Library Closed for Memorial Day

Photo courtesy of Flickr user PS-OV-ART Patty Sue O'Hair-Vicknair, Artist
Photo courtesy of Flickr user PS-OV-ART Patty Sue O'Hair-Vicknair, Artist

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observation of Memorial Day. We will be open our normal hours on Saturday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (1 to 5 p.m.).  

Did you know...

Next door to the Library is the Spring Grove Cemetery for State Veterans which is home to over two thousand soldiers. You can find an online listing of these soldiers or check out the book, State Veterans Cemetery at Spring Grove Cemetery Darien, Connecticut: Listing of All Soldiers. Between 1864 and 1940, Darien was home to the Fitch Home for Soldiers and their Orphans  started by Darien resident and philanthropist, Benjamin Fitch. Thousands of soldiers and orphaned children spent years of their lives at the Home.

Darien Library to Launch New Website and Catalogue System June 1st

A sneak peek at the new catalog
A sneak peek at the new catalog

Darien Library is pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of its new website on June 1, 2016. The new website is designed to be a user-centric portal to library events, services, and materials. The new website will launch with SOPAC3, Darien Library’s ground-breaking new catalog system.

The new website overlaps with the catalog and provides a feature-rich patron account experience that includes integrations with the website’s event calendar. Users will be able to register and RSVP for events and keep track of their library activities from their profile screen. The system now also seamlessly includes both physical and digital checkouts on the account page, giving users the information and tools necessary to manage all of their circulation activity. Users are given direct control over their checkout histories and will now have the ability to maintain a wish list of items from the catalog they may want in the future. Numerous other features have been introduced, such as integration with Darien Library’s eCommerce system, Envisionware, so that users can now check their account balance in addition to their fines and fees.

The new system introduces linked accounts. Linked accounts allow family members to link to other family members’ cards so that they can, for example, conveniently see what their children have checked out without having to log in separately. This is a feature that was designed and introduced as a result of direct patron feedback. We believe this will make the web experience for parents and caregivers much easier.

Darien Library has adopted a completely new paradigm when it comes to the new catalog interface. SOPAC3 abandons the bibliographic record level search and uses its own works level concordance at the discovery layer. From a user experience perspective, this is a game changer because it organizes all content types for a title into a single record. No longer will a user see one record for a book, another record for large type, a record for each ebook vendor, and yet another for audiobook. They will see one result with a simple, easy-to-use interface to select the format of their choice. E-Content from Overdrive and Bibliotheca (formerly 3M) can be checked out or placed on hold directly from the catalog with a single click. Work views feature a “look inside” option for previewing titles as well as embedded audio excerpts. Integrated book recommendations are powered by Zola Books’ “Bookish Recommends”.

The website has been designed to be clean and responsive so that it may be viewed on mobile devices. The new website has been in planning for several years and in active development since October 2015. Design decisions were influenced primarily by direct member feedback. The User Experience department at Darien Library wants the new site to feel natural, be a pleasure to use, and become a seamless companion to the library experience.

Librarians to visit...Your Schools!

The Children's and Teen Librarians get ready for the DARIEN OLYMPIANS Summer Reading Program
The Children's and Teen Librarians get ready for the DARIEN OLYMPIANS Summer Reading Program

It's that time of year again!

The Children's Librarians are gearing up to visit YOUR schools during the month of May and early June. We will be visiting each and every student that attends elementary and middle school in Darien. During our visits, we will share exclusive details about our Summer Reading program and reveal top-secret booklists that we have been working on for months! The dates of each of our visits are below.

May 11th & June 9th: Pear Tree Point

May 12th: Ox Ridge

May 18th & 19th: Holmes

May 24th, 25th, and 26th: Royle

May 31st, June 1st, and 2nd: Hindley

June 6th: MMS

June 7th & 8th: Tokeneke

Darien Olympians Summer Reading

Designed by Miss Lisa
Designed by Miss Lisa

This summer, become the hero or heroine of your own story!

Children of all ages can sign up in the Children’s Library or on the website at Registration begins Monday, June 6, 2016.

Registration Raffle: If you register for Summer Reading between June 6 and June 16, you will be entered into this special raffle for a BB-8™ robot. We’ll draw a winner on Friday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m.



A Gift That Pays Dividends: Launch Kids' Financial Security

Wednesday, June 1st at 7 p.m.

How can you leverage tax-free gifts into substantial nest eggs for kids and grandkids? In this presentation, Julie Jason will discuss tax-free gifting. If you want to start the young people in your family on the right track toward financial security, there is no better way than through a short-term gifting program that leverages time.

Attendees will learn:

• The mechanics of setting up an account for a child
• How to gift to the account
• How to research investments that will appreciate over the long-term
• How to manage risk
• How to teach kids to take advantage of time

About the presenter
Julie Jason
, JD, LLM, Chief Investment Officer, Jackson, Grant Investment Advisers, Inc. Stamford, CT, is the author of "Managing Retirement Wealth: An Expert Guide to Personal Portfolio Management in Good Times and Bad" and "The AARP Retirement Survival Guide: How to Make Smart Decisions in Good Times and Bad.”

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