Back to School Crafts

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Wednesday, September 23rd at 4 p.m.

Sign up for your very own library card and join us for some school-inspired crafts, while listening to fun school music.

Ages 3 and up. Open to all.

T|E|A Room Classes in September

Open T|E|A Rooms on Tuesdays in September.
Open T|E|A Rooms on Tuesdays in September.

Tuesdays, September 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

4:15pm to 5:15 p.m.

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

No registration required for these classes.

For more information on the T|E|A Room and how to reserve the space, visit our T|E|A Room page, or contact the children's librarians at (203) 669-5235. 

Stories by the Sea: September 2015

Stories by the Sea
Stories by the Sea

Tuesdays, September 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th at 10 a.m.

We're resuming one of our most popular summer storytimes this fall! Join us at Darien's Weed Beach Park  for a family storytime for all ages.

This program is co-sponsored by the Darien Parks and Recreation Department.

All ages. Drop-in.

Fall Storytimes

Read with us!
Read with us!

Registrations have closed for the Fall 1 session. Save the date for the next registration period! 

Fall II (Six weeks)
Register: Monday 10/5 - Monday 10/19
Session: Monday 10/26 - Friday 12/4

For Storytime Guidelines and more information about offerings, visit the Storytimes page. 

We will also have some great open programs: Baby Laptime, Toddler Tales, and Stories by the Sea storytimes on the schedule as well! 

Fall Into Art Series 2015

Will you be there?
Will you be there?

Fall into Art is our bi-annual autumn arts series in which we invite artists, museums, and each other to celebrate art. Get inspired!

Registration for the Registered Classes (asterixed programs) begins September 14th. Registration will be first come, first serve.

Author Visit - Cece Bell
Join us to meet Newbery Honor winner Cece Bell as she talks about her New York Times bestselling graphic novel memoir EL DEAFO.  Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.
This is a unique chance to connect with a major publishing talent and an opportunity for everyone to think closely about their own growing up experience.
Ages 8 and up
Monday, October 5th from 5 to 6 p.m.
Open - no registration necessary. Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes before the program.
Louise Parker Berry Community Room

Author Visit: Sarah Albee, Fashion Through the Ages
Using plenty of props and famous works of art as examples, the author of Summer Reading pick Why’d They Wear That?! will share the lighter side of fashion and history as she explains why people wore some of those crazy clothes. You'll get the inside scoop on what people wore (or didn't wear) for underwear, deadly dyes, kids in corsets, how knights used the bathroom, and more--and you'll never be bored at a museum again!
Ages 8 and up
Monday, October 12th from 3 to 4 p.m.
Open - no registration necessary. Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes before the program.
Louise Parker Berry Community Room

Tweens MAKE Art*
The Teen Librarian and the Children’s Library will join forces to bring you Tweens MAKE Art. This series of three classes include, Singing Drawings, Movie Making and Art Robots. Ages 10 to 14.

Mini Movies
We will craft our own stage, story-line, and scenery to our very own film.
Tuesday, October 6th 4 to 6pm>
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist.

Spin Art Bots
Find out what happens when you give a robot art supplies.
October 7th from 4 to 5 p.m.
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist.

Did you ever wish your drawings would come to life? We will use a Drawdio kit that utilizes conductive properties and a music synthesizer to make your drawings sing.
Thursday, October 8th 4pm-5pm
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist.

Author Visit: Kazu Kibuishi
Kazu Kibuishi, the author of the highly successful graphic novel series Amulet, will discuss his artistic process and experience. Most recently, Kazu has been chosen to illustrate the new covers for the paperback re-issues of the Harry Potter series.
Ages 8 and up
Friday, October 16th from 4 to 5 p.m.
Open - no registration necessary. Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes before the program.
Louise Parker Berry Community Room

Picasso Sculptures with MoMA*
Join the Museum of Modern Art for this workshop. Picasso devoted himself to sculpture wholeheartedly, using both traditional and unconventional materials and techniques. He approached the medium with the freedom, ready to break all the rules. During this workshop, participants will explore Pablo Picasso's art making methods and materials, then assemble their own sculpture using a similar approach and materials.
Grades K to 3
Tuesday, October 20th from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m.
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist.

