Innovate to Success: A Business Networking Event

Joe Nadan
Joe Nadan

Thursday, November 21 at 7 p.m.

What makes some new products and services wildly successful, while most fail to find buyers? How do some entrepreneurs’ efforts deeply satisfy customer needs in new ways, while others’ ideas are rejected?

The good news that is there is a scientific method to evaluate what customers will buy, and you can use it to find out if your product or service is ready for the market — or to get it ready for success in the market.

Inventor and Innovation Sherpa Joe Nadan invented, innovated and/or worked on many products and services that are used by millions of people, including EZ Pass, CDROM, and 16:9 HDTV for which he received a 2002 EMMY for Scientific and Technological Advancement. He is Professor, Management of Technology and Business Innovation, at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering.

His message is that you don’t need to be a scientist to apply scientifically-proven formulas and methods to increase the probability of success for a product or service before it is created. Dr. Nadan will first show entrepreneurs, investors, and anyone wanting to launch a new product, how to reduce risk by applying an Outcome-Driven-Innovation (ODI) method to their enterprise. In the second part of his presentation, Dr. Nadan will demonstrate a vastly-improved brainstorming technique to develop new business opportunities.

Dr. Nadan’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A session, and then a business networking reception where refreshments will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the Darien Entrepreneurs Group and the Darien Chamber of Commerce.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'A Place at the Table'

We will screen A PLACE AT THE TABLE August 23.
We will screen A PLACE AT THE TABLE August 23.

Friday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. A Place at the Table (2012) Documentary Feature; Rated PG; 84 minutes.

50 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.

"A Place at the Table is advocacy journalism at its best, lining up its facts, illustrating the widespread problem with a few trenchant and compelling cases, and offering solutions." -- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out our Friday Night Features in August.

Friday Night Feature - 'Mary and Martha'

We will screen MARY AND MARTHA November 22.
We will screen MARY AND MARTHA November 22.

Friday, November 22 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Mary and Martha (2013) Starring Hilary Swank, Brenda Blethyn, and James Woods; Rated PG; 95 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

After traumatic events engulf their families, two women forge a unique bond to help them deal with their grief and fight for the eradication of malaria.

"Mary and Martha is a moving return to intimate form for HBO." -- Brian Lowry, Variety

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

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


Skype Event with Rachel Joyce

Rachel Joyce
Rachel Joyce

Thursday, November 14 at 2 p.m.

Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and the forthcoming Perfect: A Novel will be our featured speaker, skyping into our event all the way from England.

Please register for this special event, as space is limited.

In 1972 two seconds are added to time. Because “time was out of kilter with the natural movement of the Earth,” twelve-year-old Byron Hemming is terrified of what this may mean. It seems only Byron and his friend James take the issue of the added time seriously. But it is on the way to school in the English countryside, along with Byron’s mother Diana where those two seconds become life-changing. An accident occurs – or does it? Byron is sure it happened, but Diana, sitting right next to him in the car, has no reaction to it. Were those two extra seconds to blame? Can what follows ever be set right? In Perfect: A Novel (forthcoming in January 2014), bestselling author Rachel Joyce delivers an exquisite and emotionally resonant novel about the search for the truth and unconditional love.

About the Author

Rachel Joyce is the author of the international bestseller The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. She is also the award-winning writer of more than twenty plays for BBC Radio 4. She started writing after a twenty-year acting career, in which she performed leading roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company and won multiple awards. Rachel Joyce lives with her family on a Gloucestershire farm.

Evernote: Remember Everything

flickr image courtesy Heisenberg Media
flickr image courtesy Heisenberg Media

Thursday, November 14, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Evernote might just be one of the most useful apps you’ll ever use. Use it to capture anything (to-do’s, notes, photos) and access it anywhere (it's a website and a program). Hate to type? Speak and record your voice, or jot with your finger using one of Evernote’s companion apps. Best of all, it’s free. Bring your device and this program to class and find out how to make Evernote work for you.

This workshop will be led by Gary Webster.

Register here.

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

Wednesday Matinee - 'Mud'

Screening in our Community Room Wednesday, October 16 at 1:30 p.m.
Screening in our Community Room Wednesday, October 16 at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 16 at 1:30 p.m. - Mud (2012) Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jacob Lofland, and Reese Witherspoon; Rated PG-13; 130 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A pair of inquisitive adolescents encounter a charismatic drifter with an incredible story in this drama from Take Shelter writer/director Jeff Nichols. Mississippi adolescents Ellis and Neckbone are exploring along the mighty Mississippi when they stumble upon a small island inhabited by Mud, a desperado who claims to be on the run from brutal bounty hunters after killing a man in Texas. According to Mud, his true love Juniper is awaiting his arrival in town, and together they plan to make a daring escape. Fascinated, the two boys agree to help Mud slip past his pursuers, despite the potential dangers of doing so.

