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Splash into Adult Summer Reading

Grab your towels and sunscreen! We are going to be splashing into a fun-filled summer with our annual reading challenge, author events, pop-up book group, game nights and lots of prizes!

The fun starts on June 20th and we will be swimming in a sea of books until August 14th. You can play online or pick up your game cards at Darien Library's Welcome Desk.


Play online OR use a game card!*


* Game cards may also be picked up at the Welcome Desk.


Summer Reading Events

Kate Quinn & Beatriz Williams


Bestselling Author Kate Quinn in Conversation with Beatriz Williams

Wednesday, June 29th at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room

Join Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore for the Adult Summer Reading kick-off event featuring bestselling author Kate Quinn in conversation with Beatriz Williams. They will discuss Quinn's most recent novel, The Diamond Eye, history, and strong heroines in literature.

You can attend virtually or join us here at the Library for an exclusive watching party with “Diamond Eye” cocktails, and other refreshments. Seating is limited.

All participants in the event will be entered into our Adult Summer Reading grand prize raffle. You will also have a chance to win a copy of both Kate Quinn’s and Beatriz Williams’ newest novels.

Registration is required.


Pop-Up Beach Read Book Group

Wednesday, July 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Courtyard

Calling all book lovers! Join us for a pop-up book group where we will be diving into the juicy summer read, The Lifeguards by Amanda Eyre Ward. The book “combines dark intrigue with complex family dynamics and witty social observation." ~ Sophia Kinsella

“Mom-Margs” and other refreshments will be served.

Register for Book Group

Registration is required and space is limited. All participants will receive a free copy of the book once they have registered.

Summer Night Bingo

Sunday, July 24th at 5:30 p.m. in the Library Courtyard

What better way to spend a Sunday evening then playing a good old-fashioned game of Bingo at the Library? Round up your family, friends, and neighbors and join us for a night of great prizes, delicious snacks, and loads of fun.

All our welcome to join in the festivities!

Register for Bingo

Registration is required and space is limited.


How to Play

June 20th through August 14th

This year, there are two ways to play:


Playing In-Person

Return your game card to the Library or submit your entry by taking a photo of your completed game card and email it to vgrubbs@darienlibrary.org with the subject heading “Game Card.”



Once you have registered online or picked up your game card:

  • Complete any four challenges for an opportunity to win.
  • Log your challenges online, or return your game card to the Library and you will be entered into weekly book giveaways and the grand prize raffles.
  • Every completed game card and online badge is a submission to win one of our three incredible prizes.
  • Play up to 12 times over the summer.
  • The grand prize drawings will be held the week of August 15th.

Good luck and happy reading!


Grand Prizes

Our beach-themed prizes will have you ready to lounge the day away and includes:
  • Kindle Paperwhite
  • Beach towels and clips
  • Coola sunscreen kit
  • Stylish and waterproof beach bags
  • Portable Bluetooth speaker
  • Darien Library baseball cap and cups

We will also be holding a weekly book giveaway for the hottest books of the summer. Every game card you play enters you into the drawing for both the weekly giveaway and the grand prizes.

For more information check out our Adult Summer Reading FAQs.

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Reading Inspiration

Frequently Asked Questions

No, we would love to see you at the Library. Please stop by and pick up a game card from the Welcome Desk starting Monday, June 20th.

Yes, while the online experience might feel a bit different, the challenges are exactly the same whether you play online or using the physical card.

You may play up to 12 times. All game cards are entered into the weekly raffle for a free book and for the grand prizes.

Yes, but to make it fair to all, only 12 game cards will be entered into the grand prize raffles.

Yes, you can download the Beanstack app on the iOS and Android app stores.

Starting June 20th, we will hold a weekly drawing for the hottest books of the summer. The three grand prize basket winners will be notified the week of August 15th. 

Yes, you can register all of your family members through the registration dashboard and easily toggle between members. 

Please contact us with your first and last name to retrieve your password.

No, you can sign into your account through you Beanstack app or at darienlibrary.beanstack.org and start playing on June 20th.

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