Art on View: John Coots

Moonlit Arrival, courtesy of the artist.
Moonlit Arrival, courtesy of the artist.

On display Tuesday, May 3rd through Monday, June 13th
Please join us for an art reception Friday, May 6th from 6 to 8 p.m.

Local landscape and still life painter John Coots will exhibit his oil paintings in the Lower Level Art Gallery.  Showing recent work, this will be his first solo show since he last exhibited publicly at Atria’s Gratia Gillespie Gallery in January 2012. 

About the artist
John Coots has taken painting classes for 20 years at the Silvermine Art School in New Canaan, studying with Alex McFarlane, David Dunlop,  Kirill Doron, and Claire Watson Garcia.  Coots paints contemporary still life and local landscapes.  He is a self-described “precocious hobbyist” who most admires the art of Sir Winston Churchill “because Churchill found time to paint while doing other things.”

Coots publishes two dozen weekly newspapers in small towns scattered around New England.  His career in journalism started in college at the Yale Daily News.  After business school at University of Virginia, Coots spent twenty years running newspapers for a large publicly-traded corporation until 1994 when he started his own company.

John and his wife Sandy have lived in Darien for 26 years and raised their four boys here.

Party on Post

Join us!
Join us!

Darien Library Spring Fundraiser 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 7:00pm

Celebrate spring and Party on Post with friends at a festive street fair right in the Library courtyard.  This year our annual Spring fundraiser features live music by Chasing Day, silent and live auctions, cocktails, Two Roads, Simply Creative Catering, and LobsterCraft, Hapa and MeltMobile food trucks.

Purchase your tickets

All funds raised from the event will be dedicated to expanding library resources, including purchasing new books, technology, and supporting programs and guest speakers. By attending Party on Post, you'll be mingling with your friends and neighbors, and bringing new resources to the Library in the coming year.

Party on Post is sponsored by David Harvey Fine Jewelers, Darien Rowayton Bank, New Canaan/Darien Magazine and Two Roads Brewing Company.  

For more information, contact the Darien Library Administrative Office at 203-669-5220 or visit the Party on Post page.

"So You Think You Can Do Something?"

Are you a teen between the ages of 12-18 with a hidden skill? Do you or someone you know have a special talent? Maybe you've always wished your band could play in a friendly competition to win cold hard cash. If so, you need to enter the Library's annual teen talent competition, "So You Think You Can Do Something?" at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14th. To enter as a contestant please fill out the google form here. Contact teen librarian, Erica Gauquier with any questions. First prize is $250 and second prize is $150!!!

*Please note participants must be between 12-18 years of age, but does not have to be a resident of Darien. Rehersals will begin at 5:30 p.m. the day of the event. Friends and family members of preformers are welcome to attend the event at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

 

Librarians to visit...Your Schools!

The Children's and Teen Librarians get ready for the DARIEN OLYMPIANS Summer Reading Program
The Children's and Teen Librarians get ready for the DARIEN OLYMPIANS Summer Reading Program

It's that time of year again!

The Children's Librarians are gearing up to visit YOUR schools during the month of May and early June. We will be visiting each and every student that attends elementary and middle school in Darien. During our visits, we will share exclusive details about our Summer Reading program and reveal top-secret booklists that we have been working on for months! The dates of each of our visits are below.

May 11th & June 9th: Pear Tree Point

May 12th: Ox Ridge

May 18th & 19th: Holmes

May 24th, 25th, and 26th: Royle

May 31st, June 1st, and 2nd: Hindley

June 6th: MMS

June 7th & 8th: Tokeneke

The 2017 Nutmeg Nominees are here!

Which book will win the 2017 Nutmeg Award? Start reading now!
Which book will win the 2017 Nutmeg Award? Start reading now!

The Connecticut State Book Award, the Nutmeg, announced it's 2017 slate of nominees on Sunday, May 1st.

Check out the Elementary Nutmegs, for grades 2-4!

Check out the Intermediate Nutmegs, for grades 4-6!

Which Nutmeg Nominee will be your favorite this year?

Music in the Stacks: Bob Dylan Tribute

Image courtesy of Jeff Slate
Image courtesy of Jeff Slate

Sunday, May 15th at 5 p.m.

Join us for an evening of classic rock with a concert celebrating the music of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Elo from some of the top musicians in New York City, Jeff Slate & Friends.

About the performers
Jeff Slate is a singer/songwriter from New York City. In the mid-90’s he released The Townshend Tapes, on which The Who’s Pete Townshend acted as Executive Producer, and opened for Sheryl Crow on her “Tuesday Night Music Club” tour. In 1997 he founded the band The Badge, who released four albums and countless singles, EPs and live “bootleg” sets, and went on to become darlings of the UK/European “mod” scene in the 2000’s. Birds of Paradox, his first solo album of original material, was released in 2012. It was followed in November 2013 by Imposters & Attractions. Slate is a regular contributor to EsquireRolling Stone, and many other outlets, writing about music and culture. 

Earl Slick toured the world with David Bowie and appeared on many Bowie albums, from David Live! through The Next Day, and played on John Lennon’s last recording sessions. Steve Holley was a member of Paul McCartney & Wings from 1978-1981. Rick Mullen has toured the world with Don McLean and The Commander Cody Band. Charly Roth has played with a who’s who of rock legends, including Ozzy Osbourne, and currently serves as the Chief Music Supervisor on the Denis Leary show Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. Jimmy “Mack” McElligott has performed and/or recorded with including Gene Cornish (Young Rascals), Carlos Alomar (Bowie, Lennon), Arno Hecht (Rolling Stones), Rob Stoner (Bob Dylan), and many others.

Refreshments will be served.

Darien Library Spring Fundraiser 2016
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