Passport Days

Image courtesy flickr user clappstar
Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, February 21st 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).

Winter Semester MedEd: Orthopedic Spine Health & Rehabilitation

Dr. Sharma and Dr. Massimi
Dr. Sharma and Dr. Massimi

Wednesday, February 25th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Program Director, Joshua 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. Krishn Sharma and Dr. Stephen Massimi will address how to protect your spine and maintain spine health as you age.  They will also address common spinal injuries, diseases and the proper treatments and alternative measures to rehabilitation and pain management.

About the Presenters

Dr. Krishn Sharma is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with a fellowship in scoliosis and spine surgery.  He graduated from New York Medical College and received his fellowship from Beth Israel Medical Center.  Dr. Sharma currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at New York Medical College.  He practices at Scoliosis and Spinal Surgery in White Plains, NY.

Dr. Stephen Massimi is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in Sports Medicine and specializes in non-surgical spine treatment.  He received his undergraduate degree from Boston College where he graduated with honors.  He earned his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and then did his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia and Cornell, where he served as chief resident.  After residency, he went on to complete a fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine.  Dr. Massimi is an active member of several professional organizations, has extensive research experience, and is the author of numerous scientific articles.  

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

Appy Hour

Courtesy of Flickr user NJSCPA
Courtesy of Flickr user NJSCPA

Thursday, February 26th at 6 p.m.

Join us for a cocktail, pull up a chair, and learn about the latest and greatest apps for Apple and Android devices.

Friday Night Feature - 'Fury'

Friday, February 27th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m.Fury (2014) Starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, and Michael Pena; Rated R; 135 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Brad Pitt leads a tank crew in the final days of World War II in this war drama from End of Watch's David Ayer. The year is 1945. Army sergeant Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) is the grizzled commander of a Sherman tank. Determined to strike a decisive victory for the Allies in the European Theater, Wardaddy leads his five-man crew on a treacherous mission behind enemy lines. His mission complicated by the sudden appearance of a rookie soldier in his platoon, the sergeant knows that victory is within reach, and vows to achieve it by any means necessary.

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).

Emily Gray Tedrowe in Conversation with Phil Klay

Phil Klay and Emily Gray Tedrowe
Phil Klay and Emily Gray Tedrowe

Saturday, February 28th at 5 p.m.

Emily Gray Tedrowe, author of Blue Stars, will be in conversation with Phil Klay, 2014 National Book Award Winner and author of Redeployment.

Blue Stars brings to life the realities of the modern day home front: how to get through the daily challenges of motherhood and holding down a job while bearing the stress and uncertainty of war, when everything can change in an instant. It tells the story of Ellen, a Midwestern literature professor, who is drawn into the Iraq war when her legal ward Michael enlists as a Marine; and of Lacey, a proud Army wife who struggles to pay the bills and keep things going for her son while her husband is also deployed. Ellen and Lacey cope with the fear and stress of a loved one at war while trying to get by in a society that often ignores or misunderstands what war means to women today.

Redeployment takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there and to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos

Emily Gray Tedrowe is the author of Commuters: A Novel, which was named a Best New Paperback by Entertainment Weekly. Her short fiction has been published in the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Fifty-Two Stories, and Other Voices. Originally from New York City, Emily now lives in Chicago with her husband and daughters. Visit her at www.emilygraytedrowe.com.

Phil Klay graduated from Dartmouth College in 2005, and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He deployed to Iraq with the 2nd Marine Logistics Group from January 2007 to February 2008. He left the Corps in July, 2009, and received his MFA from Hunter College, where he studied with Colum McCann and Peter Carey, and worked as Richard Ford’s research assistant. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, Tin House, and in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012.

A book signing will follow the authors’ presentations. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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

Winter Semester MedEd: Cardiology

Dr. Schuster
Dr. Schuster

Wednesday, March 4th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Program Director, Joshua 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. Edward Schuster will speak on the structure of the heart, how to promote healthy hearts as you age and common diseases to watch out for.  A healthy balance of exercise, eating and stress management also play a role in keeping and maintaining a healthy heart.

