Register for Kids Summer Reading Now!


Registration for our Summer Reading Club opens on Monday, June 9. Just for signing up, you'll receive a FREE book, in addition to your Game of Tomes reading log. You will log the time you spend reading online through your Summer Reading account. Register from home on our website.

Pre-readers may sign up for our Read to Me Club.

Come in today to register for either of our Summer Reading Clubs and pick out your FREE BOOK

The Science Genie

The Science Genie
The Science Genie

Thursday, June 19th
4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

The Children’s Museum of West Hartford will bring science to life in this dynamic program exploring lasers, combustion, and weird science through experimentation. In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Ages 5 to 12

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

June Open T|E|A Rooms

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

Wednesdays, June 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th from 4:30-5:30 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.

June 4: Rainbow Looms

Bring your own loom and rubberbands and get tips from other loomers. Share your favorite designs and learn a new favorite.

*A small amount of looms and rubberband will be available*

June 11: Stop Motion

Kids will learn the age old art of stop-motion animation and create their own short movie.

June 18: Paper Crafts

Combine paper, pencils, marker and crayons to create rad arts and crafts.

June 25: App Art

Using iPads and a selection of art-creation apps, we will make collages, edit photos, and more!

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

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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

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.
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.

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