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Bookworms at Home: "A Bear Called Paddington"

Welcome to Bookworms at Home--the online version of Miss Maria’s popular Bookworms program, our book + craft club for kids ages 4 to 7! Each project is designed to be done with common household items, but feel free to substitute items for anything you might not have--your craft will be uniquely yours!

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

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 3 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Family Art Party: Watercolor Eggs

We are so excited to introduce you to Family Art Party--the online version of Miss Maria’s popular Preschool Art Party program! Each project is designed to be done with common household items, but feel free to substitute items for anything you might not have--your craft will be uniquely yours!

  • Last Updated 3 months ago
  • Maria Magallanes (Children's)

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 3 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 2 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Is This Real Life: Realistic Fiction Recommendations

If you’re struggling to find enough books to satisfy your voracious reader, Darien Library’s still got you covered! Miss Kaitlin and Miss Mia are sharing new booklists on OverDrive and the library’s website weekly to highlight more digital content your child/teen is sure to enjoy. This week, be sure to check out our realistic fiction list for 4th and 5th graders:

  • Last Updated 2 months ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Family Art Party: Watercolor Fish

Welcome back to Family Art Party--the online version of Miss Maria’s popular Preschool Art Party program! Each project is designed to be done with common household items, but feel free to substitute items for anything you might not have--your craft will be uniquely yours!

  • Last Updated 2 months ago
  • Maria Magallanes (Children's)

Funny Girl

When life starts getting a little bit too real, pick up a book by one of these remarkable women. Guaranteed to make you laugh out loud, or at the very least, help you find a smile when you need it.

  • Last Updated 2 years ago
  • (14 items)

Cry Every Time

These books are for people who embrace their "feels" and are looking for stories and characters that will guarantee to leave some tear stains on the page. Many books are under the "teen" section, but this is a category for anyone with a good emotional range, though never fear we've heard crying is a therapeutic experience.

  • Last Updated 4 years ago
  • (12 items)

Read in A Day: Graphic Novel Edition

Not huge into drowning in a 500 page novel? Never fear we have a completely legitimate list of books for the person who wants a good (and fast) story. Graphic novels are great for anyone but especially the: slow reader, comic book fan, reluctant readers, teens, grandparents, and anyone in between.

  • Last Updated 4 years ago
  • (10 items)

Beyonce's Reading List

Can't get enough _Lemonade_?

  • Last Updated 4 years ago
  • (10 items)

Thrill Ride

For those readers who enjoy psychological thrillers that keep you guessing to the end.

  • Last Updated 4 years ago
  • (8 items)

Girls Night Out

Books that you want to share with your girlfriends.

  • Last Updated 4 years ago
  • (9 items)

Orange is the New Black Reading List

Buzzfeed Books compiled a [list of all the books](https://www.buzzfeed.com/jarrylee/all-the-books-referenced-on-season-4-of-orange-is-the-new-bl?utm_term=.haXjbKlwBn#.npylD73bwB "Orange is the New Black booklist") seen on the fourth season of _Orange is the New Black_. You can borrow some of them from Darien Library by putting them on hold below!

  • Last Updated 4 years ago
  • (41 items)

New Children's Books: January 2017

On the hunt for something new and exciting? Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series? Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the twelfth month of 2016. For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit [Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar](http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-t ...

  • Last Updated 3 years ago
  • (7 items)

Books for fans of S-Town

If you loved the podcast S-Town, here are some books to add to your nightstand.

  • Last Updated 3 years ago
  • (8 items)

Connecticut: A Very Talented State

Connecticut serves as home to a whole slew of literary talent. Why not try one of these books by authors who have ties to our beautiful state.

  • Last Updated 3 years ago
  • (11 items)

Little But Mighty

Short and sweet. These books make a big impact in 200 pages or less.

  • Last Updated 3 years ago
  • (9 items)

Young at Heart

In the world of books, everyone is young at heart. Here is a great starter list of YA crossover fiction.

  • Last Updated 3 years ago
  • (8 items)

Second Look Books

We think these books are so good that they deserve a second look.

  • Last Updated 3 years ago
  • (8 items)

Novel Novels

Why not stretch your reading boundaries and try a new genre!

  • Last Updated 3 years ago
  • (11 items)

First In Series Across Genres

You might be surprised to learn just how many folks love to go deep with a character by reading a series. We've offered up a list of first in series titles that should contain something for anyone and everyone.

  • Last Updated 3 years ago
  • (10 items)

Read Your Way Around The World

Discover new places through the written word. All of the books on this list take place outside of the U.S.

  • Last Updated 3 years ago
  • (10 items)

Binge Worthy Series

Who needs Netflix when the library has so many good series available for people to binge watch for free.

  • Last Updated 2 years ago
  • (11 items)

Sharpen your images with Photoshop

Looking for help to edit and publish your images? Look no further! This great selection of Photoshop books will give you all the tips and guidance you need to perfect and publish amazing graphics!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (6 items)

Staff Favorites of 2018

Cue the drum roll. It is time for the most anticipated booklist of the year: Darien Library staff's favorite books of 2018! So without further ado, here are the top thirteen titles we loved this year.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (13 items)

Note to Shelf: February Edition

We are so excited to introduce **_Note to Shelf_** our brand new monthly newsletter. So what can you expect? Our goal with **_Note to Shelf_** is to inform, excite, and educate our adult patrons about the items we are loving or in some cases…not loving at the moment. The majority of the newsletter will be dedicated to our staff reviews on books, audio books, and DVDS. Note to Shelf will also featu ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • (6 items)

The Outdoors Are Open

Nature can soothe the soul in trying times so we have created a list of books that celebrate being outside and the miracles that nature can create. While the Library is closed, please borrow these titles as e-Books or e-Audiobooks through our **[Hoopla](https://dar.to/2v0aCWq)** and **[Libby for Overdrive](https://dar.to/2rwHAsg)** digital collections.

  • Last Updated 3 months ago
  • (9 items)

Book Matchmaker Express: Humor

Laughter can be the best medicine during these extraordinary times.

  • Last Updated 3 months ago
  • (16 items)

Note to Shelf: April 6th Edition

Happy Monday! This week is all about connection. Recently, there was a meme going around that said, “Introverts check on your extrovert friends… they are not doing ok.” At first glance it made us laugh, but it is a good rule of thumb. We should be checking in on each other. Just because we are physically distant doesn’t mean we have to be emotionally distant. And for the most part the world has st ...

  • Last Updated 3 months ago
  • (11 items)

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