Meet the Authors - Jami Attenberg, Rosie Schaap, and Meg Wolitzer

Jami Attenberg, Rosie Schaap, and Meg Wolitzer
Jami Attenberg, Rosie Schaap, and Meg Wolitzer

Tuesday, July 2 at 7 p.m.

Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins
After two kids and more than 30 years, Edie and Richard Middlestein’s solid family life together is disintegrating due to Edie’s lifelong obsession with food—she eats, sleeps, and dreams about her local Chinese restaurant. When Richard jumps ship, it’s up to the next generation to take charge. Robin, the schoolteacher daughter, is determined that her father pay for leaving Edie. Benny, an easy-going, pot-smoking family guy, just wants things to be copacetic. His uptight wife Rachelle, who obsesses about being uber-thin, is intent on saving her mother-in-law’s life, but this task proves more complicated and a lot more emotionally draining than planning her twins’ extravagant b’nai mitzvah party.

Rosie Schaap, author of Drinking with Men
Starting with her misspent youth in the bar car of a regional railroad, where at 15 she told commuters’ fortunes in exchange for beer, and continuing today as she slings cocktails at a neighborhood joint in Brooklyn, Schaap has learned her way around both sides of a bar and come to realize how powerful the fellowship among bar patrons can be. Now in a poignant and deeply funny memoir told from a distinctively female perspective, Rosie celebrates the camaraderie and community one can only find at her local haunt.

Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings
The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. The novel follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge.

A book signing will follow the authors’ presentations. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Refreshments will be served.

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

Friday Night Features in May

We will screen SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK in our Community Room May 3.
We will screen SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK in our Community Room May 3.

Friday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert DeNiro; Rated R; 122 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Life doesn't always go according to plan. Pat Solatano has lost everything - his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and father after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife. When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.

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

Friday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (2012) Starring Elizabeth McGovern, Felicity Jones, and Luke Treadaway; Not Rated; 92 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A young woman frets upstairs in her family's country manor on her wedding day, fearful she's about to marry the wrong man. Downstairs, both her fiancé and her former lover grow increasingly anxious.

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

Friday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. – Safe Haven (2012) Starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough; Rated PG-13; 120 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

When a mysterious young woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller.

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

Friday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) Starring Bill Murray, Laura Linney, and Olivia Colman; Rated R; 94 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor host the King and Queen of England for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York – the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking to FDR for support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR’s domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal weekend an unforgettable one.

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

Friday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – Promised Land (2012) Starring Matt Damon, John Krasinski, and Frances McDormand; Rated R; 106 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Steve Butler has been dispatched to the rural town of McKinley with his sales partner, Sue Thomason. The town has been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, and the two consummate sales executives see McKinley's citizens as likely to accept their company's offer – for drilling rights to their properties – as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job and a short stay for the duo becomes complicated – professionally by calls for community-wide consideration of the offer by respected schoolteacher Frank Yates and personally by Steve's encounter with Alice. When Dustin Noble, a slick environmental activist, arrives, suddenly the stakes, both personal and professional, rise to the boiling point.

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).

Exploring Shakespeare's "As You Like It" - A Discussion with Mark Schenker

Shakespeare on the Sound
Shakespeare on the Sound

Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m.

Join Shakespeare on the Sound and Yale Professor Mark Schenker for a lively discussion of their 2013 production of William Shakespeare's pastoral comedy, "As You Like It"!

Read from the text and discuss the many elements in the play that make Shakespeare one of the greatest writers of all time!

Bring your copy of the play or we will provide one for you!

Mark J. Schenker has been at Yale College since 1990. He is currently an associate dean of the College and dean of academic affairs. Born and raised in New York City, he received his Ph.D. in English Literature from Columbia University and has taught at Columbia, New York University, and Trinity College (Hartford). He has led book discussion series in public libraries in Connecticut for over twenty years through programs sponsored by the Connecticut Humanities Council and lectures frequently on literary topics for public audiences. He was the recipient of the 2001 Wilbur Cross Award for Outstanding Humanities Scholar, presented by the Connecticut Humanities Council.

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

Wednesday Matinee - 'Age of Champions'

Showing in our Community Room June 19.
Showing in our Community Room June 19.

Wednesday, June 19 at 1:30 p.m. - Age of Champions (2011) Documentary feature; Not rated; 75 minutes.

This event is co-sponsored by Aging in Place + Gallivant.

Age of Champions is the inspiring story of five competitors who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. You’ll meet a 100 year-old tennis champion, 86 year-old pole vaulter, and rough-and-tumble basketball grandmothers as they triumph over the limitations of age.

