Wednesday Matinee - 'The Face of Love'

THE FACE OF LOVE will screen in our Community Room Wednesday, August 20th.
THE FACE OF LOVE will screen in our Community Room Wednesday, August 20th.

Wednesday, August 20th at 1:30 p.m. - The Face of Love (2013) Starring Annette Bening, Ed Harris, and Robin Williams; Rated PG-13; 92 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Five years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett, Nikki meets Tom, a man who seems to be Garrett's exact duplicate. Not only does Tom possess the same physical characteristics, but he also shares Garrett's kindness, humor, and passion for art. And yet he is a stranger. As romance blossoms between Nikki and Tom, she finds she can't bring herself to tell him the truth about what drew her to him. But as their relationship progresses, it becomes not a question of if the truth will come out, but when.

"Ms. Bening...immediately [makes] this woman come so satisfyingly alive, breathing believable vitality and at times contradictory emotions into what might have otherwise registered as a blur..." -- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

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

Passport Day

Image courtesy flickr user clappstar
Image courtesy flickr user clappstar

Saturday, August 23rd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Get your passport at Darien Library! We'll have four Acceptance Agents from the CT Passport Agency ready to process and accept applications. We will provide all the paperwork and have a space for photos, as well. If you prefer, you can bring your own photographs. Specs for passport photos can be found here.

We can process passport renewals as well.

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.

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

Constant Contact - Newsletters and Announcements and LinkedIn for Business

Constant Contact is an email marketing tool
Constant Contact is an email marketing tool

Wednesday, September 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Please register for this workshop.

Newsletters and Announcements have become a core component of campaign choices. Email is more important than ever – to the communication efforts of businesses and nonprofits everywhere; and to the customer, donor, client or supporter of those organizations. This session will reveal some simple but effective best practices and considerations for the small business or nonprofit seeking to make their email newsletters more effective.

LinkedIn is a must-use tool for both job seekers and business owners alike. Susan Catalano of HireWorthy reviews the layout of LinkedIn, explains the importance of LinkedIn, and how to use it effectively.

About the Presenters

Robert Clark is a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert and Solution Provider Partner with over 30 years of experience advising small and medium-sized businesses, Fortune 50 companies, nonprofits, associations, and industry groups on marketing, sales, operations, strategy, international trade, and information technology.

Susan LaCorte Catalano is co-founder of HireWorthy, a career coaching firm. With more than a decade in corporate Human Resources in the finance and health care industries, she is an expert on employee relations, performance management and manager training.

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

Maximize Your Social Security Benefits

Maximize your benefits.
Maximize your benefits.

Thursday, September 4th at 7 p.m.

When to collect Social Security may be the single most important decision you make when it comes to your retirement. 

Topics covered include:

• How Social Security benefits are calculated and the advanced planning required to increase them.

• Why married couples can miss out on significant lifetime sums.

• Special strategies for married couples, divorced individuals and minor children.

• Case studies that will show you the advantages of some of these strategies.

About the Presenters

Michael Alimo (CRPC; CLU; ChFEBC). A 30 year industry veteran, for the past 15 years financial service advisor Alimo has served jclientele around CT & New England at his USA Financial & Tax Services, LLC. Committed to giving back to the community via educational workshops, Mr. Alimo has hosted many seminars for groups at libraries, churches, and social organization about a variety of financial and planning topics.

David Weyner (H≪ LTC Partnership certification,CT, NY & NJ) Following 20 years as a senior corporate executive, since 2007 Weyner has served insurance and benefits clients around the NY tri-state area.. In collaboration with Michael Alimo, Mr.Weyner has also spoken at many seminars with the objective of helping community members better understand their planning options and various programs available to seniors.

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

The Bob Button Big Band Performance

The Bob Button Band
The Bob Button Band

Thursday, September 18th at 7 p.m.

Join us in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room for an evening of music from the Big Band era.

About the Bob Button Big Band

For more than 35 years, The Bob Button Big Band has entertained audiences in the New York Metropolitan area with music from the Big Band Era. The Band has played at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, The NY Athletic Club, Playhouse on the Green in Bridgeport, Connecticut Jazz Festival, Glen Island Casino, Hyatt Regency for the 2000 Millenium, The Greenwich Town Party with Paul Simon and Santana, and numerous summer concerts in Fairfield County, Connecticut. 

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

Weekly Tech Drop-In Session

Alex, User Experience Ninja
Alex, User Experience Ninja

Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. 
Technology Center on Lower Level

Do you need help with eBooks? How about how to use your iPad? Then come to our new weekly Tech Drop-In sessions! Each Thursday, our staff will be available to help you with your technology problems. We will show you how to format documents, write emails, sign up for Twitter, and answer hundreds of more questions. 

This week, our user experience (UX) ninja, Alex, will be answering your questions. 

Art On View: Trish Monahan

The work of Trish Monahan
The work of Trish Monahan

July 22nd through September 2nd

Closing Reception Friday, August 29th from 6 to 8 p.m.

