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.

Saturday, November 1st from 12 noon to 5 p.m
Sunday, November 9th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 30th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In the Mezzanine Conference Room

The Annual Meeting of the Friends of Darien Library

Kate Manning
Kate Manning

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

Saturday, November 1st at 5 p.m.

Kate Manning, author of My Notorious Life, will be the featured speaker. This novel is the evocative, absolutely unforgettable new novel from Kate Manning. Inspired by the true story of Ann Trow Lohman, a female physician who became one of the most controversial figures in Victorian New York City. My Notorious Life, now published in paperback, vibrantly portrays a charismatic, passionate woman who changed the lives of countless others. 

Reviews for My Notorious Life:

“A daring page-turner.” — O, The Oprah Magazine

“This intriguing, thought-provoking work of historical fiction is a testament to the strength of the human spirit.”— Real Simple

Preceding the presentation, election of officers and new trustee nominations for the year 2014/2015 will take place.

Learn about the year's developments at Darien Library from Amy Cholnoky, President of the Board, and Alan Gray, Director of the Library.

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

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

Jean Dubuffet: Soul of the Underground

Image courtesy flickr user Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
Image courtesy flickr user Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

Thursday, November 6th at 7 p.m.

Heather Cotter, a visiting lecturer from the Museum of Modern Art, will discuss the exciting new exhibit Jean Dubuffet: Soul of the Underground. Jean Dubuffet (French, 1901–1985) maintained a rebellious attitude toward prevailing notions of high culture, beauty, and good taste, and was a relentless innovator from the time he committed himself to art making in the early 1940s. By focusing on the key moments in his career, Cotter will illuminate Dubuffet’s radical experimentation with form and material from the 1940s to the mid-1960s.

Heather Cotter is a professional art educator with an M.A. in Art History from Boston University and an M.Ed. in Art Education from Harvard University. She has worked in numerous prestigious art museums including the Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The National Gallery in Washington DC and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Her multi-layered teaching approach encourages students to consider art as a visual representation, an emotional expression and an intellectual investigation.

Refreshments will be served.

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

Small Business Tuesday - Getting Started in Franchising

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

Tuesday, November 11th from 6 to 8 p.m.

Register for this workshop

Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.

At this session you will gain a general understanding of franchising and the evaluation process from two franchise coaches with The Entrepreneur’s Source and a panel of local franchisees who will talk about their own experiences with researching and starting their business.

Participants will learn:

- 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 Speaker

Carolyn Tormey is a Business and Franchise Coach with The Entrepreneur’s Source. Her background includes over ten years of financial management and business consulting experience. Carolyn is also a counselor for SCORE of Fairfield County.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

Meet the Author - Dana Cowin

Dana Cowin
Dana Cowin

Tuesday, November 11th at 7 p.m.

Dana Cowin, author of Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen will be our featured speaker.

An uproarious, inspiring cookbook from the longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, in which the first lady of food spills the secret of her culinary ineptitude, while learning—finally—to cook, side-by-side with some of the greatest chefs working today, from David Chang to Alice Waters to Thomas Keller.

About the Author

Dana Cowin, Food & Wine’s Editor-in-Chief since 1995, has been covering the world of food, wine, style, and design for over 30 years. She sits on the board of directors of City Harvest, a New York City hunger-relief organization, Wholesome Wave Foundation, dedicated to providing access to sustainable foods, and Hot Bread Kitchen, an organization that helps train low-income men and women to join the culinary workforce. In 2012, she was an inductee into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who in Food & Beverage in America. She is an alumna of Brown University and lives in New York City with her husband and two children. To read more about Dana’s adventures follow her at @fwscout on Twitter and on Instagram.

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).

Meet the Author - Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand
Elin Hilderbrand

Wednesday, November 12th at 7 p.m.

Elin Hilderbrand, author of Winter Street, will be our featured speaker.

Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket's Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray. Patrick, the eldest, is a hedge fund manager with a guilty conscience. Kevin, a bartender, is secretly sleeping with a French housekeeper named Isabelle. Ava, a school teacher, is finally dating the perfect guy but can't get him to commit. And Bart, the youngest and only child of Kelley's second marriage to Mitzi, has recently shocked everyone by joining the Marines.

