to an untimely death. Now adult women with very different personalities, the quiet Sally and the fiery Gillian must use all of their powers to fight the family curse and a swarm of supernatural forces that threatens the lives of all the Owens women.

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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