Writer's Workshop

Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres
Image courtesy of flickr user jjpacres

Thursday, May 21st 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.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Still Alice'

Friday, May 22nd at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Still Alice (2014) Starring Julianne Moore, Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin, and Shane McRae; Rated PG-13; 101 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Alice Howland is a renowned linguistics professor happily married with three grown children. All that begins to change when she strangely starts to forget words and then more. When her doctor diagnoses her with Early-onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice and her family's lives face a harrowing challenge as this terminal degenerative neurological ailment slowly progresses to an inevitable conclusion they all dread. Along the way, Alice struggles to not only to fight the inner decay, but to make the most of her remaining time to find the love and peace to make simply living worthwhile.

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).

Ireland's Great Hunger Museum

Ireland's Great Hunger Museum
Ireland's Great Hunger Museum

Tuesday, May 26th at 7 p.m.

Take a trip the Ireland's Great Hunger Museum without leaving town! The mission of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University is to collect, preserve, exhibit and study its collection of art, artifacts and literature relating to the Irish Famine/Great Hunger that occurred from 1845–52. In doing so, it seeks to educate audiences of all ages about the underlying political, social, economic and historic causes to the Great Hunger, and the magnitude of the disaster on Ireland and its people. The museum contains the world’s largest collection of Great Hunger-related art by noted contemporary Irish and Irish American artists as well as a number of period paintings by some of Ireland’s most important 19th-century artists.

About the presenter

Grace Brady is the first Executive Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University which opened to the public in October 2012. She is responsible for overseeing the museum, which houses the largest collection of visual art, artifacts and printed materials relating to the Irish Famine (1845-52), the worst demographic catastrophe of 19th century Europe. Most recently, Brady co-edited “Famine Folios” with Niamh O’Sullivan, Curator of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum (IGHM). These Folios are the first in a series of essays that cover many aspects of the Famine. They are beautifully illustrated with works from the IGHM collection and interdisciplinary in nature by internationally established scholars in history, art history, cultural theory, media history, political economy, literature and music. Brady received her M.A. in Visual Arts Administration from New York University and holds a B.A. in Speech Communications/Theatre Arts from the University of Richmond.

Senior Moments: Painting Party

Leave with this masterpiece, painted by you!
Leave with this masterpiece, painted by you!

Thursday, May 28th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration is required

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Awaken that artistic ability you never knew you had! We provide the supplies, local art instructors, and refreshments, you provide the desire to be the next O'Keeffe or Basquiat. Each participant will leave with a masterpiece, created by them!

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.

 

Meet the Author: Michael Palmer

Thursday, May 28th at 7 p.m.

Matthew Palmer, author of Secrets of State, will be our featured speaker.

As an outspoken iconoclast, Sam Trainor’s contrary point of view has often gotten in the way in what should be a brilliant career. Now, leaving his post as a South Asia analyst for the Bureau of Intelligence & Research to work for Argus Security, a Beltway Bandit consulting company, he quickly learns that the government and private consulting contractors have very different approaches and agendas. As he struggles to adjust to a more corporate version of the work that has driven him for so long, he stumbles across an anomaly in the intel – the transcript of a phone conversation suggesting that the delicate balance between India and Pakistan could be deliberately upset. As he digs deeper, he realizes that something worse than bad intel is at stake: nuclear war.

Deeply entrenched in real-world global intrigue and politics, Secrets of State is international thriller fiction at its best, from a man who has lived through it all. 

About the Author

As a twenty-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, Matthew Palmer is a seasoned diplomat, whose work has taken him all over the world. From Kosovo to Africa, he has been at ground zero for some of the most pressing global political issues in recent history. Currently serving as the Director of Multilateral Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of Asian and Pacific Affairs, his unrivalled knowledge of the workings of diplomacy and international crisis-solving, made his debut thriller, The American Mission (2014), a riveting and all-too-real page-turner.

