Summer Reading Programs - August

Registration begins on Tuesday, May 28.

These are the registered programs for August 2013. Registration is a lottery, notifications will be sent by Friday, June 14.  Click on a program title to register.

Crimelab Wednesday, August 7 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

A crime has been committe and it's up to Darien kids to solve it using fingerprinting and chromatography.  Participate in this science workshop hosted by The Children's Museum of Connecticut.  Grades 3 to 5.

The Long Island Sound Glacier Experiment     Monday, August 5 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Learn from a SoundWaters educator how the Long Island Sound was formed.  Travel through time to see how a glacier changed the form of Long Island Sound.  Grades 4 to 6.

Math Playground     Monday August 12 to Friday, August 16 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Let's explore the playground of math using art, music, movement, and games.  Join National Board-certified teacher, Mrs. Radia, to view mathematics in the world around you.  Learn math strategies and enjoy a Fraction Fiesta.  Don't forget to bring your favorite number!  Ages 7 to 10.

Tween MAKE Week     Monday, August 12 to Friday, August 16 from 2 to 2:45 p.m.

The Teen Room and Children's Library will join forces this August to bring a mini-Maker Camp to Darien Library.  Tweens can register for any of the afternoon programs, which including DIY projects that focus on STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) building ativities.  Register for up to two of the five programs on the registration form.  Registration is a lottery, participants will be notified by Friday, June 14.  Ages 10 to 14.

Monday, August 12:  MAKE Your Own Spinbot and Mousebot

Tuesday, August 13:  Marshmallow Shooters

Wednesday, August 14:  Banana Tattoos

Thursday, August 15:  Solar Robots

Friday, August 16:  App Art

Summer Reading Programs - July

Registration begins on Tuesday, May 28.

These are the registered programs for July 2013.  Registration is a lottery, notifications will be sent by Friday, June 14.  Click on a program title to register.

 

iKids: Coder Camp     Monday, July 8 to Thursday, July 11 at 4 p.m.

Learn the basics of computer coding.  Using interactive software like Scratch, kids will learn the language of the future.  Ages 9 to 12.

Spy Kids 101     Wednesday, July 10 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Future agents will learn stories of famous spies, cool spy tricks, and make their own spy gear.  Ages 7 to 9.

Spymasters in History     Thursday, July 11 at 4 p.m.

Were George Washington and Harriet Tubman spies?  Find out, and learn more about famous spies throughout history from the Darien Historical Society.  Learn about spy activity in Darien during Colonial times.  Co-sponsored by the Darien Historical Society.  Ages 7 to 11.

Spy School    Mondays, July 15 and 29 at 2:30 p.m.

Guts, intelligence, and creativity; these are a few of the skills needed to be a top-notch spy.  Do you think you have what it takes?  Enroll in Spy School, where Agent Grady will teach you the art of disguise, secret code, and tactical spy maneuvers.  Ages 9 to 12.

Little Hands Studio     Wednesdays, July 17, 24, or 31  from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Parents and toddlers will enjoy a morning of activities to inspire creativity.  Develop your child's motor skills while also tickling their senses.  Choose one of the three sessions on the registration form.  Ages 18 to 36 months.

Jumpin' and Jivin'     Wednesday, July 24 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Get moving with the Children's Librarians out in the Library's courtyard.  Practice your jump rope skills with three different methods: single, double-dutch, and Chinese jump rope.  Ages 9 to 12.

Sportsbots with LEGO     Monday through Friday, July 29 to August 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Design and build motorized remote-controlled sports bots to compete in rousing games of soccer, hockey, basketball, football, Quidditch, and bocce.  You can even invent your own sport!  Ages 5 to 7.

 

Summer Reading Programs - June

Registration begins on Tuesday, May 28.

These are the registered programs for June 2013.  Registration is a lottery, notifications will be sent by Friday, June 14.  Click on a program title to register.

 

Crimelab   Wednesday, June 19 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

A crime has been committed and it's up to Darien kids to solve it using fingerprinting and chromatography.  Participate in this science workshop hosted by The Children's Museum of Connecticut.  Grades 3 to 5.

Green Moon Art Spot     Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Rowayton's Green Moon will bring its creativity to the Library in this week-long art program for preschoolers.  Ages 4 to 5.

The Search for the Secret Book     Tuesday, June 25 from 3 to 3:45 p.m.

Agents, you've been assigned an important mission: The Children's Library's Top Secret Book of Important Library Secrets is missing!  Grab your Decoder and follow the coded clues around the LIbrary to help the librarians find their book.  Ages 9 to 12.

