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 and crocheters around the country.
Renowned storyteller Tom Lee will be hosting a kid-friendly presentation of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" for kids in kindergarten through sixth grades on Monday at 4:15 p.m. The drop-in program will take place in the library's community room. This is a lively and interactive storytelling for children that coincides with the play Shakespeare on the Sound is performing this summer.
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On Sunday at 2 p.m., the Actors/Playwrights Workshop will present the public-staged reading of selections from the plays in the library's community room. The plays selected for performance by the Darien Library Committee are: "The Apartment Bedroom" by Marlene Gaylinn; "The Trouble with Rhonda" by Bob Liftig; "The Family Room" by Bob Lindsey; "E.R." by Jill Sapenoff; "The Vatican" by Joe Starzyk; "An Untitled Me" by June Whittaker.
Final exam hours
Darien Library will extend its hours during final exams. Hours are: Sunday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m; Monday, 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. For more information, visit darienlibrary.org or call 203-655-1234.
Darien Library will screen the film "Speaking in Tongues," a San Francisco International Film Festival Audience Award Winner that explores the subject of bilingual education in the United States, on Monday at 7 p.m. Following the film, Karen Christiansen and Maureen Bloom will host a discussion on language immersion programming for children. This program will take place in the library's community room.
Children's summer reading
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 in their first five years. This year's theme is "Around the World in 60 Days." All programs begin on June 20 and 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. All members and a caregiver are invited to a concert with special guest performer Brady Rymer on Aug. 23 at 11:30 a.m. (sign-up for this event begins on Aug. 1), and an Around the World craft party before the concert. 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. Children who sign up for Summer Reading within the first two weeks, June 20 to July 5, can enter a kick off raffle to win prizes. Raffle winners will be contacted by July 8. 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 party pass to the Summer Reading Finale Party on Aug. 18. The finale party's special guest is Michael Buckley, author of the Sisters Grimm and NERDS books, two very popular series with young readers.