Those long tables make me feel like I'm studying at Hogwarts and it motivates me!

Meet the Author - James Rickards

James Rickards
James Rickards

Thursday, April 17th at 7 p.m.

James Rickards, author of The Death of Money, will be our featured speaker.

The international monetary system has collapsed three times in the past hundred years, in 1914, 1939 and 1971. Each collapse was followed by a period of tumult: war, civil unrest, or significant damage to the stability of the global economy. Now James Rickards, the acclaimed author of Currency Wars, shows why another collapse is rapidly approaching – and why this time, nothing less than the institution of money itself is at risk.

Advance Praise for The Death of Money

"A terrifically interesting and useful book . . . fascinating.” — Kenneth W. Dam, Former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury and Adviser to three Presidents

About the Author

James Rickards is Senior Managing Director at Tangent Capital Partners LLC, a merchant bank based in New York City, and is Senior Managing Director for Market Intelligence at Omnis, Inc., a technical, professional and scientific consulting firm located in McLean, VA. Mr. Rickards is a seasoned counselor, investment banker and risk manager with over thirty years experience in capital markets including all aspects of portfolio management, risk management, product structure, financing, regulation and operations. Mr. Rickards’ market experience is focused in alternative investing and derivatives in global markets. He has also served as General Counsel at several alternative asset management companies and a stock exchange facility and is expert in fund governance and international fund structures. He lives in Darien.

All author programs will feature a book signing and refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at each event.

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

You Are What You Read!

Hosted by Jen Dayton
Hosted by Jen Dayton

Spring is suddenly everywhere we look and we are all out there staking our claim. Like the swallows to Capistrano, and the buzzards to Hinckley Ohio, the osprey’s have returned to their summer home over at the police station.  The pansies are out next door and across the street and I have seen the eight man shells out on the Norwalk and Saugatuck rivers from my train.  What is probably the ultimate sign that we are hurtling into spring, The Traveling Companion is with the rest of his Writing Brethren at Augusta reporting on his 29th (!)  Masters.  I suspect he must have felt a bit like Dorothy leaving behind the gray of Kansas and stepping into Technicolor Munchkin Land. Erin is rocking the seersucker and she has stated that she refuses to wear her winter coat anymore. As for myself, I have committed to the Bare Leg. Not so much because it’s spring, it is more that I am down to one pair of hose and I just can’t face buying more.  So there’s that. And the fact that I hate wearing hose, and that Babs B. started the Bare Leg  earlier this week.  I figure if Babs says it is fine to do so, then it is so. This week we have a road trip, a spooky mystery, donations of a kind, some flawed humans (are there any other kind?), April in Paris, a marriage, and the love of books. And really? A weekend without The Play List?  Not happening.


Let us begin!

Library Closed for Easter Sunday

Image courtesy of Flickr user 1smrtcookie
Image courtesy of Flickr user 1smrtcookie

Sunday, April 20th

In observation of Easter Sunday, Darien Library will be closed. The Weather Channel forecasts a 60 degree partially sunny day, so we hope you enjoy the warm weather! 

While we are closed, you can still access eBooks, eMagazines, and videos without leaving home. 

 

Announcing One Book, One Community 2014

TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

Join Darien Library for our sixth annual One Book, One Community reading experience. The book selected for the town-wide read is TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. Beginning in the year of the Irish famine and ending in 2011 when President Obama lands on Irish shores, truth meets the imagination and fact meets fiction in this exciting, sophisticated work from an incomparable writer. The book selected for young readers is Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari.

Meet Colum McCann

Wednesday, May 21st at 7 p.m.

Author presentation, Q&A Session, and Book Signing.

Join us as Colum McCann discusses the catalyst for his latest novel - the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean and the interwoven stories of his characters throughout history.

This event is open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations cannot be accommodated. The first 100 attendees will receive a complimentary copy of TransAtlantic. Additional copies will be available for purchase at this event. Colum McCann's appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore. A reception will follow the presentation.

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

 

Museum Passes

Photo courtesy of Flickr user RISD museum.
Photo courtesy of Flickr user RISD museum.

