Mars to Darien

Read to Me Club

Over the summer, use the Read to Me Log to record all the books you read together. For every 10 books you share with a grownup, you will be entered into a special raffle.

Read to Me Club Sign Ups

Readers in Grades K to 6

If you register for Summer Reading between June 4th and June 14th, you will be entered into a special raffle for a Cozmo robot! We'll draw a winner on Friday, June 15th at 5:30 p.m.

K to 6 Sign Ups

Mars to Darien Reading Challenge

Step One

Each participant in Mars to Darien will receive an Expedition Map that consists of 11 reading challenges and 5 physical challenges. Kids will fill out their own Expedition Map each time they visit the Library.

Step Two

Astronauts who complete their Expedition Map by Wednesday, August 14th will be entered into a Grand Prize raffle, which will be drawn at the Summer Reading Finale Party on Thursday, August 15th. Astronauts may choose a prize at each Mars rover they reach on the map.

Step Three

Do you like to solve puzzles? Participants who help the astronaut crew get from Mars to Darien will be entered into the Grand Prize Raffle for a second time. Puzzles will be given at each Mars rover you reach on your Expedition Map.

Houston, we have a problem...

The mission crew from Darien left Earth on March 3rd for a special expedition to Mars with a full team of astronauts. An unexpected storm in the asteroid belt caused a crash landing on the red planet, leading to the failure of the long-term support systems. The mission crew must return to Earth by August 15th before their ship experiences catastrophic failure.

Unfortunately, the hyper-sleep medication was too strong, giving the astronauts temporary memory loss upon waking up from their three month journey. They can't remember their jobs for this expedition!

You can help them return safely home by reading, completing challenges, and attending events this summer.

Get your spacepack on!

Summer Booklists

In case you read this...

Do you need help in finding something to read this summer? Our astronauts left instructions.

K to 1 Books or PDF

2 to 3 Books or PDF

4 to 5 Books or PDF

Meet the Astronauts

Elisabeth Elisabeth
Catherine Catherine
Mia Mia
Anna Anna
Samantha Samantha
Baily Baily


Summer Reading events are pre-registered in advance or drop-in programs which all are welcome to attend. Many programs support S.T.E.A.M. education.

View Summer Reading Events

Summer Kick-Off Party

Saturday, June 8th from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Celebrate summer reading at Darien Library! Children, teenagers, and adults are invited to join us for this afternoon celebration. Get excited for the summer ahead with giveaways, crafts, and ice cream! Join our kick-off event.

Read to Me Finale Concert

Friday, August 9th from 11 to 11:45 a.m.
Louise Parker Berry Community Room

Participants in the Pre-Reading Challenge are invited to our Finale Concert featuring Grammy Award-winning performers Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could. The winner of the Pre-Reading challenge raffle will be announced at this special concert.

Mars to Darien Finale Party

Thursday, August 15th from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Participants in Mars to Darien (K to 6) are invited to our Finale Party in the Library courtyard. There will be music, raffles, food, games, and photo-ops. The winner of the Mars to Darien Challenge will also be announced.

Registraten opens Friday, August 2nd. Space is limited.

Your heroes before they left Darien

Summer Reading is made possible by the generous support of the Marion Moore Foundation.

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