Techsplorers

A Techsplorer
A Techsplorer

Mondays at 4:15 pm
Sept 15th, 22nd, and 29th

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.

Registration is open to Darien residents, those employed full-time in Darien, or non-residents who are contributors at the $300 level and above.


This class is now full. Register for the waitlist!

September Open T|E|A Rooms

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

Tuesdays, September 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th at 4:30 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.

September 30th: Little Bits

Explore your inner inventor as we put together these little circuits..

Storytime Saturdays

Children's Library storytime attendees
Children's Library storytime attendees

Saturdays, November 1st and 15th at 11 a.m.

A weekend storytime for families. Walkers up to 36 months with a parent/caregiver are welcome to attend this Saturday morning storytime, which will include some of our favorite books, rhymes, and fingerplays.

Back to School Bash

Image courtesy of Flickr user sofiamaus69
Image courtesy of Flickr user sofiamaus69

Wednesday, September 10 at 3 p.m.

Going back to school shouldn’t be a drag but a celebration! Join us as we make going back to school fun by decorating folders, bookmarks (for all the amazing books you’ll read) and special Rainbow Loom pencil toppers. Ages 3 and up. Drop-in.

Minecraft Fridays

Minecrafters unite!
Minecrafters unite!

Fridays, November 7th and 21st, and December 5th and 19th from 4 to 6 p.m.

Back by popular demand! Join us in the Children's Library as we present opportunities to build and collaborate in Minecraft.

Grades 3-6. Drop-in.

Parents can find further information about Minecraft and Minecraft Fridays here.

Visit the Fairfield County Minecraft Website for even more information.

Nutmeg Jr. Book Club: Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000

Join us for fun activities and a book discussion!
Join us for fun activities and a book discussion!

Wednesday, October 1st at 4:30 p.m.

Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000 by Eric Wight.

Early elementary readers are invited to discuss Nutmeg Junior nominated selections for this year. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game, or craft inspired by the story.

Grades 2 to 3. Drop-in.

Family Tech Night

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

Wednesday, September 24th 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.

A Visit from a Children's Librarian

A Children's Librarian visits a local Darien preschool
A Children's Librarian visits a local Darien preschool

Are you a Girl or Boy Scout Troop interested in visiting the Library?

Are you a teacher, substitute teacher, or homeschool parent looking for books on a specific subject?

We can help! The Children's Library is available for visits to outside facilities, such as preschools or elementary schools, and can also lead guided tours of the Library and its collections. Additionally, we offer support to teachers and homeschool parents on providing support for specific topics, booklist creation, and database tutorials. 

If you would like to book a visit to the Library, or a visit from a Librarian, visit our Outreach Visits page.

If you would like guidance or support on a school unit or specific subject, visit our Assignment Alert page. 

 

Fall/Winter Book Groups

What will win the Newbery Award in 2015? Your Newbery Visionary can cast their vote for Darien Library's pick!
What will win the Newbery Award in 2015? Your Newbery Visionary can cast their vote for Darien Library's pick!

Join us as we introduce two new book groups!

This fall on Wednesdays we will feature Newbery Visionaries for grades 4-6 and Nutmeg Jr Bookclub for grades 2-3.

 

Newbery Visionaries is a registered book group which welcomes all book lovers and critical thinkers in grades 4-6. Participants will learn all about the Newbery Award, the oldest and most distinguished Children's Book Award in the world. Kids will be given potential 2015 Newbery Award books to read and asked to use their critical thinking skills to debate which books deserve to win the biggest prize of all! It all culminates in a party in January where Darien's Newbery Visionaries vote for their own choice for the 2015 Newbery Award! Dinner will be served at each meeting. 

Registration is now closed.

First Meeting: September 15th at 5pm

 

Nutmeg Jr Bookclub invites elementary readers in grades 2-3 to discuss Nutmeg Jr-nominated selections for this year. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game or craft inspired by the story.

Nutmeg Jr Schedule:

Wednesdays at 4:30pm

September 17th Sidney and Sydney: Third Grade Mix-Up by Michele Jakubowski

October 1st: Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000 by Eric Wight

November 19th: The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin

 

 

Registration for the Fall Storytime Series

Catch me!
Catch me!

Brochures for the two Fall 2014 Registered Storytime series available now. We look forward to seeing you and your children for our upcoming season of storytimes!  The schedule is below.

Fall I (Six weeks)
Register: Monday 8/18 - Tuesday 9/2
Session: Monday 9/8 - Friday 10/17


Storytime break: Week of Monday 10/20.


Fall II (Six weeks)
Register: Monday 10/6 - Monday 10/20
Session: Monday 10/27 - Friday 12/5

 

Registration is a lottery.  Each child can participate in one registered program per session. Parents will be notified by Saturday, 9/6 (Fall I) & Saturday, 10/25 (Fall II).  

-Register your infants and 1-year-olds based on their ability to walk 

-Register children ages 2 and up based on their age by 9/1 (Fall I) and 10/20 (Fall II).


*Registered storytimes are for Darien residents, those employed full-time in Darien, or non-residents who are contributors to the Darien Library Annual Campaign at the $300 level or above.

 

We will also have some great drop-in Baby Laptime, Toddler Tales, and Preschool Time storytimes on the schedule as well!

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