- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 669-5235.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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."
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!