Read. Watch. Discuss. : The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

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Wednesday, December 2 at 3 p.m.

Watch and discuss a book turned into a movie. Enjoy the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, which is based on C.S. Lewis' book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The film will be followed by a discussion of the book. The film is rated PG, running time 145 minutes. Ages 8 and up. Open to all (no registration necessary).

Watch the trailer here.

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.  

When Tragedy Happens - How to Talk with Kids

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Photo courtesy of Flickr user iStock_000011923856Medium

It is often difficult to know what to say to children when tragedies occur, especially when we are trying to make sense of the world's events ourselves. 

Below are resources that can help you discern how best to communicate with your family. 

Explaining the News to Our Kids - Common Sense Media 

Helping Children Cope: Tips for Talking about Tragedy - Mayo Clinic

Talking with Kids about News: How to Help Kids Feel Safe After Tragedy - PBS Kids

Parent Resources:Tragic Events - The Fred Rogers Company 

Caregiver Appreciation Day

Join us to celebrate some of the most important work of all - caring for our community's children! 

When: Wednesday, December 9th at 10 a.m. (after Toddler Tales)

What: coffee, gift bags, a raffle, library resources, and a party!

Who: Caregivers, nannies, babysitters, au pairs, grandparents...anyone caring for children and babies in our community

Book Club Kits in the Children's Library

Parents - thinking about starting a book club for your kids?

Kids- looking for suggestions for your next book club meeting?

The Children's Library can help you choose books and offer discussion starters. Choose a title from our list, check out five copies of the book, and receive a discussion guide including a summary, discussion questions, and further activites for your club's use!

For more information, contact a children's librarian or check out the lists below!

First - Third Grade Books

Fourth - Sixth Grade Books

Stamford Nature Center Presents: Incredible Edible Insects

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Tuesday, December 8th at 4pm


Can you eat a tarantula? How about a cricket? Find out what is edible, the difference between venom and poison and meet some animals who love eating insects. Join the Stamford Nature Center along with the Children's Library for this one-of-a-kind event. 

 We will all have the opportunity to taste some of these incredible edible insects!

Grades K and up.

There will be food served at this event.

Family Film: Book of Life

Halloween may be over, but it is El Dia de Los Muertos/ Day of the Dead
Halloween may be over, but it is El Dia de Los Muertos/ Day of the Dead

Sunday, November 1 at 2pm

In celebration of the first day of El Dia de Los Muertos/ Day of the Dead the Library will be screening The Book of Life (Rated PG, running time 95 minutes).

Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears.

The screening will take place in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room

New Books December 2015!

On the hunt for something new and exciting?

Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series?

Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the eleventh month of 2015.

For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar!

Click to view the full list

Diwali: Festival of Lights

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Image courtesy of flickr user Aarthi Narayanan.

 Wednesday, November 11th at 4pm


Join Mrs. Radia in celebrating the Festival of Lights, Diwali! Diwali, or Deepavali, is an Indian festival celebrating the victory of good over evil. We will craft our own diyas, eat some sweets, and celebrate the eve of the Indian New Year! Bring your favorite book from the library, so we can talk about a special book tradition during the holiday. Diwali will remind you that knowledge is power! Ages 6-10.

Register for Diwali.

Register for the waitlist if the above form is no longer accepting submissions.

Storytime Saturday

Storytime in the Library
Storytime in the Library

Saturday, May 7th from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

A family storytime for walking children up to 36 months. Open to all.

Thankful Crafts

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Thursday, November 19 at 4 p.m.

Come show us what you’re thankful for in our crafting program. Ages 3 and up. Open to all.

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