Library Closed for Independence Day

Photo courtesy of Flickr user bayasaa
Photo courtesy of Flickr user bayasaa

The Library will be closed on Saturday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Plan ahead to find the best local firework display to watch with your family. 

Have a Happy Independence Day!


Friday Night Feature - 'Wild'

Friday, July 3rd at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Wild (2014) Starring Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, and Keene McRae; Rated R; 115 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Overcome with grief at her recent divorce and death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed needs a change. After years of reckless, unhealthy behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out what else we're screening.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

You Made the Difference!

Together We Did
Together We Did

We have surpassed our 2014-15 fundraising goal for the Annual Campaign – and your gifts really made the difference.

Thank you to the 1,081 Friends of the Library who donated generously to the Annual Campaign, which goes directly to the purchase of all the books, movies, technology and the countless programs – author visits, movies, storytimes, music and art lectures offered throughout the year.

We are so grateful for your support.

Lights, Camera, Action! : Summer Reading Registration Begins June 8

artwork courtesy of our own Miss Lisa
artwork courtesy of our own Miss Lisa

Registration for the Summer Reading Club begins June 8! Make sure to pick up your book prize in the Children's Library when you sign up.

Summer Reading Club - for kids who are reading on their own

Log your reading hours on our online log by logging in and updating your Star Log every time you read! The Summer Reading Club automatically enters you into the grand prize lottery for every 5 hours you read. The lottery winners will be announced at our Finale Party on Monday, August 17.


Read to Me Club - for kids who are being read to

Come and pick up your log at the Library and write down every book you read. For every ten books, come into the Library to get a stamp and a free book (up to 3 free books total).


For classes and events, click here.

Do you borrow eBooks from us? Take this survey!

A library school student is doing a survey on patrons who use eBooks from their public library. Are you one of those patrons? If so, please consider taking her survey here

We are really looking forward to seeing the results of this survey, and hope you will participate, because the more we know about your eBook needs, the better we can serve them. However, the survey is totally anonymous and we will never know who filled it out or how. Please let us know if you have any questions, or if you'd prefer to speak with us directly about your eBook use!

Meet the Author: Sarah Leah Chase

Sunday, July 19th at 5 p.m.

Sarah Leah Chase, author of New England Open-House Cookbook, will be our featured speaker.

The latest from this celebrated cookbook guru pays homage to all the foods Sarah grew up with during those lazy-Sunday Cape Cod mornings and those blustery New England winters. Perfect for anyone who has spent any time on the coast, The New England Open-House Cookbook is full of stews to keep you warm on cold evenings in Maine, salsas and steaks for the summer’s family barbecues, and chilies for the nights where all you want to do is curl up in your oldest Nantucket-red sweatshirt and sit by a fire. 

“Exactly the food you want to cook at home – delicious, satisfying, earthy food that your friends and family will love…Familiar and yet totally original”
–Ina Garten, Intro to New England Open-House Cookbook

About the Author

Sarah Leah Chase, who founded the Massachusetts specialty food shop and catering business Que Sera Sarah, collaborated on The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook. Her other books include Nantucket Open-House Cookbook and Cold-Weather Cooking. Currently she writes a weekly food column for Nantucket’s Inquirer and Mirror newspaper and is recipe consultant to Ina Garten. Sarah and her husband, Nigel, are the owners of Coastal Goods, a retailer of fine seasoning blends. They live with their son on Cape Cod.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Foreign Film Fest: 'The Sea Inside/Mar Adentro'

Monday, July 6th at 1:30 p.m. - The Sea Inside/Mar Adentro (Spanish) (2004) Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas, Mabel Rivera, Celso Bugallo, and Clara Segura; Rated PG-13; 125 minutes; Presented with captions.

Two of the most talented figures in contemporary Spanish cinema -- actor Javier Bardem and director Alejandro Amenábar -- collaborate for this powerful drama, based on a true story. Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem) was a fisherman and part-time poet who, at the age of 26, suffered an accident while diving that left him a bedridden quadriplegic. Now 54, Ramón must depend on his family to survive -- his macho brother José (Celso Bugallo), José's wife, Manuela (Mabel Rivera), and their son, Javi (Tamar Novas). While grateful to his family and friends for their help, Ramón was always an active person, and as the years wore on, he has come to see his life as frustrating and pointless and wishes to die with what remains of his dignity. José, however, is bitterly opposed to the notion of assisted suicide, and Spanish laws would implicate anyone who helped Ramón end his own life, which is something Ramón does not want to do. Through Gené (Carla Segura), a friend who works with a "Right to Die" organization, Ramón is introduced to Julia (Belen Rueda), a lawyer he hopes will help him persuade the courts to let him end his own life. As Ramón and Julia work together on his case, Ramón finds himself falling in love with his attorney, who happens to be married. 

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out what else we're screening.

Venez parler français!

Tuesday, July 7th at 6:30 p.m.

Practice or maintain your French Conversation skills in an informal and genial setting. Discuss the arts, current events, and meet other Francophiles! This event is intended for French speakers at an intermediate level or above.

Perhaps you'd like to practice your Hebrew, Mandarin, or American Sign Language skills. Interested in leading a coversation group at Darien Library? Email

Intro to Meditation

Image courtesy of flickr user aigle_dore.
Image courtesy of flickr user aigle_dore.

Wednesday, July 8th at 7 p.m.

Grab something comfortable to sit on, a pillow, a rolled up yoga mat, or use a chair and open yourself up to meditation. In this introductory class, we will begin with the basics and work our way to guided meditation led by instructor Julie Punishill. In this session, after bringing you to a relaxed state, we will practice approximately 5 minutes of completely quiet sitting. If you have always wanted to try meditation and just haven't been quite sure where to start, come join us.

Meet Us On Main Street

Today's theme was "What Book Surprised You."  For months the library staff has presented books to the Meet Us On Main Street reading group. Today was different.  Today the group presented books that surprised them -- ones that they didn't expect to be so good.  These lesser known titles make a special list for our library patrons.  Enjoy, the list is below.

Meet Us On Main Street is on a summer hiatus and will return in the Fall.  If you are interested in joining the group please keep an eye on our website for the announcement of the group's return.  


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