Summer 2015: K-2nd Programs

Robo-Mania: Brushbots

Do the robot in this intro to robotics program for kids of all ages. Experiment and have fun outdoors with robots made of toothbrushes and new machines like the Ollie and Finch robot.

Grades 2 to 3
Wednesday, June 17
3 to 4 PM

Gather in the Garden

We will learn about gardening, plant seeds to take home to watch them grow, and explore different vegetables and flowers. This program will feature vegetables from the library farm share.

Aged 7-9
Tuesday, June 23
10 to 11 am

Frogs, Bugs and Animals: Every Animal has a Hero

Meet LIVE animals such as Stickers the tree frog, Tickles the hedgehog and Crunchy the bug. Learn about where these animals live, what they eat, when they sleep, and how they protect themselves. Everyone is encouraged to pet and touch frogs, toads, bugs, a bunny, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, a chicken, reptiles and furry creatures. Enjoy a contest and discover ways that you can be a hero for animals by recycling and protecting the environment.
Grades K-6
Tuesday, June 23
3 to 4 p.m.

Hooked on Llamas

Country Quilt Llama Farm is coming to the library with a presentation on llamas and alpacas. The children will first pet the llama, then they can settle down and sit in front of the llama as Diane her owner  reads the story "Is Your Mama a Llama?"

Ages 5 to 12
Thursday, June 25
3 to 3:45 p.m.

LEGO Pre- Engineering

Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO®!  Build engineer designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars, and use special pieces to create your own unique design!  Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. This is an ideal way to prepare young builders for the challenge of Engineering FUNdamentals.

Ages 5 to 7
Monday June 29-Friday July 3
9:30am-12:30 p.m.

Creepy Crawlies

Giant Madagascar hissing cockroaches, tarantulas and other creatures will invade the library in this hands-on workshop. Through up close interactions, we will develop an understanding of the important role these strange and wonderful animals play in our ecosystems.

11am to 11:45am (Grades K-2)
Tuesday, July 14

Matica Whole Body Math

Whole Body Mathematics explores numbers and math through the physical body. Students of all grades will be encouraged to move dynamically and creatively.

3 to 3:45pm (Grades K-1)
Wednesday, July 15

Junior Aerospace Engineers

The Junior Aerospace Engineering classes introduce our youngest engineers to fundamental concepts of aircraft and spacecraft design. Through open and focused exploration, students explore and construct airplanes, rockets, hot air balloons, and more. Ages 5-7

1 to 1:45 p.m.
Thursday, July 16

A Play's the Thing

Budding thespians will create props and act out dramatic retellings of classic picture books. Dramatics Welcome!

Ages 5-7
Thursday, July 23
11 to 11:45 a.m.

Put it Together

Structures need to withstand the power of forces. Have fun striking poses as you experience compression and tension in the body. Investigate shapes and materials as you build structures to test what stands up best.

Grades 2-3
Friday, August 7
3 to 3:45 p.m.

Summer 2015: Preschool Programs

Storybook Theatre: Billy Goats Gruff

Stepping Stones Museum brings this interactive workshop featuring storytelling and acting. Children bring a familiar tale to life using costumes and props to become the characters in the story.
Ages 3-5
Monday, June 22
2 to 2:45 p.m.

Preschool Dance Party

Join the Children’s Librarians for this fast paced storytime, which includes books, group movement songs, and rhymes.
Ages 3-5
Wednesday, June 24
1 to 1:30pm 

The Skeleton Inside You

The Liberty Science Center will help us discover why we have bones. What are they made of? What happens when they break? We will discover these answers and many more as we learn all about bones in the story of The Skeleton inside You by Philip Balestrino. After reading the story the students will craft their own ‘broken bone’ and mend it with a cast. Please register for one of the following sessions.

Grades Pre K- K
11am to 11:45am or 12:15pm-1:00pm
Wednesday, July 8

Matica Whole Body Math

Whole Body Mathematics explores numbers and math through the physical body. Students of all grades will be encouraged to move dynamically and creatively.

3 to 3:45 p.m. (Grades Pre-K-1)
Wednesday, July 15

Kindergarten Readiness: Starring You!

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

Green Moon
Rowayton's Green Moon will bring its creativity to the Library and engage your   preschoolers. Ages 4 and 5
Monday, August 17, Wednesday, August 19 and Friday, August 21
1 to 2:00 p.m.

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 17, Wednesday, August 19 and Friday, August 21
Ages 4 and 5 with a parent/caregiver
2 to 2:30 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 18 or Thursday, August 20
2 to 2:45 p.m.

