Photo/design courtesy of Jess Craig
Photo/design courtesy of Jess Craig

Registration opens Monday, December 23rd.

21 Things for 21st Century Parents

Monday, January 6th to Friday, March 7th

An 8-week online course for parents. From Twitter and Instagram to maker culture and apps, you will learn about the latest and most influential new technologies. Participate at your own pace by completing mini-assignments (“things”) online for the chance to win weekly raffle prizes. Participants will also have opportunities to meet each week in person and take hands-on classes. Topics will include Ebooks and Devices, Facebook and Twitter, Maker Culture, Gaming, Blogging, Apps, and Photosharing.

Register online here


Monday Matinee TED Talks 

Monday, January 6 and 27 at 11am: Kids and Technology
Monday, February 10 and 24 at 11am: Communication

Grab a coffee on us and enjoy three 10-15 minute TED Talk videos. TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting “Ideas Worth Spreading.” The TED Talks will also be posted online to view at home.


Etsy 101 Workshop

Friday, January 10 at 10am

Are you crafty? If you've ever thought about opening your own online store, Etsy may be the place to start.  It's the world's most vibrant marketplace for buying and selling handmade or vintage items.  Learn how to run an Etsy shop from Jennifer St. Jean of the Itty Bitty Bag Company.

Register online here


Family Tech Night

Tuesday, January 14 at 5pm

How do you read eBooks on your iPhone, Kindle, or other device? Find out the answers to these and more and have fun playing with the Library’s iPads, Nooks, and other tech gadgets. We will also explore content available from Hoopla, OverDrive, 3M Cloud Library, and Zinio.


Understanding Your Tween's Online World: Apps and Games

Tuesday, January 21 at 9:30am

Tweens are living in a social media world, using Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Vine, and Minecraft. As a parent do you feel that you are losing control over your child’s world? Do you know all the functions and risks of these apps and games? Explore the latest social apps and games with Nancy Sheed, a social media strategist and online manager and trainer, and Darien Library’s own John Blyberg, Assistant Director for Innovation and User Experience. Co-sponsored by YWCA Parent Awareness.


Online Security Seminar

Thursday, January 30 at 9:30am
Thursday, February 13 at 6pm

Our online world can be daunting — how do we keep ourselves and our families safe from identity theft, computer viruses, and online predators? Come learn tips from our tech savvy librarians about how to protect your computer, accounts, and self online.

Register for the seminar on January 30 at 9:30am

Register for the seminar on February 13 at 6pm


App Chats

Thursday, January 30 at 4:15pm: Homework Apps
Thursday, March 6 at 4:15pm: Apps for All Ages

Pull up a chair and learn about the latest and greatest apps for Apple and Android devices.


Tumblr Workshop

Tuesday, February 4 at 10am

What is the Tumblr community and how can parents benefit from joining? Learn how to set up your own Tumblr account, find users to follow, and discuss Tumblr vocabulary such as “reblogging.”

Register online here


Declutter Your Digital Self

Wednesday, February 26 at 12pm

Is your desktop hard to navigate? Do you want to understand how to better manage your digital self? Come and learn about methods for de-cluttering your hard drive and backing up your files through Cloud programs like Dropbox or Google Drive.

Register online here


Family Digital Scavenger Hunt

Friday, March 7 at 6:30pm

Families will compete in this touchscreen event that will have them racing through the stacks. Teams are welcome to bring their own devices.

Register online here


Tweet Ups

Thursday, February 6 at 10am: Favorite Blogs
Tuesday, March 4 at 10am: Favorite Apps

Join the conversation from the comfort of your own home or from the Children’s Library. Using the social networking platform Twitter and the hashtag #DLTweetUp, you are invited to chat with the librarians and other parents.