Small Business Workshop: Elevator Speech

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

Tuesday, February 9th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.


Our speaker will help you to develop a concise, compelling and memorable introduction to enhance your business opportunities.You will learn:

• Learn the five elements of a successful introduction
• Be challenged to brand yourself quickly and memorably
• Be taught how to pick up on signals from the audience
•Understand the importance of establishing and maintaining connections

About the presenter

Stanley Witkow, a SCORE counselor for more than five years, is the former general counsel of GE Capital IT Solutions. He has been mentoring and providing career counseling since 2008. Currently he moderates Westporters in Transition, a weekly support group for members of the Westport Community who are in Career transition. He helps clients develop compelling stories about themselves and to set achievable goals.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

Books by the Fire

Share what you love!
Share what you love!

Wednesday, February 10th 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.

Gabbin' With Grandkids

Image designed by Lisa Nowlain.
Image designed by Lisa Nowlain.

Wednesday, February 10th at 3 p.m.


Long distance grandparents can stay in touch with new technology like Skype and Apple’s FaceTime. We will show you how to utilize these technologies to read your grandkids a cherished book or just gab about what’s good. The first ten participants will receive a limited edition tote bag filled with some of our favorite story books!


Black History Film Fest- 'Lilies of the Field'

We look forward to seeing you
We look forward to seeing you

Wednesday, February 10th at 6:30 p.m. - Lilies of the Field (1963) Starring Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Lisa Mann, Stanley Adams, Isa Crino, Francesca Jarvis; Rated PG; 122 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Sidney Poitier plays Homer Smith, an aimless ex-GI who takes a temporary handyman job at a Southwestern farm maintained by five German nuns. It is the cherished dream of the Mother Superior (Lilia Skala) to build a chapel (or, as she says, a "shapel"). She is convinced that the personable Homer has been sent from Above to help her realize her dream. He protests loudly and rudely, but she will not be dissuaded. How Homer accomplishes her goal, endears himself to the surrounding townsfolk, and avoids an arrest for a previous crime, comprises the heart of Lilies of the Field.

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).

Genealogy Drop-In: How to Get Started

Will you discover royalty in your family?
Will you discover royalty in your family?

Wednesday, Februrary 10th from 7 to 9 p.m.
In the Writers Room on the Mezzanine Level

Do you want to get started on your family history? Skilled genealogists can help! They can help you find elusive ancestors' military records, census data, birth certificates and more using Library Edition, Heritage Quest, and FamilySearch. 

To find them, just come to the Second Level and ask the Reference Librarian for the Writers Room! 

The Genealogy Drop-In is hosted by the Middlesex Genealogical Society

Fireside Knitting

Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.
Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.

Thursday, February 11th at 2 p.m.

Calling all fiber artists! Whether you're a casual knitter, an expert crocheter, or dabble in loom weaving, join us as we create and chat. Bring your projects, get tips, and learn from one another. All skill levels welcome.

This group meets Thursdays in January and February.

Romantic Relationships: a Candid Panel Discussion

Edie Adams and Ernie Kovacs
Edie Adams and Ernie Kovacs

Thursday, February 11th at 7 p.m.

Love is in the air at your Library!  Three professionals share honestly and openly how to create and maintain a successful romantic relationship. Learn how to effectively brand yourself from Alix Purcell, Marketing Communications Consultant at The Life Solution Center of Darien. Hear about how technology has changed the way we search for a partner and stay connected with our loved ones, from Mallory Arents, Head of Adult Programming at Darien Library. Learn how to figure out whether or not someone you've met could be a good candidate (or not) for a relationship, from Maud Purcell, MSW, LCSW, CEAP and the Founder and Executive Director of The Life Solution Center of Darien. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions that will assist in romantic endeavors. What works? How do you prepare? How do you “keep the music playing?”

Tax Preparation and Assistance

Photo by agrilifetoday / CC BY
Photo by agrilifetoday / CC BY

Friday, Walk-in and Appointments available 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Walk-in and Appointments available 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
February 5th through April 16th. No Tax Prep Saturday, February 20th.

IRS-Certified Trained AARP volunteer tax aides are available to local residents of all ages and incomes at no charge. The nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service is available to all individual filers regardless of income or age.  Started in 1968 and, since 1980, this service has operated under a cooperative agreement with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

If married, both husband and wife should be present.  Certain forms and personal and financial documents are required.  Taxpayers must bring:

Identity Documentation
- Government Issued Photo ID (such as a driver's license or passport).
- Social Security or ITIN numbers for all taxpayers and dependents.
- Bank account/routing numbers (blank check preferable), if expecting a refund.

All 2015 income report forms received
- SSA1099 if you were paid Social Security benefits.
- W-2(s) from your employer(s).
- W-2G from gambling winnings.
- 1099G from unemployment compensation payments.
- 1099s: Bank interest, stock dividends, retirement distributions, brokers.

Other Important Documents
- Receipts for deductible expenses including real estate and vehicle taxes paid.
- Verification of the original purchase price of sold assets (home, stocks, etc.).
- Receipts/canceled checks if itemizing deductions (e.g., charity contributions).
- Proof of Health Insurance (Form 1095-A from Health Insurance Marketplace or private plan identification).

Copy of last year’s Federal and State tax return(s), if possible.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 203-669-5236

Friday Night Feature - 'Grandma'


Friday, February 12th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Grandma (2015) Starring Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, Elizabeth Pena, Nat Wolff, Sam Elliott ; Rated R; 79 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle's granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 bucks before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.

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).

One-Day Robot Camp

Photo by marcogomes | CC BY 2.0
Photo by marcogomes | CC BY 2.0

Saturday, February 13th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


A fun-filled day for anyone looking to try their hands at robotics. At the conclusion of this event, participants will leave with a working autonomous robot that they built and programmed that day. Learn soldering, DC motor theory, and Arduino programming. No coding experience necessary.

This class is limited to Darien residents, those employed full-time in Darien, or Friends of the Darien Library who contribute annually at the $300 level.