Teen writers group meets every month

This program meets on the second Thursday of the month at 3:30 p.m. in the The Harris Writer's Room. Aspiring to be the next big author? Just want to write a better blog post? Come hone your skills and share with other young authors in the teen writers group.

Photo exhibit features American flags

"American Flag Project," a photographic exhibit by Steven Willard will be on display at Darien Library through Oct. 1.

Fall book discussion series dates, theme

Darien Library recently announced the book selections and discussion dates for its fall book discussion series. The theme of the series is "Home and Away." Library staff members will lead discussions about four carefully selected, critically acclaimed, and discussion-worthy books.

The series began Tuesday, Sept.13 with "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain. It will continue on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. with "Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. "In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin" by Erik Larson will be discussed on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m., and "Next to Love" by Ellen Feldman on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m., the series will conclude with a special guest lecture by Mark Schenker, of Yale University.

The library has copies of the books available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussions.

Fall Into Art: Create, celebrate, explore

Darien Library presents "Fall Into Art," a series of hands-on programs for children that is designed to stimulate the imagination and inspire creativity.

From cartooning to graphic design, digital art to collage, kids will have the opportunity to explore and celebrate many different forms of art.

Some of the program offerings require registration, please see individual descriptions for details. To sign up, visit the children's library or www.darienlibrary.org/youth and click the Fall Into Art registration link.

Raising Our Sons -- Raising Our Daughters

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The Darien Library welcomes parents of third- and fourth-graders to a discussion group once a month on Wednesday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Oct. 12. Raising Our Sons -- Raising Our Daughters is for parents whose children are on the verge of their tween years. Topics to be discussed will include embarrassing tween issues, worrying, and effective parenting. Participants will break into two groups to discuss topics using the Raising Our Sons, Raising Our Daughters Parenting Guides by Dr. Kathy Masarie. Sessions will be led by Moira Rizzo, LMFT.

This program is in support of "Thriving Youth: Connected Communities," an initiative of Darien's Human Services Planning Council for developmental asset building through meaningful relationships, experiences, skills, and opportunities that benefit all our children. This program will take place in conference room.

Author series begins with Jared Dillian

Jared Dillian, author of "Street Freak: Money and Madness at Lehman Brothers," will be the featured speaker at Darien Library on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.

Jared Dillian is the founder of the subscription-based, daily financial market report The Daily Dirtnap.

He was a trader for Lehman Brothers from 2001 to 2008, specializing in index arbitrage and ETF trading and he had a great story to tell.

Nutmeg Book Groups start up for fall

Beginning in September, Darien Library will again offer "Nutmeg Book Group," a book discussion series for children ages 9 to 12. Enjoy pizza and participate in a book discussion of this year's nominees.

This book discussion series celebrates Connecticut's 2012 Nutmeg Book Award Intermediate nominees.

The Nutmeg Book Award encourages children in grades 4 to 6 to read quality literature, then vote for their favorite book from a list of 10 nominated titles selected each year by Connecticut librarians, school media specialists and teachers.

The fall meetings are Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. The first meeting is Sept. 28 and the chosen book is "Signal" by Cynthia DeFelice. The Oct. 26 meeting's chosen book is "Masterpiece" by Elise Broach. The Nov. 30 meeting's chosen book is "Dying to Meet You" by Kate Klise. The Dec. 21 meeting's chosen books is "The Key To Rondo" by Emily Rodda.

Early literacy program features iPads

In September, Darien Children's Library offers six new iPad 2s loaded with specially-selected apps and high-quality eBooks that support early literacy.

The early literacy kits include interactive storybooks and programs that encourage the acquisition of reading skills in young children in a fun, kid-friendly format.

The kits are available to borrow in the Children's Library for Darien residents who are parents or caregivers of children ages 2 to 5.

The Kits may be borrowed for one week and in addition to the iPad, they include information on selecting developmentally appropriate programs for young children.

`7, 8, Create' program returns for fall

The "7, 8, Create!" program returned to the Children's Library schedule on Sept. 14. This weekly drop-in program for 7 and 8-year-olds takes place on Wednesdays at 4:15 p.m. in the children's library.

The program runs through Sept. 28, and Nov. 9 through Dec. 7.

The program combines books with crafts, activities, games, and technology. Past sessions have explored codes, pirates, and the traditions of Mardi Gras.

The Sept. 21 program, led by Kathy Hammell, will have an origami theme and both beginners and experienced paper-folders are welcome. No sign-up is required.

Orientation session for new families

The children's library is having an orientation for all families new to Darien in 2011 on Saturday, Sept. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m.

Parents and children will learn about programs and services for kids and adults, take a tour of the library, and obtain library cards. Registration is not needed, just drop-in to one of the orientations. Snacks will be served.

Fall storytime sessions launch

This fall, Darien Library will offer two storytime sessions, Fall 1 and Fall 2. Fall 1 session runs from Monday, Sept. 12 to Friday, Oct. 21. Fall 2 registration will begin on Monday, Oct. 10 and end on Monday, Oct. 24. Its session runs from Monday, Oct. 31 to Friday, Dec. 9.

Each session is six weeks.

Parents and caregivers may register online at darienlibrary.org/youth. Storytime is tailored for children ages birth to 6 years old.

"Giggles and Rhymes" is for pre-walking babies and a parent or caregiver. Join them for fingerplays, songs, rhymes, and movement on Wednesdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

"Born to Read," for walkers up to 24 months and their parent or caregiver, is a fast-paced storytime for lively toddlers that includes books, songs, fingerplays and movement.

Classes take place Mondays from 9:30 to 10 a.m., Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10 a.m., or Thursdays from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

"Side By Side," for children 2 and 3 years old and their parent or caregiver, includes books, rhymes, and movement activities.

Sessions take place on Mondays from 10:30 to 11 a.m., Tuesdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., Thursdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., or Fridays from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

"Totally Preschool" is a program that gives 4 and 5-year-olds a chance to grow in independence by engaging in stories, act-outs, and songs.

Sessions are Tuesdays from 1:30 to 2 p.m., Thursdays from 1:30 to 2 p.m., or Fridays from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

"Bookworms" is a more sophisticated storytime for 5 and 6-year-olds and includes more complex stories: folktales, humor, and adventure. They meet on Tuesdays from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m.

"Little Clickers" is a chance for three to 5-year-olds and their parent or caregiver to share an interactive computer class.

This technology program introduces kid-friendly websites and helps your preschooler learn basic computer skills. Sessions are Fridays from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Children's library chat new program

Children's library chat is a new monthly program at Darien Library where librarians and parents or caregivers can share ideas and questions about great reading materials for kids.

The fall dates for children's library chat are Tuesday, Oct. 25 and Monday, Nov. 14.

The program will take place at 11:15 a.m. in the children's library.