"One of the most creatively rich and emotionally rewarding movies to come along this year." - Betsy Sharkey, Long Angeles Times

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


Hula Hoop Contest - All Ages!

Hula hoop!
Hula hoop!

Monday, December 16 from 4 to 5 p.m.

This Monday, we're unveiling an awesome new service for you to to enjoy through the holidays and beyond. To celebrate, join us on our Main Street area any time between 4 and 5 p.m. to compete in a hula hoop contest!

Library staff members will time three attempts per participant. The longest attempt will be the official recorded time. Groups include ages 5-8, 9-12, and 12+. Adults are welcome to compete as well!

The hula hoop victors will enjoy special, annular prizes but everyone who attends will be able to demo our new service. Hoop to it!

Adult Summer Reading Kickoff - The List

Adult Summer Reading began June 19.
Adult Summer Reading began June 19.

You asked for it and we answered...below is a list of the items we discussed at our Adult Summer Reading Kickoff Party!

Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century by Peter Graham

Edith Bouvier Beale of Grey Gardens: A Life in Pictures by Eva Marie Beale

First Position (documentary)

Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell

The Lullaby of Polish Girls by Dagmara Domiczyk

The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll by Jean Nathan

Transatlantic by Colum McCann

And remember to read for prizes!

Prizes: Our weekly prize drawings will feature tote bags filled with new and yet-to-be-published books. And we’re providing you the chance to win a brand new iPad in our Grand Prize drawing!

How to Participate: There is no need to register for our Adult Summer Reading Program. To enter our weekly and Grand Prize drawings, all you have to do is read. Each review of a book, audio book, or eBook counts as a prize entry. To submit reviews, visit Darien Library’s Welcome Desk to pick up and fill out a Review/Prize Entry Card. You can also write your review online at If you review your books online, you still need to fill out a Prize Entry Card at the Library with your name, email address, and the date and title of your online review in order to enter our drawings. The more you read, the more chances to win!

Bonus Book List Journeys: Stop by our Welcome Desk to find new staff-curated reading lists designed to highlight a specific reading experience. If you read through an entire list, not only will you receive a prize entry for each book but you will receive 5 additional prize entries.

Meet the Author - John Searles

John Searles [credit Thomas Caruso]
John Searles [credit Thomas Caruso]

Wednesday, October 16 at 7 p.m.

John Searles, author of Help for the Haunted, will be our featured speaker.

The author of the critically acclaimed Boy Still Missing and Strange but True returns with an unforgettable story of a most unusual family, their deep secrets, their harrowing tragedy, and ultimately, a daughter’s discovery of a dark and unexpected mystery.

Praise for Help for the Haunted

“Superlative storytelling... Searles expertly manages his cleverly conceived plotline as he alternately withholds and doles out key information in tantalizing fashion.” – Booklist, Starred

“Unsettling… Keeps the reader on edge while Sylvie bravely uncovers her family’s many secrets.” – Publishers Weekly, Starred

Chosen for LibraryRead’s Inaugural List for 2013

About the Author

For ten years, John Searles has appeared regularly as a book critic on NBC’s Today Show and CBS's The Early Show. He is also the Editor-at-Large of Cosmopolitan. His essays have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Daily Beast and other national publications. He lives in New York City. Follow John on Twitter: @searlesbooks.

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).

An Afternoon with Michael Reynolds of Europa Editions

Michael Reynolds, Editor-in-Chief of Europa Editions
Michael Reynolds, Editor-in-Chief of Europa Editions

Friday, November 15 at 12 noon

Join Michael Reynolds, Editor-in-Chief of Europa Editions, as he walks us through the publisher's hottest new and upcoming titles. He will clue us into what's hot overseas and which works are most likely to have universal appeal. Europa Editions is responsible for publishing Darien Library perennial favorites like The Elegance of the Hedgehog, and Old Filth.

Registration for this program is now full. To be added to the waitlist, please contact Erin Shea at

A complimentary lunch will be provided.

Michael Reynolds has been at Europa Editions, where he is currently the Editor-in-Chief, since the company was founded in 2004. Authors he has worked with include Alina Bronsky, Rebecca Connell, Alessandro Piperno, Amelie Nothomb, Richard Beard, Zane Lovitt, and Jonathan Grimwood. He is also an author and a translator. His published translations include three crime novels by Carlo Lucarelli, Daniele Mastrogiacomo's Days of Fear, and Viola Di Grado’s prize-winning novel 70% Acrylic 30% Wool, all published by Europa Editions. He was born in Australia in 1968 and now lives in New York.

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