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Saturday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m.
Darien Library Courtyard

This year our 7th Annual Gala celebrates Food Truck Frenzy with the arrival of four local food trucks. Enjoy dinner from LobsterCraft, Bounty (gourmet sliders and fries), Wood Fired Pizza, and dessert from The Buzz Truck. We'll also be serving cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as you join in the fun with our silent and live auctions. The Gala is sponsored by Darien Rowayton Bank. 

Purchase your tickets online. All funds raised from the event will be dedicated to expanding library resources, including purchasing new books, technology, and supporting programs and guest speakers. Which author will join us in the coming year? By attending the gala, you'll be mingling with your friends and neighbors, and bringing new resources and speakers to the Library in the coming year. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Film Screening and Discussion: 'Tapped'

Thursday, April 2nd at 7 p.m.

Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig's debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.

From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.

From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water.

This program is cosponsored with The Darien Land Trust, Darien Nature Center, and Greenwich Audubon.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Register for TEA Room Classes in April

Get STEAMed up with us in the TEA Room
Get STEAMed up with us in the TEA Room

Calling all makers! Registration is still open for some of our March and April TEA Room classes. Register today!

Light Painting

Tuesday, April 14th at 4:15pm

Make a light painting with a flashlight and a dark room. Grades 5 to 6.

Gelatin Art Prints

Tuesday, April 28th at 4:15pm

Using sheets of gelatin, intrepid printmakers will get to experiment with this unique medium and design art prints. Grades 5 to 6.

To register and learn about these classes and more, visit the TEA Room's Classes page.

Introducing 100 Before One: A Program for Babies in their First Year

Register Today
Register Today

The Children’s Library invites all parents of newborns to join the 100 Before One challenge. Help your baby become a lifelong reader by joining the challenge and reading 100 books before your baby’s first birthday. As related recently in a New York Times article, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reading to infants starting from birth to aid in brain development and vocabulary growth.

Parents that register their babies for 100 Before One will receive a free tote bag, booklists, a DVD of baby rhymes, a Highlights baby magazine, and a folder to keep track of the books your child has heard.  After reading and listening to 25 books of your choice, parents return to Darien Library to receive their next blank list of 25 to fill in.

Upon completion of the program, your baby will get to go home with a prize courtesy of the Library.

 

After reading and listening to 25 books of your choice, parents return to Darien Library to receive their next blank list of 25 to fill in. Need book ideas? We have a booklist full of suggestions for your and your baby

Join the 100 Before One challenge to help your baby become a lifelong reader. Happy Reading!

Meet Us On Main Street

It was a heavy day - Alan and Janet presented to the Meet Us On Main Street group and between the two of them, they covered the giant span of histories: literary philosophies after WWII, the dust bowl and the havoc it wrought, and again, the dawn of man of which the group can't stop talking about.  The books were big, fat things and the content dense.  But knowing that light and airey reading for pure entertainment is also greatly appreciated, Alan and Janet also brought fantastic thrillers, well-written realistic fiction, and a hysterically funny memoir about a homesick nanny beset with troublesome children in London.  And would spring be spring, if we did not have some re-invention, improve oneself, kind of books (highlights from our Business Book Group series last year) to help shed all those bad winter habits.  Of course not, so Alan brought a dose of those as well.   The final 9 entries are suggested reads the group has enjoyed.  Go forth into Spring, the list begins below: 

 

 

Meet the Author: Michael Paterniti

Michael Paterniti
Michael Paterniti

Thursday, April 9th at 7 p.m.

Michael Paterniti, author of Love and Other Ways of Dying, will be our featured speaker.

Here are a few things Michael Paterniti does in Love And Other Ways Of Dying: drive across America with Albert Einstein’s brain in the trunk of his rental car, floating in a Tupperware container; eat François Mitterrand’s last meal (including the little songbird) in a rustic dining room in France; pick apples (and face mortality) with a real-life, eight-foot giant in the remote Ukrainian countryside; confront a distraught jumper on a “suicide bridge” in Nanjing, China and witness, firsthand, the ways in which the racial divide turns neighbor against neighbor in Dodge City, Kansas. He delves with heartbreaking detail into the aftermath of a plane crash off the coast of Nova Scotia, an earthquake in Haiti, and a tsunami in Japan— and, in searing swirls of language, unearths the complicated, hidden truths these moments of extremity teach us about our ability to endure, and to love.

About the Author

Michael Paterniti is a journalist, an essayist, and the bestselling author of Driving Mr. Albert and The Telling Room, named one of the best books of the year by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and The Christian Science Monitor. Nominated for the National Magazine Award eight times, he is also the recipient of an NEA grant and two MacDowell Fellowships. His stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Harper’s, Outside, Esquire, and GQ, where he works as a correspondent. He is the co-founder of a children’s storytelling center (www.tellingroom.org) in Portland, Maine, where he lives with his wife and their three children.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

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