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 for Long Days' runs through Aug. 16

"Short Stories for Long Days," a short story discussion group, meets from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 16 in the library's conference room on the mezzanine.

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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 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 programs still going on

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.

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

Junior Book Club last session set for Aug. 10

Darien Library hosts the last summer session of Junior Book Club for kids ages 7 to 9 on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. in the Children's Library.

The session will feature a book discussion and a story-related activity. Pizza will be served. In August, the book selection is "The Boy Who Howled" by Timothy Power.

Adult summer reading program ends Aug. 17

"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.

Seminar teaches writers importance of platforms

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 find 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."

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

Young adults have lots of programs to participate in

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 Aug. 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 Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded.

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 program wraps up

The Teen Summer Reading at Darien Library program is wrapping up. events include Game On!, Darien Idol Teen Summer Reading Finale Party, and Stories & Shorts.

Game On!, Aug. 12, 4 p.m.: Teens can 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. 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 iPad raffle, and eat pizza.

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

Upcoming Friday films

Friday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m. -- "Puzzle" (2011) Not Rated. 90 minutes. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Friday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. -- "White Wedding" (2011) Rated PG-13; 98 minutes.