Short Stories for Fall Days

Carroll Stenson
Carroll Stenson

Tuesday, October 13th at 3 p.m.

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.

Managing Legal Liability Risks

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Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

Tuesday, October 13th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.


Legal liability issues confront entrepreneurs at all stages of the business life cycle from inception to exit. This workshop offers practical and timely guidelines relevant to business owners, managers, executives and investors on ways to manage legal liability risk.

This workshop will provide an introduction to:

• How insurance can protect you or not protect you
• Using contracts effectively to minimize liability
• Business related torts including negligence, product liability and defamation
• When litigation or arbitration becomes necessary

About the presenter

Gary Hirsch is a business lawyer who specializes in advising high-growth, privately-held companies on matters ranging from contracts, partnerships and IP, to venture funding, corporate governance and acquisitions.  He has practiced law for over 20 years, including long tenures with a major firm in New York, a Fortune 500 law department, and two successful technology companies, where he ran the legal functions and led his last company through an IPO.  Since starting his own business in 2012, Gary has provided his general counsel services to over 50 private companies, including start-ups in New York and Connecticut. He's also served as a SCORE counselor to numerous local businesses.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

Fall Semester MedEd: Surgery in the 21st Century

Dr. Joey Papa
Dr. Joey Papa

Wednesday, October 14th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Program Director, Josh Herbert, MD, Darien Library, Stamford Hospital, YWCA Darien Norwalk, and the Darien YMCA, cordially invite the public to attend this five week series of lectures that mimic the structure of the medical school experience. Each night will focus on one topic and cover the anatomy, function, common disease states, and available treatments. The physicians are board certified in their area of speciality and leaders in their fields.

Dr. Joey Papa will discuss the history of surgery, components of training for surgeons, and recent advances in the field.

Raising Financially Responsible Kids

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Image courtesy of flickr user 68751915@N05

Thursday, October 15th at 7 p.m.

Putting the phrases money management and moral character in the same sentence sounds like an oxymoron.  In fact these experts agree that through teaching their children financial literacy skills, parents can also be helping their kids to develop moral character, resilience and creativity.  This workshop is designed for parents of middle and high school-aged kids.

About the presenters

Maud Purcell, MSW, LCSW, CEAP is a skilled and seasoned Psychotherapist, and the Founder and Executive Director of The Life Solution Center of Darien, a one-of-a-kind consortium of independent businesses and practices designed to treat the whole person.

Patrick Morrow, CDFA, CRPS, is a Wealth Manager and Corporate Retirement Specialist. Patrick recognizes that finances are often emotionally charged, and takes a compassionate approach in creating the greatest benefit for clients through careful planning, analysis, and investment advice.

This program is cosponsored with YWCA Parent Awareness.

Writer's Workshop

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Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres

Thursday, October 15th at 7 p.m.

Come join The Writer's Workshop, a monthly class for writers of any genre.  A constructive atmosphere greets aspiring writers as they learn and understand a reader's perspective of their work.  While many in the group have dreams to publish, that is not a requirement.  Presently we have fiction, memoir, mystery and thriller, short story, personal essay, and poetry writers.  Let's put pen to paper and get writing!

Presented by Laura Cavers, who recently received an MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College. At Manhattanville, Laura was assistant editor to the college's award-winning literary magazine, Inkwell.  She is currently working on her first novel, Bellwethers.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Ruby Sparks'

Friday, October 16th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Ruby Sparks (2012) Starring Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Chris Messina, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas; Rated R; 104 minutes;

Calvin (Paul Dano) is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing – as well as his romantic life.
Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him.  When Calvin finds Ruby (Zoe Kazan), in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person.

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).

Passport Days

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Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, October 17th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Get your passport at Darien Library! We will process and accept new and renewal applications. We will provide all the paperwork and take photos. Please bring fifteen dollars in cash or check for photos.  If you prefer, you can bring your own photographs. Specifications for passport photos can be found here.

What to Bring: Birth Certificate, Naturalization Certificate, one color 2’’ by 2’’ photo, a valid photo identification (such as a driver’s license) with a front and back photocopy of the ID, and personal check/money order or debit/credit card for payment of the passport fee.

Minors under age 16 cannot apply for a passport by themselves.  Both parents/guardians must appear in person and provide consent, authorizing passport issuance to the minor.  If one parent/guardian is unable to appear in person, then the application must be accompanied by a signed, notarized Form DS-3053: Statement of Consent from the non-applying parent/guardian.  More information on passports for minors can be found here.

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

Annual Tech Fair

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Image courtesy of flickr user mk-creatures

Saturday, October 17th from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

Darien Library is a leader in bringing new technology to the residents of Darien. This year, we'll be showing off our favorite new technologies from drones to raspberry pi to the latest in Virtual Reality. Did you know that we have four 3D printers? We can print anything from delicate pieces of jewelry up to miniature Eiffel Towers using our Z18 Makerbot printer.

Come discover how our Digital Media Lab (DML) is a place for you to shoot video, take photos, digitize your old home movies, and even go paperless with our high speed scanners. Likewise, the Business Center is equipped with an enormous banner printer -- perfect for work or science fair projects -- and business supplies so you can stay local while you work. 

Finally, learn how the Library can help you grow your business, change careers, and more using our technology educational resources. 


The Annual Meeting of the Friends of Darien Library

Kristen Harnisch
Kristen Harnisch

Friends of the Darien Library cordially invite you to the Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 17th at 5 p.m.

Kristen Harnisch, author of The Vintner's Daughter, will be our featured speaker. Kristen will discuss how Darien Library helped her transition from banker, to stay-at-home mom, to debut novelist. The Vintner's Daughter is a captivating story that immerses readers in the rich cultures of the Loire Valley, Napa, and New York and a tenacious heroine's fight to determine her own destiny.

Prior to Kristen's presentation, learn about the year's developments from Amy Cholnoky, President of the Board. Election of officers and new trustee nominations for the 2015-16 year will be held.

A reception and book signing to follow. Books will be available for purchase.

An Afternoon with Author Lisa Reisman

Monday, October 19th at 3 p.m.

Lisa Reisman, author of 5 Months, 10 Years, 2 Hours, will be our featured speaker during this afternoon tea.
Registration is required and space is limited

On August 1, 1998, 32-year-old disillusioned New York attorney Lisa Reisman plans to leave the law and hit the road in a lipstick-red convertible. Instead, she suffers a massive seizure and is found unconscious in her apartment 46 hours later. After undergoing brain surgery, she is diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme, the most lethal of brain tumors, and given a prognosis of one year to live. Five months later, she undergoes an MRI that shows the cancer cells have not spread.

Through the next ten years, Reisman faces what seems an even more daunting challenge: how to make a life equal to her miraculous recovery. Determined to forge an identity separate from one of survivor, she spends years riding on a series of successes and failures—as a writer, in dead-end jobs, and in a string of short-term relationships.

During the two hours of a grueling triathlon to mark her ten-year anniversary of surviving the disease, Reisman realizes she’s already found what she’s been looking for: her family and friends on the sidelines and her work cobbling together stories for a small newspaper about the unsung people, businesses, and visitors in her tiny corner of the world that lend her existence meaning and worth.

About the author

Lisa Reisman studied Ancient Greek and Latin at Haverford, Oxford and Yale, and law at the University of Virginia. She practiced law in New York City for four years. Reisman is a Connecticut freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Shoreline Times, the New Haven Register, the New Haven Advocate, Connecticut Magazine, and Poets & Writers Magazine. A Dean's Fellow at Columbia University's School of the Arts, she also has been supported by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, and Wesleyan University, and a work study scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.