Summer Storytimes

Come On, Everybody! Storytime in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room
Come On, Everybody! Storytime in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room

Keep the storytime fun going this summer in 2015 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. - Walkers up to 36 months

Baby Laptime  Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. - Pre-walking babies

Preschool Time  Fridays at 9:30 a.m. (previously on Monday at 1:30 p.m.)

Family Sing-A-Long

Image courtesy of flick user ashiula_tsai
Image courtesy of flick user ashiula_tsai

Thanks for coming to the Family Sing-A-Long! If you missed it, you can download the lyrics to the songs we sang here.

Summer Reading Kick-Off Concert

Photo courtesy of Mister G
Photo courtesy of Mister G

Friday, June 19th at 1 p.m.

Latin Grammy-nominated musician Mister G will bring his kid-friendly bilingual rock to the library for our Summer Reading Kick Off Concert. Come dance the afternoon away!

Ages 2+. Drop-in. 

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


Photo courtesy of ScienceTellers
Photo courtesy of ScienceTellers

Tuesday, June 16th at 3 p.m.

Throw on your labcoat and get ready to experience forces and reactions through several hands-on experiments that will have you laughing, learning, and having fun. 

Grades K+. Drop-in.

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

Father's Day Crafts

Image courtesy of flickr user withlovebyvarda
Image courtesy of flickr user withlovebyvarda

Friday, June 12th from 4 to 5 p.m.

Join us for a Father's Day inspired craft. Ages 3+ with a parent/caregiver. Drop-in. 

Dinosaurs, Jurassic Park, and Kids

No Scarysaurus dinosaurs here! Just friendly ones.
No Scarysaurus dinosaurs here! Just friendly ones.

The fourth film in the Jurassic Park film saga - Jurassic World - will hit theatres on June 12th. It's rated PG-13, and if your kids are anything like 8-year-old me (Miss Amy aka AmySaurusRex) back in 1993 when the first Jurassic Park movie came out, they are begging to see it. I can confirm that despite my crying, pleading, and reasoning, my practical mother did not take me, as she had deemed the book "too scary" and concluded that the film would be, too. Instead we settled on seeing Hocus Pocus (in case you're curious about what other movies came out in 1993, see here).

Parents far and wide on the internet have posed questions about when their children will be old enough to watch the film, and whether or not they should let their toddlers see the 1993 version. In fact, a 1993 article in the Los Angeles Times titled "Scarysaurus" proclaimed that the production studio behind the film strongly advised parental guidance.  MCA Motion Picture Group Chairman Thomas J. Pollock said "[Jurassic Park] will be too intense for some children, but that doesn't mean it's too intense for all children."

So what does that mean for parents? Well, use your discrection. Common Sense Media recently reviewed Jurassic World, and proclaimed that it would be suitable for children ages 12+. As parents, you know your child's imaginative limits, and will be the best judge on whether your child should see realistic (albeit extinct) dinosaurs running wild and wreaking havoc.

In the meantime, we've rounded up some of the wildest dinosaur books we have here in the Children's Library and created this handy booklist for budding paleontologists and archaeologists alike. 

Meet Ophelie!

Hi! I'm Ophelie, the new children's library intern.

I'm a Canadian Darienite who happens to speak a total of three languages, makes really good rocky road squares (which is also the ONLY thing I can bake), and is part of the New Canaan synchronized swimming team (uh-oh I'm a double agent). I also like to read. A lot. My favorite books all belong to the Vango series by Timothee de Fombelle, which is unfortunately in French, so I have problems getting my friends to read it. In close second comes the Harry Potter series, which I stubbornly refused to read for a few years after all of my friends started reading it, and in third is Princess Ben, a single book about a princess who is a tad bit spoiled and doesn't act like a princess because she doesn't want to comply with anyone's rules. She grows as a person when she discovers magic passageways, becomes a witch, and then accidentally joins the army before coming home, having seen her kingdom from more than one perspective.

Anyways, I'm really excited to be interning here for a month. Hopefully it won't go by too fast.

Summer Reading Sign Up 2015

Artwork courtesy of our own Miss Lisa
Artwork courtesy of our own Miss Lisa

Lights, Camera, Action: Starring YOU!

Get ready for you close up and your chance at Reading Fame!

Sign up for Summer Reading starting Monday, June 8th!

Pre-readers can join the Read to Me Club and choose a free book to take home for every 10 books they read with a grown-up.  The Summer Reading Kick-off Concert  takes place on Friday, June 19th at 1 p.m. with a concert by Latin Grammy-nominated Mister G!

Kids reading on their own can join our Summer Reading Club and earn prizes by reading and completing our weekly Creative Challenges: Books Over Broadway.  Kids who complete that week's Challenge can come to the library and claim their award (prize) from the prize locker.  Kids can track the minutes they read online; for every five hours read, they will automatically be entered into our Grand Prize Raffle.

The Finale Party on the red carpet will take place on Monday August 17th with music, games, raffles and phot-ops. The winner of the Grand Prize Raffle will be announced at the Finale Party.  Registration for this party will begin on August 3.

Summer 2015: Drop in Programs

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 prior to the program. Space is limited.




Summer 2015: Books Groups

Book Groups


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

July 8
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John

August 5

Phoebe G. Green by Veera Hiranandani and Joelle Dreidemy

R.W.D. (Read. Watch. Discuss)

Watch and discuss these books turned into movies. 
Ages 9 to 12
Thursdays, 2 to 4 p.m.

July 23
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. Rated PG. Running time 90 minutes.


August 20

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson and Donna Diamond. Rated PG. Running time 96 minutes. 

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