Tech Topics for Parents

Book discussions for parents on tech topics.
Book discussions for parents on tech topics.

Finding it difficult to navigate new digital terrain? Parents are invited to attend book discussions on topics such as screentime and networked teens. Breakfast will be served.

Thursday, February 11th from 10 to 11 a.m.
Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age from Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between by Jason Boog

This title is also available on ebook! 

Open to Adults: No registration necessary

Thursday, March 10th from 10 to 11 a.m.
It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens By Danah Boyd
Open to Adults: No registration necessary

Gabbin' With Grandkids

Image designed by Lisa Nowlain.
Image designed by Lisa Nowlain.

Wednesday, February 10th at 3 p.m.


Long distance grandparents can stay in touch with new technology like Skype and Apple’s FaceTime. We will show you how to utilize these technologies to read your grandkids a cherished book or just gab about what’s good. The first ten participants will receive a limited edition tote bag filled with some of our favorite story books!


The Novel Tea featuring Cheryl Strayed

Photo credit: Joni Kabana
Photo credit: Joni Kabana

Wednesday, March 30th from 12 to 2 p.m.

Join us on an adventure with Cheryl Strayed at our first Novel Tea fundraiser. The lunch will be held at Wee Burn Country Club on Wednesday, March 30th from 12—2 p.m.

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir WILD, the New York Times bestsellers TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS and BRAVE ENOUGH, and the novel TORCH.

Tickets and tables are currently on sale here. Each table seats 10 people, and all attendees will receive a signed copy of Wild.

All funds raised from the Novel Tea will be dedicated to Darien Library resources, including technology, purchasing new books and supporting programs and guest speakers.

Black History Art Workshop

Photo by 143d ESC / CC BY 2.0
Photo by 143d ESC / CC BY 2.0

Black History Portraits Art Workshop

Wednesday, February 17th from 3-5pm.

Miss Lisa - our resident artist with a B.A. in Studio Art - will lead a very special workshop on portraiture. Create portraits of African American luminaries with Miss Lisa during this afternoon program.

Registered. Ages 8-12.

Family Tech Series 2016

Grow with us!
Grow with us!

Darien Library Presents: Family Tech Series

January, February, and March 2016

From gaming to cloud computing, technology has shaped the ways that we connect and communicate. Join us for stimulating discussions, hands-on classes, and more.

Interested participants can sign up to receive a weekly email during the duration of the Tech Series to further their knowledge and learn more about technology.  Emails will be sent on Mondays, beginning January 18 and concluding on March 14. There will be no email the week of February 15. 

Sign up for emails at

To view our full calendar of events, please see:

Tech Programs for Adults and Families

Tech Programs for Kids

*Registration opens Monday, January 11th

Tech Series Week 4: Wearable Health Tech

Photo by Jean Baptiste Paris / CC BY-SA 2.0
Photo by Jean Baptiste Paris / CC BY-SA 2.0

Like what you see here? Sign up for tech emails and we will send you one email a week through March 14.

If you’ve signed up for our Tech Series emails, you’re probably already on the “technology is transformative” bandwagon. There is perhaps no industry technology has improved as much as the healthcare industry. Whether you’re tracking your steps with a fitbit, using Youtube as your personal trainer or meditating with your smartphone, there is no limit to how technology can improve our health and wellness. While clicking a button or buying a gadget won’t fix our heart health, using technology can support healthy activities and raise our awareness of our fitness levels and more.

Learn more about Health Tech...

Missed last week's email? Read Tech Series Week 3: Online Privacy

Read Tech Series Week 2: Screen Time and Your Family.

Read Tech Series Week 1: Digital Darien

*Want to learn more about a technology topic and we don't have a book on it? Request a technology book purchase.

Dreadlocks, Rock 'n Roll, & Human Rights

Ron Kipling Williams
Ron Kipling Williams

Sunday, February 21st at 2:30 p.m.

Dreadlocks, Rock ‘n Roll & Human Rights is an autobiographical play about a black youth who rocks and rolls to his own beat and is forced to battle racism, stereotypes and ignorance. It is a thought-provoking tale of a man who struggles against society’s intolerance and fights to create a world of acceptance. The play has received critical acclaim from the Baltimore Sun and was a hit at both 2014 and 2015 Charm City Fringe Festivals, and the 2015 Artscape Festival.

About the performer
Ron Kipling Williams is an award-winning performance artist, poet, human rights activist, teacher, and mentor. His first one man show, If the World Were Like Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids won a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. In addition, he received a Baltimore City African American Male Unsung Hero Award, and a United Workers Human Rights Champion award.

Ron is slated to graduate this spring with an MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. He is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honors Society, the ‘Be the Change’ Advisory Council, and is a Student Fellow with the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Ron has taught Summer Bridge, Writing Composition, and Civic and Community Engagement. For the last seven years, Ron has been volunteering as a voice over recording artist for the Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. He is also the voice for the library’s voice mail system.

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