Upcoming events at the Darien Library

Winter tech series

Starting Jan. 14, the Children’s Library presents a technology series called “The Digital Family.” This series explores the role of technology as it relates to parents and children and will include thought-provoking film screenings, technology classes for kids, and hands-on workshops for parents. The series runs from Jan. 14 through March 14.

The first program in the series is “21 Things for 21st Century Parents,” an eight-week online course. Brief, weekly e-mails will introduce topics from apps to Twitter, from photosharing to maker culture. Parents may participate at their own pace by completing mini-assignments (“Things”) online for the chance to win weekly raffle prizes.

Other parent programs include a Monday Matinee Film Series, which will screen two documentaries on the role of technology in our lives. Workshops will introduce participants to Etsy, an online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods, Twitter and Facebook, Tumblr, and more. Parents can put their new Twitter skills to use during one of the Children’s Library Tweet Ups, conversations on specific topics that take place completely online. Join an in-person discussion by attending an App Chat and finding out what apps the children’s librarians are recommending and sharing your own favorite apps.

Programs for kids will include “Little Clickers” for ages 3 to 5, “Techsplorers” for ages 6 to 8, and “iKids” for ages 9 to 12 at Darien Library. A special Stop-Motion Animation Workshop for kids ages 9 to 12 will show kids how to use the iMotion app to make their own short movies.

A night of jazz

The Jim Clark Quartet will present a night of jazz Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.

The quartet is led by Jim Clark, a world-class saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. He performs and records in a wide variety of musical settings and styles. Whether he is in the recording studio, performing in a small local venue or on stage at Carnegie Hall, his goal is the same – to play from the heart with the highest level of musical excellence.

The Jim Clark Quartet features Tracey Marble on vocals, Chris Coogan on keyboards and John Mobilio on upright bass. Their ongoing Memory Lane Concert Series has featured shows such as: Great American Songwriting Teams, Songs from Classic American Films, Songs from the Broadway Stage, as well as entire shows giving tribute to a single composer or songwriting team: Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and George & Ira Gershwin. Through themed performances of story and song, the quartet pays tribute to those who created the Great American Songbook.

Shakespeare on transformation

As the New Year begins, join Emily Bryan, Shakespeare scholar and director of education for Shakespeare on the Sound, in a lively discussion of some favorite Shakespearean moments on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.

Bryan will provide insight into some of the most riveting transformations that take place in Shakespeare’s plays and characters. Bring your favorite Shakespearean text on your idea of Transformation as well (2 lines, 10 lines, a scene or a sonnet) and we will invite you to share and open up discussion about the moments that stand out most for you.

Bryan is a Darien native and a former Shakespeare professor. She has taught at Dominican College, West Point, Northwestern and Brown. Prior to writing her dissertation on the lives of boy actors on the Shakespearean stage, Emily worked for the Public Theater / New York Shakespeare Festival as the assistant to the Executive Producer and as a Casting Assistant. She has also worked as a dramaturg for the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and gave pre-show lectures for the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. MA, The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-Upon-Avon; PhD, Northwestern.

Teens and computer programming

Beginning on Saturday, Jan. 12 through March 30 at 1, the library is offering an introductory course for students in fifth through ninth grade will offer tweens and teens an opportunity to learn fundamental concepts in computer programming that can be applied in almost any field. Topics will range from basic programming to building advanced data structures and programs, beginning with the basics, but with something for everyone, independent of prior knowledge. This program will be held in the Tech Center in the lower level of the Library. Topics will include:

• Basic commands and syntax

• Variables and data structures

• Conditional logic and looping

• Functions and classes

• Object-oriented programming

• Recursion and other advanced topics

To register, contact teen librarian, Erica Gauquier at egauquier@darienlibrary.org or (203) 669-5225.


More info: 655-1234 or darienlibrary.org. Additional parking for evening and weekend library programs is available at Thorndal Circle, behind Nielsen’s

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