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Modern Calligraphy

Come learn the popular and playful Modern Calligraphy! Taught by calligrapher, Debby Reelitz. You will learn where this style comes from, strategies on how to create this lettering style and end with a project. During this program you will learn about the importance of hand-lettering in a digital world and why it is still relevant. Debby will discuss three different ways modern calligraphy can be ...

  • Monday, September 28, 6:30 PM

Disney Renaissance Trivia

It's a WHOLE NEW WORLD of trivia! BE PREPARED for fun, as we GO THE DISTANCE to BRING HONOR TO US ALL in this fun interactive trivia competition. YOU'LL BE IN OUR HEARTS whether you win or lose. Participants will need a computer or tablet to chat with us on Zoom and download the Kahoot! app on their mobile device to play. Questions will cover facts, lyrics, and more from Disney's "renaissance ...

  • Wednesday, September 23, 7:00 PM

Family Bingo Night

Don't miss out on Family Bingo Night! Join our librarians for this book themed edition of Bingo for all ages. Younger players are welcome to team up with another family member or turn this game into a family competition and play against the other people in your home. We will send a Bingo card by email to each person who signs up when we send out the Zoom room link. Recommended for ages 5 and up. T ...

  • Tuesday, September 29, 6:00 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

Computers & Technology

Computers & Internet We have fifty public computers available throughout the Library. The computers are primarily on the Lower 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 and as well to keep you conn ...

  • Last Updated 8 months ago

Get a Library Card

Do you want to join Darien Library? That's great! We're glad to have you here. To check out materials or use a computer, you need to have a library card. It's a quick and easy process. Just come to the Welcome Desk when you first enter the Library to get started. To get a Darien Libary Card Bring in to the Welcome Desk something with your Darien address on it (e.g. a piece of mail, your license, l ...

  • Last Updated 6 months ago

Museums

Museum Passes are Unavailable at the Current Time Due to COVID-19, we are not circulating museum passes for the time being. NYC and Connecticut are home to some of the greatest museums in the country. Renaissance masterpieces, visionary modern art, and celebrations of great historical figures are an easy train or car ride away. As part of our continuing dedication to enriching the lives of our pat ...

  • Last Updated 2 months ago

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 5 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

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 5 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Homeschool Play: Insects and Arachnids

Hello again from the front lines of homeschooling! If you’re looking to engage a multi-age group of young kids, we have a fabulous series of activities today that will interest and excite your small crew. ### Insects and Arachnids Do you ever find yourself, a grown adult, feeling confused about the difference between insects and spiders? Well, prepare to learn along with your childr ...

  • Last Updated 5 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Homeschool Play: Storytelling

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Let’s start off the week by telling some stories. Storytelling is an ancient art form, practiced by our oldest ancestors--and yet we still enjoy stories today!

  • Last Updated 5 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Homeschool Play: Basic Chemical Reactions

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. We’re wrapping up this week with a series of basic chemical reactions that you can explore at home! ### Let’s Get Started! We started off the day by defining a chemical reaction. I relied heavily on the Kids Britannica defi ...

  • Last Updated 5 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

It's the Tax Day Edition

Welcome to the Tax Day Edition of _You Are What You Read_. I know, I know. Not even the fact that it’s on a Friday and we really have until Monday to write the check dulls that blow. This week’s Housekeeping includes a special thanks to Map M (not her real name) for the offering of tea and cookies to the You Are What You Read Gods! Thanks Map. You rock! And my low 3:00 blood sugar and work- mates ...

  • Last Updated 4 years ago
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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 4 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 4 years ago
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It's The Mother's Day Edition

Greetings and welcome to the Mother’s Day Edition of _You Are What You Read_. We will be taking a break next week, as I will be finishing up 4 days in The Windy City at Book Expo America aka Jen’s Idea of Heaven, where I will have been living, breathing and eating what’s coming up for the next year in Publishing. And you know I’ll share what I learn. With you. When? When I am damn good and ready, ...

  • Last Updated 4 years ago
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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 4 years ago
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