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."

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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.

Tween Book Group

Thursday, August 8 at 5 p.m.

Drop in and discuss the classic kids spy novel, Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, over a pizza dinner.  A book-related activity will follow.

Ages 9 to 12

Summer Reading Club Finale Party

Special guest, author Wendy Mass
Special guest, author Wendy Mass

Tuesday, August 20 at 5 p.m.

Darien Library welcomes author Wendy Mass as we celebrate the end of Summer Reading!  Summer Reading Club participants are welcome to register for our party.

Wendy Mass is the New York Times bestselling author of 14 books and has been nominated for 63 state book awards.  Her book, Candymakers, is currently one of the 2014 Nutmeg nominees.

The program is now full; please add your name to the WAITLIST.

 

Karen K and the Jitterbugs

Come rock out!
Come rock out!

Thursday, August 1 at 11 a.m.

Karen K and the Jitterbugs are in town for a high-energy performance that will have kids and parents dancing in the aisles!  Karen K has been named a Critic's Pick by New York Magazine and Time Out New York.  The band will introduce songs from its highly-anticipated new album, Big Ol' Truck.

Ages 2 to 7

Film Showing: Babe at 1pm

That'll do, Pig.
That'll do, Pig.

Cool off with this Academy Award-winning film about a shy Yorkshire piglet whlo doesn't quite know his place in the world. Nominated for Best Picture, this is a great family story with humor and adventure. 

Rated G. 1hr and 32 minutes running time.

1pm in the Community Room

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