New eBooks for Kids

eBooks via Overdrive at
eBooks via Overdrive at

The Children's Library is highlighting some of the new digital books we've added to the collection. Do you have an eReader at home? Find out how to check out titles from Darien Library's Overdrive and 3M collections

You can also make an appointment with one of the children's librarians to show your family how to download eBooks from the Library. 

The Digital Family: Winter Technology Series

Connect with your family!
Connect with your family!

Monday, January 14-Thursday, March 14

"What's a tweet?"  "Who is Etsy?" 

The Children's Library's Digital Family technology series will introduce the basics of applications and websites like Twitter, a site where users can share their thoughts with the world in 140 characters or less, and Etsy, a beautifully-curated online marketplace for handmade and vintage items.  The series will also explore the role of emerging technology as it relates to parents and children.  Join us for hands-on classes, stimulating discussion, and thought-provoking documentary film screenings. 

View programs for parents



Storytimes are for babies, toddlers and children up to age 6. The library offers other programs for children up to age 12. The programs are developmentally appropriate for the stated ages, though we offer a two week grace period for children on the cusp.


Registered storytimes are offered in the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons. All Summer programs are drop-in and do not require pre-registration. Younger children have offerings in the morning, Totally Preschool is in the morning and the afternoon, Bookworms is in the afternoon. Programs for older kids during the school year are held after-school, evenings and weekends. The Darien Library provides approximately 20 programs a week during a registered session. Drop-in storytimes are available year-round - check the calendar of events for more information.

How to register

Parents/caregivers may register online during the specified registration period.  Each child can participate in one registered program per session. Registration is a lottery. Registered storytimes are for children whose parents are Darien residents, employed full-time in Darien, or Friends of the Darien Library who contribute annually at the $300 level. Parents will need a Library card to register.

Register for Fall I:  8/18 - 9/2  Session runs: 9/8 - 10/17

Storytime Break: Week of Monday 10/20

Register for Fall II:  10/6 - 10/20  Session runs: 10/27 - 12/5

Registered Programs

Giggles and Rhymes

Pre-walking babies and a parent/caregiver. Join us for fingerplays, songs, rhymes, and movement.

Wednesdays 11:15 to 11:45am

Born to Read

Walkers (up to 24 months) and a parent/caregiver. This fast-paced storytime for lively toddlers includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Mondays 10:30 to 11am OR Tuesdays 9:30 to 10am OR Wednesdays 10:30 to 11am

Side by Side

2-year-olds and 3-year-olds with a parent/caregiver. This introduction to storytime features books, rhymes, and movement activities.

Mondays 11:15 to 11:45am OR Tuesdays 10:30 to 11am OR Thursdays 10:30 to 11am

Totally Preschool

4-year-olds and 5-year-olds. Join us for stories, act-outs, and songs.

Friday 9:30 to 10am

Libros y Cuentos

3-year-olds to 5-year-olds. This bilingual storytime introduces children to Spanish vocabulary, books, rhymes, and songs.

Tuesdays 1:30 to 2pm

Creative Music for Children

2-year-olds and 3-year-olds with a parent/caregiver. Miss Debbie will engage children through music and instrument play.

Fridays 10:30 to 11am

Preschool Dance Party (offered Fall I)

3-year-olds to 5-year-olds. Fast paced storytime includes books, group movement, songs, and rhymes.

Thursdays at 1:30 to 2pm

Green Moon Art Spot (offered Fall II)

2-year-olds and 3-year-olds with a parent/caregiver. Rowayton's Green Moon will bring its creativity to the Library in this art program for preschoolers.

Fridays 11:15 to 12pm

Drop-In Programs

Preschool Time  Mondays at 1:30 p.m.

3-year-olds to 5-year-olds. Wiggle your fingers and stomp your feet in this lively storytime. Preschoolers will enjoy read-alouds, act-outs, plus music and movement.

Toddler Tales  Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.

