Focusing On You Meditation Series

Julie Punishill [credit Pamela Ha-Stevenson]
Julie Punishill [credit Pamela Ha-Stevenson]

Thursdays October 16th, 23rd, 30th, and November 13th and 20th at 7 p.m.

The "Focusing on You" meditation series leads up to Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season. Do you find you get swept up in the expectations and "busy"-ness of the holidays? Do you find you lose your sense of self? Would you like to increase your personal enjoyment of this very special season, and for that matter, your every day life? This series of five sessions over six weeks is designed to offer meditations and tools to help you focus on you, your presence and ability to live in the moment.

The program will be led by Julie Punishill, a graduate of the two-year intensive training program at the Institute for Conscious Counseling and Coaching in Essex, MA.

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

Register for 'Come Discover an Ancestor'

Come Discover an Ancestor
Come Discover an Ancestor

A Community Family History Event

Register Here

Saturday, October 18th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon

Come Discover An Ancestor (CDAA) is a half-day open-house style event. The event is designed to help individuals and families gain a greater appreciation of how family history can be a fun and captivating experience. You can learn how family history can enhance your life now, help nurture a sense of identity and instill a deeper sense of pride. Participants will explore first hand how learning more about their ancestors can be a fun activity for children of all ages.

The conference will provide through its key note and break out sessions an informal hands-on learning experience as to get started in family history including how to use simple-to-use Internet based tools to research their family tree.

CDAA will feature an opening keynote speaker followed a choice of three different 40 minute workshops on such subjects as how to use social media to connect to your family, how to write a personal history, how to get started in family history research and a special workshop focused on discovering ancestor artifacts online. The event will conclude with closing remarks and refreshments.

FamilySearch is a service of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About the Keynote Speaker

Tammy A. Hepps graduated Harvard with a degree in Computer Science and embarked on a successful career managing web technology teams for large companies like Barnes and Noble, The New York Times, and NBC Universal, as well as start-ups like Sparknotes and Dow Jones/IAC Online Ventures. With Treelines, she combines her wide-ranging, hands-on digital expertise and her life-long obsession with genealogy to bring to life the family tree curation tools she wished she had had all along. Treelines is a tool focused on family stories, to curate and share the stories you find. Tammy is a board member of the Philadelphia Jewish Archive Center and a regular contributor to Chronicles, the newsletter of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia.

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.

Meet the Author - Kristen Harnisch

Kristen Harnisch [credit: Alix Martinex Photography]
Kristen Harnisch [credit: Alix Martinex Photography]

Tuesday, October 21st at 7 p.m.

Kristen Harnisch, author of The Vintner's Daughter, will be our featured speaker.

In 1895, seventeen-year-old Sara Thibault’s dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps as master winemaker at their stunning Loire Valley family vineyard, Saint Martin. Although many don’t understand her ambition, Sara forges ahead toward her goal with a determination that will soon prove essential.

When Sara’s father is killed in a mudslide, her mother sells their land to a business rival whose eldest son married Sara’s sister, Lydia. Sara is shocked and deeply disappointed, having hoped to take over, to make her father proud. Disappointment quickly turns to fear when she realizes that her new brother-in-law Bastien has no real interest in the vineyard and far too much interest in her.

A violent tragedy leaves Bastien dead and compels the sisters to flee to America. Sara plans to eventually reclaim her family’s vineyard, but for now she travels to California in hopes of making her own way in the winemaking world. When she encounters Bastien’s brother, Philippe—a man as committed to bringing his brother’s killer to justice as he is to building the largest vineyard in the Napa region—they are instantly drawn to each other. But now she must make a choice: to risk discovery or run again. Will he help her regain Saint Martin, or prosecute her for her crime? How much more can she lose? And what loss is finally too great to bear?

About the Author

Kristen Harnisch drew upon her extensive research and experiences living in the San Francisco Bay Area and visiting the Loire Valley to create the story for The Vintner's Daughter, the first in a series about the changing world of vineyard life at the turn of the century. Harnisch has a degree in economics from Villanova University and currently resides in Darien, Connecticut, where she has lived for fourteen years.

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).

Passport Days

Image courtesy flickr user clappstar
Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, October 25th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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'll have four Acceptance Agents from the CT Passport Agency ready to process and accept applications. We will provide all the paperwork and have a space for photos, as well. If you prefer, you can bring your own photographs. Specs for passport photos can be found here.

We can process passport renewals as well.

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.

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

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).

Mini Golf in the Library!

A map of holes 4 through 15
A map of holes 4 through 15

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.

Holes are being sponsored by local businesses. Current sponsors include Carta, McCalister & Moore LLC, Darien Toy Box, Get it Done Consulting, Dr. Maryann Lehmann, Lucky Lawn, Nedder and Associates LLC, and Upper Crust Bagels.

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).

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; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

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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