1894 Day

Celebrating 130 Years: 1894 to 2024

On Wednesday, May 22nd, in honor of the Library’s 130th anniversary, we aim to raise $130,000 in one day!

Please make a donation and stop by the Library courtyard on May 22nd to celebrate and enjoy the festivities.

This Giving Day has replaced our traditional Spring Gala and serves as a critical source of funding for the Library. Darien Library is a true public-private partnership between the Town of Darien, which pays for salaries and operating expenses, and the Friends of the Library, who generously fund all the books, audiobooks, e-Books, computers, technology, research databases, and the Library’s impressive range of cultural and entertainment programs.

Learn more about our 130-year history.

1894 Day Events in the Courtyard

  • 10:30 a.m. Storytime
  • 2 to 4 p.m. Crafts for Kids
  • 3 to 5 p.m. Caribbean Vibe Steel Drum Band
  • 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Ice Cream Truck 


Exclusive Giveaways

To commemorate our 130th anniversary, each donor will receive exclusive giveaways at the following suggested contribution levels:

  • $13: Darien Library notepad
  • $130: Darien Library pen
  • $1,300: Darien Library baseball cap
  • $13,000: All the above and more!

Your donation is tax-deductible since the Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Donate for 1894 Day

People work at tables in a hallway.

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Double-layer library stacks with a desk in front.

Four people gather around a computer monitor with an intense look on their faces during an Escape Room activity.

Library bookcases in the background with impressive overhead structural work. Tables are in the foreground.

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