"Infinitely inspirational ... funny and sweet and sure to poke a tear from even the most hard-hearted." -- Austin Chronicle

"...infectiously inspiring!" -- Washington Post

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

About Aging in Place + Gallivant

Aging in Place+Gallivant is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to help older adults in Darien to live independently, comfortably and with dignity in their own homes for as long as possible. For information concerning services, please call 203.585.4094 or visit: www.aginginplacegallivant.org.

Friday Night Feature - 'Promised Land'

We will screen PROMISED LAND Friday, May 31.
We will screen PROMISED LAND Friday, May 31.

Friday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – Promised Land (2012) Starring Matt Damon, John Krasinski, and Frances McDormand; Rated R; 106 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Steve Butler has been dispatched to the rural town of McKinley with his sales partner, Sue Thomason. The town has been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, and the two consummate sales executives see McKinley's citizens as likely to accept their company's offer – for drilling rights to their properties – as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job and a short stay for the duo becomes complicated – professionally by calls for community-wide consideration of the offer by respected schoolteacher Frank Yates and personally by Steve's encounter with Alice. When Dustin Noble, a slick environmental activist, arrives, suddenly the stakes, both personal and professional, rise to the boiling point.

"Damon's performance as corporate salesman Steve Butler is one of his best." -- Claudia Puig, USA Today

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

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

Science Café: Attack of the Drones

image courtesy Flickr user steve_lodefink
image courtesy Flickr user steve_lodefink

Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m.

Starting later this Spring, we will kick off a series of inter-generational workshops in which we build a fleet of quadcopters (well, four). In this Science Café, we'll talk about the impending drone "explosion" and what it means for the world at large. We'll touch on some of the misconceptions about UAVs, and try to get people to understand why they should not be feared, rather, that this is an opportunity and a sector where a great deal of innovation is taking place. We'll show some footage taken from a quad flying around the library itself then give a demonstration of the quad.

Registration for this workshop is now full. Please email eshea@darienlibrary.org to be added to the waitlist. Registration is limited to Darien residents, those who work in Darien full-time, and Friends who have donated $300 or more.

This kick-off event will be followed by several hands-on workshops where attendees are invited to work together to build their own quadcopters. The workshops will take place on the following days and participants will be able to register for these at the Science Café.

Tuesday, June 4, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 6, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 13, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

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

Video of David Benioff

On Thursday, April 25, 2013, author David Benioff was our featured speaker. He wrote, "City of Thieves," our One Book One Community read for this year.

For more information, please visit the event page.

Book Group Expo with Special Guest Michael Hainey

Michael Hainey, author of 'After Visiting Friends'
Michael Hainey, author of 'After Visiting Friends'

Tuesday, May 7, 3-4:30 p.m

Calling All Book Group Members…join us at Book Group Expo in the Darien Library Community Room. One lucky attendee will even go home with an iPad mini!

Explore the newest books, earmarked as good Book Group selections, with Jen Dayton, Collection Development Coordinator. Representatives from Harper Collins and Penguin Books will also be in attendance. Jen will present some “under the radar” books now available through the Library’s ‘Books in a Bag’ program and the publishers’ reps will cover new and forthcoming titles of interest to book groups.

Michael Hainey, author of After Visiting Friends will keynote the event. His memoir is a moving account of one man’s attempt to uncover his family’s long-buried secrets.

Our Book Group Staff will demonstrate how to navigate our Book Groups web page, where you can reserve titles, post current reads, and find book discussion guides. Meet the Library Book Group Team: Marianne, Asha, and Pat over refreshments. Network, share thoughts on book selections, and exchange tips on how to lead a successful book group discussion. And if you missed winning the recent Powerball, have heart, you may win one of the Expo door prizes!

Save the date. We look forward to seeing you!

Spring Cleaning Series: Shop and Get Organized

image courtesy flickr user decaf
image courtesy flickr user decaf

Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m.

Nowadays, there are seemingly limitless options for storage devices and containers. Which ones are really worth your money and which ones will just end up adding to the clutter? Which ones do the professionals use? Find out what the organizers of FOCUS recommend as they teach you how to shop successfully for organizational tools without putting a huge dent in your wallet.

Presented by Matt Baier of Matt Baier Organizing, LLC, Jen Burke of JKB Organizing, Cara Brook of S.O.S. LLC and Susan Lovallo, CPA, CPO of Clutter Solutions.

Also check out our "Get Organized" LibGuide.

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

Video of Douglas Kennedy

On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, author David Kennedy, who wrote Five Days visited Darien Library.

For more information, please visit the event listing page.

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