The following Museum Passes are now available in the Children's Library for check out. Families can use the passes to gain free or discounted admission depending on the location. Passes are available for residents, members who work in Darien full-time, and non-residents who are Friends at the $300 level and above. Place one on hold today! 

Stepping Stones Museum for Children 

The New Children's Museum 

Mystic Aquarium

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum 

The Maritime Aquarium

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art 

Did you know that you and your family can also reserve a MoMA Pass from the Library

Information at Your Fingertips

Image courtesy Flickr user lestaylorphoto
Image courtesy Flickr user lestaylorphoto

All classes are on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., in the Conference Room, with one exception noted below.

Tuesday, April 22nd at 6:30 p.m. - Register: Book Clubs

Join Blanche in exploring great resources for your book club. She'll walk you through different websites to help enhance your club's next discussion. 

Tuesday, April 29th at 6 :30 p.m. - Register: Finance and Investing (meets in the Technology Center)

The Library is home to a wealth of information for first-time investors up through the most seasoned shareholders. Explore these resources to keep your fingers on the pulse of your own investments.

Tuesday, May 6th at 6:30 p.m. - Register: Job Search

Starting a job search can be overwhelming, especially with all of the different websites that are now available. Come learn about the Library's premium online resources available to help you search postings, zoom in on companies in an industry or region, and define your career goals with free asessments.

Form 1 3D Printer now available

High resolution replica of the Statue of Liberty
High resolution replica of the Statue of Liberty

Formlabs, the manufacturer behind the Form 1 3D printer, would like to bring stereolithographic 3D printing technology to the masses. The library has acquired a Form 1 printer and would like YOU to bring your designs to reality with exquisite detail and exceptional surface finish. Built for more intricate quality designs than standard plastic extrusion printers, it uses an ultraviolet laser to cure liquid plastic resin. That's right, a LASER, pew pew pew. 

Interested in printing a toy for a gift? Inventing a prototype for a new part to manufacture? Want to blow minds at your next science fair? Whether you're a casual tinkerer, inventor, designer or other creative type looking for high quality prints, this is the printer for you. The Form 1 offers a few default resolutions: the highest resolution of 0.025mm per layer, a medium resolution of 0.05mm per layer, and a low resolution of 0.1mm per layer. It's the perfect tool for printing intricate designs. 

For more information, visit our Form 1 page.

 

Introducing: You Are What You Read Next

Main Street
Main Street

The Darien Library is proud to offer You Are What You Read Next, a new online Reader's Advisory service offering personalized book recommedations. If you've spoken with our readers' advisors at the Welcome Desk before, you know that we have a full staff of trained librarians to help you find that perfect next read. Whether you're in the mood for the hottest new mystery, want to go back to the classics, or have a few questions about the book all your friends are reading, we're here with answers and recommendations. Now we're taking that show online with our online form You Are What You Read Next

If you take just 5-10 minutes to answer a few questions about what you're looking for in your next few books, we'll send you a list of 5 hand-picked books in whatever format you prefer. You don't even have to answer all the questions--just the ones that you think are necessary. Click here to get started. We can't wait to hear from you!

Nice New Book Goodness!

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!

Check out Hoopla's videos, music, and more!
Check out Hoopla's videos, music, and more!
Borrow an eMagazine from the Library!
Browse our downloadable books and audiobooks!
Your donation goes towards purchasing all Library materials including technology resources.
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Where: Children's Storytime Room
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Where: Children's Library
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Where: Storytime Room
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Where: Children's Library
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Where: Darien Library Community Room
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Where: Community Room
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Where: Storytime Room
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Where: Children's Library
Starts: Sunday April 20, 1:00 pm
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Where: Main Level
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Where: Children's Storytime Room
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Where: Children's Library
Starts: Monday April 21, 3:30 pm
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Where: Teen Lounge
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Where: Children's Room
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Where: Technology Center
Starts: Tuesday April 22, 4:15 pm
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Where: TEA Room
Starts: Wednesday April 23, 9:30 am
Ends: Wednesday April 23, 10:00 am
Where: Louise Parker Berry Community Room
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Ends: Wednesday April 23, 11:00 am
Where: Conference Room
Starts: Wednesday April 23, 10:30 am
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Starts: Wednesday April 23, 11:00 am
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Where: Main Street
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