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Museum Passes

NYC and Connecticut are home to some of the greatest museums in the country. Renaissance masterpieces, visionary modern art, and celebrations of great historical figures are an easy train or car ride away. As part of our continuing dedication to enriching the lives of our patrons, Darien Library is pleased to provide a variety of museum passes that will engage, excite, and inform you in a cultural learning experience.

Spotlight On

The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection is currently hosting Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture. Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), one of the most celebrated and influential portraitists of all time, enjoyed an international career that took him from his native Flanders to Italy, France, and, ultimately, the court of Charles I in London. Van Dyck’s supremely elegant manner and convincing evocation of a sitter’s inner life — whether real or imagined — made him the favorite portraitist of many of the most powerful and interesting figures of the seventeenth century. The show runs from March 2, 2016 through June 5, 2016.

To Check Out a Library Pass
  • You need to live in Darien, work full-time in Darien, or be a Friend at the $300 level
  • Passes may be picked up after 3 p.m. the day before your museum visit and then returned by 10 a.m. the day after. They are not renewable. 
  • Late fines are $10 per day. If a pass is lost, you will need to pay the full replacement cost.
  • Museum passes are very popular, so please cancel your reservation if you can't make it so that another patron can enjoy a visit to the museum. Otherwise, after not picking up two passes, you'll be unable to reserve any museum pass for six months. After that, you'll be able to reserve passes again. 
  • Some passes may not be valid to attend special events at that museum. If you have questions, contact that museum directly.
  • All passes are to picked up and returned to the Welcome Desk.
  • Please call or visit the website of the museum to verify their hours of operation.
  • You may reserve a pass online or call the Welcome Desk at 203-669-5239. Passes may be reserved up to 90 days in advance.
  • You may reserve two passes per month and no more than one at a time per household.

 

Five Minutes with Alan: July 31, 2014

This month, Alan, our Library Director and a Vietnam Conflict Marine Corps veteran, joined Marianne to talk about his five favorite World War II novels. Our theme is "Book Groups Read About War" for August to commemorate the many battles that are reaching a milestone this year. For example, this August is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

To reserve any of these books for your book group, please use the "Request a Book in a Bag" button at darienlibrary.org/bookgroups

Freeze Your Holds While You're On Vacation

Have a great trip this summer!
Have a great trip this summer!

Are you going away on vacation this summer? Lucky you!

Fortunately, just because you're out of town does not mean that you'll miss the item you placed on hold. Just click on My Account then check off the box to the right of your requested item. Then click Update Holds

When you're back, just uncheck the Freeze!

If you need to get your Library fix while you're away, you can pick up an eBook, eMagazine, and movies online!

Jen's Book Recommendations

Jen Dayton

Jen Dayton is our Collection Development Manager (AKA she oversees and plans the direction of our book purchases). Jen is tireless in her search for great  new books which maybe initially flying under your radar. A voracious reader, Jen, has the power to tell you what your next favorite book will be.

 

 

 


You Are What You Read
May 5, 2016

Welcome to the Memorial Day Edition of You Are What You Read.  We made it People.  Break out the coolers, the Solo cups and the white pants! Commence the rejoicing!... Read More

May 5, 2016

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up. ... Read More

May 5, 2016

Greetings and welcome to the Blue Moon Edition of You Are What You Read.  For those keeping score, the Blue Moon is not really depressed or even colored blue, rather it is a rare thing in... Read More

May 5, 2016

Greetings and welcome to the Mother’s Day Edition of You Are What You Read.   We will be taking a break next week, as I will be finishing up 4 days in The Windy City at... Read More

Nice New Book Goodness
Nice New Book Goodness

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up.  Remember that a lot of these items can be found on our new display space behind the Welcome Desk.  Check out the Wonder Wall for 14-Day instant gratification!

Read more
Nice New Book Goodness

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up.  Remember that a lot of these items can be found on our new display space behind the Welcome Desk.  Check out the Wonder Wall for 14-Day instant gratification!

Read more
Nice New Book Goodness

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up.  Remember that a lot of these items can be found on our new display space behind the Welcome Desk.  Check out the Wonder Wall for 14-Day instant gratification!

Read more
New Books December 2015!

On the hunt for something new and exciting?

Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series?

Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the eleventh month of 2015.

For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar!

Click to view the full list

Read more
Five Minutes with Jen

May 2014

March 2014

February 2014

View more of Jen's videos

 

 

Download eMagazines from the Library!

Available on nearly all Internet-enabled devices.
Available on nearly all Internet-enabled devices.

Do you love magazines? Do you wish you could read magazines on the go? Then we have great news for you! 

Darien Library now offers 75 eMagazines which can be read on nearly all Internet-enabled devices. The eMagazines are brought to you through Zinio.  Select titles include: 

  • Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Consumer Reports
  • Economist
  • ESPN the Magazine
  • Harper's Bazaar
  • Martha Stewart Living
  • US Weekly

Start reading eMagazines now!

eMagazines are available for Darien residents, those who work full-time in Darien, and Friends of the Library who have donated $300 or more.

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NPR Bestsellers: Fiction

NPR bestsellers for the week of April 19, 2012.

New York Times Best Sellers: Fiction

Top Ten Hardcover Bestsellers from the New York Times for the week of April 22, 2012.

New York Times Bestsellers: Fiction

Top Ten Hardcover Bestsellers from the New York Times for the week of April 8th

King James Version


Every so often, a young athlete's story is so outstanding that he (or she) starts garnering national attention...like when LeBron James landed on Sports Illustrated's cover as a high school junior back in 2002, labeled as "The Chosen One." Eight years later, he is the premiere superstar in the NBA, but nearly a decade ago in Akron, Ohio, he and four other players comprised what may have been the best high school basketball team of all time.

More Than a Game documents this team and the way each of the five players learns to depend on the others and grow on court and off, including footage all the way back to their junior high years, friendships and tensions, controversy, setbacks, and achievement together. We all know what happened to LeBron, but who were the other four guys who helped him become a household name before he was old enough to vote?

A little more slick than Hoop Dreams, a lot more involving than re-created films "based on the true story," filmmaker Kristopher Belman took a chance when he started documenting the Akron team in 2001 -- there was no way of knowing that the story would be worth telling. Here we have the early days of a future Hall of Famer, the coming of age of five young men, and a compelling piece on sports and high school basketball in our modern culture -- a three pointer!

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