Family Digital Scavenger Hunt

Participants from one of our famous Family Scavenger Hunts!
Participants from one of our famous Family Scavenger Hunts!

Friday, February 19th at 6 p.m.

Do you know Darien Library? Families will compete in this touchscreen event that will have them racing through the stacks. The winning team will receive a prize!


Register Online (Family Program).

Tech Series Week 4: Wearable Health Tech (Continued)

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

Continued from here.


Resound adds smartphone technology to a tiny tech gadget that has been around for decades: hearing aids. Users are able to connect and control their hearing aid directly through their phone, allowing the device to be less obtrusive. Temp Traq is a soft, wearable thermometer. Instead of waking your sick child to place a cold rod under their tongue, Temp Traq allows you to monitor a child’s temperature for up to 24 hours. All they need is a little sticker under their arm and the data is transferred directly to an app on your smartphone.

While tech can certainly make our lives a little easier, it can also make them safer. Did you know both Samsung and iPhones have emergency features? iPhone users are able to set up a Medical ID, allowing medical personnel access to information about personal allergies, blood type, emergency contacts and more. Samsung Galaxy users are able to establish Safety Assistance, a feature that pings emergency contacts, sends a mapped location of where you are, and sends immediate photos, all at the click of a button.

Even in the past year, it’s amazing to think of the progress the health industry has made in terms of technology. What will the future hold?

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

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

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.

Open T|E|A Rooms in February

T|E|A Room Tuesdays are held Tuesday afternoons from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and are open to children in Grades 3 to 6.

No registration necessary!

 

 

Feb 16 - Board Game Making

Feb 23  - Hovercraft

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.

Tech Series Week 3: Online Privacy

Photo by One Way Stock Photos / CC BY-ND 2.0
Photo by One Way Stock Photos / CC BY-ND 2.0

Continued from here.

New vocabulary like Malware and Phishing might throw us for a loop, and it is overwhelming to stay on top of such changing trends. Resources like Lifehacker and GeekWire can easily be followed on Facebook or Twitter for useful tips and tricks.

Consumer Reports online offers a pretty comprehensive list of resources on their Guide to Internet Safety. Relevant topics such as creating safe passwords and new terms of service on social media are addressed. Also on everyone's minds this time of year is guarding against tax season identity theft.

For families, starting a conversation about internet safety with your kids early is key. Questions like how do I enable parental controls, or is my child posting inappropriately can burden us as parents. Common Sense Media has taken many thoughts and concerns of parents, organized them by age, and provided suggestions.

Navigating this new digital landscape is a challenge for everyone, but seeking out learning opportunities (like the Tech Series!) will help to equip us all moving forward.

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

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

Tech Series Week 3: Online Privacy

Photo by One Way Stock Photos / CC BY-ND 2.0
Photo by One Way Stock Photos / CC BY-ND 2.0

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

Perhaps you have seen the 2010 film Catfish, or have recently been the victim of identity theft in your household?

The world is changing rapidly, and as we become a more connected society we should be aware of how to inform and protect ourselves online. Life has become a whole lot more convenient, and most tasks can be incorporated into your mobile device, but that convenience is not without its troubles.

Learn more about Online Privacy...

Missed last week's email? 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.

New Children's Books: February 2016

Groundhog Day is February 2nd
Groundhog Day is February 2nd

On the hunt for something new and exciting?

Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series?

Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the first month of 2016.

For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar!

Black History Month Laser Tribute & Film Festival

Black History Month Laser Tribute & Film Festival
Black History Month Laser Tribute & Film Festival

Celebrate Black History Month with us!

Black History Month Laser Tribute

Tuesday, February 16th from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

Celebrate some of the profound contributions of African-Americans in an exciting new way. Part history lesson and part uplifting musical revival, the Black History Laser Tribute is an unforgettable experience for students of all ages. Grades K and up.

*Due to the nature of light shows and the need for a dark room, we kindly ask that attendees plan on staying for the show's entirety.

Black History Month Film Festival 

Thursday, February 18th at 2 p.m.: The Wiz

Rated G. 135 minutes.

Ease on down the yellow-brick road with The Wiz. Relive all of the magic of this beloved musical. Open.  All Ages.

 

Friday, February 19th at 2 p.m.: Duke Ellington and other stories

NR 70 minutes

Celebrate African American History with short stories by award winning author and illustrators.
Open.  All Ages.

Monday Minecraft Mania

Minecrafters unite!
Minecrafters unite!

Monday, February 15th from 2 to 4 p.m.

Join us as we present challenges to build and collaborate within the Minecraft program. We'll be logged in to the Children's Library's accounts, ready to play! 

Grades 2-6, open.

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