Abstract art on view

A collection of abstract paintings by Linda George will be on view at the library through Nov. 9. The exhibit will be on display in the library's art gallery, which is on the lower level.

George is an award-winning artist whose works have been displayed in numerous venues in Fairfield County.

Her paintings are in many collections from New England to California.

Healthy Ocean talk

Darien Library, in an event co-sponsored by Northern Trust, welcomes Stephanie Wear, director of Coral Reef Conservation for The Nature Conservancy to the library for a presentation on healthy oceans on Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m.

Talk on Shakespeare

Theater producer Ron Song Destro will give a controversial Shakespeare talk at Darien Library on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.

Kennedy Center award-winning playwright and theatre producer Destro will offer a free visual presentation titled "Who Really Wrote As Will Shake-speare?" on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Darien Library.

The presentation, which is a lively examination of authentic Elizabethan primary source documents, plus additional narration by Sir Derek Jacobi, is based upon years of research and a series of lectures Destro has given at various venues, including Harvard University, City College of New York and Chautauqua Institution.

Fall book discussion

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.

"Next to Love," by Ellen Feldman, will be discussed on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.

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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

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.

Parenting guides

The library will host a discussion group for parents of third- and fourth-graders once a month on Wednesday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

"Raising Our Sons -- Raising Our Daughters" is for parents whose children are on the verge of their tween years.

The program will take place in conference room.

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 children.

Nutmeg Book Groups

The library is again offering Nutmeg Book Group, a book discussion series for children ages 9 to 12. Children can enjoy pizza and participate in a discussion of this year's selected books.

The series celebrates Connecticut's 2012 Nutmeg Book Award Intermediate nominees.

The Nutmeg Book Award encourages children in grades four to six 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 Oct. 26 meeting's chosen book is "Masterpiece" by Elise Broach.

The Nov. 30 book is "Dying to Meet You" by Kate Klise.

The Dec. 21 meeting's book is "The Key To Rondo" by Emily Rodda.

Storytime sessions

The second storytime session will run from Monday, Oct. 31 to Friday, Dec. 9. Registration for the session began Oct. 10, and will end on Monday, Oct. 24.

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

Storytime runs for six weeks.

"Giggles and Rhymes" is for pre-walking babies and a parent or caregiver. Fingerplays, songs, rhymes, and movement will be featured 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 3 to 5-year-olds and their parent or caregiver to share an interactive computer class.

The 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

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 date for children's library chat is Monday, Nov. 14. The program will take place at 11:15 a.m. in the children's library.