Author Visit: Cece Bell

Cece Bell and her Newbery Honor winning Graphic Novel El Deafo
Cece Bell and her Newbery Honor winning Graphic Novel El Deafo

Monday, October 5th from 5 to 6 p.m.

Ages 8 and up

Join us to meet Newbery Honor winner Cece Bell as she talks about her New York Times bestselling graphic novel memoir EL DEAFO.  Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.

This is a unique chance to connect with a major publishing talent and an opportunity for everyone to think closely about their own growing up experience.

Check out one of Cece Bell's books before the big day!

Open - no registration necessary. Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes before the program. In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Celebrate Banned Books Week: September 27 - October 3

Each year, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) promotes awareness of challenges to library materials. Banned Books Week serves as an opportunity for librarians to educate readers of all ages about their choice to read whatever they want, free from censorship. Take a look at this list of books that the library owns that have been challenged or banned by parents, teachers, and students alike. 

Learn more about Banned Books Week.

Fall II Storytime Registration: Open Monday October 5th

Read with us!
Read with us!

Registration for the Fall II 2015 storytime lottery opens Monday, October 5th, 2015 and runs through Monday, October 19th. Registration is a lottery, and notification will be Saturday, October 24th. Storytimes will begin the week of Monday, October 26th, 2015.

Fall II (Six weeks)
Register: Monday 10/5 - Monday 10/19
Session: Monday 10/26 - Friday 12/4

For Storytime Guidelines and more information about offerings, visit the Storytimes page.

We will also have some great open programs on the schedule as well, like Baby Laptime and Toddler Tales!

Fall into Art 2015 is coming!

Fall into Art is our bi-annual autumn arts series in which we invite artists, museums, and each other to celebrate art. This year we will host an event with MoMA, and are proud to welcome visits by Cece Bell, author/illustrator of the Newbery Medal Honor winning book El Deafo, famed graphic novelist Kazu Kibuishi, and a host of other notable authors and musicians. 

The series is a mix of registered and open (no registration required) programs for all ages. Registration for the Registered programs (asterixed programs) begins September 14. Registration will be first come, first serve.

Click here to see the full lineup of author visits, art workshops, and craft parties!

Early literacy text messages from your librarians

We know you’re busy! We also know your little one is growing up fast and you want to make sure you’re helping them gain early literacy skills. So, why don't you sign up for our weekly early literacy texts to get easy tips sent right to your phone? It’s totally free (though standard messaging rates apply), and is a service of Darien Library. Your librarians will send a text every Monday with something simple you can integrate into your daily life that will help prepare your child (under 5 years old) for reading and writing.

Text messages will begin the first day of Registered Storytimes and last for the duration of the session.

Sign up below!

The Nitty Gritty:

For parents of children 5 years or younger.

Unsubscribe easily. Just respond to 313131 with the word “STOP” and we will take you off the list!

It’s free, but your mobile plan’s regular text messaging and data rates apply.

To sign up, you need a mobile phone with a U.S. number able to receive text messages.

Sign up for Early Literacy Texts from Darien Library


Rain or Shine: Video Game Bus at Darien Library


Friday, October 2nd from 3 to 9 p.m.

The video game bus is rolling up to Darien Library for 6 fun-filled hours of video games, pizza, and candy for tweens and teens ages 10-18.
The bus will be parked in front of the Library. Pizza, candy, and refreshments will be served. We will also have outdoor games in the courtyard available for double the fun! If you're looking for even more fun please stay and join us for the Friday Night Film. After you've gamed your little heart sit back and enjoy the goodness of The Fault in Our Stars at 6:30 PM and 8:45 PM.

This program is currently full.

Author Visit: Kazu Kibuishi

Kazu Kibuishi and Amulet, his best-selling graphic novel series
Kazu Kibuishi and Amulet, his best-selling graphic novel series

Friday, October 16th from 4 to 5 p.m.

Ages 8 and up

Kazu Kibuishi, the author of the highly successful graphic novel series Amulet, will discuss his artistic process and experience. Most recently, Kazu has been chosen to illustrate the new covers for the paperback re-issues of the Harry Potter series.

Check out one of Kazu Kibuishi's books before the big day!

Open - no registration necessary. Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes before the program. In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Early Literacy Tip: Why all the rhymes and songs?

Lots and lots of rhyming and singing goes down in our storytimes. Regardless of if you think your voice is amazing or terrible, singing with your little one is super important to their early literacy development.

Rhymes and songs teach children about the different parts of words. When you sing, the note often changes on syllables, and singing is a fun and cooperative way to learn about language. Rhymes show that different words can have the same endings. When children can discriminate different sounds in language, they will have a much easier time learning to read - and, songs have lots of "rich words" (exciting vocabulary words), another strong indicator of literacy skills.

Darien Library Rhymes from Darien Library on Vimeo.

For more information, see these resources:


HTML Coding for kids: Waitlist Available

We will explore coding using HTML.

Tuesdays, October 6th,13th, 20th and 27th at 4:30pm-5:30pm.

Ages 9-12.

This class is full, but you may sign up for the waitlist here.