World Book Night Party with Tumbling Bones

Tumbling Bones
Tumbling Bones

Sunday, April 21 at 5 p.m.

In preparation for World Book Night 2013 on April 23, we are hosting a concert with Tumbling Bones. Volunteer book givers who registered to distribute books on April 23 can pick up their books at Darien Library. Even if you don’t know what World Book Night is, you’re still welcome to join us for this toe-tapping concert complete with banjo and harmonica.

Tumbling Bones play a mix of old-time country and old-fashioned blues that belies their relative youth. But their folk music is no museum piece. It is living, breathing music infused with a little of the contemporary rock ‘n’ roll the band members were reared on and reworked into their original arrangements and compositions. Their sound is country with an urban twist, traditional yet current.

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

Coverage of the Public Inauguration and Inaugural Parade Today

Flickr image courtesy dipfan
Flickr image courtesy dipfan

Starting at 10 a.m. in our Community Room

Join your friends and neighbors to watch coverage of the Fifty-Seventh Inaugural Ceremonies live in our Community Room. Or check out this list of resources:

The Senate's Inauguration Page

The Secret Service Twitter Feed

2013 Inauguration Event Resources from the NEH

Calling All Playwrights!

Calling all playwrights!
Calling all playwrights!

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop is excited to announce that the Actors/Playwrights Workshop, now in its 21st year, will present a series of workshops at Darien Library.

Interested playwrights should submit ten pages of their scripts using this online form by February 1, 2013. Playwrights are responsible for casting and directing their plays if their script is chosen.

Participants are invited to workshop their plays at the following sessions:

Thursday, February 21 from 7 – 9 p.m.
Thursday, March 14 from 7 – 9 p.m.
Thursday, April 18 from 7 – 9 p.m.

The workshops will allow the playwrights to refine their scripts. Playwrights are not required to attend these sessions in order to have their play considered.

On Sunday, June 9 at 2 p.m., the Actors/Playwrights Workshop will present the first public-staged reading of selections from the plays in the Library’s Community Room.

The Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes Actors’ Equity actors and non-Equity actors to participate, brings together local and regional playwrights and actors, and encourages a collaborative effort to create new plays and present a public-staged reading.

Co-founded by the late Catherine Lindsey and her husband Robert, the workshop introduces original plays in progress to be developed in a workshop environment with the goal of the public-staged readings. Catherine Lindsey was a beloved friend of the Library and director of Darien Library Theater for over 25 years. The memorial workshops will offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment.

The Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes all interested playwrights and actors, with or without experience, to join. The sessions offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment, culminating in the June 10 program, which will feature  six staged performances. The musicals, monologues, short scenes from full-length and one-act plays to be performed will be chosen by the Darien Library Selection Committee.

When writing your piece please keep in mind that the number of cast members is limited, only one play may be submitted per person, and plays must be 10-minutes long or less. Please limit your plays to 10-pages double-spaced, 12 point font.

For more information, contact Workshop Director Robert Cusack at (203) 655-7699 or at

World Book Night 2013 - Apply to Be a Giver!

image courtesy Flickr user Alan in Belfast
image courtesy Flickr user Alan in Belfast

The time is now! Apply to be a giver on World Book Night, April 23, 2013.

Volunteer book givers are central to World Book Night U.S., putting wonderful books into the hands of light or non-readers in their communities. On April 23, 2012, U.S. book givers personally handed out half a million printed books in 5,800 towns and cities across the country. And we’re doing it again together this year!

World Book Night provide the free books, and the book givers seek out light or non-readers, especially people who may not have access to printed books for reasons of means or geography. Book givers receive 20 free paperback copies of one World Book Night title, not too many to carry but enough to share with a good number of potential new readers. Givers can pick up their books at Darien Library's World Book Night Party Sunday, April 21.

What is World Book Night?

World Book Night U.S. is a celebration of books and reading held on April 23, when 25,000 passionate volunteers across America give a total of half a million books within their communities to those who don’t regularly read. In 2012, World Book Night was celebrated in the U.S., the UK, Ireland, and Germany and saw over 80,000 people gift more than 2.5 million books.


