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Summer Reading Begins Today

Darien Library is excited to present our digital Summer Reading program to you. Hop into our time traveling taxi as we travel across history with Darien Time Machine 3000! This summer, we are traveling through some incredible periods of history with our time travel theme. Unfortunately, we have gotten into some time machine trouble— each of us has gotten stuck in different years and we are ...

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  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Summer Reading Fun: "Mystery on the Ostrich Express"

Now that Summer Reading has begun, join us twice a week for posts with activities and materials to take your enjoyment of our list of Summer Reading books to the next level! To check out our full lists of Summer Reading book suggestions, or for more information about the Summer Reading program, check out our Summer Reading ...

  • Last Updated 2 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Summer Reading Fun: "Fry Bread"

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! To check out our full lists of Summer Reading book suggestions, or for more information about the Summer Reading program, check out our

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  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Summer Reading: Green Covers Recommendations

What a month it’s already been! The library has re-opened, Summer Reading is officially in full swing, and you know what that means: It’s time to start working your way through your Summer Reading Timeline! First up this year is reading a book with a green cover, a task that can be a bit tricky when you’re weeding through the entire Children’s Library collection. To help you get started, we’ve ...

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  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Summer Reading Fun: "The Next President"

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!

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  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Summer Reading Fun: "When Stars are Scattered"

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!

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  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Summer Reading: Graphic Novel Recommendations

Hopefully your Summer Reading adventure is progressing nicely. You're reading books, attending programs, marking off challenges. Maybe you’ve even tracked down a lost librarian at this point! Now that we’re securely into week two, you may be looking for a graphic novel to fill in your timeline. We’ve put together a list of titles< ...

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  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Summer Reading Fun: "Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet"

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!

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  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Summer Reading Fun "Don't Feed the Coos"

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!

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  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Summer Reading: Then and Now Recommendations

Week three of Summer Reading is officially upon us, which means it’s time to find some great Then & Now titles to fill in your timeline. We have a full list of recommendations for you on the Book Lists webpage, but below you’ll find some of my personal favorites:

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

Summer Reading Fun: "Real Pigeons Fight Crime"

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!

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  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Summer Reading: Booklist Recommendations

If your Summer Reading challenge is right on track, then it’s time to find a biography to devour. We have a lot of great options available in the Children’s Library and digitally through Libby or Hoopla - you can find a list of suggestions here - we’ve listed some favorites below. And, as always, you can discover even more fantas ...

  • Last Updated 1 month ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Summer Reading Fun: "Investigators"

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 1 month ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Summer Reading: Series Recommendations

You’re over halfway through your Summer Reading challenge at this point, which means you might be looking for a new series to try! We have a lot of great options available in the Children’s Library and digitally through Libby or Hoopla - you can find a list of suggestions here - we’ve listed some favorites below. And, as always, ...

  • Last Updated 1 month ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Summer Reading Fun: "Baloney and Friends"

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 1 month ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

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 1 month ago
  • Catherine Stricklan (CL STAFF)

Summer Reading Suggestions: Historical Fiction Booklist

Congratulations! You’ve almost completed your Summer Reading journey. If you’re looking for a historical fiction recommendation to help you finish your timeline, you’ll find a full list of titles we love here, but we’ve highlighted some of our favorites below. And, as always, you can discover even more fantastic recommendations b ...

  • Last Updated 1 month ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Kindergarten and First Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Kindergarten and First Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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Second and Third Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Second and Third Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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Fourth and Fifth Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Fourth and Fifth Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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MMS Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids and Teens attending Middlesex Middle School. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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Binge Worthy

For readers who love a good series to binge on. These titles are the first in a series.

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Tried and True Summer Reads

It was our last meeting of the year. So in tribute to our love for books, the group created a list of our favorite summer reads of the past. A little bit of something for all interests: breezy easy reads to deep thought-provoking books. A little bit of everything for many reading interests: **Historic Fiction:** _A Beautiful Place To Die_ and _Lonesome Dove_. **Mystery:** _The Coroner's ...

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Fourth and Fifth Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Fourth and Fifth Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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Second and Third Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Second and Third Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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Kindergarten and First Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Kindergarten and First Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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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.

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Little But Mighty

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

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Young at Heart

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

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Audiobooks

Are you commuting? Do you want to get lost in a book while doing chores? Borrow an audiobook for hands-free listening!

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Second Look Books

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

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Novel Novels

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

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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.

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Award Winners Across Genres

Would you like a guaranteed good read? Check out these award winning books. For example, _The Underground Railroad_ by Colson Whitehead won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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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.

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Kids Beach Reads

Whether you are laying on the beach or roasting marshmallows at camp, this booklist has you covered for those fun, sunny summer days!

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International Authors

Great books from international authors!

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Celebrity Memoirs

Surprisingly good celebrity memoirs you won't want to miss!

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Science Fiction

Will science outpace humanity? Time will only tell.

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Books Set in the Future

Wondering what the future will look like?

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By The Numbers

Generally, I like words more than numbers, but I will make an exception for books that feature a number in their title.

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Short Stories

These bite-size stories pack a powerful punch!

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Get in the Game

From reality to fiction...sports often provides the perfect backdrop for inspiring tales of perseverance, hard work and triumph.

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Binge Worthy Series

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

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2018 Kindergarten and First Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Kindergarten and First Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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2018 Second and Third Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Second and Third Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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2018 Fourth and Fifth Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Fourth and Fifth Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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Teen Summer Reading 2017

Check out this list of great new books for middle grade readers. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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Teen Summer Reading 2018

Check out this list of great new books for middle grade readers. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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2019 Kindergarten and First Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Kindergarten and First Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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2019 Second and Third Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Second and Third Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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2019 Fourth and Fifth Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Fourth and Fifth Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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MMS Summer Reading 2019

Check out our favorite titles for middle school!

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June is Audiobook Month

Every June, the Audio Publishers Association (APA) likes to increase awareness and enthusiasm for audiobooks(and we do too!) Audiobooks not only make long drives fly by, but they are a multitasker's dream; you can listen as you walk, work out, clean house, cook and paint and read twice as much. Check out some of our favorites!

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2020 Kindergarten and First Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Kindergarten and First Grade. We told you all about some of these titles in our booktalk videos! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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2020 Second and Third Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Second and Third Grade. We told you all about some of these titles in our booktalk videos! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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2020 Fourth and Fifth Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Fourth and Fifth Grade. We told you all about some of these titles in our booktalk videos! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

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Books with Time in the Title

It's always "time" for a good book!

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2020 Pre-Reader Summer Reading Suggestions

Not sure where to start when selecting books for your Read to Me Club challenge this summer? Try one of these great librarian recommendations!

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Alan Kirk Gray Favorites

Some of recently retired Library Director Alan Kirk Gray's top picks!

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