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CT Secretary of State Talks Online Wednesday About Election Integrity and Voting

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Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill will provide a detailed explanation of how our state protects election integrity during an online talk from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., this Thursday, April 29. — an announcement from Darien Library and the Darien League of Women Voters

Merrill will also talk about how the state assists voters in casting their ballots — before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2020 elections may be over, but our questions about voting aren’t. What are the reasons for our existing rules? How did we manage the increase in absentee ballots in our last election? Why should voters trust our system?

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Darien Historian Ken Reiss Talks About Town’s History in Online Event, Thursday

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Ken Reiss, a Museum of Darien historian, will discuss how Darien sought its independence, the forces blocking its path, and the hero who persisted to give the town its name in an online lecture Thursday evening. — an announcement from Darien Library

Discover what life was like 200 years ago in “History Close to Home with Ken Reiss,” a Museum of Darien Historian and the author of Darien, 1820: New Town, New Times. This event will take place virtually on Wednesday, April 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. You can register here on Darien Library’s website. About Ken Reiss
Ken Reiss’ lifelong pursuit of history has in recent years been sharply focused on the story of Darien, Connecticut, where he has made his home for the past 32 years. In addition to his most recent work to commemorate the town’s bicentennial, Darien 1820: New Town, New Times, Ken is the author of The Story of Darien, Connecticut, a definitive history of the town.

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Jim Cameron Talks Thursday on Communicating With Any Audience, Mastering Interviews

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Darien TV79’s Jim Cameron, author of Off the Record: Confessions of a Media Consultant, will speak at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 8 in a Darien Library webinar about communication. — an announcement from Darien Library

In “Off the Record,” Jim will use his 35 years of expertise as a media trainer and share his tips and techniques for communicating with any audience, from mastering tough interviews to creating a motivational presentation. You can register for this event, here, on Darien Library’s website. Off the Record: Confessions of a Media Consultant is Jim Cameron’s first book, based on his career as a media trainer prepping C-level executives for challenging media encounters and earlier years as an award-winning journalist at NBC. About Jim Cameron
Jim Cameron is best known in Connecticut for his decades of advocacy for rail commuters.

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Looking for a Job? Get Help With ‘Summit’ Program at Darien Library, Starting April 6

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Darien Library invites professionals whose job search was affected by COVID-19 to take part in its “Job Seeker Summit,” a five-meeting online program with support from an expert and peer support. — an announcement from Darien Library

The program is designed to help job seekers receive answers to their questions and learn about things that the regular person doesn’t consider that may be affecting their job search. Registrants will receive the expert and peer support they need to regain confidence and clarity in these difficult times. Facilitated by career strategy expert Noelle Gross, this five-week series takes place on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m., beginning April 6. You can register here.

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Organize Your Time with Ronni Eisenberg — a Darien Library Presentation

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Are you finding yourself with more and more tasks to do, yet there’s never enough time to get everything done? You are not alone! With patience, self-deprecating humor and understanding, Ronni Eisenberg, who’s giving the online presentation from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, will step you through practical solutions, that will motivate you and leave you thinking, ‘now, why didn’t I think of that?’

— an announcement from Darien Library

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“Ronni Eisenberg is an expert among experts. Ronni brings to the table a wealth of charm, expertise and credibility that is difficult to find in three spokespeople, much less one!! Ronni gives us confidence and makes us look good each and every time we work together.

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1st 25 Middle Schoolers Signed Up for Darien Author Carrie Seim’s Event Get Her Book, ‘Horse Girl’

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The Children’s Library is pleased to announce that Darien resident Carrie Seim will join Darien Library for a virtual event that can be enjoyed from the comfort of home on Tuesday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m.