Kitchen Sink Science
Bubble! Pop! Fizz! Using everyday household products we will explore simple science concepts
Ages 4 and 5
Tuesday, August 18 or Thursday, August 20
11:30am to 12pm

Lights, Camera, Action! : Summer Reading Registration Begins June 8

artwork courtesy of our own Miss Lisa
artwork courtesy of our own Miss Lisa

Registration for the Summer Reading Club begins June 8! Make sure to pick up your book prize in the Children's Library when you sign up.

Summer Reading Club - for kids who are reading on their own

Log your reading hours on our online log by logging in and updating your Star Log every time you read! The Summer Reading Club automatically enters you into the grand prize lottery for every 5 hours you read. The lottery winners will be announced at our Finale Party on Monday, August 17.


Read to Me Club - for kids who are being read to

Come and pick up your log at the Library and write down every book you read. For every ten books, come into the Library to get a stamp and a free book (up to 3 free books total).


For classes and events, click here.

Get exploring this summer!

We're excited to announce our latest addition to the awesome Museum Pass lineup, and this one gets your family outside!  Have you ever been to the caves at Chatfield Hollow? Or checked out wildlife on the Sound from Bluff Point?

The 2015 No Child Left Inside State Parks and Forests Day Pass can be used to waive entrance fees at state parks and forests where there is an established parking fee. Fees are charged at all four state park beaches on Long Island Sound, as well as at numerous inland parks.  The pass also covers the admission fee for 2 ADULTS and 4 CHILDREN at state historical sites and the exhibit centers at Dinosaur (Rocky Hill), Fort Trumbull (New London) and Gillette Castle (East Haddam) State Parks.

Come by the Children's Desk today to check it out!

Booktalking eBooks - K-5

Did you know you can check out eBooks from Darien Library? We have two eBook services - Overdrive and 3M. Learn more about how to download free library books!

Below you'll find a list of booktalking books that were available for the library to purchase as eBooks. Some books are available from both 3M and Overdrive, so they're listed twice. You might be confused to see that all the eBooks listed below say 0/0 copies available, but don't worry! That only means we don't have physical copise in the building. We have e-copies online, so check one out today!

For a full list of booktalking books, check out this post!

Great Read-Alouds for Preschoolers

Reading aloud with your preschoolers!
Reading aloud with your preschoolers!

Now that preschools are coming to a close for the year, are you preparing for a summer chockful of fun activities?

If you need to fill in some of the quieter downtime with great books for your preschoolers, try one of these read-aloud chapter books that will keep both you and your little ones entertained. They'll help build vocabulary while keeping your young ones enticed and engaged!

Mother's Day Crafts

photo courtesy of flickr user linda sellers
photo courtesy of flickr user linda sellers

Thursday, May 7th at 4pm

Join us and make a special craft just for your mom!

Ages 3 and up with a parent/caregiver

Drop in.

Cinco de Mayo Art Program

photo courtesy of Flickr user Mary Anne Enriquez
photo courtesy of Flickr user Mary Anne Enriquez

Tuesday, May 5th at 4:15pm

Join us as we learn about Mexican Art and culture from Miss Maria.

Ages 5 and up


Librarians to Visit...YOUR Schools!

The Children's Department is excited to visit your school!
The Children's Department is excited to visit your school!

It's that time of year again! 

The Children's Librarians are gearing up to visit YOUR schools during the month of May and early June. We will be visiting each and every student that attends elementary and middle school in Darien. During our visits, we will share exclusive details about our Summer Reading program and reveal top-secret booklists that we have been working on for months! The dates of each of our visits are below.

May 6th & 7th: Hindley 

May 12th: Pear Tree Point

May 19th: Ox Ridge

May 26th & 27th: Tokeneke

May 28th & June 4th: Holmes

June 2nd & 3rd: Royle

June 5th: MMS

See our booklists for each grade below!

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Booktalking List

2nd and 3rd Grade Booktalking List

4th and 5th Grade Booktalking List

MMS Booktalking List

eBooks and eAudiobooks K-5

Summer Reading Booktalking Lists 2015

We loved visiting you!
We loved visiting you!

Check out the fantastic titles on this year's booktalking lists! We shared them with you when we visited your school.

If you don't see the book you're looking for, just ask a friendly librarian we can help you find it or put a hold on it for you.

Click on the grade of the class to choose the next great book you're going to read.


Kindergarten and 1st Grade Booktalking List

2nd and 3rd Grade Booktalking List

4th and 5th Grade Booktalking List

MMS Booktalking List

eBooks and eAudiobooks K-5

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