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 Feature - 'American Sniper'

Friday, May 29th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - American Sniper (2014) Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Jake McDorman, and Ben Reed; Rated R; 134 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

 In the aftermath of 9/11, Chris Kyle decides to serve his country by becoming a Navy SEAL. Once deployed, Chris' reputation as a sniper who never misses makes him a legend among his fellow troops, and earns him the moniker "The Devil of Ramadi" from his enemies. With a substantial bounty on his head, Kyle makes it his personal mission to take out a sadistic Iraqi soldier known as "The Butcher," as well as an elusive enemy marksman with a skill to rival his own. The closer he gets to achieving his goals during repeat tours of duty, however, the more fellow soldiers he sees die, and the further he drifts from his wife and their two children back home. It all leads up to a tense rooftop gunfight in a raging sandstorm -- one that convinces the sniper once and for all to make his family his top priority. Unfortunately, all is not well as Kyle struggles to make the transition back to civilian life, but he discovers that helping his fellow veterans is an effective way to do good and make peace with his wartime experiences.

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).

Pick Up Your Farm Share at Darien Library this Summer!

Image courtesy flickr user Suzie's Farm
Image courtesy flickr user Suzie's Farm

You may have heard of a “CSA,” “vegetable box,” or “farm share” before. CSA stands for ‘Community Supported Agriculture” and it means community members get together to invest in a farm during the winter or early Spring and then when the harvest season rolls out, they pick up a weekly package of vegetables at a designated pick-up location (like us, the Library).

In 2015, Darien Library will once again be the pickup location for Stoneledge Farm’s CSA. The farm share pickup will be every Wednesday evening from 4:30-7:30 p.m. running from June 3rd until November 11th (24 weeks).

To take part, you have to sign up for a vegetable share. If you do, you can also sign up for a fruit, mushroom and/or coffee share, too.

There is the option to split a share. When you sign up and add the share to your cart, provide your share partner's name, phone number, and email address.

Costs for a share are as follows:

Vegetable $520.00

Fruit $240.00 

Mushroom $120.00 

Coffee $126.00 

Click here for more information, and here to register. The vegetables are grown locally so they are fresher than anything you’ll find in a grocery store, and incredibly varied. 

As a member of the CSA, you will be asked to complete two hours of volunteer work during the season. Volunteers do things like check people in when they pick up their share, make sure the vegetables are replenished, or move boxes.

Questions? Please contact Mallory Arents, Head of Adult Programming, at marents@darienlibrary.org.

Business Book Group: 'Marissa Mayer And The Fight To Save Yahoo!'

Wednesday, June 3rd at 6 p.m.

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Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Nicholas Carlson's Marissa Mayer And The Fight To Save Yahoo! The group is invited to an informal discussion of the book from 6 - 6:45 p.m. followed by networking over wine, beer, and light refreshments.

About Marissa Mayer And The Fight To Save Yahoo!

When Yahoo hired star Google executive Marissa Mayer to be its CEO in 2012, employees rejoiced. They put posters on the walls throughout Yahoo's California's headquarters. On them, there was Mayer's face and one word: HOPE. But just more than a year later--on November 4, 2013--Mayer sat in front those same employees in a huge cafeteria on Yahoo's campus and took the beating of her life. Her hair wet, and her tone defensive, Mayer read and answered a series of employee-posed questions challenging the basic elements of her plan. There was anger in the room - and behind it, a question: Was Mayer actually going to be able to do this thing? Nicholas Carlson's fast-paced narrative is the inside story of how Yahoo got into such awful shape in the first place, Mayer's controversial rise at Google, and her desperate fight to save an Internet icon.

We have copies of the book available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussion.

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

Walking Book Group - 'A Walk in the Woods'

Please arrive at the Darien Nature Center by 1:45 p.m.
Thursday, June 11th, walk begins promptly at 2 p.m.

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Join us for a light walk around the Darien Nature Center as we discuss Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods. The hike will be led by the knowledgeable Nature Center staff and the discussion by our loquacious Librarians.

About A Walk in the Woods

The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way–and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).