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Let's Make Music!

Image via www.incredibox.com/
Image via www.incredibox.com/

We recently discovered an incredibly entertaining website through Common Sense Media - it's called Incredibox, and it enables users to create their own songs with pre-created bass lines, melodies, choruses, voices, and effects. It's similar to one of our favorite iPad Apps by Toca Boca called Toca Band, but Incredibox is aimed at older children. 

We hope you find time to make a few tunes today!

This Spring Break...Visit the MoMA for Free!

Borrow a MoMA Pass today!
Borrow a MoMA Pass today!

If you were unable to register for the Children's Library's MoMA Tour offered on Tuesday, April 15th, feel free to borrow a MoMA Pass to visit on your own. Want to reserve a pass? Here's how!

The passes circulate for one week, in periods that run from Tuesday to the following Monday. For example, the first borrowing period will be between Tuesday, September 24 and Monday, September 30. Rather than placing them on hold like a book, you will reserve them for a specific week, which should make it easier to plan your visit. Passes can be reserved in person at the Welcome Desk, or over the phone (203-669-5239). At this time, passes can only be reserved by residents, members who work in Darien, and Friends of the Library at the $300 annual level or above.

This Spring Break...Visit the MoMA for Free!

Borrow a MoMA Pass today!
Borrow a MoMA Pass today!

Looking for something fun and family-friendly to do over spring break? Did you know that Darien Library offers free passes to visit the Museum of Modern Art in New York City? It's true!

The Darien Library has seven MoMA Passes that we lend for one-week periods. Each MoMA Pass will admit 5 people over the age of 16 for free - children under 16 are always free at MoMA. Each Pass is available through a kit which also contains tips and tricks for making the most of your visit, a MoMA guidebook, a Metro-North train schedule, driving directions, and other tidbits. 

For more information about the MoMA Passes and how to reserve them, read on.

April is National Poetry Month

Still a beloved poetry book 40 years after its publication!
Still a beloved poetry book 40 years after its publication!


April is National Poetry Month, and in honor of this month-long celebration of poetry, we will have a Kid's Poetry Display in the Children's Library. Below please find a selection of some of our favorite poetry books and anthologies. Be sure to come in to the Children's Library to see our Book Spine Poems on display!

OBOC Programs

One Book One Community Kids book choice
One Book One Community Kids book choice

Join us for a bevy of programs celebrating our One Book One Community Initiative. This year the children's book is Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari. Pick up a copy today in the children's library.


Here are the programs we will be offering in the month of May:


Flying Machines
Wednesday, May 7th at 4pm
Grades 3 to 6
It's a bird! It's a plane! Come craft all different kinds of flying machines.


Family Film: Planes
Sunday, May 11th at 2pm
All ages
A family matinee of Disney’s Planes. A plane with a fear of heights goes on to compete in an around-the-world aerial race.


Family Book Discussion
Tuesday, May 13th at 6pm
Ages 9 to 12 and a family member
Parents, grandparents, and siblings are invited to a family book discussion of Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari. Dinner will be provided at this event. Register


The Wright Stuff
Tuesday, May 27th at 4:15pm
Grades K to 6
Science takes off with this popular Children’s Museum program on flying. Learn about air pressure, the forces of flight, and follow the history of aviation from balloons to parachutes to planes to helicopters to rockets.

Alvin Ailey Percussion Demonstration

Image courtesy of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Photo by Claudia Schreier.
Image courtesy of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Photo by Claudia Schreier.

Monday, April 14th at 3pm

Ages 5 and up

Alvin Ailey, renowned dancer and choreographer, believed that "dance is for everybody." He dedicated his company to serving not only as performers, but as teachers and role models to thousands of children each year. 

This special program will be led by Ailey Dance Teaching Artists who will teach the basic rhythmic structure of indigenous music, instruments, and the cultures that create it. Ailey Dance Teaching Artists will also demonstrate the relationship of music and dance through this interactive rhythm and movement presentation.

*Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes prior to the event


May Multicultural Programs

Cinco de Mayo Program

Monday, May 5th at 4:15pm

Join us as we learn about Mexican culture through art in this hands on program.

Ages 5 and up


Games around the World

Wednesday, May 14th at 4:15pm

Learn how kids all around the world play games in this interactive program. *Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes safe for jumping* 

Ages 7 and up


St. Patrick's Day Crafts

A St. Patrick's Day lucky four-leaf clover
A St. Patrick's Day lucky four-leaf clover

Monday, March 17th at 4 p.m.

Join us for a special drop-in program featuring crafts celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Ages 4+.

Spring Fever!

Thursday, March 20 is the first day of spring! In honor of the warmer weather that is nearly here, we have compiled a list of great books about insects, nature, animals, and weather that relate to Spring. We hope you find one to take home!

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