Cool Compositions Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our Cool Compositions Contest for teens. The library’s 10th annual Write-on Teen Literary Festival was sponsored by The Gift of Carl Foundation.

Song Lyrics
1st place: Caleb B. for “Revelation Song”
2nd place: Kayla B. for “You and Me”
3rd place: Michele G. for “No Title (duet)”

1st place: Sarah K. for “Eyes”
2nd place: Sarah N. for “For the Dark Ones”
3rd place: Grace D. for “This House Was Home Once”

Short Story
1st place: Mary Ann T. for “Tell Your Secret to the Wind”
2nd place: Beatrice B. for “Dislocated Expectations”
3rd place: Alexander K. for “Happy Place”



Under the Radar: Books of Suspense

Just in time for Halloween weekend, Debbie Wordinger, leader of the Crime Readers Discussion Group, recommends books of suspense. 

If what makes your skin crawl is not blood and gore, but the shadow just glimpsed over your shoulder, try these American writers of suspense. Their novels have a strong sense of place, a claustrophobic atmosphere, and a feel for the paranoia that can develop in small towns and remote rural areas.

Thomas Cook: Try The Chatham School Affair, or if you are really into disturbing reading, Instruments of Night.

Stephen Dobyns: Try The Boy in the Water, or if you can tolerate a somewhat more gruesome story, The Church of Dead Girls.

Joe Lansdale: Try The Bottoms or A Fine Dark Line.

suspense books

Check Out Our Digital Media Equipment

IPPL cardholders can now check out digital media equipment for in-library use to create movies, music, and more. The following equipment is available for checkout at the Computer Help Desk:

  • Apple MacBook Pro Laptop
  • Canon Rebel T3i 18MP DSLR Camera with Tripod
    (video and photo capabilities)
  • Video Microphone
  • USB Microphone
  • Photography/Video Lighting Kit
  • Drawing Tablet

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

On Sept. 1, we will launch our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, encouraging families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their children before they enter kindergarten.

Children who complete 1,000 books will receive a free paperback book to keep and will join the library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten “Wall of Fame.” Visit for more information. To register, visit the Kids & Teens Ask Us Desk starting Sept. 1.

Thank you to the Darien Rotary Club for their generous sponsorship of this program.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten