Star Wars Reads Day Returns

May the Force Be With You on October 5
May the Force Be With You on October 5

Saturday, October 5

The Children's Library is happy to announce the return of Star Wars Reads Day. The entire day will be a celebration of all things Star Wars with a film screening, crafts, hourly raffles, photobooth, and some surprise special guests! All ages

10 am Star Wars themed crafts

1 pm Star Wars A New Hope film screening in the Conference Room, Rated PG, 121 minutes

2 pm Star Wars Lego Club

Check out our photos from last Star Wars Reads Day .... silly librarians.

A Visit with Author/Illustrator Frank Viva

c Brooklyn Book Festival
c Brooklyn Book Festival

Thursday, October 3rd at 4:15 p.m.

Join us for a reading with Frank Viva!

In collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) Publications, help us kick off Fall Into Art with a reading from Frank Viva, author of the 2013 booktalking book A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse and the new book Young Frank, Architect, available starting September 27th!

Young Frank, Architect, is the first picture book to ever be published by MoMa Publications. Read more about the book here!

Ages 3-8.

Register for the waitlist here.

Darien Library Rhymes

The Children's Library is proud to present Darien Library Rhymes! In this short video, the Children's Librarians introduce the five Early Literacy Practices and demonstrate fun and simple ways to integrate the practices at home with your child. Get ready to READ, WRITE, SING, TALK and PLAY! 

Early Literacy iPad Apps

One of our Early Literacy iPad Kits
One of our Early Literacy iPad Kits

Librarian-Selected Apps for the Early Literacy iPad Kits

The Children's Library has six Early Literacy iPads availble for checkout. The kits come pre-loaded with selected apps geared towards children ages 2 to 5.  The apps were specially selected for their early literacy skill-building qualities.  As we discover great new apps, we will update the iPad kits periodically.  In the meantime, here is the current list of apps you will find installed on Darien Library's Early Literacy iPads:

Concepts, Matching & Numbers Apps:

Montessori Counting Board: Learn how to count the Montessori way: by sight, sound, and touch.

Lingo Zoo: Users assemble jigsaw puzzles of animals and learn their names in both English and Spanish. One of the Children's Library's most popular apps!

ABC Pocket Phonics: a simply-designed app that reinforces letter knowledge. Children are encouraged to trace letter shapes and repeat the sounds.

eliasMATCH: A well-designed app that boosts memory and thinking skills, while also developing letter knowledge, number recognition, and vocabulary.

Hickory Dickory Dock: a visually stunning app that helps teach children numbers and how to read a clock face, all while enjoying a unique twist on the clasic nursery rhyme.

Eddy's Number Party!: Students readying for kindergarten will benefit from this educational number identifiation app. The fun matching aspect of the games will keep young users attentive and engaged.

Touch the Thing: Eleven different scenes (jungle, street, fruits/vegetables, etc) allows users to touch objects and hear the name of it in TEN different languages.

Alphabet and Learn-to-Read Apps:

Bob Books #1- Reading Magic: The classic beginning reader books have been digitized and transformed into an interactive learn-to-read app. Very simple, like the books, but with the added bonus of hearing the words pronounced when needed.

ABC Alphabet Phonics: A very simple app for building and promoting letter recongnition.

Intro to Letters Montassorium: A sleekly designed app that helps build letter knowledge by teaching the sounds, shapes, and names of the alphabet.

Little Pim Spanish: Developed for native English speakers wishing to learn basic vocabulary in Spanish. Divided into parts such as Eating and Drinking, PlayTime, and Wake Up Smiling.

Endless Alphabet: An intuitive and easy way to expose pre-readers and new learners to letters, phonetics, and new vocabulary. New words are added each week at no cost - and the app is Free!

LetterSchool: An award winner for 2013 as announced by the Children's Technology Review, this program stands out among letter-recognition apps for its highly usable interface and jazzy imagery.

ABC Food: An app from the award-winning ABC app series by PeaPod Labs, this is a great app for drumming up interest in new and unique foods that some users may not already be familiar with, and also educates children with new vocabulary and spelling.

Interactive eBooks:

PopOut! Peter Rabbit: One of our very favorite book-based apps. Children can listen to the narrator read this classic tale while also engaging with the interactive pop-up style illustrations.

Moo Baa La La La: A hilarious iPad adaptation of the best-selling board book by author/illustrator Sandra Boynton. Children can read or be read to while learning animal sounds, and discovering hidden interactive features in this barnyard romp.

Barynyard Dance: Stomp your feet! Clap your hands! Everybody ready for a barnyard dance! An action-packed, super fun and musical rendition of Sandra Boynton's popular book of the same name.

Blue Hat, Green Hat: Sandra Boynton hits another homerun with this hilarious interactive eBook that adds another fun dimension to her already beloved book.

