Book sale at

Darien Library

There will be a book sale at Darien Library today.

Shoppers will find recent bestsellers, fiction and detective mystery titles, cookbooks, travel books, and biographies, as well as children's books.

On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, books and audio books are $1 each, or three for $2. DVDs are $5. Paperback books are $.25 each, or five for $1. On Tuesday and Wednesday, all items will be half price. Thursday is dollar-a-bag day and on Friday, visitors to the library may fill a bag for free until noon.

Knitting Project

keeps on going

On Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., Darien Library hosts "Warm Up America! Knitting Project." Bring your needles and some yarn, and knit a square (patterns will be supplied). Squares will be joined together to create warm blankets for people around the world. Warm Up America! distributes afghans, caps and other items to tens of thousands of people, thanks to the generosity of knitters around the country.

`Short Stories

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for Long Days'

"Short Stories for Long Days," a short story discussion group, will return this summer to Darien Library. The group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays running through Aug. 16,in the library's conference room on the mezzanine.

The discussion leader is Darien resident Carroll Stenson, who has conducted several short story discussion programs at the library, and has established other similar and popular programs in the community.

Selections for discussion will feature both classic and contemporary short stories -- focusing on content and themes, on characters and how they relate to our own experiences.

`Soundscapes' art exhibit at library

"Soundscapes" by James P. Aldworth is on display at Darien Library through Aug. 20.

James P. Aldworth (1925 -- 2011) spent 30 years of his accomplished artistic life concentrating on painting music; to express the moods and feelings it evokes. With vibrant colors and strong brushstrokes, he captured the emotions felt while listening to works of the world's best-known composers. He called these abstract paintings "Soundscapes."

Children's summer reading offered

The Darien Library offers two summer reading programs for children: The Summer Reading Club for kids reading on their own, and the Read to Me Club for pre-readers up to 5.

This year's theme is "Around the World in 60 Days." All programs end on Aug. 23.

Children in the Read to Me Club will keep track of their books in the reading log they obtain upon signing up.

For every 10 books read together (up to 50 books), they can visit the children's library to pick up a book prize.

The Summer Reading Club members will keep track of books read in a passport, which also contains "Quests," reading or information-finding activities related to the Summer Reading theme. Readers who complete 15 quests in their passport, read 15 books, or a combination of books and quests totaling 15 by July 31, can come in to the children's library to receive a special halfway prize.

Write two reviews on the library's website by Aug. 17 to earn a pass to the Summer Reading Finale Party on Aug. 18.

Adult summer

reading begins

Darien Library has launched its sixth annual adult summer reading program, "You're Connected!"

"You're Connected!" features book chats, short story discussions, an evening of live jazz, a writing seminar, a story SLAM. fitness programs, specially-selected films, boot camps, weekly prizes, a grand finale wine and cheese party, and more.

On Aug. 17 at 7 p.m., the grand finale will feature Amor Towles, author of "Rules of Civility," a debut novel set in the upper echelons of New York society in 1938.

Each week throughout the summer, the library will award a prize of a summer tote bag filled with books. Some of the books are signed by the authors. Enter for the chance to win books signed by authors such as David Baldacci, Dorothea Benton Frank and Erik Larson. The grand prize is an iPad2.

There's no need to register. Participants should submit a review for every book they read. Each review counts as a prize entry. All books, audio books, and eBooks count.

iPad boot camp -- learn all of its uses

On Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Darien Library will present iPad Boot Camp. Taught by Evan Barnet, President of Barnet, LLC, all features of the iPad will be explored, from web-searching to e-reader.

The iPad is a tablet computer (mobile computer) designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. Its primary uses include, books, movies, music, games, and web content.

iPad Boot Camp is part of the Library's Adult Summer Reading Program, "You're Connected!"

Create a Writer's Platform seminar

Attention writers -- Learn how to promote yourself and your writing by understanding what a platform is, why it is important to have one, and how to fine your niche. On Aug. 9 at 7 p.m., Adair Heitmann, a pioneer in the field of personal development, will be at Darien Library to present "Create a Writer's Platform: Why You Need One & How to Build One."

With over 35 years of experience, Heitmann is a creativity and wellness expert. She is an award-winning author, professional speaker and consultant.

Planned various events for teens

Teen Writers Group -- 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 our teen writers group.

Stories & Shorts: Teen Book Trailer Video Contest -- through August 5. Take your favorite book (or series) and make a short video about it like a movie preview, for Darien Library's first-ever movie contest for teens. Winners will be announced at the Stories & Shorts Award Ceremony on August 22 at 7 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded.

T-Shirt Time -- Thursday at 3 p.m. To register for this program, email teenstaff@darienlibrary.org. Rework your wardrobe. Bring a piece of clothing or use one of our T-shirts and turn it into a one-of-a-kind creation with fabric printing.

In addition to these formal programs, the library is also offering reading incentives for teens. If you read a book or listen to an audio book and review it on our website, you will be entered in a drawing for prizes. More details are available on our website at www.darienlibrary.org/teens. Our librarians are on hand to offer great book suggestions, so please ask us any time.

Teen summer

reading wraps up

Teen Summer Reading at Darien Library is wrapping up; events include Game On!, Darien Idol Teen Summer Reading Finale Party, and Stories & Shorts. These events are a chance to meet new people and share with old friends.

Game On! -- August 12 at 4 p.m.: Come play the latest games on Xbox Kinect, and show everyone who's boss in competitive tournaments. A $10 gift card to Uncle's Brain Food Cafe will be awarded to weekly winners. On August 12, the top two winners each get a $25 iTunes gift card.

Darien Idol -- Aug. 16 at 7 p.m Rock out at Idol on the big screen in the Community Room, win prizes, be entered in the BIG iPad raffle, and eat pizza. It's the perfect end to a perfect summer.

Contest winners -- Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. You had all summer to take your favorite book (or series) and make a short video about it, now join us for the ceremony of Darien Library's first-ever movie contest for teens. Winners will be announced.