Science Café: Predicting the Weather

Image courtesy Flickr user NASA Goddard Photo and Video
Image courtesy Flickr user NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in our Conference Room

Do you follow @SWCTWeather on Twitter? If so, you know that Jacob Meisel is a weather savant who predicts storm accumulation in Fairfield County with startling accuracy. During a storm, he typically receives 3,000 to 4,000 hits a day on his website. And he’s only seventeen! Join us for our next Science Café in which Jacob shows us his tricks of the trade and explains how he makes his weather predictions.

Science Cafés are monthly workshops that support the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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

Friday Night Feature - "A Late Quartet"

We will screen A LATE QUARTET April 5
We will screen A LATE QUARTET April 5

Friday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.A Late Quartet (2012) Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, and Catherine Keener; Rated R; 107 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

On the eve of a world renowned string quartet’s 25th anniversary season, their beloved cellist, Peter Mitchell, is diagnosed with the early symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. When Peter announces he wishes to make the upcoming season his last, his three colleagues find themselves at a crossroad. Competing egos and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration.

"An auspicious feature debut for a director whose sensitivity to emotional harmonies is as rewarding as his reverence for timeless, transcendent music." -- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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

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

The Poet's Voice at the Library

Charles Hartman is this year's featured poet.
Charles Hartman is this year's featured poet.

The Poet's Voice, yearly readings in Fairfield County libraries by outstanding poets, returns to Darien Library Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. Poet Charles Hartman will read his poems at this annual event, which will be held in the Conference Room on the Library's Mezzanine Level.

Charles Hartman was born in Iowa City and graduated from Harvard in 1971 with a senior thesis on Bob Dylan. His Ph.D. dissertation, overseen by Naomi Lebowitz, became Free Verse: An Essay on Prosody (1981), which is still assigned in advanced courses.

He has taught at Northwestern, the University of Washington, and is currently Professor of English, Poet in Residence, and Co-Director of Creative Writing at Connecticut College. His musical talents and interest in language and computer arts bring elements of jazz and the singer-songwriter to his poetry, as well as a fresh approach to language and connections.

Charles Hartman is the author of several non-fiction books, compact discs, and eight volumes of original poetry.

The reading is supported by the Horace E. Manacher Poetry Fund and contributions to the Darien Library Annual Campaign.

A reception will follow the presentation.

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

Remember, Record, & Celebrate: A Guide to Creating Your Own Oral History

Image courtesy Flickr user Evan Hamilton
Image courtesy Flickr user Evan Hamilton

Tuesday, April 2, 2-4 p.m.

Develop the skills to record, preserve, and share your own life history. This two-hour workshop will provide an introduction to the methods and techniques used to create individual oral histories through hands-on practice and discussion.

This workshop will be led by Kristen La Follette from the Columbia Center for Oral History.

If you would like to record your own oral history, you can schedule an appointment to use the Digital Media Lab. There is equipment available to record and edit audio and video. Come preserve and share your story for the next generation!

This program is part of our One Book, One Community series. The book selected for the town-wide read is City of Thieves by David Benioff. The book selected for young readers is Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin.


Our Spring Book Discussion Series Continues

"The Round House" by Louise Erdrich will be the next book in our Spring Discussion Series.

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m.

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.

Praise for The Round House:

National Book Award Winner

“Erdrich threads a gripping mystery and multilayered portrait of a community through a deeply affecting coming-of-age novel.” — Karen Holt, O, the Oprah Magazine

Library staff members will lead the discussions.

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

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

Spring Cleaning Series: Organizing the Entry and Exit Points of Our Homes

Image courtesy flickr user Maegan
Image courtesy flickr user Maegan

Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m.

Shoes, boots, gym bags, jackets, oh my! Find out ways to keep that mud room or foyer free of the usual trappings of an exit or entryway.

Presented by Susan Lovallo, CPA, CPO of Clutter Solutions and Jen Burke of JKB Organizing, both members of the organizing group F.O.C.U.S.

Check out our "Get Organized" LibGuide and join us for the rest of our Spring Cleaning Series:

- Organizing Others, Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m.

- Shop and Get Organized, Tuesday May 7 at 7 p.m.

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

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