Abstract art on view

From Oct. 3 to Nov. 9, the "Art on View" at Darien Library will be a collection of abstract paintings by Linda George. The exhibit will be on display in the Library's Art Gallery, which is located on the lower level.

George is an award-winning artist, whose works have been displayed in numerous venues in Fairfield County. Her paintings are in many collections from New England to California.

For many years, the artist explored landscape and sill-life, with works ranging from realism to impressionism, however, her main concern has always been color.

Medicare counseling

Darien Library, in partnership with CHOICES, will offer free one-on-one Medicare counseling at the Library for two Fridays in October to coincide with the beginning of Medicare Open Enrollment.

The Open Enrollment process begins Oct. 15, and seniors are sure to have lots of questions about this federal program. Misconceptions and new healthcare reform can further confuse the already complex effort to understand Medicare.

CHOICES (the Connecticut Health Care Options program) provides volunteer counselors who help individuals understand health insurance issues including:

Medicare

Medicaid

Prescription drug benefits

Supplemental Medigap policies

Long-term care insurance policies

Counselors help seniors navigate the types of Medicare plans that are available, buying and paying for plans, and how the new healthcare reform benefits them. CHOICES does not sell insurance, nor does it endorse one plan over another; it is funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Administration on Aging, and the State of CT.

Volunteer CHOICES counselors will be at Darien Library on Friday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please call the reference desk at 203-669-5236 to schedule an appointment.

Fall book discussion

Darien Library recently announced the book selections and discussion dates for its fall book discussion series.

The theme of the series is "Home and Away." Library staff members will lead discussions about four carefully selected, critically acclaimed, and discussion-worthy books.

The series began Tuesday, Sept. 13, with "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain.

It will continue on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. with "Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys." "In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin" by Erik Larson will be discussed on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m., and "Next to Love" by Ellen Feldman on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m., the series will conclude with a special guest lecture by Mark Schenker, of Yale University.

The library has copies of the books available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussions.

Fall Into Art

Darien Library presents "Fall Into Art," a series of hands-on programs for children that is designed to stimulate the imagination and inspire creativity.

From cartooning to graphic design, digital art to collage, kids will have the opportunity to explore and celebrate many different forms of art.

Some of the program offerings require registration, please see individual descriptions for details. To sign up, visit the children's library or www.darienlibrary.org/youth and click the Fall Into Art registration link.

Parenting guides

The Darien Library welcomes parents of third- and fourth-graders to a discussion group once a month on Wednesday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Oct. 12.

"Raising Our Sons -- Raising Our Daughters" is for parents whose children are on the verge of their tween years.

Topics to be discussed will include embarrassing tween issues, worrying, and effective parenting. Participants will break into two groups to discuss topics using the Raising Our Sons, Raising Our Daughters Parenting Guides by Dr. Kathy Masarie. Sessions will be led by Moira Rizzo, LMFT.

This program is in support of "Thriving Youth: Connected Communities," an initiative of Darien's Human Services Planning Council for developmental asset building through meaningful relationships, experiences, skills, and opportunities that benefit all our children. This program will take place in conference room.

Nutmeg Book Groups

Beginning in September, Darien Library will again offer "Nutmeg Book Group," a book discussion series for children ages 9 to 12. Enjoy pizza and participate in a book discussion of this year's nominees.

This book discussion series celebrates Connecticut's 2012 Nutmeg Book Award Intermediate nominees.

The Nutmeg Book Award encourages children in grades 4 to 6 to read quality literature, then vote for their favorite book from a list of 10 nominated titles selected each year by Connecticut librarians, school media specialists and teachers.

The fall meetings are Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. The first meeting is Sept. 28 and the chosen book is "Signal" by Cynthia DeFelice. The Oct. 26 meeting's chosen book is "Masterpiece" by Elise Broach. The Nov. 30 meeting's chosen book is "Dying to Meet You" by Kate Klise. The Dec. 21 meeting's chosen books is "The Key To Rondo" by Emily Rodda.

Story telling program

Join the Children's Librarians after dark for a host of spooky tales in honor of Halloween.

This storytelling program will take place on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. at Tilley Pond Park and will include "jump" stories, songs, and folktales. Kids are invited to come in their Halloween costumes. Stories to Chill Your Bones is a drop-in program and is recommended for children ages 7 to 10. This program is co-sponsored by Darien Parks and Recreation Department.

Children's author visit

Dan Yaccarino, nationally-known picture book author and illustrator, will be at the Darien Library on Monday, Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. to talk about how his stories move from idea to completed story to published book. Children ages 5 and up are invited to attend with their parents and caregivers. The visit will be held in the community room. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Orientation session

The children's library is having an orientation for all families new to Darien in 2011 on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m.

Parents and children will learn about programs and services for kids and adults, take a tour of the library, and obtain library cards. Registration is not needed, just drop-in to one of the orientations. Snacks will be served.

Storytime sessions

This fall, Darien Library will offer two storytime sessions, Fall 1 and Fall 2. Fall 1 session runs through Friday, Oct. 21. Fall 2 registration will begin on Monday, Oct. 10 and end on Monday, Oct. 24. Its session runs from Monday, Oct. 31 to Friday, Dec. 9.

Each session is six weeks.

Parents and caregivers may register online at darienlibrary.org/youth. Storytime is tailored for children ages birth to 6 years old.

"Giggles and Rhymes" is for pre-walking babies and a parent or caregiver. Join them for fingerplays, songs, rhymes, and movement on Wednesdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

"Born to Read," for walkers up to 24 months and their parent or caregiver, is a fast-paced storytime for lively toddlers that includes books, songs, fingerplays and movement.

Classes take place Mondays from 9:30 to 10 a.m., Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10 a.m., or Thursdays from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

"Side By Side," for children 2 and 3 years old and their parent or caregiver, includes books, rhymes, and movement activities.

Sessions take place on Mondays from 10:30 to 11 a.m., Tuesdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., Thursdays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., or Fridays from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

"Totally Preschool" is a program that gives 4 and 5-year-olds a chance to grow in independence by engaging in stories, act-outs, and songs.

Sessions are Tuesdays from 1:30 to 2 p.m., Thursdays from 1:30 to 2 p.m., or Fridays from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

"Bookworms" is a more sophisticated storytime for 5 and 6-year-olds and includes more complex stories: folktales, humor, and adventure. They meet on Tuesdays from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m.

"Little Clickers" is a chance for three to 5-year-olds and their parent or caregiver to share an interactive computer class.

This technology program introduces kid-friendly websites and helps your preschooler learn basic computer skills. Sessions are Fridays from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Children's library chat

Children's library chat is a new monthly program at Darien Library where librarians and parents or caregivers can share ideas and questions about great reading materials for kids.

The fall dates for children's library chat are Tuesday, Oct. 25 and Monday, Nov. 14. The program will take place at 11:15 a.m. in the children's library.