We had HOW many visitors?

Saturday, January 10, 2009 was a banner day! 

The NEW Darien Library opened with visitors galore!  The children's library game to guess the number of people was a smashing draw.  We had over 100 guesses, and one was pretty close. 



Question: How many visitors came to the Darien Library on opening day?


Answer: 7,200

A sixth grader guessed 7,100 and won a gift card prize.

Truly amazing; we can't thank you enough for making the Library such an awesome place!


 photo courtesy of flickr user Dave-F


Parent Favorite: Classic and Modern FUNNY STORIES (a Booklist)

Did you grow up laughing along with books like Homer Price and Mr. Popper's Penguins?  Check out these modern read-alikes that will have you and your child busting a gut!

The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by Daniel Pinkwater

Stinky: A Toon Book

by Eleanor Davis




by Andrew Clements










The Talented Clementine

by Sara Pennypacker

Double Trouble in Walla Walla

by Andrew Clements

The Legend of Spud Murphy

by Eoin Colfer











For advanced readers with a refined sense of irony, try Richard Peck's The Teachers Funeral and Here Lies the Librarian

GIRL READS: A Booklist for Upper Elementary Girls


Click the attachment for the list! 

DIY Halloween Costumes

Make-your-own costumes...what comes to mind?  Sewing, elaborate, taking lots of time?  It doesn't always have to be that way, right?! 

Many costumes can start with a sweatshirt or a box.  My favorite costume was in 4th grade; I was a pair of dice with my friend Kerry.  She and I painted the boxes, pasted on paper dots, and wore tights and a turtleneck.

Some DIY costume links:

A Seattle Times article, that links to FamilyFun and parents.com, so we might as well too!  FamilyFun also has creepy cuisine

A Baltimore Sun article with lots of links

About.com has costumes and family crafts too

HGTV has 3 minute video clips that include no-sew costumes and toddler costumes


Some DIY costume books for kids and adults:


Nutmeg Intermediate Book Group

The Nutmeg Book Group discusses this year's Intermediate (Grades 4 to 6) Nutmeg nominees.  The Nutmeg Book Award is Connecticut's children's choice award.  Here's the fall schedule. 

- Tuesday, September 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. We'll be discussing MVP* Magellan Voyage Project by Douglas Evans.

- Wednesday, October 22 from 6 to 7 p.m. We'll be discussing Eager by Helen Fox

Register for each date.  Registration begins Tuesday, September 2. Copies of the books are available for check out in the Children's Room.

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