Boogie Chillun
Join Boogie Chillun’ on a musical journey through the rich history of the United States.  Each song will be given a brief introduction describing the song itself, the artist, and its contribution to American music. Boogie Chillun’ will encourage students to keep music alive through sing-alongs and interactive playing.
Ages K and up
Thursday, October 22nd at 4:15 p.m.
Open - no registration necessary. Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes before the program.
Louise Parker Berry Community Room

Pumpkin Crafts
Celebrate the spookiest holiday by getting crafty at the library.
Monday, October 26th at 4 p.m.
Ages 3 and up
Open - no registration necessary.

Teatro SEA: My Superhero, Roberto Clemente
The story of the legendary Puerto Rican baseball player and humanitarian Roberto Clemente comes to life in a bilingual musical. Young Bobby and his friends discover a secret—they have super powers! Witness Clemente's leadership and courage in the face of adversity, all set to great music and complete with dance numbers, animations and puppetry.
Ages K and up
Thursday, October 29th from 4 to 5 p.m.
Open - no registration necessary. Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes before the program.
Louise Parker Berry Community Room

Sew Basic!*
Calling all crafty tweens! Do you want to learn to sew without using a sewing machine? Come learn some simple hand sewing techniques & do an upcycle craft that you’ll be able to do again and again. All you’ll need to continue your sewing at home is a needle & thread. You can find a lot of useful materials around your home or using clothes you’ve outgrown. You’ll soon see how simple sewing can be.
Ages 8 to 12
Tuesday, November 3rd from 3 to 4 p.m.
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist

Fairy Tale Art*
Join the Darien Arts Center for this three-session series exploring one of the most image-rich genres: fairy tales! Register for all three sessions.
Ages 3 to 5
Wednesdays, November 4th, 11th, AND 18th from 1 to 1:45 p.m.
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist

Teatowel Printmaking*
Join us to explore print making with special art printing plates. Each child will design their own printing patterns, complete with special paint for use on fabric.
Grades 2 to 4
Tuesday, November 10th from 4 to 5 p.m.
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist

Thankful Crafts
What are you thankful for? Come and make a craft!
Thursday, November 19th at 4 p.m.
Open - no registration necessary.
Ages 3 and up

Gift making: Pillow Talk*
Create a fun, decorative pillow in only thirty minutes, without sewing! Makes a perfect gift.
Ages 6 to 9
Monday, November 23rd at 4 p.m.
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist

App Art*
Young artists will “go digital” by experimenting with photography, drawing and animation apps.  Registration is for all three sessions.
Grades 5 to 6
Tuesdays, December 1st, 8th, AND 15th from 4 to 5 p.m.
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist

Winter crafts
It’s cold and cozy, and it’s time to make some crafts!
Ages 3 and up
Thursday, December 3rd at 4 p.m.
Open - no registration necessary.

Holiday Nature Crafts*
Decorate pine cones, evergreen boughs and wrapping paper, and make beautiful lavender sachets to keep or give as gifts. 
Ages 4 to 7
Monday, December 14th at 4 p.m.
*If the form is not accepting submissions, please add your name to the waitlist

Our weekly art and book group explores art themes, materials, and open-ended creativity, all supported by excellent picture books.
Ages 4 to 7
Thursdays at 4:15 p.m.

Early Literacy Text Messages From Your Librarians

Hear from us!
Hear from us!

We know you’re busy! We also know your little one is growing up fast and you want to make sure you’re helping them gain early literacy skills. So, why don't you sign up for our weekly early literacy texts to get easy tips sent right to your phone? It’s totally free (though standard messaging rates apply), and is a service of Darien Library. Your librarians will send a text every Monday with something simple you can integrate into your daily life that will help prepare your child (under 5 years old) for reading and writing.

