Drop-in Summer Storytimes

Storytime in the Library
Storytime in the Library

Keep the storytime fun going this summer in 2014 with great drop-in programs (no registration required!).

Come On, Everybody!  Mondays at 10 a.m. - All ages

Toddler Tales  Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. - Ages 18 to 36 months

Baby Laptime  Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.

Preschool Time  Fridays at 9:30 a.m.

Merrilee Mannerly Musical Preview

Picture courtesy of stonc.org
Picture courtesy of stonc.org

Thursday, June 12th at 4:00pm

Summer Theater of New Canaan will preview the world premier musical Merrilee Mannerly and her Magnificent Manners adapted from Mary Cashman's book. There will be a special guest appearance by the author Mary Cashman!

*Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes prior to the program. Space is limited. In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Registered T|E|A Room Tuesdays

Photo courtesy of flickr user Imelda.
Photo courtesy of flickr user Imelda.

Registration starts June 2!

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

Brochures are available in the Children's Library.

Browse our list of classes and register

June Open T|E|A Room Programs

Join in the fun!
Join in the fun!


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 June, we'll be offering our Open T|E|A Room Program on Wednesdays, June 4, 11, 18, and 25 from  4:30- 5:30pm.

June 25: App Art

We will explore art using Ipad art apps.

Drop in Summer Reading Programs

 

Zoology
Animal Embassy will bring the scientific study of zoology to life with incredible live Animal Ambassadors. With this interactive, educational, and entertaining program, library patrons will meet a variety of animals from around the world, representing numerous habitats and classifications.
Ages 5 to 12
Thursday, July 31
3 to 4 p.m.
Louise Parker Berry Community Room
Tickets distributed 15 minutes prior to the program. Space is limited.

Stories by the Pond
A storytelling program for families at Darien’s Tilley Pond Park. This program is co-sponsored by the Darien Parks and Recreation Department.
All ages
Tuesdays, 10 to 10:30 a.m.
August 5 and 12

Bending Gravity
Eric Girardi has been professionally performing object manipulation for over 15 years as a world-ranked yo-yo player, 5 ball juggler, world-class top spinner, diaboloist, contact juggler (up to 8 balls), devilstick player, poi spinner, stilt-walker, fire entertainer, and an artist of over 15 circus skills.
Grades K to 5
Tuesday, August 19
3 to 4 p.m.
Louise Parker Berry Community Room
Tickets distributed 15 minutes prior to the program. Space is limited.

 

Summer Reading Book Groups

Junior 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.
Grades 2 to 3
Wednesdays, 4 to 5 p.m.

July 9
Odd, Weird & Little by Patrick Jennings

August 13
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

R.W.D. (Read. Watch. Discuss)
Watch and discuss these books turned into movies. 
Ages 9 to 12
Tuesdays, 2 to 4 p.m.

July 15
Coraline by Neil Gaiman. Rated PG. Running time 100 minutes.

August 12
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. Rated PG. Running time 119 minutes.

3rd-6th grade Summer Reading Programs

Pop Prints: Printmaking and Pop Art from MoMA’s collection
Explore works from MoMA’s collection of Pop Art by artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, then make your own popular culture-inspired block print.
Grades 3-6
Tuesday, June 24
4 to 6 p.m.

Robofun Video Game Design Workshop
Using Scratch, kids will learn how to design their own video games.
Wednesday, June 25
Grades 1-3: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Grades 4-6: 2 to 5 p.m.

Old School Gaming
Before video games were portable and phones could fit in your pocket, kids gamed in a different way, with cards. Can you master games like Spit, Spoons, and Egyptian Ratscrew?
Ages 9 to 12
Wednesday, July 2
3:15 to 4:00 p.m.

Double Dare
There can be only one winner. In this retro-inspired game contestants will answer trivia questions or compete in physical challenges, but watch out--you might get slimed!
Ages 7 to 9
2 to 2:45 p.m.
Monday, July 7th

The Game is On!
Crime solvers everywhere are invited to join the ultimate game. A dastardly crime has been committed in the Library. Can you search for clues and solve the puzzles before it’s too late?
Ages 9 to 12
1:30 to 2:15 p.m.  
Thursday, July 10

Family Feud
Survey says you’re ready for some fun! The Darien Library staff has been surveyed and invites you to guess the top answers in a variety of categories.
Families
6 to 7 p.m.
Friday, July 18

Chemistry in a Bag
The Children’s Museum of West Hartford will show us that a shocking number of reactions take place by mixing together three chemicals. Fizzing bubbles, color changes, solid precipitates, temperature changes, and the release of copious amounts of gas will all be experienced.
Grades 3 to 6
3 to 3:45 p.m.
Tuesday, July 22

Game Across America, American Girl
Taking inspiration from the American Girl book series, join the Children’s Librarians as they show you that all girls game. We will have a small tea party with dolls at the conclusion of our gaming.
Ages 5 to 12
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 26

Just Dance Competition
Put your dancing shoes on and join us in the Children’s Library for a friendly dance competition featuring the Just Dance games for Wii.
Ages 9 to 12
3 to 3:45 p.m.
Tuesday, July 29

Tween MAKE Week : Darien Library M&M Camp
The Teen Room and Children’s Library will join forces this July to bring a Mini-Maker Camp to Darien Library. Tweens can register for any of the afternoon programs, which include DIY projects that focus on STEM building activities. Register for up to two of the five programs. Please note that registration is a lottery. Participants will be notified on Monday, June 16.
Ages 10 to 14
2 to 3 p.m.

Monday, July 21:   Makerbot 101
Tuesday, July 22:   Tinkercad 101
Wednesday, July 23:  Lego Mindstorms
Thursday, July 24:  Lego Mindstorms 
Friday, July 25:  Lego Mindstorms

Math Playground
Let’s explore the playground of math using art, music, movement, and games. Join National Board Certified Teacher Mrs. Radia to view mathematics in the world around you. Learn some math strategies and enjoy a Fraction Fiesta. Don’t forget to bring your favorite number!
Ages 7 to 10
4 to 5 p.m. 
Monday, August 4 to Friday, August 8

Where in the World are the Children’s Librarians?
Is that Miss Claire sipping coffee in Paris? Is that Miss Amy scaling Mt. Everest? I think I saw Miss Elisabeth and Miss Krishna taking in a show in London’s West End. Test your geography and cultural skills as we try to find all of the Children’s Librarians.
Ages 9-12
Thursday, August 14
3 to 3:45 p.m.

Board Game Design
Brainstorm with us as we use our love of games and gaming experience to create a 100% original board game. Let your imagination go wild!
Ages 10-12
Friday, August 22
3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Kindergarten-2nd grade Summer Reading Programs

Robofun Video Game Design Workshop
Using Scratch, kids will learn how to design their own video games.
Wednesday, June 25
Grades 1-3: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Double Dare
There can be only one winner. In this retro-inspired game contestants will answer trivia questions or compete in physical challenges, but watch out--you might get slimed!
Ages 7 to 9
2 to 2:45 p.m.
Monday, July 7th

Game Across America, American Girl
Taking inspiration from the American Girl book series, join the Children’s Librarians as they show you that all girls game. We will have a small tea party with dolls at the conclusion of our gaming.
Ages 5 to 12
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 26

Darien Arts Center Illustration Station
Let’s look at the processes our favorite illustrators have used to create some of our favorite books. Collage, watercolor, and stamping are all techniques that create these wonderful images! Then, let’s use some of these ideas to inspire some of our own projects!
Ages 5-7
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday, July 28 and 29 - Eric Carle
Wednesday and Thursday, July 30 and 31- Leo Lionni
*Each workshop is two days. Please register for either the Eric Carle or Leo Lionni session.

Math Playground
Let’s explore the playground of math using art, music, movement, and games. Join National Board Certified Teacher Mrs. Radia to view mathematics in the world around you. Learn some math strategies and enjoy a Fraction Fiesta. Don’t forget to bring your favorite number!
Ages 7 to 10
4 to 5 p.m. 
Monday, August 4 to Friday, August 8

 

Review of Fairy Tale Comics

Laugh out loud at these silly versions of your favorite fairy tales!
Laugh out loud at these silly versions of your favorite fairy tales!

View the fairy tale world in a completely different light! Classics such as "Hansel and Gretel", "Puss in Boots", "Rapunzel", and "Little Red Riding Hood" are brought to life in this fabulous graphic novel! Several different artists each tell a twist on your favorite tales, with colorful illustrations and hilarious stories. Watch as Rapunzel becomes her own heroine, lassoing a pine tree, catching her handsome prince, and rescuing him from plummeting to the ground. Or see Snow White, after swallowing the horrible poisoned apple, be revived when the carriers of her glass coffin trip, sending the piece of apple flying from her snow white throat! All of this and more awaits you in these delightfully funny twists of favorite story book tales!

Preschool Summer Reading Programs

Preschool Dance Party
Join the Children’s Librarians for this fast paced storytime, which includes books, group movement songs, and rhymes.
Ages 3 to 5
Tuesday, June 24
1 to 1:30 p.m.

Green Moon Art Spot

Rowayton’s Green Moon will bring its creativity to the Library in this art program for preschoolers.
Ages 4 to 5
Thursday, June 26 and Friday, June 27
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Up and Down Science

Build up and roll down! Stepping Stones Museum will have children investigating gravity and enhancing their building skills using their natural creativity and curiosity.
Ages 3 to 5
3 to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 8

Game. Set. Learn

Get prepared for kindergarten with these special programs geared to stimulate the mind, delight the senses, and prepare your little one for school.

Little Clickers
Share an interactive computer class with your child. This technology program will introduce new kid-friendly websites and help your preschooler learn basic computer skills.
Monday, August 11, Wednesday, August 13, and Friday, August 15
Ages 4 and 5 with a parent/caregiver
1:30 to 2 p.m.

Wild About Books
A more sophisticated storytime and book discussion, followed by crafts and other book-related activities.
Ages 4 and 5
Tuesday, August 19 or Thursday, August 21
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Play on Words
Join Mrs. Radia on an adventure with word parts and sounds! Use your imagination and decoding skills to play with all kinds of interesting words. This play on words will help begin the journey into reading using visualizing, predicting, questioning, and connecting.
Ages 4 and 5
Wednesday, August 20 or Thursday, August 21
2 to 3 p.m.                                                                                                                                                      

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