This Summer Break...Visit the MoMA for Free!

Borrow a MoMA Pass today!
Borrow a MoMA Pass today!

Looking for something fun and family-friendly to do over the summer break? Did you know that Darien Library offers free passes to visit the Museum of Modern Art in New York City? It's true!

The Darien Library has seven MoMA Passes that we lend for one-week periods. Each MoMA Pass will admit 5 people over the age of 16 for free - children under 16 are always free at MoMA. Each Pass is available through a kit which also contains tips and tricks for making the most of your visit, a MoMA guidebook, a Metro-North train schedule, driving directions, and other tidbits. 

For more information about the MoMA Passes and how to reserve them, read on.

April is National Poetry Month

Still a beloved poetry book 40 years after its publication!
Still a beloved poetry book 40 years after its publication!

 

April is National Poetry Month, and in honor of this month-long celebration of poetry, we will have a Kid's Poetry Display in the Children's Library. Below please find a selection of some of our favorite poetry books and anthologies. Be sure to come in to the Children's Library to see our Book Spine Poems on display!

One Book, One Community Programs

One Book One Community Kids book choice
One Book One Community Kids book choice

Join us for a bevy of programs celebrating our One Book One Community Initiative. This year the children's book is Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari. Pick up a copy today in the children's library.

Click through for more information about the programs we will be offering in the month of May.

Flying Machines
Wednesday, May 7th at 4pm
Grades 3 to 6

 

Family Films: Planes
Sunday, May 11th at 2pm
All ages

 

Registered: Family Book Discussion
Tuesday, May 13th at 6pm
Ages 9 to 12 and a family member

 

The Wright Stuff
Tuesday, May 27th at 4:15pm
Grades K to 6

 

 

Alvin Ailey Percussion Demonstration

Image courtesy of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Photo by Claudia Schreier.
Image courtesy of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Photo by Claudia Schreier.

Monday, April 14th at 3pm

Ages 5 and up

Alvin Ailey, renowned dancer and choreographer, believed that "dance is for everybody." He dedicated his company to serving not only as performers, but as teachers and role models to thousands of children each year. 

This special program will be led by Ailey Dance Teaching Artists who will teach the basic rhythmic structure of indigenous music, instruments, and the cultures that create it. Ailey Dance Teaching Artists will also demonstrate the relationship of music and dance through this interactive rhythm and movement presentation.

*Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes prior to the event

 

May Multicultural Programs

Cinco de Mayo Art Program

Monday, May 5th at 4:15pm

Join us as we learn about Mexican culture from Miss Maria. We will also decorate our own paper sombreros to take home and wear on this festive holiday.

Ages 5 and up

Register

Games around the World

Tuesday, May 20th at 4:15pm

Learn how kids all around the world play games in this interactive program. *Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes safe for jumping* 

Ages 7 and up

Register

St. Patrick's Day Crafts

A St. Patrick's Day lucky four-leaf clover
A St. Patrick's Day lucky four-leaf clover

Monday, March 17th at 4 p.m.

Join us for a special drop-in program featuring crafts celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Ages 4+.

Spring Fever!

Thursday, March 20 is the first day of spring! In honor of the warmer weather that is nearly here, we have compiled a list of great books about insects, nature, animals, and weather that relate to Spring. We hope you find one to take home!

Nutmeg @ Night

In honor of Mike Stellar, this year's Nutmeg @ Night trivia challenge is interstellar-themed!
In honor of Mike Stellar, this year's Nutmeg @ Night trivia challenge is interstellar-themed!

Tuesday, April 1st at  6 p.m.

Calling all Nutmeg Readers!

Get ready, because the Children’s Library is hosting its annual evening of Nutmeg trivia and challenges! Each year before the big Nutmeg vote, Darien Children's Library brings kids together in an evening of friendly competition. Competing in four teams for awesome prizes, which kids will blast off and be the ultimate Nutmeg champions?

Grades 4 to 6.

Register for Nutmeg @ Night!

There's still time to read the 2014 Nutmeg Nominees! Check out this complete list of Nominees.

 

 

April Multicultural Programs

Alvin Ailey Percussion Demonstration

Monday, April 14th at 3pm

Alvin Ailey believed that “dance is for everybody.” He dedicated his company to serve not only as performers, but as teachers and role models to tens of thousands of children each year. Led by Ailey musicians, participants learn about the basic rhythmic structure of indigenous music, the instruments and the cultures that create it. Ailey dance teaching artists demonstrate the relationship of the music and the dance through this interactive rhythm and movement presentation. 

Ages 5 and up. *tickets will be handed out 15 minutes before the presenation

 

Foreign Film Series

Saturday, April 12th at 1pm

Join us as we show Trail of the Panda. In China, a mute orphan boy rescues a lost panda cub.*This movie contains subtitles* Rated G. Running time 87 minutes. Ages 8 and up.

Thursday, April 17th at 1pm

Join us as we show Eleanor's Secret. Natanaël, seven, still doesn't know how to read. His eccentric old aunt bequeaths her house to his parents and her book collection to the young boy. Nat discovers that the books serve as a shelter for all the heroes found in children's literature. They are the original characters and are counting on him for protection. For if they leave the library, they will disappear along with their stories forever! NR. Running TIme 80 minutes. Ages 6 and up.

 

Celebrate Dia

Wednesday, April 30th, All Day

Many nations throughout the world, and especially within the Western hemisphere celebrate “Día de los Niños” on April 30th to honor and celebrate children—who represent the hopes and dreams of every community.

Come in and read to each other in our special reading space and sign our banner.

 

Family Digital Scavenger Hunt

Image courtesy of flickr user dh23photo
Image courtesy of flickr user dh23photo

Friday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Families will compete in this touchscreen event that will have them racing through the stacks. Teams are welcome to bring their own devices. The winning team will receive an exciting prize destined to bring the family together in learning and fun! 

Register online

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