Spy Kids 101     Thursday, June 27 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Future agents will learn stories of famous spies, cool spy tricks, and make their own spy gear. Ages 7 to 9.

Everybody Jumps Rope

Jumping rope in Mongolia.  Image via Flickr user neurmadic aesthetic.
Jumping rope in Mongolia. Image via Flickr user neurmadic aesthetic.

Tuesday, May 28 at 4:15 p.m.

Around the world children of all ages jump rope. Join the children's librarians for some jumping fun including classic hand rhymes and string games. Ages 9 to 12. 

Register online

Write a Blackout Poem

A blackout poem created from a page of The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
A blackout poem created from a page of The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a fun, easy poetry activity.  All you need are a newspaper (or magazine or other pages with typed words on them), a pencil, a black marker, and 15 minutes.  Creating a blackout poem is as easy as skimming your article or page for words that pop out at you, drawing a box around them with a pencil, then using a black marker to cross off the words you won't need in your poem.  As with many poems, less is more, so your poem can have ten words, or even less!

Watch Austin Kleon, a poet well-known for his blackout poems, create a poem in this time-lapse video:

Visit Austin Kleon's website, Newspaper Blackout, for more poetry and inspiration.

Blackout Poems

A blackout poem I created from a page of The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
A blackout poem I created from a page of The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a fun, easy poetry activity.  All you need are a newspaper (or magazine or other pages with typed words on them), a pencil, a black marker, and 15 minutes.  Creating a blackout poem is as easy as skimming your article or page for words that pop out at you, drawing a box around them with a pencil, then using a black marker to cross off the words you won't need in your poem.  As with many poems, less is more, so your poem can have ten words, or even less!

Watch Austin Kleon, a poet well-known for his blackout poems, create a poem in this time-lapse video:

Visit Austin Kleon's website, Newspaper Blackout, for more poetry and inspiration.

Tween Book Club - Breadcrumbs

By Anne Ursu
By Anne Ursu

Wednesday, April 10 at 6 p.m.

Come and chat over pizza about some of the Best Books of 2012.
After the discussion everyone will take part in a book-related activity.

April's Book: Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Drop-In for Ages 9 to 12

Great Non-Fiction For Kids

With the increasing focus on reading non-fiction at all grade levels in school, the Darien Children's Librarians put together recommendations of some of their all-time favorite non-fiction books for kids of all ages! Just click on the links below:

Kindergarten and First Grade

Second and Third Grade

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade and Beyond

The Common Core: What Parents Need to Know

Find out everything you need to know about Common Core and Literacy!
Find out everything you need to know about Common Core and Literacy!

Wednesday March 20 at 7pm

Wondering how the new Common Core educational standards will affect teaching and learning in Darien schools?

Parents are invited to an interactive panel discussion on the new Common Core State Standards. Representatives from the Darien Public Schools and Darien Library will be on hand to provide insight into the new literacy standards and answer your questions. 

RSVP

Snow Day Activities at Darien Library

image courtesy of Flickr user mcveja
image courtesy of Flickr user mcveja

School's been cancelled and the snow day is ON! After some good sledding and the making of snowpeople, perhaps you'd like to join us for the following SNOW DAY ACTIVITIES:

10:30am Film Screening of Disney's Beauty and the Beast (rated G, 90mins.)

The classic story of a brave young woman who sees the beauty within a sad and lonely beast. Terrific musical (singalong is strongly encouraged.)

Recommended for ages 5+

11am Let's Make a Snow Village!

Help us create a winter wonderland in our Storytime Room. Paper, markers, glitter, and big dose of imagination is all it takes.

Recommended for ages 3+

1pm Film Screening of ParaNorman (rated PG, 93mins.)

A misunderstood young boy discovers he has the power to speak to the dead and uses the power to help save his town. Oscar-nominated for it's amazing use of magnificent stop-motion animation.

Recommended for ages 7+ (although it is rated PG, there are some scary moments.)

1pm Preschool Storytime

Join Miss Marian for stories, songs, and act-outs.

For ages 3 to 5

2pm Classic Card Games

Learn to play some classic card games like Spit, Spoons, and Crazy Eights with Miss Elisabeth.

Recommended for ages 7+

3pm Snow & STEM

We'll bring in the snow indoors and use it to experiment with color. Dress for a slight mess.

For ages 7+

5pm We've Got Game!

Play a round of Mario Cart or Carnival Games on the Nintendo Wii.

For ages 7+

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