Short Stories with Carroll Stenson

Carroll Stenson
Carroll Stenson

Tuesday, September 2nd at 3 p.m.

Our popular discussion series continues with a line-up of stories especially selected by Carroll to offer insight into the human condition and provoke thoughtful conversation.

Please join us and share with other short story enthusiasts.

Art On View: Kari Cholnoky

"Head," 2014: faux fur, acrylic, spray paint, synthetic hair, foam, collage.

September 3rd through October 20th

The work of Kari Cholnoki will be on display in the Library's Lower Level Art Gallery.

Cholnoky's work examines contemporary psychology as it is affected by and interacts with physical material. She transforms the mass produced into the highly specific and handled, creating works that stare back at their viewer. Currently New York based, Cholnoky is a recent graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art MFA program, located outside of Detroit, MI. Her work has been exhibited in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Detroit and Singapore, and she has been awarded residencies in Singapore and Berlin, Germany. In May of 2014, Cholnoky was awarded the Merdeces-Benz Financial Services 2014 Emerging Artist Award, which provided her with a studio loft at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien during the following summer months.

Meet Us On Main Street

Wednesdays at 11 a.m. - Meet Us On Main Street
Wednesdays at 11 a.m. - Meet Us On Main Street

"You Are What You Read" goes LIVE!

Wednesday, September 3rd at 11 a.m.

After a summer vacation, we are back to tell you about the latest and greatest books, movies, apps, and articles that we are currently digging. Please join us for this weekly, informal discussion.

There will be "oooohs." There will be "ahhhhs." There will be laughs. We hope to see you there. 


Constant Contact - Newsletters and Announcements and LinkedIn for Business

Constant Contact is an email marketing tool
Constant Contact is an email marketing tool

Wednesday, September 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Please register for this workshop.

Newsletters and Announcements have become a core component of campaign choices. Email is more important than ever – to the communication efforts of businesses and nonprofits everywhere; and to the customer, donor, client or supporter of those organizations. This session will reveal some simple but effective best practices and considerations for the small business or nonprofit seeking to make their email newsletters more effective.

LinkedIn is a must-use tool for both job seekers and business owners alike. Susan Catalano of HireWorthy reviews the layout of LinkedIn, explains the importance of LinkedIn, and how to use it effectively.

About the Presenters

Robert Clark is a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert and Solution Provider Partner with over 30 years of experience advising small and medium-sized businesses, Fortune 50 companies, nonprofits, associations, and industry groups on marketing, sales, operations, strategy, international trade, and information technology.

Susan LaCorte Catalano is co-founder of HireWorthy, a career coaching firm. With more than a decade in corporate Human Resources in the finance and health care industries, she is an expert on employee relations, performance management and manager training.

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

Tech Drop-in Discussion: Twitter

Amanda, User Experience Librarian
Amanda, User Experience Librarian

Thursday, September 4th at 2 p.m.

In this rapid-fire session, Amanda will go over how to use Twitter. You'll learn what does this #hashtag thing means, how to find others to follow, how to gain followers, and change your life all through the use of Twitter!


Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.
In the Tech Center on the Lower Level

Do you need help with eBooks? How about how to use your iPad? Then come to our new weekly Tech Drop-In sessions! Each Thursday, our staff will be available to help you with your technology problems. We will show you how to format documents, write emails, sign up for Twitter, and answer hundreds of more questions.

This week, our user experience (UX) librarian, Amanda, will be answering your questions.

Maximize Your Social Security Benefits

Maximize your benefits.
Maximize your benefits.

Thursday, September 4th at 7 p.m.

When to collect Social Security may be the single most important decision you make when it comes to your retirement. 

Topics covered include:

• How Social Security benefits are calculated and the advanced planning required to increase them.

• Why married couples can miss out on significant lifetime sums.

• Special strategies for married couples, divorced individuals and minor children.

• Case studies that will show you the advantages of some of these strategies.

