Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up!
This week’s You Are What You Read is in honor of Louise Parker Berry. As I am sure you are all aware, Louise is retiring after 35 years of being our fearless leader, tireless advocate, and all around cheerleader. You could not hope to work under a better woman. She has always allowed us to speak in our own voices without censure and that’s a really remarkable thing. Not many library directors would let me refer to Paul Newman as a hottie, or allow the weekly playlist to make an appearance. It is because of her that Darien Library is such a wonderful place and true gift not only to you all, but to the people who get to work here. So thanks Louise! We will miss you fiercely. This week we have pain, nostalgia, a confession, Paris, a disappearance, Manhattan and Berlin. And of course, we can’t forget The Playlist.
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The SoNo Loft, after being silent for the last two weeks, finally has a new message for us. It was worth waiting for and something I am sure we all can heartily endorse: SNO-MORE! Hopefully we will get some quality melting this weekend and maybe even a crocus or snow drop sighting. Those of you with witch hazel bushes in the yard can probably attest that they are either blooming or about to. They always feel like a sort of miracle to me this time of year with their golden blossoms and clean scent: a nice reminder that we are nearing the end of this endless winter. So I wish you a sighting of outdoor living plant material that is not an evergreen. That would be nice. Over the last weekend we went on a little road trip in hopes of a change of scene being a bit of a mood boost. This meant that there was driving on the Cross Bronx and it brings me to another sign of spring: Potholes. The Traveling Companion was riding shotgun and I swear it was a job akin to looking out for icebergs on a ship. We made it through without incident but it was sobering to see all the poor folks on the side of the road with flats and dead axles. Be cautious out there! This week we have a disgusting mess, some take-out, Paris, and a playlist that will provide some background music while your trusty Co-Pilot scans the road ahead.
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,,,seriously. With plenty of winter left on the calendar, an hour and a half on California's John Muir Trail just might break you out of this icy gloom.
Mile...Mile and a Half documents a 25-day hike over 200 miles of the trail, taken by a small group of friends. They are not professionals or daredevils, they're just regular people who take on the challenges, blisters, cold mornings, and breathtaking beauty of nature. Over snow-covered fields and mountains, dipping into pristine lakes, even recording the sounds of the natural world that are slowly giving way to man's encroachment, this new documentary proves Ralph Waldo Emerson's notion that "Life is a journey, not a destination."
You'll be welcomed into the hikers' world and maybe even inspired to hit a trail or two once all of this snow and ice melts here in New England. In the words of John Muir himself, "...going out, I found, was really going in."