The Children's Librarians LOVE to help kids and parents find great new books to read. You can stop in anytime for a personal consultation. You can also check out our Online Booklists.
Darien Library is a member of Thriving Youth: Connected Community, an initiative of the Darien Human Services Planning Council for developmental asset building through meaningful relationships, experiences, skills and opportunities that benefit all our children. Thriving Youth: Connected Community is a movement in Darien to address the needs of our young people which were brought to light in the Fall when the Search Institute conducted the 40 Developmental Assets survey in our Middle and High Schools. If you missed the results when they were announced you can still view the presentation as a pdf here.
To see the list of Developmental Assets that will be discussed in this series, click here.
Ages 3 to 5
Wednesday, April 21 1:30pm – 2pm
Darien Senior Center: 30 Edgerton Street
Darien Library's Spring Author Series has Judith Warner visiting Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m.
In her newest book, Judith Warner, "New York Times" bestselling author of 2005's Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety, returns to explore the answers to two very timely questions: Are we overdiagnosing and overmedicating our children? Are parents and physicians labeling children to "explain away" bad behavior? With five years of rigorous investigation and research of parents, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other experts, Warner brings concerns and perspectives to this controversial debate.
This event is co-sponsored by the Darien YWCA Parent Awareness Network. Refreshments will be served.
Presentation will conclude with a book signing. Books will be available for purchase.
Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).
I am always looking for good, current research about how young children use technology. There is a lot of studies that have been done on teenagers, but research with younger children is not nearly as common. I was thrilled to see that one of my favorite websites, Read Write Web is undergoing a big survey which aims to find out how children under the age of 12 use web technology. Are any of you parents out there interested in taking part? Click here to participate in the survey.
The new Darien Library has officially been open for a year! Can you believe it?!
If you've used the Children's Library relaxing, reading together, searching for books, movies (and more!), using the computers, researching for homework...how was the process?
Is the room set up to assist with what you'd like to find? Please tell us. Here's a survey that asks about your experience using the new Children's Library.
One of the reasons why the Microsoft Surface was moved from the original spot was due to feedback. We ask for it, and really appreciate it!
Thanks a whole bunch!
There are two new-ish storytimes in the Children's Library...here's the scoop. Please join us, they are both drop-in!
Fathers and pre-walking babies are invited to spend time together for stories, rhymes, and songs.
Saturdays at 11 a.m. January 30 and March 6
The Darien Library will be co-sponsoring this new storytime with the Darien Senior Center. Preschoolers and their caregivers are welcome to join us at the Darien Senior Center for stories, songs, and movement activities. Program is held at the Darien Senior Center on 30 Edgerton Street.
Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. January 20, February 17, March 17
Movie Magic will continue this new year, on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Ages 3 and up and a parent or caregiver are welcome to watch beloved picture books come alive on the big screen. Just drop-in!
Strega Nona by Tomie DePaola
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin
The Foolish Frog by Pete Seeger
First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
We've been in the NEW Library for almost a year! What has your program experience been for children in their first five years?
Here's a small survey to determine what days and times are preferable, and other questions to help us tweak and improve.
Thank you so, so much!