Cool Picture Book Animal: Moose

Ernest the Moose Who Doesn't Fit
Ernest the Moose Who Doesn't Fit

We've noticed a trend in the Children's Library recently--lots of picture books featuring a moose.  And if a book has a huge, antlered, sort of funny-looking animal in it, you know it's going to be funny.  Here are some great moose read-alouds that big and little readers will enjoy.

This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers - The newest book from a librarian-favorite, this is the story of Wilfred and his pet moose, Marcel.  Except, Marcel isn't a great pet, because he doesn't follow Wilfred's rules, like Rule 7: Going whichever way Wilfred wants to go.  When Wilfred meets a woman who thinks Marcel is her pet, and that he's named Rodrigo, he has to rethink his relationship with his antlered friend.

Ernest, The Moose Who Doesn't Fit by Catherine Rayner - It's tough to fit onto the pages of a picture book when you're as big as Ernest.  He struggles to cram his body parts onto the page, but just can't quite make it.  With the help of a friendly chipmunk, Ernest finally succeeds.  Readers will enjoy the surprise last page.

Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham - In this wacky alphabet book, Moose can't wait to represent the letter "M".  He keeps popping up in other animals' pages, infuriating Zebra, who is orchestrating the lineup.  Of course, chaos ensues (it is a moose book, right?).

A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy -  Perfect for toddlers, this book shows a variety of parent-baby animals and how they kiss.  Elephants kiss with their trunks, and a fish kiss is "fizzy and bubbly".  Although, moose don't star in the book, they are shown at the beginning and end.  

Tumblr for Parents Workshop

Image courtesy of Flickr user Romain Toornier
Image courtesy of Flickr user Romain Toornier

Tuesday, February 4 at 10am

What is the Tumblr community and how can parents benefit from joining? Learn how to set up your own Tumblr account, find users to follow, and discuss Tumblr vocabulary such as “reblogging.”

Register online here

Kids' Book Groups in the New Year

We love these books!
We love these books!

Save the date for the Children's Library's upcoming book groups for kids. Since the new Nutmeg Nominees for 2014 will be announced in April, the Nutmeg Book Groups will resume in the summer. Interested in starting your own book club? The Library has Book Club Kits available for many ages. 

Jr. Book Club 

Early elementary readers are invited to share their thoughts on some of the booktalking selections for this year. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game, or craft inspired by the story. Grades 2 to 3 

Wednesdays, 5 to 6 pm

February 6 - Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot by Anna Branford

March 6 - Being Teddy Roosevelt by Claudia Mills

April 3 - Earthling by Mark Fearing

Tween Book Group 

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. Ages 9 to 12. 

Wednesdays, 6 to 7 pm

February 13 - Wonder by R. J. Palacio

March 20 - Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

April 10 - Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

The Digital Family: Winter Technology Series

Connect with your family!
Connect with your family!

Monday, January 14-Thursday, March 14

"What's a tweet?"  "Who is Etsy?" 

The Children's Library's Digital Family technology series will introduce the basics of applications and websites like Twitter, a site where users can share their thoughts with the world in 140 characters or less, and Etsy, a beautifully-curated online marketplace for handmade and vintage items.  The series will also explore the role of emerging technology as it relates to parents and children.  Join us for hands-on classes, stimulating discussion, and thought-provoking documentary film screenings. 

View programs for parents



Storytimes are for babies, toddlers and children up to age 6. The library offers other programs for children up to age 12. The programs are developmentally appropriate for the stated ages, though we offer a two week grace period for children on the cusp.


Registered storytimes are offered in the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons. All Summer programs are drop-in and do not require pre-registration. Younger children have offerings in the morning, Totally Preschool is in the morning and the afternoon, Bookworms is in the afternoon. Programs for older kids during the school year are held after-school, evenings and weekends. The Darien Library provides approximately 20 program a week during a registered session. Drop-in storytimes are available year-round - check the calendar of events for more information.

