Fall into Art 2015 is here!

Fall into Art is our bi-annual autumn arts series in which we invite artists, museums, and each other to celebrate art. This year we will host an event with MoMA, and are proud to welcome visits by Cece Bell, author/illustrator of the Newbery Medal Honor winning book El Deafo, famed graphic novelist Kazu Kibuishi, and a host of other notable authors and musicians. 

Click here to see our open programs - no registration necessary!

Our registered programs are currently full, but if you would like to put your name on a waitlist, click here.

Author Visit: Sarah Albee, Fashion Through the Ages

Sarah Albee and her hit book Fashion Through the Ages.
Sarah Albee and her hit book Fashion Through the Ages.

Monday, October 12 from 3 to 4 pm

Ages 8 and up

Using plenty of props and famous works of art as examples, the author of Summer Reading pick Why’d They Wear That?! will share the lighter side of fashion and history as she explains why people wore some of those crazy clothes. You'll get the inside scoop on what people wore (or didn't wear) for underwear, deadly dyes, kids in corsets, how knights used the bathroom, and more--and you'll never be bored at a museum again!

Check out one of Sarah Albee's books before the big day!

Open - no registration necessary. Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes before the program. In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Fall Into Art 2015 - Registered Classes

Fall into Art is our bi-annual autumn arts series in which we invite artists, museums, and each other to celebrate art. Get inspired!

Registration begins September 14. Registration will be first come, first serve.

Tweens MAKE Art*
The Teen Librarian and the Children’s Library will join forces to bring you Tweens MAKE Art. This series of three classes include, Singing Drawings, Movie Making and Art Robots. Ages 10 to 14.

Mini Movies
We will craft our own stage, story-line, and scenery to our very own film.
Tuesday, October 6th 4 to 6pm>
Registered*
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist.

Spin Art Bots
Find out what happens when you give a robot art supplies.
October 7th from 4 to 5pm
Registered*
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist.

Drawdio
Did you ever wish your drawings would come to life? We will use a Drawdio kit that utilizes conductive properties and a music synthesizer to make your drawings sing.
Thursday, October 8th 4pm-5pm
Registered*
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist.

Picasso Sculptures with MoMA
Join the Museum of Modern Art for this workshop. Picasso devoted himself to sculpture wholeheartedly, using both traditional and unconventional materials and techniques. He approached the medium with the freedom, ready to break all the rules. During this workshop, participants will explore Pablo Picasso's art making methods and materials, then assemble their own sculpture using a similar approach and materials.
Grades K to 3
Tuesday, October 20 from 4:15 to 5:45 pm
Registered*
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist.

Sew Basic!
Calling all crafty tweens! Do you want to learn to sew without using a sewing machine? Come learn some simple hand sewing techniques & do an upcycle craft that you’ll be able to do again and again. All you’ll need to continue your sewing at home is a needle & thread. You can find a lot of useful materials around your home or using clothes you’ve outgrown. You’ll soon see how simple sewing can be.
Ages 8-12
Tuesday, November 3 from 3 to 4 pm
Registered*
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist

Fairy Tale Art*
Join the Darien Arts Center for this three-session series exploring one of the most image-rich genres: fairy tales! Register for all three sessions.
Ages 3 to 5
Wednesdays, November 4, 11, AND 18 from 1 to 1:45
Registered
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist

Teatowel Printmaking*
Join us to explore print making with special art printing plates. Each child will design their own printing patterns, complete with special paint for use on fabric.
Grades 2-4
Tuesday, November 10 from 4 to 5 pm
Registered
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist

Gift making: Pillow Talk
Create a fun, decorative pillow in only thirty minutes, without sewing! Makes a perfect gift.
Ages 6-9.
Monday, November 23 at 4 pm
Registered*
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist

App Art
Young artists will “go digital” by experimenting with photography, drawing and animation apps.  Registration is for all 3 sessions.
Grades 5 to 6
Tuesdays, December 1, 8, AND 15 from 4 to 5 pm.
Registered*
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist

Holiday Nature Crafts*
Decorate pine cones, evergreen boughs and wrapping paper, and make beautiful lavender sachets to keep or give as gifts.
Ages 4-7
Monday, Dec 14 at 4 pm
Registered*
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist

LEGO Club: Every Saturday

LEGO Mania.
LEGO Mania.

Saturdays in January, February, March, and April from 2 to 4 p.m.