3 Little Pigs: A highly readable version of the classic tale that is also entertaining and interactive. Blow into the microphone to help the Big Bad Wolf blow down the pigs’ houses. Great fun!

Nursery Rhyme with Storytime: Classic rhymes like Jack and Jill and Three Blind Mice come to life in this highly interactive, music-filled app that supports phonological awareness and helps build hand-eye coordination.

Cat in the Hat: Dr. Seuss’ classic book is brought to life in this interactive app that reinforces print awareness and vocabulary-building.

Olivia Acts Out: The adventures of Olivia (that fabulous pig) are adapted into this narrated storybook app. The style is taken from the Olivia TV series, as opposed to the original books, but it is still an entertaining reading experience for young Olivia fans.

Elmer & Rose: Adapted from the popular book series, Elmer the Elephant and his friend Rose learn the meaning of being different and being loved.

Don't Let the Pigeon Run This App!:  From the genius behind the beloved Pigeon books comes a fantastic app that lets you create your own pigeon stories and draw with Mo Willems himself!

My Little Pony's Twilight Sparkle: Teacher for a Day: The reboot of the classic 80's cartoon now has an app. It's a colorful world filled with ample pink and purple where friendship abounds!

Go Away, Big Green Monster: The innovative die-cut picture book classic comes alives in a fresh new way in this clever app.

The Monster At the End of This Book....starring Grover!: The app version of the Sesame Street classic immerses children in the story. It is a surefire way to launch a giggle fit!

Hugless Douglas: Based on the book of the same name by David Melling, this app includes well-thought functions and discoverable features that will keep readers of all ages engaged and amused.

Grimm's Sleeping Beauty: An eBook app version of the classic fairy tale, this app shows readers a fresh new take on a familiar story. Princess enthusiasts and story-book readers alike will delight in this fun and explorative eBook app.

Sensory Apps:

Build and Play 3D: A great app for learning about sequencing, puzzle completion, and machines. Kids assemble the different parts of machines, and upon complettion the machines come to life. Great for transportation and puzzle lovers.

Peek-A-Zoo: App for learning and recognizing different emotions and animals. Great way for kids to develop knowledge of new concepts and animal names.

Toca Band: Great exploratory app that encourages creative play with the use of sounds, different instruments, characters, and beats.

Spot the Dot: Kids will love the journey of scouring through pictures for a colored dot, all the while learning color names and boosting their concentration and memorability.

Make it Pop!: This app will keep kids intrigued as they pop letters and shapes, while learning about colors, numbers, and more.

Sound Shaker: Tilt, tap, and shake the iPad to move colored circles on the screen to hear new sounds. Pop the circles to reveal a bird and watch him fly away. This app emphasizes awareness of cause and effect.

Goosed-Up Rhymes: Not only will these Mother Goose nursery rhymes help young children develop phonological awareness, a key early literacy skill, but they are hilarious and entertaining for grown-ups, too.

Head2Toes: Rosemary Wells created the featured bunny in this entertaining, multilingual app. Children can sing along to Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in English, French, Spanish, and Japanese.

eliasPAINTS: A fun coloring app that inspires creativity. Children can choose from animal, alphabet, number, or object coloring pages.

Musical Me: A music education app for young children. They'll learn about different instruments, notes, and rhythm- all while having a rocking good time.

Highlights Hidden Pictures: Kids will love the app version of the classic hidden pictures puzzles from Highlight Magazine. The simple and satisfying gameplay supports critical thinking and analytical skills.

ABA Sight Words: A fantastic app for kindergarteners learning to read and for children on the spectrum that may need extra guidance when it comes to vocabulary building.

Picture Me Calm:  Enables users to upload their own photos and use them to create picture schedule systems for children on the autism spectrum or with special needs. Great for reinforcing morning, bedtime, and meal time rituals.

See. Touch. Learn.: An invaluable app for parents, educators, and therapists to use with children with special needs to work on learning new concepts and improving communication skills. The free app version provides 32 flash cards and 6 lessons, and additional sets and flash cards are available for in-app purchase ranging from $.99-$3.99.

First Words Sampler: An early phonics and letter recognition app for new readers. Clear, bright imagery will help with noun and item recognition.

Touch and Learn: Emotions: This app helps children on the spectrum develop recognition of different emotions and facial expressions through identification practices and positive reinforcement.

Do you have a great app recommendation? Let us know in the comments below or send us an email at

Fall TEA Room Programs

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

Beginning September 10, weekly TEA Room classes will be held every Tuesday & Wednesday afternoon from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Registration for TEA Room programs will open September 3.

September and October Classes (please click on the date to register):

     September 10 or 11: Make a Spin Bot! (grades 5 and 6)

     Both Make a Spin Bot classes are now full. Waitlist for September 10; Waitlist for September 11.

     September 17 or 18: Papercraft Toys (grades 3 and 4)

     The Papercraft classes and our waitlists are now full.

September 24 or 25: Banana Tattoos (grades 5 and 6)

     October 1 or 2: Marble Machines (grades 5 and 6)

     The October 1 Marble Machines class and waitlist are now full

October 8 or 9: Wire Jewelry-Making (grades 5 and 6)

     October 15 or 16: Spaghetti Bridges (grades 3 and 4)

     The Spaghetti Bridges classes are now full. Waitlist for October 15; Waitlist for October 16.

October 22 or 23: Podcasting 101 (grades 5 and 6)

     October 29 or 30: Found Object Art (grades 3 and 4)

     The Found Object Art classes are now fullWaitlist for October 30.

TEA Room Details

Attending a Class in the TEA Room:

- Children in grades 3 to 6 can register for TEA Room Classes. 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* and Sundays at 2 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.

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

If you're coming to use the 3D printer, check out this flyer about it first!


- LEARN. Attend a TEA Room class or workshop 

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

- SHARE. Share your projects with the Children's Library: send a photo, a video, or a drawing of what you made or learned in a TEA Room class. 


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! 

TEA Room Classes

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 January, we'll be offering our Open T|E|A Room Program on Tuesdays, January 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 4:00- 5:00pm.

Open T|E|A Room topics are:

January 6th: Simple Machines

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.

January 13th: Chroma Candy

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.

January 20th: Art Straws

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.

January 27th: Book Collage

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


Registered T|E|A Programs

Registration starts September 15th!

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.

Brochures are available in the Children's Library.

*For children in grades 3 and 4 

**For children in grades 5 and 6


App Art- This is class is currently full. 

Tuesday, October 14th, 21st & 28th at 4:15pm

Young artists will "go digital" by experimenting with photography, drawing and animation apps. Grades 5 to 6.

Math Adventures - This class is currently full. 

Wednesday, October 15th, 22nd, 29th & November 5th at 4pm

Join National Board-Certified teacher Mrs. Radia on a math adventure using art, music, movement and games. Grades 1 to 5.

Paper Circuits - This class is currently full. 

Wednesday, October 22nd at 4:15pm

Light up LEDs using paper and copper tape to create circuits. Grades 3 to 6.

Exquisite Corpse

Wednesday, October 29th at 4:15pm

Learn art party games like Exquisite Corpse, Fax Machine, and Squiggle! Grades 3 to 6.


Marshmallow Shooters- This class is currently full. Register for the waitlist.

Tuesday, December 2nd at 4:15pm

What goes up must come down! Build and play with your own marshmallow-shootign machine and send a blizzard of marshmallows through the air! Grades 3 to 6

Kitchen Sink Science

Tuesday, December 9th at 4:15pm - This class is currently full. Please register for the waitlist.

Wednesday, December 17th at 4:15pm - This class is currently full. Please register for the waitlist.

Bubble! Pop! Fizz! Using everyday houshold products we will explore science concepts. Grades K to 2.

Terrarium Workshop - This class is currently full.  Registration is for the waitlist.

Tuesday, December 16th at 4:15pm

Learn about and craft your own terrarium. Grades 3 to 6.


Lego Mindstorms

Tuesday, November 4th from 2-4pm - This class is currently full. Register for the waitlist.

Thursday, December 4th from 2-4pm

Using Lego Mondstorm kits, teams will build thier own robots and then participate in challenges created to test the design of their machine. Grades 4 to 6.

Building Blocks

Wednesday, November 5th at 4:15pm

Science comes to life for students as they conduct their own experiements through hands-on design and building activities with  the Stepping Stones Museum. Grades K to 2.

Felted Geodes

Tuesday, November 11th at 4:15pm

Let's create textile geology with wool that we will cut in half to reveal a beautiful surprise inside! Grades 5 to 6.

Sew & Glow

Tuesday, November 18th at 4:15pm

Join us as we use conductive thread to sew basic circuits into wearable art. * Basic handsewing skills are a prerequisite for this class. Grades 5 to 6.

Circuits, Ole

Monday, November 24th at 4:15pm

Join us as we explore a three-ring circus of circuits. Grades 5 to 6.

Gelatin Art- This class is currently full. Register for the waitlist.

Tuesday, November 25th at 4:15pm

Using sheets of gelatin, intrepid printmakers will get to experiment with this unique medium to design greeting cards and art prints. Grades 3 to 6.


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 kinds of things can I do there?

We offer classes in the TEA room on everything from circuitry to printmaking.  Click on the classes tab to learn more. You're also welcome to reserve the room to explore all of our supplies and technologies.  To see what people have made in the TEA Room, click here, or check out our projects tab.

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!

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