Music in the Stacks: Upbeat

Upbeat in the Library
Upbeat in the Library

Sunday, August 16th at 5 p.m.

Upbeat is composed of a group of young musicians with a passion for music. Originally coming together to play jazz in high school, and evolving since then by sharing music with greater communities. Their mission remains the same, to spread their love of music through the preservation of jazz. Come enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres while listening to the smooth tunes of Upbeat in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Achieve the Paperless Office

Steamline your office
Steamline your office

Tuesday, August 18th at 6:30 p.m.
In the Mezzanine Conference Room

Is your office a mess? Can you not find important paperwork or are you afraid of losing your work?

In this class, User Experience Librarian, Amanda, will go over how to digitize your documents, how to organize your files, and software that will help you go paperless. You can go paperless using a variety of free and premium paid tools to make your life more organized. 


Wednesday Matinee - 'Mr. Turner'

Wednesday,  August 19th at 1:30 P.M. -  Mr. Turner  (2014) Starring Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Paul Jesson, Marion Bailey, Lesley Manville and Martin Savage ; Rated R; 150 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life.

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).

Docs and Discussion: The Storm Makers

Wednesday, August 19th at 6:30 p.m. - The Storm Makers (2014); NR; 66 minutes.

Docs and Discussion is our new film discussion series meant to inspire thoughtful conversation on a global topic.

More than half a million Cambodians work abroad, and a staggering third of those become slaves. Many are young women, held prisoner and forced to work in horrific conditions, sometimes as prostitutes. A chilling exposé of Cambodia's human trafficking underworld, The Storm Makers weaves the story of Aya, a young peasant sold into slavery at age 16, with that of two powerful traffickers (known as "storm makers" for the havoc they wreak) who use deception to funnel a stream of poor and illiterate people across the country's borders. French-Cambodian filmmaker Guillaume Suon presents an eye-opening look at the cycle of poverty, despair and greed that fuels this brutal modern slave trade.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out what else we're screening.

This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS. The Storm Makers premiers on PBS Friday, August 31st.

Meet the Author: Diana Bletter

Thursday, August 20th at 7 p.m.

Diana Bletter, author of A Remarkable Kindness, will be our featured speaker.

In the seaside village of Peleg, four American women have emigrated to Israel for very different reasons. Despite their differences in age and outlook, these four women find each other in ritual, gathering in a burial circle to perform tahara, a final burial rite, for the women of the community. As their intertwined stories unfold, each woman finds the joys promised by the beauty of the land, in new life, first love, motherhood, and friendship, supporting each other through irrevocable changes, navigating the pressures of marriage, illicit romance, the loss of a child, and, the unthinkable backdrop for this paradise--war. Through moments of humor and sorrow, each woman takes part in the ultimate act of compassion, helping to close the circle of life.

Brimming with wisdom and intelligence, A Remarkable Kindness is a moving testament to women’s friendship, tracing the life lines of women who learn to be strong and capturing the paradoxes and promises of the land they learn to call home.

About the Author

Diana Bletter grew up in Great Neck, New York, and attended Cornell University. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Huffington Post, Glamour, and Beliefnet, and she was the first prize winner of Family Circle Magazine’s 2011 Fiction Contest. Her novel The Witches’ Secret was a semi-finalist in Amazon’s 2009 Breakout Novel Award and her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (in collaboration with prize-winning photographer Lori Grinker) was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. Diana lives in northern Israel with her husband and children.

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).

Writer's Workshop

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Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres

Thursday, August 20th 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.


Friday Night Feature - 'Elsa & Fred'

Friday, August  21st at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Elsa & Fred  (2014) Starring Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Noth, Scott Bakula and Wendell Pierce; Rated PG-13; 104 minutes;

Aged, embittered widower Fred learns to enjoy life thanks to his elderly yet vibrant neighbor Elsa. Upon learning Elsa is terminally ill, Fred takes her to the Fontana di Trevi in Rome in order to reenact her favorite scene from "La Dolce Vita"

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).


Monday, August 24th at 6:30 p.m.

Empápate de la cultura latina y el idioma Español en un entorno amigable e informal. Todas las personas están invitadas a practicar sus habilidades para hablar el idioma. La conversación será guiada por un hispano parlante y los temas dependerán de  la gente que asista, sus intereses y las habilidades que posean!

Immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture in an informal and friendly setting. All levels of fluency are invited to practice their Spanish conversation skills. The evening will be guided by attendees’ interests and skill levels.

Perhaps you'd like to practice your Hebrew, Mandarin, or American Sign Language skills. Interested in leading a coversation group at Darien Library? Email

Herb-Infused Mixology Class

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Image courtesy of flickr user personalcreations

Tuesday, August 25th at 6:30 p.m.


Is your garden overflowing with mint, basil, and rosemary? Learn how to create delicious summer cocktails using farm-fresh herbs. Attendees must be 21 years or older.

This class is open to Darien Residents, those who work full-time in town, or non-residents who are contributors to the Darien Library Annual Campaign at the $300 level.

Senior Moments: History of Hip Hop

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Image courtesy of flickr user rltherichman

Thursday, August 27th at 3 p.m.

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

Artist and educator Tiger will be teaching about the culture of Hip Hop and the foundations that created it. There are four main elements to the Hip Hop lifestyle and one is dance. Tiger will perform some breakin' (break dance) moves with the audience. At the end, we will all be bboys and bbgirls.

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.