The 2011-2012 Darien Library departmental annual reports:

Adult Programming

Darien Library hosts over 400 programs each year for over 18,500 adults. We aim to be your destination for intriguing author conversations, thought-provoking guest lectures, toe-tapping concerts, and films that stay with you all weekend.

Children's Library

The Children's Library serves children from birth to twelve years of age, as well as their parents and caregivers. Each week we provide an average of 20 to 25 programs to the community including 16 storytimes per week. Our most celebrated initiative was the arrival of the Early Literacy iPad Kits. Each kit includes an iPad 2 pre-loaded with librarian selected apps and eBooks as well as information resources on early literacy for parents and caregivers.

Knowledge & Learning Services

The Knowledge and Learning Services Department is the reference arm of the Library, specializing in finding you the information you need when you need it. Our staff works to provide you the best available online resources, with an emphasis on tools for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and investors. For bigger projects, we offer one-on-one research assistance, matching your needs with a librarian's information expertise. This year we became a FamilySearch Library, providing in-depth access to the largest genealogical collection in the world.

Materials Management

The Materials Management Department orders, receives, and oversees cataloging and processing of all the new items which come in to the Library. Last year we handled over 26,000 new items which were added to the Library’s collection of books, audio books, DVDs, video games, and magazines. Matman is also responsible for re-shelving all the returned items. In a typical day, 1500 items are returned through our state of the art materials handling system which automatically checks in the items and sorts them in to bins and carts. Matman’s shelving staff manages the system and gets all the returns back on the shelves quickly and in good order.

Readers' Advisory

The Readers' Advisory department, the first people you see when you walk in the front door, specializes in helping patrons just the right book. With over 75 years of experience in recommending books and twice as many years of reading, we're always excited to answer the eternal question: "What should I read next?"

Teen Services

The Teen Lounge offers a wide range of young adult literature divided up by genre for simple browsing for readers ages 12-18. Whether looking for a good book, some friendly competition, or just a nice place to catch up with friends our teen services department has something for everyone. Supplied with all the newest gaming consoles and our own Minecraft server, the Teen Lounge is sure to meet Darien teens’ gaming needs.

UX Department

We are a three-member team that specializes in managing the library's technology, website, social media, and discovering new ways to make your visit to Darien Library a better experience. In the past year, we increased our server efficiency by over 700% and reduced power consumpation by 80%. We will begin virtualizing desktop computers throughout the Library. Our big project for the 2011-2012 year was the opening of the Digital Media Lab. In the coming year we are looking at ways to bring real-time information to the web.