Walkers (up to 36 months) and a parent/caregiver. This fast-paced storytime for lively toddlers includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Baby Laptime   Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.

Pre-walking babies and a parent/caregiver. Join us for fingerplays, songs, and bounce rhymes in this lapsit storytime.

First Saturdays in the Children's Library Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

(September 6, September 20, October 4, October 18, November 1, November 15)

Walkers (up to 36 months) and a parent/caregiver. This weekend storytime for families will include some of our favorite books, rhymes, songs and fingerplays.


Quest 10: Week of August 13th

Quest 08: Week of July 30th

Quest 07: Week of July 23rd

More Gift-Giving Suggestions from the Children's Library

The Children's Librarians have chosen new books that make great gifts for the little ones in your life, whether they're being read to, starting to read themselves, or are already non-stop, voracious readers. 

The following are a couple of ideas that aren't yet in the Children's Library collection, but will be soon.

For parents who want to introduce their babies to the music they love, there are Rockabye Baby CDs.  Imagine Aerosmith, The Flaming Lips, The Cure, Lady Gaga, and more played on the harp and xylophone.  Ultra-soothing and enjoyable for both kids and adults.




It's A Little Book by Lane Smith is a conversation between two baby animals about what to do with a book:  it's not for e-mailing or eating or building, it's for reading.  Fun, tongue-in-cheek humor for kids and grown-ups whose lives are filled with technology.  Check out the book trailer here.  The original, It's A Book, is available at the library.



 Click on the link below to see our other titles (many of which are series)!

Speak Out Against Bullying

The Stamford Advocate has launched a project, Speak Out Against Bullying, to raise awareness about kids and teens who are bullied in school and to help erase the stigma associated with those who have been bullied.  Two teens shared their stories in the video below, and The Advocate is encouraging other kids and teens to add their voices and experiences to the conversation.  More videos, in addition to articles, will be coming out on this very important topic. 

If you would like to contribute your story, please e-mail your video to or visit the Speak Out Against Bullying Facebook page.

For more information about bullying, and a booklist, take a look at our post on Dealing with Bullies




National Book Award Youth Literature Finalists

Since the 1950's the National Book Foundation has given out the National Books Awards to writers by writers. Intended to celebrate the best of American literature, the Youth Literature Award has most often been given to Young Adult books, but this year, there are two books for children on the list!  Have you read any of these new books? Take a look and write a review, let us know what you think!  The winners will be announced on November 19th.


Laurie Halse Anderson, Chains (Simon & Schuster)

Kids Fiction

Kathi Appelt, The Underneath (Atheneum)

Kids Fiction

E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (Hyperion)

Young Adult Fiction

On Order - Not yet published

Judy Blundell, What I Saw and How I Lied (Scholastic)

Young Adult Fiction

On Order

Tim Tharp, The Spectacular Now (Alfred A. Knopf)

Young Adult Fiction



The 7 Wonders of the Ancient World

Can you name the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World?  Read about them, their history and where they are today.  It doesn't have a good map, but you can use the clickable map on this site - The Seven Forgotten Wonders.


Amazing Space

Capture the cosmos - check out black holes, comets, asteroids and more on this site. It uses NASA's Hubble Telescope images and discoveries to help you uncover the mysteries of outer space.



Go on a real-life treasure hunt with your family! This site will teach you what you need to know to do your own Letterboxing adventure. Read more about it on National Geographic Kids People and Places and try Virtual Letterboxing on AtlasQuest.


Virtual Field Trips

Field trips offer excitement, adventure, and learning about the world. "Now you can avoid those long, bumpy bus rides and cold lunches. The Virtual Field Trips Web site is devoted to providing on-line field trips that take you to places that until now you could only dream about, and teach you things you might not otherwise learn." This site offers guided tours to select subject on the Internet.



Some of the best urban legends and creepy tales are on the Internet.but are they true? Did a woman actually cook her poodle in a microwave oven? Did the Titanic sink because of a mummy? Can Twinkies last forever?

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