Summer 2015: Drop in Programs

*Sciencetellers
In this original collection of slightly twisted tales, things aren’t always what they seem. Over here they’re flying through the air! Over there they’re plummeting to the ground! Then they’re disappearing right before your eyes. Throw on your lab coat and get ready to experience forces and reactions through several hands on experiments that will have you laughing, learning and having fun. Enjoy this spectacular adventure and be swept away to a place where truly ‘super’ heroes really do exist.
Grades K-up
Tuesday, June 16
3:00pm to 4:00 p.m.
 

Summer Reading Kick-off Concert

Latin Grammy- nominated musician Mister G will bring his kid friendly bilingual rock to the library. Come dance the afternoon away!
Ages 2 to 7
Friday, June 19
1 to 1:45 p.m.

Stories by the Sea
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
Tuesdays, 10 to 10:30 a.m.
July 7th , 14th, 21st and 28th

*Family Sing-A-Long
Join the Children’s Librarians with a little help from the ukulele and the piano as we sing popular songs such as Do-Re-Mi, Skinnamarinky Dinky Dink, and On Top Of Spaghetti.
All Ages
Thursday, June 18th
11:00am to 11:30am

*Theatre Sports: Improve Your Mind
New York based improvisational troupe Freestyle Repertory Theatre presents a high energy program designed and presented as a competitive sport. Two teams of actors challenge each other to create scenes, songs, stories and poems, based on suggestions from the audience. It’s positive, creative, and fun for all ages, but seeing is believing.
Grades K to 6
Tuesday, July 7
3:00 to 3:45 p.m.

*Poetry in Motion
Poetry in Motion is a revival of the almost lost art of performing poetry. This exhilarating tour de force brings to life the best of poetic literature. Doran Hamm will introduce a cast of characters drawn from the world’s best children’s poems. The audience participates actively on the journey.
Ages 5 to 12
Tuesday, July 14
3 to 4 p.m.

*Hula Hoopin’ Through History
Join Amanda Blake as she teaches the history of Hula Hooping and dazzles us with her hula hoop prowess.
Ages 5 and up
Tuesday, July 21
3:00pm to 3:45pm

*Danny Magic
Magic for everyone! A fast paced, hilarious encounter with mind boggling magic.
Grades K and up
Tuesday, August 4
3 to 4 p.m.

*Zoo Station: Rainforest
The Children’s Museum of West Hartford will present several animals from nature’s most diverse ecosystem.
Grades K and up
Tuesday, August 11th
3 to 4pm

*Funkytown Playground
Come on Down to the Funky Playground! We will jump and jam with shakers & tambourines, get onboard a magical safari or silly farm, dance with bubbles, and reach to the stars with our colorful parachute.
All Ages
Friday, August 14th
11 to 11:45 a.m.

*The Jolly Beggars
The Jolly Beggars bring the rich tradition of Celtic folk music and storytelling to modern day audiences. Their traditional songs and musical arrangements have exposed many to the joys of Celtic music. They tell traditional stories from Irish folklore and intersperse their musical arrangements with traditional reels and jigs.
Grades K and up
Tuesday, August 18th
3:00pm to 3:45pm

*Connecticut Ballet: Backstage at the Ballet
The magic of the ballet comes to life as the Connecticut Ballet gives us a behind the scenes tour of what it takes to stage a ballet production. A company couple will demonstrate some Swing dance choreography, featuring standard lead/follow routine between a male and female on the dance floor.
Grades K and up
Tuesday, August 25th
3:00pm to 3:45pm

*All programs will be held in the Louise Berry Parker Community Room

Tickets distributed 15 minutes  prior to the program. Space is limited.

 

 

 

Summer Book Clubs

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. Drop-in. Grades 2 to 3.

Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m.

August 5th: Phoebe G. Green: Lunch Will Never be the Same by Veera Hiranandani and Joelle Dreidemy

R.W.D. (Read. Watch. Discuss) 

Watch and discuss these books turned into movies. In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. Drop-in. Ages 9 to 12

Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.

