Minecraft at Darien Library

Darien Library is excited to be hosting its own Minecraft server. If you don't know about it already; Minecraft is an awesome sandbox construction game in which players create and destroy different types of blocks in a 3D environment. Explore new terrain, gather raw materials, create amazing structures, and watch out for Creepers that come out at night!

To join the Darien Library Minecraft server, simply enter the address to join when you open a new game: minecraft.darienlibrary.org. For the latest information, visit Fairfield County Minecraft. Players between ages 8 and 17 are invited to join. 

A few ground rules:

  1. Please don't damage or steal another player's buildings or items.
  2. Please, no profanity when using the chat function.
  3. Please do not use mods while using the server.
  4. No killing of other players on the server.
  5. Have fun!

Video tutorials for how to play Minecraft.


Watch our Flickr stream for more snapshots of the awesome worlds we are building!

If you have any questions or suggestions about Minecraft at the library, ask for a Teen Librarian!

Video Tutorials for Minecrafters

Night time on the Darien Minecraft server
Night time on the Darien Minecraft server

We want to help you play a better game! We know that you may have questions or run into problems while playing Minecraft so we've created a list of videos to help you work through them.

Check out these videos explaining the simple plugins we've enabled to help you with some problems you might experience while crafting.





1) Grief Prevention  

This tutorial shows you how to prevent all forms of grief including theft, spam, and break-ins.  We've installed the Grief Prevention plugin to help.  Grief Prevention stops grief before it starts automatically without any effort from administrators, and with very little effort from players.


2) iConomy

iConomy helps you create a thriving economy on the server.  This plugin allows you to customize every aspect of your currency as well as control supply and demand and hold auctions among other things.


3) Lockette

This plugin allows you to restrict access to the contents in your chests, dispensers, furnaces, and doors.  All you have to do is post a sign directly beside the contatiner you want locked.


4) Simple Spleef

Get your Spleef on!  We've got a spleef arena already set up, build your skills and get spleefing!


5)  Mob Repellent

Repel those angry mobs with Mob Repellent.  Construct repellers that prevent hostile mobs from spawning within a certain distance of your structure.  While it doesnt guarentee mobs won't spawn, it can be helpful!


6) Minecraft Wiki

Wikipedia for Minecraft! For all your Minecrafting needs, Minecraftwiki has all the answers.


7) Darien Library's World Map

Know where you are in the world.  Check out this arial view of the entire Darien Library Minecraft server and see what corners you may not have had a chance to explore yet! 

Know of any other plugins you think we should have?  Do you have any other ideas on how we could improve our Minecraft world here at the library?  Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

Video of 3rd Annual Teen Writing Competition Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to all of our winners! To end our wonderful teen writing competition we invited the teens and there families to join us on March 31st at 2 p.m. in the Library's Community Room for an award ceremony with judges Dulcy Brainard, Melissa Crandall, and Marc Aronson.

Sports-Themed Books

Looking for a good YA book that's sports-themed?  Look no further. 

This comprehensive list was compiled from books found in our collection.  All center on sports-related issues, anywhere from baseball, to basketball, to chess (yes! that is a sport in my book), to snowboarding, to football--with a healthy dose of angst served on the side.



Recommended Reading Cards

Hey Everyone! 

Have you had a chance to stop by the Teen Lounge lately?  For those of you in the know--and for those of you who aren't yet--we now have Recommended Reading Cards hanging from the shelves in the Teen area! 

What exactly are these cards, you ask?  Well, they highlight just a few of the great reads found in our collection that we, as your awesome librarians, think you'd enjoy!  They're also conveniently located on the bookshelves so that if you are struggling to find a new book (or you need one for a book report!) you can flip through any (and all) of the cards to find a read that appeals to you. The cards have been sorted by topics, so make sure you circle the lounge to see what else is there that might catch your eye. 

Recommended reading topics include:

  • Fantasy
  • Self-Esteem
  • Non-Fiction
  • Light, Feel-Good Reads
  • Diary and Journal
  • Friends and Friendship
  • Relationships, Romance, and Forever Friends
  • Mysteries
  • Stories of the Sea

We've tried to cover a variety of topics, but if you feel we've missed something, let us know, and we'll try to add more cards. 

Happy reading!


Teen Bullying Resource and Booklist

(image courtesy of flickr user trix0r)


Just because school breaks for summer doesn't mean bullying will. If you feel like you have been a victim of bullying take a look at these resources, they may be of interest to you.


Check out this video on bullying.This video was provided by Maggie Gordon for the Speak Out Against Bullying Project launched byThe Stamford Advocate. For more imformation and to share your story click here.

The Advice of a High School Senior

I am a senior at Darien High School right now, well at least for 5 more days.  On Friday I graduate and move on with my life and as exciting as this is, it is also extremely frightening.  Next year I will be a freshman at Lafayette College, my top choice.  I have no idea what I am going to major in or what i should do but I do know that whatever I do it has to be what I love.  Here is some advice to those of you who want it:

Specifically for Juniors in High School, get your college essays done this summer.  It may sound really annoying and horrible but trust me, it was the best decision that I made this summer.  If you thought junior year was hard, just wait for the first semester of senior year, your life will get even crazier.  As a first semester senior you will be applying to colleges, finishing up with SATs and ACTs, possibly playing a sport, doing homework (the homework does not calm down right at the beginning of senior year) and trying to remember everything from doctors appointments to writing thank you notes to the teachers who wrote your recommendations.   So even though it might be the last thing you want to do on your summer vacation, do your college essays, you will thank me for it later. 

Another piece of advice is not to stress out over school.  If you do not get into an ivy league college that is fine!  Many of the greatest minds today did not go to an ivy league college, Steve Jobs (the co-founder of Apple) dropped out of college and look where that has gotten him!  For those of you who are not thinking about college yet, do not stress out about your grades.  All anyone wants to see is that you are trying your hardest in school even if you really hate the subject.  

Do not listen to your parents! Well sometimes you need to like if your mom or dad tells you to go clean your bedroom, you should probably listen to them.  If they are stressing you out about your schoolwork and how you need to be perfect, this is when I give you permission to not listen to your parents.  Parents want their children to be perfect in every way: school, sports, the arts, whatever; but what they need to realize is that their child is a ball of perfection anyway.  There is no way that you as a student can be perfect in every aspect and you know it but sometimes your parents need reminding.  I was lucky to have parents who accepted me, they wanted me to do my best and they knew that my best was not on the path of valedictorian or the sports star and they loved me for it.  

That is just a little advice from a senior who does not regret anything about her life.  I am happy just the way that I am, so bring on all the haters.  My last little piece of advice is the same that everyone has been telling you for many years but it should be repeated.  Just be true to yourself and happiness will come. 

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