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

Drop-In Storytimes This Summer

Keep the storytime fun going this summer with great drop-in programs (no registration required!).

Come On, Everybody!  Mondays at 10 a.m. - All ages

Toddler Tales  Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. - Ages 18 to 36 months

Baby Laptime  Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.

Preschool Time  Fridays at 9:30 a.m.

 

Summer Reading Programs - Book Groups

Jr. Book Club

Early elementary readers are invited to share their thoughts on some of the booktalking selections for this year.  The discussion will be followed by an activity, game, or craft inspired by the story.  Grades 2 to 3.

Tuesday, July 2 at 4 p.m. - The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Tuesday, August 6 at 4 p.m. - Duck For A Day by Meg McKinlay

 

Tween Book Group

Discuss these spy-themed novels over pizza, followed by a book-related activity.  Ages 9 to 12.

Thursday, July 18 at 5 p.m. - Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

Thursday, August 8 at 5 p.m. - Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Summer Reading - Special Programs

These fun programs do not require registration, but space may be limited.

JUNE

Eric Berlin - Author and Puzzler     Wednesday, June 26 from 4:!5 to 5:15 p.m.

Eric Berlin is a professional puzzle constructor for both kids and adults.  He is also the author of Nutmeg nominee, The Potato Chip Puzzle, and will have kids solve a series of puzzles in this brain-challenging event.  Ages 7 to 12.  *Space is limited, tickets distributed 15 minutes prior to the program.

Tween Film Fridays     Fridays, 1 to 3 p.m.

Junior film buffs can cool down every Friday with a screening of classic movies, like King Kong or The Red Balloon.  All movies will be rated PG.  Ages 10 to 12.

JULY

Peter Boie, Magician for Non-believers     Monday, July 1 from 3 to 3:45 p.m.

Magician Peter Boie creates an enjoyable atmosphere for families with his unique brand of magic.  Kids of all ages will be entertained by this fascinating performance.  Ages 5 to 12.  *Space is limited, tickets distributed 15 minutes prior to the program.

Stories by the Sea     Tuesdays, July 9 and 23 at 10 a.m.

A family storytime for all ages at Darien's Weed Beach Park.  This program is co-sponsored by the Darien Parks and Recreation Department.  All ages.

Wolves of North America     Wednesday, July 17 from 3 to 4 p.m.

The Wolf Conservation Center of South Salem, NY will bring its Arctic gray wolf, Atka, for a special visit to Darien Library.  Experience an up-close encounter with this important, but misunderstood predator.  Learn about the history of wolves in the U.S., the importance of wolves in a healthy ecosystem, and the efforts to save these magnificent creatures for future generations.  Grades K to 5.  *Space is limited, tickets distributed 15 minutes prior to the program.

Now Hear This: The Sound of Science     Tuesday, July 23 from 3 to 4 p.m.

The Museum of Science, Boston, will show kids how to rock out to the science of vibrations, sound, and music.  Using a range of dynamic experiments, kids will learn how to build their own speakers, use a note to shatter a wine glass, and make music using a variety of strange instruments.  Ages 8 to 12.  *Space is limited, tickets distributed 15 minutes prior to the program.

AUGUST

Karen K and the Jitterbugs     Thursday, August 1 from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Retro-rock for the entire family!  Karen K and the Jitterbugs are in town for a high-energy performance that will have tots and parents dancing in the aisles.  Dubbed the "Kiddie Queen" by Brooklyn Paper, 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 new album, Big Ol' Truck.  Ages 2 to 7.  *Space is limited, tickets distributed 15 minutes prior to the program.

Stories by the Pond     Tuesdays, August 6 and 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.  All ages.

Birds of Prey     Wednesday, August 14 at 4 p.m.

The Connecticut Audubon Society will teach students about the special adaptations of raptors and the role they play in the ecosystems.  Grades K to 5.  *Space is limited, tickets distributed 15 minutes prior to the program.

 

Double-0 Darien: Kids Summer Reading

Let's go on an adventure!
Let's go on an adventure!

Your mission this summer, should you choose to accept it....read! 

Sign up for Summer Reading!

Pre-readers can join the Read to Me Club and choose a free book to take home for every 10 books they read with a grown-up.  The Summer Reading Kick-off takes place on Friday, June 21 at 1 p.m. with crafts and chalk drawing in the Library's courtyard and a concert by Dre Towey at 2 p.m.  Ages 2 to 7.

