Nutmeg @ Night

In honor of Mike Stellar, this year's Nutmeg @ Night trivia challenge is interstellar-themed!
In honor of Mike Stellar, this year's Nutmeg @ Night trivia challenge is interstellar-themed!

Tuesday, April 1st at  6 p.m.

Calling all Nutmeg Readers!

Get ready, because the Children’s Library is hosting its annual evening of Nutmeg trivia and challenges! Each year before the big Nutmeg vote, Darien Children's Library brings kids together in an evening of friendly competition. Competing in four teams for awesome prizes, which kids will blast off and be the ultimate Nutmeg champions?

Grades 4 to 6.

Register for Nutmeg @ Night!

There's still time to read the 2014 Nutmeg Nominees! Check out this complete list of Nominees.



April Multicultural Programs

Alvin Ailey Percussion Demonstration

Monday, April 14th at 3pm

Alvin Ailey believed that “dance is for everybody.” He dedicated his company to serve not only as performers, but as teachers and role models to tens of thousands of children each year. Led by Ailey musicians, participants learn about the basic rhythmic structure of indigenous music, the instruments and the cultures that create it. Ailey dance teaching artists demonstrate the relationship of the music and the dance through this interactive rhythm and movement presentation. 

Ages 5 and up. *tickets will be handed out 15 minutes before the presenation


Foreign Film Series

Saturday, April 12th at 1pm

Join us as we show Trail of the Panda. In China, a mute orphan boy rescues a lost panda cub.*This movie contains subtitles* Rated G. Running time 87 minutes. Ages 8 and up.

Thursday, April 17th at 1pm

Join us as we show Eleanor's Secret. Natanaël, seven, still doesn't know how to read. His eccentric old aunt bequeaths her house to his parents and her book collection to the young boy. Nat discovers that the books serve as a shelter for all the heroes found in children's literature. They are the original characters and are counting on him for protection. For if they leave the library, they will disappear along with their stories forever! NR. Running TIme 80 minutes. Ages 6 and up.


Celebrate Dia

Wednesday, April 30th, All Day

Many nations throughout the world, and especially within the Western hemisphere celebrate “Día de los Niños” on April 30th to honor and celebrate children—who represent the hopes and dreams of every community.

Come in and read to each other in our special reading space and sign our banner.


Family Digital Scavenger Hunt

Image courtesy of flickr user dh23photo
Image courtesy of flickr user dh23photo

Friday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Families will compete in this touchscreen event that will have them racing through the stacks. Teams are welcome to bring their own devices. The winning team will receive an exciting prize destined to bring the family together in learning and fun! 

Register online

Spring Multicultural Series

Celebrate with us!
Celebrate with us!

Explore a different culture

Explore the world

The world is made up of many different cultures and here at Darien Library we like to celebrate and learn from them all. Learn something new about a different culture, widen your world view, and have fun!

April Programs

May Programs

Online Security Presentation Slides

For interested parents, we posted the slides from our popular Online Security For Parents Seminar led by Ms. Amanda. 


T|E|A Room Class Openings

The T|E|A Room in the Children's Library
The T|E|A Room in the Children's Library

We still have room in some of our February and March T|E|A Room Programs. Be sure to check availability and register!

21 Things Week 5: Blogs and Microblogs

Image courtesy of flickr user beckie0
Image courtesy of flickr user beckie0

This week we learned all about blogs and microblogs. 

By participating in at least one of the three Things below, you will be entered into this week's raffle, which is a copy of the book National Geographic's Science of Everything. Perhaps it will inspire you to start your own blog or microblog!

Thing: Attend the Tumblr class

Thing: Participate in our Tweet Up on Thursday, February 6 at 10am, either from the library with the Librarians or from the comfort of your own home. We will use the hashtag #DLtweetup.

Thing: Visit at least 2 of the blogs discussed in the Tumblr workshop OR comment on this post with your favorite or another blog that you read frequently.

Minecraft Fridays

Image courtesy of flickr user Kjarrett
Image courtesy of flickr user Kjarrett

Fridays, April 4th and 18th, and May 2nd, 16th and 30th, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Did you know Darien Library is the host of the Fairfield County Minecraft server? Join us as we present opportunities to build and collaborate in Minecraft. 

Grades 3-6. Drop-in.

Parents can find further information about Minecraft and Minecraft Fridays here

Visit the Fairfield County Minecraft Website for even more information.

New Children's Books: January 2014

The second book in the Spirit Animals Trilogy, written by some of your favorite authors!
The second book in the Spirit Animals Trilogy, written by some of your favorite authors!

On the hunt for something new and exciting?

Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series?

Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the first month of 2014.

For a completele list of children's books published this month, visit Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar!


Understanding Your Tween's Online World

Image courtesy of flickr user Kevin Jarrett
Image courtesy of flickr user Kevin Jarrett

Tuesday, January 21st at 9:30 a.m.

Tweens are living in a social media world, using Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Vine, and Minecraft. As a parent do you feel that you are losing control over your child’s world? Do you know all the functions and risks of these apps and games? Explore the latest social apps and games with Nancy Sheed, a social media strategist and online manager and trainer, and Darien Library’s own John Blyberg, Assistant Director for Innovation and User Experience. Co-sponsored by YWCA Parent Awareness.

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