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!


New Picture Books

The Children's Library just got a bunch of fantastic, new picture books.  From a silly counting book featuring lumberjacks, to a friendship story featuring a cat, and a retro-looking book about being an individual, read on to see what's new in the CL.

Stories by the Pond

Miss Claire and Miss Elisabeth leading storytime at Tilley Pond Park.
Miss Claire and Miss Elisabeth leading storytime at Tilley Pond Park.

Tuesday, August 13 at 10 a.m.

A storytelling program for families at Darien's Tilley Pond Park. This program is co-sponsored by the Darien Parks and Recreation Department.

Due to inclement weather, this program will be relocated to the Library's Community Room.

All ages

Birds of Prey

Wednesday, August 14 at 4 p.m.

The Connecticut Audubon Society will teach kids about the special adaptations of raptors and the role they play in ecosystems.  This program will include live raptors.

Grades K to 5

*Space is limited.  Tickets distributed 15 minutes before the program.

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