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Alia Mahdi and her children, Ibrahim, 1, Yusuf, 4, and Musa, 3, make bookplates as they enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Alia Mahdi and her children, Ibrahim, 1, Yusuf, 4, and Musa, 3, make bookplates as they enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library and their generous donor, Harold W. McGraw, Jr.
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Sue McGraw welcomes guests to her late father, the Harold W. McGraw, Jr.'s Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate Sue McGraw welcomes guests to her late father, the Harold W. McGraw, Jr.'s Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library and their generous donor, Harold W. McGraw, Jr.
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Children including Alexa and Jessica Mitrione, both 6, right, enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were Children including Alexa and Jessica Mitrione, both 6, right, enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library and their generous donor, Harold W. McGraw, Jr.
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Children including Gabby Mertocci, 6, enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the Children including Gabby Mertocci, 6, enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library and their generous donor, Harold W. McGraw, Jr.
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Children including Sarah You, 9, and Rebecca Harper, 8, enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited Children including Sarah You, 9, and Rebecca Harper, 8, enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library and their generous donor, Harold W. McGraw, Jr.
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Maya Raman, 4, of Darien gets her face painted as children enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were Maya Raman, 4, of Darien gets her face painted as children enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library and their generous donor, Harold W. McGraw, Jr.
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Children including Alexa and Jessica Mitrione, both 6, enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited Children including Alexa and Jessica Mitrione, both 6, enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library and their generous donor, Harold W. McGraw, Jr.
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Children including Yusuf Mahdi , 4, enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the Children including Yusuf Mahdi , 4, enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library and their generous donor, Harold W. McGraw, Jr.
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Children including Olivia Melendez, 4, of Norwalk enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to Children including Olivia Melendez, 4, of Norwalk enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library and their generous donor, Harold W. McGraw, Jr.
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Children enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library Children enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library and their generous donor, Harold W. McGraw, Jr.
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Children enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library Children enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library and their generous donor, Harold W. McGraw, Jr.
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Children including Aidan Moynihan, 4, enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the Children including Aidan Moynihan, 4, enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library and their generous donor, Harold W. McGraw, Jr.
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Children enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library Children enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library and their generous donor, Harold W. McGraw, Jr.
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Children enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library Children enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library and their generous donor, Harold W. McGraw, Jr.
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Children enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library Children enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library and their generous donor, Harold W. McGraw, Jr.
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Children including Aidan Moynihan, 4, enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the Children including Aidan Moynihan, 4, enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library and their generous donor, Harold W. McGraw, Jr.
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Ray and Jay aka Jay Pharr and Ray Bryant perform for children as they enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Ray and Jay aka Jay Pharr and Ray Bryant perform for children as they enjoy the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Birthday Party at Darien Library Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Darien Library in Darien, Conn. Families were invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library and their generous donor, Harold W. McGraw, Jr.

DARIEN — The Darien Library on Saturday celebrated the birthday of the facilities generous donor Harold W. McGraw, Jr.

The party included face-painting, art activities, and a musical performance by Jay and Ray.

McGraw was an active supporter of Darien Library with a personal commitment to education and a belief in the important role a child’s library experiences play in the beginning of life-long literacy.

The McGraw family has funded the formation of a Children’s Librarian Fellowship at Darien Library to honor his memory, through a two-year full-salaried position for a recent Master in Library Science graduate.

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