Audiobooks: Behind the Scenes

Tavia Gilbert and Dennis Boutsikaris
Tavia Gilbert and Dennis Boutsikaris

Thursday, May 15th at 7 p.m.

Audiobook lovers rejoice! We have a very special program planned for you. Join Dan Zitt, Vice President, Content Production for the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, as he gives us a behind-the-scenes look at audiobook production. He'll have the popular actors/narrators Tavia Gilbert and Dennis Boutsikaris participate in a lively Q&A and then they'll do live readings of audiobook segments!

About Tavia Gilbert

Six-time Audie nominee and multiple Earphones and Parent’s Choice Award-winning producer, narrator, and writer Tavia Gilbert has appeared on stage and in film. Library Journal said this of the highly-acclaimed actress "as close as you can get to a full cast narration with a solo voice." She has narrated more than 250 multi-cast and single-voice audiobooks. A few of her most recent narrations are Blue Plate Special, Mothers, True Love and We are Water.

About Dennis Boutsikaris

After graduating from Hampshire College, Dennis Boutsikaris toured the country with John Houseman’s The Acting Company. He is a two-time Obie-winning stage actor who was the first American actor to play Mozart on Broadway in “Amadeus" and appeared in the 2009 short-lived revival of “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” Dennis' “transporting voice” can be heard on over 125 audiobooks. He is the recipient of six Audie Awards, given by the Audio Publishers Association. And, nine of his recordings have been given AudioFile Earphones Awards, including Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Tenth Anniversary Edition, Philip Roth’s Nemesis, John Grisham’s The Litigators, and Stephen Kings’ Firestarter.

About Dan Zitt

From the days of reel to reel to the soaring popularity of digital download, Dan Zitt, Vice President, Content Production for the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, has been on the front lines of the evolution of the audiobook industry. During his eighteen year career as a producer Dan has been the creative catalyst for over one thousand audio productions, collaborating with bestselling authors, notable celebrities, and award-winning narrators. Twelve of his recordings have been nominated for Grammy Awards, with former President Bill Clinton’s autobiography, My Life, winning the award for Best Spoken Word Album. He has directed President Clinton three times, as well as directing former President George W. Bush and, most recently, First Lady Michele Obama. With the merger of Penguin and Random House, Dan will oversee the production of 750 audiobooks this year.

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

 

Wednesday Matinee - 'Labor Day'

We will screen LABOR DAY in our Community Room May 21st.
We will screen LABOR DAY in our Community Room May 21st.

Wednesday, May 21st at 1:30 p.m. - Labor Day (2014) Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin; Rated PG-13; 111 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.

"...it is a simple, adult romance, made for grownups by grownups, about love and second chances." -- Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

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

Art On View: Tom Kretsch

The work of Tom Kretsch
The work of Tom Kretsch

Tom Kretsch

Opening Reception Friday, March 21st at 6 p.m.

An exhibition of photographs entitled “Street Vibes- Places and Faces of Nicaragua” will open at the Darien Library on March 19th. The work by Tom Kretsch is the culmination of yearly visits to Nicaragua as part of the Norwalk Sister City Project, a non-profit that he serves on as a board member. Tom has traveled to various parts of Nicaragua including Granada, San Juan Del Sur, Leon and Nagarote where the project has helped a very poor barrio for over 25 years. With a keen eye and a wandering spirit, Tom has observed and captured the colorful architecture and the wonderful street life of this beautiful country.

About Tom Kretsch

An award-winning photographer who resides in Westport, Tom has turned his passion for photography into a business called Peaceful Places. A retired educator in Norwalk for 36 years, Tom now exhibits his work in shows in New England during the summer and fall. His work has appeared in Vermont Life Magazine and has been placed in a number of corporate and professional offices.

The exhibit runs March 19th - April 25th.

Meet the Author - Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand [credit Laurie Richards]
Elin Hilderbrand [credit Laurie Richards]

Thursday, June 12th at 7 p.m.

Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Matchmaker will be our featured speaker.

Dabney Kimball Beech, the 48-year-old fifth generation Nantucketer, has had a lifelong gift for matchmaking (52 couples still together to her credit). But when Dabney discovers she is dying of pancreatic cancer, she sets out to find matches for a few people very close to home: her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech; her lover, journalist Clendenin Hughes; and her daughter, Agnes, who is engaged to be married to the wrong man.

As time slips away from Dabney, she is determined to find matches for those she loves most—but at what cost to her own relationships? The Matchmaker is the heartbreaking new novel from Elin Hilderbrand about losing and finding love, even as you’re running out of time.

About the Author

Elin Hilderbrand has lived on Nantucket for 20 years. She runs every morning, delivers her children to their sporting events, and frequents the front row at the Chicken Box. The Matchmaker is her 13th 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).

Friday Night Features in April

PHILOMENA will screen in our Community Room April 18th.
PHILOMENA will screen in our Community Room April 18th.

Friday, April 4th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - The Big Year (2011) Starring Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin; Rated PG; 100 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Looking to shake up their routine lives, three amateur bird watchers compete to become the ultimate "birder" by spotting the greatest number of species within a single calendar year. But the friendly rivalry soon turns into a hilariously complicated cross-country adventure as each man begins to realize that the quest for success comes at a price - and that's not chicken feed!

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

Friday, April 11th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Spinning Plates (2012) Documentary feature; Not rated; 93 minutes.

Joseph Levy's documentary Spinning Plates profiles people who run three very different restaurants. The subjects include a world-famous chef battling cancer, the owners of a 150-year-old eatery in the U.S. Midwest, and a Mexican family trying to build a better life for their daughter.

