Mermaid Fever!

Summer is here, and we'll all be splashing in the water sooner or later. As you dip a toe into your nearby beach or lake, the idea of mermaids might cross your mind. Dive into one of these marvelous mermaid tales and let your imagination run wild!

What's a Caldecott medal??

Wondering through our F5 section, have you ever wondered what a Caldecott Medal is? It's that pretty gold circle with the horse and goose on it on excellent picture books - but really, what is it? Learn more with this comic!

Stories by the Pond

The children's librarians finished out their fourth year of telling stories at Tilley Pond Park on Thursday, August 9th. There were stories about dogs who swallowed various animals and bossy chickens who just wanted to read some books. The real crowd pleaser was the children's librarians' version of Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons. If you missed out on the fun the first time or you just want to relive all of the fun, check out the children's librarians in action.

Stories by the Pond from Darien Library on Vimeo.


Storytimes are for babies, toddlers and children up to age 5. The Children's Library offers other programs for children up to age 12. 


Registered storytimes are offered in the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons. All Summer storytimes are drop-in and do not require pre-registration. Younger children have offerings in the morning, Totally Preschool is in the morning and the afternoon, Bookworms is in the afternoon. Programs for older kids during the school year are held after-school, evenings and weekends. The Darien Library provides approximately 20 programs a week during a registered session. Drop-in storytimes are available year-round - check the calendar of events for more information.

How to register

Parents/caregivers may register online during the specified registration period.  Each child can participate in one registered program per session. Registration is a lottery.  Parents will be notified by Saturday, 3/19 (Spring 2016) . Register your infants and 1 year olds based on their ability to walk. Register children ages 2 and up based on their age by 3/19.  Registered storytimes are for children whose parents are Darien residents, employed full-time in Darien, or Friends of the Darien Library who contribute annually at the $300 level. Parents will need a Library card to register. Please only register for one class per session.

Register for Spring 2016: Monday 2/29 - Monday 3/14 Session Runs: Monday 3/21 - Friday 4/29

Early Literacy Texts

Sign up for our weekly early literacy texts to get easy tips sent right to your phone! It’s totally free (though standard messaging rates apply), and is a service of Darien Library. Your librarians will send a text every Monday with something simple you can integrate into your daily life that will help prepare your child (under 5 years old) for reading and writing. Text messages will begin on the first day of Registered storytimes. Sign up.

Registered Programs

Register for the Storytime Lottery from Monday, February 29th to Monday, March 14th

Giggles and Rhymes

Pre-walking babies and a parent/caregiver. Join us for fingerplays, songs, rhymes, and movement.

Wednesdays 11:15 to 11:45am

Born to Read

Walkers (up to 24 months) and a parent/caregiver. This fast-paced storytime for lively toddlers includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Mondays 10:30 to 11am  OR Tuesdays 9:30 to 10am OR Wednesdays 10:30 to 11am

Creative Music for Children 

Walkers (up to 3 years old ) with a parent/caregiver. Miss Debbie will engage children through music and instrument play.

Fridays 10:30 to 11am 

Side by Side

2-year-olds and 3-year-olds with a parent/caregiver. This introduction to storytime features books, rhymes, and movement activities.

Mondays 11:15 to 11:45am  OR Thursdays 11:15 to 11:45am

All Together Now

0-5 years old and a parent/caregiver.

Bring all your kids, from little to bigger, to sit together at this storytime.

Tuesday 10:30 to 11am

Libros y Cuentos

3-year-olds to 5-year-olds. This bilingual storytime introduces children to Spanish vocabulary, books, rhymes, and songs.

Tuesdays 1:30 to 2pm

Totally Preschool

4-year-olds and 5-year  olds. Join us for stories, act-outs and songs.

Fridays 9:30 to 10am

Preschool Art Party

3-year-olds to 5-year-olds.  Explore art concepts through a picture book lens, with a fun art creation session following.

Mondays 1:30 to 2pm


Drop-In Programs

Toddler Tales  Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.

Walkers (up to 36 months) and a parent/caregiver. This fast-paced storytime for lively toddlers includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Baby Laptime   Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.