August 20th: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson and Donna Diamond. Rated PG. (Running time 96 minutes.)

Lights, Camera, Action! : Summer Reading Programs

Summer Class Information 

Registration is a lottery. The following classes are open to Darien Residents, those employed full time in Darien, or non-residents who are contributors to the Darien Library Annual Campaign at the $300 level.

Registration is now closed.

Notifications will be sent by Saturday, June 13th.

Preschool

K-2

3-6

*Special Events

*The following programs do not require registration but arriving early where indicated is advised.

Book Groups

Drop-in Programs

 

To sign up for our Reading Clubs, click here.

The Jolly Beggars

Image courtesy of The Jolly Beggars
Image courtesy of The Jolly Beggars

Tuesday, August 18th from 3:00pm to 3:45pm

The Jolly Beggars bring the rich tradition of Celtic folk music and storytelling to modern day audiences. Their traditional songs and musical arrangements have exposed many to the joys of Celtic music. They tell traditional stories from Irish folklore and intersperse their musical arrangements with traditional reels and jigs. 

Grades K and up.

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. Tickets to be distributed 15 minutes prior to the program; space is limited.

If our parking lot is full, see where else you can find an open parking spot!

Funkytown Playground

Image courtesy of Funkytown Playground
Image courtesy of Funkytown Playground

Friday, August 14th from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Come on Down to the Funky Playground! We will jump and jam with shakers & tambourines, get onboard a magical safari or silly farm, dance with bubbles, and reach to the stars with our colorful parachute.

All Ages.

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. Tickets to be distributed 15 minutes prior to the program; space is limited.

If our parking lot is full, see where else you can find an open parking spot!

Danny Magic

Danny Magic dazzles the audience!
Danny Magic dazzles the audience!

Tuesday, August 4 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Magic for everyone! A fast paced, hilarious encounter with mind boggling magic. 

Grades K and up.

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. Tickets to be distributed 15 minutes prior to the program; space is limited.

If our parking lot is full, see where else you can find an open parking spot!

Hula Hoopin' Through History

Courtesy of Amanda Blake
Courtesy of Amanda Blake

Tuesday, July 21 from 3:00pm to 3:45pm

Join Amanda Blake as she teaches the history of Hula Hooping and dazzles us with her hula hoop prowess.

Ages 5 and up.

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. Tickets to be distributed 15 minutes prior to the program; space is limited.

If our parking lot is full, see where else you can find an open parking spot!

Poetry in Motion

David Zucker of Poetry in Motion
David Zucker of Poetry in Motion

Tuesday, July 14 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Poetry in Motion is a revival of the almost lost art of performing poetry. This exhilarating tour de force brings to life the best of poetic literature. Doran Hamm will introduce a cast of characters drawn from the world’s best children’s poems. The audience participates actively on the journey. 

Ages 5 to 12.

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. Tickets to be distributed 15 minutes prior to the program; space is limited.

If our parking lot is full, see where else you can find an open parking spot!

Theatre Sports: Improve Your Mind

Freestyle Repertory Players
Freestyle Repertory Players

Tuesday, July 7th from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m.

New York based improvisational troupe Freestyle Repertory Theatre presents a high energy program designed and presented as a competitive sport. Two teams of actors challenge each other to create scenes, songs, stories and poems, based on suggestions from the audience. It’s positive, creative, and fun for all ages, but seeing is believing. Grades K to 6.

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. Tickets to be distributed 15 minutes prior to the program; space is limited.

 

Stories by the Sea 2015

Miss Elisabeth and Miss Liz tell some great Stories by the Sea
Miss Elisabeth and Miss Liz tell some great Stories by the Sea

Tuesdays, July 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

One of our most popular summer storytimes is Stories by the Sea, 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. Drop-in.

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