Understanding Your Tween's Online World

Image courtesy of flickr user Kevin Jarrett
Image courtesy of flickr user Kevin Jarrett

Tuesday, January 21st at 9:30 a.m.

Tweens are living in a social media world, using Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Vine, and Minecraft. As a parent do you feel that you are losing control over your child’s world? Do you know all the functions and risks of these apps and games? Explore the latest social apps and games with Nancy Sheed, a social media strategist and online manager and trainer, and Darien Library’s own John Blyberg, Assistant Director for Innovation and User Experience. Co-sponsored by YWCA Parent Awareness.

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What will you learn?
What will you learn?

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




The Digital Family

Photo/design courtesy of Jess Craig
Photo/design courtesy of Jess Craig

Monday, January 6 - Friday, March 7

"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.

Registration for programs begins Monday, December 23rd. 

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ETSY 101

Picture courtesy of itty bitty bag
Picture courtesy of itty bitty bag

Friday, January 10th at 10 a.m.

Do you want to start your own handmade business but you’re not sure where to begin? Go on a guided tour of Etsy.com with Darien resident and handmade business educator, Jennifer St. Jean. Her sales number in the thousands both on and off Etsy, and in stores like Saks 5th Avenue. Jen will discuss what you need to set up an Etsy shop, and the four keys to Etsy success. Her Etsy shop is ittybittybag.


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Noon Year's Eve Celebration

Image courtesy of Flickr user foreverdigital
Image courtesy of Flickr user foreverdigital

Tuesday, December 31st from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join the Children's Library in a count down to Noon Year's Eve!

There will be music and crafts to ring in the Noon Year 2014.     

Ages 2 to 7



Movie Magic

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Fridays, January 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st at 10 a.m.
In the Community Room

Join us for an array of picture book movies like favorites Where the Wild Things Are, Green Eggs and Ham, and more.

The Pop Ups Concert

Photo courtesy of thepopups.com
Photo courtesy of thepopups.com

Monday, January 20th at 11 a.m.

Darien Library is proud to present a special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day concert by The Pop Ups. Critically acclaimed by The Wall Street Journal, The Pop Ups are not your typical band; they perform their music with cardboard props, hand painted sets, and a colorful cast of original puppets. 

Ages 3+.

Family Tech Night

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Brian Sawyer
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Brian Sawyer

Tuesday, January 14 at 5 p.m.

Come learn about eBook access through the library while playing with our iPads, Nooks, and other tech gadgets. We will also explore content available on Hoopla, Overdrive, 3M Cloud Library, and Zinio.

All ages and parents.

Open T|E|A Room

The T|E|A Room at Darien Library
The T|E|A Room at Darien Library

Wednesdays, January 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th

from 4-6 p.m.

Calling all Makers! The T|E|A Room (Technology, Engineering, and the Arts is open for play, exploration, creation and discovery. 

Grades 3 to 6. Drop-in

January 8th: Bracelets

January 15th: That's Paper?

January 22nd: If you build it...

January 29th: Fabulous Flying Machines

*Space is limited. Please arrive 15 minutes before class time. 

The Digital Family: Programs for Children

Photo/design courtesy of Jess Craig
Photo/design courtesy of Jess Craig

Registration for these classes begins on Monday, December 23.


Techsplorers     Tuesdays, January 21, 28 and February 4, 11 from 4:15 to 5 p.m.

A technology class for 6 to 8-year-olds.  Elementary-aged children will have the opportunity to reinforce computer skills, explore fun new websites, and create unique projects using both traditional and digital art techniques.

Register for the waitlist here


iKids     Mondays, January 20, 27 and February 3, 10 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

A creation-based technology program for 9 to 12-year-olds. This highly interactive class focuses on using technology to express creativity. From podcasting and digital photography to book trailers and art apps, kids will explore different media and create their own.

Register for the waitlist here


MineCraft Fridays     Fridays, January 17, 31; February 14, 28; March 14 and 28 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Did you know that Darien Library is the host of the Fairfield County Minecraft Server? Join us as we present challenges to build and collaborate within the Minecraft program. We will also work on crafts and other fun projects. Participants will need to have their own Minecraft login and should already be "whitelisted" to play on the server. Speak to a Children's Librarian beforehand to ensure access to the server. Grades 3+.


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