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In the Kitchen with Chef Anna Francese Gass

Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore are happy to give patrons the opportunity to join Chef Anna Francese Gass in her kitchen. Chef Gass will teach you how to make a sour cherry cheese crostata; a perfect treat to bring to a Thanksgiving celebration. Chef Gass loves to host Thanksgiving and is happy to provide her tips and tricks to make your holiday more enjoyable and less stressful. Register for ...

  • Wednesday, November 3, 10:00 AM

Tell Me Your Story: Short-Form Memoir Class

In this six-week short-form memoir class, you will work on telling your stories and, more importantly, developing your truth speakers—the strong, clear narrator that Vivian Gornick says “a writer pulls out of his or her own agitated and boring self to organize a piece of experience.” You will read and discuss moving examples of personal writing, explore essential aspects of personal stories throug ...

  • Next Session: Thursday, October 21, 7:00 PM

Author Elizabeth Kolbert: Under a White Sky

“Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Kolbert’s beat is examining the impact of humans on the environment and she does it better than basically everyone.”—Lit Hub Through Elizabeth Kolbert's works, The Sixth Extinction, Field Notes from a Catastrophe, and her gripping New Yorker articles about our planet’s seismic evolutionary shifts and the apparent abyss of its future, Kolbert has become one of the ...

  • Thursday, November 11, 7:00 PM

Dr. Traci Baxley: Social Justice Parenting

Barrett Bookstore, the Council of Darien School Parents, Darien Library, Ragetime CT and the YWCA of Darien and Norwalk are thrilled to welcome Dr. Traci Baxley in conversation with Reena Ninan, for a virtual conversation as she celebrates the release of her new book: Social Justice Parenting, How to Raise Compassionate, Anti-Racist, Justice-Minded Kids in an Unjust World. About the Book An empowe ...

  • Wednesday, November 3, 7:00 PM

A Storied Tradition

Darlene Kascak of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation will bring history to life as she shares Traditional Native American Stories in the Longhouse fashion. Since time immemorial, the oral tradition of storytelling has been used by Indigenous people to pass on the history, culture and life lessons from one generation to the next. These stories about animals teach valuable life lessons such as how to li ...

  • Saturday, November 6, 10:00 AM

Antiracism

View our Commitment to Antiracism and Statement on Anti-Asian Violence The History of Racism in America Websites The 1619 Project from The New York Times with access through the Library's portal. The King Philosophy from The King Center Places to Visit New York City: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African American History & Culture Montgomer ...

  • Last Updated 6 months ago

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

Expand Your Learning: Lerner Distance Learning Library

Check out Lerner Digital’s Distance Learning Library! To help librarians, teachers and educators better aid students with remote learning, Lerner Publishing Group has made a selection of their digital products available for free through the end of June. All of the available titles are read-alouds, though you can choose not to utilize this featur ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Kate (CL STAFF) Frick

Bookworms at Home: "Secret Pizza Party"

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! Today we’re having a pizza party! What do you like on your pizza? Do you go for s ...

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

Family Art Party: Mother's Day Bouquet

Welcome back to Family Art Party--the online version of Miss Maria’s popular Preschool Art Party program! 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)

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Book Recommendations

Did you know May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month? During May, we celebrate Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States - and one of our favorite ways to do that is to read books by and about Asian/Pacific Americans! We’ve created a great booklist you can reference for a variety o ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Kate (CL STAFF) Frick

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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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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It's the Short Week Edition

Greetings and welcome to the Short Week Edition of _You Are What You Read_. In keeping with the four-day-work week, we shall also be the soul of brevity this week. The only housekeeping this week is that I hope you are enjoying the amazing new website. The whole of **Team UX** did an amazing job and they are to be commended. Well done! This week, I want to discuss **Pedro the Playmobile P ...

  • Last Updated 5 years ago
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It's the October in June Edition

Greetings and welcome to the October in June edition of You Are What You Read. **I**, for one refuse to go backward and drag out the down comforter and put it back on the bed. This is causing me some less than restful nights. But someone has to draw the line and you all are looking at her. This week’s housekeeping is as follows. There have been no offerings yet this summer. I understand life g ...

  • Last Updated 5 years ago
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