Registration opens Monday, December 29th
21 Things for 21st Century Parents
Monday, January 12th to Friday, March 13th
An 8-week online course for parents. From Maker culture to wearable technology, and robotics to 3D printing, you will learn about the latest and most influential new technologies. Participate at your own pace by completing mini-assignments (“things”) either online or by attending a program in the Library. The more you participate, the greater your chance of winning our grand prize raffle on Friday, March 13th. Weekly discussion topics will include: eBooks, Maker Culture, Health Tech/Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and Design, Digital Learning, and Robotics.
Tuesday, January 13th at 10am
Do you want to start your own handmade business but are not sure where to begin? Go on a guided online tour with Darien resident and handmade business educator, Jennifer St. Jean. Her sales numbers are in the thousands, and her items are sold in boutiques and at Saks Fifth Avenue. Her online shop is ittybittybag.com.
Friday, January 16th at 6pm
Families will compete in this touchscreen event that will have them racing through the stacks. Teams are welcome to bring their own devices.
Tuesday, January 20th at 5pm
Monday, March 2nd at 5pm
Find out how to read eBooks on your iPhone, Kindle, or other device and play with the Library's iPads, Nooks and other tech gadgets. We will also explore content available through Hoopla, OverDrive, and the 3M Cloud Library.
Thursday, January 22nd from 9:30 to 11:30am
Our children are being referred to as a “Post Human Society” because they are the first generation to be more comfortable with technology than with actual human beings. In this talk, you will learn how to meet this new challenge and how to develop a deeper connection with your teen. This program is co-sponsored by YWCA Parent Awareness.
Tuesday, January 27th at 5pm
Families with children in Grades 3-6: Explore crafting, digital learning, and learn about Maker culture with the children’s librarians as we explore the technique of Fingerknitting. No knitting experience—or knitting needles!—required.
Stay Fit with Wii
Wednesday, February 4th at 5pm
Put on your workout shoes and join us in the Children’s Library for some friendly fitness play featuring active Wii games like Just Dance 2015, Wii Sports, and more.
Film: Terms and Conditions May Apply
Monday, February 9th at 7pm
Saturday, February 21st at 2pm
Have you read the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies on your favorite websites and apps? Of course not. But those agreements allow corporations to do things with your personal information that you could never even imagine. Through interviews with technology thought leaders and futurists, Terms and Conditions documents the slippery slope of internet privacy. NR, 79 minutes.
Declutter Your Digital Self
Tuesday, February 24th 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 and Google Drive.
Thursday, February 26th at 6pm
Pull up a chair, enjoy a cocktail, and learn about the latest and greatest apps for Apple and Android devices.
Online Security Seminar
Wednesday, February 25th at 10am
Thursday, March 5th 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 Wednesday, February 25th
Register for Thursday, March 5th
Senior Moments: Gabbin' With Grandkids
Tuesday, March 3rd at 3pm
Long distance grandparents can stay in touch with new technology like Skype and Apple’s FaceTime. We will show you how to utilize these technologies to read your grandkids a cherished book or just gab about what’s good. Support for Senior Moments is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.
Family LEGO Mindstorms
Saturday, March 7th at 2pm
Families with children in Grades 4-6: Explore robotics by building and commanding your own LEGO Mindstorms robot with a computer.