Holiday Book Sale

What presents will you discover?
What presents will you discover?

Saturday, December 5th through Wednesday, December 9th

Snuggle up at home with a great selection of old and new fiction, detective mystery, non-fiction and large type books. Watching or listening more your style? We will have a large selection of DVDs and audiobooks for sale as well. New items will be added each and every day, so check back for treasures!

Holiday Concert with the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones

Image courtesy of The Veritones.
Image courtesy of The Veritones.

Sunday, December 6th at 5 p.m.

Join us in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room as we enjoy a mix of holiday tunes and pop music favorites from The Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones.

About The Veritones

Founded in 1985 by a small group of passionate undergraduates including Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino, the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones are one of Harvard College’s contemporary, co-ed a cappella groups. They are known for the originality of their student-composed arrangements, their poise and stage presence, and the traditions that bring their tight-knit group together. 

A passion for complex harmony and musical excellence has afforded once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunities, including booking celebrity engagement parties, performing for Laverne Cox, Jason Alexander, Henry Cavill, and hosting and singing on Harvard Campus with Josh Groban and Bobby McFerrin. Additionally, the Veritones have recently been featured on BuzzFeed’s Top 15 Contemporary A Cappella Performances

One ticket per person, tickets will be distributed at 4 p.m. 

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

Optimizing Your Mobile Devices and PC

Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos
Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

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


As the lines between technology and lifestyle blur, the choices become limitless and overwhelming. What works for you? Does your business require a computer at a desk? Are you chauffeuring kids, running errands and need to answer emails throughout the day? This "mid-level" workshop broadly explores

• Syncing— What hardware and software allows for the greatest simplicity, flexibility, and functionality for your business?
• Email — How can "really important" emails be safeguarded and always available? * Mobile computing — Can a tablet or smartphone replace a laptop?
• Avoiding downtime — Is paid antivirus software "worth it"?
• Software — How much is too much and what are some of the productivity choices?

About the presenter

Bud Freund teaches technology and provides tech support to small businesses and families looking for reasonable, cost-effective technology solutions. Mr. Freund also provides training to individuals, groups and corporations including GE, UBS and the YMCA. His curriculum covers a broad range of hardware and software skills including safe internet practices, mobility, digital imaging and Excel. His skill set also enables him to give back to the community as a SCORE volunteer specializing in IT.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

Improv for Professionals

Image courtesy of flickr user eightk.
Image courtesy of flickr user eightk.

Wednesday, December 9th at 7 p.m.


In the US, public speaking is feared more than death. The reality is we all have to do it - and there is a difference between doing it and doing it well. So how do we get over it? We improvise! Improv is rooted in communication - listening, responding, focus, attention, flexibility - all of these skills are flexed in good improv. Flexibility and the ability to “roll with it” are skills that can be taught, and an essential in public speaking.

Maybe you just want to work on your communication skills. Maybe you’ve always been curious about improv. Maybe you just want a fun night of class - improv helps you improve in all areas of your life - the worst that happens is you spend a night laughing a lot! 

Friday Night Feature - 'Tangerines'

Friday, December 11th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Tangerines (2014) Starring Lembit Ulfsak , Giorgi Nakashidze , Elmo Nüganen , Mikheil Meskhi ; Rated PG-13; 87 minutes; Presented in Estonian with English Subtitles.

With war raging in the Georgia, Apkhazeti region in 1990, an Estonian man, Ivo, has stayed behind to harvest his crops of tangerines. With conflict at his door, a wounded man is left behind, and Ivo is forced to take him in.

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).

Broadway Listening Party: 'Hamilton' Cast Recording

Tuesday, December 15th from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Inspired by Ron Chernow's 2004 biography, "Hamilton" tells the story of immigrant orphan Alexander Hamilton as he navigates New York City and the founding of a new nation. Grab a comfy chair, a cup of hot chocolate, and sit back and enjoy the original cast recording from the hottest ticket on Broadway.

"A show about young rebels grabbing and shaping the future of an unformed country, 'Hamilton' is making its own resonant history by changing the language of musicals. And it does so by insisting that the forms of song most frequently heard on pop radio stations in recent years — rap, hip-hop, R&B ballads — have both the narrative force and the emotional interiority to propel a hefty musical about long-dead white men whose solemn faces glower from the green bills in our wallets."

"I am loath to tell people to mortgage their houses and lease their children to acquire tickets to a hit Broadway show. But 'Hamilton,' directed by Thomas Kail and starring Mr. [Lin-Manuel] Miranda, might just about be worth it — at least to anyone who wants proof that the American musical is not only surviving but also evolving in ways that should allow it to thrive and transmogrify in years to come...'Hamilton' makes us feel the unstoppable, urgent rhythm of a nation being born." -Ben Brantley, The New York Times



Wednesday Matinee - 'Holiday Inn'

Wednesday, December 16th at 1:30 p.m.  Holiday Inn  (1942) Starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, Walter Abel, Louise Beavers; Rated PG; 101 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire star in Holiday Inn as a popular nightclub song-and-dance team. When his heart is broken by his girlfriend, Crosby decides to retire from the hustle-bustle of big city showbiz. He purchases a rustic New England farm and converts it to an inn, which he opens to the public (floor show and all) only on holidays.  Featuring the music of Irving Berlin.


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).

Forever Young Book Group: 'Damage Done'

Wednesday, December 16th at 6:30 p.m., at The Goose, 972 Post Road


Introducing Forever Young, a book group for fans of young adult (YA) fiction who are a little less Y and a lot more A. Join us for our first meeting as we discuss Amanda Panitch's Damage Done.

About Damage Done

22 minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after.

Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend.

After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and memories of those twenty-two minutes that refuse to come into focus. At least, that’s what she tells the police.

Now that she’s Lucy Black, she’s able to begin again. And her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to protect her. But when someone much more dangerous also takes notice, Lucy’s forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind.

Friday Night Feature - 'Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation'

Friday, December 18th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Mission Impossible—Rogue Nation  (2015) Starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Simon McBurney, Rebecca Ferguson; Rated PG-13; 132 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his teammates face the odds as they attempt to take down a secret international organization known as the Syndicate--highly skilled ex-IMF agents who are intent on bringing down their former outfit.

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).

Art on View: María Esther Magallanes

María Esther Magallanes
María Esther Magallanes

On Display Tuesday, November 10th through Monday, December 21st

María-Esther Magallanes was born and raised in Mexico City. She comes from a family of accomplished artists and was raised surrounded by and appreciating all forms of art. Traveling to many cultural destinations around the world and growing up within Mexico City’s cosmopolitan atmosphere and rich cultural heritage enhanced her motivation to start creating formally while still a teenager. Earning a college degree in graphic design enabled her to experiment with materials, techniques, color and form to express ideas, concepts and feelings. Such experimentation led to mastering acrylic, the material that she has been using consistently over the past 20 years.

Mexico’s cultural, architectural natural and geographic diversity provided María-Esther with plenty of inspiration to experiment with color and forms. Her work is based on the use of vibrant, nearly violent, colors and shapes to interpret nature and landscapes. Her trademark style is marked by her admiration to and the inspiration provided by Pablo Picasso, Al Held, as well as Mexican painters Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and Pedro Coronel. She has remained faithful to her use of vibrant colors and forms to deconstruct reality and nature. 

Maria-Esther also works as a bi-lingual Storytime teacher for children 3-5 years old at the Darien Library.