Simple Steps for Starting Your Business

Photo by Flazingo Photos / CC BY-SA 2.0
Photo by Flazingo Photos / CC BY-SA 2.0

Five-Week Series begins Tuesday, May 31st from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.
Workshop ends Tuesday, June 28th


Want to start a business but do not know where to start? This workshop series, conducted by a team of professionals from the SCORE Fairfield County Chapter, will give you the boost to get you on your way!

Tuesday, May 31, Self-Assessment/Business Plan - Learn about the risk and reward of starting a business in today's competitive marketplace. The traits of successful entrepreneurs will be discussed for the purpose of assessing one'e innate and acquired ability to start and manage a successful business. The session will also focus on structuring a dynamic plan.

Tuesday, June 7, Marketing Strategy & Research - Learn the importance of market research and planning to start-up and build a competitive and successful business. Emphasis will be on sound market positioning of a small business's products or services within its target market that will enhance profitable sales and success.

Tuesday, June 14, Website & Social Media Marketing - This session focuses on the current online marketing tools available for start-up and operating businesses. Proven providers of website design/marketing programs and of social media marketing tools will help navigate your business to the proper balance of a website and social media marketing strategies for your business.

Tuesday 21, Financial Reporting & Planning - This presentation reviews a business's key financial statements and walks the participants through the development of a comprehensive financial plan. The importance of understanding the key financial drivers of the business will be a center-piece of the discussion.

Tuesday, June 28, Funding Sources/Conversation with Entrepreneurs - Learn how the funding structure required for start-up businesses today, including a presentation from lending sources specializing in start-up and small businesses. Includes discussion and Q&A with SCORE mentored, start-up business entrepreneurs

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

Short Stories for Summer Days

Carroll Stenson
Carroll Stenson

Tuesday, May 31st at 3 p.m.

We're back! Our popular discussion series continues with a line-up of stories especially selected to offer insight into the human condition and provoke thoughtful conversation. Please join us and share with other short story enthusiasts.

Stories are available for pickup the week before each meeting.

Books by the Fire

Share what you love!
Share what you love!

Wednesday, June 1st at 11 a.m.

Books by the Fire is the Anti-Book Group. Instead, we're a Reading Group: you pick what you want to read, watch, or listen to. Join this long-running group and be the first in the know about what's new and hot during this informal conversation. Current attendees are on the hunt for industry secrets for brand new titles as well as obsure, you may have missed them titles. We only ask that you share what you're reading and loving too!

Join us every Wednesday, through May, by the First Floor Fireplace.

Meet Your Maker: We've Got a New Website!

Wednesday, June 1st at 12 noon

Surprise! We've got a new website, just for you. We've kept everything you love about our current website, added new, fresh design, and put in a whole bunch of features you've been asking for. Come get a first look at what we've been working on. We're keeping things simple: eBooks can be checked out with one click, family members can link accounts, and you'll be able to keep track of all your events. Join us for this informal presentation as we celebrate our new digital playground! Presented by John Blyberg, Assistant Director for Innovation and UX.

A Gift That Pays Dividends: Launch Kids' Financial Security

Wednesday, June 1st at 7 p.m.

How can you leverage tax-free gifts into substantial nest eggs for kids and grandkids? In this presentation, Julie Jason will discuss tax-free gifting. If you want to start the young people in your family on the right track toward financial security, there is no better way than through a short-term gifting program that leverages time.

Attendees will learn:

• The mechanics of setting up an account for a child
• How to gift to the account
• How to research investments that will appreciate over the long-term
• How to manage risk
• How to teach kids to take advantage of time

About the presenter
Julie Jason
, JD, LLM, Chief Investment Officer, Jackson, Grant Investment Advisers, Inc. Stamford, CT, is the author of "Managing Retirement Wealth: An Expert Guide to Personal Portfolio Management in Good Times and Bad" and "The AARP Retirement Survival Guide: How to Make Smart Decisions in Good Times and Bad.”

Drop-In Tech: Website Like a Pro

Thursday, June 2nd from 10 to 11 a.m.

Have you heard? We've got a shiny new website! Stop by to learn how to search like an expert, check out eBooks with one click, register for events, create a wishlist, and become a Darien Library Pro!

Drop-In Tech: Website Like a Pro

Thursday, June 2nd from 3 to 4 p.m.

Have you heard? We've got a shiny new website! Stop by to learn how to search like an expert, check out eBooks with one click, register for events, create a wishlist, and become a Darien Library Pro!

Book Buzz for Book Groups

Join us under the stars!
Join us under the stars!

Thursday, June 2nd at 7 p.m.

This event is full. Register for the waitlist.

Meet the stars of the publishing industry under the stars! Please join us in the Library courtyard for our Spring 2016 Book Buzz for Book Groups. This year we’re excited to bring back our popular speed dating version of the Book Buzz. Bring yourself, a friend, or your entire book group for this unforgettable evening! Meet the stars from major publishing firms as they regale us with the newest, soon-to-be-published books that we'll all be reading in the near future.  Meet publishing representatives from Europa, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Soho Press and Workman, with a special guest appearance from our own, Jen Dayton, head of Collection Development at the Darien Library. Refreshments will be served.

Courtyard Games


Friday, June 3rd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate summer at Darien Library every Friday with Courtyard Games! Soak up some sun and challenge your friends in cornhole and ladder ball. Who will become Darien's Courtyard Game Champion? Only time will tell!

Friday Night Feature - 'Concussion'

Friday,  June 3rd at 6:30 and 8:45p.m. - Concussion (2015) Starring Will Smith, Stephen Moyer, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Eddie Marsan, Luke Wilson; Rated PG-13; 123 minutes; Presented with Captions for the hearing impaired.

Filmmaker Peter Landesman (Parkland) wrote and directed this sports-themed drama based on Jeanne Marie Laskas' GQ article "Game Brain," about the potentially horrific cost of playing football. Pittsburgh-based neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) discovers a degenerative brain disease now known as CTE in the autopsies of several deceased pro-football players, but after presenting his research, he finds himself under fire from the NFL.

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

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