Magnifier assists readers with vision impairments

Portable Magnifier
Portable Magnifier

 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. 

Learning to Breathe

Ask the Doctors

Doctors4Darien - (l-r) Dr. Brian S. Sheets, Dr. Josephine Velasquez, Dr. Maryann Lehmann, and Dr. Brian P. McKay
Doctors4Darien - (l-r) Dr. Brian S. Sheets, Dr. Josephine Velasquez, Dr. Maryann Lehmann, and Dr. Brian P. McKay

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! 

Mayo Clinic

American Board of Medical Specialties


Medline Plus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Web MD

Genetics Home Reference


The following books are also staff favorites among many in our Body & Soul collection:

Watch What Happens

Real Housewives of New York (Image courtesy of Flickr user STYLEMOM)
Real Housewives of New York (Image courtesy of Flickr user STYLEMOM)


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...)! 

From classics like the Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook , to Teresa's Skinny Italian and Life is Not a Reality Show by Kyle Richards - there is something for every Bravo watcher.

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!

Stress Less

Image courtesy of Flickr user TK_Presse
Image courtesy of Flickr user TK_Presse

This year, make a resolution to stress less - and these articles, websites and books will help you do it!

What Is Stress?

Identify Your Source of Stress

Stress Assessment: Rate Your Stress Level

Stress, Exercise and Positive Environments

Stress Fighting Foods

Managing Job Stress

Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Stress and Anxiety

Also, see what people are saying about stress on Twitter:









Business Books On the Move

Looking to purchase a franchise? Thinking of investing in Exchange Traded Funds? On the prowl for killer marketing tactics? Answers to all of these questions (and many more!) can be found at, the home base for our Business eBook collection.

Darien librarians are always looking for the best e-titles available. If you are looking for something but don't see it in our collection, just let us know. Send your suggestions to In the meantime, have fun browsing the list below, a selection of the most popular business eBooks in our collection.

Company is coming to town!

Few things are more stressful to the holiday host and hostess than getting ready for company. Have no fear, there are some great resources available that will get you through the season with a minimum of anxiety and fuss. offers a handy list of tips, tricks, and hints covering everything from how to care for a live Christmas tree in your home to avoiding problems when shopping online. With a few simple clicks you can sign up for a daily email filled with useful information.

Here at the Library we have a great selection of books that will show you how to make your house shine, not to mention how to take water spots off of crystal goblets (hint, try wiping with a little white vinegar on a soft cloth, gently rinse and dry immediately.)

Sometimes just planning a menu or selecting the right wine can be a challenge. We can help you with that too. Check out our selection of books on wine and entertaining. You're sure to find plenty of easy, fun, and affordable tips for entertaining.

Still feeling a little anxious? Then ask a Librarian-- we're here to help you find exactly what you are looking for! Call 203-669-5236 (the direct line to the Information Desk, always answered when we are open,) email us at, or simply text the keyword AskDL to 66746. 

Image by Flickr user Stonehorse Studios.

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