100 Before One

100 Before 1

The Children’s Library invites all parents of newborns to join the 100 Before One challenge. Help your baby become a lifelong reader by joining the challenge and reading 100 books before your baby’s first birthday. As related recently in a New York Times article, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reading to infants starting from birth to aid in brain development and vocabulary growth.

Parents that register their babies for 100 Before One will receive a free tote bag, booklists, a DVD of baby rhymes, a Highlights baby magazine, and a folder to keep track of the books your child has heard.  After reading and listening to 25 books of your choice, parents return to Darien Library to receive their next blank list of 25 to fill in.

Upon completion of the program, your baby will get to go home with a prize courtesy of the Library.

Looking for some book recommendations for babies? We've got a great list of baby books for the youngest of readers.

Snow Day Screening: The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls will screen today in the Storytime Room.
The Boxtrolls will screen today in the Storytime Room.

Thursday, March 5th at 1 p.m.

This film will be shown in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. Rated PG, running time 100 minutes 

Eggs, an orphan, lives with the Boxtrolls, mischievous creatures who live beneath the city of Cheesebridge. When villainous Archibald Snatcher hatches a plan to get rid of the creatures, Eggs decides to go above ground, where he meets and befriends Winnifred. Together, Eggs and Winnifred devise a plan to save the Boxtrolls from extermination.

2015 Youth Media Awards

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander 2015 Newbery Medal Winner.
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander 2015 Newbery Medal Winner.

The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards were announced this morning, Monday, February 2nd at 9 a.m. EST!

These awards include the Caldecott Medal (for distinguished illustrations), the Newbery Medal (for distinguished children's book writing), the Sibert Award (for distinguished non-fiction), and the Geisel (for distinguished books for beginning readers).

The Newbery Award went to first time winner Kwame Alexander for The Crossover (Darien Library 2014 Summer Reading List favorite). There were two honor books El Deafo by Cece Bell and Brown Girl Dreaming (Winner of the National Book Award) by Jaqueline Woodson.

The Caldecott Award went to the highly imaginative The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, by Dan Satant. Six books were honored, including the vibrantly illustrated Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales.

You can put the complete list of winners on hold, or stop by the Children's Library and see what's available!

Valentine's Day Crafts

Image courtesy of Flickr user melisdramatic
Image courtesy of Flickr user melisdramatic

Wednesday, February 11th at 4 p.m.

Join us for crafts, fun, and more! Ages 3 and up. Drop-in.


Online Security Seminar

Online Security Seminar presented by Miss Amanda
Online Security Seminar presented by Miss Amanda

Thursday, March 26th at 6 p.m.

Our online world can be daunting — how do we keep ourselves and our families safe from identity theft, computer viruses, and online predators? Come learn tips from our tech savvy librarians about how to protect your computer, accounts, and self online.

This program will take place in the 3rd Floor Conference Room. 


Stay Fit With Wii

Families love playing Wii! (Image courtesy of Flickr user JFlinchbaugh)
Families love playing Wii! (Image courtesy of Flickr user JFlinchbaugh)

Wednesday, February 4th at 5pm

Put on your workout shoes and join us in the Children’s Library for some friendly fitness play featuring active Wii games like Just Dance 2015, Wii Sports, and more.

Registration encouraged but not required. Ages K+.

Storytime Saturdays

Storytime in the Library
Storytime in the Library

Saturdays, April 4th and 18th, and May 2nd at 11 a.m.

A weekend storytime for families. Walkers up to 36 months with a parent/caregiver are welcome to attend this Saturday morning storytime, which will include some of our favorite books, rhymes, and fingerplays.

Monday Belongs to Oscar: "The Boxtrolls" Film Screening

Image via IMDB.com
Image via IMDB.com

Monday, February 9th at 2 p.m.

Come see some of the hottest films of this past year in preparation for the film industry's biggest night! Enjoy a screening of a selection of the 2015 Oscar nominated films in January and February. 

The film is rated PG, running time 95 minutes.

Watch the trailer here

Postponed:Family Fingerknitting

Fingerknit with us! Image courtesy of Flickr user kittynn
Fingerknit with us! Image courtesy of Flickr user kittynn

This event has been postponed due to weather. Rescheduling information will be released as soon as possible.

Families with children in Grades 3-6: Explore crafting, digital learning, and learn about Maker culture with the children’s librarians as we explore the technique of Fingerknitting. No knitting experience—or knitting needles!—required.


Registered TEA Room Classes

Get STEAMed up with us in the TEA Room
Get STEAMed up with us in the TEA Room

Calling all makers! Join us in the TEA Room for a variety of classes this February, March and April. Registration is open now!

A selection of upcoming class topics include: 

Light Painting

Gelatin Art Prints


Model Magic Solar System

Interactive Drawing

To register and learn about these classes and more, visit the TEA Room's Classes page


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