About the Presenter

Dr. Schuster started practicing cardiology at Stamford Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1980. He is board-certified in both internal medicine and cardiology and specializes in all aspects of cardiology with an interest in preventative cardiology.  He received a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from Bowdoin College and his medical degree from University Health Sciences – Chicago Medical School, AOA Honor Society.  He completed an internship and residency at Duke Hospital and a fellowship in cardiology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He has extensive teaching experience with both the house staff at Stamford Hospital and medical students from Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.  He is Chief Medical Officer for the Stamford Police Department, on the Board of Trustees at the Ferguson Library and is a member of the Stamford Health Commission.

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

'Behind the Orange Curtain' - Film Screening and Discussion

Behind the Orange Curtain
Behind the Orange Curtain

Rescheduled for Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30 p.m.

Register here

Please join us for a screening of the award winning documentary Behind the Orange Curtain as we take an in-depth look at the prescription drug epidemic among California teens and what is means for Darien youth. The event will include refreshments, panel discussion and thoughtful conversation.

Jamison Monroe, Executive Producer, Maud Purcell, Founder of the Life Solution Center and Dr. Sandra Gomez will field questions from the audience.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

This event is cosponsored with Newport Academy and the Life Solution Center of Darien.

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

Winter Semester MedEd: Integrative Medicine

Dr. Takayasu
Dr. Takayasu

Wednesday, March 11th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Program Director, Joshua 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. Katherine Takayasu will describe what integrative medicine is and the role it can play in one’s health and overall wellbeing.  She will discuss a holistic approach to patient care that targets the mind, body and spirit.  Dr. Takayasu will target successful ways to approach managing stress, diet and nutrition and mind-body interactions.

About the Presenter

Dr. Takayasu completed her two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at Stamford Hospital’s Center for Integrative Medicine & Wellness and the University of Arizona. She earned her M.D. and M.B.A. from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Takayasu completed her residency in Family Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia University in New York City,where she served as Chief Resident. A board-certified family medicine physician, Dr. Takayasu’s specific interests include integrating complementary modalities such as nutrition, acupuncture and mind-body medicine into women’s health areas like pregnancy, infertility, chronic pelvic and myofascial pain, peri-menopause, and general stress management. She is a clinical instructor in Medicine at Columbia University and conducts research in nutrition and mind-body medicine.

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

Winter Semester MedEd: Endocrinology

Dr. Misra
Dr. Misra

Wednesday, March 18th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Program Director, Joshua 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. Bismruta Misra will focus specifically on two common disease states: osteoporosis and diabetes.  She will discuss the importance of bone health and how to prevent bone loss as you age.  She will also discuss the signs and symptoms of pre-diabetes and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

About the Presenter

Dr. Misra is Medical Director of Fairfield County Diabetes and Endocrinology, a unique consultative center that offers comprehensive treatment for diabetes and endocrine disorders. She received her master’s degree in public health from Boston University and worked as an epidemiologist prior to obtaining her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC.  She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism.  Dr. Misra was recently named a Connecticut Magazine Top Doc, 2014.  She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and enjoys the time she spends precepting resident clinic and teaching medical students.

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

Rescheduled: An Evening with Emily Dickinson

James Sulzer
James Sulzer

Rescheduled for Thursday, April 16th at 7 p.m.

Join author James Sulzer as he discusses his newest novel about the fictional account of famous poet Emily DickinsonThe Voice at the Door recreates the fateful meeting of Emily Dickinson with the famous Philadelphia pastor, Charles Wadsworth.  The fictional account weaves the letters and poems of this iconic American writer into a rich tapestry of intellectual and spiritual communion.  It encompasses the three great mysteries of Emily Dickinson’s life: her agonized love poetry of the early 1860’s, her partial blindness in1863 – 1865, and her subsequent withdrawal from the world.

James Sulzer is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a Yale National Scholar. He is the author of Nantucket Daybreak (Walker and Co.) and the memoir Mom Comes Home. He has produced countless “sonic id’s” for National Public Radio, some of which aired on Ira Glass’s This American Life. He has spent the past 40 years of his life reading, living with, and cherishing the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

Refreshments will be served.

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