For The Makers

For The Makers is a weekly program for teens where you can expect to create just about anything! We will be crafting everything from jewlery to robots. Any thing goes during this Thursday afterrnoon program 3:30-4:30 p.m. 

*Refreshments included. 

Python Class for Teens

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(Image courtesy of Flickr user dtron)

January 17th 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
January 24th 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
January 31st 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
February 7th 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

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 within grades 7 to 9. This class will take place in the Tech Center on the lower level of the Library.

To register: Email teen librarian Erica Gauquier at egauquier@darienlibrary.org.

Extended Hours for DHS Mid-Term Exams

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Photo courtesy of flickr user Paul. B

In an effort to help students maximize their study time, the Darien Library will offer extended hours the week of mid-term exams, providing Blue Wave scholars access to the Library for additional hours.

  • Tuesday, January 13th:            9 a.m. -10 p.m.

Getting Help While You Study

The Library offers many resources to students including spaces for both quiet and group study. Librarians are on hand to answer reference questions in person, by IM, email or phone. 

Reserve a Study Room

Study Rooms may be reserved one month in advance in two hour increments. Students will be asked to give their name and phone number to reserve the room and accept responsibility for the condition of the room. Reservations will be held for 15 minutes before being made available to others who are waiting.

Food Policy

Darien Library strives to accommodate the needs of students during exam periods. If you order a meal to be delivered, please wait on the first floor to meet the delivery driver. Please eat meals and messy snacks at the café tables. Frosty Bear Café will also offer extended hours and will be staying open late until 9:00 p.m. that week.

Come In From the Cold! Win Prizes!

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Image courtesy of Flickr user The Nocturnal Weirdo

Want some relief from this rainy, cold, disgusting day? Then come to Darien Library's Teen Lounge and play the latest games on Xbox Kinect, Wii and more... OK, maybe just Halo or Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but still! Win prizes for playing video games! What could be better?! This event begins at 4:30 p.m. today. Refreshments will be served.

Where My Gamers At?!

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Kelly Kline
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Kelly Kline

Come play the latest games on Xbox Kinect, Wii and more... OK, maybe just Halo or Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but still! Win prizes for playing video games! What could be better?! This event begins at 4:30 p.m. today. Refreshments will be served.

IT'S BACK!!!

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Photo courtesy of Flickr user lovlibovli

Like a bad penny, Tuesday Trivia is still here! Experience the suspense! The thrills! The horror!

Well, actually, no. You just answer a bunch of questions, and the person who answers the most correct gets a prize. Ta-da! Simple as that. So come and join us today in the Teen Lounge at 4:30 p.m. for this beloved event. Refreshments will be served.

No, It Can't Be! It Is! Game On Thursday!

Photo courtesy of Flickr user JD Hancock
Photo courtesy of Flickr user JD Hancock

Come play the latest games on Xbox Kinect, Wii and more... OK, maybe just Halo or Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but still! Win prizes for playing video games! What could be better?! This event begins at 4:30 p.m. today. Refreshments will be served.

Trivia Tuesday!

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Image courtesy of Flickr user Dallas1200am

Did you know that Neptune's gravity is only about 17% stronger than Earth's? Or that Venus doesn't have a single moon? You did?! Then what are you doing reading this?! Join NASA! But before you do that, come and join us in the Darien Library Teen Lounge for Trivia! Test your knowledge! Impress your friends! Win a prize!

Trivia will take place today at 4 :30 p.m. in the Teen Lounge. Refreshments will be served.

Before I Die by Jenny Downham

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Photo courtesy of Flickr user dharder9475

Yeah, yeah, yeah, we get it. You’re in love with Augustus Waters, and for all intents and purposes you should be. I mean who doesn’t want to meet someone who says things like, “It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.” Swoon!
But more than just Gus and his metaphorical cigarette sweeping us off our collective feet, what made John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars so fantastic was its humor, its intelligence and its heart. In the end, no matter how gut-wrenching The Fault in Our Stars can be (and wrench the gut it will), it’s ultimately a story about love and hope.
Enter Jenny Downham’s 2007 sleeper Before I Die.
Before I Die tells the story of Tessa, a 16-year-old girl with terminal cancer, who decides to complete her bucket list, with items such as spending an entire day saying “YES” to everything, as well as committing a crime.
Like The Fault in Our Stars, Before I Die is ultimately life-affirming, but the journey it takes the reader on is absolutely raw. Tessa rails against her fate. She’s at times petulant, mean-spirited, and even selfish. Her best friend Zoey is even worse. And our romantic leading man, Adam, is no Gus Waters. In the end, though, that’s what makes Before I Die such an amazing and powerful book, and let's face it, gives The Fault in Our Stars a run for its money: It’s real; agonizingly real, and throughout it all there’s Downham’s writing, which can only be described as pure poetics. Here’s Downham describing Tessa burning two shoeboxes full of her mementos:
“From the day I noticed the first bruise on my spine, to the day only two months ago when the hospital officially gave up on me, I kept a diary. Four years of pathetic optimism burns well – look at it flare! All the get-well cards I ever received curl at the edges, crisp right up and flake to nothing. Over four long years you forget people’s names.
There was a nurse who used to draw cartoons of the doctors and put them by the bed to make me laugh. I can’t remember her name either. Was it Louise? She was quite prolific. The fire spits, embers spark away into the trees.
‘I’m unburdening myself,’ I tell Adam.”

But don’t take my word for it (or Downham’s). Here’s a review of the book by Jen Hubert Swan over at the fantastic blog Reading Rants!
 

 

Game On!

Photo courtesy of flickr user Kelly Kline.
Photo courtesy of flickr user Kelly Kline.

Come play the latest games on Xbox Kinect, Wii and more... OK, maybe just Halo or Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but still! Win prizes for playing video games! What could be better?! This event begins at 4 p.m. today. Refreshments will be served.

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