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Your support helps the community.

Saturday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m.
Darien Library Courtyard

This year our 7th Annual Gala celebrates Food Truck Frenzy with the arrival of four local food trucks. Enjoy dinner from LobsterCraft, Bounty (gourmet sliders and fries), Wood Fired Pizza, and dessert from The Buzz Truck. We'll also be serving cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as you join in the fun with our silent and live auctions. The Gala is sponsored by Darien Rowayton Bank. 

Purchase your tickets online. All funds raised from the event will be dedicated to expanding library resources, including purchasing new books, technology, and supporting programs and guest speakers. Which author will join us in the coming year? By attending the gala, you'll be mingling with your friends and neighbors, and bringing new resources and speakers to the Library in the coming year. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

All Things Green Festival

Image courtesy of flickr user flyingsinger
Image courtesy of flickr user flyingsinger

Sunday, April 19th from 2 to 4 p.m.

It's Earth Day all year long in Darien! Celebrate everything sustainable and environmentally conscious, with a hyper-local twist, at Darien Library.

• Compete in a Darien Green Organization Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win a brand new, deluxe composter!
• Take a journey on a Green Tour of the LEED Gold Certified features of Darien Library
• Marvel at the Darien High School Earth Day Poster display
• Plant sunflowers to take home or donate to the Library Garden
• Create garbage arts and crafts
• Play basketball and learn about what to recycle and what to trash

Walk away from this event better informed, more connected to local resources, and encouraged to lead a more sustainable way of life!

Library Closed All Day on April 25th

The Gala is happening in the courtyard, so you can party with the heron!
The Gala is happening in the courtyard, so you can party with the heron!

Saturday, April 25th

Our annual Spring Gala is April 25th. We will close the Library all day to prepare for this fundraising event. All funds raised will be dedicated to expanding library resources including purchasing new books, supporting programs, and bringing guest speakers to Darien.

If you don't want to miss out on the fun, purchase your tickets now!


Senior Moments: History of Grand Central Terminal

Image courtesy of flickr user 96228372@N06
Image courtesy of flickr user 96228372@N06

Tuesday, April 21st at 3 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Bisecting Manhattan’s Park Avenue and boasting 44 train platforms on two levels, this recently restored Beaux Arts masterpiece has remained one of New York’s most famous transportation landmarks since its building in 1913. Come learn about this iconic travel hub!

About the presenter

Arthur Gottlieb is a local historian on subjects of political and military history.  He was formerly a professional curator of naval history and the Technical Director of Exhibits at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in NYC.  In these roles, Mr. Gottlieb worked regularly with veterans of all services towards the creation of exhibits accurately illustrating the history of 20th century warfare.

Support for Senior Moments is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.


Celebrate Día (Diversity in Action) de los Ninos!

Celebrate Día (Diversity in Action) de los ninos!
Celebrate Día (Diversity in Action) de los ninos!

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30th. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

April 29th at 4:15 p.m. Family Book Group

Discuss diverse picture books with your family, which will be provided by the Library. Stop into the Children's Library anytime before the program to borrow a bag of the three discussion books to take home and share with your family. Ages 5+. Discussion books are:

Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane 

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen

April 30th at 4 p.m. Family Film: The Book of Life

The Book of Life (Rated PG, running time 95 minutes). Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Watch the trailer.

Jr. Book Club: Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo
Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Wednesday, April 22nd at 4:15 p.m.

Jr. Book Club: Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Early elementary readers are invited to discuss librarian-selected chapter books. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game or craft inspired by the story. Our book groups are designed to encourage Common Core-required skills such as critical thinking, information literacy, self-direction, and collaboration – all in a fun environment.

Grades 2-3. Drop-in.

Meet Us On main Street

Sally and Blanche, brought a spectrum of selections for all ages including a beautiful children's picture book, The Great Migration, by Jacob Lawrence that may be of interest to adults, as well.  Why? MOMA has created an exhibit of the actual paintings of the 1950's northern migration from the south.  The MOMA/Darien Library Corporate Pass - a partnership the library has with the museum, gets you into the museum for free. Ask us about it! :)

Blanche also highlighted two other books for children, Sheila Turnage's Three Times Lucky about eleven year olds turned detectives in order to save a wrongly implicated man of a local murder and Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon Flake, a story about the influences of a community's internal racism as a girl, visiting from afar, imagines someone among them is a vampire.  Blanche also introduced Christian Fiction to the group who had never heard of this genre before.  The Love Letters, by Beverly Lewis and Chasing Sunsets (of the Angels Walking Series), by Karen Kingsbury provide, as Blanche said, all the "devils" of regular fiction (infidelity, power martyrs, denial, drugs, etc.) just that these books give a more "clean read" for those that care about that. 

Sally highlighted Love and Other Ways of Dying, a collection of already published essays from Michael Paterniti who visited the library just last week.   Considered an author's author, this awaited collection is a must read.  Dave Eggers, author of The Circle and other books, stated "Paterniti is one of the best living practitioners of the art of literary journalism, able to fully elucidate and humanize the everyday and the epic."  Sounds great.   Also on Sally's side of the table was a "two-fer" about singer/songwriter Carol King in her memoir, A Natural Woman and Girls Like Us,by Sheila Weller featuring the lives of Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carol King during the 1960's and 1970's.  The Truth According to Us, by Annie Barrows, who wrote the very popular The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, is a story about a Southern social debutant sent, via the 1940's Federal Writer's Project, to a small West Virginian mill town to write it's history. Sally enjoyed this book especially because one of the characters reminds her of the infamous Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird.   Other books presented, Between You and Me, by Mary Norris, the queen of grammar at The New Yorker, revisits, with fun hilarity, the comma and its proper usage and The World Is Waiting For You, by Tara Grove, is a collection of commencement speeches from activists, writers and visionairies.   

The last three titles on the list, The Witness Wore Red, Before I Go To Sleep - DVD (the book is fabulous too) and Deep Down Dark, are highly recommended suggestions from the group members themselves.

Most important!  Zinio For Libraries is the new and much better app for downloading magazines through libraries.  There are even a few new wonderful titles (The New Yorker and Wired to name a few).  Check it out today on the Library website.

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