About the Presenters

Michael Alimo (CRPC; CLU; ChFEBC). A 30 year industry veteran, for the past 15 years financial service advisor Alimo has served jclientele around CT & New England at his USA Financial & Tax Services, LLC. Committed to giving back to the community via educational workshops, Mr. Alimo has hosted many seminars for groups at libraries, churches, and social organization about a variety of financial and planning topics.

David Weyner (H≪ LTC Partnership certification,CT, NY & NJ) Following 20 years as a senior corporate executive, since 2007 Weyner has served insurance and benefits clients around the NY tri-state area.. In collaboration with Michael Alimo, Mr.Weyner has also spoken at many seminars with the objective of helping community members better understand their planning options and various programs available to seniors.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Good Will Hunting'

We will screen GOOD WILL HUNTING Friday, September 5th.
We will screen GOOD WILL HUNTING Friday, September 5th.

Friday, September 5th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. - Good Will Hunting (1997) Starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, and Minnie Driver; Rated R; 127 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck co-scripted and star in this drama, set in Boston and Cambridge, about rebellious 20-year-old MIT janitor Will Hunting, gifted with a photographic memory, who hangs out with his South Boston bar buddies, his best friend Chuckie, and his affluent British girlfriend Skylar. After MIT professor Lambeau stumps students with a challenging math formula on a hallway blackboard, Will anonymously leaves the correct solution, prompting Lambeau to track the elusive young genius. As Will's problems with the police escalate, Lambeau offers an out, but with two conditions -- visits to a therapist and weekly math sessions. 

Robin Williams won the Academy Award (Best Supporting Actor) for his role in this film.

"It's acted and directed with care, and Damon is outstanding, his scenes with Driver being especially sparky." -- Derek Adams, Time Out

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

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

Small Business Tuesday - Strategies for Buying or Selling a Business

Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos
Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

Tuesday, September 9th from 6 to 8 p.m.

Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.

Register here.

This workshop covers how someone can prepare to buy and sell a business and what goes into valuing the business.

Participants will learn:

- The players in buying or selling a business: brokers, bankers, attorneys, etc.
- The process of putting a business up for sale
- How to value a business: what buyers and sellers should be looking for
- How to prepare your business for sale; what you should do and not do

Presented by Mac Leask, a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVS). Because he has 30 years of experience in auditing, advising and valuing businesses, as well as 25 years managing and growing a successful accounting firm, he can blend his practical knowledge of business operation with the theory of valuation. 

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

A Local’s Perspective on his Peace Corps Experience in Sierra Leone

Peter Duker (center)
Peter Duker (center)

Tuesday, September 9th at 7 p.m.

Peter Duker, a Darien native, decided to go with a little adventure after college and joined the Peace Corps. After spending over a year in Sierra Leone teaching high school level physics, Peace Corps made the decision to temporarily evacuate due to an ebola outbreak. While stateside he wishes to share with his home community his knowledge of Peace Corps service and the country he grew to love.

If you have any interest in the Peace Corps, want to hear a volunteer’s experience or just want to learn a little bit about an incredible culture in a distant land come and listen to this presentation. Along with the presentation about the Peace Corps process, this specific volunteer’s service and Sierra Leonean culture you will also get to experience this wonderful culture with an example of local dress and a tasting of local cuisine!

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

Senior Moments: Two Shots Heard Round the World

Archduke Franz Ferdinand with his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg and their three children.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand with his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg and their three children.

Thursday, September 11th at 3 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in our Conference Room.

Mark Albertson's talk will focus on the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir apparent to the Hapsburg Empire and, his wife, the Countess Sophie. The chronology of events which saw Austria-Hungary, Serbia, Russia, Germany, France and Britain tumble into war by August 4, 1914 will be explained. This tragicomic sequence of events never ceases to amaze me as to how these nations, with everything to lose, opted for conflict. As Lord Edward Gray, British Foreign Minister, observed, "The lamps are going out all over Europe. We will not see them lit again in our lifetime."

Mark Albertson is a historian for the Army Aviation Association of America and writer for the periodical Army Aviation magazine. He has authored several books on the history of World War I.

Save the date for our next Senior Moments program on Thursday, October 9th at 3 p.m. where we will do some line dancing for seniors.

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