1. Letting Kids Fail: Building Resilience

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    Darien Library and YWCA Parent Awareness have invited two brilliant experts to talk about how parents can help raise resilient children. Donna Volpitta, the author of The Resilience Formula, and Ed Moran, from Family Centers, will offer practical advice for parents and answer your questions in a Q & A session.

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    • Meet the Author: Alex Stone

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      On Thursday, July 19, 2012, author Alex Stone was our featured speaker. Stone talked about his book, Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind. A blend of history, psychology, science, and memoir, Fooling Houdini is a funny, insightful account told from the author’s unique perspective as a journalist and a former physics graduate student. A dedicated amateur magician since childhood, Stone vows to rebound from a disastrous showing at the 2006 Magic Olympics and soon embarks on an ambitious journey of self-improvement that takes him both across the globe and inside the brain, leading him to question life’s biggest mysteries and investigate the fundamental aspects of human nature in the process. For more information, please visit: darienlibrary.org/events/meet-author/meet-author-alex-stone

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      • Harvesting Basil with Erin at Darien Library

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        • Darien Library Centennial Lecture Series: Maurice Sendak

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          To celebrate our 100th birthday, we invited Maurice Sendak to speak at the Library on April 10, 1994.

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          • Meet the Author: Michael J. Mauboussin

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            On Thursday, December 6, 2012, Michael J. Mauboussin, author of The Success Equation was our featured speaker. For more information, please visit: http://www.darienlibrary.org/events/meet-author/meet-author-michael-j-mauboussin

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            • Meet the Author: Marilyn Johnson

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              On Thursday, November 13, 2014, Marilyn Johnson, author of "Lives in Ruins" was our featured speaker. Lives in Ruins is an absorbing and entertaining look at the lives of contemporary archaeologists as they sweat under the sun for clues to the puzzle of our past. Johnson digs and drinks alongside archaeologists, chases them through the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and even Machu Picchu, and excavates their lives. Her subjects share stories we rarely read in history books, about slaves and Ice Age hunters, ordinary soldiers of the American Revolution, children of the first century, Chinese woman warriors, sunken fleets, mummies. What drives these archaeologists is not the money (meager) or the jobs (scarce) or the working conditions (dangerous), but their passion for the stories that would otherwise be buried and lost.

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              • Meet the Author: Deb Perelman

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                On Thursday, November 29, 2012, Deb Perelman was our featured speaker. She is the author of the award-winning blog, http://www.smittenkitchen.com. For more information, please visit: http://www.darienlibrary.org/events/meet-author/meet-author-deb-perelman

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                • Louise Berry Day at Darien Library

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                  Louise Parker Berry has been the director of Darien Library for 35 years from March 1, 1979 to February 28, 2014. To honor her achievements, we held Louise Berry Day at the Library with a special presentation and guest speakers on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

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                  • Eliminating Stress and Creating Balance in Your Child’s Life

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                    On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, Darien Library and the YWCA Parent Awareness hosted a panel for caregivers of elementary school aged children. The panel was hosted by Connecticut State Representative Terrie Wood, who represents Darien and Norwalk. Ms. Wood also serves as the Co-Chair of the Mental Health Working Group of the Gun Violence Bill. Panelists: Lavi Ben-Zvi, Coordinator for Student and Family Social Services, Darien Elementary Schools; Christopher M. Bogart, PhD, Executive Director, the Southfield Center for Development, Darien; Luke Forshaw, Principal of Ox Ridge Elementary School, Darien; Dr. Jamie Roach Murray, pediatrician, Stamford Pediatric Associates.

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                    • Doug Allen: Sacramento Clip

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                      On Sunday, December 1, 2013, Doug Allen and his band performed at the annual Holiday Concert at Darien Library. Here's a clip from their performance of their song, "Sacramento."

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