Test Your BRAINS With Zombie Trivia!

Photo courtesy of Paradigm
Photo courtesy of Paradigm

Come to the Teen Lounge this afternoon to enjoy decorating ghoulishly delicious cupcakes while playing a little zombie trivia! Test your knowledge of zombie films, The Walking Dead, as well as how to survive the zombie apocalypse!

Cookie Party!

Unleash your inner artist! Join us in the Teen Lounge at 3:30 p.m. today to decorate sugar cookies. Take some home to your folks, or just eat your delicious creations on the spot. Bring your own milk, though!

Moseying Through the Multiverse

(photo courtesy of San Diego Shooter)
(photo courtesy of San Diego Shooter)

Join Teen Services intern Anna every Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. in the Teen Lounge as she attempts to navigate in the world of Magic the Gathering as its newest Planeswalker. Help Anna (purveyor of black and red magic!) as she tries to figure out when to tap and untap her cards, what an instant is, and when do you battle with a festering newt? Refreshments will be served.

Eliminating Stress and Creating Balance in Your Teen's Life.

(Image Courtesy of Flickr User Mikebaird)
(Image Courtesy of Flickr User Mikebaird)

Tuesday, November 19 at 7 pm (middle and high school panel)

Darien Library and the YWCA Parent Awareness are proud to present a panel for parents of middle and high school students. The panel will feature local mental health experts who will speak to topics that relate to children of that age group. Register below for panel attendance.

The panel will be moderated by Connecticut State Representative Terrie Wood, who represents Darien and Norwalk in the Connecticut House of Representatives. Ms. Wood also serves as the Co-Chair of the Mental Health Working Group of the Gun Violence Bill.

Tuesday, November 19 at 7pm - Middle and High School Panel

Panelists include: Lisa Bunce, MS, RD/N, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Owner, Back-to-Basics Nutrition Consulting, Redding; Christopher M. Bogart, PhD, Executive Director, The Southfield Center for Development, Darien; Phyllis L. Weihs, MS, NCC, NCDF, Psychotherapist Fairfield University; and Eileen Whalen, School Psychologist, Darien High School.

Parents can submit questions for the panelists prior to the event.

In the Library's Community Room. Additional parking is available along Post Road.

Hunger Games Movie Screening

Teens and all! Join us on Monday, November 18th at 3pm for a screening of the The Hunger Games movie before the sequel hits theatres. If you have yet to see this movie, it is a must! Be the first two teens in the community room and score two free tickets to see Catching Fire.

Join the Comic Book Club!

Image courtesy of Marxchivist
Image courtesy of Marxchivist

Are you a fan of caped crusaders, manipulating mutants and villainous vixens? Then come on down to the Teen Lounge every Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m., starting Nov. 1, and become a part of the Library’s Comic Book Club (the first order of business will be coming up with a better name)! Every week we’ll discuss the comics and characters we love (and the ones we love to hate); discover new series, and set about creating our own heroes, arch nemeses and sidekicks. Writers and artists wanted!

Teen Read Week 2013

(photo courtesy of flickr user Powdersville High School)
(photo courtesy of flickr user Powdersville High School)

Teens! October 13th-19th marks Teen Read Week 2013 and to honor that we will waive your fines if you are between the ages of 12-18 years old. All you have to do is check out five or more books during this week and show your reciept to the welcome desk staff. All of your troubles (well...fines) will vanish!

Happy Reading!

Sculpting Class for Teens Ages 12-18

(photo courtesy of flickr user Logan Sturrock)
(photo courtesy of flickr user Logan Sturrock)

Thursday, November 21st at 3:30 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Library.

In collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) teens will enjoy a three hour sculpture class with MoMA educator, Sally Paul. With an introduction showcaseing some of the modern sculptures in MoMA's collection, Sally Paul will highlight different Styles and techniques. Teens will be encouraged to create their own works of art in this very special program. To register contact Teen Librarian, Erica Gauquier at egauquier@darienlibrary.org.

Banned Book Week: Sept 23-27

(image courtesy of flickr user florian.b)
(image courtesy of flickr user florian.b)

Banned Book Week is an annual event hosted to celebrate our freedom to read whatever we want.

Every year hundreds of books are challenged based their content and in extreme cases are pulled from shelves. A recent example in the media recently was Persepolis. Could you imagine if titles like Divergent or Naruto were suddenly taken away because they were banned? Neither can we, so to promote our access to all books the Teen Lounge is hosting Banned Book Movie Nights!

Everyday after school from Sept 23rd-27th there will be a movie in the Teen Lounge @ 3:30pm come join us!

Darien Library to host Fairfield County Minecraft Server

The Central Library
The Central Library


On Saturday, September 7th, we cut the ribbon on the Fairfield County Minecraft Server.  Darien Library is proud to be hosting and managing the server, but this is a multi-town project that is designed to bring Minecrafters in the region together in a safe and creative environment.  Libraries currently participating are Darien, Westport, Wilton, and Norwalk.


The new server features a common spawn-point where all players can gather and socialize--the Central Library.  From there, you can teleport to your town's very own world where you are free to mine, build, and craft to your heart's content.  Curious about what kids from other towns are up to?  You're free to visit their worlds, but you can only build in your own world--the same goes for everyone else.  Worried about griefing? We've got it covered.  The server will be running many of the popular plugins you're used to including Grief Prevention (so that you can claim areas to build upon) and Core Protect, so that if someone does mess with your stuff, we'll know who it was and we can roll back the changes.  If you want to play, bring in your library card and tell us your player name and we'll add you to the server!


We've conceptualized this server from the beginning to be a safe environment for kids and teens.  Before players can use the server, they'll need to come in to the library and present their library card and tell us their player name.  They will then be granted access to the server and given permission to build in their hometown world.  We will know who each player is and how to get in touch with them should an issue arise.  Safety and fun are our top priorities!

To Get Started:

Come in to the library, ask to be added to the server and get online.  To connect, start Minecraft, click on multiplayer and add a new server.  You can call it Fairfield County Minecraft and use fcminecraft.org as the server address.

We look forward to building with you!  Dig on!

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