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. 


Tweet Up: Homework Apps

There's an app for that!  Image via Flickr user alexanderiam
There's an app for that! Image via Flickr user alexanderiam

Thursday, March 14 at 8 p.m.

Join us for a discussion of learning and discovery apps on Twitter!  Use the hashtag #DLTweetUp to participate in the conversation or follow along. 


March is Women's History Month

On March 8th many countries around the globe celebrate International Women's Day. It is even a national holiday in some locations! 

In the United States we celebrate National Women's History Month which was decided by Congress in 1987. 

Visit the Children's Library in March to see some of the inspiring women who have graced the covers of award-winning picture books and biographies. There are many more female heroes in the Kids Bio section of the library, as well as in the below booklist. 

Tween Book Group - March 20th

Wednesday, March 20th at 6 p.m.

Join us for a discussion of Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's award-winning Jeffersons Sons: A Founding Father's Secret Children.

A lively discussion over pizza will be followed by a book-related activity.

Grades 4 - 6.

Be sure to check out each month's Tween Book Group!

Soundwaters - Watershed Science and Animals

Photo courtesy of Flickr user gwylow71
Photo courtesy of Flickr user gwylow71

Monday, March 4th  from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Join SoundWaters to discover the variety of animals that call the Long Island Sound watershed home. Get up close and learn how terrapins, sea stars, fish and crabs adapt to changes daily and over time. Determine who is a producer, scavenger or predator. Also perform a hands-on experiment of human impact on a watershed. This program will take place in the Library's Community Room. 

Grades K to 5

New Children's Fantasy

Great new fantasy adventures await you!
Great new fantasy adventures await you!


Calling all Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Unwanteds, fantasy, and adventure fans!

There's so much new fantasy fiction here at Darien Library - If you're looking for a new adventure to fill the void before the next book in your favorite fantasy series comes out, check out this list below!


2013 ALA Youth Media Award Winners

Congratulations to this year's ALA Youth Media Award Winners!

The Newbery Award for excellence in children's literature went to The One and Only Ivan by Kathryn Applegate. Newbery honors were given to Laura Amy Schlitz for Splendors and Glooms, Sheila Turnage for Three Times Lucky, and Sibert Winner Bomb.

This year, the Caldecott Award for excellence in picture books went to John Klassen, for This is Not My Hat. Klassen also won a Caldecott Honor for Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett. Other Caldecott Honors were given to Peter Brown for Creepy Carrots, Laura Seeger for Green, David Small for One Cool Friend and to Pamela Zagarenski for Sleep Like a Tiger. Special Congratulations to Miss Kiera on her excellent work on the 2013 Caldecott Committee!

The Sibert Award for excellence in children's non-fiction went to Bomb: The Race to Build (And Steal) The World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steven Sheinkin. And the Geisel Award, for excellence in Early Readers, went to Up, Tall and High, by Ethan Long.

See a full list of winners below!

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