Stop by the Children’s Library for free play and collaborative Lego building. We set out our lego sets, you just come by and play. Ages 5 and up. Open.

Sign Up to Receive Children's Library Emails

Never miss a program in the Children's Library!
Never miss a program in the Children's Library!

 

Are you new to town? Did you just visit the Library for the first time and receive a Library Card? No matter how you found us, we would love to keep you informed of upcoming events, special programs, author visits, storytimes, and more that we do.

Sign up to receive emails from the Children's Library. Our Children's Library Bulletin is sent at the beginning of the month, and we will periodically update you with other notable events and programs. 

We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

 

Back to School Crafts

Courtesy of Flickr user
Courtesy of Flickr user

Wednesday, September 23rd at 4 p.m.

Sign up for your very own library card and join us for some school-inspired crafts, while listening to fun school music.

Ages 3 and up. Open to all.

T|E|A Room Classes in September

Open T|E|A Rooms on Tuesdays in September.
Open T|E|A Rooms on Tuesdays in September.

Tuesdays, September 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

4:15pm to 5:15 p.m.

T|E|A Room Tuesdays are held Tuesday afternoons from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., and are open to children in Grades 3 to 6.

No registration required for these classes.

For more information on the T|E|A Room and how to reserve the space, visit our T|E|A Room page, or contact the children's librarians at (203) 669-5235. 

Fall Storytimes

Read with us!
Read with us!

Registrations have closed for the Fall 1 session. Save the date for the next registration period! 

Fall II (Six weeks)
Register: Monday 10/5 - Monday 10/19
Session: Monday 10/26 - Friday 12/4

For Storytime Guidelines and more information about offerings, visit the Storytimes page. 

We will also have some great open programs: Baby Laptime, Toddler Tales, and Stories by the Sea storytimes on the schedule as well! 

Fall Into Art Series 2015

Will you be there?
Will you be there?

Fall into Art is our bi-annual autumn arts series in which we invite artists, museums, and each other to celebrate art. Get inspired!

Registration for the Registered Classes (asterixed programs) begins September 14th. Registration will be first come, first serve.

Author Visit - Cece Bell
Join us to meet Newbery Honor winner Cece Bell as she talks about her New York Times bestselling graphic novel memoir EL DEAFO.  Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.
This is a unique chance to connect with a major publishing talent and an opportunity for everyone to think closely about their own growing up experience.
Ages 8 and up
Monday, October 5th from 5 to 6 p.m.
Open - no registration necessary. Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes before the program.
Louise Parker Berry Community Room

Author Visit: Sarah Albee, Fashion Through the Ages
Using plenty of props and famous works of art as examples, the author of Summer Reading pick Why’d They Wear That?! will share the lighter side of fashion and history as she explains why people wore some of those crazy clothes. You'll get the inside scoop on what people wore (or didn't wear) for underwear, deadly dyes, kids in corsets, how knights used the bathroom, and more--and you'll never be bored at a museum again!
Ages 8 and up
Monday, October 12th from 3 to 4 p.m.
Open - no registration necessary. Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes before the program.
Louise Parker Berry Community Room

Tweens MAKE Art*
The Teen Librarian and the Children’s Library will join forces to bring you Tweens MAKE Art. This series of three classes include, Singing Drawings, Movie Making and Art Robots. Ages 10 to 14.

Mini Movies
We will craft our own stage, story-line, and scenery to our very own film.
Tuesday, October 6th 4 to 6pm>
Registered*
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist.

Spin Art Bots
Find out what happens when you give a robot art supplies.
October 7th from 4 to 5 p.m.
Registered*
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist.

Drawdio
Did you ever wish your drawings would come to life? We will use a Drawdio kit that utilizes conductive properties and a music synthesizer to make your drawings sing.
Thursday, October 8th 4pm-5pm
Registered*
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist.

Author Visit: Kazu Kibuishi
Kazu Kibuishi, the author of the highly successful graphic novel series Amulet, will discuss his artistic process and experience. Most recently, Kazu has been chosen to illustrate the new covers for the paperback re-issues of the Harry Potter series.
Ages 8 and up
Friday, October 16th from 4 to 5 p.m.
Open - no registration necessary. Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes before the program.
Louise Parker Berry Community Room

Picasso Sculptures with MoMA*
Join the Museum of Modern Art for this workshop. Picasso devoted himself to sculpture wholeheartedly, using both traditional and unconventional materials and techniques. He approached the medium with the freedom, ready to break all the rules. During this workshop, participants will explore Pablo Picasso's art making methods and materials, then assemble their own sculpture using a similar approach and materials.
Grades K to 3
Tuesday, October 20th from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m.
Registered*
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist.