— this announcement combines wording from the Darien Library website and a mailing from the Children’s Library. Horse Girl is a funny and heart-warming novel that will delight middle school readers from fans of Black Beauty to anyone who appreciates a story about finding yourself (and your true friends) along the way. Author Carrie Seim will read an excerpt of her brand-new novel at our virtual visit, followed by a Q&A session and a crafty opportunity for any equestrian enthusiasts in the virtual audience who would like to pick up the project materials in advance. We will be giving away free signed copies of Horse Girl to the first 25 attendees of the event. About Carrie Seim
Carrie is the author of the new acclaimed middle-grade novel HORSE GIRL (Penguin Random House) and the bestselling Audible adventure series THE FLYING FLAMINGO SISTERS (hailed by the New York Times as a Best Audiobook for Road Trips with Kids).

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Finding the Living When Doing Genealogical Research: Online Discussion Wednesday Morning

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Conducting genealogical research for relatives who are still alive poses unique and interesting challenges. Join us to discuss your experiences “finding the living” in a small group, online discussion with Sara Zagrodzky. The discussion, “Finding the Living,” takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m., this Wednesday, March 24. — an announcement fromDarien Library, which is sponsoring this event

Be prepared to hear and share success stories, search strategies, and things that didn’t quite work. This is a follow-up discussion to the Finding The Living lecture on March 13th, but attendance at the lecture is not required for participation in this discussion.

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What Does Darien Envision for Itself in the Next 10 Years? Zoom Meeting, Presentation April 5

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The League of Women Voters of Darien is pleased to join the Darien Library and the Fairfield County Community Foundation in cosponsoring the first in a series of civic conversations on “The Future of Fairfield County: Darien.” — an announcement from the Darien League of Women Voters, Darien Library and the Fairfield County Foundation

The online series via Zoom will begin on Monday April 5, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Each discussion or conversation will focus on the future of Darien as part of Fairfield County and will include expert, forward-looking analysis of demographics and statistics in each of several areas. Most importantly, the series will focus on what the community envisions for their hometown during the next 10 years and beyond. The April 5 program will focus on the long-range economic outlook in the area, as well as the impact on environmental sustainability, and equity. During the discussion, attendees will identify key issues to examine in a follow-up session at 7 p.m. on April 22.

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You Can Still Register for Darien Library’s Online Yoga Lunch Break Monday for Parents

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Take time to destress, clear your mind and virtually join instructor Talita Moss in this relaxing 45-minute yoga session on Monday from 12 noon to 12:45 p.m., via Zoom. It can be hard to carve out time for yourself as a busy parent especially when you feel everyone needs something from you. In the time it takes to have your lunch you can unwind with an in-home yoga session. Registration Information

You can register here. There were still four spaces available on Thursday morning.

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Author Emily Gray Tedrowe Discusses Her Latest Book Thursday Night at Darien Library Online Event

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It is with great pleasure that Darien Library welcomes back author, Emily Gray Tedrowe at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1. After an introduction by her father, Alan Kirk Gray, the former Director of Darien Library, Ms. Tedrowe will discuss her new book, “The Talented Miss Farewell” in conversation with Katherine Nintzel, executive editor of Custom House, An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. — an announcement from Darien Library

The event will happen online via the Zoom platform. Register online at to receive the link to the program.

The Art of Seed Saving with ‘The Seed Huntress,’ an Online Talk

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Sefra Alexandra, “The Seed Huntress,” will discuss her work with seed saving for conservation, multiplication and distribution. Her talk, hosted by Darien Library, takes place online from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 21. — an announcement from Darien Library

This work supports seed sovereignty through the different initiatives she’s worked on at the local, national, and international scales. She’ll look at the importance of in situ (in place) seed banking and of ex situ (cold storage) seed saving strategies.

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‘Off the Rails’ — Jim Cameron on CT’s Transportation Future: Online Darien Library Talk at 7 PM, Tuesday

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What is the future for transportation in Connecticut post-COVID? Will ridership ever return to Metro-North? How will we pay for our highways with dwindling gasoline tax revenues? What will all of this mean to local property values and taxes? Transportation Guru Jim Cameron will address these questions and more in a virtual talk, “Off The Rails: The Future of Transportation in CT” for the Darien Library on Tuesday Sept 8 at 7 p.m.

Cameron is the author of the weekly newspaper commentary “Getting There” and has served as a commuter advocate for over 25 years.