Kids reading on their own can join our Summer Reading Club and earn prizes by reading and completing our weekly Quests online.  Kids who complete that week's Quest will be entered into a raffle for fun spy-related prizes.  Use the Summer Reading Decoder for some of the super-secret coded Quests.  Kids can track the minutes they read online; for every two hours read, they will automatically be entered into our Grand Prize Raffle for an iPad Mini! 

The Finale Party will take place on Tuesday, August 20 with special guest author, Wendy Mass, author of The Candymakers, a Nutmeg Nominee for 2014!  The winner of the Grand Prize Raffle will be selected at the Finale Party.  Registration for this party will begin on August 1.

 

Kids Summer Reading Programs

Bring out your inner spy!
Bring out your inner spy!

Welcome, agents, to a summer of fun, reading, and...intrigue.  Find out what's going on throughout the summer in the Children's Library by clicking on a link below.

Kids Program Calendar

Special Programs

Drop-In Programs

Book Groups

Summer Reading Programs - August

Registration begins on Tuesday, May 28.

These are the registered programs for August 2013. Registration is a lottery, notifications will be sent by Friday, June 14.  Click on a program title to register.

Crimelab Wednesday, August 7 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

A crime has been committe and it's up to Darien kids to solve it using fingerprinting and chromatography.  Participate in this science workshop hosted by The Children's Museum of Connecticut.  Grades 3 to 5.

The Long Island Sound Glacier Experiment     Monday, August 5 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Learn from a SoundWaters educator how the Long Island Sound was formed.  Travel through time to see how a glacier changed the form of Long Island Sound.  Grades 4 to 6.

Math Playground     Monday August 12 to Friday, August 16 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Let's explore the playground of math using art, music, movement, and games.  Join National Board-certified teacher, Mrs. Radia, to view mathematics in the world around you.  Learn math strategies and enjoy a Fraction Fiesta.  Don't forget to bring your favorite number!  Ages 7 to 10.

Tween MAKE Week     Monday, August 12 to Friday, August 16 from 2 to 2:45 p.m.

The Teen Room and Children's Library will join forces this August to bring a mini-Maker Camp to Darien Library.  Tweens can register for any of the afternoon programs, which including DIY projects that focus on STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) building ativities.  Register for up to two of the five programs on the registration form.  Registration is a lottery, participants will be notified by Friday, June 14.  Ages 10 to 14.

Monday, August 12:  MAKE Your Own Spinbot and Mousebot

Tuesday, August 13:  Marshmallow Shooters

Wednesday, August 14:  Banana Tattoos

Thursday, August 15:  Solar Robots

Friday, August 16:  App Art

Summer Reading Programs - July

Registration begins on Tuesday, May 28.

These are the registered programs for July 2013.  Registration is a lottery, notifications will be sent by Friday, June 14.  Click on a program title to register.

 

iKids: Coder Camp     Monday, July 8 to Thursday, July 11 at 4 p.m.

Learn the basics of computer coding.  Using interactive software like Scratch, kids will learn the language of the future.  Ages 9 to 12.

Spy Kids 101     Wednesday, July 10 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Future agents will learn stories of famous spies, cool spy tricks, and make their own spy gear.  Ages 7 to 9.

Spymasters in History     Thursday, July 11 at 4 p.m.

Were George Washington and Harriet Tubman spies?  Find out, and learn more about famous spies throughout history from the Darien Historical Society.  Learn about spy activity in Darien during Colonial times.  Co-sponsored by the Darien Historical Society.  Ages 7 to 11.

Spy School    Mondays, July 15 and 29 at 2:30 p.m.

Guts, intelligence, and creativity; these are a few of the skills needed to be a top-notch spy.  Do you think you have what it takes?  Enroll in Spy School, where Agent Grady will teach you the art of disguise, secret code, and tactical spy maneuvers.  Ages 9 to 12.

Little Hands Studio     Wednesdays, July 17, 24, or 31  from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Parents and toddlers will enjoy a morning of activities to inspire creativity.  Develop your child's motor skills while also tickling their senses.  Choose one of the three sessions on the registration form.  Ages 18 to 36 months.

Jumpin' and Jivin'     Wednesday, July 24 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Get moving with the Children's Librarians out in the Library's courtyard.  Practice your jump rope skills with three different methods: single, double-dutch, and Chinese jump rope.  Ages 9 to 12.

Sportsbots with LEGO     Monday through Friday, July 29 to August 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Design and build motorized remote-controlled sports bots to compete in rousing games of soccer, hockey, basketball, football, Quidditch, and bocce.  You can even invent your own sport!  Ages 5 to 7.

 

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