Boogie Chillun
Join Boogie Chillun’ on a musical journey through the rich history of the United States.  Each song will be given a brief introduction describing the song itself, the artist, and its contribution to American music. Boogie Chillun’ will encourage students to keep music alive through sing-alongs and interactive playing.
Ages K and up
Thursday, October 22nd at 4:15 p.m.
Open - no registration necessary. Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes before the program.
Louise Parker Berry Community Room

Pumpkin Crafts
Celebrate the spookiest holiday by getting crafty at the library.
Monday, October 26th at 4 p.m.
Ages 3 and up
Open - no registration necessary.

Teatro SEA: My Superhero, Roberto Clemente
The story of the legendary Puerto Rican baseball player and humanitarian Roberto Clemente comes to life in a bilingual musical. Young Bobby and his friends discover a secret—they have super powers! Witness Clemente's leadership and courage in the face of adversity, all set to great music and complete with dance numbers, animations and puppetry.
Ages K and up
Thursday, October 29th from 4 to 5 p.m.
Open - no registration necessary. Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes before the program.
Louise Parker Berry Community Room

Sew Basic!*
Calling all crafty tweens! Do you want to learn to sew without using a sewing machine? Come learn some simple hand sewing techniques & do an upcycle craft that you’ll be able to do again and again. All you’ll need to continue your sewing at home is a needle & thread. You can find a lot of useful materials around your home or using clothes you’ve outgrown. You’ll soon see how simple sewing can be.
Ages 8 to 12
Tuesday, November 3rd from 3 to 4 p.m.
Registered.*
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist

Fairy Tale Art*
Join the Darien Arts Center for this three-session series exploring one of the most image-rich genres: fairy tales! Register for all three sessions.
Ages 3 to 5
Wednesdays, November 4th, 11th, AND 18th from 1 to 1:45 p.m.
Registered
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist

Teatowel Printmaking*
Join us to explore print making with special art printing plates. Each child will design their own printing patterns, complete with special paint for use on fabric.
Grades 2 to 4
Tuesday, November 10th from 4 to 5 p.m.
Registered
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist

Thankful Crafts
What are you thankful for? Come and make a craft!
Thursday, November 19th at 4 p.m.
Open - no registration necessary.
Ages 3 and up

Gift making: Pillow Talk*
Create a fun, decorative pillow in only thirty minutes, without sewing! Makes a perfect gift.
Ages 6 to 9
Monday, November 23rd at 4 p.m.
Registered*
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist

App Art*
Young artists will “go digital” by experimenting with photography, drawing and animation apps.  Registration is for all three sessions.
Grades 5 to 6
Tuesdays, December 1st, 8th, AND 15th from 4 to 5 p.m.
Registered
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist

Winter crafts
It’s cold and cozy, and it’s time to make some crafts!
Ages 3 and up
Thursday, December 3rd at 4 p.m.
Open - no registration necessary.

Holiday Nature Crafts*
Decorate pine cones, evergreen boughs and wrapping paper, and make beautiful lavender sachets to keep or give as gifts. 
Ages 4 to 7
Monday, December 14th at 4 p.m.
Registered
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist

Bookworms
Our weekly art and book group explores art themes, materials, and open-ended creativity, all supported by excellent picture books.
Ages 4 to 7
Thursdays at 4:15 p.m.

Early Literacy Text Messages From Your Librarians

Hear from us!
Hear from us!

We know you’re busy! We also know your little one is growing up fast and you want to make sure you’re helping them gain early literacy skills. So, why don't you sign up for our weekly early literacy texts to get easy tips sent right to your phone? It’s totally free (though standard messaging rates apply), and is a service of Darien Library. Your librarians will send a text every Monday with something simple you can integrate into your daily life that will help prepare your child (under 5 years old) for reading and writing.

We also offer the text messages in Spanish! We will contact you by follow-up email and you can select Spanish as an option.

Sign up below!

The Nitty Gritty:

For parents of children 5 years or younger.

Unsubscribe easily. Just respond to 313131 with the word “STOP” and we will take you off the list!

It’s free, but your mobile plan’s regular text messaging and data rates apply.

To sign up, you need a mobile phone with a U.S. number able to receive text messages.

Sign up for Early Literacy Texts from Darien Library

 

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