For the Makers

Salt Water Powered Cars!
Salt Water Powered Cars!

Wednesday, November 25th 3:30pm

Location: Teen Lounge 

Come join us for a special For the Makers program featuring Salt Water Powered Cars! Learn how to construct the cars and watch them go when salt water is applied!

Hour of Code for Teens

Hour of Code - HTML Monday, December 7th

During one week in December Darien kids and teens will learn code for one hour a day. This session will teach teens how to code with an introduction to JavaScript and Python.

Click here to register. Sign up begins 12/1

Mockingjay Part 1 Movie Screening

Mon, November 16th at 3 p.m. 

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room

Join us for a special Movie Monday complete with a private screening of Mockinjay part 1 before part 2 is release on the 20th. We will be enjoying a variety of popcorn flavors and other snacks. Ages 12 and up.

Hunger Games Trivia and Archery Contest

Wednesday, November 18th from 4pm to 5pm

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room

Do you have what it takes to wield a bow like Katniss, turn bread into art like Peeta and become a trivia champion? Join us for snacks and prizes leading up to the release of the final Hunger Games movie. May the odds be ever in your favor. Ages 12 and up.

Banned Books Week 2015

Drama by Raina Telgemeier was challenged in Texas last year.
Drama by Raina Telgemeier was challenged in Texas last year.

Did you know that the majority of books that are challenged or banned are for young adults?

This week the American Library Association puts on their annual celebration of our right to read. The ability to choose what we want to read (free of judgement) ensures that everyone has similar rights. That includes teens!

This year the library's teen and children's librarians are showcasing some of your favorite books that were recently challenged in states across the country.

The Washington Post recently wrote a piece on Banned Books Week, sharing why sometimes people challenge books. If you have any questions about why the public library is against censorship, ask teen librarian, Erica Gauquier.

Are you a Comics fan? Read about challenges to comics from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

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.

2014 Alex Award Winners and the 2015 Nominees!

Photo courtesy of ALA
Photo courtesy of ALA

Check out the 2014 Alex Award Winners and the 2015 nominees!

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing.
The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998. The titles were selected by the YALSA Adult Books for Young Adults Task Force from the previous year's publishing and were part of the Adult Books for Young Adults Project, which explored the role of adult books in the reading lives of teenagers and was funded by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust. Edwards was a young adult specialist for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to librarians who serve young adults. With the approval of the Trust, the task force appointed to develop and implement the project named the awards the Alex Awards after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.

The task force decided to select ten titles annually, and also decided to select a top ten list rather than a single title or a long list because of the popularity of the concept and because it parallels the Top Ten titles selected by the Best Books for Young Adults and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers committees. The task force members also believed that selecting more than one book provided a greater variety of titles, whereas a longer list would be less selective than desired. A top ten list also allows for a more balanced list—fiction and nonfiction, as well as various genres. The task force also wanted to make diversity a priority in the lists.

In 2002 the Alex Awards were approved as an official ALA award, and the Task Force was superseded by the Alex Awards Committee.

Music in the Stacks: Upbeat

Upbeat in the Library
Upbeat in the Library

Sunday, August 16th at 5 p.m.

Upbeat is composed of a group of young musicians with a passion for music. Originally coming together to play jazz in high school, and evolving since then by sharing music with greater communities. Their mission remains the same, to spread their love of music through the preservation of jazz. Come enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres while listening to the smooth tunes of Upbeat in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Music in the Stacks: Birdwalk

(Image Courtesy of Facebook)
(Image Courtesy of Facebook)

Sunday, July 26th at 5 p.m.

Birdwalk describes themselves as an energetic amalgam of soulful improv and technical precision, focusing on the world of live music. Bandmates John, Trevor, and Brandon met at the School of Rock in New Canaan and have been playing and writing together ever since. They take influence from Jimi Hendrix, Phish, and Frank Zappa. Come enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres while listening to the chill tunes of Birdwalk in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. 

Check out Birdwalk's music here.

2015 Teen Summer Reading

2015 Brochure
2015 Brochure

Teen Summer Reading 2015
All programs are held in the Teen Lounge unless otherwise noted.
Refreshments provided at all programs.

Each time you borrow items from Darien Library this summer, save your checkout receipt. For every 10 items checked out, we will enter you in a raffle to win an awesome prize at the Finale Party.

*Teen Summer Reading Programs are for tweens and teens ages 12-18. Twelve year olds may join either the Children’s Summer Reading Program and/or Teen Summer Reading Program.
Online Reviews
Submit reviews on our website catalog for books you’ve read. Every two weeks during Teen Summer Reading, we’ll make a blog post at that will include what comments you submitted. All review entries are eligible for an Amazon gift card drawing.
Bonus! Submit 8 reviews throughout Teen Summer Reading for an entry to win an awesome prize at the Finale Party.

Weekly Events

Game On! 
Every Friday, June 19th – July 10th at 2 PM
Come play the latest games on Xbox Kinect, Wii, and more. Show everyone who’s boss in competitive tournaments. $10 gift card to for weekly winners. On July 18th, the top two winners each get a $25 iTunes gift card.

June 19: Super Mario Bros. Brawl
June 26: Halo Reach
July 3: Wii Sports
July 10: Super Mario Bros. Brawl

Monday, July 6thth at 2 PM  Random Trivia Contest: Winner takes home an Amazon gift card! To register, please contact Teen Librarian Erica Gauquier at

Wednesday, July 8th at 2 PM Brushbot Workshop: Construct a brushbot made from the head of a toothbrush and wire its battery to make it race! You can design your brushbot any way you like!

Wednesday, July 22nd at 2 PM  Random Trivia Contest: Winner takes home an Amazon gift card! To register, please contact Teen Librarian Erica Gauquier at

Thursday, July 30th at 1 PM Teen Galley Party: Come check out the hottest upcoming books before they hit the shelves. Enjoy pizza and soda while browsing these not-yet-published galleys!

On Monday, July 20th through Friday, July 24th, tweens and teens ages 10-14 are welcome to participate in our Darien Library Tween Make Week. To register for the whole week or just a few days, please contact Teen Librarian
July 20th: 2-3:30 p.m. TWEEN MAKE WEEK: Cardboard Automata
July 21st: 2-3:30 p.m. TWEEN MAKE WEEK: For The Makers
July 22nd: 2-3:30 p.m. TWEEN MAKE WEEK: Robotics 101
July 23rd: 2-3:30 p.m. TWEEN MAKE WEEK: Mini Movie Makers 
July 24th: 2- 3:30 p.m. TWEEN MAKE WEEK: For the Makers

Wednesday, July 29th at 2 PM  Random Trivia Contest: Winner takes home an Amazon gift card! To register, please contact Teen Librarian Erica Gauquier at

Friday, July 31st at 1 PM Robotics Touch Tank: Come play with Sphero V2.0 and Ollie by Orbotix robots. These two different robots can be programmed with just the touch of a finger. Learn how to control the robots to do anything and go anywhere.

Friday, August 7th at 1 PM Teen Summer Reading Finale Party:  Join us in the Teen Lounge for a raffle with lots of cool prizes, pizza, gaming, and more!


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