For further information about our local treasure, Long Island Sound:
To teach children about waterlife where the river meets the sea, have fun with this interactive game from NOAA!
The countdown has begun! On April 2, 2012, the National Archives will release the 1940 Census and provide free, digital access through their website: 1940census.archives.gov. You will be able to search, browse and download the census directly from your home computer. Yes, there really is a countdown as well!
Why now? There is a 72-year privacy law which prevents the public use of census records. This census was originally taken on April 1, 1940, so now the information can officially be released.
Check out this short video by the National Archives, which gives a great introduction describing why the 1940 Census is so important.
The National Archives suggests that you prepare ahead of time by making a list of people you may want to look up, and then locating their addresses so you will be able to search by enumeration district. They have provided detailed instructions on how to get ready.
Also, don’t miss a presentation at the Darien Library on March 17th by Christopher Zarr, an Education Specialist at the National Archives. This event is co-sponsored by the Middlesex Genealogical Society. Click here for more info!
A brief collection of books and websites that will help you achieve a healthy, nutritious lifestyle.
The Library is expanding its offering of services for patrons with varying levels of visual impairments. Last year, the Library received a substantial capital gift – the Anne R. Ferguson Large Print Book Fund – which increased the quantity and quality of our large print collection.
In addition, the gift made it possible to purchase a portable magnifier, which magnifies texts onto a 7-inch screen. The new tool is extremely easy to use, and can assist readers in several different ways.
"The state-of-the-art magnifier both illuminates and magnifies," said Sally Ijams, head of knowledge and learning services at Darien Library. "You can either place them on the document or you can hold them and follow them with a little camera."
If you’re interested in using the new gadget during research or while reading for pleasure, ask about them at the reference desk.
Overwhelmed? Take a deep breath and check out our favorite books and websites to help you find your inner calm:
Below you will find our most highly recommended medical websites - used by doctors, patients, and of course librarians! These, as well as other resources, can also be found on our Health page. You can always Ask Us for more info too!
The following books are also staff favorites among many in our Body & Soul collection:
Do you Watch What Happens? We've rounded up all of the Bravolebrity and Cheftestant books we could find, and put them on display (on display, on display...)!
And stay tuned for Andy Cohen's memoir, "Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture" - coming out in May!
Are we missing your favorite Bravolebrity's book? You can post on our Facebook wall, tweet us @darienlibrary, or text the keyword "AskDL" to 66746. Or, to talk to a real live librarian, give us a call at 203-669-5236!
For new insights into chronic diseases and alternative treatments, take a look at these recommended websites and books listed below.
Need more information? Just Ask Us!
This year, make a resolution to stress less - and these articles, websites and books will help you do it!
Also, see what people are saying about stress on Twitter: