Crafting Over Coffee

image courtesy Flickr user chrissy.farnan
image courtesy Flickr user chrissy.farnan

Wednesday, April 23rd at 10 a.m.

Join Jennifer St. Jean of Itty Bitty Bag and Leslie Rottner of Abbey Road Photography as they discuss the process of creating and selling handmade items.

This is the perfect opportunity for seasoned crafters to join beginner and amateur crafters to network over coffee. Attendees are welcome to bring crafts they are working on or they can simply hang out and talk about handmade items. Meet your fellow makers!

Friday Night Feature - 'Captain Phillips'

We will screen CAPTAIN PHILLIPS in our Community Room April 25th.
We will screen CAPTAIN PHILLIPS in our Community Room April 25th.

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.

"This is acting of the highest order in a movie that raises the bar on what a true-life action thriller can do." -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out what else we're screening in April.

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

 

 

 

Meet the Author - Evie Wyld

© Roelof Bakker
© Roelof Bakker

Tuesday, April 29th at 12 noon

Evie Wyld, author of All the Birds, Singing will be our featured speaker. A light lunch will be served.

Please register for this event.

Shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Award for Best Novel

Jake Whyte is living on her own in an old farmhouse on a craggy British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. Her disobedient collie, Dog, and a flock of sheep are her sole companions, which is how she wanted it to be. But every few nights something—or someone—picks off one of the sheep and sounds a new deep pulse of terror. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumors of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is also Jake's past—hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, held in the silences about her family and the scars that stripe her back—a past that threatens to break into the present. With exceptional artistry and empathy, All the Birds, Singing reveals an isolated life in all its struggles and stubborn hopes, unexpected beauty, and hard-won redemption.

About the Author

Evie Wyld grew up in Australia and London, where she currently resides. She received an M.A. in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the recipient of the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize and a Betty Trask Award.

Books will be available for purchase at this event.

The Darien Land Trust and the Greenwich Audubon Present "Birders: The Central Park Effect"

Birders: The Central Park Effect
Birders: The Central Park Effect

The Darien Land Trust and the Greenwich Audubon invite you to join us for a documentary screening of Birders: The Central Park Effect on Thursday, May 1st at 7:30 p.m. The film takes you on a lively walk through Manhattan's Central Park, revealing an extraordinary array of wild birds and the equally colorful New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the birds' patterns of migration. Join us to explore the hidden and dazzling world of America's most famous park.

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

Meditation for Beginners

Meditation for Beginners
Meditation for Beginners

Tuesday, May 6th at 9:30 a.m.

Bring a little quiet meditative space into your daily life with this contemplative start to the week. Participants are encouraged to bring a throw pillow for their own comfort but no special dress is required for this beginner class.

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.

Tea with the Author - Beatriz Williams

Beatriz Williams
Beatriz Williams

Tuesday, May 6th at 3 p.m.

Beatriz Williams, author of A Hundred Summers, will be our featured speaker.

RSVP here

As the summer of 1938 begins, New York socialite Lily Dane has arrived at her family’s idyllic cottage on the Rhode Island coast with her mother and six-year-old sister in tow. Seven years earlier, as a Smith College senior, Lily fell head-over-heels for Dartmouth quarterback Nick Greenwald in a whirlwind romance gone wrong. Now, after a difficult year, Lily is looking forward to a rejuvenating respite in the place that helped her heal after her broken engagement.

But her plan is upended when Budgie, her ex-best friend, and Lily’s former fiancé arrive in Seaview for the season. Newly married to Nick, Budgie intends to restore her family’s cottage and reclaim her spot in Seaview’s posh social scene. The pair’s arrival rekindles a wildfire of gossip and casts a pall over Lily’s beloved home-away-from-home. In this small, class-conscious community, Lily is hard-pressed to avoid her faithless ex-friend. Budgie is nothing if not seductive and resourceful and she soon pulls kindhearted Lily back into her orbit, insinuating herself into Lily’s good graces. As a cataclysmic hurricane churns north through the Atlantic, and uneasy secrets slowly reveal themselves, Lily and Nick will confront an emotional storm that will change their worlds forever.

