Booktalking Lists 2014

Check out the fantastic titles on this year's booktalking lists! We shared them with you when we visited your school.

Click on the grade of the class, and start browsing!


Kindergarten and 1st Grade Booktalking List

2nd and 3rd Grade Booktalking List

4th and 5th Grade Booktalking List

MMS Booktalking List

Booktalking Ebooks - All Grades

Children's Book Week Programs

Tuesday, May 13th 6:00pm

Family Book Discussion for the book Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari


Thursday, May 15th 4:15pm


We read a book and then craft using the book for inspiration.

Saturday, May 17th 11am

Storytime Saturday

A weekend storytime for families includes some of our favorite books, songs and rhymes.

Children's Book Week

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                            May 12th-18th


Join the Children's Library as we celebrate Children's Book Week!


"Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books connect!"


We will have special reading nooks, programs, bookmarks and the first 10 kids who come to the Children's Desk and say "Happy Children's Book Week," will receive a tote bag of goodies!


Let us know what you're doing for the week by tweeting us @darienlibrary and use the hashtag #CBW14

Screen Free Week

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May 4th-10th

Screen Free Week is an international event in which families, communites and schools pledge to be screen free for a week. The Children's Library will participate by taking out the Ipads for the week. We encourage you to check out more books and read together as a family in our special reading nooks, and come by the Children's Library and write on our pledge banner.

Need some ideas for what to do when you're not using a screen?

Here are a few:

Ride a bike, take a hike, read some books, volunteer, bake cookies, fly a kite or plant a garden

There are so many wonderful things to explore without a screen but most importantly, Have Fun!

The Wright Stuff

Image courtesy of Flickr user Reinventat
Image courtesy of Flickr user Reinventat

The Wright Stuff
Tuesday, May 27th at 4:15pm

Grades K to 6

Science takes off with this popular Children’s Museum program on flying. Learn about air pressure, the forces of flight, and follow the history of aviation from balloons to parachutes to planes to helicopters to rockets. 

*This event will take place in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes before the program.*

Games Around the World

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Image courtesy of Flickr user Sichuan Quake Relief

Tuesday, May 20th at 4:15 p.m.

Ages 7 and up

Learn how kids all around the world play games in this interactive program. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes safe for jumping. 


Family Book Discussion: Born To Fly

One Book One Community Kids book choice
One Book One Community Kids book choice

Tuesday, May 13th at 6pm

Parents, grandparents, and siblings are invited to a family book discussion of Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari.

Dinner will be provided at this event.

Ages 9 to 12 and a family member.



Family Film: Planes

Planes from Disney
Planes from Disney

Sunday, May 11th at 2 p.m.

All ages

A family matinee of Disney’s Planes. A plane with a fear of heights goes on to compete in an around-the-world aerial race. Be sure to watch the trailer.  

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

May Open T|E|A Rooms

The T|E|A Room at Darien Library
The T|E|A Room at Darien Library

Wednesdays, May 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th from 4-6 p.m.

Calling all Makers! The T|E|A Room (Technology, Engineering, and the Arts is open for play, exploration, creation and discovery.

Grades 3 to 6. Drop-in.

May 7: Flying Machines

It's a bird! It's a plane! Come craft all different kinds of flying machines.

May 14: Rainbow Looms

Bring your own loom and rubberbands and get tips from other loomers. Share your favorite designs and learn a new favorite.

*A small amount of looms and rubberband will be available*

May 21: Shadow Art

Combine light, shadow, paper, pencils, marker and crayons to create rad art.

May 28: Origami

Did you know that ori means "folding" and kami (kami changes to gami due to rendaku) means "paper"? Come learn and practice the traditional Japanese art of paper folding.

Cinco de Mayo Art Program

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Image courtesy of flickr user Thrashq4g

Monday, May 5 at 4:15 p.m.

Ages 5 and up

Join us as we learn about Mexican culture from Miss Maria. We will also decorate our own paper sombreros to take home and wear on this festive holiday.


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