As Christmas approaches, Kelley is looking forward to getting the family together for some quality time at the inn. But when he walks in on Mitzi kissing Santa Claus (or the guy who's playing Santa at the inn's annual party), utter chaos descends. With the three older children each reeling in their own dramas and Bart unreachable in Afghanistan, it might be up to Kelley's ex-wife, nightly news anchor Margaret Quinn, to save Christmas at the Winter Street Inn. 

About the Author

Elin Hilderbrand made a paper angel ornament in third grade that is still in her family's custody. She celebrates the holidays by making batches of homemade mustard and chive pine nut dip and gifting them to her lucky friends. Her favorite carol is "O Holy Night." Winter Street is her fourteenth novel.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

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

Senior Moments: A Look Inside Sing Sing Correctional Facility

image courtesy Flickr user jascon 27
image courtesy Flickr user jascon 27

Thursday, November 13th at 3 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in our Conference Room.

The presenter will share the history of the prison as well as show pictures of the inside and outside of the complex, including pictures of the cells and cell block. Then she will describe the different buildings, talk about a day in the life of an inmate, speak of what the incarcerated go through to get into the place, and talk about the problems inmates and volunteers encounter. Attention will be given to how Sing Sing works to rehabilitate inmates and lower the re-incarceration rate. Questions and discussion are encouraged.

Presented by Jackie Labatt-Simon, a volunteer at Sing Sing Correctional Facility.

Save the date for our next Senior Moments program on Thursday, December 11th at 3 p.m. Topic T.B.D.

Support for Senior Moments is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.


Meet the Author - Marilyn Johnson

Marilyn Johnson
Marilyn Johnson

Thursday, November 13th at 7 p.m.

Marilyn Johnson, author of Lives in Ruins, will be our featured speaker.

Lives in Ruins is an absorbing and entertaining look at the lives of contemporary archaeologists as they sweat under the sun for clues to the puzzle of our past. Johnson digs and drinks alongside archaeologists, chases them through the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and even Machu Picchu, and excavates their lives. Her subjects share stories we rarely read in history books, about slaves and Ice Age hunters, ordinary soldiers of the American Revolution, children of the first century, Chinese woman warriors, sunken fleets, mummies.

What drives these archaeologists is not the money (meager) or the jobs (scarce) or the working conditions (dangerous), but their passion for the stories that would otherwise be buried and lost.

About the Author

Marilyn Johnson has been a staff writer for Life and an editor at Esquire, Redbook, and Outside. The Dead Beat was chosen for the Borders Original Voices program and was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award.

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).

Mini Golf in the Library!

Join us!
Join us!

Saturday, November 15th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

$5 per player, each player will also receive a free hot dog!

Miniature golf is coming to the library! We are happy to announce the first Darien Library Mini Golf Event. Players of all ages will putt their way through the Library. The Library will become an 18-hole miniature golf course with the course set up throughout the building, along with face painting, corn hole, crafts and other activities.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Premier Hole Sponsors:

Darien Sport Shop, Ring's End, The Wyper Family

Hole Sponsors:

Carta, McCalister & Moore LLC, The Cholnoky Family, Connecticut Green, GWAY Printing & Graphics, Dr. Maryann Lehmann, Lucky Lawn, Merrill Lynch, Nedder and Associates LLC, TD Bank

Tee and Green Sponsors:

Darien Toy Box, Get it Done Consulting, Ivey, Barnum & O'Mara, LLC, Mama Carmela's Italian Deli, Upper Crust Bakery & Cafe

For more information about sponsoring a hole, contact the Darien Library Administrative office at 203-669-5220.

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

Wednesday Matinee - 'Jersey Boys'

We will screen Jersey Boys November 19th.
We will screen Jersey Boys November 19th.

Wednesday, November 19th at 1:30 p.m. - Jersey Boys (2014) Starring Christopher Walken, Steven R. Schirripa, John Lloyd Young, and Kathrine Narducci; Rated R; 134 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Adapted from the 2006 Tony Winner for Best Musical, this bittersweet saga dramatizes the rise and fall of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - one of the key pop groups of the early '60s, responsible for such iconic hits as "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man" and "Big Girls Don't Cry." 

"Jersey Boys hits the high notes with ease..." -- Tom Long, Detroit News

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

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