Introducing 100 Before One: A Program for Babies in their First Year

Register Today
Register Today

The Children’s Library invites all parents of newborns to join the 100 Before One challenge. Help your baby become a lifelong reader by joining the challenge and reading 100 books before your baby’s first birthday. As related recently in a New York Times article, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reading to infants starting from birth to aid in brain development and vocabulary growth.

Parents that register their babies for 100 Before One will receive a free tote bag, booklists, a DVD of baby rhymes, a Highlights baby magazine, and a folder to keep track of the books your child has heard.  After reading and listening to 25 books of your choice, parents return to Darien Library to receive their next blank list of 25 to fill in.

Upon completion of the program, your baby will get to go home with a prize courtesy of the Library.

 

After reading and listening to 25 books of your choice, parents return to Darien Library to receive their next blank list of 25 to fill in. Need book ideas? We have a booklist full of suggestions for your and your baby

Join the 100 Before One challenge to help your baby become a lifelong reader. Happy Reading!

Online Security Seminar

Online Security Seminar presented by Miss Amanda
Online Security Seminar presented by Miss Amanda

Thursday, March 5th at 6pm

Our online world can be daunting — how do we keep ourselves and our families safe from identity theft, computer viruses, and online predators? Come learn tips from our tech savvy librarians about how to protect your computer, accounts, and self online.

Register for Thursday, March 5th

Family Film Festival: Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, and in honor of notable women throughout history we will host our second Family Film Festival in honor of women. Every day at 2pm starting Wednesday, March 11th through Friday, March 13th, we will show a film celebrating historic women and girl empowerment. View the list of films below.

Wednesday, March 11th at 2 p.m.

Mulan. Rated G, 88 minutes. Grades K+. Watch the trailer.

Thursday, March 12th at 2 p.m.

Ballet Shoes. Rated PG, 85 minutes. Grades 3+. Watch the trailer.

Friday March 13th, at 2 p.m.

The Miracle Worker. Rated PG, 95 minutes. Grades 3+. Watch the trailer.

*All films will be shown in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Maker Family Challenges!

Image from Planet Smarty
Image from Planet Smarty

Bring your little ones and your big ones to our Maker Family Challenges! Join us in the Storytime Room for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) challenges that the whole family can do together. Stations will be set out for you to explore and have fun! Drop-in anytime, no registration necessary, ages 5 and up.

Saturday, March 14 at 11 am - 12 noon:

Build a boat from recycled materials, and then test if it floats! Great for budding engineers and curious minds.

Saturday, March 28 at 11 am - 12 noon:

Using the easiest of all art techniques - collage - make a family self portrait using our recycled books!

Tween Tabs in the Children's Library

Check out a Tween Tab in the Library, or grab a Tween Tab app list.
Check out a Tween Tab in the Library, or grab a Tween Tab app list.

Place a hold on the Tween Tab today! The Children's Library circulates Tween Tab iPads for kids ages 9 to 12. 

The Tween Tabs come with pre-loaded apps selected by the children's librarians. There are over 70 Apps which highlight the following Kids Nonfiction Glades: Bio, Languages, Facts, Traditions, Animals, Create, Fun, Self, Sports, Poetry, STEM, and Then & Now.

Additional content on kids and technology is located on  ALSC's Digital Media Resources website. 

R.E.A.D. in the Children's Library

Reading Education Assistance Dogs
Reading Education Assistance Dogs

Tuesday, March 10th from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.

Is your child learning to read? Reading Education Assistance Dogs will visit the Children's Library to encourage beginning readers and promote literacy. Register for a 15 minute reading session with a certified therapy dog. Readers ages 5 and up.

The following sessions are full. Please register for the Waitlist.

4:00pm

4:15pm

4:30pm

4:45pm

 

 

iFamily: A Technology Series for the 21st Century

What will you learn?
What will you learn?


Monday, January 12th to Friday, March 13th

From gaming to cloud computing, technology has shaped the ways that families connect and communicate – it impacts nearly all aspects of our lives. The iFamily series explores the role of emerging technologies in parents’ and childrens’ lives. Join us for thought-provoking film screenings, hands-on classes, stimulating discussions, and more.

To view our full calendar of events, please see:

Tech Programs for Parents

Tech Programs for Kids

*Registration opens Monday, December 29th

St. Patrick's Day Crafts

Happy St. Patrick's Day leprechauns!
Happy St. Patrick's Day leprechauns!

Tuesday, March 17th at 4 p.m.

Join us for a special drop-in program featuring crafts celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Ages 3+. Drop-in.

Celebrate Holi

Photo courtesy of flickr user PalulaLyn Cahvarlo
Photo courtesy of flickr user PalulaLyn Cahvarlo

Friday, March 6th from 4:15 to 5:15pm

Join Mrs. Radia in celebrating Holi, the festival of colors! Holi is an ancient Indian festival that reminds us of the victory of good over evil. Learn about its origins and rituals, and enjoy some colorful crafts and music. Treasure the diversity in colors, and in life! Ages 6-10

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2015 Book Groups

Book Groups in the Children's Library will read books like this one!
Book Groups in the Children's Library will read books like this one!

This winter, join the Children's Library for a series of drop-in book discussions for elementary and middle school readers! Our book groups are designed to encourage Common Core-required skills such as critical thinking, information literacy, self-direction, and collaboration – all in a fun environment. 

Jr. Book Club

Wednesday, March 25th at 4:15 p.m.: The Vanishing Coin

Early elementary readers are invited to discuss librarian-selected chapter books. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game or craft inspired by the story. Grades 2-3.

 

Nutmeg Book Club

Thursday, March 19th at 5 p.m.: Walls Within Walls

Join us as we discuss a 2015 Intermediate Nutmeg nominee! The discussion will be followed by an activity. Pizza will be served. Grades 4-6.