Fall TEA Room Programs

The TEA Room in the Children's Library
The TEA Room in the Children's Library

Beginning September 10, weekly TEA Room classes will be held every Tuesday & Wednesday afternoon from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Registration for TEA Room programs will open September 3.

September and October Classes (please click on the date to register):

     September 10 or 11: Make a Spin Bot! (grades 5 and 6)

     Both Make a Spin Bot classes are now full. Waitlist for September 10; Waitlist for September 11.

     September 17 or 18: Papercraft Toys (grades 3 and 4)

     The Papercraft classes and our waitlists are now full.

September 24 or 25: Banana Tattoos (grades 5 and 6)

     October 1 or 2: Marble Machines (grades 5 and 6)

     The October 1 Marble Machines class and waitlist are now full

October 8 or 9: Wire Jewelry-Making (grades 5 and 6)

     October 15 or 16: Spaghetti Bridges (grades 3 and 4)

     The Spaghetti Bridges classes are now full. Waitlist for October 15; Waitlist for October 16.

October 22 or 23: Podcasting 101 (grades 5 and 6)

     October 29 or 30: Found Object Art (grades 3 and 4)

     The Found Object Art classes are now fullWaitlist for October 30.

TEA Room Details

Attending a Class in the TEA Room:

- Children in grades 3 to 6 can register for TEA Room Classes. Registration is on a first-come basis; space is limited. Click here for our current class listings.

Reserving the TEA Room for an Appointment:

- The TEA Room can be reserved in advance by Darien Residents, those who work full-time in town, and friends of the library at the $300 level.  Drop-in appointments are available for any library visitor pending availabilty and resources.

- Use of the TEA Room is available for: 1 supervising adult and up to 4 children in grades 3-6. The supervising adult stays in the TEA Room for the duration of the reservation.

- The TEA Room is available for appointments on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at 3 p.m.*, 4 p.m.,* 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Saturdays at 1 p.m.* and 3 p.m* and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

*The Makerbot can be used during these appointment times

- Appointments are reserved on a first-come, first served basis.

-To find out more about reserving the TEA Room, please stop by the Children's Library or contact a children's librarian at childrenslibrary@darienlibrary.org or (203) 669-5235

If you're coming to use the 3D printer, check out this flyer about it first!


- LEARN. Attend a TEA Room class or workshop 

- MENTOR. After attending a class, volunteer to serve as a TEA Mentor at an upcoming class & help other children learn a new skill. To volunteer, talk to a children's librarian. 

- SHARE. Share your projects with the Children's Library: send a photo, a video, or a drawing of what you made or learned in a TEA Room class. 


TEA Room Links

photo courtesy of Flickr user ScratchEdTeam

MAKE: the home of MAKE Magazine. A great place to get inspiration, ideas, and projects. 

MAKE Kids & Families: MAKE stuff- just for kids! 

Scratch: create and share your own games and animations with this free M.I.T. created software. 

Code Academy: Learn to code. 

Thingiverse: Free 3D Printer designs.

TinkerCad: Free 3D Design software.

MakerCamp on Google Hangout: MAKE Magazine and Google's digital summer camp for makers, crafters, and more. 


What cool links are we missing?? Tell us at childrenslibrary@darienlibrary.org! 

TEA Room Classes

Steam it up at the Library!
Drop-In T|E|A Programs

Calling all Makers! The T|E|A Room (Technology, Engineering, & the Arts) is open for free play, exploration, creation and discovery. Grades 3-6.

For the month of January, we'll be offering our Open T|E|A Room Program on Tuesdays, January 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 4:00- 5:00pm.

Open T|E|A Room topics are:

January 6th: Simple Machines

USiogn everyday household materials we will create our own Simple Machines.

January 13th: Chroma Candy

Solve mysteries using the forensic technique chromatography.  Science will show us who committed candy crimes!

January 20th: Artstraw Architecture

Let's test the boundaries of physics and build skyscrapers, bridges, and towers - out of paper straws! 

January 27th: Book Collage

Breath new life into an old book and create a 3-D work of art using collage material and drawn objects. One man's scrap paper is another man's treasure!


Registered T|E|A Programs

Registration starts Janaury 19th!

T|E|A Room Tuesdays are held Tuesday afternoons from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., and are open to children in Grades 3 to 6.

Brochures are available in the Children's Library.

*For children in grades 3 and 4 

**For children in grades 5 and 6


Duct Tape Lunch Boxes**

Tuesday, February 10th  at 4:15pm

Tired of brown bagging it every day at lunch? Want to Go Green with a reusable lunch box? Come craft a DIY lunch box with us - we've got sharp scissors and enough duct tape to go around. Grades 5 to 6.


Tuesday, February 17th at 4:15pm

The magic of wool!  We will make felted beads out of wool roving that you can turn into jewelry, game pieces, and more, and we’ll learn about the science of fibers. Grades 5 to 6

Balloon Rockets*

Tuesday, February 24th at 4:15pm

Is it a bird, a plane? No it’s a balloon rocket! Zip, soar and spin as we fashion rockets out of common household products. Grades 3 to 4.



Tuesday, March 3rd at 4:15pm

A toothbrush + a motor + a battery= a robot.

Grades 3 to 6.

Model Magic Solar System*

Tuesday, March 10th at 4:15pm

How big is Saturn, really? How far away from Mercury is Earth? Find out as we build to-scale versions of the eight planets (and one dwarf planet) in our solar system! Grades 3 to 4.

Steam Mystery Bag

Tuesday, March 17th at 4:15pm 

Each participant will receive a plain bag containing a mysterious project. Are you up for the challenge? Grades 3 to 6.

This program is now full. Register for the waitlist

Interactive Drawing**

Tuesday, March 24th at 4:15pm

Using the iPad camera and our drawing skills, we will create simple drawings interacting with the human world in a creative way. Learn tech skills and leave with an awesome art piece! Grades 5 to 6.


Tuesday,March 31st at 4:15pm

Come learn about 3D print industry. Participants will even get to try their hand at making their own 3D rendered designs! Grades 3 to 4.

This program is now full. Register for the waitlist


Light Painting**

Tuesday, April 14th at 4:15pm

Make a light painting with a flashlight and a dark room.

Grades 5 to 6.

Shoe Box Cities

Tuesday, April 21st at 4:15pm

Plan a city, then take it home! Using recycled materials, we will create our dream cities after a discussion of city planning, the future, and where we want to live.

Grades 3 to 6.

Gelatin Art Prints**

Tuesday, April 28th at 4:15pm

Using sheets of gelatin, intrepid printmakers will get to experiment with this unique medium and design art prints.

Grades 5 to 6.



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 kinds of things can I do there?

We offer classes in the TEA room on everything from circuitry to printmaking.  Click on the classes tab to learn more. You're also welcome to reserve the room to explore all of our supplies and technologies.  To see what people have made in the TEA Room, click here, or check out our projects tab.

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."


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!


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