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Grilling Guru and Author, Steven Raichlen

It’s hard to believe there was a time when grilling and barbecue weren’t ubiquitous American obsessions. Enter Steven Raichlen, whose The Barbecue! Bible—the IACP Award–winning homage to live-fire cooking first published in 1998—launched a revolution in American grilling. The renowned barbecue authority has written more than 30 books, including the New York Times–bestselling Project Smoke and Plan ...

  • Thursday, June 10, 7:00 PM

From Page to Stage: "Carrie: The Musical"

Stephen King's epistolary novel is perhaps one of the most iconic stories in the horror genre. Frequently banned on account of its taboo content, the tale has been adapted several times in film, including versions in 1976 featuring Sissy Spacek in the title role and 2013 with Chloë Grace Moretz. Surely, however, the most unlikely adaptation of the book is the one that brought it to the stages of B ...

  • Tuesday, May 11, 7:00 PM

Author SJ Bennett: The Windsor Knot

Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore welcome author SJ Bennett. She will speak about her latest book, The Windsor Knot. Register for this Author Talk Advanced Praise: “Sheer entertainment… Bennett infuses wit and an arch sensibility into her prose… This is not mere froth, it is pure confection.” — New York Times Book Review “[A] pitch-perfect murder mystery… If The Crown were crossed with Miss Ma ...

  • Wednesday, May 12, 3:00 PM

Services for Kids & Parents

Parenting Collection and Programs Children don't come with instructions, but that doesn't mean you have to raise your child alone. We have books and videos to help you get through those early days, the tantrums, all the way up to the Birds and the Bees. We support early literacy in pre-readers with special services and programs for them. We also offer programs throughout the year to address common ...

  • Last Updated 5 months ago


Due to current COVID19 protocol, all storytimes our virtual and for ages 0-5 years. Please check the Storytime Events Listings for our most up to date information. Please contact the Children's Library Desk with any questions. Email: childrenlibrary@darienlibrary.org Phone: 203-669-5235

  • Last Updated 5 months ago

Magazines & Newspapers

In-Library The Magazine Reading Room, located on the Second Level, is home to over 275 individual magazines and newspapers. This is a quiet reading area, a lovely spot to browse and read in peace. Comfortable chairs and couches surround a fireplace that is always lit during the cooler months. Current magazine issues are for in-Library use only, however there is no limit on the number of older issu ...

  • Last Updated 2 months ago

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I...? Library Locations Basic Services Games & Tech Things to Do Online Website Account What do I need to log into the website? You need your library card number and the email address you gave the Library when you registered. If you have forgotten which email address you gave or library card number, please call us at 203-669-5238. What is my password? The Library's website does not have ...

  • Last Updated 10 months ago

TEA Room

Home Classes Links Using the TEA Room What is the TEA Room? The TEA in TEA Room stands for Technology, Engineering, & the Arts. It is a mini-makerspace, a learning lab, & an artist studio designed for children in grades 3 to 6. What kinds of things can I do there? We offer classes in the TEA room on everything from circuitry to printmaking. Click on the classes tab to learn more. You're al ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago

Mystery Month Booklist

Did you know May is Mystery Month? The Children’s Library has some great recommendations for the super-sleuth in your life, a whole list of which you can find here. While all of the titles on this list are top-notch, here are just a few of our favorites:

  • Last Updated 11 months ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Read Me Next Booklist

Classics are classic for a reason: They’re generally well-loved and remembered fondly. But sometimes even the classics need a little update. So if you’re looking for some more modern reading alternatives to classic favorites, look no further! ...

  • Last Updated 8 months ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Homeschool Play: Magic Potions

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we’re making pretend magic potions! This activity is drawn from the book Play, Make, Create by Meri Cherry, which contains many fabulous process-based art projects. The theory behind a process-based art project is that there i ...

  • Last Updated 10 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Summer Reading Fun: "Eat Your Rocks Croc"

Welcome back to Summer Reading Fun, where we highlight some of our favorite Summer Reading books and show off fun extension activities to take your enjoyment of our list of Summer Reading books to the next level!

  • Last Updated 8 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

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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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 4 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 4 years ago
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It's the First Summer Weekend Edition

Greetings and welcome to the First Summer Weekend of 2016 Edition of You Are What You Read. I trust everyone made it through the Full Moon Madness/Solstice on Monday. There is minimum housekeeping this week. In **Animals Run Amok** news there has apparently been a shortage of New England Cottontails. Fear no longer **People**. There is a movement afoot to repopulate the species. Don’t be confus ...

  • Last Updated 4 years ago
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It's the Big Hair Edition

Greetings and welcome to the Big Hair Edition of You Are What You Read. I hope you all got through the festivities with all digits and limbs intact. That’s a nice wish for sure. I also wish for some more of that lovely weekend weather that was ours last week. This hot, humid pea soup stuff is no one’s friend. This week’s **Animals Run Amok News** was brought to my attention by **Karyn A** w ...

  • Last Updated 4 years ago
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