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Audiobooks We offer audiobooks in three formats: as CDs, MP3 Playaways (for children), and digital e-Audiobooks. Most of the audiobooks are located on the Main Level in front of the Frosty Bear Cafe. Children’s audiobooks and Playaways are located within the Children’s Library on the left when you come in the door. Digital e-Audiobooks can be downloaded from our digital collection. Digital Books e ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago

Book Groups

For registration, book selection, reservations, guides, reviews and leader training contact the Book Group Team: Marianne Paterniti and Pat Sheary. Questions about Book Groups What are Books in a Bag? Books in a Bag are bags of 10 books with a reader's guide that your book group can check out for six weeks. Can my book group register with the Library? Yes! Just register online. One or more members ...

  • Last Updated 2 weeks ago

Study & Meeting Rooms

Darien Library Express Services We are not offering study or meeting rooms until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak. View Meeting Rooms for Rent Available for Small Groups Need a place to study or have a meeting? We have a variety of spaces to meet your needs. All rooms include WiFi access, power outlets, a table, and chairs. These rooms are available for two hour blocks of time. They ...

  • Last Updated 2 months ago

Services for Parents

Parenting Collection and Programs Children don't come with instructions, but that doesn't mean you have to raise your child alone. We have books and videos to help you get through those early days, the tantrums, all the way up to the Birds and the Bees. We support early literacy in pre-readers with special services and programs for them. We also offer programs throughout the year to address common ...

  • Last Updated 3 months ago

Services for Job Seekers

Resume Review The Reference librarians are happy to review the resumes and suggest improvements for residents, those who work in Town, and Friends. Request an appointment. In the comments, include some information about the job to which you are applying. This information will help us look for opportunities to tailor your resume to that specific position. Please check the calendar for the next résu ...

  • Last Updated 1 month ago

Is This Real Life: Realistic Fiction Recommendations

If you’re struggling to find enough books to satisfy your voracious reader, Darien Library’s still got you covered! Miss Kaitlin and Miss Mia are sharing new booklists on OverDrive and the library’s website weekly to highlight more digital content your child/teen is sure to enjoy. This week, be sure to check out our realistic fiction list for 4th and 5th graders:

  • Last Updated 4 months ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Historical Fic Picks

Darien Library’s readers have a wide range of interests, and we love helping our patrons find that perfect next read. But within the Children’s Library, historical fiction is a perennial favorite. So here are a few of our favorite historical fiction titles, all available digitally via OverDrive or Hoopla, for your social distancing reading needs:

  • Last Updated 4 months ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Social Justice Books for Older Readers

Now more than ever, you may be considering the importance of diversifying your child’s reading selections. After all, reading fiction has been shown to increase empathy and compassion. Not only that, but in this particular moment in our history, reading books by and about people of color (particularly Black people) can aid in combating the racis ...

  • Last Updated 3 months ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Summer Stories

The Summer Solstice was Saturday, June 20th, which means it’s officially time to roll out those warm-weather reads you’ve been craving! We have a great list of recommendations for children available on our Book Lists page, but I’ve highlighted some personal favorites here:

  • Last Updated 2 months ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Summer Reading: Then and Now Recommendations

Week three of Summer Reading is officially upon us, which means it’s time to find some great Then & Now titles to fill in your timeline. We have a full list of recommendations for you on the Book Lists webpage, but below you’ll find some of my personal favorites:

  • Last Updated 2 months ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

It's the Arbor Day Edition

Greetings and welcome to the Arbor Day Edition of _You Are What You Read_. Today is, indeed, Arbor Day for those keeping score. Originally begun in Nebraska in 1872 by settlers who missed their trees, it became official in 1907 with a proclamation by Theodore Roosevelt. It is in fact, tree pollen making some of us so miserable with grass a close second. I think that if my eyes and throat are to be ...

  • Last Updated 4 years ago
  • (7 items)

Kids Historical Fiction Booklist

Ready to take a journey to another time? Check out a historical fiction book and go on adventure in the past! From the 1300's to the 1960's, from a girl who was Queen of England for 9 days to pioneers crossing the American West, from mysteries to train robberies to fighting for freedoms, there's a historical fiction book to fit every reader. Check one out today!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (19 items)

Kids Non-Fiction Booklist

With the increasing focus on reading non-fiction at all grade levels in school, the Darien Children's Librarians put together recommendations of some of their all-time favorite non-fiction books for kids of all ages!

  • Last Updated 4 years ago
  • (16 items)

Kids Realistic Fiction Booklist

Do like reading books about kids just like you? What about kids fighting against all odds? Whether a fan of school stories, sports dramas, or friendship tales, these novels will help readers empathize with some of the most unforgettable characters.

  • Last Updated 4 years ago
  • (14 items)

Forever Young

Books for fans of young adult (YA) fiction who are a little less Y and a lot more A.

  • Last Updated 4 years ago
  • (10 items)

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