We also offer the text messages in Spanish! We will contact you by follow-up email and you can select Spanish as an option.

Sign up below!

The Nitty Gritty:

For parents of children 5 years or younger.

Unsubscribe easily. Just respond to 313131 with the word “STOP” and we will take you off the list!

It’s free, but your mobile plan’s regular text messaging and data rates apply.

To sign up, you need a mobile phone with a U.S. number able to receive text messages.

Sign up for Early Literacy Texts from Darien Library


iPad updates

A few updates for you:

1. We have updated the apps and app lists for both our Early Literacy iPads and Tween Tabs. New apps include Thinkrolls 2, War Horse, The Voyage of Odysseys, Kalley's Machine Plus Cats, and more. Check out the new resources list too! 

2. You can now check out a Tween Tab for use in the library! All you need is a library card and you can use our Tween Tabs for one hour. Just ask at the Children's Desk. The Tween Tabs come loaded with tons of great apps, divided by Non-Fiction section. See the app list here:

Tween Tab Apps

Here's a list of the current apps on our Tween Tabs. Check one out today!

Then & Now

History: Maps of World  by Seungbin Cho
Historical maps from around the world.

American History Timeline by The McGraw-Hill Companies
An interactive timeline of events and people.

War Horse Interactive Edition  by Touchpress Limited
An interactive timeline, videos, and an ebook version of this book about WWI horses.

Ancient Egypt by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc
An interactive encyclopedia of Egypt.

The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom by National Geographic Society
Experience life as a runaway slave.



Word Mover by NCTE
Make magnetic poetry in an app.

The Poetry App  by Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation
Famous poetry from around the world.

WordFoto by bitCycle AB
Create concrete poetry with photos.


Hopscotch by Hopscotch Technologies
Make awesome games, art, and more.

Kodable by Surfscore Inc
Game and accompanying curriculum.

CodeAcademy by CodeAcademy
Lessons that cover the basics.

Lightbot Hour by LightBot Inc.
A programming puzzle game.

Cargo-Bot by Two Lives Left
Learn programming concepts in a game!




Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe  by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Explore space from particles to galaxies.

Mars Globe by Michael Howard
Dive deep into the Red Plant.

Color Uncovered by Exploratorium
Learn about and experiment with color.

3D Printing:

TinkerBox HD by Autodesk Inc
Build and design in 3D, and play difficult logic puzzles.

123D Design by Autodesk
3D creation and editing tool.


MyScript Calculator by MyScript
Your basic calculator.

Motion Math: Match by Motion Math
Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division...and magical number tiles.

Incredible Numbers by Touchpress Limited
Delve into incredible mathematical concepts.


Algodoo by Algoryx Simulation AB
Use simple drawing tools to design, construct and explore the physics world .

Thinkrolls 2 by Avokiddo
One part rolling ball platformer, one part physics puzzler.

Simple Machines by TinyBop
Explore simple machines by playing!



The Voyage of Ulysses by Elastico Srl
The story of Ulysses, in interactive app form!

Loose Strands by Darned Sock Productions
A fairytale that follows hair.



Google Translate  by Google
Type, use your camera, or do two-way automatic speech translation.

Little Pim Spanish by PBS
A panda teaches vocabulary and more.

French Words for Kids HD by pierre abel
Flashcards and themes for French vocabulary.

Text to Speech  by Hewbo Studio
Hear word pronunciation  in 37 languages.

Chinagram by Vallardi
Explore the history and meaning of Chinese characters.



Bottom of the Ninth 01 by Spitfire Studios
A baseball graphic novel.

Chop Chop Hockey by Gamerizon Studio Inc
Test your skills in ice hockey.

Backbreaker Football by NaturalMotion Games Ltd
Can you score a touchdown?



