Jihad! Conclusion

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Photo by dalbera / CC BY 2.0

Monday, May 9th at 3 p.m.

Join us for a four-week introductory class on one of the globe's most fascinating and misunderstood religions.

The evolving Pan-Islamic movement takes the fight to Western interests in the Near East, spurred on by the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Western actions against Libya, the civil war in Syria all contribute to weakening ties and the rise of the Islamic State.

About the presenter
Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Albertson teaches history at Norwalk Community College. In May 2005, Albertson was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

How to Develop a Business Plan in Six Easy Steps

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Photo by Flazingo Photos / CC BY-SA 2.0

Tuesday, May 10th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.

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A business plan is an essential road map for business success, but few small businesses ever complete a plan due to over-complicated approaches that entail too much theory, writing and detail.  This workshop will give you pragmatic, straightforward tools for setting goals, developing action plans for achieving them, measuring how you are doing on a ongoing basis and adjusting accordingly.

• What is a Business Plan and why should a business owner develop one?
• The "Business Plan Express" method for existing businesses
•  How to research the market - your industry, customers and competitors
• How to analyze your own business
• How to define/refine your business niche
• How to set business objectives
• How to create a simple action plan to achieve your objectives
• How to set up monthly tools to monitor your progress against your goals

About the presenter

John Harmon is an active SCORE counselor and Managing Director of Adulant Consulting Services which serves small and medium sized businesses on strategies for growth and operating excellence.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

Digital Design: InDesign

Tuesday, May 10th at 7 p.m.

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Learn How to Create Your Own Layout, Pamphlets, Posters, Business Card Layouts and any Print Based Media. InDesign can help make the design process easier. Learn how to make posters in a snap!

We will go over the
• Basic Tools
• Page Setup
• Adding Images & Logos
• Type Basics
• Print Settings
• Tool use
• Shortcuts
• and answer any questions

Lyme Disease and Beyond

Wednesday, May 11th at 7 p.m.

When people hear Lyme disease they don’t realize there is a host of tick-borne illnesses encompassed in that one phrase. Why is this important? Because Lyme disease is a growing problem in lower Fairfield County. A panel including Dr. Zijad Sabovic, a leading physician in the field, Miss Mimi Markham, a patient initially diagnosed at the age of 14, and Ms. Jennifer Reid, a prevention educator with the BLAST program, will be on hand to answer your questions and discuss

- How do you diagnose and Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses?
- Where can you find information about treatment options?
- What are the most effective prevention techniques?
- Once diagnosed, what support is available for patients and their families?
- How can we best advocate for those seeking diagnosis?

The Darien Library is proud to cosponsor this event with the YWCA of Darien/Norwalk.

Senior Moments: Tree Identification Walk

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Image courtesy of flickr user derekbruff | CC BY-ND 2.0

Thursday, May 12th at 3 p.m.

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Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors will meet at the Darien Nature Center, 120 Brookside Road.

Join us at the Darien Nature Center for a beginner’s tree identification walk. We’ll start indoors with an overview of identification terminology and a review of several types of identification guides. Then we’ll head outside and use our skills to identify some of the specimens in Cherry Lawn. The program runs rain or shine, so please dress for the weather.

The Darien Library is proud to sponsor this event with the Darien Nature Center.

Stamford Hospital Focus Group

Thursday, May 12th from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

During the months of April and May, Stamford Health will be meeting with members of the community to better understand the health needs and concerns specific to our community. During these focus groups, Stamford Health is asking to hear from as many people as possible! 

What are some of the most significant health challenges faced by members of our community? How do you see mental health and/or substance abuse issues impacting wellbeing in our community? Please join us for a focus group to discuss these questions and more.

Film Screening: 'Chasing Ice'

Thursday, May 12th at 7 p.m. - Chasing Ice (2012) Starring James Balog, Svavar Jónatansson, Louie Psihoyos; Rated PG-13; 75 minutes.

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, Balog comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.

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

The Darien Library is proud to cosponsor this film with the Darien Land Trust, the Garden Club of Darien, and the Darien Nature Center.

Friday Night Feature - 'Burnt'

Friday, May 13th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Burnt (2015) Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Lily James, Uma Thurman, Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl; Rated R; 100 minutes; Presented with Captions for the hearing impaired.

Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper), a young chef who was once a rising star in the restaurant world, is recovering from a drug addiction that had decimated his promising career. After getting clean he heads to London to take the helm of a top restaurant and is determined to earn it three Michelin stars.

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).

Small Space Gardening: Building a Polyculture Garden

Saturday, May 14th at 10 a.m.

Forget about the inefficient and wasteful old methods of gardening of our grandparents. We will discuss how you can plant your garden in a small space yet yield a multitude of harvests for your family to enjoy. Some know it as square foot or grid gardening, intensive planting, intercropping – potato, pah-tah-toe. We will discuss the how’s and whys of this efficient and effective organic gardening method.

About the presenters
In 2012, Christine Segalas and Mark Gaulke formed Homegrown Harvest LLC.  The company's mission is to help people grow their own food with ease whether it's on the front porch, balcony, rooftop or backyard. Mark and Christine are committed to providing families with the knowledge and know-how so they can enjoy the multitude of rewards in growing their own homegrown harvests. Both are certified instructors in the Square Foot Gardening (SFG) method from the Square Foot Gardening Foundation. Christine Segalas is an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) as certified by the Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association (CTNOFA)

Finding Italian Records - Italian Genealogy

Photo by Alessandroferri / CC BY-SA 4.0
Photo by Alessandroferri / CC BY-SA 4.0

Saturday, May 14th at 2 p.m. 
In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room

In this program, Mrs. McKeen will walk you through four possible methods to locating foreign documents, what you will need to know before “hopping the pond,” how to read them, translation tips, and how to determine what these documents really tell us.  The research principles are also valid for other nationalities.

She is also a popular lecturer at various genealogy societies in the New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Boston, and Long Island areas.

About Toni McKeen

Toni was born in Miami, Florida. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Biology from C.W. Post College on L.I. Toni has been married for over 40 years, and has two children and two grandchildren (both gorgeous and brilliant, naturally). Her training from her research background while earning her degrees in biology helped her to establish organized systems and charts for recording family information for herself and her students…a problem for most researchers.

Social Hour at 1 p.m. 

Join your fellow genealogists and family historians an hour before the program at the Social Hour. Drinks and cookies will be provided as you meet with other researchers.

This event is co-sponsored with the Middlesex Genealogical Society.