Slipping gracefully back and forth between fictional Seaview and glimmering moneyed New York in the ‘30s, A Hundred Summers brilliantly captures the time after the Great Depression and with the uncertainty of war on the horizon, and the twin devastations heaped upon a community that summer: the loss of innocence and the loss of a way of life.

About the Author

A Stanford University honors graduate with an MBA from Columbia, Beatriz Williams spent several years in New York and London as a corporate and communications strategy consultant. She now lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore, where she divides her time between writing and laundry. She is the author of the international bestseller Overseas and also writes as Juliana Gray.

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).

Darien Library Artist in Residence: Ben Larrabee

The photographer, Ben Larrabee, and his muse, wife Trudie
The photographer, Ben Larrabee, and his muse, wife Trudie

Tuesday, May 6th at 6 p.m.

Join fine art photographer Ben Larrabee in Darien Library’s Artist Space on the Second Level for a discussion on developing your personal vision through photography. Larrabee will share with those interested his process of editing and selecting images, and use examples of his work and other photographers’ to broaden the definition of what makes a good photograph. Larrabee will be available to answer questions about his art and process, as well as offer guidance on the technical and artistic aspects of image making. Examples of Larrabee's photographs will be on display in the Artist Space.

About the Artist

Ben’s formal training as an artist began in 1962 at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) where he discovered his passion through mentor and world renowned photographer Harry Callahan. In 1978, he returned to college to earn an MFA from Yale University.

His fine art background has trained him to photograph as an artist so by instinct he includes artistic elements of composition, rhythm, texture and space in his images. In addition to portraits, he also photographs landscapes and nudes.

Ben has work in the permanent collections of: The George Eastman House (Rochester), The High Museum (Atlanta), The Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and The Museum of Modern Art (New York).

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

Business Book Group

We will discuss THE POWER OF HABIT May 7th.
We will discuss THE POWER OF HABIT May 7th.

Wednesday, May 7th at 6 p.m.

Register here.

Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Charles Duhigg's The Power of Habit. The group is invited to an informal discussion of the book from 6 - 6:45 p.m. followed by networking over wine, beer, and light refreshments.

About The Power of Habit

In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

Library staff members will lead the discussion.

We have copies of the book available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussion.

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

Meet the Author - Robert H. Patton

Robert H. Patton [Joyce Ravid]
Robert H. Patton [Joyce Ravid]

Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m.

Robert H. Patton, author of Hell Before Breakfast will be our featured speaker.

From the acclaimed author of The Pattons and Patriot Pirates: a book that celebrates America’s forgotten war correspondents, men who were legends in their time; who, between 1860 and 1910, between the Civil War and the Spanish-American War—when empires fell and dynasties flourished—led romantic, thrilling lives on the edgiest frontiers of time and place: seeing the world, breaking the stories, making news themselves during the time when newspapers made the most foreign of landscapes available, and the circulation wars were revolutionizing contemporary life, shaping global events, and making history.

About the Author

Robert H. Patton graduated from Brown University and Northwestern University. He lives with his wife in Darien, Connecticut.

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).

Meet the Author - Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick [credit Ellen Warner]
Nathaniel Philbrick [credit Ellen Warner]

Saturday, May 10th at 5 p.m.

Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Bunker Hill, will be our featured speaker.

In Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution, Nathaniel Philbrick, award-winning and bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea and Mayflower, brings his prodigious talents to the story that ignited the American Revolution. With passion and insight, Philbrick reconstructs the revolutionary landscape—geographic and ideological—in a mesmerizing narrative of the robust, messy, and blisteringly real origins of America.

Praise for Bunker Hill

“Masterly narrative… Philbrick tells the complex story superbly… gripping book…”  -- Wall Street Journal

“A masterpiece of narrative and perspective…” -- Boston Globe

“You will delight in the story and the multitude of details Philbrick offers up.” -- USA Today

About the Author

Nathaniel Philbrick is The New York Times bestselling author of National Book Award winner In the Heart of the Sea, Pulitzer Prize finalist Mayflower, Sea of Glory, and The Last Stand. Bunker Hill won the 2013 New England Book Award for Non-Fiction. He is also the author of Why Read Moby-Dick? and Away Off Shore. He lives on Nantucket.

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).

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