Library News

Celebrate the Bard’s Birthday

William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1565 and died in 1616. He wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets, and contributed thousands of words to the English language. Read, listen, or view a movie adaptation of his works.


Egg Candling

We’re candling some of our eggs tomorrow – Tuesday at 4:45pm with the Darien Dragons 4-H Club! Candling is a lot like a ultrasound for eggs. It is the process of looking at the inside of a developing egg by shining a bright light through it. Candling is used by people who are incubating chicken eggs to test whether an egg is fertilized, in good quality, to test which stage of development it is in, and to see whether the embryo is developing as it should. Because it is important not to handle the eggs too much, we will not be looking inside of each of the eggs – only 2 or 3. This is a fascinating  opportunity, open to all who are interested. Join us in the Youth Room.


Charlie Chaplin’s Birthday

Born April 16, 1889, in London, England, Charlie Chaplin was an actor, comedian, director, and producer.  He rose from childhood poverty as a touring music hall dancer and comic. He began a movie career with Keystone film company, and went on to create 80 films. Knighted in 1975, Chaplin died December 25, 1977


Hello, LittleShop!

Our newest section in the Kids & Teens department — the LittleShop — opened last week! The LittleShop is a hands-on learning space designed for ages 7 and under with caregivers. Our smallest patrons can practice making with our activities and with the general supplies that are always out (crayons, markers, glue, scissors, and paper), as well as specialty items like our Embosser. They can also practice learning with Design Drill, Snap Circuits, Tangrams, Lincoln Logs, Magna Tiles, Tinker Toys, Geoboard, and Gears. We also have a magnet board and light table! Check out some of the families using the space during its first week:


General Lee surrenders at Appomattox Courthouse

On April 9, 1865, General Lee of the Northern Army of Virginia, surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant, Commander in Chief of the Union Army, at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, and thus ended the American Civil War. Learn about this event through historical accounts.


Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

You’ve likely heard a lot about Facebook, privacy, and a company called Cambridge Analytica recently. There are a lot of layers to this story, but this article does a good job of presenting a summary of what happened in a straightforward way. After reading the story, it’d be worthwhile to familiarize yourself with your Facebook privacy settings, if you haven’t already. We’ll be offering a class on Facebook privacy this summer at the library. Look for more information in the Summer newsletter.


Relax! April is Stress Awareness Month

Taxes, work, family, sometimes it’s too much. Research has shown that spending time in nature is a proven antidote to stress. Not a nature lover? Discover other ways to relax and enjoy life!