Weekend One Acts at Darien Library

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Image courtesy Flickr user Heartlover1717

Matinee Performance -- Sunday, November 23rd at 2 p.m.

Darien Library is proud to present for the fifth time Weekend One Acts, a theatrical weekend featuring free performances of one-act plays from two esteemed playwrights. The program of three works includes one-act comedies from David Ives and Christopher Durang.

"Mere Mortals" by David Ives
Directed by Autumn Howard


Three working class guys on lunch break 50 stories up.

"Long Ago and Far Away" by David Ives
Directed by Bridget Cusack


A married yuppie couple, about to move out of their apartment, argue about the nature of reality and become caught up in a bizarre scenario.

"Wanda's Visit" by Christopher Durang
Directed by Donna McLaughlin Wyant


Jim and Marsha's average marriage is disrupted when Jim's wacky high school girlfriend comes to visit.

Doors open 1/2 hour prior to performance time. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. We cannot accommodate reservations. Latecomers cannot be admitted.

This program is free and open to the public.

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

Résumé and Job Application Drop-In

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Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

Monday, November 24 from 2 to 3 p.m.
Technology Conference Center

Bring your résumé in for help from our Reference Librarians on:

• Editing your résumé
• Proofread your cover letters
• Troubleshoot technology issues with online job applications
• Assist in setting up an email account
• Help with other job application and résumé related advice.

Meet Us On Main Street

Wednesdays at 11 a.m. - Meet Us On Main Street
Wednesdays at 11 a.m. - Meet Us On Main Street

"You Are What You Read" goes LIVE!

Wednesday, November 26th at 11 a.m.

Darien Library staff members are excited to tell you about the latest and greatest books, movies, apps, and articles that we are currently digging. Please join us for this weekly, informal discussion.

There will be "oooohs." There will be "ahhhhs." There will be laughs. We hope to see you there. 

 

Friday Night Feature - 'Belle'

Belle
Belle

Friday, November 28th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Belle (2013) Starring Gugu Mabatha-Raw, Sam Reid, Tom Wilkinson, and Emily Watson; Rated PG; 104 minutes. Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

This film is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love.

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

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

Come Write Your Novel in the Library!

Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month
Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

Join local writers in the annual quest to write 50,000 words during the month of November! We'll be working together on the top floor. Bring your notebook, laptop, sketchpad, whatever it is you need to write your story in. Writing a novel during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) can be tough but you'll find lots of friendly company at this write-in.

Sunday, November 30th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In the Mezzanine Conference Room

Business Book Group

Mission In A Bottle
Mission In A Bottle

Tuesday, December 2 at 6 p.m.

Register here.

Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff's Mission In A Bottle: The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently-- and Succeeding. 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 Mission In A Bottle: The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently-- and Succeeding

In Mission In A Bottle: The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently-- and Succeeding, the cofounders of Honest Tea tell the engaging story of how they created and built a mission-driven business, offering a wealth of insights and advice to entrepreneurs, would-be entrepreneurs, and millions of Honest Tea drinkers about the challenges and hurdles of creating a successful business--and the importance of perseverance and creative problem-solving.

Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff began Honest Tea fifteen years ago with little more than a tea leaf of an idea and a passion to offer organic, freshly brewed, lightly sweetened bottled tea. Today Honest Tea is a rapidly expanding national brand sold in more than 100,0000 grocery stores, restaurants, convenience stores and drugstores across the country. The brand has flourished as American consumers move toward healthier and greener lifestyles.

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).

LinkedIn Profiles For Business-to-Business Leads

LinkedIn for B2B Leads
LinkedIn for B2B Leads

Wednesday, December 3rd at 6:00 p.m.

LinkedIn is a must-use tool for both job seekers and business owners alike.  This session will reveal some simple but effective best practices and considerations for the small business or nonprofit seeking to make their LinkedIn connections more effective.  Attendees can expect to learn how to complete their profile and attract clients, how to optimize their profile with key words to get noticed, and how to make their profile stand out from all the others!

About the Presenter

Lorraine Duncan is a business coach certified through Coach Training Alliance.  She is a member of the International Federation of Coaching and has over 20 years of marketing experience.

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

National Novel Writing Month Wrap-Up

Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month
Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

Saturday, December 6th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In the Mezzanine Conference Room

Join other local writers to talk about how National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) went for you. We'll also discuss "what happens now" that you've written your novel. Bring your novel with you if you would like to read some of it aloud!

We will be joined by the Fairfield County Writers' Group if you have quesitons about staying involved with your new writing habit year round.

Holiday Concert with Acabella

The Ladies of Acabella
The Ladies of Acabella

Sunday, December 7th 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 local a cappella group - Acabella.

About Acabella

Acabella was founded in 2001 by two friends who had recently moved to Darien and were eager to sing a cappella music, as they had done in college. The group was named Acabella, which combines the musical term, a cappella, which means unaccompanied by musical instruments, and bella, the Italian word for beautiful. The group is currently directed by Heather Raker, one of its founders, and Carolyn Woodberry, who has been singing with the group since its inception.

Acabella presently comprises 12 women from the Lower Fairfield County area. Membership in the group is by audition, including musical exercises and a solo performance. Members’ musical backgrounds include singing in undergraduate and graduate a cappella groups and various choirs, as well as performing in musical theater, bands and coffeehouses (and the shower, of course!)

Refreshments will be served.

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

Intermediate Microsoft Word

Image courtesy Flickr user Bernard Goldbach
Image courtesy Flickr user Bernard Goldbach

Tuesday, December 9th from 2 to 4 p.m.

Register

In this course, students will learn how to create rich, dynamic documents using Microsoft Word. Topics covered include formatting, printing, setting margins, orientation, page numbers, indents, bulleted lists, tabs and tables, spell checker, thesaurus, grammar checker, help function, and more.