Fall Into Art!

Fall into Art this autumn with the children's library! Image via http://www.williammoten.com/
Fall into Art this autumn with the children's library! Image via http://www.williammoten.com/

School is back in session and the air is getting crisper - this autumn, Fall Into Art with the Children's Library!

Join us in October and November for a series of creative programs for all ages, as well as spectacular author visits from Darien Library favorites Frank Viva, Oliver Jeffers, Peter Brown, and Greg Foley!

Register for November & December programs

Drop-in programs

Jr. Book Group

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis

Tuesday, October 22 at 5 p.m.

Early elementary readers are invited to this monthly book group. The discussion will be followed by an activity, craft, or game inspired by the story. This month’s book is Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis. Grades 2 to 3. 


R.E.A.D. in the Children's Library

Reading Education Assistance Dogs
Reading Education Assistance Dogs

Tuesday, April 14 from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.

Is your child learning to read? Reading Education Assistance Dogs will visit the Children's Library to encourage beginning readers and promote literacy. Register for a 15 minute reading session with a certified therapy dog. Readers ages 5 and up.





All sessions are now full. Please register for our waitlist.



In Case You Missed It: The Dear America Series


Looking for a series that reads quickly and is filled with adventures? Why not check out the Dear America books? First published a decade ago, this collection of historical (fictional) journals covers every period in American History, while the accompanying Royal Diaries series looks at the childhood of famous princesses throughout the world.

The books are uniformly excellent - this librarian is a particular fan of Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady and the Royal Diaries book Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor. Lots of your favorite authors wrote for the series, including Kathryn Lasky and Mary Pope Osborne!

Check them out today!

Tween Book Group

Thursday, July 18 at 5 p.m.

Discuss Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead over a pizza dinner, followed by a book-related activity.  Ages 9 to 12.  Drop in.


May App of the Month: ABC Farm

In honor of summer being just around the corner, our app of the month this May is ABC Farm, a bright, imaginative app all about farms. Created by award winning app production studio Peapod Labs, ABC Farm teaches youngsters all about animals, farm life, and the variety of food and crops that grow on farms. Users also test out their letter recognition and print knowledge skills, which are especially important skills for pre-readers to utilize.

We especially like that users can toggle from English to Spanish to learn words in both languages. It's a great feature for bilingual users and language enthusiasts alike!

Peapod Labs have created a slew of great apps which feature picture and words relating to a special topic, like food, wildlife, and music, and ABC Farm is no disappointment! Available for Apple products for $2.99.

Kids Summer Reading Programs

Bring out your inner spy!
Bring out your inner spy!

Welcome, agents, to a summer of fun, reading, and...intrigue.  Find out what's going on throughout the summer in the Children's Library by clicking on a link below.

Kids Program Calendar

Special Programs

Drop-In Programs

Book Groups

Tween Book Club - Breadcrumbs

By Anne Ursu
By Anne Ursu

Wednesday, April 10 at 6 p.m.

Come and chat over pizza about some of the Best Books of 2012.
After the discussion everyone will take part in a book-related activity.

April's Book: Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Drop-In for Ages 9 to 12

VideoMakers Club Beginning in April

A new opportunity for young filmmakers at the Library begins on April 6.
A new opportunity for young filmmakers at the Library begins on April 6.

Saturdays, April 6 and April 20

1 to 4 PM

This spring spend Saturday afternoons with filmmaker Bob Kernen. Mr. Kernen will teach kids the elements of film and help them to develop their own projects including storyboarding, filming, and editing.  Grades 5 to 7.

May 4 and 18

June 1, 15, 29


One Book, One Community Children's Programs

The Children's One Book, One Community book this year is Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin
The Children's One Book, One Community book this year is Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin

The official kick-off date for the One Book, One Community program is Monday, March 18.

This year the children's librarians are starting off the festivities with an intergenerational book group for kids and their families. Discuss the Library's youth selection, Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin, over dinner with family and friends! 

There are other opportunities for kids to learn about Russian culture, the art of chess, and find out first hand what it's like to grow up during wartime. 

Family Book Discussion of Breaking Stalin’s Nose
Thursday, March 28 at 6 PM
Ages 9 to 12 and family members.
Parents, grandparents, and siblings are invited to a family book discussion of Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin. Dinner will be provided at this event. 

Make Your Own Matryoshka - Waitlist 
Tuesday, March 26 at 4:15 PM
Ages 5 to 7

Russian nesting dolls, or matryoshka, were first created in the 1890s, and made out of wood. Share a story and decorate your very own nesting doll in this afternoon craft program. 

Learn to Play Chess
Thursdays, April 4 at 3:30 PM and Thursday, April 11 at 3:30 PM
Ages 10 to 14
In these two sessions, participants are invited to learn the game of chess with representatives from the Chess Club of Fairfield County. 

My Life in Pictures
Monday, April 22 at 4:15 PM
Ages 7 to 9
Modeling on the picture book biography, The Wall by Peter Sis, students will draw, journal, and map out major milestones in their life. The project will include historical events, modern day music, and personal experiences. 


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