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

Friday, April 18th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Philomena (2013) Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan; Rated PG-13; 98 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Judi Dench plays an elderly Irish woman who, as a teenager, gave birth while she was working at a convent. The Catholic Church had the child adopted, and now, decades later, Philomena is introduced to Martin Sixsmith, onetime government spokesperson who is now working as a freelance journalist. Martin agrees to help Philomena look for her son, and the trail takes them to the United States, and brings them face-to-face with some long-buried secrets.

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

Friday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. - Captain Phillips (2013) Starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi; Rated PG-13; 133 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A U.S. cargo-ship captain surrenders himself to Somali pirates so that his crew will be freed in this true story.

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).

Friday Night Features in March

We will screen GRAVITY Friday, March 14th.
We will screen GRAVITY Friday, March 14th.

Friday, March 7th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Nebraska (2013) Starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte; Rated R; 114 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

When a father and his adult son embark on a journey to claim a million-dollar prize, what begins as a fool's errand becomes a search for the road to redemption.

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

Friday, March 14th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Gravity (2013) Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney; Rated PG-13; 91 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Dr. Ryan Stone is a scientist on a space shuttle mission headed by astronaut Matt Kowalsky, a talkative, charismatic leader full of colorful stories that he shares with his crewmates as well as mission control. As the two are on a space walk, debris hits the area where they are working, and soon the pair finds themselves detached from their ship and stranded in space. While figuring out what steps they can take to save themselves, Stone grapples with a painful past that makes her consider giving up altogether.

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

Friday, March 21st at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Austenland (2013) Starring Keri Russell and JJ Field ; Rated PG-13; 96 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Obsessed with all things Austen, a woman travels to a Jane Austen resort/theme park in Britain, where all her regency-era fantasies come to life.

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

Friday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - All is Lost (2013) Starring Robert Redford; Rated PG-13; 106 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This tense adventure drama tells the story of a man who must fight for survival after being lost at sea.

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).

The Digital Family

Photo/design courtesy of Jess Craig
Photo/design courtesy of Jess Craig

Monday, January 6 - Friday, March 7

"What's a tweet?"  "Who is Etsy?"

The Children's Library's Digital Family technology series will introduce the basics of applications and websites like Twitter, a site where users can share their thoughts with the world in 140 characters or less, and Etsy, a beautifully-curated online marketplace for handmade and vintage items.  The series will also explore the role of emerging technology as it relates to parents and children.  Join us for hands-on classes, stimulating discussion, and thought-provoking documentary film screenings.

Registration for programs begins Monday, December 23rd. 

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Speed Dating for Book Groups Bash

Image courtesy flickr user Jay Springett
Image courtesy flickr user Jay Springett

Monday, February 24th at 7 p.m.

Event is now full.

Please join us for an evening of book matchmaking! Speed dating for book groups is a fast-paced, fun-filled way to hear about new and forthcoming book group reads from Hachette Book Group.

 

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

 

Art On View: Jeff Gardner

"Reckoning," a work by Jeff Gardner

Artist's Reception Friday, January 3 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jeff's selected artworks present interesting perspectives on common scenes. His photographs showcase movement and light to create almost abstract images. Black and white photos evoke a more reflective serenity. The pastel paintings on silver gelatin prints combine the realism of a photo with the expressionism of painting.

About Jeff Gardner

Jeff is a photographer and painter, and has studied with Bert Seabourn, Clive R. Tyler, and Poteet Victory. His works have been exhibited in Oklahoma City, OK at the In Your Eye Gallery, at Adelante! Gallery, and in the national juried show of the Oklahoma Art Guild. A native of suburban Chicago, Jeff now lives with his family in Demarest, NJ, where he paints out of his home studio.

The exhibit runs December 18 - January 31.

Friday Night Features in February

We will screen LAST VEGAS Friday, February 21st.
We will screen LAST VEGAS Friday, February 21st.

Friday, February 7th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Jobs (2013) Starring Ashton Kutcher; Rated PG-13; 128 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This biopic follows the life of Steve Jobs, tracing the Apple co-founder's career from his early years in that Palo Alto garage to his rise as one of the computing industry's most admired innovators. By focusing on the key moments that drove Jobs' success and the conversations that made him such a controversial figure among critics, we are presented with an intimate portrait of a driven, deeply complex man who dedicated his life to revolutionizing the way we use computers.

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

Friday, February 14th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Accidental Husband (2009) Starring Uma Thurman, Colin Firth, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan; Rated PG-13; 90 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Firefighter Patrick Sullivan finds his life turned upside-down when his fiancée suddenly calls off their pending nuptials per the recommendation of radio love guru Dr. Emma Lloyd. Determined to get back at this "love doctor," Sullivan forges a fake marriage license, "accidentally" marrying him to Emma,who's already engaged to Richard. But as Patrick's charms begin to wear Emma down, she must decide which of these bachelors is her "Mr. Right."

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

Friday, February 21st at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Last Vegas (2013) Starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro; Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline; Rated PG-13; 105 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Four geriatric friends vow to set Las Vegas ablaze during the ultimate bachelor party in this all-star comedy.. Amongst his friends, Billy has always been the confirmed bachelor. When Billy finally pops the question to his much-younger girlfriend, his pals Paddy, Archie, and Sam plan to send him off in style. But Vegas has changed since the last time they prowled the Strip, and once the party gets started, there's no telling how it will end.

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

Friday, February 28th - There will be no film this evening so the Darien Library Staff can say goodbye to their Director.

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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