Cloud Library by 3M
Download eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Darien Library by Darien Library
View our catalog and manage your account.

Overdrive by Overdrive, Inc
Download eBooks and eAudiobooks.



Weird But True  by National Geographic Society
Your favorite trivia in an app!

Stack the States  by Freecloud Design Inc
Do you know the states enough to beat the clock?

Stack the Countries  by Freecloud Design, Inc
A Tetris for geography.

Geography Drive USA by Spinlight Studio
Drive through the country, earning gas money with trivia.

Geo Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book  by Vito Technology Inc
An interactive geography exploration.

Keynote by Apple
Make slide presentations using the images you created on the iPad.

Prezi by Prezi Inc
Presentations that move and zoom.



Spy Tools for Kids by Thinkamingo Inc
Lie detectors, voice changers, and more.

Pack Badges by HandyApp
An easy way to track your badges.

Super Stretch Yoga by The Adventures of Super Stretch, LLC
Interactive yoga app for kids and families.

Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are by Electric Eggplant
A graphic novel about what it takes to survive Middle School.

Savings Spree  by Money Savvy Generation
Learn about saving, spending, and more money issues in game form.



iMotion HD by Fingerlab
Stop motion video making.

Photogene by Omer Shoor
Edit photos and apply filters.

Easy Studio—Intro to Animation by 3 Elles Interactive
Learn how to animate.

Bloom HD by Opal Limited
Create beautiful art with sound.

Apprentice Architect by Fondation Louis Vuitton
Explore a Frank Gehry building and design your own.

MoMA Art Lab  by MoMA
Paint, sculpt, and learn from the masters.

Amaziograph by Marina Staykova
Play with tessellations and symmetries.

Strip Design by Vivid Apps
Design your own comic strip.

Story Me by Evtim Georgiev
Storytelling using pictures in comic form.


Touch Van Gogh by the Van Gogh Museum
Dig deep into Van Gogh’s art and life.

Mandela by Quelle Histoire
Learn the history this great South African man.

American Presidents for iPad by Fredrik Moberg
All the presidents, in cartoon form.



Minecraft by Mojang AB
Build, create, and explore new worlds.

Rube Works by Unity Technologies Singapore
Build crazy machines for silly purposes.

Wings Earth by Bottle Rocket
Navigate your plane across beautiful landscapes.

Robots for iPad  by IEEE Spectrum
Explore robots in all their glory.

7 Little Words for Kids by Blue Ox Technologies
A word finding journey through seven worlds.

Playworld Superheroes by Starship Group
Design your own superhero outfit, and defend Earth from an alien invasion!

Leonardo’s Cat by StoryToys Entertainment Limited
A contraption-packed, brain-teasing puzzle game.



Ultimate Dinopedia: Complete Dinosaur Reference  by National Geographic  Society
Everything you need to know about dinosaurs.

Discovery Kids Sharks by Parragon Inc
Shark videos, articles, games, and more.

World of Animals by World Book Inc
Everything from amphibians to fish to mammals to bugs.

Journey into the Deep  by Lerner Publishing Group
Go deep into the ocean and meet some very strange creatures.

Brian Cox's Wonders of Life  by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Discover animal life across the globe in this lush app.

Register for the Summer Reading Finale Party

Join us on the red carpet!
Join us on the red carpet!

Monday, August 17th from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Get ready for your close-up! Participants in the Summer Reading Club are invited to our star studded affair on the red carpet. There will be live music, raffles, food, and photo-ops. The winner of the Summer Reading Challenge will also be announced.

Register now. Ages 7+.

Hitting The Books! Or, Back-to-School.

Let's go Back to School!
Let's go Back to School!

It's that time again... school is starting in less than a month! Kick back with one of these reads about kids, animals, and witches alike returning to school for lots of learning, tricks, and fun!

Stop into the Children's Library to pick up these books and more. We'll have a back-to-school display leading up to the big start date of school in Darien, which is Monday, August 31st.

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