September Open T|E|A Rooms

The T|E|A Room at Darien Library
The T|E|A Room at Darien Library

Tuesdays, September 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th at 4:30 p.m.

Calling all Makers! The T|E|A Room (Technology, Engineering, and the Arts is open for play, exploration, creation and discovery.

Grades 3 to 6. Drop-in.

September 9th: Banana Tattoos

In ancient times, tattoos were applied using a needle and a tiny hammer! Make your own pin-pricked design on a banana and watch oxidation create a work of art.

September 16th: Make a Zine

Learn how to create, design, and distribute your own zine!  Zines are great tools for telling stories, getting the word out about something you care about, or teaching something to your friends.

September 23rd: Creative Lettering

Calling all doodlers and art lovers: show off your skills in this class where we will draw and decorate zany letters with a variety of art supplies.

September 30th: Little Bits

Explore your inner inventor as we put together these little circuits..

Bookworms Returns!

Bookworms creating crafts and listening to stories.
Bookworms creating crafts and listening to stories.

Thursdays, September 11th, 18th, and 25th at 4:15 p.m.

Join us for a weekly crafty storytime.  Read a book, have a discussion, and get crafty!  Drop in to find out what's happening each week!

Ages 5 to 7.

Minecraft Fridays

Minecrafters unite!
Minecrafters unite!

Fridays, September 12th and 26th from 4 to 6 p.m.

Back by popular demand! Join us in the Children's Library as we present opportunities to build and collaborate in Minecraft.

Grades 3-6. Drop-in.

Parents can find further information about Minecraft and Minecraft Fridays here.

Visit the Fairfield County Minecraft Website for even more information.

Nutmeg Jr. Book Club: Sidney & Sydney: Third Grade Mix Up

Sidney & Sydney: Third Grade Mix Up by Michele Jakubowski
Sidney & Sydney: Third Grade Mix Up by Michele Jakubowski

Wednesday, September 17th at 4:30 p.m.

Nutmeg Jr. Book Club: Sidney & Sydney: Third Grade Mix Up by Michele Jakubowski.

Early elementary readers are invited to discuss Nutmeg Junior nominated selections for this year. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game, or craft inspired by the story.

Grades 2 to 3. Drop-in.


A Techsplorer
A Techsplorer

Mondays at 4:15 pm
Sept 15th, 22nd, and 29th

A technology class for 6 to 8-year-olds. Elementary-aged children will have the opportunity to reinforce computer skills, explore fun new websites and create unique projects using both traditional and digital art techniques.

Registration is open to Darien residents, those employed full-time in Darien, or non-residents who are contributors at the $300 level and above.

This class is now full. Register for the waitlist!

Family Tech Night

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Brian Sawyer
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Brian Sawyer

Wednesday, September 24th at 5 p.m.

Come learn about eBook access through the library while playing with our iPads, Nooks, and other tech gadgets. We will also explore content available on Hoopla, Overdrive, 3M Cloud Library, and Zinio.

All ages and parents.

Introducing the Kids Newbery Section

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.
The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.

The Children's Library is proud to present our Kids Newbery section - one place to check out almost 100 years of award-winning books! Shelved together at the end of Kids Fiction, the Kids Newbery Collection is home to every single award winner since 1922, as well as popular honor-winners from the past decades. 

The John Newbery Medal is the oldest and most important Children's Award in the world. It is given to the "most distinguished" written book for American children (up to age 14), so you will find books with more mature themes and characters. Newbery Award winners are great for readers looking to explore big ideas, and parents, if you haven't read a children's book since you were a child, this section is a great place to start! Here you'll find classics like Island of the Blue Dolphins (1961), tear-jerkers like Bridge to Terabithia (1978), and laugh-out-loud funny books like The Whipping Boy (1987). 

Don't forget to check out your librarian's favorite Newbery books on display above the shelves!




A Visit from a Children's Librarian

A Children's Librarian visits a local Darien preschool
A Children's Librarian visits a local Darien preschool

Are you a Girl or Boy Scout Troop interested in visiting the Library?

Are you a teacher, substitute teacher, or homeschool parent looking for books on a specific subject?

We can help! The Children's Library is available for visits to outside facilities, such as preschools or elementary schools, and can also lead guided tours of the Library and its collections. Additionally, we offer support to teachers and homeschool parents on providing support for specific topics, booklist creation, and database tutorials. 

If you would like to book a visit to the Library, or a visit from a Librarian, visit our Outreach Visits page.

If you would like guidance or support on a school unit or specific subject, visit our Assignment Alert page. 


Museum Passes

Photo courtesy of Flickr user RISD museum.
Photo courtesy of Flickr user RISD museum.

The following Museum Passes are now available in the Children's Library for check out. Families can use the passes to gain free or discounted admission depending on the location. Passes are available for residents, members who work in Darien full-time, and non-residents who are Friends at the $300 level and above. Place one on hold today! 

Stepping Stones Museum for Children 

The New Children's Museum 

Mystic Aquarium

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum 

The Maritime Aquarium

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art 

Did you know that you and your family can also reserve a MoMA Pass from the Library

Talking About September 11 with Children

It's dfficult to realize that many children alive today have no living memory of September 11. In an article published by School Library Journal, Frances Jacobson Harris notes that for students currently in school, "September 11 had become history, an event that held no direct, personal signifigance for them. "

As the anniversary draws closer, we will be witness to a flood of media coverage and rememberances. Your children may ask you questions about the events of that day. If you have concerns about handling a family discussion of September 11th, or would like more information about speaking to your children about difficult topics in the media, we invite you to consult the resource list below:

This PDF from the 9/11 Memorial's official website is extremely helpful, particularly the advice to "Answer questions with facts."

9/11 Heroes offers their own guide, and provides a space for parents to upload their children's poems and pictures commemorating the heros of September 11th.

This link from is a great resource for talking to your children about any tragedy or current event.


You may also want to check out some of the Children's Library materials about September 11th:


One Day in History: September 11, 2001

Rodney P. Carlisle








 Turning Points in U.S. History: September 11, 2001

 Dennis B. Fradin








 September 11: Then and Now (A True Book)

 Peter Benoit








If you have any additional questions about September 11th materials, feel free to contact the Children's Library at