Pre-walking babies and a parent/caregiver. Join us for fingerplays, songs, and bounce rhymes in this lapsit storytime.

Bookworms Thursdays at 4:15 p.m.

Ages 4 to 7 and a parent/caregiver.

Listen to an arts- inspiring picture book, and then make art based on the ideas or techniques in the book.

Storytime Saturdays in the Children's Library Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

Walkers (up to 36 months) and a parent/caregiver. This weekend storytime for families falls on the first Saturday of every month and will include some of our favorite books, rhymes, songs and fingerplays.


Dinosaur Days

Courtesy of Flickr user Graham Detonator
Courtesy of Flickr user Graham Detonator

Dinosaurs roam the Library!  Approachable herbivores and curmudgeonly carnivores are waiting to be unearthed, so shoulder your shovel and start digging... and when you've turned the final page, roar for more!

Revisit a Classic Series


The world lost a revered author of children's literature when Russell Hoban passed away last Tueday at the age of 86. Although he wrote more than 50 books for children and was the author of several popular adult novels, here in the children's library he is best known for his Frances books. Bread and Jam for Frances remains one of the definitive books about picky eaters, and the entire series is worth revisiting for its gentle, funny look at the life of a young badger. Check out our collection of Hoban titles at the link below.

You'll Like This Picturebook

Oliver Jeffers' new book, Stuck, starts out simply and gets out of hand very quickly, with very funny and unexpected twists. 

Poor Floyd's kite gets stuck in a tree behind his house.  To get it out, he throws his shoe...which also gets caught in the tree.  He throws his other shoe (it gets stuck), then his cat Mitch (he gets stuck), then goes to get a ladder...and hurls it into the tree (yep, it gets stuck, too).  By the end of the story, a fire engine (and its firemen), a lighthouse, the house across the street, and a whale are all stuck in the tree.  How does it all end?  Does Floyd get everything out of the tree?  You'll get a kick out of the surprise ending. 

Kids with big imaginations, who like big stories and silly ideas, will love this story, and the grown-ups who read it to them will like it, too. 

Early Literacy iPad Kits

If you and your children have been enjoying the Early Literacy iPad Kits along with the iPad mounted in the Children's Library, we have great news!  We recently revamped our kits to include newly acquired apps for you and your children to enjoy! We've also organized the apps, old and new, into convenient folders.

Updated list of Early Literacy iPad Apps

Additional resources on digital literacy and children

Place a hold on an Early Literacy iPad Kit


I'm A Shark by Bob Shea

Fact: Sharks are scary.  They will eat you if they're hungry enough, or if you look too much like a seal.  They have lots and lots of sharp, pointy teeth. 

But, have you ever thought about what scares sharks??  According to I'm A Shark by Bob Shea, the title character, a very tough-guy Great White, isn't afraid of anything.  Except, maybe....spiders. 

But he's not scared of a big mean bear, as long as it isn't holding a creepy spider, near a creepy spider, thinking about a creepy spider, or reading a book about a creepy spider.  "A big, mean, spiderless bear?  Don't make me laugh!" the shark says.  Yes, he's a very brave shark indeed.

Come in and check out I'm A Shark by Bob Shea.

If you like I'm A Shark and want to read more from Bob Shea, take a look here.


Getting to Know the Children's Collection......F5 Learn to Read!

If your child is just starting to read, sounding out words, or ready to venture into reading whole sentences, the F5 Learn to Read section is a great place to find easy reader books (also known as beginning chapter books.) 

From classics like Hop on Pop and Frog and Toad, to new favorites like Elephant and Piggie and Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa, the F5 Learn to Read collection features books (as well as Books with CD's that let you listen along with the story and educational computer games) designed for emerging readers. 


Some easy reader series focus on phonics and sight words (like the popular Bob Book kits), while others are simply great stories told with recognizable vocabulary, ample white space, and limited text.  For new readers, there are tons of excellent choices in a broad range of reading levels.  Stop by the Children's Library anytime and ask us for recommendations for your new reader.

When your child is ready to branch out into slightly longer chapter books,  take a look through out Kids I Read collection!

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