TEA Room Details

TEA stands for Technology, Engineering & the Arts!
Attending a Class in the TEA Room:

- Children in grades 3 to 6 can register for TEA Room Classes held each Tuesday and Wednesday at 4:15pm. Registration is on a first-come basis; space is limited. Click here for our current class listings.

Reserving the TEA Room for an Appointment:

- The TEA Room can be reserved by Darien Residents, those who work full-time in town, and friends of the library at the $300 level.

- Use of the TEA Room is available for: 1 supervising adult and up to 4 children in grades 3-6. The supervising adult stays in the TEA Room for the duration of the reservation.

- The TEA Room is available for appointments on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at 3 p.m.*, 4 p.m.,* 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

- The TEA Room is available on Saturdays at 1 p.m.* and 3 p.m.*

*The Makerbot can be used during these appointment times

- Appointments are reserved on a first-come, first served basis.

- Individuals may reserve the TEA Room one time per week.

- Individuals may reserve the TEA Room no more than four weeks in advance.

-To find out more about reserving the TEA Room, please stop by the Children's Library or contact a children's librarian at childrenslibrary@darienlibrary.org or (203) 669-5235

The TEA Club:

- Children can earn points and eventually earn badges (like they would in the Boy or Girl Scouts) by participating in the TEA Club.

- The TEA Club is a badge-based program that runs throughout the entire school year and encourages children to learn and strengthen STEAM-based skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math.) 

- TEA Club members can earn badges in skills like Circuitry, Robotics, Coding, Graphic Design & more. To earn a badge, children must have 10 points in a particular skill. 

Way to Earn Points:

- LEARN. Attend a TEA Room class or workshop (most weekly classes are worth 2 points; weekend workshops are worth 4 points.)

- MENTOR. After attending a class, volunteer to serve as a TEA Mentor at an upcoming class & help other children learn a new skill. Volunteering is worth 1 point. To volunteer, talk to a children's librarian. 

- SHARE. Share your projects once per month with the Children's Library: send a photo, a video, or a drawing of what you made or learned in a TEA Room class. Sharing is worth 1 point. 

TEA Room Links

photo courtesy of Flickr user ScratchEdTeam

MAKE: the home of MAKE Magazine. A great place to get inspiration, ideas, and projects. 

MAKE Kids & Families: MAKE stuff- just for kids! 

Scratch: create and share your own games and animations with this free M.I.T. created software. 

Code Academy: Learn to code. 

Thingiverse: Free 3D Printer designs.

TinkerCad: Free 3D Design software.

MakerCamp on Google Hangout: MAKE Magazine and Google's digital summer camp for makers, crafters, and more. 


What cool links are we missing?? Tell us at childrenslibrary@darienlibrary.org! 

TEA Room Classes

Spin Bot in action. (Photo courtesy of Flickr user kjarrett.)
Drop-In T|E|A Programs

Calling all Makers! The T|E|A Room (Technology, Engineering, & the Arts) is open for free play, exploration, creation and discovery. Grades 3-6.

For the month of September, we'll be offering our Open T|E|A Room Program on Tuesdays, September 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 4:30- 5:30pm.

Open T|E|A Room topics are:

September 9th: Banana Tattoos

In ancient times, tattoos were applied using a needle and a tiny hammer! Make your own pin-pricked design on a banana and watch oxidation create a work of art.

September 16th: Make a Zine

Learn how to create, design, and distribute your own zine!  Zines are great tools for telling stories, getting the word out about something you care about, or teaching something to your friends.

September 23rd: Creative Lettering

Calling all doodlers and art lovers: show off your skills in this class where we will draw and decorate zany letters with a variety of art supplies.

September 30th: Little Bits

Explore your inner inventor as we put together these little circuits.


TEA Room

What is the TEA Room?

The TEA in TEA Room stands for Technology, Engineering, & the Arts. It is a mini-makerspace, a learning lab, & an artist studio designed for children in grades 3 to 6.

What is the TEA Club?

The TEA Club is a program that runs throughout the entire school year & encourages children to learn & strengthen STEAM-based skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math).

