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Summer Salads: Ways to Enjoy the Summer Harvest

Summer Salads: Beautiful and Delicious Ways to Enjoy the Summer Harvest Think beyond simply greens. Summer vegetables and fruit can be transformed into beautiful and delicious salads of all types, including heartier grain and dinner salads. Learn new methods of preparation, ingredient combinations, and homemade dressings for colorful, tasty salads to satisfy you all season long. Register for Su ...

  • Thursday, July 15, 7:00 PM

Teen Kick Off Party

Join us to celebrate the beginning of summer reading with a tie dye party! Stop by the Courtyard to register for the teen summer challenge, grab a free book, and make your very own tie dye masterpiece to take home. Ages 12-18.

  • Wednesday, June 23, 6:00 PM

Adult Summer Reading: Author Talk with Maggie Shipstead

Adult Summer Reading is going on a Virtual Road Trip this year! Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime as we invite you to join Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore for an evening with Maggie Shipstead, the bestselling author of Great Circle, Astonish Me, and Seating Arrangements. Attendees will be eligible to win a copy of Great Circle and be automatically entered to win one of our amazing gra ...

  • Tuesday, June 29, 7:00 PM

Food Explorers: Blueberry Pie

Join a registered dietitian from Food Explorers to make Blueberry Pie from scratch! You will learn to make your own pastry and delicious blueberry filling. Turn cooking time into family time when you cook along on Zoom with us. Participants will need a pie dish and a rolling pin to create this recipe at home. You will also need the following ingredients: Flour Butter White sugar Salt Blueberries ...

  • Tuesday, June 29, 11:00 AM

Food Explorers: Homemade Tortillas and Salsa

Join a registered dietitian from Food Explorers to make homemade tortillas and salsa! These easy and delicious recipes together in a flash. Turn cooking time into family time when you cook along on Zoom with us. You will need a rolling pin for this recipe! The salsa can be prepared, either by use of a food processor or chopping the ingredients. Participants will need the following ingredients: Fl ...

  • Tuesday, July 27, 5:00 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 Technology items you may borrow (e.g. iPads and projectors) is currently suspended. Wireless Printing Everyone may pr ...

  • Last Updated 3 days 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
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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
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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
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