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Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Fellowship

An extraordinary opportunity for an extraordinary new Children's Librarian. Harold W. McGraw, Jr. was an active supporter of Darien Library, with a personal commitment to education and a belief in the important role a child's library experiences play in the beginning of life-long literacy. The McGraw family generously funded the formation of a Children's Librarian Fellowship at Darien Library to h ...

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Early Literacy

Reading Starts at Birth These five Early Literacy practices of reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing help children form the building blocks that will allow them to learn to read when they get to school. Children who enter kindergarten with a rich vocabulary, a knowledge of printed words and books, the ability to hear and play with the sounds in words, and a sense of imaginative play are ...

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2018-2019 Annual Report

From the Director On May 29, 2019, we celebrated Darien Library’s 125th year. That day was a capstone to another remarkable year in the life of a Library that has seen many remarkable years. Some of the year was spent looking back over our history and growth, and you’ll see much of that set forth in this Annual Report. When you look, I hope you will see the past through the same lens I do. I see t ...

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Find Delight In Your World

As we all come together during the coronavirus outbreak, many organizations, publishers, and groups have been opening their virtual doors so you can explore the web if you can't visit in-person. We will continue to update this page. Art Art Institute Chicago: Explore thousands of pieces from the museum's wide-ranging collection. Google Arts & Culture: Tour the great museums of the world thr ...

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Youth Services

Get a Library Card Sign Up for Emails Kid Events Teen Events Activities Youth Services Blog Visit the Children's Library by Appointment The Children's Library will be open for 30-minute appointments with limited walk-ins allowed beginning July 6th. Review the available appointment slots and select the one that works best for you. Please only select one slot per day. If you arrive early, please wai ...

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This List is Anti-Racist

According to The Conscious Kid - a resource I highly recommend you check out - “experts recommend acknowledging and naming race and racism with children as early and as often as possible” to counter racial bias. Referencing title lists from a variety of sources, including The Conscious Kid and Soc ...

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Mystery Monster Game

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we are playing a simple game to engage the creativity of the whole family.

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  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Pride Month Book Picks

June has arrived, and that means it’s time to pull out those Pride Month picks to share with your family! If you’re not quite sure where to start, we’ve got you covered with a list full of suggestions. Here, we’ve highlighted just a few of our favorites:

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  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Social Justice Picture Books

A relatively recent policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) outlines the myriad ways racism negatively impacts the health and well-being of Black, Indigenous and People of Color. While healthcare professionals are certainly in an ideal place to tackle racial inequality in our healthcare system, addressing racism can’t end ...

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  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Homeschool Play: Frankendolls

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we are wrapping up the One Book, One Community celebration by showcasing some of the Frankendolls made as part of our passive program from the first week of the celebration. Without further ado, here are your creations!

  • Last Updated 3 weeks ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Please Don't Try This At Home Edition

Greetings and welcome to the Please Don’t Try This At Home Edition of _You Are What You Read_. This week’s housekeeping is as follows. In the Offerings Department, we have to thank **Cathy M of the Admin Suite** for the Offering of Taffy. Thanks **Cath**! We missed you and we’re glad you’re back. **Diane H** also brought forth an Offering of Taffy all the way from Idaho! Thanks **Diane**! Hope t ...

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New Books for the Week of August 15th

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up. Remember that a lot of these items can be found on our new display space behind the Welcome Desk. Check out the Wonder Wall for 14-Day instant gratification!

  • Last Updated 3 years ago
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It's the Perseid Meteor Shower Edition

Greetings and welcome to the Perseid Meteor Shower Edition of You Are What You Read. This year’s shower is supposed to be spectacular with upwards to 200 per hour. So, if this heat hasn’t left you done-in and cowering in a dark air-conditioned room, please make the effort to get outdoors tonight and make some wishes. You can get the 411 on that **_[here](http://www.space.com/32868-perseid-meteor ...

  • Last Updated 3 years ago
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New Books for the Week of August 29th

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up. Remember that a lot of these items can be found on our new display space behind the Welcome Desk. Check out the Wonder Wall for 14-Day instant gratification!

  • Last Updated 3 years ago
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It's the Left Behind Edition

Greetings and welcome to The Left Behind Edition of _You Are What You Read_. This week’s housekeeping is as follows; there have been no offerings that I am aware of. In **Animals Run Amok News** I regret to inform all of you that there have been Capybara sightings in Florida (of course Florida). Thought to be pets that have made the break for freedom, biologists are concerned that with its warm we ...

  • Last Updated 3 years ago
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