TEA Room Classes

Spin Bot in action. (Photo courtesy of Flickr user kjarrett.)
Drop-In T|E|A Programs

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 May, we'll be offering our Open T|E|A Room Program on Wednesdays, May 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 4-6 pm.

Open T|E|A Room topics are:

May 7: Flying Machines

It's a bird! It's a plane! Come craft all different kinds of flying machines.

May 14: 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*

May 21: Shadow Art

Combine light, shadow, paper, pencils, marker and crayons to create rad art.

May 28: Origami 

Did you know that ori means "folding" and kami (kami changes to gami due to rendaku) means "paper"? Come learn and practice the traditional Japanese art of paper folding.

Registered T|E|A Programs

Registration starts March 24!

T|E|A Room classes are held Tuesday & Wednesday afternoons from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., and are open to children in Grades 3 to 6.

Brochures are available in the Children's Library.

*For children in grades 3 and 4 

**For children in grades 5 and 6


Drawing Robots**
Tuesday, April 8
Make a moving robot that dances and draws.

Register for the Drawing Robots Waitlist

Intro to Coding
Tuesday, April 15
An introduction to coding with the Hopscotch app. (Grades 3 to 6)

*Register for the Intro to Coding Waitlist

Coding Challenges**
Wednesday, April 16
After learning the basics of Hopscotch kids will take it to the next level. Pre-requisite: Intro to Coding 

Let's Go Fly a Kite*
Tuesday, April 22
Create and design your own kite. 

* Register for the Let's Go Fly a Kite waitlist

MaKey MaKey**
Tuesday, April 29
An invention for the 21st century. Turn bananas into a keyboard and much more.

Intro to Soldering - Saturday, May 17 at 1:30pm
Grades 5 to 6 and Adult 
In this family program participants will learn how to solder and earn a blinking robot badge. 

*Register for the Intro to Soldering Waitlist









TEA Room

What is the TEA Room?

The TEA in TEA Room stands for Technology, Engineering, & the Arts. It is a mini-makerspace, a learning lab, & an artist studio designed for children in grades 3 to 6.

What is the TEA Club?

The TEA Club is a program that runs throughout the entire school year & encourages children to learn & strengthen STEAM-based skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math).

TEA Club members can earn badges in skills like Circuitry, Robotics, Coding, Graphic Design, & more. To earn a badge, a TEA Club member must have 10 points in a particular skill.

What's in the TEA Room?


Kids Non-Fiction: New Look!

New spine lables make it easier to see where the book came from!
New spine lables make it easier to see where the book came from!

The Kids Non-Fiction collection just got a fresh new look - and an exciting, easy-to-use new layout!

At Darien Library, we know that in the years to come, kids will be asked to read more non-fiction in school than ever before. The newly reorganized Non-Fiction collection will help kids easily find great informational books on a wide of topics- for homework assignments or just for fun!

We've rearranged the books into 9 easy-to-use sections. Each section is clearly marked with a label on the spine and it's own color! And if you're a fan of the Dewey Decimal System, don't worry - Dewey is still there to guide you through each section.

When you come to the Children's Library, you'll find the Non-Fiction collection in the following sections:

Kids Animals - all living things, both prehistoric and currently living

Kids Create - music, arts, gardening, dance, cooking - anything that gets your creative juices flowing!

Kids Facts - encylopedias, dictionaries, world records, and thesauri

Kids Fun - werewolves, ghosts, jokes, riddles, and more!

Kids Self - all about you - your body, your mind, and your spirit

Kids STEM - STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math

Kids Sports - all sports, all the time

Kids Then & Now - geography, history, and current events

Kids Traditions - folktales, religions, and mythology

Stop by for a tour any time, and stay tuned for some exciting programming designed to help you get to know Non-Fiction!

Fall TEA Room Programs

The TEA Room in the Children's Library
The TEA Room in the Children's Library

Introducing the TEA Room (Technology, Engineering & the Arts)! A mini-makerspace, a learning lab, & an artist's studio designed for children in grades 3 to 6.

In the TEA Room you will find:

• Computers for learning code & programming
• Software for video & audio creation & editing
• iPads loaded with creation apps
• A 3D printer
• A lightbox & various art supplies

More Information on the TEA Room.

September & October classes.

Cardboard Challenge!

Image via www.cainesarcade.com
Image via www.cainesarcade.com

All Ages

Use recycled cardboard to make arcade games, robots, or whatever you can imagine. We will screen the 10-minute film that inspired the Cardboard Challenge: "Caine's Arcade," the story of 9-year-old Caine who created his own cardboard arcade.

Saturday, September 21, 12 to 3 p.m.

Nutmeg Book Group

Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff
Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff

Wednesday, March 19 at 5 p.m. - Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff

Enjoy a discussion of a Nutmeg Nominated book over pizza, followed by a book-related activity. 

Grades 4 to 6. 

"Lidie lives in Brazil, where she rides, a wild girl dreaming of going to live with her father, Pai, and older brother, Rafael, in New York City. Pai runs a stable at a famous race track. Since her mother died long ago, Lidie has lived with relatives. Now she's 12—ready to leave Brazil for New York.

Meanwhile, a filly is born and begins her journey to a new home. As Lidie's story unfolds, so does the filly's.

In New York, Lidie finds that moving to another country is a big challenge. And Pai and Rafael still think of her as the little girl they left behind. But she's determined to befriend, and ride, the spirited filly her father has just bought: Wild Girl."


First Saturdays in the Children's Library

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

Saturday,  February 1st, March 1st, and April 5th

11 am

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. 


Celebrate Harry Potter's Birthday!

JK Rowling says Harry Potter was born July 31, 1980, making our beloved character 33 this year!
JK Rowling says Harry Potter was born July 31, 1980, making our beloved character 33 this year!

Wednesday, July 31 at 2 p.m.

Calling all kid Potter fans!

This Wednesday, July 31st, is Harry Potter's birthday! Come celebrate the birth of the Boy Who Lived with the Children's Library.

This drop in event will run from 2 - 4 p.m. Potterheads can participate in a trivia contest, test their knowledge of Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, vote for their favorite Harry Potter book, create their own "dark mark" tattoos, and win cool prizes!


New Picture Books

The Children's Library just got a bunch of fantastic, new picture books.  From a silly counting book featuring lumberjacks, to a friendship story featuring a cat, and a retro-looking book about being an individual, read on to see what's new in the CL.

Stories by the Pond

Miss Claire and Miss Elisabeth leading storytime at Tilley Pond Park.
Miss Claire and Miss Elisabeth leading storytime at Tilley Pond Park.

Tuesday, August 13 at 10 a.m.

A storytelling program for families at Darien's Tilley Pond Park. This program is co-sponsored by the Darien Parks and Recreation Department.

Due to inclement weather, this program will be relocated to the Library's Community Room.

All ages

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