"So You Think You Can Do Something?"

Are you a teen between the ages of 12-18 with a hidden skill? Do you or someone you know have a special talent? Maybe you've always wished your band could play in a friendly competition to win cold hard cash. If so, you need to enter the Library's annual teen talent competition, "So You Think You Can Do Something?" at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14th. To enter as a contestant please fill out the google form here. Contact teen librarian, Erica Gauquier with any questions. First prize is $250 and second prize is $150!!!

*Please note participants must be between 12-18 years of age, but does not have to be a resident of Darien. Rehersals will begin at 5:30 p.m. the day of the event. Friends and family members of preformers are welcome to attend the event at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.


Featured Title: Salt to the Sea

The year is 1945 in East Prussia at the end of WWII  and refugees by the thousands are trying to flee for their safety. Joanna, Emilia, and Florian meet aboard the ship, The Wilhelm Gustloff. The trio all share the same dream: freedom. All seems to be going as planned until they are faced with uncertain circumstances that bonds the friends as they work together to fight.

Movie Monday: Napoleon Dynamite

Vote for Pedro!
Vote for Pedro!

Monday, March 21 at 3pm.

Come and enjoy a movie screening of this quirky comedy in the Teen Lounge.

For Teens ages 12-18


Family Tech Series 2016 - Teens

Python for Teens  Sundays, Jan 31st, Feb 7th, Feb 14th, Feb 28th from 2 to 3:30pm

Join us for this four-week course on the Python programming language. Python is a general-purpose language that is both easy to learn and widely used. Topics include variables, if-statements, loops, functions, and basic algorithms and data structures. No programming experience required. Registrants should expect to attend each weekly class and should be between the ages of 10-14. This class will take place in the Tech Center on the lower level of the Library. For kids age 10-14. To Register: click here.

For the Makers: Salt Water Powered Cars

On Wednesday, January 27th 3:30pm-4:30pm 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! For kids age 10-14. To Register: click here.

For the Makers: Drawdio for Teens

On Wednesday, February 10th 3:30pm-4:30pm we will use a simple synthesizer to create different sounds using the conductive properties of graphite. Make art and music simultaneously! For kids age 10-14. To Register: click here.

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.

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.

Scary Books

Check out these books for the Halloween season or any season!  Here is a list of some of our horror book suggestions for teen readers. 

Video Tutorials for Minecrafters

Night time on the Darien Minecraft server
Night time on the Darien Minecraft server

We want to help you play a better game! We know that you may have questions or run into problems while playing Minecraft so we've created a list of videos to help you work through them.

Check out these videos explaining the simple plugins we've enabled to help you with some problems you might experience while crafting.





1) Grief Prevention  

This tutorial shows you how to prevent all forms of grief including theft, spam, and break-ins.  We've installed the Grief Prevention plugin to help.  Grief Prevention stops grief before it starts automatically without any effort from administrators, and with very little effort from players.


2) iConomy

iConomy helps you create a thriving economy on the server.  This plugin allows you to customize every aspect of your currency as well as control supply and demand and hold auctions among other things.


3) Lockette

This plugin allows you to restrict access to the contents in your chests, dispensers, furnaces, and doors.  All you have to do is post a sign directly beside the contatiner you want locked.


4) Simple Spleef

Get your Spleef on!  We've got a spleef arena already set up, build your skills and get spleefing!


5)  Mob Repellent

Repel those angry mobs with Mob Repellent.  Construct repellers that prevent hostile mobs from spawning within a certain distance of your structure.  While it doesnt guarentee mobs won't spawn, it can be helpful!


6) Minecraft Wiki

Wikipedia for Minecraft! For all your Minecrafting needs, Minecraftwiki has all the answers.


7) Darien Library's World Map

Know where you are in the world.  Check out this arial view of the entire Darien Library Minecraft server and see what corners you may not have had a chance to explore yet! 

Know of any other plugins you think we should have?  Do you have any other ideas on how we could improve our Minecraft world here at the library?  Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

Video of 3rd Annual Teen Writing Competition Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to all of our winners! To end our wonderful teen writing competition we invited the teens and there families to join us on March 31st at 2 p.m. in the Library's Community Room for an award ceremony with judges Dulcy Brainard, Melissa Crandall, and Marc Aronson.
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