TEA Club members can earn badges in skills like Circuitry, Robotics, Coding, Graphic Design, & more. To earn a badge, a TEA Club member must have 10 points in a particular skill.

What's in the TEA Room?


Kids Non-Fiction: New Look!

New spine lables make it easier to see where the book came from!
New spine lables make it easier to see where the book came from!

The Kids Non-Fiction collection just got a fresh new look - and an exciting, easy-to-use new layout!

At Darien Library, we know that in the years to come, kids will be asked to read more non-fiction in school than ever before. The newly reorganized Non-Fiction collection will help kids easily find great informational books on a wide of topics- for homework assignments or just for fun!

We've rearranged the books into 9 easy-to-use sections. Each section is clearly marked with a label on the spine and it's own color! And if you're a fan of the Dewey Decimal System, don't worry - Dewey is still there to guide you through each section.

When you come to the Children's Library, you'll find the Non-Fiction collection in the following sections:

Kids Animals - all living things, both prehistoric and currently living

Kids Create - music, arts, gardening, dance, cooking - anything that gets your creative juices flowing!

Kids Facts - encylopedias, dictionaries, world records, and thesauri

Kids Fun - werewolves, ghosts, jokes, riddles, and more!

Kids Self - all about you - your body, your mind, and your spirit

Kids STEM - STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math

Kids Sports - all sports, all the time

Kids Then & Now - geography, history, and current events

Kids Traditions - folktales, religions, and mythology

Stop by for a tour any time, and stay tuned for some exciting programming designed to help you get to know Non-Fiction!

Fall TEA Room Programs

The TEA Room in the Children's Library
The TEA Room in the Children's Library

Introducing the TEA Room (Technology, Engineering & the Arts)! A mini-makerspace, a learning lab, & an artist's studio designed for children in grades 3 to 6.

In the TEA Room you will find:

• Computers for learning code & programming
• Software for video & audio creation & editing
• iPads loaded with creation apps
• A 3D printer
• A lightbox & various art supplies

More Information on the TEA Room.

September & October classes.

Cardboard Challenge!

Image via www.cainesarcade.com
Image via www.cainesarcade.com

All Ages

Use recycled cardboard to make arcade games, robots, or whatever you can imagine. We will screen the 10-minute film that inspired the Cardboard Challenge: "Caine's Arcade," the story of 9-year-old Caine who created his own cardboard arcade.

Saturday, September 21, 12 to 3 p.m.

Nutmeg Book Group

Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff
Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff

Wednesday, March 19 at 5 p.m. - Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff

Enjoy a discussion of a Nutmeg Nominated book over pizza, followed by a book-related activity. 

Grades 4 to 6. 

"Lidie lives in Brazil, where she rides, a wild girl dreaming of going to live with her father, Pai, and older brother, Rafael, in New York City. Pai runs a stable at a famous race track. Since her mother died long ago, Lidie has lived with relatives. Now she's 12—ready to leave Brazil for New York.

Meanwhile, a filly is born and begins her journey to a new home. As Lidie's story unfolds, so does the filly's.

In New York, Lidie finds that moving to another country is a big challenge. And Pai and Rafael still think of her as the little girl they left behind. But she's determined to befriend, and ride, the spirited filly her father has just bought: Wild Girl."


First Saturdays in the Children's Library

Children's Library storytime attendees
Children's Library storytime attendees

Saturday,  February 1st, March 1st, and April 5th

11 am

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. 


Celebrate Harry Potter's Birthday!

JK Rowling says Harry Potter was born July 31, 1980, making our beloved character 33 this year!
JK Rowling says Harry Potter was born July 31, 1980, making our beloved character 33 this year!

Wednesday, July 31 at 2 p.m.

Calling all kid Potter fans!

This Wednesday, July 31st, is Harry Potter's birthday! Come celebrate the birth of the Boy Who Lived with the Children's Library.

This drop in event will run from 2 - 4 p.m. Potterheads can participate in a trivia contest, test their knowledge of Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, vote for their favorite Harry Potter book, create their own "dark mark" tattoos, and win cool prizes!


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