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).

Focusing On You Meditation Series

Julie Punishill [credit Pamela Ha-Stevenson]
Julie Punishill [credit Pamela Ha-Stevenson]

Thursdays, November 13th and 20th at 7 p.m.

The "Focusing on You" meditation series leads up to Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season. Do you find you get swept up in the expectations and "busy"-ness of the holidays? Do you find you lose your sense of self? Would you like to increase your personal enjoyment of this very special season, and for that matter, your every day life? This series of five sessions over six weeks is designed to offer meditations and tools to help you focus on you, your presence and ability to live in the moment.

The program will be led by Julie Punishill, a graduate of the two-year intensive training program at the Institute for Conscious Counseling and Coaching in Essex, MA.

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, First County Bank, GWAY Printing & Graphics, Peggy Hersam/Halstead Property, 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, Jumbo Dog Artbooks, 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).

Discover Your Polish, Ukrainian, and Eastern European Ancestors

Presented by Jonathan Shea & Matthew Bielawa
Presented by Jonathan Shea & Matthew Bielawa

Saturday, November 15th at 2 p.m.
Community Room

Two experts on Eastern European genealogy present at the Library, Professor Jonathan Shea and Matthew Bielawa. Shea has written numerous publications and Bielawa on Galacia among other presentations. 

In this program, Jonathan Shea and Matthew Bielawa will show you how to research your ancestors in Poland, Ukraine and the neighboring countries of Eastern Europe. They will introduce you to a variety of sources to compile information about your family. In this program you will learn to:

  • Determine your family’s place of origin using the many documents and sources available in the United States.
  • Determine what records were generated for your ancestral village and where they are to be found.
  • Know where to look depending on the event date and who had jurisdiction, since these countries’ external and internal borders changed frequently in the last 300 years.
  • Know which language the records were recorded in and which publications and tools are available for translating these documents of genealogical value.
  • Learn about the naming conventions and surname distribution in the country.

About the Presenters

Jonathan Shea is a professor of foreign languages in the Connecticut Higher Education System. He has over twenty years of experience in the field of genealogical research, documenting his own family (with roots in the former provinces of Lomza and Grodno, Poland, and Counties Offaly and Mayo, Ireland) as well as the families of others. He is founding President of the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast.

Matthew Bielawa is the Associate Registrar at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. His research specialization is in Eastern Galicia and Western Ukraine. He is webmaster of Genealogy of Halychyna/Eastern Galicia, a site devoted to Polish and Ukrainian genealogical research in Eastern Galicia and Western Ukraine.

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.

Weekend One Acts at Darien Library

Image courtesy Flickr user Heartlover1717
Image courtesy Flickr user Heartlover1717

Evening Performance with Opening Reception -- Friday, November 21st at 7 p.m.
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 three 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 blue-collar construction workers claim to be the Lindbergh baby, the son of Czar Nicholas II of Russia, and the reincarnation of Marie Antoinette.

"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).

Passport Days

Image courtesy flickr user clappstar
Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, November 22nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 20th 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 have a space for photos, as well. Please bring fifteen dolls 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, autorizing 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).

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).

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