Fall book discussion

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.

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

Genealogy lecture Saturday

The Darien Library is hosting a lecture Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. to help local genealogists dig to the bottom of their Irish roots.

The lecture, presented by Darien native Donna Moughty, will look at the types of records available both in the United States and in Ireland, which will help determine the origin of your Irish ancestors. Moughty is the former president of the Middlesex Genealogical Society, and an expert on Irish genealogy.

Among the tips and tidbits Moughty will offer attendees, is the advice that focusing on U.S. resources can help genealogists find their way to the right place and time in Ireland.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Middlesex Genealogical Society.

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.

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 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.

More Information

Fact box

The fall meetings are Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. 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 through Friday, Dec. 9.

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 preschoolers learn basic computer skills. Sessions are Fridays from 10:30 to 11 a.m.