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Decked Out for the Holidays

Leave your scarf and mittens at home, enjoy the sights from your cozy armchair. Join us on a virtual tour as we explore the magnificently decorated conservatories and mansions and beautifully lit gardens during the holiday season! Tour Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, Blithewold, Heritage Museums and Gardens among many others. Register for Decked Out for the Holidays About the Presenter Jana Milbocke ...

  • Tuesday, December 7, 7:00 PM

Mozart's Final Days with Gil Harel

Mozart's Final Days: A New Perspective is part 4 of a 4-part Mozart series. The final years of Mozart’s life were characterized by relentless, almost frenetic creativity. Despite tension at home concerning his mounting debts, he somehow managed to create a series of masterpieces that would cement his legacy. Register for Mozart's Final Days This was the period that saw the creation of what may b ...

  • Wednesday, December 15, 7:00 PM

Wrap & Yap

Unwrapped presents cluttering every square corner of your home? Take the stress out of wrapping gifts by doing it in the shared company of others! We'll provide the supplies, all you need to bring is a pile of unwrapped presents and some friendly chatter. Whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, a birthday, or anything in between, all are welcome. Register for Wrap & ...

  • Monday, December 13, 7:00 PM

Wrap & Yap

Unwrapped presents cluttering every square corner of your home? Take the stress out of wrapping gifts by doing it in the shared company of others! We'll provide the supplies, all you need to bring is a pile of unwrapped presents and some friendly chatter. Whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, a birthday, or anything in between, all are welcome. Register for Wrap & ...

  • Tuesday, December 14, 10:00 AM

Leaving Connecticut, Shaping America with Walt Woodward

Between 1780 and 1830, tens of thousands of Connecticans left our state to “begin the world anew” in places like Pennsylvania, Vermont, western New York, and especially, the Connecticut Reserve of what is now Ohio. In the process, they took the culture of their home state with them, and gave the nation a strong and indelible Connecticut character. Register for Leaving Connecticut, Shaping America ...

  • Tuesday, February 1, 7:00 PM

Accessibility

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 2 years ago

Borrowing & Fees

Things to Know Darien residents will be issued a library card immediately. A valid ID is required. All programs and services available to Darien residents are available to those who work full-time in Darien. You may apply for a card by showing proof of employment. Non-Residents may use their valid hometown library card or register by showing an ID with their current address. For additional inform ...

  • Last Updated 6 months ago

Friends of the Library

All donations to the Annual Fund go directly to the purchase of all of the books, movies, and technology as well as the support of countless programming opportunities throughout the year, making Darien Library the intellectual and cultural heart of Darien. Your annual Non-Resident Membership at the $300 level gives you and your family access to all Darien resident services. Benefits Storytime reg ...

  • Last Updated 6 months ago

Computers & Technology

Computers & Internet We have seventeen public computers available on the Second Level. You are guaranteed one hour session every day. Bring your laptop, tablet, or phone in to enjoy access to open or WPA-enabled WiFi. View the Library Internet Use Policy Technology to Take Home We offer technology for demonstrative use for children and adults. The WiFi hotspot will keep you connected on U.S. r ...

  • Last Updated 1 month ago

Genealogy

Databases & Websites Access premium genealogy database like Ancestry.com, American Ancestors, and America's Obituaries and Death Notices via the Library. View the genealogy databases and websites. Local History & Genealogy Collection The Library has its own Local History collection on the Second Level. We also house the Middlesex Genealogical Society's collection. Stop by and visit the Res ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago

Bookworms at Home: "A Bear Called Paddington"

Welcome to Bookworms at Home--the online version of Miss Maria’s popular Bookworms program, our book + craft club for kids ages 4 to 7! Each project is designed to be done with common household items, but feel free to substitute items for anything you might not have--your craft will be uniquely yours!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Homeschool Play: Water Cycle

Welcome to the first of many Homeschool Play posts, a new resource for you to use to entertain and teach kids during this time of social distancing! ### The Water Cycle Today's post celebrates the water cycle! April showers bring May flowers, right? But what’s the science behind all those April showers? Introduce your kids to the water cycle with a few fun activities! ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Coronavirus Books for Kids

Extra, extra, read all about it! Hot off the presses, your Darien Librarians are here to bring you not one but TWO brand new free resources to teach your kids about the novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19! ### First up:

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Homeschool Play: Cafe

Merge pretend play and math practice in this fun family activity! Turn a play kitchen (or imaginary food!) into a cafe complete with a menu, servers, and play money for a morning of family fun that doubles as math time. To start, I prepped some play money--green construction paper turned into $1, $5, and $10 bills, but I used real coins to add an air of seriousness to our play.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Bookworms at Home: "Elmer"

Welcome back to Bookworms at Home--the online version of Miss Maria’s popular Bookworms program, our book + craft club for kids ages 4 to 7! Each project is designed to be done with common household items,but feel free to substitute items for anything you might not have--your craft will be uniquely yours!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Maria Magallanes (Children's)

It's the Disappointment Issue

Greetings and welcome to the Disappointment Edition of _You Are What You Read_. The Full Pink Moon, which shall grace our skies this evening is named as such because this is the time that wild phlox begins to bloom. The moon will not actually be pink. So don’t be disappointed by that. It is also known as the sprouting grass moon (yup, have sprouting grass), the egg moon (nope, no eggs), and the f ...

  • Last Updated 5 years ago
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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 5 years ago
  • (7 items)

British Library Crime Classics

British Library Crime Classics is a wonderful series of old time mysteries that have been popular at the library. If you're looking for gentle intrigue at a British country home, or perhaps a locked room mystery, try this series.

  • Last Updated 5 years ago
  • (11 items)

It's the Blue Moon Issue

Greetings and welcome to the Blue Moon Edition of You Are What You Read. For those keeping score, the Blue Moon is not really depressed or even colored blue, rather it is a rare thing in that it is the second full moon of the month. Celebrate People. Celebrate! In Animals Run Amok News it has been discovered that at least two man-eating crocodiles have been found in the Florida Everglades. T ...

  • Last Updated 5 years ago
  • (5 items)

Manhattanhenge -- It's real

Welcome to the Memorial Day Edition of _You Are What You Read_. We made it **People**. Break out the coolers, the Solo cups and the white pants! Commence the rejoicing! Here’s wishing you all a lovely long weekend that involves a healthy dose of whatever makes you happy come the Summer. As for **The Traveling Companion** and **myself**, we will be found at our favorite beach one of these weekend ...

  • Last Updated 5 years ago
  • (8 items)

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