In her own words, "As an artist, I always seek to explore and capture moments of wonder in the natural world: the feeling of an open meditative space infused with light, the geometric patterns of a landscape, bodies in motion, twisted trees and gardens that tangle. These constantly changing rhythms and colors fascinate me, for in nature we find the vital force, the very essence of life itself.

My art education came mostly from seeing, from looking deeply at things, and from being exposed to so much great art in the cities where I have visited and lived. It seems I have been been studying art and science for most of my life. After attending art and design classes at Wayne State University, Parsons School of Design and The Art Students League, I fine-tuned my eye working as a textile artist and clothing designer for several years in New York. I now paint in Westport, Connecticut as a member of "The Art Studio."

For many years now I have also been working in the Natural Healing field and this certainly influences my artwork. Working hands-on with people in such a close way increases your sensitivity to subtle currents of energy and what lies beneath the surface. The deeper unspoken truths are an integral part of my work, and I hope it is something the viewer feels when observing my paintings.

Meet the Author - Kristen Harnisch

Kristen Harnisch [credit: Alix Martinex Photography]
Kristen Harnisch [credit: Alix Martinex Photography]

Tuesday, October 21st at 7 p.m.

Kristen Harnisch, author of The Vintner's Daughter, will be our featured speaker.

In 1895, seventeen-year-old Sara Thibault’s dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps as master winemaker at their stunning Loire Valley family vineyard, Saint Martin. Although many don’t understand her ambition, Sara forges ahead toward her goal with a determination that will soon prove essential.

When Sara’s father is killed in a mudslide, her mother sells their land to a business rival whose eldest son married Sara’s sister, Lydia. Sara is shocked and deeply disappointed, having hoped to take over, to make her father proud. Disappointment quickly turns to fear when she realizes that her new brother-in-law Bastien has no real interest in the vineyard and far too much interest in her.

A violent tragedy leaves Bastien dead and compels the sisters to flee to America. Sara plans to eventually reclaim her family’s vineyard, but for now she travels to California in hopes of making her own way in the winemaking world. When she encounters Bastien’s brother, Philippe—a man as committed to bringing his brother’s killer to justice as he is to building the largest vineyard in the Napa region—they are instantly drawn to each other. But now she must make a choice: to risk discovery or run again. Will he help her regain Saint Martin, or prosecute her for her crime? How much more can she lose? And what loss is finally too great to bear?

About the Author

Kristen Harnisch drew upon her extensive research and experiences living in the San Francisco Bay Area and visiting the Loire Valley to create the story for The Vintner's Daughter, the first in a series about the changing world of vineyard life at the turn of the century. Harnisch has a degree in economics from Villanova University and currently resides in Darien, Connecticut, where she has lived for fourteen years.

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 - 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).

Friday Night Features in August

We will screen DEVIL'S KNOT Friday, August 15th.
We will screen DEVIL'S KNOT Friday, August 15th.

Friday, August 1st at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - We Could Be King (2014) Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 80 minutes. 

Slashing budgets and still facing shortfalls, Philadelphia did the unthinkable. It shuttered Germantown High School and sent its students to archrival Martin Luther King, leaving a first-time head coach and a new principal to join together in a fight to unite bitter adversaries. An intimate and unflinching snapshot of urban America's education crisis, We Could Be King is a celebration of the power of sports to bring young people, neighborhoods and a city together.

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

Friday, August 8th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Girl on a Bicycle (2013) Starring Nora Tschirner, Vincenzo Amato, and Louise Monot; Rated R; 101 minutes.

Paolo, an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, has just proposed to his true love, the German stewardess, Greta, when the young French beauty, Cécile pulls up beside his bus on her bicycle – and, in short order, Paolo, following some very bad advice from his friend, Derek, finds himself with a German fiancée, a French “wife,” two Australian children who call him “Papa,” and his life upside-down.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

Friday, August 15th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Devil's Knot (2013) Starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth; Not Rated; 114 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Director Atom Egoyan adapts journalist Mara Leveritt's  non-fiction book to the screen in this docudrama centered on the investigation into the notorious West Memphis Three case. Centered on the investigation conducted by private detective Ron Lax, The Devil's Knot details the discovery of crucial DNA evidence that helped to win back the freedom of Arkansas teens Damien Echols, James Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr., who were accused of ritualistically murdering three young boys in 1993.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

Friday, August 22nd at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.The Lunchbox (2014) Starring Irrfan Khan; Rated PG; 105 minutes; Presented in Hindi with English subtitles.

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects Ila, a neglected housewife, to Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Through a series of exchanged notes that they pass back and forth through the lunches, Saajan and Ila find comfort in their unexpected friendship.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

Friday, August 29th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Tim's Vermeer (2014) Documentary Feature; Rated PG-13; 80 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography? Spanning a decade, Jenison's adventure takes him to Holland, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and eventually even to Buckingham Palace. The epic research project Jenison embarks on is as extraordinary as what he discovers.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

All films are free and open to the public.

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

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