How to register

Parents/caregivers may register online during the specified registration period. Registration is a lottery. Registered storytimes are for children whose parents are Darien residents, employed full-time in Darien, or Friends of the Darien Library who contribute annually at the $300 level. Parents will need a Library card to register.

Register: March 3 to March 17  Session runs: March 24 to May 2

Registered Programs

Giggles and Rhymes

Pre-walking babies and a parent/caregiver. Join us for fingerplays, songs, rhymes, and movement.

Wednesdays 11:15 to 11:45am

Born to Read

Walkers (up to 24 months) and a parent/caregiver. This fast-paced storytime for lively toddlers includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Mondays 10:30 to 11am OR Tuesdays 9:30 to 10am OR Wednesdays 10:30 to 11am

Side by Side

2-year-olds and 3-year-olds with a parent/caregiver. This introduction to storytime features books, rhymes, and movement activities.

Mondays 11:15 to 11:45am OR Tuesdays 10:30 to 11am OR Thursdays 10:30 to 11am

Totally Preschool

4-year-olds and 5-year-olds. Join us for stories, act-outs, and songs.

Friday 9:30 to 10am

Libros y Cuentos

3-year-olds to 5-year-olds. This bilingual storytime introduces children to Spanish vocabulary, books, rhymes, and songs.

Tuesdays 1:30 to 2pm

Creative Music for Children

2-year-olds and 3-year-olds with a parent/caregiver. Miss Debbie will engage children through music and instrument play.

Fridays 10:30 to 11am

Baby Sign

12 to 24 months with a parent/caregver.

Learn basic signs while sharing books, songs and rhymes.

Tuesdays at 11:15 to 11:45am

Drop-In Programs

Preschool Time  Mondays at 1:30 p.m.

3-year-olds to 5-year-olds. Wiggle your fingers and stomp your feet in this lively storytime. Preschoolers will enjoy read-alouds, act-outs, plus music and movement.

Toddler Tales  Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.

Walkers (up to 36 months) and a parent/caregiver. This fast-paced storytime for lively toddlers includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Baby Laptime   Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.

Pre-walking babies and a parent/caregiver. Join us for fingerplays, songs, and bounce rhymes in this lapsit storytime.

First Saturdays in the Children's Library Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

(January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5)

Walkers (up to 36 months) and a parent/caregiver. This weekend storytime for families will include some of our favorite books, rhymes, songs and fingerplays.


Quest 10: Week of August 13th

Quest 08: Week of July 30th

Quest 07: Week of July 23rd

More Gift-Giving Suggestions from the Children's Library

The Children's Librarians have chosen new books that make great gifts for the little ones in your life, whether they're being read to, starting to read themselves, or are already non-stop, voracious readers. 

The following are a couple of ideas that aren't yet in the Children's Library collection, but will be soon.

For parents who want to introduce their babies to the music they love, there are Rockabye Baby CDs.  Imagine Aerosmith, The Flaming Lips, The Cure, Lady Gaga, and more played on the harp and xylophone.  Ultra-soothing and enjoyable for both kids and adults.




It's A Little Book by Lane Smith is a conversation between two baby animals about what to do with a book:  it's not for e-mailing or eating or building, it's for reading.  Fun, tongue-in-cheek humor for kids and grown-ups whose lives are filled with technology.  Check out the book trailer here.  The original, It's A Book, is available at the library.



 Click on the link below to see our other titles (many of which are series)!

Speak Out Against Bullying

The Stamford Advocate has launched a project, Speak Out Against Bullying, to raise awareness about kids and teens who are bullied in school and to help erase the stigma associated with those who have been bullied.  Two teens shared their stories in the video below, and The Advocate is encouraging other kids and teens to add their voices and experiences to the conversation.  More videos, in addition to articles, will be coming out on this very important topic. 

If you would like to contribute your story, please e-mail your video to or visit the Speak Out Against Bullying Facebook page.

For more information about bullying, and a booklist, take a look at our post on Dealing with Bullies




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