Book Readers Festival kicks off the summer
DARIEN — When the weather warms up the Darien Library moves outside.
“We like to bring the library outdoors and introduce different parts of it to people,” said Library Director Alan Kirk Gray at the Book readers Festival, June 20. “You get to know a broader range of the services.”
Each summer, Library employees set up shop outside the Post Road building for its Book Readers Festival which advertises the library’s selection of books and services to readers.
Visitors to the event Tuesday browsed tables with different genres of books, such as gardening and beach reads. Younger visitors could go to the arts and crafts table to make masks. Readers were also given a Bingo sheet and if they got Bingo by receiving stamps at different tables, they got a free stack of books to keep, as well as a Darien Library pen.
Barbara Monin, chairman of the event and a reader’s advisor at the library, manned the historical fiction table, baring titles like “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles and “Stones from the River” by Ursula Hegi, some of Monin’s historical fiction favorites.
“People will come up and say ‘What do you recommend?” she said.
For more on Darien Library summer events, visit darienlibrary.org
“Not everyone knows what we do,” she added. “It’s not just checking out books. We can advise people on what to read.”
Despite this, Monin said there’s no summer read she recommended for all readers this season.
“Everyone reads differently and everyone has different ideas of what summer reads are,” she said. “It depends on the person.”
Darien resident Mary Bloomer happened to be at the library for her son’s summer read when she stumbled upon the festival with her children. Bloomer’s son, a student at Middlesex Middle School, was looking for a book he’d taken out from his school library, but didn’t finish before the end of the school year. Bloomer’s daughter, Katie, also a student at Middlesex, is also a big reader. Both children and mom enjoyed the lucky coincidence of finding the event and enjoyed the book prizes, as well as book recommendations.
“We didn’t know it was going on,” Bloomer said. “We happened upon it. We got good advice on teen books.”
For a full list of events at the Library this summer visit darienlibrary.org.