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

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. 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.

Summer Reading Starts at Darien Library

All aboard! The Darien Children’s Library invites all kids ages birth to 12 to participate in this year’s Summer Reading Club, “Mystery on the Darien Express.”

Registration starts Monday, June 4. Participants who register between June 4 and June 14 will be entered into a special raffle for an awesome prize! The Library will draw a winner on Friday, June 15 at 5:30 p.m. Every child will receive a free book when signing up for Summer Reading! The Library offers two Summer Reading options for children: one for pre-readers and one for independent readers.

Public Parks and Private Gardens: Art in 19th Century France

Darien Library is hosting a lecture Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.inspired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition, Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence, on display March 12 through July 29. From the Second Empire until the beginning of World War I, France blossomed —literally and figuratively. During this period, the country experienced a horticultural boom, as a flood of new and exotic botanical specimens became available for both public and private gardens.  

At the same time, Baron Haussmann’s spectacular transformation of Paris into a modern city of tree-lined boulevards and public parks, encouraged people to spend their leisure time promenading in these new green spaces, where they could “see” and “be seen,” and spurred a mania for both the cultivation and depiction of flower gardens. — an announcement from Darien Library

Offering myriad stylistic and chromatic possibilities, this distinctive scenery of contemporary French life was taken up again and again by the most avant-garde artists of the late 19th and early 20th century, including the Impressionists, Van Gogh, Seurat, Bonnard, and Matisse, many of whom were gardeners themselves.

The Science of (Soapy) Suds at Darien Library

Get ready to think outside the bubble! Have some good clean fun exploring the captivating, colorful science of soap and water. Uncover the mysteries of bubbles’ shape, see what happens when you make bubbles with different gases, and push the limits of what suds can do. Who knows what we’ll put in a bubble next! *Tickets will be issued 15 minutes prior to the assembly time. Open.

Author Em Sauter Talks About Varieties of Beer

Em Sauter, author and illustrator, author of Beer is for Everyone!, will speak Wednesday evening, Feb. 21 at Darien Library about the expanding varieties of beer. It’s a great time for America’s beer drinkers. Craft beer is more popular than ever, and more breweries are cropping up every day. But you can’t tell a pilsner from a bock? An IPA from a witbier?

Presentation at Darien Library on Club 57 Exhibit at Museum of Modern Art

Get a sneak preview of the latest hit exhibit from the Museum of Modern Art. Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village. The East Village of the 1970s and 1980s continues to thrive in the global public’s imagination. Located in the basement of a Polish Church at 57 St. Marks Place, Club 57 (1978–83) began as a no-budget venue for music and film exhibitions, and quickly took pride of place in a constellation of countercultural venues in downtown New York fueled by low rents, the Reagan presidency, and the desire to experiment with new modes of art, performance, fashion, music, and exhibition. A center of creative activity in the East Village, Club 57 is said to have influenced virtually every club that came in its wake.

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‘Going in Style’ – Friday Night Feature Film at Darien Library

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Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to end retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money. 

You can watch this Friday Night Feature at 6:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.

The 2017 film features Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Ann-Margret, Joey King; Rated PG-13; 96 minutes; Presented with Captions for the hearing impaired. _____________

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Romantic Relationships: a Candid Panel Discussion

Love is in the air at your Library!  Three professionals share honestly and openly how to create and maintain a successful romantic relationship. Learn how to effectively brand yourself from Alix Purcell, Marketing Communications Consultant at The Life Solution Center of Darien. Hear about how technology has changed the way we search for a partner and stay connected with our loved ones, from Mallory Arents, Head of Adult Programming at Darien Library. Learn how to figure out whether or not someone you’ve met could be a good candidate (or not) for a relationship, from Maud Purcell, MSW, LCSW, CEAP and the Founder and Executive Director of The Life Solution Center of Darien.

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Small Business Workshop: Giving Your Elevator Speech

Tuesday, February 9th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.

Our speaker will help you to develop a concise, compelling and memorable introduction to enhance your business opportunities. Register online here. You will learn:

• Learn the five elements of a successful introduction
• Be challenged to brand yourself quickly and memorably
• Be taught how to pick up on signals from the audience
•Understand the importance of establishing and maintaining connections

About the presenter

Stanley Witkow, a SCORE counselor for more than five years, is the former general counsel of GE Capital IT Solutions. He has been mentoring and providing career counseling since 2008. Currently he moderates Westporters in Transition, a weekly support group for members of the Westport Community who are in Career transition.

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Darien Library Annual Meeting Features Darien Author Kristen Harnisch

The Friends of the Darien Library cordially invite you to the Annual Meeting. Join us in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room Saturday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m.

Kristen Harnisch, author of The Vintner’s Daughter, will be our featured speaker. Kristen will discuss how Darien Library helped her transition from banker, to stay-at-home mom, to debut novelist. The Vintner’s Daughter was honored by Readers’ Favorite earlier this month with the Bronze award in their “Historical Fiction – Personage” category.

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Darien Library Annual Meeting Features Darien Author Kristen Harnisch

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The Friends of the Darien Library cordially invite you to the Annual Meeting. Join us in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room Saturday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m.

Kristen Harnisch, author of The Vintner’s Daughter, will be our featured speaker. Kristen will discuss how Darien Library helped her transition from banker, to stay-at-home mom, to debut novelist. ____________

An announcement from Darien Library

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The Vintner’s Daughter was honored by Readers’ Favorite earlier this month with the Bronze award in their “Historical Fiction – Personage” category.

Get Your Passport at the Library

Information from the Darien Library website:

Darien Library will process and accept new and renewal passport applications at these times and dates:

Saturday, June 20 — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 18 — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 15 — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The library will provide all the paperwork and take photos. Please bring $15 in cash or check for photos or you can bring your own pictures. Specifications for passport photos can be found here. What to Bring: birth certificate, naturalization certificate, one color 2-by-2-inch photo, a valid photo identification (such as a driver’s license) with a front and back photocopy of the ID, and personal check/money order or debit/credit card for payment of the passport